When Gadora first moved to Austin, I maneuvered my new city by mapping out consignment furniture stores and set sail. Navigating new (to me) boutiques, I rated them on a very serious four smiley-face scale. 1 “=)” was given to … Continue reading →
An update on the 2nd Floor lounge. We’ve put the petal to the metal, and it pretty much rocks. But first a quote, “It takes 8,460 bolts to assemble an automobile, and one nut to scatter it all over the … Continue reading →
For the last couple of weeks, Gadora has been point person for the office’s 2nd floor lounge. The original vision: transform an otherwise pedestrian 19′ x 22′ office room with a well-appointed kitchenette into a vintage, yet modern, industrial space … Continue reading →
Gadora had a particularly fruitful day not long ago. By fruitful, I mean monetarily. In one single day, I’d sold and collected monies for two Still life watercolors I’d placed in our first-ever Office Art show, received payment for another … Continue reading →
Sadly, Gadora’s Wonder Wagon was in a fender-bender last week. See my sad face? This week I was able to drive “The Paiger” to a few repair shops to see about getting her fixed back up. They’ll reload her with … Continue reading →
HTLWD: Some of Gadora’s Peeps know I began a contract with Bazaarvoice in March as their Events Coordinator. I go by Steph there and keep Gadora’s goings-on confined to casual lunch chats or offer A’s when design Q’s come at me. … Continue reading →
Roller Derby (and the occasional yoga before that) has been quietly transforming my wee little vessel. Hot and healthy bodies are all the rage. Recently Gadora stumbled across a few images of figure-shaped furniture and home accessories. Long ago, I’d entertained thoughts of constructing a jewelry box in the shape of a torso. Nipples for drawer-pulls. A shiny jeweled-navel. It never happened. Other bonafide designers have created furniture using beautiful bodies as inspiration.
Peter Rolfe’s “Gen III” birch plywood figure doubles as a jewelry chest. He’s channeled my subconscious—really—and with decidedly more genius. His “current work is heavily influenced by nature, using shapes that we all recognize but would not be traditionally thought of as furniture forms.” Look.
Some things flourish with a mate. A great lounger and its perfect ottoman. Donny and Marie. Roller Derby and protective gear. Home-furnishings sometimes warrant a coupling of similar items and prove some things are better in pairs. Two candelabras on a well-set table. Or, a pair of lamps flanking a well-made bed. Matchy-matchy is sometimes nice.
And while Gadora is refurbishing a twosome of 3-drawer bed tables, at an admittedly snail-like pace, I’ve been obsessed with homely combos and dig these Mid-Mod speckled-ceramic lamp bases (shade not included) from Etsy Seller: FabulousMess.
60s Mid-Mod Lamps
A pair of Vintage Mid Century Modern bookshelf speakers. “Each speaker measures 13 1/2″ tall and 10″ in diameter,” adds Etsy Seller Modnique, and “have been tested and work great.” Not at all sure how the “bookshelf” comes into play, but here you are.
An anonymous inquiry came via email: “I came across a cool mid-century coffee table. Glass oval top. Wooden boomerang/antler like legs. Any insight to name/age? Thank you in advance…[It] was found in my fathers attic during a move and posted on Craigslist.” He added that people have offered more than 4x what he listed it at and, “I wanted to make sure I wasn’t selling a Van Gogh.” Here goes…
"Boomerang" table (1)
"Boomerang" table (2)
"Boomerang" table (3)
With a hunch but not 100% sure, Gadora deferred to a dear friend with mad online search skills.
For those of you who know me—or if you read Gadora Who?—it would come as no surprise that Gadora might take her paintbrush to shoes… in the form of a watercolor, that is. Working with shuzsociety.com, I created a watercolor for one lucky winner, and she’s been chosen: Kathleen from Bradenton, FL. About every other week the shoe-centric site touts a “fab friday” give-away and gifts one lucky SHOE LOVER a pair of shoes, or handbag, and this week… Gadora’s portrait.
Sultry Shoes* for shuzsociety.com
Register to win this week’s give-away at shuzsociety.com, and tell them Gadora sent you. *The original photo was shot by Texas Photographer John Dunn for shuz magazine.
Gadora has been going round and round a lot lately, with skating that is, and thought it appropriate to include a few home decor options for those who like circles too.
Let’s start in the boudoir. Round mattresses were the rage in the Bond movies, just ask Barbara Bach. Found this patriotic circular bed on Craigslist, accompanying a furnished rental loft in Williamsburg. Click on pic to see more of Patrick’s loft.
For rent: round bed in Williamsburg
More ingenious than renting your way into a circular bed, is having your own. Prealpi’s “Infinity” is a round bed entirely upholstered in leather or fabric that offers a multitude of configurations. eRoomService posted a nice round-up (pun intended!) on the Top 10 Contemporary round beds, if you want to peruse other options…
Prealpi's Infinity bed by Studio Duedi
Of course they all beg the question… where do you get your own round sheets?
Gadora has something cooking, folks*. While the Animal Print requests are slowly rolling in, the extra time affords Gadora an opportunity to explore other avenues. Introducing Still Life with Settee series. I love painting furniture. Why not paint paintings of furniture? Rather brilliant, don’t you think?
Pierre Paulin chair ~ DONE
Eames chair ~ Done
Borrowing a few snaps from my Flickr contacts, I must give credit where credit is due.
Last week on a $2-fish-taco-night-at-Quality-Seafood-outing with some friends, the subject of trailer homes came up and we went around the table sheepishly admitting who’d ever lived in one. Aren’t new trailers kind of like modular homes anyway? They’ve really come a long way, baby… and the majority of the 10-person group admitted they had. Gadora yearns to someday turn a few shipping containers into a suitable dwelling, in the meantime trailers are already equipped with plumbing. Hmmm.Gadora’s own parents roll around in a MC—short for Motor Coach—(NO ONE is allowed to call it an RV), and it is mighty fancy.
That said, there is just something undeniably luring about the shimmer of an Airstream. Thanks ShelterPop for their Airstream Penthouse round-up, at The Grand Daddy Hotel in Cape Town. “On the roof of this mild-looking gray and white hotel, is a collection of seven vintage Airstream trailers — and you can spend the night!” Infinitely more interesting than living in one, is renting one. ON. A. ROOF. Your own little Wizard of Oz fantasy come true! Are you with me?
The Ballad of John & Yoko by Tamsin Relly, Cara Rosa and Chloe Townsend
As touted on TGDH’s site, “Each of the trailers was handed over to some incredibly creative Capetonian soul to find new life through playful, eccentric and dazzling décor interpretations of how life in an Airstream can be.”
Earthcote moontides Airstream by Susan Woodley and Brigitte Dewberry