Sunday, December 23, 2012

Week In An Instant

Images Clockwise, Left to Right:
1. As the days get colder, these two cats get cozier. It takes every fiber of my being to keep the cat pictures to a minimum! Plus they love to nest on the sofa we got at...Oddfellows!
2. I couldn't resist sharing this photo of Ethan and our friend/neighbor extraordinaire Carol. This is at a friend's Christmas Party, right after we completed a holiday themed LaZoom tour downtown. Probably the most holiday fun you can have in an hour, the LaZoom tour featured a live band complete with drum kit and horn section, as well as lots of champagne. I'm going to use this photo later for a "Buy Antiques" campaign poster.
3. First few gifts wrapped under our tree. We have really been enjoying the tree this year, and most evenings you can find the Walmsley-Morris household listening to records/knitting/reading treeside.
4. We visited a favorite haunt, the DeSoto Lounge earlier in the week and I was enamored with all of the new taxidermy on the walls. If I could take this pair home with me, I most assuredly would.
5. Suppertime! We spent a wonderful evening with friends new and old this week and I could spend hours taking pictures of all of this home's beautiful nooks and crannies. Plus, what a lovely spread!

Oddfellows in The Scene

Recently I had the opportunity to write an article for The Asheville Scene, which is the Citizen-Times' companion paper that runs weekly. The Scene is one of the best places to find articles about Asheville's creative side. I particularly love the foodie-centric articles and fashion features. I contributed an article about antique gifts under $100 and had a blast hunting and gathering at a few of my favorite antique shops. Of course my short list includes my one true love, Oddfellows! Check out the link to the full article here or pick up a copy of The Scene around town. P.S. I have to say, my name looks pretty cool in print, right!? P.P.S. If you're reading this blog because of The Scene, welcome new readers! Stay tuned for updates on all the latest happenings with Oddfellows.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

T's Ten, Week of 12/16/12

It's hard to believe that Christmas is only a week away! Perhaps shopping for gifts at an antique store isn't the first place to cross your mind. But I'm here to encourage you to give it a try! There are so many great gift ideas in the shop right now. I've gotten several goodies for friends and families and yes, maybe a few things thrown in for my house as well. It feels good knowing I've supported the shop, as well as a local business this holiday season. Plus it's awesome that the gifts I'm giving are unique, one-of-a-kind items that I put a lot of thought into. So be sure to check out our selection before the big day.

1. I've had my eye on this sign since it landed stateside. It's a 1930s Belgian deer crossing sign. I love the bold, black graphic of the deer the most and while I am quickly running out of wall space, I would definitely let a few things go to accommodate this piece. It's so cool! Dealer #44, Deer Crossing Sign, $295.

 2. This adorable pillow has been really tempting me this week. As an avid owl collector, I do own a few owl pillows but none quite as cute as this one. I love that the pillow is pieced together with different patches of fabric, and I especially love the pattern of the owl's body. This would be an awesome gift, and you can give it to me;) Dealer #133, Night Owl Pillow, $95.

 3. I know I've said this often, but it's true that lamps really tie a room together. They can really make a room feel warm, inviting, and cozy. This lamp is a delight, particularly because the contrast of the cylindrical glass base with the square shaped shade is a really sophisticated pairing. And the best part is that this lamp could function beautifully almost anywhere because of its minimal effect. Dealer #076, Glass Cylinder Lamp, $158.

 4. This pair of glass top mid-century tables are just plain sexy. There's no other word to describe them, really. Great lines, great shape. I love that they could flank either end of a sofa just as easily as they work side by side instead of a coffee table. Sexy, ya'll. Dealer #83, Pair of Mid-Century Tables, $295.

 5. Now for something a little classy. This corner bookcase/cupboard is lovely, don't you think? I love the geometric carving on the glass front and the bottom of the cabinet has great storage for hiding things you don't care to show off. I love the grey color because it reminds me of French country or even Swedish grey furniture. The best part, though, is that it fits snugly in a corner so doesn't take up much room. Dealer #44, Corner Bookcase/Cabinet, $495.

