Eclectic cities like New York and Chicago are known for their diversified and sometimes controversial museum exhibits. Although Florida may be known for its' diversity through its' mix of people, displaying this culture or indulging in history is not one of its' strong suits... which is why this particular exhibit will be a delight! This weeks "Photos For Friday" is a tribute to the opening exhibit of Edward Steichen, today at the Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale (MoFL)

This acclaimed exhibition Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the Condé Nast Years, 1923-1937 is to make its' Florida debut at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale today. The exhibit will be on display today, February 26 through Sunday, April 11, 2010.  

From the press Release, "Steichen, who served as chief photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair during the 1920s and ‘30s, is said to have revolutionized fashion photography with his crisp, detailed, high-key style, and changed public perceptions of the American woman. His influence is felt in the field to this day."

To learn more about Edward Steichen go HERE and HERE. Also available is his book: Edward Steichen: In High Fashion - The Conde Nast Years, 1923-1937, available at HERE.

Although I do believe photography IS an art form (just as architecture is too), Edward has been quoted as saying, "I am no longer concerned with photography as an art form", I agree with his belief that, "it is potentially the best medium for explaining man to himself and his fellow man."

So if your fortunate enough to be in sunny South Florida this weekend, visit the exhibit and afterwards, head down to SoBE for the Wine & Food Festival

If you're snowed in, take some time
to s-t-r-e-t-c-h
your mind and free your soul by tackling a creative project.
Have a WONDERFUL weekend...


Yesterday, the local Salvation Army was like a mall at Christmas! People... LOT'S of people with lots of stuff! My quest was to find a (cheap) simple low pedestal side table, to set next to our Barcelona chair. Although I didn't see that, I saw some other wonderful finds... and with a commonality: brass.

Remembering a tweet this week about a brass JFK bust form someone found in their local thrift shop, and mentioned they were on a brass kick, I snapped a few shots of the brass items I found at my local SA...

brass bamboo serving cart: $59

I'm not a fan of brass, although I really do like the lines of this cart. IF I were to have purchased, I'd have probably spray painted it yellow, turq, black or white.... and maybe even changed out the glass shelves for mirrored...

Already had picked these up for only $5 one other trip..
But sorry brass tweeter: I converted them to white:

Some other white with brass lighting I did see were these lamps

$14.99 matt glass with brass
and a pair of white glass and brass globe lamps

also only $14.99... but pair was not featured together
spotted other while walking around

Although not all brass, this plant stand had a brass edge
(sorry... forgot term of what it's called)

too pricey: $49.99

It must have been half off day! The since the place was more packed than usual with people, along with some purple "50% off" tags predominately placed on furniture.

Chevron-front two door petite buffet
Not brass but fair price:

50% off 59.99

And a white desk... looks like it came from a Florida motel
but it too had possibilities...

LOVED the chair!!

Could leave white and just freshen with new coat, change out drawer pulls (maybe crystal?) and add a sheet of glass over top with a collage (photos, postcards, or inspirations) under it.

But my overall FAVE find wasn't brass at all.... it was a streamlined, chrome and LUCITE bookcase, with white drawers for storage....

'Hello Luvah' (like SATC)

I'm praying it's still there because I was overwhelmed with that 'gut instinct' to purchase... and now am dealing with the remorse of "I shoulda bought it when I saw it". But this Jersey Girl's ideal find was this lovely little mug...

For fifty-cents... I couldn't resist!

Happy Thrifty Thursday!


Can't "Uncork New York", but this weekend, South Florida can enjoy wonderful wines and fabulous foods at this years South Beach WINE & FOOD Festival. Sponsored by the Food Network, this is a national, star-studded, four-day event... showcasing the talents of the world's most renowned wine & spirit producers, chefs and culinary personalities...

Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village
The event starts this evening with a (sold out) Help for Haiti Prelude Diner presented by the Certified Angus Beef ® brand and Buckhead Beef of Florida, hosted by Michael Symon and Peter Vauthy ... From start to finish, this weekend event plans to carry away people with fun, food, and COCKTAILS!!

Semi-Homemade Stylist & Food Expert

Speaking of which... Sandra Lee, the ever oh-so-coordinated tablescaper (see more here), editor-in-chief of Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade magazine and internationally-acclaimed home and food expert, will be one of the many event personalities presenting this year. "IT'S COCKTAIL TIME!" fashionista event will be held at the late Gianni Versace's home: "the house that fashion built- Casa Casuarina" (now locally known as The Villa of Barton G). The event will be Saturday, February 27, from 5pm - 7pm.

