Tuesday, February 28, 2012


My husband went into the hospital the day before Valentines Day.
It was finally time to have a knee replacement after a lifetime of baseball as a catcher.  He played in grade school on many teams, junior high school and high school.  He also played baseball for Michigan State University, Army and almost went Pro Ball. . . . . . position: CATCHER.     Then on to play on neighborhood teams, fraternity teams and the list goes
on.  Need I say more!!!
Preparation for that day and the pain that preceded that surgical
date did not allow for any Valentine's Day celebration what-so-ever!

Prior to surgery on the morning of the 13th of February, he said I forgot to give you
your Valentine's Day present.  My gift was somehow just NOT important.
All I was concerned with was that his surgical prodedure would be
successful. . . . . . and I am happy to report that it was!

When  I finally brought him home, he told me where the package was. 
Opening that package revealed this little crystal bird. . . . a red
heart had somehow been blown right into its center.  He said,
"another little guy for the birds in your life and P.S. I
Love You!"

                       P.S.  He is only 15 days out from that surgical procedure and he is doing beautifully.
                                Many prayers and support from family and friends, I know contributed to his
                                well being.  I have been his legs since he has come home, (lost weight yeay!!)
                                and just haven't had time for anything extra!  It is good to be back, I have missed
                                you all!

Thursday, February 9, 2012


Socca Restaurant in the city of Chicago needed a face lift as they celebrated their 7th year in business.  I designed the interiors  originally as the chef (our son) created a dream come true.  The walls were done in a Venetian plaster with terra cotta tones creating a European country atmosphere. (Thus the type of foods he would be serving, a more rustic country faire.)    New colors chosen and some new accessories needed, off I went to one of my new favorite places up in Barrington called STEEPCHASE.  I had gone on to her website and located a few items that I thought appropriate.   Here is what I found when I arrived:

                           This seating area is at the back of the restaurant and it was here
that I placed the vintage (the 30's) cheese cutter shown on the sideboard
beyond the table.

This cheese cutter was originally used in a butcher shop.  Fancy food venues
were not available as they are today.  An entire round of cheese would be placed
on the round wooden circle and various wedges of cheese would be cut for the customer while he waited.  This was made in Indiana, but found in cheese country up in Wisconsin.
It made quite a statement!

I knew I wanted a fruit fragrance at the entrance to the dining
room but needed a vessel to hold those green apples. This old vintage
grain scoop was perfect. (note the handle across the apples)  On the
back of the scoop is a pull handle to be gripped while scooping.

The ambiance could not have been any better.  I shot this picture
just before people began arriving . . . . .

Everything just sparkled! (so sorry this picture is
a bit blurry)  Could it have been that glass of
of Pino Noir I had?

I found these wired votive lights to hang when SOCCA first opened
over 7 years ago.  Once hangs off another and just seems to crawl
up the original stone with the exposed lath . . . . we decided to leave
             this wall of stone after the dry wall was removed.   It provided interest and great texture.
That fabulous painted green trumeau type mirror was from one
of my trips to France.  Instead of the original oil that was probably
at the top, there is a piece of old copper that had been put in
its place.  It had weathered and added great character to
the 100 year old mirror.

While up at Steeplechase, I had seen these scales on-line and selected
the one with the brass weights and measures.  I selected a container
of fresh rosemary which also sent wonderful wafts of fragrance as
you entered the dining room.

SOCCA is located on the corner of Clark and Alberdeen (three blocks from
Wrigley Field.)  The windows curve from one side of the restaurant to the front entrance.
       This wonderful painting done by a Chicago artist measures 6'x9' and sets
quite a mood.  This happens to be his interpretation of the Cub's logo.
Everyone loved this painting last night.

More of that window is shown here which is at best
the city in motion every night as the diners enjoy
their wonderful selections from the menu.  If you are
ever in town and wish to visit SOCCA, ask for Table 41.
It sits right at the curve of the window and the best
table ever!  BTW ask for Mark or Krysteen.

I loved this old zinc and wood Jenny Lind trunk, but left
it behind this time.

A little bit more of what I left behind. . . . . if you like vintage one-of-a-kind
pieces, you just won't find better.  Karrin has an eye for the unusual and the GREAT!
If you wish to visit her website go to http://www.steeplechaseantiques.com/
and see what you might have to have!!

If you wish to visit Socca for a special treat, you can go to their website
as well at: http://www.soccachicago.com/ for a menu.

Saturday, February 4, 2012


I was recently asked about my collection of birds and how many I had. . . . . With any collection, "always more effective when gathered together," this would be the exception!  They are strategically placed all over our home.  My interest in birds you've asked. . . . . . my career as a designer and shop owner with a shop I called Robin's Egg Blue ~ 'nuff said and here is how I used my collection.  I hope you enjoy their flight and where my purchases or gifts took them   I love each and everyone.                                                           


A pair of vintage yellow/green parrots sharing responsibilites.
I bought these at the fair grounds at the famous summer
antiques show up in Charlevoix, Michigan

My French hen from the company Rustica
made in France, one by one.

A very large birds egg. . . . ceramic.  I orginally bought
these for the store.

Keeping watch over the front door!

I guess this could count as one if we can call a hen
a bird.

A sterling silver bird keeping company with
my parents

An aqua parakeet on old books.

This little guy is one of my favorites, but don't tell
the others!

My French porcelain bird with a gold filled beak.

My little bronze penquin bought at an estate sale.
He is in a cubbie in my office.

This chubby little bird sits looking out at our
pergola and hot tub.  He is just too little to join in!

All of my birds are well read!  Here is some more proof!

These guys flew in from the garden for the winter.  They seem
comfortable with antique English prints above them

My little blue bird of happiness. . . . . he sits waiting in
our grand daughters bedroom for her to visit  (she is
overnight tonight.)


More eggs . . . .Circa 1750  Origin: France

They are hand colored and very rare and I
just love them!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.