Tuesday, March 23, 2010

a guide to the metz family household

lounge

Here I am lounging comfortably (surprise!) with one of our vintage girly mags (for the articles, naturally). I found the edwardian onepiece a few weeks ago and have successfully torn the rear in multiple places after wearing it for three days in a row (am making end of day repairs). I don't deserve vintage clothing. (On the same day I stained a favourite pink silk dress with taco oils all over the skirt - had earlier intended to sell on ebay but dress and tacos have determined otherwise.)

I thought I'd bring you on a small tour of our present home! I realize the only room missing is the bedroom which I can describe as A Very Large Bed, some poodle portraits, a scattering of hat boxes and a ginormous antique dresser cluttered with jewels, hats, glasses, Landon's bow-ties and night snacks.

embroidery

A collection of embroidered goodies we've found - I've been trying (rather unsuccessfully, though I wont give up!) to make some pretty embroidered goods. Can you spot my handiwork? hehe

delicates drawer

Always on the hunt for vintage undergarments to stuff my drawer full. Drawer is overflowing with "the good colour" (Wray knows all about the good colour.)

the glorious hutch

This hutch was a thanksgiving day miracle! We found it outside of our apartment with a "free" sign and the sun shining like fingers from heaven on it. It was exactly what I had been wishing for. It's a bit dodgy in construction though and I've had dreams of it tumbling over and all our little buddies smashing to bits.

updated livingroom!

We often wonder what a stranger would think should they stumble into our abode - does a twelve year old girl or a grandma live here? Or both? Where are their cats?

DOLL

This mannequin took a roadtrip from Arizona to Vancouver with us and then from Vancouver to Los Angeles and finally from Los Angeles to New York. She was a gift to Landon from his best friend and will follow us forever. (We regularly swap her hats.) The one-antlered deer was a present from our beloved summer house-guests before they flew home.

friends

A chair covered with Landon's great-grandmother's furs and my great-grandmothers doll (and a few we've picked up along our flea market travels). One of the things I miss most about Los Angeles (the thing I miss most after friends and cheeseburgers) are the flea markets and antique malls. New York may have flea markets but the prices lead me to believe that no fleas have ever made a cozy home in these collections. You lucky friends living in LA, visit the PCC flea market cat lady for me please (on the second floor I believe, surrounded by kitty and horse paraphernalia). She is my future.

35 comments:

  1. nice to know all your family household, they seem like really pretty and kind people ;)

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  2. You always find lovely places to fill with all you wonderful bits and pieces. I love the embroidery of the big headed, stick figured fellows...is that your doing, Hannah.

    Thanks for sharing pictures and stories of your fantastical household!

    ..all it needs now is a little kitty or two, to roam all over the joint.

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  3. hannah, you are so beautiful.

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  4. Ahhh i loved reading this hannah! Thanks for the glimpse of your home. I love it!

    xxx

    ps. your post is up on fanciful photography now - have you seen it?

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  5. I loooovvveee your home (plus: your stockings are lovely!) :)

    I plan on going to the flea market in vienna this saturday and all this talk about flea markets made me even more excited.

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  6. your home is soooo sweet :) love all the vintage goodies...

    but my favorite shot is the first... you sweet thang!

    xo
    bravegrrl.blogspot.com

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  7. this post was lovely, i enjoyed getting to know all your family household. thanks for sharing!

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  8. I love your eclectic place. I too have old dolls and I often wonder if they creep people out. In bad taco news, I just did the same thing to my favorite cream colored dress. I am determined to try to save it. It's only from the 70's and is that interesting tericloth fabric which I have managed to unstain a few times now. It's so much like plastic that things tend to come out. Silk is a much different story. Maybe you could dye yours a darker color. I have had really good luck with these dyes.....They work great for old slips, silk, wool and other natural fibers.

    http://www.jacquardproducts.com/products/dyes/aciddye/

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  9. Your house looks so large.. things aint so big over at Lorimer stop. I'm verrrrry envious.

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  10. What a lovely home! Everything looks so lovely and beautiful. And those dolls are just precious <3

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  11. Lovely adobe... so personal and pretty :)
    www.thewardrobediaries.com

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  12. OOooh@!!!!! Love this post!!!!!
    And in the words of YOU... "WHERE ARE THEIR CATS??????"

    p.s. That sucks about the greasy stains. !!! Ahh!!!

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  13. Great pad.Totally captures you.

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  14. hannah i neeeeeed your home give it to me and no one gets hurt. but since you probably don't want to give it up, i will take invitations to sit and ogle your framed art collections & dig through your underwear drawer like a creep.

    it really is so beautiful! xo

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  15. this is amazing, wish i lived like that

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  16. "Kitty and horse paraphernalia. she is my future" your way of writing is such fun hannah, everything turns into a lovely story.love it..how to turn everyday life into something pink and dreamy. and that one certainly would be a nice idea for you in your 80s

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  17. i'm really glad you enjoyed those photos. :) Thanks for stopping by!

    How great to find that hutch! Love it when that happens.

    Haha, yes, I did try to make my own churros, but they didn't work out very well. Do you like to cook?

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  18. Your home looks so cozy and warm! <3

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  19. Your home looks really cool it kinda looks like a girly Addams Family house

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  20. Aw, well, I personally believe that all vintage frocks should be worn and well-loved, even if that means a few tears or taco stains along the way.

    Your apartment is lovely! So many beautiful things, and most importantly, so much beautiful light!

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  21. i've always wanted a tour of your apartment! the little bits and pieces we get to see are so beautiful, thanks for showing us all your favourite spots. really, really lovely.

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  22. You have such a beautiful home, hannah! Mine is starting to look like that but with birdies fluttering about instead of doggies. :-) I might need to do a tour on my blog now, haha.

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  23. hello Hannah

    you need to watch this video

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZPZckwJrPY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdTHR0h-hdI part 2

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  24. So pretty, it's lovely to see all the little nooks of your home! And I know what you mean about vintage clothing, I'm always scared to wear mine because I seem to manage to rip everything and am constantly having to sew things back up again (with not very good mending skills, oops!)

    x

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  25. What a beautiful home! I dream of living somewhere like this.

    You do remind me a little of Francesca Woodman :o)

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  26. what a lovely place... very neat how you adorned the hutch with colorful nick knacks. what an amazing find. very envious :)
    www.nolostwitches.com

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  27. Stellarbomb: YES I DO! So good, thanks for sharing!
    xo

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  28. Ooooo my eyes were reeling at these images. What a pleasant home with unique treasures. I thought Selby when I saw these.

    Glad to have found your blog!

    xxLauren

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  29. Hanna! I wonder if I can borrow the picture of the doll for a post I'm making about my dreamhome?

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  30. I adore your apartment- where in Brooklyn do you live? I've been apartment hunting and have had no luck, so I am very jealous of your gorgeous place.

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  31. your pictures are so inspiring!
    love
    http://3maigloeckchen.blogspot.com/

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