The Villa, By Barton G. was born as Casa Casuarina in 1930, built by architect, philanthropist, author and political reformer Alden Freeman as an homage to the oldest existing house in the western hemisphere, the "Alcazar de Colon" in Santo Domingo

The Casa became a private club in September 2000. Events impresario/restaurateur Barton G. Weiss took over the mansion in December 2009, imprinting his own signature style on the storied house at 1116 Ocean Drive, reopened as The Villa by Barton G.

Also on Sunday, another event presenter will be Floridas fave, Miami Beach local and host of Simply Delicioso, Ingrid Hoffmann. Having been raised in Colombia and the Caribbean, Ingrid’s dishes are influenced by the flavors of the 22 countries that make up Latin America (very popular down here is South Florida's diversified culture).

Ingrid Hoffmann serving up a RUMTASTIC creation
Ingrid will be teaming up with Sandra in the 'new to this year' Cocktail Clinic Tent.  Together with master mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim, along with, Katie Lee, and Robert Irvine, Sandra and Ingrid will explore a variety of concoctions – both shaken and stirred. Ingrid's specialty is sure to be 'RUMTASTIC'!

Along with the cocktails & wine tastings, you can expect to pair
and devour delicious tastings... and enJOY many seminars, sponsored by just some of these local establishments...

Also, if you bloggers are going, don't forget to
check out fellow blogger, Gary Vaynerchuk:
entrepreneur, wine guru, and host of Wine Library TV...
who is also the New York Times Best Selling author of CRUSH IT! 

Gary Vaynerchuk

For more information about the four-day festival of events,
go HERE. Bon Appetit and CHEERS!


Editing the details of a home for looks, moods, or seasons, requires storage space behind the scenes. Working in visual merchandising taught me the importance of space utilization and organization. We all have space, even when we think we don't have anymore. It's just all in the way we use it.

Stack 'em high & watch 'em fly!

color blocking clarity & impact

Keeping like items together, (all glass, all silver, all textiles, all pillows, all accessories, all tools, all paint) makes for quick and easy transitions over a weekend. Featured here is our one car garage at our 1625 sq. ft. Florida town-home...

(can't see) keep a towel or unused area rug under wall art
to keep off concrete floor and avoid scratches

tote without tops acts as drawers on outdoor wire shelves

hang beaded window panels no longer in use, to avoid getting tangled

keep seasonal greens, branches, & flowers wrapped to protect from dust

major seasonal decor (like Christmas) is kept up in the attic,
but brought down Easter when Christmas went up

not picture perfect like Martha... but it works!

reused old cookie sheets as paint trays.
Makes life easier when needing to move around to paint,
and keeps mess contained.

(guess what is my fave paint?)

'thee' workbench...  :D

small drawers work great for sorting nails,
screws and chalk (great to use to mark on DARK walls)

Inside is for textiles

table linens stored in drawers of buffet, by color

and glass containers, all kept in dining room buffet

Candles are kept clear totes by color in the Kitchen

colorized candles

Easy to carry around to change out tealights & light

a decorative trunk (have had for over 15yrs) adjacent to the kitchen,
works to hold chargers & oversized decorative bowls

living room ottoman top holds another decorative chest,
concealing all the remote controls

cat toy storage in decorative chest on side table

Sephora gets to pick what SHE wants...

And can't forget OTTOMANS...
in the Living Room, home office, and spare bedroom,
they are GREAT for holding extra throws and blankets!

photo album storage ottomans 

ottomans grouped together under window give extra seating in office

I do have 'some' label-crazed storage...
like what's visible on book shelves in the office

or on totes in office closet

Office closet holds husbands suits
(doesn't wear everyday)
and seasonal coats & jackets.
Space bellow works great for
tote storage for 911 memorabilia,
scrap-booking (ha! haven't attempted THAT yet),
gift bags with ribbons,
and misc. electrical gadget wires...

But the BIG question may people have is
where do all the pillows and window panels go to?

Spare bedroom closet storage

stored in inexpensive office depot file boxes, by color

window panels and pillow covers

 some packaging gets reused to help
keep folded & sorted

and sometimes hanging panels to start to air out before putting up,
or hang quick before folding to put back into box when done

mementos we don't need to get to as often are tucked into corner

Pillows not in use are stacked across top shelf,
in alternating stacks to avoid them falling,
but to also see what's on hand...

I guess working in retail overall
taught me something else... how to SHOP!!

Clothing, shoes, accessories, dishes, stemware...
that's another day....


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