6. Check out this cozy little number. It's definitely a "man chair" if ever I've seen one, but because I enjoy sitting in it when I get a chance, I lovingly refer to it as the "Tarleton Chair." It's so comfortable and there is nothing better than a good leather chair. This particular piece is a vintage Old Hickory Tannery leather chair, and Old Hickory Tannery's leather goods are considered the best of the best. After sitting in it a while, I can certainly see why. Also the night owl pillow featured above would look awesome paired with this! Dealer #444, Old Hickory Tannery Chair and Ottoman, $595.

7. Although these look like a pair of stools, they are actually industrial plant stands. Aren't they fabulous? The tops are made of wood (hence we do not recommend using them as stools) and any healthy plant is sure to complement the industrial look. I also love that there are two of them. As we bring outdoor plants indoors for the winter, this pair is sure to prove useful, and with nice lines to boot! Dealer #NYA, Pair Industrial Plant Stands, $65 each.

 8. I'm digging this vintage iron sconce. There are four of them total, too, so I think these would be great going down a long hallway. Although I'm not well versed on electrical endeavors, I'm certain that those of you that are can turn these into lovely lights. Dealer #28, Set of 4 Sconces, $125.

 9. Yet another craving fresh from England, this pair of Danish modern leather chairs are awesome. To start, they are super comfortable. The frames are Rosewood (one of my favorites) and I love how sleek and sophisticated the lines are on them. An obvious choice for a bachelor pad, I could also see them working just as well in a living room I know in West Asheville. Dealer #03, Pair of Danish Modern Chairs, $950.

10. Surely by now you guys are aware of my love for unusual decorative objects. These bongos prove no exception. I love the idea of putting them on a shelf or bookcase to give some depth and contrast and the shots of red and salmon would make any room pop. Plus bongos are literally the only thing my husband does not own among his collection of instruments, so it would be nice to have late night bongo playing sessions! Dealer #297, Pair of Bongos, $150.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Week In An Instant

Images Left to Right:
1. My driftwood lamp obsession has reached epic proportions. It's like I have a magnet that attracts me to  them immediately. Needless to say, I swapped one driftwood lamp for another, and I am in love with the latest version.
2. This taxidermy goose can be found at Dwellings. I fell in love right away. I love the elegant curvature of the neck. My cats would have a field day with this new "friend."
3. I'm kicking myself for not having picked up this portrait right away. This lady is so sophisticated, and her presence might fancy up the house a bit.
4. It's definitely that time of year again. Each year I find a new vintage decoration to add to our growing collection. This year I found this angel tree topper, and lucky for us she still lights up quite nicely!
5. A captured moment from the first holiday party of the season. I'm lucky to have several friends that work for the Citizen-Times and each year, there is an epic party hosted by two reporters, one of whom has the most amazing Christmas decor. It's so filled to the brim, she even includes a scavenger hunt to add to the festivities.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Oddfellows Makeover!

It has been a quiet week for the blog, but I assure you we have been very busy odd fellows this week. We've been giving the warehouse a little makeover, and I am super excited about all of the changes. There are more changes yet to come, but have a peek at our progress! We shifted our counter to the middle of the front room and raised it on a platform. Then we moved the majority of the stained glass windows to our former office to better showcase them. To experience just how amazing the new changes are, though, you'll have to stop by for a visit. Also we would like to give a great big shout out to our friend and jack of all trades, Chip Free! He's awesome and this project wouldn't have gone as smoothly without him. Thanks again Chip!!!

Here's the beginnings of the platform base in its new location.

 The old girl placed atop her new home. We've had so many people comment upon how great the shop looks rearranged with the counter front and center. But best of all, so many folks said they didn't even really notice the great red color of the counter until now.

 We used this great piece of stained glass as a corner for the counter to add an element of contrast. It just looks plain amazing!

The finished product, tested for perfection by the Chief Executive Fellow, aka Kelly.  Tom added a French awning to the top to really anchor the counter. You can't miss us now!

Our former office now boasts a full collection of English stained glass windows dating from the 1800s to 1940s. I can't believe how much these pieces have transformed in this room. You can really see the stained glass now, and it all looks so lovely displayed this way. So there you have it! It's fun changing it up and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!