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Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 | 0 comments

Furniture Rehab: Fab Finds for DIY

Furniture Rehab: Fab Finds for DIY

When I toured Mary’s 1940s reno house a few weeks ago, I noticed the previous owner had left a few things behind — some very DIYable treasures that Mary is donating to the MV Big Flea instead of putting them in a dumpster. Looking for a project? Take a look at these storage pieces that are ripe for a handy DIYer. Mary and I believe this cabinet in the basement (currently used as a work table) is one of the original 1940s kitchen cabinets in the house. It’s solid wood and has vintage chrome hardware. With a cleaning, a coat of paint and a new top (butcher block or a marble slab remnant?) you could turn it into a pretty fabulous sideboard. It’s about 45 inches wide and 36 inches tall. This green cabinet was used as a potting bench on a covered porch. At 48 inches wide, 32 inches tall and 16 inches deep, it provides plenty of storage for your porch or garage. Give it a little extra TLC and...

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Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 | 3 comments

Amalgamated’s Retro Ski Sweater Style

Amalgamated’s Retro Ski Sweater Style

While browsing Amalgamated Classic Clothing & Dry Goods for holiday gifts, I couldn’t help but notice their amazing collection of vintage ski sweaters. Each one sports a design cooler than the next, they’re made from pure wool and are handknit in the U.S. At the time of my visit, the store carried about 10 of these mens’ sweaters hung up side by side, along with equally cool varsity sweaters and cardigans. Lance Karesh designed these sweaters for a 1980s private label collection for Barneys New York called Basco All American Sportswear. Karesh’s signature style in both his men’s and women’s wear was to replicate looks from earlier eras. (The Basco line was incidentally relaunched in the fall of 2012.) These sweaters harken back to the 1930s and 1940s. Not surprisingly, the sweaters range in price from $80 to over $200. They’re in perfect condition. Knitting of this quality, when kept in a moth-free environment, will last and last. I love that they can’t help portray a nolstagic retro look with...

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Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Jayden’s Vintage Nautical Nursery

Jayden’s Vintage Nautical Nursery

Today we welcome guest blogger and Del Ray interior designer Katie Moore of Olios Design. Katie and her husband Andrew are the proud new parents of baby Jayden, born in September. When we saw pictures of the nursery Katie designed for Jayden on her blog earlier this week, we knew we wanted to share here as well. We love how it’s full of so many sentimental and handmade treasures. When my husband and I found out we were having a boy, I immediately knew I wanted a vintage nautical themed nursery. We already had the dresser and side table (the space was previously our spare bedroom). This was a inspirational mood board that got me started. We own a 22 catalina sailboat and when I was searching for the perfect bookcase, it wasn’t happening. So I was pleasantly surprised when my husband said he would build Jayden’s bookcase…and he nailed it, wouldn’t you say? That’s right, my husband built-this custom sailboat bookcase from scratch. There are so many handmade...

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Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 | 3 comments

Welcome to Mid-Century Del Ray, 1950

Welcome to Mid-Century Del Ray, 1950

Last March, I posted about Del Ray in 1941 through the lens of a George Washington High School (now middle school) yearbook. Today, we’re looking at Del Ray nine years later with the help of another GW yearbook, the class of 1950. In case you’re wondering why I have the yearbook, my husband collects old yearbooks and every once in a while he finds one that somehow intersects our lives. GW opened in 1935, merging students from two of Alexandria’s high schools. In 1950, the school had students in 8th-12th grades. The vast bleachers have since been replaced, fashion has changed (love those plaid skirts and cardigans) but you can see that the school in the background looks the same today as it did then in all its Art Deco glory. More local architecture can be found in the background of these photos — those are the rowhouses which still stand on Glendale Ave. behind the field. The descriptions with the senior portraits offer a glimpse at how differently...

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Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 | 0 comments

Del Ray’s Retro Rides and Classic Cruisers, Part 2

Del Ray’s Retro Rides and Classic Cruisers, Part 2

Last fall I posted photos of some of the classic cars I’ve seen around Del Ray. Topping the list were some pretty amazing Continentals in pristine condition and some cool old pick-ups. Shortly after I published that post, much to my delight, I kept noticing more and more interesting cars around the neighborhood. First, an oldie, a Chevrolet from the 1930s or 40s. Check out the white wall tires. Fast forward to the 1960s, a forest green Mercury Comet. I love the angle of the trunk. I’ve seen this Ford parked outside Velocity but never when I had a camera. So I was glad to finally get a few shots. Just a block or so down the street, I saw this cherry red Ford Fairlane. And maybe not as svelte, but an interesting find no less, this 1970s Gremlin in a Kermit green. Have you seen these cars around the neighborhood? Do you have any other...

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