I'm not sure what kind of leaf bug this is, but it was sort of grasshoppery too. Very bright, vibrant green. Real slow mover. I didn't want to disturb him/her--and didn't want to spook it either. Eventually I got it to climb on a stick & then I was able to move it off my car and in some shaded green space.
From Cyan Design: Saute ballet statue with Old World finish. Now, I don't know what Old World finish is. Did they rub it with musty Europeans dug up from long ago? Not sure.
Either way--this is INCREDIBLY similar to the on set sculpture. I feel with a bit more digging, the exact match can be tracked down. I just don't like all the ballet stuff in Sharon's condo, so it's hard for me to do good research.
Okay, so this one was a surprise, because with all the ballet items in Sharon's condo, I've assumed that this little sculpture was dance-related. The images were poor--and way too small to get details--and I assumed this was a dancer holding out her dress. Wrong.
This little bronze sculpture is, as you can see, a winged female form. She seems to only have right-side details. It can be found and purchased, at least for now, at a few on-line sites: lampsplus, 55downingstreet, etc. It's roughly $100--but can be found for much more, so hunt carefully to save $$.
I feel I deserve a big High Five for this find, because I was looking in all the wrong directions for such a long time. Now, if only I could ID that damned, tiny hallway table, that this little gem used to sit on.
I really, really like this sunburst mirror hanging just inside Sharon's condo. Unlike so many other sun-/star-burst mirror, I like that all the tines are a uniform length. It appeals to the classicist in me. The small metal studs on the interior band are a lovely, simple, ornamental touch.
So this is the mirror:
It's made by Grace Fayock for the company Uttermost. The mirror's called "Sedona." It's 42"x42" and weighs just over 40 Lbs. Dang. Hand-forged metal, silver-leafed and antiqued. You can find it fairly easily online at a variety of home decor shops. Prices seem to vary from upper $300s to low $400s.
both pics above from 1x08: Dismissed with Prejudice
from 2x18: return to sender pt.1
Now, that damn coat-rack has been a tremendous pain to locate. Still haven't found it. I feel I need a little more detail--though frankly, I've been a little bored with it and every time I do a search, I find so many other cool coat-racks and get distracted.
That cool little (glass? ceramic?) dish on the oval accent table looks like that busy Missoni pattern that's so popular. Man, if there's one thing I dislike--it's tons of tiny, colorful stripes. I'm in the minority here--and as much as I like patterns, I just don't like super skinny, stacked colored lines. And I can't be at all sure it's an actual Missoni piece--it just looks like it.
No clue about that odd wooden? ceramic? small faceted table sculpture? bud vase? box? on the oval table. Haven't put any effort into tracking it down, so stay tuned.
The variety of small vases and sundries in Sharon's Expedit shelf have remained mysteries and I believe most of them always will--but as decent images are available, I'll post here.
A couple of the vases/pots look like they could be old Ikea stock from a few years back--but it's too hard to say without good, sharp close-ups. I'll back-post some blurry images from Season 1 I saved later, but for tonight, figured I could put up a couple vases spied behind Jackson Raydor at breakfast:
And actually, these might be new vases this season. Season 1 it was more reds--there was a red vase sitting where this polka-dot/swirl vase is now. Could just be that items have been re-arranged.
Glass and ceramic read pretty similarly. And honestly, I just can't recall what blurry items Sharon's had in that shelving unit. Will dig through pic files over next few days.
I want to say I've seen an Ikea Salong vase there--and some kind of acrylic red planter--but there are several companies that have strikingly similar blown glass vases, so even that's a guess.
I'm very curious about that pretty blue...thing...under the top vase--that colorway and the variegated line dividing the blues should help narrow the selection.
And there you have it. Two unidentified but neat objet d'art.
Could the blue, two-tone vase be this one from Crate & Barrel? "Tavo" vase:
I think it very well could be--still tricky to tell from that little sliver we see, but looks promising. The blues are similar, the variegated line is too. Only thing that's 'off' is there's less dark blue on this vase than the one on set--but that can be easily explained away via the hand-dipping process. Pretty sure I nailed it.
7/26/13: Not updates, just some possibilities from very blurry pics:
Gonna add some small vases/pots that could be some of the things Sharon has in her Expedit shelf--NOTHING VERIFIED--just some things that pop into my brain as I strain to understand what's stocked on those shelves:
The Ikea Salong vase I mentioned earlier. Ubiquitous. Many variations on this theme made by mulitple producers--but here's Ikea's version:
Love that picture of the whole family, but these straight-on shots are easier to understand the shapes:
One of the blurry blobs could be the medium-sized Salong vase. These guys run about $8.00 - $12.00.
Another guess about another blob on a shelf--maybe Ikea Grapefrukt plasic plant pot?
As an analog to my previous post lamenting and celebrating my long distance relationship with my very bestest of best BFFs and most wonderfullest of lovelies and most loyal of loyals and most true of trues and good of goods--I had a one-off convo with her as we were window shopping for sofas that in retrospect has continued to make me sadder and sadder.
