George Nelson bubble or onion skin lamp shades are a mid-century modern classic, and they aren’t as expensive as you would expect if you buy them and have them sent. In the past I found old copies on Trade Me and in antique shops for not too much money but I notice now that all things retro are popular, they have gone up – cheap imitations in not very good condition going for around $100! Why not save that $100 and put it towards a beautiful new George Nelson pendant lampshade?
New Zealand retailer Homage stock them and they cost from $700 – which is a lot higher than the $269 (about $NZ336) they cost here in the US. And there are several companies that will send internationally: ylighting.com will, although you’ll need to order over $500, so go crazy and get a few, get a huge one or pal up with a friend!
I think the saucer is still my favourite. I saw it in a few open homes during our search for a home, and they really stood out.
Or how about making a real statement in your stairwell or (double-height) entry way! How cool would this be? You can contact ylighting for a quote for shipping.
I love these tea towels from IkoIko, and they would make great gifts for people who love retro and vintage. They are a bit more classy than the usual souvenir tea towel (although I love them too!). You can get them in landscape designs: Mt Egmont and Mitre Peak – as well as bird designs: fantails, tuis, and huia.
These are just $19.90 and IkoIko do mail order as well as have them in their Auckland and Wellington shops.
I am always on the look out for a cool lamp and these retro table lamps have a cool 60s vibe about them. They come in red, black or red and are made of metal. They would look great on your bedroom or living room side table, and it looks like they give out good task lighting so would be perfect to read by in the evening.
They are usually $89 but are selling at Once It (you need to sign in to visit this sale site) for $39. Sale ends today so get in quick!
I would love to add these bookends to my small chalkware collection. How wonderful are these plaster genie bookends? It looks like they are in great condition for their age, although with some small touch ups – not surprising as chalkware scratches so easily. I searched to see if I could see prices for anything similar and I spied another couple (although not as great as they have dishes between their knees) on Etsy that are going for $US95 (and shipping is $80 on top of that!). So perhaps that is an indication of what these might go for.
The Blackamoor tradition was popular in the 1600-1700s enameled or carved from ivory, but also became popular mid- century decorations now chalkware (plaster). These bookends have a lot of the blackamoor signatures – they are a pair, are wearing turbans, wearing jewels and are black with bright colours. These would be great pieces to own!
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While doing our big retro renovation, I decided I wanted to get a mat for our kitchen floor. As it’s a narrow space, I wanted something like a runner carpet, but being a food zone it needed to be practical. I love the squares of seagrass matting – seen recently in my post about the Marlborough Sounds bach here – they remind be of baches and growing up in the 70s, but they were surprisingly hard to find. I guess they are not in fashion any more.
I did end up finding one mat store online that sell the seagrass matting tiles. The squares are 30.5cm squares and come off the roll in 9 square widths – at $40 each row. Then you just decide how many rows you want. You can see more here.
I got 3 rows wide and it fits our kitchen perfectly. It’s a practical choice as the bits of food and muck don’t stick to the matting, instead it falls through, so you can just vacuum it up every couple of days. It’s soft under foot, and helps to stop things breaking when you have a 2 year old rummaging in the cupboards. I wish I’d done it before!
Photo: A Simple Life Afloat
I haven’t had much time to post as we’re hectic at home renovating and doing the garden, I should have some good photos soon though!
I’ve still been coveting things on Trade Me and I found these great pair of Mid-Century lamps. Aren’t they amazing? They are gazelle lamps, all carved out of one piece of wood. They are not small – 56 cm high and have brown brushed velvet lampshades. The gazelle is a classic mid-century shape, you see quite a few carved gazelle ornaments and statues, but these lamps don’t come up often.
They started at $10 but are already at $96 so they are probably outside of my budget!Read More