Sometimes I just post things that are pretty — this is a corner in our living room. The deco tile is architectural salvage and the wooden cylinder is industrial – once used as part of an assembly that printed wallpaper.
April 28, 2013 / Vickie Lester
Beautiful pieces, even more so because of their backstory. Have a wonderful weekend, V and enjoy that new kitchen 🙂
Thank you – and I will be mindful of the moment, yours was a much appreciated post this morning. 🙂
Not a dust bunny in sight! How do you do that. I love the found pieces too!
That reminds me, time for the broom 😉
Don’t use a broom…. So 17th Century New England….just tink a tink a tink the house clean like Samantha Stevens.
Did you ever see Veronica Lake in “I Married a Witch”? Sweet little movie, but apparently Miss Lake wasn’t. Joel McCrea wouldn’t work with her again after “Sullivan’s Travels” and the actor who did play opposite her, Frederic March, called her a brainless blonde sexpot… But I still love the movie. Sometimes it’s better not to know the back story.
Love the tile, and oh! your shiny, shiny floors… On the subject of Veronica Lake in the comments above (and only five months late…!), Joel McCrea *did* in fact work with her again, in 1947’s Ramrod (a western – but given the March take on Ms Lake one could be forgiven that the title refered to something more dubious – sorry, that’s dirty-minded!) for her then-husband Andre De Toth – as and aside De Toth would, coincidentally, produce Billion Dollar Brain mentioned here recently.
Perhaps Fredric March didn’t mean “brainless blonde sexpot” as a pejorative?! (again, dirty-minded. I don’t know what’s wrong with me today :)) Lake wasn’t the greatest actress in the world, but given a suitable role she was fine, for a while. She’s sly, sultry, and sexy in I Married a Witch and, of course, she’s vibrant in Sullivan’s Travels – so tiny and appealing. She appears not, in later years to have had illusions about her talent but she did have *something* in front of the camera in a few films. Anyone who doesn’t like Sullivan’s Travels is not to be trusted!
You’re so right about it sometimes being better not to know the backstory but it’s also incredibly depressing to know of what happened to Ms Lake after stardom and success left her. A tragic tale. Ah, well…let’s think of something better – the famous laughter scene from travels.
I just came across a photo of Veronica Lake in a production of “Peter Pan” on Broadway — I had no idea!
Ooh, I’ve not seen that!
Sometime soon I’ll post some actresses who played Peter in America, starting with Maude Adams…
Oh, that’ll be great… I love the convention of actresses playing Pan. Truly, you are magical and inspired… (um, if that doesn’t sound too goofy to you)
Peter Pan-based aside: arguably the one good scene in Spielberg’s Hook – one I remember years later – is the flashback to Peter *becoming* Peter Pan. That just *got* me (!), and then we see him visiting Gwyneth Paltrow’s (always liked her mother Blythe Danner as an actress) Wendy over the years until she ages into Maggie Smith and tells him that she can’t go with him any more because “Peter,” she says, “I’m old”. Maggie Smith’s great. Ach. That sequence gets to me. I know I shouldn’t be allowed out!
Love this! There is much hidden beauty in things that have a history. 🙂
I love it to, and like to think of who has seen it before me… You’re right, so much beauty in history 🙂
I adore that deco tile!!
The Dandy is by turns a printmaker of sorts, working in lino and woodblock amongst pother things.
A current project is block that looks not a million miles from that there tile… how wonderfully coincidental!
The Perfumed Dandy
I did a kitchen remodel this past October and I kept eyeing that tile and wondering how I could recast it and cover the walls with it, all effervescent deco, but it was not to be… Will you show us your current project when it’s finished?
My goodness, The Dandy is nothing if not prolific in the printmaking department… I would need a separate site to showcase it all.
But when the deco design is finalised I shall be certain to share!!
The Perfumed Dandy
The tile is a lovely piece of Deco.Has it a story to tell that you know of Vickie -such as where it came from before being detached from whatever building it had been part of.I always think that the stories that attach themselves to objects are the invisible part of the thing seen and all the more interesting for that.
I think my husband found it in one of those yards heaped with architectural salvage – the kind where you dig and get covered with grime and walk out smiling because you’ve found some small treasure.
Oh yes love architectural salvage yards.Pity there is not a history that goes with it-it was taken from so and so Movie theatre etc.Now that would have been just perfect.
Comments are closed.