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Scala Al Paradiso

Scala Al Paradiso translated from Italian is “it climbs to the paradise,” and that can be translated to Stairway to Heaven. I was inspired by the staircase in yesterday’s classic home to search out other amazing stairways.

Planitserver.com

Planitserver.com

This one is very interesting – it reminds me of a book I read to my kids – “The Spooky Old Tree.”

The Spooky Old Tree - Image Coloribus

The Spooky Old Tree – Image Coloribus

The American Legacy - Tumblr

The American Legacy – Tumblr

Victoriamag.com

Victoriamag.com

Houzz.com

Houzz.com

brunchatsaks.blogspot.com

brunchatsaks.blogspot.com

cocokelley.blogspot.com

cocokelley.blogspot.com

BHG

BHG

covetdujour.blogspot.com

covetdujour.blogspot.com

classicaladdiction.com

classicaladdiction.com

Georgian Design - Tumblr

Georgian Design – Tumblr

southshoredecorating.blog.com

southshoredecorating.blog.com

delightbydesign.blogspot.com

delightbydesign.blogspot.com

Gracie Swainson - Tumblr

Gracie Swainson – Tumblr

plushpalate.blogspot.com

plushpalate.blogspot.com

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Sara C Mills - Tumblr

Sara C Mills – Tumblr

AND THE WINNER IS

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There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she cant get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

Best, Theresa

A Mid-Twentieth Century Girl Doing Business in a Twenty-First Century World

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Outside Inside Turner’s Corner – Part I

Memorial Day Weekend 2013 Ventnor, New Jersey

Memorial Day Weekend 2013 Ventnor, New Jersey

Turner’s Corner is the name of a building that I own where Innovasion is a tenant.  The building was built by John Turner in about 1880, and is located at an intersection that was the historic commericial intersection of a then rural community.  The building was purchased by me and my husband in 1985 to house Land Dimensions, our land use planning and engineering consulting company.   Because of the growth of the business, ten years ago we moved to a larger building, but retained ownership of our first “professional office” building.

A few years ago, we divided the building in order to house three different business tenants concurrently, and over the years we have had tenants come and go.  In June 2012, Innovasion took over one of the spaces when a real estate company left.

We have had a wonderful tenant in the upstairs portion of the building, and he is leaving because of a need to move his operation to a different location.  (Sorry to see you go Bob.)  In the course of a conversation with my husband, Bob mentioned that his wife and his son recently opened a breakfast and lunch restaurant in Ocean City, NJ.  Larry told him we certainly will come to visit for breakfast when we are at the shore.

The SOUTH Jersey shore is where we spent Memorial Day weekend 2013.  The South Jersey Shore is not the Jersey Shore of MTV.   I had a list of things to do while we were at the shore.  Top on the list was an estate sale in Ocean City.  I found (but did not buy) a beautiful chest that was in pretty good shape.

What I Did Not Buy

What I Did Not Buy

The estate sale had a way over-priced dining room set.  As a matter of fact, one of my resources has a nicer set with as many pieces  as the estate sale was selling in finished condition and for the same price.

Estate Sale Buffet

Estate Sale Buffet

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My resource’s dining room set is much nicer and costs the same

The china closet at the estate sale

The china closet at the estate sale

My found china closet that is waiting for me to pick it up

My found china closet that is waiting for me to pick it up

Next up after the estate sale was breakfast at the Sunrise Café (the breakfast and lunch restaurant that Bob’s wife and son own).  When we walked in, there was Bob busing tables and seating customers.  It was a hopping place at 11:30 on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, so there was very little time for Bob to socialize.  In a brief conversation, my question to Bob was – so….does either your son or your wife have restaurant background, and the answer was no.  Next question – so….?  Bob ran to get the menu with the story on the back.

Inspiration

Inspiration

Sunrise Café opened in 2013 with the hopes of bringing residents and vacationers a place to enjoy home cooking by the beach.  Our dream of opening a breakfast place started before the passing of our family’s guardian angel, “Nana.”  Helen M. Reid, a lifelong vacationer in Ocean City, loved her family and supported their dreams to the fullest.  She was their best support system.  Anyone who knew her was truly blessed to have gotten to love her in their lives.  The family has used her memory to start a small business, here, in her favorite place.  Some of these memories include walks to some of our favorite places in Ocean City, NJ, sitting on the beach, taking long walks along the boardwalk or Asbury Ave.  or stopping for a cup of tea.  Those small moments nurtured our creativity and influenced us to appreciate the importance of family.

