Showing posts with label houston. Show all posts
Showing posts with label houston. Show all posts

Thursday, October 13, 2011

High Fashion Home...Your place for contemporary modern decor!

If you live in Houston you are most likely familiar with High Fashion Home. This business originally started out as a fabric store and the owners opened High Fashion Home just across the street.
High Fashion Home is located in the heart of Houston's midtown area, just south of downtown. They carry an amazing selection of modern/contemporary furniture, accessories, fabric, lighting and gifts. I visited Apartment Therapy earlier today and High Fashion Home has an ad on the sidebar. I drive by this place pretty frequently, but haven't visited for a few years.
When you go to their site, they have a "room ideas" link at the top of the page. They have some amazing things and great ideas. All of their items are new, but many things look like vintage reproductions.
They also have a room planner application on their site. If you live somewhere other than Houston, don't worry! They ship to the 48 contiguous United States!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fun afternoon at the park!

I often take Dominic to the park after school. We ended up going to the park yesterday around 5:30. It's still really warm and sticky here in Houston, even though the first day of fall was last week. We ended up staying for awhile, but really dark clouds started rolling in and I thought it was going to rain so we left and went home. Turned out to be a false alarm. Never rained.
We were being silly and I was taking photo's of us laying down.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Mad Potter: Paint your own pottery studios.

The Mad Potter located in Houston, Texas is a fabulous, family friendly place to go and paint your very own pre-made ceramic pieces of pottery. People of all ages are invited to pick out their pottery and design and paint each piece. When you're finished painting, you leave your item at The Mad Potter to be glazed and fired. It will be available for pickup in three to four days. If you aren't feeling terribly artistic, The Mad Potter will create something for you. How cool is that?

They also offer incredibly cute holiday gift ideas like this pumpkin:
Why not host your next party at The Mad Potter? They can accommodate 8-90 people and the only thing you have to supply is people and refreshments. Great for birthdays, team building sessions or as their website notes, "just because". Visit this page for pricing.

Whatever your creative needs are, look no further than The Mad Potter!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Dominic started Pre-K!

It's official! My son is now in public school. I'm happy he's in school. I enrolled him in Pre-K programs at several schools this past spring, but most of the schools filled up fairly quickly. I thought I was on the ball with early registration, but I found out I was actually late. One school I went to was on their second round of applications and it was end of January, beginning of February.

I was lucky enough to get Dominic enrolled and accepted into a dual language academy (Spanish/English), which is a magnet school within Houston ISD. While the Pre-K students do not participate in the magnet program, Dominic's teacher does speak Spanish and she said she would be incorporating Spanish into their curriculum.

Here's his first day at school:
If you're not familiar with magnet programs within Houston ISD, you can read more about them here.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Gotta love Instagram!

I know I'm late with this, but I've recently discovered Instagram. It's a great app to install on your iPhone and enables you to make your pics look pretty cool and instantly share them online.
Instagram is basically another social networking site in a nutshell. It allows users to post photo's with captions. You can tag each photo, which makes it easier for other users to find your photo. You can follow people and people can follow you if they wish. It's a pretty cool app/site and I'm totally addicted to it.
If you're into taking photo's and looking at other great photo's, I highly recommend checking out Instagram.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Interview with Audrey and Josh of HarBenger Duo

I was on Etsy a few weeks ago and happened to go directly to the front page and not my shop page. I noticed this really super cool chair on Etsy's page by HarBenger Duo. It turns out they are a husband and wife team from my home town, Houston, Texas. I sent them a message and asked them if they would like to be featured on my blog and was really happy when they said yes. Thank you Audrey and Josh!

Tell us a little about yourselves:

We are a Houston based, husband/wife team designing and building modern furniture.

When did you first start crafting/designing furniture?

Josh began designing and fabricating products for a home accessories manufacturer in Baton Rouge, LA while attending the School of Interior Design at LSU. There he met Audrey in a furniture design class. Since then, pretty much inseparable.

Cart chair $400 available at HarBenger Duo

Please describe your work in detail. What's your favorite type of design?

We draw heavily on Danish and American modern design.

How has your work evolved from your earlier work?

Trick question. This is our early work!

Where do you get your inspiration?

We are inspired by the typical things: nature, bicycles, science fiction, things that fly.

Hammock Coffee table $650 available at HarBenger Duo

Where are your products sold (online/stores)?

We currently sell Harbenger Duo products through our Etsy shop. While our home accessories arm sells Edie's Lab products through Edie’s Lab on Etsy.

What advice can you give other designers when selling their items?

If someone is offering advice, we could use some!

Ornate Walnut Mirror $96 available at Edie’s Lab

Describe yourself in three words:

Interested, obsessive, other wise normal

Is there is anything else you'd like to share with us?


