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Top Modern Father’s Day Gifts High & Low – Father’s Day Finds

This is one of my favourite photos of one of my favourite people, Keith, communing with nature and his dog.  Just because someone doesn’t have human babies, absolutely does not mean they are not being a father figure or parental role model to someone.  My husband often tells me I am not a mother (when I look around for my Mother’s Day gift).  I give him a stern look as I point to the dog and kitties.  Fathers Day is a great reminder to honor someone who nurtures you, the family and let them know just how much their love is cherished.  I love shopping for loved ones and getting something special just for them that will carry memories for years to come.

As this is an MCM page, we will be keeping the gift ideas Mod, so if you are searching for a groovy, hip and stylish fathers day gift with MCM style, and want some help picking something out,  you’ve come to the right place.  from High to low, here are some great curated items.

This is a handsome chair! What’s great about this, other than the very sleek style, is that it comes in various colour options and it comes completely assembled.  Unbox, unwrap and sit, perhaps with a martini.

Another great chair option a bit less expensive, good quality and very roomy.

Give dad a lovely eye candy spot in the style of Eames, to chill and at a very good price!

I have lost count on how many throws I own.  I love that they add warmth while providing style to the home that is easy to switch out for different moods and temps. Jonathan Adler is one of my favorite designers, we have a few of his items and love them.

With a hip place to lounge, you need a cocktail table.  Check out this from Rivet Meeks, walnut & metal with a cool fabric storage basket.

And this metal and glass side table is just stunning and reasonably priced.
What’s not to love about this classic brass and glass table?

This next table, which can be a plant stand or drink and magazine lounge, is for someone who likes it funky.
This comes in fun colours.

Who doesn’t want to be Batman?  I want to be Batman!  But I’m a girl so Catwoman works for me too.  I just love these cufflinks, sure to get a compliment at the next board meeting.

My dad had a very similar pair, very classy and dresses up anything.

Why get an ordinary tie when you can rock a bowtie? Plus, bowties are very Mid-Century!  I started my husband on them, presenting him with a bowtie as a gift when he accepted a new job.  7 years later he is known all over the company for his bowties and yes, people copy him.  He likes to believe it was all his idea, but no sir, it wasn’t.

Looking for something simple?  What about a cute T-shirt?

Or how about some vinyl?  What is old is groovy again!  Another thing my husband claims as his, but when I met the man, I had over 3000 record albums.  He is very lucky I share.  Rather than come home and immediately fill up the house with TV noise (also an option people, there’s the new flatscreen 4k out now!) I love that my man comes home and immediately puts on the vinyl.  He won’t even play CDs anymore.  It brightens up the house with joy as we wind down from the day.  The movie can wait.

It is just amazing to me how cheap flat screen TVs are these days! This one is in the new 4k technology.

What about funky movies?

Or vintage classic?

FOR THE OUTDOORS!
I got 4 of these chairs recently, the quality really cannot be beaten, they will last forever and actually come with a great warranty! You won’t ever need to paint or stain, these chairs are comfortable as they sit or you can add cushions for added style AND they come in a selection of colours!

And lastly, whether you are grilling veggies or something that I won’t discuss here because I’m vegan, this is a lovely grill any dad would be proud of.

Got BEER?

I truly hope I have inspired you and made your shopping easier while providing some neat finds.  Tresure your dad and Happy Fathers Day!

SAFE PEST CONTROL INFORMATION

The little enclave where my MCM home is parked has quite a lot of nature in it.  We are close to a creek with coyotes, opossums, racoons, hawks, rodents and loads of bugs.

I love animals and am actually a bit partial to most bugs, provided they are not crawling on me.  The ones I prefer are what we call the ‘beneficial’ insects, praying mantis, ladybugs, spiders, fireflies, dragonflies etc.   One of my friends abhors frogs, they scare her.  Not me, bring in the toads!  Lizards, toads, frogs, let nature reign.  Most homes share bugs unawares.  Spiders, for example, will hide out catching bugs that dare wander in.  When I see a spider, I typically catch and release it outside.

Nobody loves fleas, ticks or cockroaches.  Well, they mate so apparently someone does, but generally not of the human variety.   It can be a challenge to enjoy nature and control it in a safe or safer way.  If you live in an area with opossums, (below link to more info on these interesting and adorably ugly critters,  rest easy knowing they are killing thousands of ticks and minimizing your families risk of Lyme Disease.  http://www.caryinstitute.org/newsroom/opossums-killers-ticks
So what do we do with the creepies that invade our interiors?  It is important to be mindful of what products we use because there are more than 85,000 chemicals in our water and approximately 2000 new chemicals created annually.