We'll Be Back

We’ll Be Back

This blog is a tribute to a Nana that I did not know.   In today’s culture of celebrity worship, Nana was an ordinary woman.  Her ordinary life of raising a family, sitting at the beach, walking on the boardwalk and stopping for a cup of tea, was lived as an extraordinary person, and her family paid her the greatest tribute by following their dream because of her.

Post Script

Estate Sale Server

Estate Sale Server

The server where I buy some of my  my stuff

The server where I buy some of my my stuff

Just like the ones I found - how cute painted yellow

Just like the ones I found – how cute painted yellow – Chrissiescollection.blogspot.com

 

 

Best, Theresa

A Mid-Twentieth Century Girl Doing Business in a 21st Century World

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Starting in the Middle – Part II – What is Found In America?

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Theresa – when you left off last week, you were showing us some pics of things that you found at an auction.  Just to clarify….when you are out shopping as Found In America, you don’t purchase anthing?

That’s right – ain’t no money coming out of my pocket.

But, Found In America is a business?  How do you have a business selling things, if you don’t buy them?

I am starting out slow…I have a strategy – lol.  If anyone is actually reading this blog, they may think I have a good idea and begin to follow me on Instagram.

Do you have a Found In America handle?

I do – it is foundiam.

What is it that you post on Instagram, and why would people want to follow you?

Right now, I am posting a mix of inspiring design images and the things that I find while I am on my travels.  I am hoping that I will eventually get to the point where I have so many followers that eventually someone will want to purchase what I have found.

How does that work logistically?

I am working on that (i.e., I’ll worry about it when someone actually wants to buy something).

What is the most interesting thing you have found?

A Dinosaur Head

A Dinosaur Head

That’s awesome!  But do you think there’s a large market for that?

Not for your average homeowner, but there is a commercial establishment somewhere in the world that would love to have it.  They just need to follow me (on Instagram).

Last week, you showed us what you saw at the outside auction.  Can you show us what was going on inside?

A Pair of Paris Apartment Nighstands

A Pair of Paris Apartment Nighstands

A Mid-Century Chair

A Mid-Century Chair

Beautiful Wulitzer Jukebox

Beautiful Wulitzer Jukebox

A Rat Pack Bar

A Rat Pack Bar

Can you help us out with what you mean by a Rat Pack Bar?

The Rat Pack ruled Las Vegas and Hollywood during the 1950’s and 1960’s  They were Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Joey Bishop & Peter Lawford.

The Rat Pack

The Rat Pack

Do you have examples of the kinds of chairs you find at the auction?

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Do you find things that don’t necessarily appeal to you, but know they have value?

Yes, I found a pair of Hollywood Regency style chairs that don’t work for me, but certainly would work in a room that is looking for glamour.

Hollywood Regency

Hollywood Regency

I found this black pair on Pinterest for $2,140.00

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Yes, Cheryl and I went hunting for a client, and found these mid-century fireside chairs.  We bought them because of their potential.

We saw the potential

We saw the potential

We put a lot of time into looking for the right fabric

We put a lot of time into looking for the right fabric

Are you ever tempted to bid on something?

Yes, I loved this rug and wanted it for a space I am working on at the shop.  But, the guy I was bidding against was very, very serious and I knew I really didn’t have a chance, so I gave in pretty early on….he was very intimidating.

I Gave It Up

I Gave It Up

So….you left without buying anything? 

OK – I confess….just one little cute chair.

So Cute!  I could not resist.

So Cute! I could not resist.

Remind us again – what is it we need to do to help you be a success with your Found In America venture.

Follow Found In America on Instagram – foundiam.

Best, Theresa

A Mid-Twentieth Century Girl Doing Business in a 21st Century World

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Where To Live?

So….there is one lucky family that will be able to choose where they want to live when they buy this house.  I don’t know what I would choose, because I love what the possibilities are for the “bonus” space I found.

Main House

Main House

The “main house” has all of the traditional rooms you would expect to find in a home of this age (1926).  It is a center hall with the stairs directly in front and dining room and living room on either side.

Center Hall

Center Hall

I would take my cue from the exterior colors of gray, black and white and carry them through.  On the entryway wall, I would create a gallery wall of white/gray/black artwork.

Wall color is Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray.  Image - Decorpad

Wall color is Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray. Image – Decorpad

I would consider painting the stairs white, the railing gray and carpeting the steps in gray and black.

Paint the steps and rails and carpet the steps.  Image - lamaisonfou.blogspot.com

Paint the steps and rails and carpet the steps. Image – lamaisonfou.blogspot.com

I would definitely put this zebra print rug in the foyer that I would buy from West Elm.

