History Lesson: Tolix Marais Stool

We’ve talked about the Tolix Café Chair before, and today I thought I’d feature its backless counterpart. Xavier Pauchard was a French metalsmith who made galvanized steel furniture cool. In 1934 he developed the Tolix chair collection for cafes all over Paris that included a stacking stool. The stools offer high style and simple design, and are still manufactured in the same town as the originals were. They are available in bar height, counter height, and dining table height, as well as kid’s sizes.

(Images via DWR, skona hem)

Weekly Wrap Up: Destination- the Clouds!

Friday’s Destination: The Clouds!

Destination: The Clouds!

I recently came across these wonderful pieces of art by photographer Laurent Chehere. Urban homes and other buildings throughout Paris are seen flying through the air, their antennae, laundry, and power lines dangling below. The incredible details such as graffiti are enhanced in Photoshop, and other elements like animals and people are added to tell the story of the structure’s existence.

(Images via Laurent Chehere)

History Lesson: Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day!

I thought that I would repost what I wrote on Labor Day back in 2012 for 3 reasons: 1- because the poster is an ever-so-meaningful iconic piece of history; 2- because I walked by it yesterday and can’t get it off my mind; and 3- because it’s just really good design. So, here she is… Rosie the Riveter! And enjoy the holiday, whatever your plans are.


Happy Labor Day! I was thinking about associating my post this morning with the holiday, and the famous “We Can Do It!” war effort poster came to mind. In 1942, artist J. Howard Miller was hired by the Westinghouse Company’s War Production Coordinating Committee to create a series of posters intended to keep production up within their factories by boosting morale during the war. One of Miller’s posters was the now famous “We Can Do It!” image. Today the image is often mistakenly referred to as “Rosie the Riveter” and associated with feminism; however it was not about women’s empowerment or even recruiting women. The image was actually based on a photo of 17 year old factory worker Geraldine Hoff Doyle (1924-2010), a metal-stamping machine operator. It was shown internally only to Westinghouse employees for a 2 week period in February 1943, and then disappeared for decades. Miller’s poster was rediscovered in the early 1980s and used to promote feminism and other political issues.

(Image via Wikipedia)

Weekly Wrap Up: Batik & Bishop Castle

Monday’s History Lesson: Batik
Friday’s Destination: Bishop Castle- Rye, CO

Destination: Bishop Castle- Rye, Colorado

In 1969 Jim Bishop started construction on a family home. He placed rocks along the perimeter which gave it a castle-like quality, ran with the idea, and the home became Bishop Castle. This one-man project has been a work in progress for more than 40 years, and has become a destination for road-trippers. For free admission, visitors can enjoy the grounds and the castle’s unique structure, wrought iron elements, steep stone steps, and a chat with its creator, Jim Bishop.

(Images via foursquare)

History Lesson: Batik

When I was about 10 years old, I had my first experience creating a batik piece, which probably contributed to my life-long passion for fabrics. Batik is an art form of textile design involving wax. Wax is used to create areas where the fabric will resist the dye by applying it in a pattern. The piece can then be dipped in and out of dye while removing pieces of the wax along the way by dipping the fabric in hot water. Modern examples are equally as intricate and beautiful as the vintage ones. Historically, cotton fabric and beeswax were used to create batik. Many cultures have used batik in their histories as far back as the 6th century, but Indonesia is probably the most well-known for it.

(Images via batik guild, dell crane on etsy)

Weekly Wrap Up: Mondrian & Destination Anywhere

Monday’s History Lesson: Mondrian
Friday’s Destination: Anywhere

Destination: Anywhere

Artwork is subjective and sometimes difficult to commit to. If you’re having trouble deciding on a piece of art such as a portrait or landscape for your home, try a map or abstract of a favorite place. Wanderlust quotes are also popular, and look nice when paired with other pieces. Pick out some pretty images in different sizes of your favorite destinations and treat your walls to some new artwork this fall.

(Images via Society6, Etsy)

History Lesson: Mondrian

Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) was a Dutch painter most famous for a style of art he called neoplasticism. His best known work involves a black on white grid filled in with the primary colors red, yellow, and blue to simplify his subject matter to a fundamental level. This ultra-abstract interpretation was part of the basic idea behind the De Stijl movement, of which Mondrian was a founding member. His work was essential to the growth of modern art and is some of the most recognizable art in modern history.

(Image via The Guardian)