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Posts Tagged ‘mid-century’

Heath House Numbers

In Design on May 3, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Back in December, I was kicking around Heath Ceramics on Beverly and my heart skipped a beat. There in the back corner was a crate full of prototypes for Heath Ceramic House Numbers—in both Neutra and Eames number fonts (below photo via heathceramics.com):

I dug and I dug until I found our house numbers, snatching up the very last numero “2.” And then I wrapped up the tiles and put them under the Christmas tree for my husband. We are Heath fanatics, and I think I’ve mentioned before that our dishes inspired much of the color palette for the rest of the house—inside and out:

When he unwrapped the numbers on Christmas Eve, we didn’t know when we would be restuccoing our house but we were both seriously excited about putting these up when we did. And finally, just last week, we finished the stucco and the new trim. But best of all, we mounted the new numbers right into the stucco. Take a look at what they replaced:

The numbers, which are a collaboration between Heath Ceramics and House Industries, will be available for sale starting June 1 at Heath Ceramics. Here’s a look at the Eames as well (via heathceramics.com):

Flowers for Foodies

In Design on August 17, 2010 at 11:20 am

I went hiking up in Griffith Park this morning with my friend Mia, who quite simply has great taste in everything she does. And by trade, that includes renovating and interior design. This morning she gave me this Oncidium Sharry Baby ‘Sweet Fragrance’ orchid, which smells like CHOCOLATE! I’m not kidding—my entire kitchen smells like Alice Medrich just set up shop. Just imagine the disappointment when Mr Foodinista walks in the door tonight and wonders where the brownies are. (He should know better; I don’t bake.) And every bit as delicious as the chocolate fragrance perfuming the air is the gorgeous mid-century pot in which it sits. Mia found it at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Whenever she sees interesting vintage pots, she grabs them for hostess gifts later. How great is that?

Vintage Heath

In Design on July 29, 2010 at 6:55 pm

This post is so long overdue, it’s embarrassing. Earlier this spring, my in-laws were visiting from the East Coast. For Mother’s Day, my husband picked out a beautiful trio of Heath Ceramics bud vases in a chartreuse, aqua blue and natural for my mother-in-law to go in her “Florida room” at their home in Gulf Stream. We are nuts for Heath over here and based the entire color scheme for our home on my favorite Heath glaze, French Grey. My mother-in-law mentioned a few pieces of Heath she’d picked up several decades ago at a thrift shop that were more in our kitchen’s color scheme than hers. The next week, I opened a package from my mother-in-law containing this vintage pitcher, creamer and sugar set in a long-retired glaze that is heaven. I love the faintly mottled look of it, and the bright turquoise interior. Oh, and that we own a little piece of American history from this beloved Sausalito company.

Tabula Rasa

In Design on April 21, 2010 at 9:59 am

I did it. I ordered my dream desk—a George Nelson Swag Leg Rectangular Table with a walnut veneer top. I’ve thought about this desk for so long, imagined the stories that would be written here—the gorgeous sculptured chrome legs sending up electromagnetic waves of inspiration to anyone seated at the table. But beyond the sheer beauty of the thing, this table represents new beginnings. A literal blank slate. In the past year, I’ve made big changes professionally. Leaving a full-time office job that I loved—and all the daily mayhem that goes with the territory—to a new chapter working from home, which brings its own brand of chaos and distraction. As our home office continues to take shape (drywall goes up today!) and with my new desk en route, is it crazy that I already feel a sense of calm and (pending) order? I guess that’s the power of good design.