Archive for January, 2012

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Open Tabs

Jan
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Do you keep loads of tabs open in your browser? Me too. Here’s what’s been open on my desktop this week:

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This Week’s Outfits

Jan
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Happy Australia Day

Jan
1,178 Comments »   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Travel

Me and a kangaroo, February 2002, Kangaroo Island, South Australia.

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Open Tabs

Jan
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Do you keep loads of tabs open in your browser? Me too. Here’s what’s been open on my desktop this week:

Photo: Arsi Ikäheimonen

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20

Nighttiming

Jan
No Comments   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Misc., Photos, Travel

The cabin fever caught up with us around dinner time last night, so we set off for the grocery store to pick up some vices (chocolate for me, cerveza for Brian). Oh how the snow makes everything softer and calmer- especially once the sun has set. The roads were just so quiet (literally), and the lack of light diminished the look of the dirty snow on the street corners.

Photos: Gretchen Lilly

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Vintage Microcars

Jan
No Comments   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Color, Inspiration, Sweet Rides

The snow just keeps piling up around here, which means I haven’t left the house since Tuesday (luckily my work has been closed due to weather!). One thing that has kept the cabin fever at bay is diving deep into the archives of my favorite blogs. I have to thank Jordan from Oh Happy Day! for mentioning her love of microcars- I’ve always loved the look of these cute little vehicles, but did not know the term for them. There is something so visually appealing about the gentle curves and soft colors found on these cars- almost like little scoops of ice cream coming down the road!

Let me tell you, searching for “microcar” on eBay will have you examining your bank account to see if you can afford one (especially since three of the current listings are in Washington!). Luckily, Brian finds them just as cute as I do, so we’re making plans to buy a couple of acres, built a dozen or so garages, and just live in a camper to support our vintage car habit. Also, who knew that Vespa made a car?!

Sources: Isetta/360/Multipla/400

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Settle Into The Snow

Jan
No Comments   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Inspiration, Travel

Our first snow of the season fell this weekend in the Seattle area, and we’re due for more (much worse!) in the next few days. We only get a good snow every few years, and I still get excited every time. I’ve never lived in a place where snow is a regular part of winter; I’m sure it gets old after a while, but it sure does soften the look of everything.

This resort in Finland looks like a great place to experience winter weather during both the day and the night.

Photos from the Hotel & Igloo Village Kakslauttanen. They also have a (year round!) Santa village and a rather cozy honeymoon cottage. This resort is north of the Arctic Circle- can you imagine watching the Northern Lights from your cozy bed? I’d love to take a trip to Finland some day, since my Finnish heritage is the strongest part of my background (only 1/16th, but the rest of me is generic European). Hmm, I hear Iceland Air has some great deals…

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Retro Inspired Camping

Jan
No Comments   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Fashion, Inspiration

Last week, two big stories caught my attention: 1) There will be a new Girl Scout Cookie this year & 2) A new Wes Anderson film will be coming soon. I couldn’t help but think of my own camp outs as a Girl Scout after watching the movie trailer, and if I could do it all again with the retro-style we all love about Wes Anderson, it would go a little something like this:

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FLW in the PNW

Jan

Frank Lloyd Wright is quite possibly one of the most famous architects of all time. He’s best known for building homes in the Midwest and on the East Coast (and his winter home in Arizona, blogged about back in February 2010), and I assumed that is where all of his buildings are. I was shocked to learn that there are two Wright homes in the Seattle area- AND they are both currently for sale!

The Tracy House on Puget Sound:

And as much as I love the water, this cozy little place in the woods is my favorite of the two:

Notice the furniture that was designed to go with the homes- I especially love the long benches.

So if you have over a million dollars budgeted out for your next home, you can own a Frank Lloyd Wright.

Listings found at SeattleModern.com which is a great place to geek out on mid-century and modern houses on the market.

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Put Another Record On

Jan
846 Comments »   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Home Decor, Organization

My gift to Brian this Christmas was a record player (or turntable, or phonograph). We’ve each been building up a collection of records over the years (mine started when I purchased Debbie Gibson’s Out of the Blue in the second grade), so it’s been great to hear our records through the speakers. The thing is, now I want some sort of furniture piece to hold the records and player. My current solution is a wooden TV tray and a plastic milk crate (note to college students with little money- buy these things, you will keep finding uses for them until you win the lotto and can afford to actually decorate your whole house at once).

The contenders:

Urban Outfitters

West Elm

CB2

And if I do win the lotto (or stop buying food):

Design Within Reach

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