Archive for ‘collection’

September 19, 2010

In the forest | a Wood Collection

As you know, I’m a girl who collects things.

In my super neutral/natural home, glass, wood, shell, stone and silver steal the day.
And anything naturalish.
I love wood.
There’s no doubt about that.

I know.
When I get back in with a camera,
I’ll do a photo shoot that does justice
to just how much wood we REALLY
have about this place.
As always, all photos (c) b3 home designs
September 18, 2010

i collect vol. 5: small clocks

One of my favorite,
fastest growing
is small clocks
and vintage alarm clocks
none of them are set
(because, that would be too practical)
but they all work
functional dysfunction
gotta love it.

As always
all photos (c) b3 home designs
September 12, 2010

i collect vol. 4: Vintage Board Games | Pieces

i collect vintage board games
but primarily just so that I can have their pieces
and score keeping pads
and colorful cards
I love vintage paper goods.
All photos (c) b3 home designs.

What is it that you collect?
September 9, 2010

i used to collect | Milk Glass

if you hit the internets,

then you know that
in the world of “new vintage collectors”
(ie, all of us wannabe vintage collectors
that don’t have a CLUE)
milk glass is all the rage.

I get it.

It’s (generally) cute
just like my awesome lamp find

$3 milk glass deep lipped lamp
Photo (c) b3 home designs

it is really easy to find
it is a relatively inexpensive collection to start
but it quickly gets pretty pricey
and pretty hard
to sustain


maybe that is only “hard”
for those of us not willing
to spend  big
or go on the hunt for
our collections.

I admit it.

I bit the bug
and I went and bought me some milk glass
and because I don’t ever just buy 1 of anything
I bought a piece.
or two
or nine

Milk Glass Starter Collection
Photo (c) b3 home designs

not all at once.

it started with a set of three
from the North Bend Senior Thrift Store Sale
Then I picked up a few more pieces
And a piece here
And a piece there

Honestly though?
I’m not really a fan.

I used to collect Milk glass

and I will keep these pieces because I love them
for non milk glass reasons

Thinned out milk glass collection
Photo (c) b3 home designs

I’ll also keep the milk glass lamp.

I used to collect milk glass.
Now I don’t.

But perhaps you do?
Or you want to?
Or you just love winning stuff?

I’m giving away my milk glass collection in two batches.

One batch will be a follower.
If you scroll over to the right ——————->
and add yourself to the followers
then leave a comment on this post
telling me that you are a follower
you will be entered into the drawing for that batch.
The second batch is for anyone or their mama
and yes, mama’s LOVE these pieces

so call it early Christmas shopping
or even earlier mama’s day or Easter shopping
All you have to do is leave a comment on this post

If you are a follower, you can enter both giveaways

just leave separate comments

The giveaway will go on until I hit 50 followers.
I am at 25 last time I checked.

I will announce winners

during the first post after I hit 50 followers
You can check in daily and leave a comment
(on this post) to earn extra entries
for each set of milk glass.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

And if you REALLY want some milk glass

Send your friends here
have them sign up as followers
have them leave a comment that says
“I am now a follower thanks to [insert YOUR name here]”
I will enter the friend and I’ll add an extra entry for you.

just so that you don’t have to dump your bff
when she wins the milk glass you really wanted.

let the comments and following begin.

Coming Soon:
Make your own faux milk glass
September 8, 2010

i collect vol. 3: Colorful | Shapely Glass

I love collecting things.
Primarily because it means spending money.
And preferably, the least of it as possible for most collections.
One of my fave collections lately, is of some shapely and/or colorfull glass.
And it all has to come thrifted.
So even when I see these awesome shapely hourglass hurricanes from West Elm:

I have to practice some serious self restraint.Oy
So here is some of my shapely | colorful glass collection:

6 inch aqua mason jars
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Photo (c) b3 home designs
3 inch apple measuring | serving dishes
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Full sized Atlas Mason jars
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Fishing Float glass jar
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Cobalt blue bottle | cobalt blue bubble glass pedestal dish
Photo (c) b3 home designs
flower vases
Photo (c) b3 home designs
quilted glass vases
Photo (c) b3 home designs
italian wine bottles
Photo (c) b3 home designs
vintage spray mister
tall skinny, short and medium squat lipped jars
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Everytime I stop into a thrift store, the first area I hit is the glass wall.
Sometimes I find great stuff among the dishes
Sometimes it is with the vases
But sometimes, you just need to dig for it.