Many of us have pets that we worry about with outdoor gardens as well as what they may ingest inside the home.   To minimize fleas in our

yard, we use CedarCide.  It smells yummy or just like Cedar if you aren’t a huge fan (I once locked myself in a newly minted cedar closet for 5 minutes breathing it all in) and is a safer, kinder gentler way to kill the bloodsuckers.   But this product also works on lice, kills ticks, mosquitos, mites and ants as well, at all stages of their life cycle.  This product is indoor/outdoor, we just use it primarily outside.

  • IF you have snakes, keep in mind that cedar is toxic to reptiles.

I typically use this product pointed down and spraying onto our
grass/yard, early morning when cool and avoiding bees, butterflies etc.

In our garden and yard we also use beneficial nematodes. Biologic Scanmask with 10 Million Steinernema feltiae (Sf) is an all natural defense against fleas, knats, grubs.  You apply easily with a watering can or spray pump.  

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For the patio, and for those local to the DFW area, its made right here, there’s  SkeeterScreen personal spray which I also use on my dog, and their patio egg which not only looks cool, but helps spread the unwelcome mat.  Just FYI, if you get it next to paint, such as where ours is hanging right at the slider coming into the house, where it touches the house?  The oil will eventually peel the paint there.  Small price to pay, or just situate it where it will hang freely and not swing into the side of your house like I should have done to begin with rather than complain about it here.  They have candles too and the scent is nice. I am not a huge fan of citronella so while I know citronella is effective, I want other herbs and stuff to make a nice smell that doesn’t give me citronella overdose.  I am an incense fan from the 70’s dude, so why not on the patio and in the yard?  I am never without Amazon Lights incense.  Firstly, there’s the cone which also comes with a nice ceramic holder.  This is perfect for having a quiet corner conversation or a cup of joe and just wanting to enjoy your patio space for a few moments before heading into work etc.  If you are going to be out longer, get the Amazon Lights stick version which last a couple of hours.  I love the scent, which includes rosemary and thyme….and who couldn’t use more of that?  The sticks last between 2.5 and 3 hours.  For a larger space, strategically place a few so the entire patio is within it’s cloaking device.


INSIDE THE HOME BUG CONTROL – We use an ultrasonic plugin.  Bodyguard Ultrasonic Pest Repellent is a great way to rid your home of unwanted bugs without toxic chemicals.  Each unit works up to 1600 square feet so you can place strategically.

For cockroaches, silverfish and palmetto bugs  (what I call giant cockroaches) and ants, we recently used, and with great effectiveness, Harris Diatomaceous Earth.  There are hundreds of uses for this product and it comes with a duster.  This is an all natural product with no additives or fillers.

Another option is Harris Boric Acid Roach and Silverfish Killer Powder with Lure because it is EPA registered, a safer approach to killing the nasties while keeping pets and family members safer.  The product must be kept dry to work and works for weeks and is fast acting.

Due to environmental concerns, I do not recommend baits in plastic tins and I recommend placing these powders inside sink cabinets in the kitchen, laundry and bathrooms and behind such appliances as the stove and refrigerator.  I am a bit paranoid, I want to keep pest control out of reach of the little ones, human and otherwise.

When applied correctly and at regular intervals, coupled with keeping your home environment tidy, you should be well on the way to bug-free home zone.    Feel free to comment on how each of these products did at your house!

 

Happy New Year!

Walk Into 2018 With a Clean Slate!

Happy New Year!  What I love about a new year is that it is a marker for leaving anything that no longer serves you as you go into a new year, a new time, new beginnings.  If chaos seems to follow you around, check what you may be doing (or not doing) that is encouraging this and allow yourself to change that. Where do your loyalties lie?  Do your current relationships serve you or serve to ruin you?  Do they cause more joy or upset?  Do you feel more or less in balance within them?   If you routinely fall into the victim role, feel like you just cannot get it all together, self-sabotage opportunities or you are around or supporting people who are like this, causing you more stress than peace; Leave all this behind in 2017! The mind likes to create stories and habits but BOTH are adaptable, changeable. You cannot change the way anyone around you thinks feels or acts, but you can control yourself and who you allow to remain in your life.  Each day you breathe air, you have an opportunity for growth, to remove blinders (we all have them) and go and do better.  Some folks are stuck in making things harder than they need to be. They want to blame, argue, delay and create what I call High Queen.  My mother used to say ‘This is just how I am’ No, this is just how you programmed yourself.  Begin taking ownership, stop deliberately going off the rails emotionally, self-control is underrated. Life is far too short to start pointless arguments, deliberately cause chaos, or be with anyone that behaves this way.  IF you are used to living with someone that is High Queen, you may struggle at first embracing the quite. Trust, the brain gets used to all this noise and it can take a bit for quiet to sink in, to feel normal. Counting your blessings rather than stirring up drama is far more healthy. Reward those good to you, rather than complain.  See what happens then.   Life is short. Stress causes disease.  Embrace Joy!

