Weekly Wrap-Up: Furniture, Fruit & Dangerous Books

Find-of-the-Week: Vintage Settee

I love this vintage settee. The only problem? So did someone else. And they snatched it up before I could return to the store to claim it as my own. It would be perfect at the end of a bed, in a wide hallway or entryway, as a room divider, pulled up to a library or dining table.

What’s New in the Store?

New in The Roving Home store: wood fruit in a bowl. This handmade mid-century piece is composed of several individual pieces of wooden fruit. Carved fruit as decoration is as relevant as ever, stylistically-speaking. And as subject matter, fruit will never go out of fashion — dating all the way back to those lush Dutch still life paintings with fruit as the featured player.

Three Links You Might Like…

  1. When Collections Go Terribly Wrong. Click the link for an article about a couple trying to save a collection of 350,000 books — at the expense of the house the books are in. It’s tough when you have to choose between your books or your house — especially if you’re like us. Here at The Roving Home, we pretty much like both equally well.

    Cindy and Mrs. Brady better watch out. Too many books is no joke.

  2. One Blogger is Very, Very Generous. The blogger behind Oh Happy Day is giving away a trip to Paris for two that she has basically funded herself (in partnership with a Paris hotel). Pretty amazing, right? And I bet this blogger’s friends and family told her that writing a blog would never work as a full-time job. “Make a living writing a blog?” they said. “No, no, no.” they said, “Don’t quit your day job to work on your blog full-time. Don’t even think about it. What are you, crazy?”  Crazy as in I’ll-move-to-Paris-and-publish-my-blog-from-there-and-then-fund-a-Huge-Giveaway-on-my-blog-that-will-make-it-even-more-popular? That kind of crazy? Then Yes, the Oh Happy Day blogger is crazy. So click the link. Enter her contest. You would be crazy not to.
  3. Buy This Map. No, you don’t have to buy it. But check it out and you might find that you want to. From These Are Things, the studio of a Columbus, Ohio couple (my hometown, an increasingly visible hipster heaven), this is a design-savvy way to absorb an important fact — the names of all the state capitals — without straining your brain with the dreaded rote-learning methodology. If only all information could be presented just as attractively, we would hardly need schools anymore. Hmmm…not a bad idea. (Thanks to the blog Molly Ruth for the tip about this map).

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Find of the Week: Vintage Boat Photos

Does it count as a Find of the Week if you discovered some vintage photos you forgot you had? I say yes. Because I had that same sense of delight in unearthing these photos from the piles that make up my own mess as I would have if I had found them in piles of someone else’s mess (a.k.a. an Antiques Store).

Ready for some pre-color photo fun

Find of the Week: The Art of Thinking


The Art of Thinking by Ernest Dimnet

Vintage books with compelling titles are nearly always interesting finds. I had never heard of The Art of Thinking but of course such a title is irresistible. Maybe it will prove to be a life-changing discovery. It turns out that the book made a big cultural splash when it was first published in 1928 by Ernest Dimnet, a French priest.

“The happiness of most people we know is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things”

— Ernest Dimnet (1866-1954)

Find of the Week: Jagged Little Pill

Some finds are more propitious than others. There’s always the chance that you’ll pick up an old bureau in a pile of trash and discover few hundred dollars taped to the bottom of one of the drawers. Or there’s the chance you pick up an old display case you bought at the flea market only to shake out a shiny gold bullet.

You win some, you lose some.

Does this qualify as a vintage find?

Find of the Week: Radio Love

Once again I show my weakness for the Analog Life (in a Digital World). I found an old-school radio this time around. No, not the massive, furniture-sized RCA model – I’m not committed to that level of old-schoolness. More along the lines of vintage, circa 1970s. This little radio is so powerful it allows me to pull in stations even in my basement lair, and this in spite of its missing antenna!

Score one for Old Media.