Thursday, September 30, 2010

Favorite Things from Lonny

I know that this is rather late, but I've been so busy that I haven't really had the time to read Lonny, the online magazine.  This issue was filled with some lovely photographs and inspiration.  Below are some of my favorite images from the Aug/Sept issue....looking forward to the next issue!
 I absolutely adore the cute little chandelier and that fabulous wall of mirrors

 That teal color on the wall is heavenly.  I love how all the art is arranged on the wall.

Another interesting view of the above rooms.  

Love all the little collections pictured above.

I must have those groovy tins on the top right corner.

Love the Union Jack rug!  I think that is by Jonathan Adler.  

That floor lamp is incredible!

Digging the furry bedding on the upper right hand corner! Just in time for the cooler weather.

Really liking the lower right hand photo of the table and lamp.  They would look fab in my place!  Also love the candy colored cookies on the tiered tray.  

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

That 70s Home: Organs

In the 70s, a home was not a home unless it had an organ in it. When I was  kid, I really wanted my parents to get a piano.  I thought it would add some class to our family home, as I imagined myself performing concerts like Liberace, with my big sequined cape, bowing to adoring audiences.  Sadly, we never got the piano...but instead got a Lowery organ.  It was somehow less classy than a piano and initially I objected, but my mom convinced me that it is almost the same thing as a piano and that if I learned to play the organ I could play the piano.  My mom even made me along with my brother and sister take organ lessons with Mr. Walton, a slightly effeminate and eccentric older gentleman who was a local music teacher.  He loved pointing his baton at you while you played, pinky finger extended, of course.  He was a bit of a kook, but I learned how to read music because of him.

The main reason we got an organ was because my father loved it.  He spent a lot of time learning to play many songs on it.  When they had company, my father would always perform a small concert for his guests...and they loved it!  By the time I was in high school in the 80s, his performances would mortify me and my friends (must note here that my dad also played accordion and would also play that as well...Lady of Spain anyone?).  My dad still plays to this day, but mainly for his own entertainment.  He still has an organ that he keeps in the basement that he occasionally plays for friends and family during the holidays...but mostly my nieces and nephews goof around with it.

While checking out Craigslist, I found that there were quite a few organs up for sale.  Some are super cheap or FREE, while other folks are asking somewhere between $150-$450 for it.  If I had the space, I would try to get one, just so I can add to my 70s inspired decor, but only if it was cheap or free.

Here is a Lowery Organ I spotted on Craigslist.  The guy is asking $200 for it.

 A closeup of the Lowery Organ

Another view of the Lowery Organ.

This is another Craigslist find for $300.

 This is a speaker and a Lowery Organ for the low, low price of $900...are u kidding me?

The owner of this organ is asking $450 for this...yikes!

This is the Lowery Genie 44, the model that I learned to play on.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

60s Stewardesses

Remember the days when Flight Attendants were called Stewardesses? I used to love the groovy candy colored uniforms with the go-go boots and hats! Makes me wish I could remember the era, because I would most certainly be one of the jet-setting stewardesses...too bad I was still in diapers during that time.

With the advent of the jet age, stewardesses became the showgirl of the high skies. The image was one of glamour and allure. Women loved to hate them, calling them such things as 'flying waitresses' and men loved the mod outfits and many probably sexually harassed them. Life couldn't have been easy for these women, but damn, they sure looked great doing their job. Here are some of my favorite Stewardess fashions from the era:

Friday, September 17, 2010

Nino & April

As a kid growing up in the 70s, I can remember my mom putting on this album every time she cleaned the house. She must have loved this album very much, because it came out in the 60s, before I was born, but I can remember hearing it many times during my childhood. I've always loved the vocal harmonies in all of their songs. Nino Tempo & April Stevens are a brother and sister act from New York. Formed in the early 1960s when Nino and April signed as a duo with Atco Records, the group had a string of Billboard hits and earned a Grammy Award as "best rock & roll record of the year" for the single "Deep Purple". "Deep Purple" reached #1 on the Billboard charts, sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. The album my mom has was their follow-up album to "Deep Purple" where they sing a bunch of old songs, but putting their own unique vocal sound on it.  I haven't listened to this album in many years, and I'm almost tempted to borrow it from my mom.  I can still picture my mom polishing the furniture while dancing around the living room singing along with Nino& April.

Below are some videos of Nino & April singing some of their best known hits...Enjoy!

There is a Nino & April Website with information about the history of their career. Some interesting stuff..check it out!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Happy Inside

I just adore this commercial! It has Ikea furniture and cats...two of my favorite things!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Doll's Life

If I could live in a doll house it would be Debbie's Dream House. Debbie truly has the most grooviest home! I could totally see myself living there, in all that lovely mid-century mod glory! Pictures are from Flickr user doe-c-doe's photostream.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Labor Day Weekend

My Labor Day weekend was lovely.  It started out kind of gray and rainy, but ended up being quite a lovely weekend.  I had never stayed in Brigantine, NJ before, and I found that I really liked it.  There is not a whole lot to do there, except ride your bike around town and go to yard sales (we hit about a dozen of them on Saturday..will post my purchases up at a later date). There isn't really a boardwalk like in Wildwood, NJ, but Brigantine used to have a haunted castle back in the day.  When I was a kid, they used to advertise it heavily on TV back in the 70s, and I thought it was the coolest place to go to.  Sadly, the Brigantine Castle is gone...and I never got to go. My cousin went though, and told me how scary it was, with people grabbing you in the kind of scary fun. Came across this interesting website that has all the history re: the castle. Check it out here: Dark In the Park

Below is the commercial that I used to see when I was little...doesn't it look like fun? ...Ok, it looks pretty lame by today's standards of scary...but when I was a kid this looked so scary! Watching this ad makes me wonder whatever happened to that head?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Yard Sale Goodies

This past Saturday, I stopped at a yard sale in my neighborhood.  It was one of those block long sales where all the neighbors participate.  Most of the stuff was kids crap, books and more VHS than you could shake a stick at.....there was also one odd table filled with religious figurines,  two very large crosses and those creepy pictures of Jesus where his eyes follow you around..Yikes!  Towards the end of the block there was a young hip couple selling off a large chunk of their vinyl collection which was an interesting mix of classic rock and classical music.  As I was sorting through the albums, their neighbor decided that she should sell off her vinyl too, and ran back in the house to get it.....which consisted of a lot, I mean A LOT of Michael Jackson records as well as some R&B and some Funk.  After sorting through everything, I picked up three albums for $2 total.  All are in excellent condition.  The guy selling them said that they were priced to move, the more you bought, the more of a discount you got...but he had a weird pricing system which didn't seem consistent or logical.

The first one I picked up was Calypso by Harry Belafonte, a classic.  I used to own a copy of this on cassette, but now I'm glad to have it on vinyl.  The second album I got was Grand Funk Live Album which is by far one of the best (and most ignored) double live albums from the classic rock era.  These guys have such a raw energy that really comes through in their music.  The last album I picked up is a recording of  E.E. Cummings reading some of his poetry.  What caught my eye at first was the album cover itself.  It looks more like a book cover.  Have always loved his poetry, and it will be pretty cool to listen to him recite it on this recording.  It is definitely a very diverse collection of vinyl, which will surely add some interest to my collection.