25 August 2010

A Few Lots of Fine Pieces

It's a smaller collection this time, but filled with a few gems. Pittsburgh and Cleveland based Aspire Auctions fall catalog is available for online perusal, with bidding starting Friday morning. I am longing for the jewelry and rug categories, but the furnishings are gorgeous as usual. 

And the art collection is one fit for a museum.

20 August 2010

Very Crafty

This will be the first and the last time you read the term N'at on this site. However, this instance is deemed worthy. Next weekend is the second annual Crafts N'At, an indie open market supported by the Pittsburgh Craft Collective, in which proceeds go to local non-profits (this year to Animal Friends.)

Some of the goods: "jewelry, art, soap, reconstructed tees, greeting cards, baby hats, stuffed creatures, hand bound books, spun yarn, and tons of other really cool, can’t get it anywhere else kind of stuff."

The details:
Friday, August 27, 6pm- 9pm
Wildcard, Lawrenceville

Craft Show
Sunday, August 29, 12-5pm
Soldiers and Sailors Hall, Oakland

See yinz there! Ha, I could not resist. Never again. On the record.

15 August 2010

Mass Exclusives

I am anxiously awaiting some of the upcoming Target + designer collaborations, especially the second installment of John Derian pieces. (I am pretty sure I cleaned out all of the Target stores within a 30 mile radius when his initial collection came out a couple years ago.) His gorgeous, whimsical, handmade decoupage pieces are the inspiration behind the collection, affordably printed onto melamine, acrylic and wood.

Some of the pieces I am eyeing (if I am lucky enough to nab them): The wood frame in a gray-blue and white print that reminds me of the Kelly Wearstler trellis pattern. It would be hard to replace the salient message in beautiful calligraphy (usually you can't wait to rip out the blank page or staged family photo that comes in a frame.)

I have wanted a tiered tray, but haven't found anything interesting enough until now. And the set of botanical plates are gorgeous, and perfectly match the green accent in my kitchen.

As if the anticipation couldn't get anymore intense, Gilt is having an exclusive preview sale of the coveted Target pieces this Friday, August 20th through the weekend. It also includes items from the upcoming collaborations with Mulberry and Tucker. 

And finally-- very much awaiting to check out the bold and colorful Temple St. Clair jewelry collection, set to launch at the end of the month. Since a real piece isn't in my foreseeable future, these adorable costume drop earrings could temper my craving (everything in the collection is under $50.) 

10 August 2010

Understated Estate

There has been much ado about Bunny Mellon, who turned 100 yesterday. The only apparent connection to Pittsburgh is her marriage to Paul (only son of Andrew Mellon), who grew up here. According to the Post-Gazette, this is the only recorded photo of her within any proximity to Pittsburgh-- in Ligonier, 1946.

A close friend of Jackie Kennedy, she gave entertaining and decorating advice and designed the White House gardens. Apparently, Bunny said in the New York Times in 1969, "Nothing should be noticed. Nothing should be noticed." She created a paradoxically understated-yet-jaw-dropping elegance in everything she did.

Vanity Fair featured Ms. Mellon's Virginia estate and it is breathtaking. While our tiny little city garden is a speck in comparison, it's fascinating to see such a beautiful expansive landscape. Below is the vegetable garden. A friend brought over a platter of the most delicious homegrown tomatoes last week. We've allowed our garden to bloom as it stands for one year before deciding what to do with it. A vegetable garden seems to be a must.

Housing the garden baskets. I am in love with that beautiful painting.

The greenhouse (with wall murals) looking into the crab-apple arbor.

04 August 2010

Friday Fun

It's now August, and its still summer, so there are not one, but two lovely events on this upcoming first Friday of the month (August 6th). And... the forecast predicts a clear and cool summer evening- perfect!

First Friday at the Frick
7pm on the Great Lawn
$5 suggested donation
Grab a blanket, bring out your melamine, and pack a picnic for an night of jazz and cabaret with award-winning vocalist Dane Vannatter. A summer must.

On and off Penn Avenue, Friendship
The open-house gallery crawl features all the favorite stops, plus a real-live Etsy shop with goods created by talented Pittsburgh artisans (like the pretty dahlia print above), and the opening of Awesome Books, Pittsburgh's newest local bookstore. And be sure to try Spak's Pizza next door-- delish.

02 August 2010

Have a Seat

My latest and greatest Etsy find-- thevintagelaundry shop. I would gladly decorate my house with any of the classic restored pieces, like this cheerful Louis XV reproduction.

Describing these chairs as Mad Men-era already had me. Then I saw that they came from the historic Kaufmann's department store the and I now think it's my duty to bring them back home to Pittsburgh. I would love to see a picture of them in their original environment! The Mad Men reference has me envisioning Menken's.
For $850, they can be reupholstered and sitting in my living room. Now I just need to find the right fabric...
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