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My Mid Century Christmas

9 Dec

One would think that after a month of doing Christmas for others there would be little energy for doing it for myself…You are wrong, two factors made it easy for me this year, 1. I emptied my car of everything that did not make the cut in some one elses store and 2. We were hit with a snow storm yesterday.

Pre-dawn shot

Pre-dawn shot

A few cups of coffee and I was ready. Ready to deplete the amount of “stuff” I had to put away in my basement. On went Bing Crosby and I set to decorating the house. The snow falling outside the window was the perfect accompaniment to my labors. Yes even an old Scrooge like me does [at times] get struck with the spirit. take a look at my retro decor.

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A long shot

A long shot

My favorite Kitsch

My favorite Kitsch

The 40's Window Candles

The 40’s Window Candles

A brass Gazelle becomes a  Reindeer  this time of year

A brass Gazelle becomes a Reindeer this time of year

My heirloom Nativity

My heirloom Nativity

60's brass candle sticks, found 2 sets..lucky me

60’s brass candle sticks, found 2 sets..lucky me

A plastic Santa Boot..like it a lot..

A plastic Santa Boot..like it a lot..

My Christmas tea pots

My Christmas tea pots

Cocktails? of course!

Cocktails? of course!

Just can't get over mirror balls..

Just can’t get over the 70’s mirror balls..

All dressed up and Christmas is near.

All dressed up and Christmas is near.

Fake is OK in a Mid Century display

Fake is OK in a Mid Century display

My skinny tree with bubble lights...OF COURSE! and lots of tinsel

My skinny tree with bubble lights…OF COURSE! and lots of tinsel

The Parting shot a very Merry Mid Century Christmas to All!

The Parting shot a very Merry Mid Century Christmas to All!

My blinking tree…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB8zlAaYAVU

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35 Years of Collecting…Now what?

4 Nov
What came first the chicken or the egg? I’ve always had a penchant for collecting even as a child. I have also been a “display man” my entire adult life. At this point I ask myself, How did I get all this stuff? Was it a genetic inclination or was it just being on the front line of retail endeavors. If I had been an accountant would I have still have been a collector? probably, but display certainly contributed, the constant need for “things” to do a display. I have created a museum of “stories” all of which have been in a window at one time or another. Now the question is what do you do with all of it?..Ironically its time to open a shop,
My favorite Liners
The SS United States is docked here in Philly
This is my shrine to the Ship
Various Mid Century Items and stainless backsplash from a diner
The Painted Lady a 30 year project
A miniature hotel
Radios another collection
Models and Toys
The Predicta, yes that’s King Kong playing
This is the “Constantinople” collection East meets West at the Golden Horn . My objects of Eastern origin, arranged to replicate the Byzantine style.
The perfect Bedroom decor, at least for me. It’s on the “Dark” side.
Dark with lots of gold leaf
I have a huge number of exotic throws. I love them thrown on everything.
Moroccan dresser scarf and pierced brass tray
I’ve been collecting hanging lanterns and liturgical incense burners as well.
It’s my Greek and Russian background that started me on the icons
This is a fabulous huge hanging Turkish lantern.
A Syrian pierced lamp with beaded fringe.
My galley kitchen is mid-century all the way. that and that from countless flea markets and garage sales
Pyrex beakers arranged chronologically
Neon cocktail sign and Seal lamps
Kitcshy Commemorative plates are fun.
Raymond Loewy for Rosenthal China. Great coffee set.
An ice cream condiment set, now for tea bags
The Living Dining Space a little of everything.

Holidays have Started

26 Sep

The holidays are fast approaching, can you believe it? I've been living three months ahead for years and still can't believe how fast the months are passing. The following photos are not the best I've ever taken. I took them quickly, as all I wanted to do was go home. These are three retail stores in two spaces. Kitchenette, Row Home and the new Emilie women's apparel. This took about a week to completely reset floor displays and change windows. Merry Thanks-a-ween….

This is pretty much the way I feel

 

Dad and the Lionel

2 Sep

My life long obsession with model building started as an infant. My Dad launched my passion with model trains, which he purchased for me in 1953. I was one year old, what could I possibly do with them? I was simply an excuse for him to play with them. All post war GIs loved them. They were his toy not mine. He built a huge layout in our basement, it had everything, I remember how he sit me on his lap and let me push the reostat, and drop the little pills in the stack so it would puff along. As I got older he let me take over, I would lay on that whistle and increase the speed hoping to derail it, which I did time and time again, much to Dads dismay. Time on,my sister was born and we moved, we never again had the space, the trains were packed up and sent to the attic.