Retro Modern Wood Letters A-Z $15 available at Edie’s Lab

You can find Audrey and Josh of HarBenger Duo and Edie’s Lab online at the following places:

Harbenger Duo’s own site
HarBenger Duo on Etsy
Edie’s Lab on Etsy
Harbenger Duo’s blog
Edie’s Lab blog

Monday, January 31, 2011

Interview with Nancy of Ldy Lux Vintage

Nancy and her partner, Bri Carr operate Ldy Lux Vintage. Bri handles the the blog and Nancy does most everything else. I met Nancy of Ldy Lux Vintage through the Vintage Etsy Twitter team, also tagged on Twitter as #vett. She and I both live in the Houston area. She has really cute vintage clothing and accessories. We've chatted a few times through Twitter and also on Facebook and I hope we get to meet someday. She lives a little north of Houston and I live right smack dab near downtown.

Q. Tell us a little about yourself:

I am married to a WONDERFUL man and between us, we have 3 children. Their ages are 18, 11 and 10. We also have 4 dogs that are our babies as well :)

Q. When did you first start selling vintage clothing?

I first started selling vintage almost 2 years ago. I have always loved anything with history. I initially started selling it out of my house to some great customers. Then I stumbled upon etsy and I fell in love. I had no idea how many vintage lovers there were out in the world! I was so excited to share this passion with others.

Q. Please describe your favorite eras in detail:

I would have to say that the 60's has to be one of my favorite eras. My major influence was Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. She always had such an elegance about her. I loved the way she carried herself and her style was just so classic, yet fashionable. The gloves, the hats, the dresses and the sunglasses...oh, the glasses! The glasses were to die for! I have a huge collection of glasses (both new and vintage). What I wouldn't give to get my hands on a pair from her collection.

The 80's are also a big part of who I am. I grew up in the 80's. It's when I discovered my style and fashion. So that era has a special place in my heart.

I'm also a mod type girl. I have a thing for boots. They had some of the best boots ever!

Q. Where do you buy your vintage items?

I purchase my vintage treasures from many sources. I scour the pages of Craigslist. I have found SO many great pieces this way. I also use it for finding estate sales. Estate sales are so great because you get to see the people who actually owned the pieces and sometimes you'll actually get a story about the origins of the pieces. I love finding out the history of the great items I find. Lastly, I go to thrift stores in my city and the cities close to me. When I'm on vacation, I make sure that I go to thrift stores while I'm there. I have found some great items that way!

Q. Where are your products sold (online/stores)?

The majority of my items are sold in my Etsy shop. I do occasionally have a customer that will buy from my home.

Q. What advice can you give others who are interested in selling vintage/vintage clothing/accessories?

Wow, there are SO many! However, the BEST advice I can give to someone who is just starting out is to be very patient. It takes time to get your name out there and to build relationships with other online sellers and buyers. I have to say that the vintage community is AWESOME! Everyone is so friendly and willing to help others out with tips and advice. Get yourself on Twitter, Facebook and any other social media sites to interact with others who have experience. They will be willing to help you! Also, try and answer any questions the buyer has about your items right away. I know that sometimes it's hard, but I do it by having a smart phone. All my emails and alerts go right to my phone. I would say that 90% of the time, I can answer right away. If I'm not able to, I send them a quick answer to say that I am not where I can answer their question at the moment. I give them an estimate of time (depending on what I'm doing) and then make sure I follow through. That way they aren't waiting for an answer. Oh, and also describe your items are described in detail. It helps the customer decide if that piece is for them.

Q. Describe yourself in three words:

Understanding, Supporting, Sensitive

Q. Is there is anything else you'd like to share with us?

My ultimate goal at the moment is to open a brick and mortar store in addition to my online store. I want my customers to experience the thrill of walking into the store and basking in all the vintage glory! :)

 You can find Ldy Lux Vintage online at the following places:

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Fun day in Houston!

Today was an absolutely gorgeous day in Houston. Blue skies and not one cloud in sight. The temperature was in the high 50s. Quite a stunning day to be precise!

After doing a few things around the house, I decided to take Dominic to do some fun stuff when he woke up from his nap. I signed up for Corner Bakery on Facebook about a month ago and got a postcard for a free combo in the mail yesterday. My son and I went to Corner Bakery when he woke up from his nap. I ordered their Ruben sandwich! I love it!

After lunch, we decided to go to the park. I took a lot of fun photo's of D!

We left the park around 4:30 and had to come home for a few minutes to walk my dog, Hana. I usually like to walk her between 4:30 and 5:00pm because it's still daylight. We walked Hana and then decided to go the the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Tuesdays are free days at the museum. It's a great museum, but normal admission is like $15 for adults or something crazy like that. I usually take Dominic once every few months and we always go on Tuesday. My son calls this museum the "dinosaur museum" because that's where the dinosaurs are.

They also have this great rock/mineral section that I think it so cool! The rocks are so pretty!