2 Things Wrong Theory – Minimizing Chaos Maximizing Joy

An ordered life brings calm.  Our body is our temple and our mind the seat.  Whatever your religious beliefs, big bang theory etc, you can look around you at all the beauty of this world and all the atrocious acts too and conclude two things:  Firstly  – there is good and evil sparring it out here and Secondly  – this planet and everything within it and upon it didn’t just happen.  There is way too much order, beauty and workmanship in everything and how it fits together, from fish to butterflies, to Jaguars to trees.  Nothing had to be this well orchestrated, this beautiful and yet it is.

Part of honoring ourselves, our temple, our seat, is taking care of ourselves by taking care of things around us in such a way that we create calm rather than calamity for both us, our family members and those within our scope.  But because being OCD can also bring chaos, there is value in things being imperfect.  There is, in fact, perfection in the imperfection, if you will.

Now, as one of my dear friends always says when discussing finding a lover or choosing friends, is that you have got to pick your flavor of crazy, because we all are.  And another dear friend used to tell me she was looking for someone who had fewer problems than she had.  These two principles can be applied to all areas of life, really.  It boils down to respecting of ones self, ones divinity.  All of us being devine in nature, when we get in touch with that grace, then we begin to recognize that we no longer need the fluff of drama injected into everything that we touch.

This doesn’t mean that sometimes negative stuff doesn’t simply happen, but rather, it means we are engaged to actively minimize it on a daily basis and we do this out of honor for ourselves and our fellow companions because  we deserve it, we deserve peace and life is stressful enough without adding negative drama on the top of it all.

That stated, here are ways that I actively work to reduce chaos and create peace.

Two Things Wrong Theory –  For anything in my life, whether it’s a car or house, a usable item like a sofa, electronics etc, I strive for not more than 2 things wrong.  In this way, I maintain a 0-2 defect ratio in all things.  If I hit a third thing on the car or house, then I know I am out of balance and promptly get at least one thing that’s wrong, fixed. Honestly, I am rather anal about my cars and home so things get fixed quickly.  This can be tailored to the individual, perhaps you can adopt five things for example or make other adjustments which suit you.  Make it something that is comfortable for you and your lifestyle as well as tailored to what you care most about. For example, you may care more about your home than your car and want 2 or fewer things wrong with your casa but if your car is dirty, you have 3 door dings but it runs, you’re good with that.

Pick your number. For me, nothing in my life has more than two things wrong with it at any given time.  In this way, I don’t feel snowed under with to do lists that I feel I’ll never crawl out from under.  I minimize the heavy expense of fixing a bunch of things at once too.

Love Your Home & Create Peace In It-  Home should be a safe haven, a place where you seek and find comfort, joy and beauty.  You can tell a lot about a person and their psyche by their home.  Conversely, you can mind your brain and heal your nervous system by keeping things tidy.  De-cluttering what is around you orders and calms the brain.  Having things around that give you joy bolster you up with every passing glance just as seeing piles of what needs taking care of can weigh you down.  Even if your home is temporary, it affects you each time you are there.  I’m a big fan of adding even a hint of personality to a temporary space or cubicle and ordering it in such a  way that it provides you clear thinking and peace.  I highly recommend Sacred Space by Denise Linn, it’s one of my reference books on everything from space clearing to meditation. I also have her Feng Shui For The Soul and keep that as a great reference too.

Expect & Buy Quality – To minimize chaos for myself, I strive for things made well.  I don’t mind paying more for this because I generally keep things a long time.  My amplifier is over 2 decades old.  The amp before it was also over 20 years old.  It met its’ demise over a hairball my kitty hawked onto it.  It never stood a chance. One entire channel went toast and in the US, there were no matching parts.  I didn’t think it would ever sound right with mismatched channel components so I shopped for a replacement.    So I buy quality,  take very good care of stuff and my expectation is that they take care of me.

