Apartment decorating is fun, isn't it? :D I went through the same addiction to design/decor sites. Love the DIYs they sometimes feature. Home projects are pretty satisfying to take on :) You might find the Design Sponge (www.designsponge.com) and Lonny (www.lonny.com) websites fun to browse through too.Robert seems to have had quite good finds at thrift stores, typewriters and otherwise. Not surprising to hear the pickings are getting either thin or expensive in Canberra, as with everywhere else.
It is! I get to enjoy my fun cushions and curtains everyday, whereas with sewing clothes I only see them once in a while because there's only one of me to wear all my dresses (and some of the more violently colorful ones are only taken out occasionally...). I'm not much of a DIY-er if sewing isn't involved - I can barely pound in a nail straight - but it is fun to look and dream. The pickings are getting slim in Geneva too, so that tells you how serious the situation is getting!
Nice to hear from you and to read Robert's answers, as typed by you -- an interesting transcontinental effect.I will generously provide a home for any donated Sphinxes from thrift stores around the world.
The transcontinental effect is interesting indeed, I hadn't thought of it that way! It was certainly odd to be typing passionate responses pertaining to places I had never been... at the end of it I felt like I knew the Revolve shop quite well!We are all on high alert for that elusive Sphinx; just a matter of time now!
Heh, I'm surprised if Adwoa doesn't fight ya for the Sphinx, Mr Polt - isn't that her dream thrifting find?I didn't realize that Mr. Messenger was such an avid thrifter, but I guess that makes sense given his huge collection - the ebay cost of his collection would break Bill Gates, I'm sure :DAlso, there's no shame in Ikea - it's cheap, attractive and easy to assemble/disassemble. Got an awful lot of Ikea myself (:
Oh, the Sphinx is only a pipe dream in so far as it would be cool to write it up.... and then ship it promptly to Mr. Polt! Robert and I are going for the same thing here :)I wish Ikea had some real competition in la Suisse - there are a few others but nothing really amazing in terms of design and certainly not the Pottery Barn/ West Elm/ CB2 etc you all have over there. While I love Ikea, I absolutely adore secondhand Ikea - all my favorite pieces only slightly used at 50-75% off? Needless to say I have quite the assortment and I am thankful I didn't have to pay full price for all of it!
I am afraid you are wrong, very wrong about the Sphinx. You will understand that as a matter of national pride, this typewriter needs to stay inside Switzerland. So you will pass it on to me. Thank you!
Hey, I'm glad we share a liking for Apartment Therapy and Houzz!Sorry Retro Technica was a letdown, I was looking forward to a detailed report from you.
I'm still planning to put up a detailed report - pictures of typewriters are timeless after all - but this is just a warning that it won't be all that exciting. No Sphinxes spotted...
Didn't know that you, and Robert were sewing machine collectors also!!?? I must have 40 or so, I've lost track - so many that they don't, with their full treadles and cabinets, fit in my two story house any more. A bunch went into storage at a friends office as I got ready to to Christmas dinner for friends. My favorite American ones are Nationals, and particularly Damascus Rotary Grand treadles made for the old Montgomery Ward Co. Seems we like old mechanical things - good luck!