A Southern California girl living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
I am an interior designer with a love for vintage home furnishings. In addition to running my design business, I co-own a retail store called High Street Market (which is also the name of this blog). I live in Philadelphia with my husband. Three years ago, we bought a 120 year old house and we are working hard to restore it! This blog is a place for me to share my design inspiration, current home projects, and new vintage finds. Hope you like it!
Happy first official weekend of summer! I hope you all have a sweet weekend ahead of you. The fireflies are out in FULL FORCE here, and I plan on watching their natural fireworks display from my porch this evening. Is there anything more magical than fireflies at dusk? It's one thing I love about east coast summers.
Some exciting news:
It's that time of year again! High Street Market will be hosting the annual Vintage Baby Sale within the next coming week. Tons of baby-themed vintage pieces will be in the shop, and they're only available for 24 hours. The early bird gets the worm! Check back on Monday for more details (or, sign up for our newsletter at the top right corner of this page!).
Rumor has it that there is a Million Dollar Decorators marathon on Bravo tomorrow. So, if you've never seen the show, now's the time to catch up (I was apprehensive at first, but now I love it).
And, finally... on my walk last night, I spotted this lovely lady tip-toeing through the grass:
she let me get within 25 feet (close enough to snap this picture with my iphone)...
and then, just like THAT. She was gone.
Have a great weekend, friends. And, I'll see you back here on Monday.
Last week, I wrote a post on the truly fantastic assortment of area rugs at Calypso St. Barth. At the end of the post, I shared a designer tip: layer a smaller, more colorful rug over a larger neutral rug for a layered effect. Not only will this bring more interest to the room, but it will let you switch out the color scheme whenever you want to change things up.
This is what I was talking about. Layered rugs:
An easy little trick to keep things interesting in your home.
Of all the handmade projects I did for my friend's baby shower, this one was one of my favorites. It's SO easy, everyone can do it. To make this door banner, you'll need a fragment of linen, a pack of Sharpies, and a wooden dowel.
I started with a design that I made on the computer. I used Adobe Illustrator, but you could use any program (including the basic, boring Microsoft Word).
Since I can't print out a sheet of paper measuring 26 x 18 inches on my tiny home printer, I printed my design in "tiles". Then, I taped each sheet of paper to the window:
Next, cut a piece of linen to size (mine was 18 x 26 inches). I used a fragment of ivory linen that I had laying around my office, but any simple fabric remnant will do.
Layer the cut linen over your design and TRACE. Yes, trace. It's as simple as that!!!
I used these Sharpie markers. Ultra-fine point is the best and will give you the most control on those fine fonts... also, I was thrilled to see how the pigment was absorbed by the linen. The black was nice and dark, and the yellow was well saturated. I had initially thought about painting the banner, but using Sharpies was about one thousand times easier. And, much cleaner.
(picture taken after I had finished tracing the design, and before I had given this thing a good iron)
Next, you'll need to attach your banner to a hanging dowel. I purchased mine at this fine establishment:
where, clearly, everything's $1.00
including this plastic flag, which was attached to lovely wooden hanging dowel:
I kindly removed the flag, and using fabric glue (I like Fabri-Tac), glued the top edge of the banner to the dowel. Then, I rolled the fabric over the glue line for about 1 inch (to hide the messy glue and create a clean look).
It doesn't get any easier.
Wouldn't this be a fun little project for birthday parties?
To add a little bit of spunk to my friend's recent baby shower, I made a group of custom onesies and hung them on a clothesline near the beverage bar. Keeping with the "Bb" theme... each one said something a little different. And, our Bumble Bee (that also made an appearance on the invites, menus, and note cards) was again a major star of the clothesline:
They were a festive accent to the party... and in about 8 months, they'll make cute little outfits for the new baby.
This DIY project was super easy.
Here's how I did it...
I bought a 5-pack of white Gerber onesies at Michael's for $10.99...
And a pack of iron-on transfer sheets for $4.99...
Once I was back in my office, I opened the pack of onesies and got to work. On the computer, I created four different onesie designs. I used Adobe Illustrator, but any basic program would work (I've said it before, but Microsoft PowerPoint is a really versatile program that let's you import images, manipulate text, etc. You could easily use PowerPoint if you don't have any fancy programs like Adobe Illustrator)
So, here's what I came up with...
I created four designs-- repeating the Bumble Bee to create a symmetrical look and emphasize the "Bb" theme:
Then-- this step is KEY-- I flipped each image so that it would print out correctly onto the transfer paper. Flipping images in Illustrator is easy, but if you're using PowerPoint you'll need to go into "Format" and under the tab "Rotate" click "flip vertical". It's as easy as that. When you're done flipping, each one looks like this:
Load your printer with transfer paper, and hit "print". Once printed, I cut out each design, getting my scissors as close as possible to the graphic. I didn't want a lot of extra transfer paper around the design-- by cutting each image close, you'll create a clean transfer that's more professional looking.
Place each cut out with the image side down:
image is centered and ready for a hot iron
I ironed and ironed and ironed again. It took several sessions to get each image to stick.
once the transfer has completely cooled, carefully peel off the backer paper.
These crazy pictures are from the Sapinus Pro Stand Up Paddling surf competition in Tahiti. My hometown surf shop posted some shots on their facebook page yesterday, and they were just too gnarley to ignore. :)
Found at the modern online shop Horne, and then spotted on Oh Joy!, this might be the perfect summer pitcher. It holds 32 ounces, it's made of bone china and completely handpainted.
Love the navy skinny stripe.
I received some emails asking me where I bought the skirt that I wore to the baby shower. I loved that outfit, so thank you for asking! I bought both the tomato red pleated mini skirt and the confetti printed blouse at Zara. I love Zara.