Let Go Of Crap Products –  My Lexus LS600HL is pictured above.  At over 120k MSRP, I thought I had purchased a reliable and solid vehicle and one that would last me decades.  But the thing was a Debbie Downer with a failed water pump, brake actuator and upper control arms all at less than 60k miles.  On top of this, the ‘luxury’ of it suffered with poor workmanship.  The leather wrapping the dashboard came totally unglued in a week’s timespan parked not in a garage as was typical, but in the June sunshine. In that same week, the Bezel surrounding the console mysteriously cracked as well. The thing ate money.  Now, I was completely fine paying all that cash up front, but completely pissed off paying months of salary every quarter!  I’m in a Jaguar now.  I got everything fixed on the misbegotten Lexsucks except the bloody dashboard and sold it to Carmax for 7k higher than the dealership offered to buy it back!  In the most respectful way I can say it right now, Lexus? Piss directly off! Never again will I purchase a new Lexus or Toyota product.  You will note that I created signs and added letter to the back end around the ‘L’ to spell Awful Lousy and I had fun for a few months discussing the car, parking in prominent places all over town sharing my story.  But at the end of the day, the vehicle was not bringing me the peace I bought it for.  I had named it Zen and it wasn’t happiness anymore when I never knew when the next break would happen.  So, whatever you personally expected or paid for something, let it go if it’s crap.   Just get it out of your life. In this situation, karmically, I repaired the car and to the best of my abilities assured (Per Sewell Lexus in Dallas) that nothing else was, at that moment, wrong with the car.  I turned it over to Carmax still owing repair bills, with a fresh oil change, ready for the new owner who will hopefully avail themselves of the Carmax extended warranty.

Take Care Of Your Stuff – I try to apply the minimum pressure to things such as buttons and dials, keep it clean, polished, lubed, whatever to keep it humming smoothly.  When you buy with care and take pride and care in what you have, it is amazing how long stuff can last.  This is why we have appliances from the 60’s still working in kitchens today.  Also, the recent shift has clearly been to make crap.  I don’t suffer crap very well.  So when we expect quality and choose to no longer put up with junk, that is when companies will be incited to create better merchandise.

A Throw-Away Society Is Ruinous To The Entire Planet – When we create throw away items or when we as consumers buy things that we don’t take care of, causing them to wear out faster, we affect the ecosystem of our planet.   There’s a girl who writes a blog about how her life has been creating zero trash.  https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-16168/i-havent-made-any-trash-in-2-years-heres-what-my-life-is-like.html
I am nowhere close to that level of recycling and green, but the post has inspired me to do better since the day I first read it.  It has made me far more aware of all the things I purchase, whether it is something which can be reused and if not, what else I might buy or use instead that will not trash the planet.

Downcycle By Giving Away (or selling) What You No Longer Use or Need – Recently, a neighbor put out a box to the sidewalk area (code for take it if you want, it’s free) with a nice note stating it was a Dell Monitor and that it worked very well, they had just upgraded and didn’t need any longer.  Well, it just so happened I needed a monitor for my contract job.  I didn’t open the box until I got to my cubicle the following Monday. Let me tell you, I was impressed with the care and level of attention paid to re-wrapping all the cables, cords and whatnots.  The monitor was clean and looked like new.  I wrote a thank you card introducing myself and how much I appreciated that monitor!    I love paying it forward and what a thrill it was to actually get something so fabulous.

Expect Quality in Yourself – While I am far from perfect, I do try to eat right, no meat, dairy, lots of raw veggies and I use organic skincare routines and work out.  I invest in and take ownership of my own well being.  In short, I minimize what can go wrong by being aware of where I am at healthwise and managing my resilience.  Some folks eat like they don’t give two f*cks and people, this is going to show up downstream.  It is never selfish to take care of you.  When you come from a position of strength, you are in the best shape to go help others.