Buy from West Elm

Buy from West Elm

The potential

The potential

A different shade of gray in the living room, and look how cute I would make those shelves look.  Benjamin Moore’s Copley Gray is a warm toned gray in the greige family.

Benjamin Moore Copley Gray - Image Source - Southern Shore Decorating Blog

Benjamin Moore Copley Gray – Image Source – Southern Shore Decorating Blog

Plenty of room in the kitchen to eat, so I would make the dining room a playroom.

The Dining Room

The Dining Room

The Play Room

The Play Room – Image Source – divaaniblogit.fi

Play Room Rules - Image Source - google.ca

Play Room Rules – Image Source – google.ca

Eat In Kitchen - Before

Eat In Kitchen – Before

Eat In Kitchen - After? Image Source - Decorpad.com

Eat In Kitchen – After?
Image Source – Decorpad.com

What I really love about this house.

#1 – This bedroom wall.

A Window Seat!

A Window Seat!

Would love to be able to dress up the window seat like this.  Also paint the ceiling a soft gray with the walls a bit darker gray that would make a beautiful contrast with white woodwork.

The newly designed windowseat - Image Source - Sylco Cabinetry via Houzz

The newly designed windowseat – Image Source – Sylco Cabinetry via Houzz

#2 – The side porch

The Side Porch

The Side Porch

Bring the porch to life with flowers

How cute! - Image Source - reinventedkb.com

How cute! – Image Source – reinventedkb.com

#3 – The Screened Porch

Outside Living without the bugs.

Outside Living without the bugs.

Bamboo shades and outdoor drapes add privacy

Depending on Spring and Falll temps - can be used April through October.  Image Source - HGTV

Depending on Spring and Falll temps – can be used April through October. Image Source – HGTV

OK – This is why I really love this house.

I found hidden treasures in the garage

I found hidden treasures in the garage

I want these doors.

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In the garage, someone used old doors as partitions – I want these!  And I am drooling over the work bench, even though I have never worked at a bench in my life (nor will I ever).

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This is called a “rustic chic” room divider on Pinterest

"Rustic Chic" - Image Source - thirdfloordesignstudio.blogspot.com

“Rustic Chic” – Image Source – thirdfloordesignstudio.blogspot.com

OK I know where I would live – in the BIG BONUS space above the garage.

Where I would live

Where I would live

And I don’t know which look I would prefer.

Barnhouse Messy Chic

Barnhouse Messy Chic

Urban Chic

Urban Chic

Please feel free to leave comments that I may pass on to real estate agent who has this home listed.

Best, Theresa

A Mid-Twentieth Century Girl Doing Business in a 21st Century World

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This is Not the Paris Fleamarket

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Innovasion was a vender at a Fall festival in September 2012.  Since “I have been in France” this week on the Innovasion Facebook page – I thought it would be fun to do our version of our fleamarket look.

Great as a TV stand

Great as a TV stand

Cute as a small kitchen island - it rolls

Cute as a small kitchen island – it rolls

Cheryl spraypainted the top of the desk over lace - sold!

Cheryl spraypainted the top of the desk over lace – sold!

The box on top of the desk was the inspiration for this coffee table.

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A replica of an antique cabinet made by Ed and finished by Cheryl

A replica of an antique cabinet made by Ed and finished by Cheryl

Don't think I really want to part with the tool box - used it on my front porch

Don’t think I really want to part with the tool box – used it on my front porch

My Front Porch

My Front Porch

The tool box is now at the shop and held Spring flowers for an event we hosted for In The Works – link at the bottom in case you are interested in what that is all about.IMG_7234 (2)

Isn't she beautiful

Isn’t she beautiful

There’s the tool box again

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Notice the cute wicker shopping cart

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How cute is the farmhouse table

Another angle of the cute wicker shopping cart

Another angle of the cute wicker shopping cart

French gray marble top table - so Paris Apartment

French gray marble top table – so Paris Apartment

The cute little bench did find a good home

The cute little bench did find a good home

Another view of the lace top table with a cute set of nesting tables underneath

Another view of the lace top table with a cute set of nesting tables underneath

One of my favorites - it sold a while ago, but is only now leaving for Ocean City, NJ

One of my favorites – it sold a while ago, but is only now leaving for Ocean City, NJ

What else did we do while at the festival?  We designed the Music Lounge Stage

Ed built the mock baby grand piano.

Ed built the mock baby grand piano. – Read Abigale’s Ashes to learn about that

They made such a mess

They made such a mess

After everyone left, I put it back together

Now it looks the way I like it - all neat and tidy

Now it looks the way I like it – all neat and tidy

Then we brought the backdrop back to the shop

So cute - but it doesn't look like this anymore

So cute – but it doesn’t look like this anymore

And what is the backdrop exactly?  It is the top of a 60’s jukebox that I found at a fleamarket.