There was another couple in Crate & Barrel looking at flatware and glasses--and they were approximately our same age. But they were a male-female couple. I suddenly realized that KB and I are about (well, mostly) to move in together and possibly to move cross-country together. This past winter we went on a road trip and accidentally/serendipitously found the place we want to get 'married' (if that's an option). On that same trip I found a simple, pretty dress I want to wear to that happy event--and gosh, the list just goes on and on. I think my sister will be delighted to marry us and with luck, both our sets of parents will attend. If that's too uncomfortable, for them, I know our siblings will attend--and that's wonderful. We're lucky to have such supportive sisters.
But I digress. I suddenly found myself saying that I thought it was a sad thing, that though we may do all of this, all of the above, feel just as strongly as our hetero couple--have just as good a chance of making it--if not better considering how much we've already dealt with and remained strong...that it was just a sad and strange to thing to know that the marriage option might not be available. That where so many other couples register at shops to help them start off, it won't be obviously assumed that we'd want and like to do this too.
Now, we're not a young 20-something couple just starting out with nothing to our names. I have been lucky to come from a family of artists and designers. I have a beautiful home, I don't 'need' anything--although as with any 'new' couple, we have items we'd like to replace with things that we find together--like the sofa. Like a new mattress, if not a new bed, like down-sizing and getting rid of duplicate household items, to make way for one set, our set, for us.
I'm rambling now, but the point is--it struck me as so odd and weird and sad and strange and stupid that even now, I know it wouldn't be a given that we'd maybe want and need to be acknowledged in the same way that our straight counterparts would. That I, too, want my parents to support me and my partner--and that if we should fall on hardship and harsh feelings--our parents would first be beholding to our stance as a couple, our vows--and not necessarily always be seeing our love, our bond, as different and a little less real--and a little less automatically cherished.
A person should be so lucky to find such a stalwart, decent, kind and true heart as I have found in KB. We are two peas in an odd pod for sure. The chances of us not meeting so exponentially outweigh the chances of us finding one another it's ridiculous that we did. And if this isn't special, I don't know what is.
After 5 years of living apart and dealing with a long-distance relationship, this situation is finally drawing to a close.
Here's what I've found. Although we've both gotten better at handling the distance, it hasn't gotten easier. If anything, this year has been much harder. With all the practice we've had, routines still never get established, there's always a dis/re-connect, there's always more financial burden, more food that spoils, more gasoline that's used, more nights and days alone, less ability to feel like you're a twosome facing the world together--when practically speaking, we are often simply each just one, trying to do the things that couples regularly get to do, but we have to do them apart.
This means birthdays, anniversaries, doctor's appointments, home repairs, yard maintenance, cooking, illness, dog walks, celebrations--most often happen individually and in isolation.
I'm so excited that we may, within just a handful more months, actually live together! In ONE place: together. There will be inevitable moving issues--doesn't matter how positive a step it is, even good stress is still stress. It's really blistered us in particular this year. If ever I doubted the role stress can play in overall health, this year has completely affirmed how significant a threat it is.
I'm already prepping for the 'good' stress that will be come in hand with the happy, and complicated, times ahead. That both of us will experience. We are pretty good communicators if in no small part due to the nature of our relationship--and how careful one has to be in these situations to stay together emotionally, and to keep feeling like a team. I am fully committed to Team KB.
Friends, I am trying not to lose my ever-loving shit over the number of mugs that Sharon Raydor keeps pulling out of her Cabinet of Many Holding.
You know, I would like a break from all these mugs. But I can't. Because it ratchets up the crazy in me and I have to find them all. I don't even know where to begin to unfuck myself over this. And to add insult to injury, there's a frakking matching creamer with this mug. Which should help me narrow down the selection, except for the I DON'T CARE about this color or that shape (although, compositionally, this photo is really pretty and her hands look very nice and that mug does seem like it would be comfortable to hold).
BUT praise be, it's not that awful Villeroy & Boch "new wave" monstrosity. That mug is far too complicated to use first thing in the morning. It folds space back on itself in some infinity loop--much too complex prior to caffeine.
see? waaaay too complicated for the morning cuppa...
Cool. So here's Sharon's teal mug (there are at least two, Jackson has one also, near his cooking set-up), and that's a frakking creamer sitting right next to the coffee maker.
Unfortunately, I cannot find a single clear frame of that creamer -- it's always blocked by an actor or just out of frame.
Even more unfortunate is this:
That sure looks like she has a matching sugar bowl to accompany the creamer, that matches the mugs. Although that sliver of sugar bowl looks like it could be the same style as the eggplant/grey Sango "nova" bowl--there's not quite enough to say for sure. Also--the creamer pitcher appears to be taller than the previously identified Sango set--and it doesn't appear curved--the sides look fairly straight. It's just really hard to say for sure, with so little visual information.