Unhook From Drama – Our mind is a computer that literally programs itself to think in such a way that we tend towards.  In other words, if you tend to be happy and positive, your brain will tend to think positively and if you tend to think oh why me, and life sucks, then your brain will condition that way as well.  If you want change, the trick is being patient for the next 30 days which create the new habit and way of being.  I know people who are continuously in one negative drama after another. They do this simply because this is how they have taught themselves that life is for them.  They don’t know and accept for themselves another path, a new way.  Believe me there is!   Try a daily meditation such as Rolf Gates, Meditations From The Mat or Meditations on Intentions and Being.  IF you are stuck in a co-dependent relationship, I will say that Melody Beattie The Language Of Letting Go and Co-Dependent No More, HEALED ME!!!  Denise Linn’s books came next into my life and pushed me onwards from there!  I had no idea that I was co-creating drama nor did I know what co-dependent behavior was but oh boy was this toxic!  And I got out.  You can too!

Take love, patience and more calm into each day, each week by breathing before you react and finding small ways to create space and quiet. With time it gets easier as your new habits are formed which will add quality and resilience to your life!

Be Blessed. ♥

Dangerous Bedding – Detox Your Sleep!

Hello.  This morning I got into a mattress discussion and some of the folks were aware of off-gassing that many of these synthetic materials create.  A few folks suggested airing the mattress out for a specified time period.  But I said why not go 100% organic and get a nice comfy latex that lasts forever, no airing necessary?  Just because you air something out, doesn’t mean all the harmful contaminants have gone away.  They’re still there, off-gassing as your sleep, slowly eroding your health.

Here’s a great alternative with a link you just click on for further details.

My Green Mattress, Simple Sleep 7″ 100% Natural GOLS Certified Organic Latex Mattress with GOTS Organic Cotton and Natural Eco-Wool Cover (Queen)

Part of enjoying the great architecture of your Mid-Century Modern home is having great sleep and a quality of life that supports many years of staring at this eye candy we are lucky enough to walk around in every day!

The body is naturally detoxing between about 9pm until around 11am.  A great mattress will lessen aches, pains, pressure points and encourage restful sleep.  So whether you are shopping for family, for yourself or simply dream of sleeping through this holiday season, here’s to the glorious holidays and the coming new year, in peace, health and prosperity.  🙂

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Filled Up, Fed Up! Embracing the Zen of MCM

 

EMBRACING SPACE.

Part of what attracted me to Mid-Century Modern design is the simplicity and openness of the architecture, the wedding of outdoor and indoor spaces, thus creating a delightful blur between us and the rest of nature with window walls and sliding glass doors that invite us to explore beyond the four walls.  While you can still fill it all up, this type of architecture begs for simplicity and looks its’ very best sparse. Sparing in both landscape and furnishings works to showcase the design and create expansiveness. Most MCM homes were not large sprawls but under 2500 sq feet. Mine is 2105 and I had to significantly pare down and squeeze into it.  2 years in, I have given up a leather lounge set and other furnishings too substantial, too heavy and large to fit comfortably.  Our home looks fairly spacious and I am continuing to reduce things.

To get you into the vibe, check out William Krisel’s Palm Springs: The Language of Modernism.  And you don’t have to live in an MCM home to appreciate a lot of the aesthetics and apply them where you are right now.

LET IT GO.

A few years ago, my husband and I agreed to let go of anything we either didn’t really love or didn’t use at least annually.  Being fully mindful of what is used and what continues to sit year after year is eye opening.  Sure, the thing may be nice or be a lovely gift but if you are not actively using it or it is not a delight to the eye, such as a piece of art, then let it go to a new home where it can live out the life intended for it and thereby create space for something you truly want or need in its place.

THINGS DON’T ALWAYS STORE WELL.

I have a neighbor who collects stuff.  He wants it all for free, anything anyone doesn’t want, stuff left over at a garage sale or left curbside.  He will admit it weighs him down, he has boxes and boxes of stuff and has even built a new garage and rented a storage unit to contain it all.  Things don’t always store well.  Fabric, rubber,  materials get dry rot. Hoses, seals and belts dry out, wiring can get ruined as well.   I had an opportunity to buy someone’s 1 year used high-end washer dryer set but they had been in storage for a few years.  I just pictured the potential hot mess I was buying and said no.  Things are made to be used and few things remain pristine and perfect for long periods unused.  Buy and hold onto what you need and let the rest go.

LAND OF PLENTY.

We tend to think in terms of great deals and opportunities that come only once, sales and getting stocked up.  The truth is that the universe is infinite.  When we act with right action, with good intentions, the universe conspires to provide us what we need and want in our lives.  There is no need for jealousy or clawing at what we want, it will happen when it’s time, when we are ready, as we plan in faith.

MY STORY.

