1960 to 1969 linoleum block Christmas cards — an artist’s special gift to her daughter

midcentury linoleum block printOh my, this story is over-the-moon wonderful. June is a regular reader and contributor to the blog. Some time this season, Pam saw her mention that her mother had made linoleum-block Christmas cards featuring June as a child during the 1960s. Would June send us photos to consider for the blog, we asked? Yes, June would. And here we have them: 10 years of linoblock plates made by June’s mother, artist Gertie Albert. This series of annual family Christmas cards captures sweetheart moments of June’s childhood — through the eyes of a mother clearly intent on savoring these precious years.Heck yeah there is more →

Inside Big Eyes — the outrageous true story of Margaret Keane, top-selling painter of the 1960s

Production design: Color, art — and is that Tiki Bob’s?


The much anticipated Tim Burton movie, Big Eyes, is in theaters on Dec. 25, and already the press is buzzing. Kate and I cannot wait to see this film — the story of artist Margaret Keane, painter of the iconic, midcentury Big Eyes paintings — the top-selling paintings of the 1960s. The fascinating conflict: Her husband took all the credit — “…one of the most epic art frauds in history.” Of course, we also cannot wait to see the interiors, set and costume designs in the film. Tim Burton does the 1960s — art and pop culture 1960s, no less!

Director of Photography BRUNO DELBONNEL (left), Director TIM BURTON (center), and AMY ADAMS (right) on the set of BIG EYES. © 2014 The Weinstein Company. All rights reserved.

Director of Photography BRUNO DELBONNEL (left), Director TIM BURTON (center), and AMY ADAMS (right) on the set of BIG EYES. © 2014 The Weinstein Company. All rights reserved.

I started out this story thinking I’d keep it short and feature the photos from the press materials — especially the interiors — along with some information I was able to find online about the production design. But then, I read the extensive Production Notes — and oh my, I was drawn right into the many facets of this extraordinary truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tale. So here you go, 2,500+ words excerpted from the press kit, which digs deep. I’ve asked the PR team if we can get more photos of the interior design… we’ll see. Watch the trailer — there are some great sneak peeks there, too.Heck yeah there is more →

Quick, affordable and foolproof Christmas ornament wreaths — EZ Wreaths in 6 steps

christmas-ornament-wreath-1-3Is time running out — and you still want to try your hand at making a Christmas ornament wreath? This season I made several EZ Wreaths — or polka dot wreaths — as I call them — in a FLASH and with beautiful results. Read on for my six tips to on how to make one of these wreaths, tout suite, with virtually foolproof success.Heck yeah there is more →

Retro atomic tub and shower knobs — at an affordable price

Vintage pink bathroomWe have long been fans of the bathroom faucets at Locke Plumbing, but it wasn’t until we featured Nanette and Jim’s all-new pink bathroom that we saw all the awesome retro tub and shower faucets available in abundance at Locke, too. These would be great for a mid-century bathroom — and they are very affordable. There are a variety of styles in addition to the ones Nanette and Jim chose.  Heck yeah there is more →

To stain or not to stain — should all wood tones match in Max’s apartment?

vintage-furnitureDesignDilemmaReader Max is about to move into a new apartment in Chicago and has been frequenting estate sales to collect vintage furniture for his new place. He has found several pieces he loves — a dining set, end tables, record player, easy chair and vintage pendant light — but he is unsure if the mismatched wood finishes will all work together in the main living area of his tiny city apartment. Should he stay true to the original or try his best to make all the wood tones more matchy-matchy? Readers — let’s hear your points of view, then Pam and I will be back at noon with our thoughts and a mood board. Heck yeah there is more →