Top of 1960's jukebox

Top of 1960’s jukebox

The fleamarket was not in Paris, but right here in the good old USA – which is a prelude to my other business that I am attempting to launch – Found In America

Found In America - Discovering What You Will Love

Found In America – Discovering What You Will Love

For The Schreadley – the baby grand piano featured at The Music Lounge – read Abigale’s Ashes posted in June.

In The Works – www.intheworksone.wordpress.com

Best, Theresa

A Mid-Twentieth Century Girl Doing Business in a 21st Century World

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It All Started With Forsythias

animals.howstuffworks.com

animals.howstuffworks.com

Spring is in full bloom where I live in South Jersey, and I have been inspired by all of the forsythia that I see.  No….I don’t have any in my yard or in my house, but there is plenty to go around on the internet.

drivenbydecor.com

drivenbydecor.com

Houzz - Janell Beals

Houzz – Janell Beals

I found a tuturial on how to make a forsythia wreath

Or, if you prefer your forsythia in an umbrella

eclecticallyvintage.com

eclecticallyvintage.com

And then I got distracted and began to wander a little off course…..but not too much – I found rooms decorated with forsythia. – Love the drama of this centerpiece and combining the forsythia with lemons.

Houzz - Kelley & Company Home

Houzz – Kelley & Company Home

And then I find myself not only looking at images of forsythia, but now reading questions and answers on Houzz.

Houzz - Karen Evans

Houzz – Karen Evans

Where did the sofa come from?

Karen Evans I purchased the sofa from Pottery Barn several years ago. It’s the PB basic with a warm white denim slipcover. I’ve had it for 4 years and it still looks like new-that’s with 2 teenagers and a very naughty dog in the house. I’d highly recommend. It’s a great price and since you can clean it yourself you would probably spend less in the long run. I think it run about $1,100 before tax and shipping.

Then I found an image that was a resource where this coffee table could be bought if anyone was interested.

Durham Cocktail Table - Ballard Design

Durham Cocktail Table – Ballard Design

But then somehow I found myself looking at images combining yellow and gray in room designs.  I found this next image on Indulgy and always want to make sure that I can track down the original source…but I gave up on that for this image when it directed me to….ThirdAge.com – Health for Boomers & Beyond.  The article on “New Pap Test Could Prevent Cervical Cancer?” is something I will go back to when I have the time.

Indulgy

Indulgy

I spent a few minutes being distracted by the other photos of this home.

Houzz - The Ladue House

Houzz – The Ladue House

Then what happened – I found myself looking at furniture that was painted yellow and gray.

Younghouselove.com

Younghouselove.com

Younghouselove.com

Younghouselove.com

Houzz - Yellow Gray Living Room Products

Houzz – Yellow Gray Living Room Products

And then, somehow, I ended up with….Alfred Hitchcock….but in my defense, I did start the post with a bird.

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brittanybarnes.tumblor.com

Best, Theresa

A Mid-Twentieth Century Girl Doing Business in a 21st Century World

 

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Blue – Robin’s Egg – Part II – FemShui Design

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Source – top this top that blog

Lap tops and cell phones have given us the ability to work wherever we are in the world.  FemShui Design is a “brand” I created based on wanting to bring feminity into a woman’s workspace, whether at home or at the office.

Examples of FemShui Design can be found at two blog entries – Of Course the Answer is Two Boars Heads and A DPhiE Prequel.  Those posts are about work we did for a client – the IHQ of Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority.  During the summer I started working on the office of the new CFO.  August at Innovasion was Elvis Appreciation Month and he went with me everywhere.

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Angel wanted her office to be blue, cream and brown and we went with Sherwin William’s Atmospheric for the wall color.  Looks like a robin’s egg blue to me.

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Sherwin Williams Atmospheric SW6505

Enough talking, let’s just look at some images for using robin’s egg blue in a workspace.  Pretty and somewhat formal.b3759c0c37419e2c4b282d2ede97c1e9

Source – the zhush blog

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Source – Pinterest

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Source – nehomemag.com

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Not so formal

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Source – mysummerhouse.tumblr.com

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Source – Better Homes and Gardens
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Source – Martha Stewartgl

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Source – Shabby Chicks Blog

And isn’t it great that, if we want, we can work from any room in the house?

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Source – Room 269 Tumblr

Best, Theresa

A Mid 20th Century Girl Doing Business in a 21st Century World

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