I will share just two.  Story 1) I spent 3 years searching for a Mid-Century Modern house, they are suddenly all the rage and I completely get why, however, it made finding mine a bit of a living hell.  I had notebooks filled with zip codes, prices, addresses and comments. It was a second job for me, finding our Middy.  I looked so long and hard that the same houses came back on the market.  You know you’ve been looking a while when that happens.  As it turns out, a home I lost the first time around, came back 1.5 years later when the couple that bought it realised they would never ever move back to Dallas and sold it to me.  I lucked into a pocket listing where this house had not yet gone officially back on the market, back on MLS, but the current owner called my realtor who said ‘I have your buyer’.  Planning, patience, preparedness and a little kismet!  Sometimes I wanted to give up, perhaps it was not meant to be.  A year into the search, some friends asked me how long I was going to pursue it but my realtor said looking this length of time was not unheard of and to stay the course.  So I did.

Story 2) I was laid off at work and had several deaths in the family.  Coming out of a time famine where I worked exceedingly long hours most of the time at no additional compensation, which had left me losing out on a lot of personal time with family, I created a wishlist of what I wanted next.  My focus was on what I wanted not what I did not want.  I believe you have to think in terms of positives, of affirmations and make it so.  My wishlist was 1) Not to work so hard to earn.  I wanted to apply myself, but not to the point of health affecting overwork. So my goal was hourly employment if possible or a contract that limited my exposure. 2) I wanted to work from home because I get a tax write off with my office and have been working from home for 20 years.  I wanted to maintain this environment if possible. 3) I wanted to better or at least maintain my current salary.

I meditated on my wishlist but was also open to the possibility that I would not get everything I wanted as I was re-inventing my work self.  In the end and amazingly, an ex-coworker set me up in an amazing opportunity that provided me exactly everything on my wishlist.  I was laid off a full year.  During this time, I did not actively pursue employment.  Instead, I focused on myself, my health and wholeness.  I spent the entire year studying with Hippocrates Health Institute, which has nothing to do with Project Management or Telecommunications, but everything to do with my life and creating balance and longevity, both key to both my happiness and my future employer.  I worked at being a leaf upon the wind, letting my inner voice guide me to the right decisions as I ended up with several offers.

CREATING ROOM.

When we stop, breath, listen to what brings us closer to peace or farther away from it, we get clear on what makes us happiest.  Life is not meant to be a drudge but overall, a joy.  Work should be, while at times we all get a bad day, something that brings you fulfilment.  Someone job searching posted on LinkedIn all her struggles to locate work.  She was making a full-time job of it and for months on end.  I could hear the stress in the spaces between her words.  My comment back was a suggestion she perhaps just stop.  Just stop.  Just relax.  What brings you peace?  Would you like to learn a new language or take a psychology course or go on a working trip abroad or any such something you normally would not do in a typical time famine between work and home requirements?  Go, do those things and let the answers and the opportunities come to you.  When we are not bruising our shins on too much dross in our lives, even grand, luxurious, nice dross, we find the space we need to co-create change in our lives.  Stuff weighs down our mind.  Everything we own is catalogued there, something to track and care for.  Too much stuff can be overstimulating to the eye and nervous system.  Less to dust is not a bad thing.  Find your own comfort level with stuff, with space and here’s to co-creating your best life!

Another book to help you get there: Making Midcentury Modern  by Christopher Kennedy or Deborah Burke House Rules to provide mood.

MCM – Art Is Life

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Some folks just want a box to protect them from the elements.  Their needs are simple and they don’t invest a lot into their abode.  As you are here, my assumption is that you have higher aspirations for your dwelling.

Each home lives differently and brings with it a vibe that you can accentuate to your liking.  Just like us, though, it is important to honor the vibe by tuning into it, into what the house speaks to you about, so you get any tweaks and changes right for that particular house.

I’m blond.  As a child I was quite upset I was not born dark skinned with straight hair as my best friend was.  But I had to eventually come to terms with my Scandinavian/German heritage and flat accept who I am.  I am not black, Hispanic or any other person of colour.  I am, in fact, just a notch below albino.  In this life I am a white paper girl.  And that is ok.  And while my hair isn’t straight or black,  I love that it’s texture and curl is  identical to my lovely dark skinned Hungarian mother in law.

So we all must work with what it is that we’ve got.  Actually, we need to honor what we have because this is the only way that we are truly going to bring peace to it and bring out the best that we and our dwelling can be.

