Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Discover THIS IS NOT IKEA

Hiding in Los Angeles exists a hidden land mid-century treasures. It's a wonderland for the artistic eye and decorating enthusiasts. TINI is a must stop if your looking to accessorize your home with the most unique vintage items. And like have, you may actually become obsessed. 

So if you can't stand the absence of character in furniture that comes strait from ikea, then this place will be like a heaven to you. I'm always amazed at what people think up and create. I wish I had a house that I could just fill with these amazing, unique pieces. I love furniture that is just like a piece of art, yet still manages to fulfill its purpose.






When I moved out to California from the cornfields just outside Chicago, I had literally no furniture.  I rented my first apartment, and headed strait to Ikea.  BIggest mistake EVER! Yeah okay, you can get quite a bit with a small budget, but you get what you pay for.  #1 its cheap quality (for the most part) #2 their furniture looks nice and mod in a showroom, but lacks personality.  When you bring it home it seems just, uh, blah.  Well thats my opinion.  So when you solely decorate you apartment in 'Ikea' it just does not feel like home.  Its emotionless, and there is no representation of yourself or what you love.  And that is the key ingredient to creating "your home."  However, when you incorporate vintage pieces that are infused with so much character they speak to you, you're heading in the right direction.  While I still own Ikea furniture, four apartments later, much has been weeded out and replaced with thrift store finds that I have refinished myself and unique findings I just couldn't live with out. But there's nothing better then having someone (TINI) do all the leg work and compiling all of this awesomeness into one store.

So the bottom line is if you are looking for rad vintage pieces in a range of styles but have an IKEA budget, then this shop is the place for you. Shop the online galleries and have fun!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Garage Gypsy Jewelry

Hello there! Welcome to my bohemian world where the breeze is cool, the sky is pink, and everyone is unique. Garage Gypsy is a line of jewelry that is far from traditional as it incorporates strummed guitar string, vintage car keys, clock gears, feathers paired with soft pearls and delicate copper chains. Each piece is crafted by hand with love morphing it into a piece of art. If you understand the lack of character and personality (not) found in mass produced products and you desire things that scream of originality & personality- then you’ve come to the right spot. You may love it, you may hate it, but as long as I have sparked an emotion of some sort, then I’m serving my purpose to inspire.


Friday, September 18, 2009

Where dreams begin..

Here are my new pillows I made out of old t-shirt. I love to recycle my old clothing by using the fabric to make something new!











Friday, September 11, 2009

TWO TIN CANS (my new blog)

Blogspot I love you, but I think I'm in love with Tumblr.  I discovered blogging via tumblr not to long ago, and I have to say it is super user friendly not to mention visually clean, organized, and stimulating.  I will continue to blog here, but for mad visual inspiration check out my Two Tin Cans blog. Click HERE to sail away to a sea of loveliness

Monday, August 31, 2009

mac.n.cheese spin.off

Kraft. eat your heart out.  This is pretty basic, but also a lot healthier then your average box of mac n cheese.


BARLEY MAC 'N CHEESE

1/4 c. barley uncooked
1/2 white onion, chopped or sliced
1/2 tomato, diced
1 oz sharp cheddar, shredded
1 oz fresh parmesan, shredded
dash of the following [to flavor]
pepper
allspice
paprika
cumin

Directions:
#1 bring at least 1 c of water to boil, add barley and cook until tender [up to 30m.] but not until fully cooked.
#2 add onion and tomato, reduce heat, cook for another 15 min.
#3 drain any additional water in pan.
#4 add spices and cheese.
#5 stir and serve.

Feed the body.

Its time to get back on the health track.  Popsicles, ice cream, frozen yogurt, you name it-all these summer treats are my biggest weakness.  So to make up for it, in some degree I made steamed veggies [broccoli, pumpkin, onions, and mushrooms] and black beans with fresh Parmesan cheese & ground pepper! Simple, fast, healthy- and yes it was yummy.




Sunday, August 16, 2009

TENNIS SUMMER RUSH






So my mom and brother got a little time out on the courts during their stay with me.  And since I'm rackettless myself, I kept myself occupied with my camera.



and of course the old russian men playing cards in the park! (welcome to plummer park)

and the little squirrel found dancing in the tree..



Summer, by far, is my absolutely favorite season.  I love the heat. Especially, when your living in California.  You get all the sun and all the hot weather without that dreadful humidity.  When you have frizzy hair like me, if you spend an hour straitening your hair just trying to make it look pretty, its nice to be able to step outside and not grow a frizz fro!  Sadly August will be coming to an end before we know it, and so will the hot weather.  

Monday, July 27, 2009

Obsessions for Inspiration













There is something about the brilliant color turquoise that gets my heart racing.  I love how it pops when combined with something of wood.  I'm such a sucker for plush worn leather and bright colors!  Hopefully, they will pop a little inspiration into your day!  All images found at Design Addict, and I believe are available for purchase!
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