Antiquing in Southern California

Perusing the Paris Flea Market at Porte de Clignancourt or even taking a long weekend antiquing in San Francisco may not always be feasible options for feeding your passion for antiques.  While online resources like 1stdibs offer convenience, and many of the same dealers, the downside is you will always pay a premium for the ease of seeking out specific pieces online.  (Curators and Antique Store owners will admit they are slinging the exact same wares online for an escalated price.)  With that in mind, I have highlighted a few good stops throughout Southern California that would make for a lovely day trip.  READ MORE

In with the Old

Growing up on Long Island in a small village steeped in history, with looming Victorians & grand estates tucked so far back through the trees you couldn’t see them, I gained early exposure to the beauty of architecture, art, antiques and collections. However, it was my travels throughout Paris, Vienna, and Florence, that really crystallized my passion.
1905 Gatehouse

 

While 17th & 18th C antiques really excite me, I also appreciate traditional 19th C furniture and happen to also love 20th C Mid-Century Modern and Scandinavian too. Naturally, the older and the more precious, the harder to find, but high quality pieces do not necessarily need to be the most expensive. It’s good to look at every level, not just the fanciest dealers and galleries. It may not always be prudent to drop a down payment on a Federal Style Demi-Lune Table, so it’s sometimes best just to impart the look, but I believe items collected over time speak more to our roots. Antiques tend to move with you wherever you go. They get passed down from generation to generation, as opposed to donated on moving day.READ MORE

Pamela Day Designs - Interior Designer - Kitchen & Bath

A House is Never Finished

I change my own house almost every day. Nothing major obviously, but minor edits. My husband calls it tinkering. Every day he comes home from work and something has been moved around on the shelves, an item has been brought out of storage, disappeared, or simply manifested out of thin air; worse is when there’s something for him to hang or move. I am forever adding and subtracting, always editing. Major pieces like appliances, furniture and fabric remain fairly constant of course, but I’m always on the hunt for something better.
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Pamela Day Designs - Paris & Venice

Paris & Venice

Part I – Honeymoon in Paris
Sent November 25th

After a four hour nap upon arrival in Paris we ventured out to the only museum open at six pm- the Centre Pompidou. Greg insists he didn’t enjoy himself, but I thoroughly enjoyed pondering the subtle complexity of the Rothkos and Du Champs, and I swear he was slightly amused by the blank canvases as high art. Since we were near the Marais district I thought it would be fun to revisit Les Philosophes, the restaurant where I hold fond memories of an epic dinner on my first trip to Paris, with my friend Shaye seven years ago. Sadly, the meal did not live up to the memory. After a hungry 30 minute wait we were sat in a back room (I wasn’t even certain it was the same restaurant). I couldn’t eat the grossly under-cooked meat (medium?!?), but at least Greg enjoyed his entree (and mine). We hopped back on the Metro and navigated to within 2 blocks of our hotel. After an hour we gave up being lost and hopped in a cab. The cabbie laughed at us, as he drove us the two blocks home.READ MORE

Ireland

I’ve been in Dublin since yesterday evening, and took another heavy history tour this morning (I’ll spare the details for next time), and whilst visiting the tourist center this afternoon I decided to step it up a little bit and do a fun little tour of Galway and the Aran Islands with the Shamrockers. I leave my lovely hotel in a dumpy area I’d describe as akin to visiting Manhattan and sleeping in the Bronx tomorrow, returning to Dublin on Friday, and shall update you on my adventures!

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Pamela Day Designs - Great Scotland!

Great Scotland!

On Jul 12, 2012, at 1:55 PM
On my Own in Edin-bur-uh

Well, the whole trip couldn’t be rainbows and unicorns! It’s rained all but fifteen minutes since I got here, the David Keil workshop has been a major disappointment, and unbeknownst to me Edinburgh is notoriously unfriendly so I’ve had to really make an effort to talk to people first, and haven’t really met any mates. In fact, two of my four evenings thus far have been spent hiding under the covers with the heat on, missing sunny San Diego. Now it’s almost 10 am, and having missed yoga again, I’m not even out and about yet! Just lounging here reading my book, watching the BBC, writing, and staring out at the rain. Sigh!! (I know everyone must be crying over poor me and all my leisure time!)READ MORE