Happy collecting.

This is a pretty easy collection to start and doesn’t really require a ton of creativity or patience.
If you have several thrift stores to choose from.
I’ve only been collecting earnestly for a few weeks.
Just keep your eyes peeled and a bit of cash on hand
My whole collection (including tons of pieces NOT shown)
Has cost about $40 so far. 
All collected a piece (or three) at a time.

September 4, 2010

Every Nook and Cranny | A Temporary Reader

One of the things I love about our place
is that there is so much space
that can be used in so many different ways
because walls don’t define what has to be
take for instance the landing at the top of our stairs
 Upper Landing Blank Slate
Photo (c) b3 home designs

In many of the floorplans on the street,
this is actually walled off
as another bedroom

Which would certainly give me another hallway
But I’m good with just this hallway

When we first moved in,
You can see that I had not quite shopped the house
for pieces that would work well over here
mostly because I didn’t know what I wanted the space to be

 Window covered, no more flashing the neighbors
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Check that.
I knew that I wanted one of my three Christmas trees
to go in that window.
So I didn’t really focus too much
on making that specific space functional.

Until I missed reading and pretty spaces like this

 Upstairs Landing Complete
Photo (c) b3 home designs
In this little nook,
I brought it just about all of my favorite things
After we got puppy dog,
the Paupasan chair got moved to the nook.
out of our bedroom
I love it here because
it far more comfortable to hang out
in this chair and read
than to sit in a parson’s char.
Just saying
Another fave piece in this space is the pillow on the chair.
I actually bought that pillow cover years ago
When I lived in New Mexico
I bought it at a Pow Wow.
The same Pow Wow that I bought my postcard prints at
But not the same place I bought these calendar prints at
  Left wall when facing window
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Here, let’s get a little closer

Close up, Calendar Prints
Photo (c) b3 home designs
I LOVE Native Americana.
Reminds me of my grandmother
and all the questions I really wish I would have asked her
Other pieces of love in this area include
Parts of my mini | small clock collection
My favorite wedding headshot photo
My vintage camera collection
Lots of my fave coffee table books
Small chest
And those awesome Crate & Barrel Leaning shelves

 Photo (c) b3 home designs
Other pieces of me that really make this home:
Those billowy, worn, old, green curtains
“&” (because there is always an “and did you think about…”
Wood cubby box
Part of my shapely glass collection
My three favorite ceramic vases

Photo (c) b3 home designs
And if you stepped back a little

you would see the $16 Art Binge

 that touched off a spat of collecting
 Photo (c) b3 home designs

I started with the spot next to the chair

“finished” at this

 Photo (c) b3 home designs

But then I went to the dining room

and I brought that faux lovely

right upstairs     
 Photo (c) b3 home designs

Some closer looks
at what I love here
include this tray of awesome

The heart rock was from
one of the most awesome
beach trips
with him

The shell was collected YEARS ago
the awesome bell | chime
was given to me by my mom
back when I was in high school
after one of her yard sale stops

Most recently, I my fave book
from the most awesome Estate Sale
I. Have. Ever. Been. To.

In my life.

I’ll have to get a photo of it.

Photo (c) b3 home designs
The piece of ocean rock on this shelf

was from the first trip I took to California

with that guy

The clock is the first small clock I ever bought.

It touched off an awesome collection.
 Photo (c) b3 home designs
This is a closeup of part of my most favorite
part of my shapely glass collection
There’s a mister
There is a tall skinny
There is a squat, fat shorty
And there is a little shorty
Those bottles rock my world.
 Photo (c) b3 home designs

This whole space rocks my world.
Now if I could only get more time
to plug in and blog
or unplug and read a book
Can’t wait to be home
for more than a few hours
at a time.

 Upstairs Landing Final(ish)
Photo (c) b3 home designs
August 21, 2010

i collect vol. 2: rocks

This might seem odd…
but I promise
there is a method to this madness

Very Partial Rock Collection
Photo (c) b3home designs
Later this weekend
I’ll show you the method
For now, the madness
August 20, 2010

i collect vol. 1 : vintage cameras

There isn’t much I won’t collect
some would say…
…I like to shop
But really
I like to hunt

Part of Vintage Camera Collection
Photo (c) b3 home designs
What is your favorite collection?