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Vintage Shop Score!

We have been trying as best as possible to get out whenever we have a chance and explore different areas around our temporary apartment as well as near the Fairmount house. Today we decided to branch out a bit more and check out some of the offerings around Beaverton, which is about 25 minutes away from the house by car. Specifically we wanted to check out a vintage video game store, Retro Game Trader, but it turns out there are a couple of general vintage store nearby there that we could check out along the way.

While in one of the other vintage stores this large white globe caught my attention from the corner of my eye. I walked over to what looked like a Kartell FL/Y pendant light, and then did a quick double take when I saw the price tag – $45! I had recently been doing some online window-shopping for pendant and chandelier options to hang in the Fairmount house, and the FL/Y was one of the options the we liked, so the price was sort of still fresh on my mind: about $350 for the medium size.

I quickly inquired to take a closer look and verify whether it was actually the real thing or if it was a similarly styled light. Turns out it was a genuine FL/Y light! The store also had an attractive translucent orange/amber colored model, but alas that one was covered in some deep and noticeable scratches upon close inspection. Such a shame too, the color was gorgeous and the way the transparency played with the light was amazing. I still probably would have preferred the opaque white version nonetheless, though, since it would match the house better.

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Now to find a spot for it somewhere in the Fairmount house… It would look great in the dining room. We're planning to switch to a round shaped table with a black finish, so the light would look beautiful floating above it – plus the living room will be getting a Moooi Random Light, so the shape of the FL/Y light can play off of that light since the two will be near each other. Alternatively it could maybe go in the family room, perhaps floating low over our round coffee table.

The color and shape of the dome remind me a lot of the 2002 Apple iMac G4, the version with the adjustable display that resembled the Luxo lamp. 

That was one of my favorite iMac designs (C'mon! The CD drive stuck out like a tongue! What's not to love?!), and in a similar vintage shopping story, I have a working unit that I found a couple years ago at a salvage shop for just $30. Whatever room the FL/Y light ends up I will need to be sure to place my old iMac in the same room so that they can keep each other company. Fingers crossed that the FL/Y light actually still functions, though! 

The tile decision!

It took a while (the original post was back in February!), but we did end up making a decision on what tile to use for the guest bathroom as well as what layout to go with. Quick recap, we wanted to give a good nod to Beetlejuice in this room, but didn't want it to feel overly themed. So in the end we opted to reference the iconic black and white scheme that comes to mind with the movie, while referencing a more mature mid-century modern aesthetic for the patterning of the tile layout. 

 Clé Tile — Slant 8x8 tile

Clé Tile — Slant 8x8 tile

 Clé Tile — Solid 8x8 tile

Clé Tile — Solid 8x8 tile

Above are the two tile styles that we are going to be using. The first is a split black and white, and the second will be used in full black as well as full white. As noted in the original post, these are concrete tiles made by Clé Tile

 Alexander Girard Checker Split

Alexander Girard Checker Split

For the layout we looked to the amazing collection of patterns created by Alexander Girard, in particular the Check Split pattern above. It is wild enough to make an impact, while at the same time also giving us that Beetlejuice reference we love so much. Below are some mockups of the tile layout, with and without bathroom elements. We're super excited to see this completed and up on the wall hopefully real soon!

Tile C Situ 1
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Tiles, Tiles, Tiles

We've got tiles on the mind at the moment, as we've been thinking a lot about the Fairmount bathroom renovations. In specific, the guest bathroom. We're trying to inject bits of Beetlejuice inspirations throughout the redesign, in some cases we're trying to be subtle and in other cases we're opting to go bold. In the case of the guest bathroom, we're thinking of going very bold, and in true Beetlejuice fashion we're opting for intense black and white lines!