After visiting the Houston Museum of Natural Science, we went to The Village. The Village is a little community of shops/stores, located 1/2 mile or so west of Rice University. We went to Urban Outfitters, The Gap and Half Price Books.

I try and spend quality time with Dominic because he's growing up so quickly. He'll be four on Sunday. Boo hoo!

Monday, January 24, 2011

I've decided to keep my mid century modern Wegner style lounge chair...

I wrote a few days ago about the mid century modern Hans Wegner style lounge chair I purchased to resell in my shop. Yesterday, I decided to use some fabric I purchased at an estate sale and slip cover the ugly original cushions. I thought we could use the chair until it sold.

This is the fabric I used to cover the chair with:

I decided to put the chair and ottoman in our bedroom when I finished. Justin, my husband, thought it was our chair from downstairs (I have an identical chair already, but no ottoman). I told him, "no, this is a new chair with an ottoman". He was like, "you need to keep this set". I agreed with him. Chairs like this, especially with the ottoman, don't pop up at estate sales everyday. I'm glad he wanted to keep it, because I did too!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Houston's very own Swap N' Bop presented by the Continental Club

For those of you familiar with Austin or Houston, you should know a little about the Continental Club. For those of you who aren't familiar with the Continental Club, it's a music venue that offers a wide variety of music ranging from blues to rock to rockabilly to whatever. They even have tango on Monday nights.
I typically only sell my wares online via my store however, my friend Michael asked me if I wanted to sell some things at the Swap n' Bop presented by the Continental Club. When Michael asked me if I wanted to set up, I was all for it. Sure, make a little extra money and pay no eBay fees-I'm all for that!

I woke up early this morning, cleaned the house really fast and got ready for church. I was finished with church by 10am and drove home and packed my car. I arrived at the Continental Club by 10.30 and finished setting up by 11am (I didn't bring that much stuff). Well, it ended up being so HOT here in Houston today. It was about 100 degrees and we were even under small tents. I stayed until about 3pm and decided the entire thing was a bust (at least for me). I didn't sell one item. Ugh! At least I didn't take much with me like a lot of the other vendors.

The Continental Club is a cool place to see live music, but it's not a great place to set up (as a vendor) and sell your things-especially not in 100 degree Houston heat!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Hurricane Ike = Have power, but no Internet!

This hurricane has really thrown me off. We just got our power turned back on this past Sunday (this was the 16th day after the storm). I return home a week ago Sunday because I thought the power was going to be turned back on the following day. Little to my surprise, we did not get power restored for practically a week after my return home. It was not as bad as you may think though. Walking around the house with a flashlight at night freaked me out a little and it sucked having to use an ice chest to keep Dominic's milk cold, but it's really not that big a deal. It did get pretty hot during the early afternoon and our house gets very little breeze. That was the worst part. We also slept on a pallet in the back den because that was the room that did get the most breeze.

Okay so yes, having no power sucks! We are still without Internet and home phone. I'm at a local tea house called Fioza


I know I should be thankful that we received no extensive damage. I'm just dying to get back to normal. I want to list things for sale. I want to blog, I want to participate with all of my online things. Ugh! Very annoying. I have so much to blog about. My trip in Austin, then to San Marcos, then back to Austin, then to Houston. I am going to save all of that for my desktop computer. I hate my laptop, although, it has been good to me thus far! More to come soon!!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Hurricane Ike: The Saga Continues....

I wrote yesterday or the day before about contemplating evacutacting for hurricane Ike. I know Houston is not right on the coast and I probably would have been safe had I stayed never know.

One of the main reasons I decided to leave is because I have a 19 month old son. If something were to happen and we would have stayed, I just would not have wanted to have to deal with taking care of my son, my dog and myself. I don't think I could handle that type of stress.

I decided to leave yesterday afternoon. My step-sister lives in Austin and I called her to see if we could stay with her. She was like, "Of course". So, I put Dominic down for his nap and packed our things while he was sleeping. We ended up leaving my house around 1.30pm. We got on I10 West and headed out toward Austin. Traffic was pretty much stop and go from Houston all the way to Highway 71 (the cut off to Austin). Once we were on Highway 71, traffic was heavier than normal, but I was still driving approximately 75-80 mph. To make a long story short, I ended up arriving at Lori's (my step-sister) house around 6pm. It definitely took longer than normal (typically takes about 2.5 hours), but we made it. Yea!

Today, the Houston news has been on the television here all day. All I can say is that I am very happy that I decided to leave. I'm really not concerend for my house because I am fairly certain it will be fine (we live in a mid century modern brick house and we're not right on the water).

I'm just curious to see what type of devastation there will be when we return home. I'm also praying that our power is on when I get home because I just went grocery shopping (idiot) on Tuesday or Wednesday and I don't want our entire stock of food to spoil. I'm also concerned for all of the people who were also supposed to evacuate and did not-and now they are stuck with the rising water. Ugh!