Homes are a shelter, firstly, but they are also spirit.  Our house affects our mood even before we hit the driveway as we come home daily to it.  Unfinished this and that’s, a remudle that messed things up, or just plain dirty (see other posts on cleaning tips!).

My mother once exclaimed ‘I feel so sorry for you, Suzi! All those dog toys every place!  That dog is just ruining your life!’  She had it wrong.  Now, if you have children’s toys all over the house, you may want to pick things up but a few toys is joy in the evidence.  I went to a friends home and her children were all playing with toys in the living room.  She immediately apologized and began picking them up.  I said, no, let the kids play.  A home should be joyful.  A teacup sitting at the ledge of an otherwise clean and polished coffee table suggests joyful use.  My husband left his cup in our sitting room the other day and I imagined him there, reading and sipping his tea, wondering upon all his thoughts as he reposed.  Rather than immediately pick the cup up, as I typically do, I left it all day.  Each time I passed, I smiled at the fact he enjoyed this room.

Most of us spend so much time at home.  Those of us who don’t, are still tethered to it as a sanctuary away and apart from the outside world.  Therefore, I believe the home should convey who you are on a personal level.  I like to walk in a room and see how a person lives and learn more about them in this manner.   I went to an estate sale in our neighborhood recently.  There was a lot of stuff, most of it trash.  They had crammed the house up with detritus of little to no value and filled, floor to ceiling, 3 additional sheds on property with similar worthless junk. On a conscious level, perhaps they had ceased thinking about it, decades ago, but I promise you, on a subconscious level, it wore them down.

We recently removed 2 10×6 metal storage containers the prior owner had installed.  We have one more shed to remove so that the landscape can take further shape.  But I wonder what is so important that 2100 square feet cannot contain it?  Why have so much that your architecture and landscape take a back seat?  Why be in danger of jamming a knee just trying to navigate to the bathroom?

Like a wall in an art museum, I have honed our living space, significantly paring down furniture and furnishings.  What we have pops more, is easier to clean and keep up with.  What we own, also owns us.  Sometimes that is a very cool and groovy feeling.  I loved my Porsche and I love my MR2.  I love many things in my home and the home itself.  To a point, I am cool with them owning me too, but also, I try to be cognizant of not acquiring too much, making things over the top where there is too much labor and maintenance as that sucks the joy out.

It is good to periodically examine how we live and if how we are doing that today still serves us.  What do we want to bring into our life and what can we let go of to feel lighter, brighter and create space for something we will truly treasure?

Need some great advice to begin?  I love this book by Karen Kingston, Creating Sacred Space With Feng Shui

 

 

Mod Holidays – Great Modern Stocking Stuffers for The MCM Fan

Let me just begin this page by stating I sure hope someone who deeply loves me, sees this, because I would love to have any of these finds!  I enjoy shopping, just ask my very patient husband.   So that stated, honey,  I did not purchase any of the items noted below…except for the Christmas cards, purchased 2 months ago so they sorta don’t count.

So , what about you?  Thinking of gifts for your favourite Mid-Century Modern fan this year?  Well, I have put together some great items ranging in price from a few bucks to bigger.  Just click on the links of interest to shop!  Happy Holidays!

How about some adorable Charlie Brown stamps ($12.65 includes shipping) to get cards in the mail?  Whether for you to spread the cheer or give to someone you love, these are forever stamps to be used at any time, even perhaps Christmas in July!

After we purchased our MCM home, I began getting these delightful retro cards every year.  I adore these fun and spirited cards from the Retro Christmas Card Company.  Many designs to decide from, too! ($12.00 & $4.00 shipping)

Mid Century Family Christmas Cards, Package of 8

Who doesn’t want a groovy Calder inspired mobile by AtomicMobiles? (I suppose someone that already possesses a Calder)  But these are well made, true in design and I know this because I have one.

Mid Century Houses Today, by Lorenzo Ottaviani, is a weighty hard cover coffee table book for both looks, educational and inspirational reasons.  I soaked this stuff up when learning about and looking for my Middy as well as, because the search was such a bitch, keeping me on point, not settling, keeping hopes up and staying the course.  Now I display these books and use them as reference material.

For a gift that keeps arriving, there is always the delightful read all the way through Atomic Magazine, $19.95.

Atomic Ranch

And for the well stocked MCM kitchen, who would NOT love this ensemble? Atomic Dreams Linen Kitchen Set!  Potholder, apron and oven mitt and a dish towel, $32.00 and free shipping.

