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I’m always on the hunt for great vintage textiles. Of all the so-called “decorative arts”, textiles are probably my favorite. A lot of time & skill goes into the composition & creation of these usable art pieces. Last weekend, I discovered a couple of really great saltillos & three pristine molas that I have listed in the Home Dec store HERE.
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I also have a small heap of other amazing woven wall hangings that I need to process into the store, too, so keep an eye out.
This incredible tooled leather suitcase from the Clothing store deserves an honorable mention in the Textiles Junkie blog post, not only because of the amazing tooling on the outside, but because of the fantastic fabric lining inside!
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You guys know I’m a sucker for amazing textiles so I was pretty excited to discover All Roads- an absolutely inspired Los Angeles artistic duo, comprised of jack-of-all trades, Robert Dougherty, and textile artist, Janelle Pietrzak. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from their SITE, but it’s really worth going over & checking out the entirety of their work. They also have an etsy store HERE.
(photos from All Roads)
This weekend I went to the annual San Francisco Opera costume sale & I decided to snap a few pics so you could see what it was like. I showed up at 10:00 on Sunday morning &, despite the fact that it was the second day of the sale, I was number 217 in line. The line went welllllll around the corner & I waited for about an hour to get in.
Their warehouse is in a pretty industrial neighborhood in south San Francisco. If you’ve never been to San Francisco, here are some pics of some wildly unfamous sights in a neighborhood you would probably never go to.
Once I got into the sale, I did the best I could, grabbing whatever looked interesting, stuffing it into a huge box, pushing said box through the racks & crowd, fending off other customers from said box, & occasionally snapping a shaky picture. It was mayhem. Literally every fourth person tried to rummage through my box & I had to chase them away repeatedly.
Most of the costumes were pretty theatrical & the crowd was definitely leaning towards a Renaissance Faire / Dickens Faire kind of vibe.
There were tons of AMAZING shields (the horse ones below were maybe about 4′ tall or so.) & also lots of breast plates & helmets.
In the distance (below) you can see the racks that were roped off, containing the more exquisite costumes that ranged up to $750. There was a huge line to get into that section & I didn’t even bother. My husband was kind enough to drive me & he was wrangling our kids & puppy while I was doing this whole thing, so I knew I had to make it as snappy as possible.
My kids have been doing some camps with the Marin Shakespeare Company & they love dress up, so I got a medieval style hat for my daughter & a helmet & shield for my son. My son wore the helmet out to lunch afterwards. Kids are awesome!
These are a few of the things I pulled, but decided to put back. From right to left: A very heavy caftan of rough wool, which was cool but a bit big & it had a bit of a Moses-Wandering-the-Desert kind of vibe. Two pairs of genie pants that were awesome but I knew I would have a hard time photographing them for the store. Two phenomenal coats made of this nubby, rustic, woven fabric. They were cool, but a bit big & I thought that I might be the only one who liked them. A pair of overalls that I determined were pretty pedestrian. Another coat along the lines of the nubby rustic ones. A little avant garde. Lastly, an incredible ikat kimono.
There were some other pieces that I let go of along the way, but I think I ended up with some pretty cool stuff. Everything I got at the sale just went live in the clothing store today. Click on the photos below to be redirected. I hope you guys like what I ended up with & enjoyed seeing a little slice of my wacky life.
How cute are these quilted cotton suitcases by Indian children’s retailer, Soto Moto? At this time, it looks like the only place you can get them is at their retail space in Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi. Maybe if we create enough of a stink, they’ll at least open an online store. Check out a few more photos of their cute children’s decor & toys at their website HERE.
A pretty fantastic little collection of original oil paintings from the 1960s just hit the Spunk Home Decor store. Have a little browse through our Mid Century Modern art gallery & check out the other amazing wall hangings we have in the store. Switching up artwork is the fastest & cheapest way to freshen up the look of a room. Shop all of our Art & Textiles for inspiration.
I’m totally smitten with Australian boutique, Alice Euphemia. Check out my top pics from their current collection below, but watch their website or stop by their store if you’re local. They stock fresh talent from all over Australia & New Zealand. I’m going to have to book a flight!
Or just shop online.
Photos from Alice Euphemia