 (A) Clé Tile — Zenith 8x8 tile

(A) Clé Tile — Zenith 8x8 tile

 (B) Clé Tile — Industrial Milan 8x8 tile

(B) Clé Tile — Industrial Milan 8x8 tile

Above are the two tiles that we're liking a lot at the moment. They're both concrete tiles made by Clé Tile. We are thinking of applying one of these tiles on one side of the bathroom as an accent wall, and covering the rest of the space with black hexagon or round penny tiles. So considering that the majority of the room will be rather monochromatic, we feel okay with the intensity of the accent wall tiles. And being that these are concrete tiles. they will patina over time, as well as each tile having slight variations that should add to the interest across the entire wall.

 Tile A in situ, 1

Tile A in situ, 1

 Tile A in situ, 2

Tile A in situ, 2

The first tile is interesting because it allows for many fun maze-like constructions depending on how you rotate the tiles. You very well could make a more typical pattern by consistently rotating the tiles in sets, as shown in the first image above, but I think it is much more fun to rotate them more randomly which will result in a more realistic maze pattern as seen in the second image. 

 Come on, admit it… you were thinking about solving the maze too!

Come on, admit it… you were thinking about solving the maze too!

And I just had to take a stab at solving the maze… I mean, come on, of course I had to! Part of me thinks it would be fun to leave markers in the bathroom and allow guests to try and solve the maze, but then I look at the price of the tiles and immediately return to my senses!

 Tile A in situ, 1

Tile A in situ, 1

 Tile B in situ, 2

Tile B in situ, 2

 Tile B in situ, 3

Tile B in situ, 3

The second tile is a much simpler and more traditional striped pattern, but it still offers a lot of interesting possibilities for pattern making. With the Beetlejuice theme in mind, of course we would have to consider a simple diagonal stripe pattern by offsetting the tiles vertically as seen in the first image above. The second image is a little more herringbone-like while still retaining a little bit of that Beetlejuiciness. The third, however, is probably the most bold of all the patterns we tried… but it is so attractive! Perhaps it is a little better in smaller doses, though, like a backsplash? Decisions, decisions…

CB2… what happened?

I have a strong love-hate, hate-love, relationship with CB2. I know that is a pretty silly thing to say, considering that CB2 is simply a furniture and homeware company… but they previously had been one of my favorite go-to stores for decorating my home. The days of walking into a CB2 store and being greeted by brightly colored products seem to be gone now, though, much to my dismay. Replacing the cheery bright colors of classic CB2 goods are a huge amount brass/metallics, blush, and plenty of earth tones.

Don't get me wrong, there certainly is a place for brass and earth tones in most any home decor, but there is just such an overwhelming amount of it in their current offerings that it really makes me yearn for their older, more fun, color palettes. Doing a quick scroll through their latest product offerings really showcases how monotone their color selection has become over the past year... one could even be forgiven for having a brief moment of amnesia and thinking they've been scrolling through Z Gallerie and not CB2. Again, there is nothing wrong with Z Gallerie… but do we really need another retail purveyor of gilded metallic alligator bookends?

Now that I've gotten that off my chest, I did actually find a few items that I liked in CB2's latest product offerings! And underscoring the loss of color in their catalog, all of my favorites this time around were black.

Wall sconces have been on my mind a lot as of recent, as I've been hunting around for fixtures for the Fairmount House. I'm really liking A and D for their simplicity. I'm going to have to stop by a physical store soon and take a look at these in person. 

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A) Solo Black Outdoor Wall Sconce ($69.95)
B) Rest Clear Glass Black Wall Sconce ($99.95)
C) Fan Black Glass Wall Sconce ($69.95)
D) Plate Matte Black Wall Sconce ($59.95)
E) Soso Tan and White Metal Pendant Light ($69.95)
F) Bella Smoked Double Glass Pendant Light ($129.00)

Outside of light fixtures, there also were a few random items that piqued my interest. The oversized round mirror in particular is very nice, I think it would look quite nice as a bathroom mirror (perhaps even with the Eclipse shower curtain to continue the round shape motif in the bathroom).

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