I love this flowery tea towel!  This yummy jacquard print is by Split P, it’s hip and mod.

This retro butterfly flask ($10.00 and free shipping) really sets a groovy tone and looks way more expensive than it is! Perfect for cocooning in a corner by the fire or display on the bar.

1960s Or 70s Mod Butterflies 1 Flask 8oz Stainless Steel D-304

And this set of  6 retro floral cocktail napkins are hand made! ($11.99 & $3.94 shipping)

Retro Floral Fabric Coasters, Set of 6

Same price, and hand made by the same artist, this pastel set of 6 retro floral cocktail napkins.

Reversible Mod Floral Fabric Coasters, Set of 6

OMG, what is NOT to like about this Lava Lamp Ice Bucket by destination PSP! ($58.00 & $4.49 shipping)  I’m dying over the lucite topper, and those colours!

You get 6 rather stunning rocks glasses for $34.95 and free shipping.  Not sure you can beat that.  They are gorgeous and manly….but I like it too.

Everybody wants to look and feel shaggadelic.  I rep for Miessence which is a certified organic skin and body care line with a few enzymatic home care products too.   It’s easy to shop online but harder to find pure organic ‘skinfood’ like this.  Take a look and I am here for any questions you have.  Give the gift of healthy, safe, potent and pure beauty!  (see more about health stuff at my other blog,  puretemple.org) https://www.miessence.com/puretemple/en/category/1/skincare

So…let us say you know someone who loves modern, but they’ve got a sofa or chair with chunky legs.  Upate that look with these 7″ MCM tapered legs, which come in finish options! $29.97 & free shipping is a bargain!

The blue on this retro set of 5 shot glasses is stunning.  Perfect for the individual who appreciates something truly from the era. ($58.99 & $24.50 Shipping)

This vintage hand blown bowl, below,  would look awesome on somebody’s coffee table filled with nuts or chocolates.  $249.99 & $24.50 shipping makes it yours.

The simplicity of this amber Blenko style glass is classic.  $60.00 & $4.49 shipping is nicely priced.

The strong and silent type, Man’s face planter, great for many things from agave to fern. $160.3.4 & $6.98 Shipping makes it so.

For some hip music,  I personally know this guy.  He not only is a great family man, but a fantastic entertainer!  We hired him to play at our housewarming and you’d swear to it that it was 1962 all over again.  This is cheap and fabulous if you like the era of Dean and martinis.

Ricki Derek’s Holiday album is fantastic.  $1.39..cheap and fantastic.  How often are these two things combined?

And non holiday Ricki Derek:

Ricki Derek

And Crack of Noon:

The Crack of Noon

Looking for something hippy for her?  Check out this boho bag!  $21.99 & free shipping makes it very cool.

Mood ring anyone? Hand made in 14k Gold, $125.00 & $4.52 shipping, make someone smiley faced!

Crown Medium Mood Ring in 14kt Gold

Happy shopping and may the season and coming new year bless you with gifts of health, prosperity, great food, fun, dear friends and family!

Cortland Bookshelf for Atlier D’Amis

Cortland Bookshelf By Atelier Damis  Contemporary, Industrial, Concrete, Metal, Resin  Composite, Bookcases  tagere by Jean De Merry

What an amazing bookshelf, love at first site. I believe this just makes my dreams come true from a design aesthetic, and I truly need this in my home.  How to woo it?  While I have purchased vehicles that cost more than this shelving unit, it would be a hard sell to my adoring and very practical husband.   What I have now are two metal Ikea shelving units that came with our house.  What I want is this dream floating off the gray terrazzo as the Design Gods intended.

Both striking in design, quality of materials and ample room to put books, magazines, and tchotchkes upon, it is a great piece, not to mention companion pieces that go with it.  Both at home in new modern, Mid-Century modern, upscale industrial and Edwardian, this is sure to grace a few truly magnificent homes while still quietly commanding your attention.

The bookshelf comes in two sizes  with satin or gloss brass over aluminum and hand applied concrete impasto shelves.
Dimensions: 7’10 1/2″ Lx 1′ 3 3/4″Wx6′ 10 5/8″H
and 5′ 10 7/8″Lx1′ 3 3/4″Wx6′ 10 5/8″H

I have not stopped dead in my tracks over a bookshelf in a long time.  This is art.  https://deringhall.com/cortland-bookshelf-by-atelier-d-amis

Price upon request: https://deringhall.com/cortland-bookshelf-by-atelier-d-amis