As a much older teen I would occasionally set them up on the attic floor and long for the original layout, grass, gravel, trees and hills, but that was never to be again. Time moved on and I went away to college. Never really to return home, my mother called and informed me that they had sold the house and were moving into an apartment. She was going to hold a garage sale to get rid of everything, the train set was first on her mind. She did have the sensitivity to ask if she could sell it. Mom said she would forward the money to me if I gave her permission. What a fool I was,I said yes, she later sent me the fifty bucks she sold it for.

I have regretted that decision ever since. Not only because my is Lionel worth a good deal more now, around 500 bucks, OUCH, but I miss my trains and all that went with them, especially the building of the miniatures. Plasticville U.S.A. Produced hundreds of hometown buildings, a strangely appropriate name, don't you think? A plastic city doesn't have to be in a box, just take a ride to your local Walmart.

Years have passed and I found a way to satisfy my obsession with miniature model making. Being an urban dweller I knew a train layouts are square footage hungry and I had no room. While prowling around thift shops, to funish my humble flat I found a doll house kit, unassembled. Hell! why not I thought, little did I realize what that small and somewhat boring kit would morph into.

Its been over 30 years since I started building and It is still unfinished, The Painted Lady Hotel…..Collection of photos I've taken over the past 7 years…

On Flickr

 

 

Gotta Try it On

26 Oct

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/the-exchange/online-retailers-retro-open-brick-mortar-stores-175109313.htm

                                                               Doesn’t surprise me…Nothing can replace the real experience.

The Painted Lady….My favorite Shots

2 Feb

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 I know that some of my readers must be growing tired of  The Painted Lady, but as of late I have a few new followers who are loving her. This post is for them. It seems there are more miniature fans out there than I thought. It’s more than just a dollhouse, in fact I enjoy the photos more than the house itself.

McDonald’s gets a Euro-style Revamp

22 Nov

Not a circus,for sure

It would certainly be refreshing to see them do the same here in the states. Their band-aid remodels are soooo dreary, all that brick painted over and local photos of what the hood used to look like before they destroyed it. Check out what the French are doing, how long will it take for Mc D’s to axe the clown shtick?

Check out the article….http://www.dezeen.com/2011/11/21/mcdonalds-by-patrick-norguet/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+dezeen+%28Dezeenfeed%29

Delman Shoes…..Dorothy Draper..and Mom

24 May

Dorothy understood Womens Retail

Delman now there’s a name that’s been around. It conjures visions of  Bonwit Teller, Franklin Simon, Kelly Kitt and other “Specialty” women’s stores of the post war era. Elegant stores with mezzanines, tea rooms and millinery departments with personal dressing tables. These were the shops that [under protest] my mother dragged me through as a child. Little did I know that 50 years later I would be trying to recreate that ambience.I remember the chandeliers, elaborate plaster embellishments, bold stripes and hand painted birds on the ceiling.

This is what I call an Entrance

This is what I call an Entrance

The Tea Room at the Metropolitan NYC Long gone, it was referred to as the "Dorotheum"

The Tea Room at the Metropolitan NYC Long gone, it was referred to as the “Dorotheum”

She adored the Rococo always in white.

She adored the Rococo always in white.

One can never go wrong with Black and White.

One can never go wrong with Black and White.

Those Banquettes are without equal anywhere.

Those Banquettes are without equal anywhere.

The Greenbrier  has to be seen to be believed.

The Greenbrier has to be seen to be believed.

The black uniformed sales women who carried their own receipt pads and always referred to clients as Mrs. or Miss.who never spoke above a hush.”Is this going to be cash or house charge?” Would you like this delivered? Is Madame planning to wear this tonight? That’s all a distant memory in retail history, yet when the name Delman popped up recently in a clients shoe store I could not help but recall sitting next to my mother while she considered which shoe best suited her. They were Delmans, her favorite. I jumped at the chance to recreate the display of that era. Since my display job at the Greenbrier Resort, I’ve been channeling Dorothy Draper, [the diva of decor] She reinvented commercial retail decor, her dictum “make it gay” [no problem there, Dot]  became decorating law in the 40’s 50,s and lingered into the 60’s

Dorothy sure wasn’t from Kansas

So here it is my small tribute to Dorothy, Mom, all the great retailers of the past and of course the famous Delman Shoes.

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