The Poor Man’s Silver

As you know, I’m often intrigued by how things are made. I just recently found out that these type items I so adore are also called “the poor man’s silver.” I’m talking about antiqued mercury glass decor. I thought they really had mercury in them which is not good right?

Mercury glass, also called “silvered glass” is made from glass that was blown double walled & then silvered between the layers. Glass artisans started to make them in the 1840’s & was popularized in Bohemia {now the Czech Republic—didn’t know this either}. But no worries, in the 1860’s, mercury was not used anymore, instead silver nitrate was used.

The tarnished, intricate & luxurious look is just wonderful & definitely more affordable than silver. Come check out what we have at the shop:

Finch ornament —whimsical & glamorous right?
Hanging hobnail votive holder—we’d scatter them everywhere!


Etched ribbed votive urns—Hollywood glam comes to mind


Etched votive holders—I think these are romantic!


Bottle tealight holders—do I hear rustic & charming?
Enjoy!

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{ Anthropologie’s Keith Johnson } Coveting his Job

I haven’t met a girl’s girl who is not in love with Anthropologie. There’s an Anthropologie shop just a few blocks from where I live & I often just stop by and get lost in my thoughts of oooohhhs and aaaaahhhs basking in the wonderful finds of a globe trotting maniac. His name? Keith Johnson, decor buyer extraordinaire for the shop since 1994. His search for gifted artisans, original works & handmade curiosities are explored & showcased {I’m sure you know this already!} in the show “Man Shops Globe” featured at the Sundance Channel every Wednesday, 9 Central at the Sundance Channel. This is reality series in the most wonderful form for me! In my profile, I wrote a year ago how I would love to travel the world a la Samantha Brown {of the Travel Channel} & check out the world of design & decor all over. From how Capiz is harvested from the seas in the Philippines to how camel bone mirrors are made in Morocco. Alas, a job I covet!

Check out his excursions in some of the images from the show.


{ he states, all roads lead to the Champ Elysee in France }


{ where else would be the best made rugs come from? Turkey of course! }


{ with travel companion & sister-in-law Pam Senk adoring colorful chandeliers in Tunisia }


{ handmade chairs in South Africa }


{ paper animals from South Africa }


{ One of a kind decoupaged chairs from artist Leslie Osterich of Holland }


{ Indian colorful bangles anyone? }


{ mirror, mirror on the walls of a manufacturer in Holland}

{ checking out tableware in Argentina}


Taking perusing to a whole other level. I think that’s the allure of shopping! And shops such as Anthropologie & visionaries such as Keith Johnson makes it an adventure for all of us.

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The Week’s Low Down + An Amazing Cottage Reno

I hope everybody had an amazing Halloween! I didn’t write a Low Down for two weeks, so here’s a few stuff that’s been happening:

… the PR & marketing group officially started their work. Plan on participating in events around the Austin area with coupons, giveaways, meeting new people & just knowing more about this wonderful city. I’m meeting with their graphic designer for more promotional materials, etc.

… SEO & SEM is still going strong, for about two days, we had almost 700 new visitors! We’ve been busy bookmarking, joining different groups, writing blogs & articles.

… I’ve finally completed a little “Policy & Procedure” manual of how to run this business, uploaded in quickbooks all accounts & vendors & established graphs & stats to see my success (or the opposite) objectively.

… sales have been steady {but not enough to cover marketing & advertising & expenses yet…it’ll get there}. I have had more low moments (how I feel emotionally) as far as the business venture in the past few weeks. I think that’s normal {I hope!}. I think when you’re doing a new venture, although I know that it will take time {and yes, money!} to make this work, I want it to take off now! I remember when we opened our first clinic,how I wanted to quit by the third month & in the months to come. It was full of sweat & I cried several times, then a friend told me about the eleventh hour. How important it is to hang on, as it’s only a few moments away before a breakthrough happens. So, I’m hanging on!

Well, on a much lighter note. I came across this amazing cottage renovation. I thought it is really sweet!


{Images via Kitka Design Toronto}

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The Little Black Room

Every woman has a perfect little black dress, why not a little black room. I’ve wanted one for a long time but always has a huge struggle of “to do it or not to do it.” It’s a color that’s associated with what is dark & evil yet the class, glam & sophistication the following black rooms exude is definitely enticing.

{Decor Pad}
{Girl World Decor}
{Matters of Style}


{Hooked on Houses}


{Design Crisis}


{Chateau du Lu}

{Alkemie}


Gorgeous rooms, don’t you think? Have a wonderful Halloween weekend everybody!

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A Shout Out for Andrew!

I can’t tell you how many people has given me so much support & inspiration with my new venture.Well, last week, a good friend of mine & fabulous photographer, Andrew, drove from Houston (two hours away) to take photographs of my new items. No other gadgets but just a trusty camera, some white paper & tape. His only instructions, make them look like they’re floating.

Sea Urchin Condiment Bowl
Birds of a Feather Dessert Plates


Agate Ornament {White}

Agate Ornament {Brown}


Antiqued Mercury Glass Votive Holder

Hanging Hobnail Mercury Lantern


Antiqued Mercury Glass Finch Ornament

I did pay him though …with Salmon & Capers on bruschetta for lunch & gourmet tacos for dinner. He just didn’t ask for anything & happy to help! Oh and I didn’t make those by the way:)

Here he is in action…Please don’t be mad! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am just truly grateful!

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Beaux Objet: Crab & Cream

I know, I know, an odd pairing…Crab & Cream? Well, I’m just so happy to introduce some new items we have at the shop from Bougies la Francais. I totally fell in love with these candle creations. So perfect & divine in shimmering gold!

No kidding, I was ecstatic when these items arrived & I’m like a little kid opening presents! They come in a decorative gift box.

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Tree Stump Stools

So, the condo has another problem (aside from it being small). The entryway is a design dilemma. It’s narrow & cramped but desperately needs some personality. The entryway leads to the kitchen where some sort of seating, a buffet, or entryway cabinet can be placed. Mind you, the depth has to be extremely skinny & has to be light & can be moved easy. So, now I’m opting for some stools. For some reason, I’m drawn to tree stump stools lately.

Mind you that circa 1997, when this trend is not the trend yet, we got a huge tree stump from the streets, varnished it & placed a clear glass on top of it. Voila! It’s the driftwood coffee table that’s been gracing stores lately.

So, here are some that caught my eye:

{Thout holey Stump from Design Public}
{Bird stool at Cottage & Bungalow}

{Tree stump stool/accent table from West Elm}

My heart is not set on anything yet & who knows, my idea will change again. Any thoughts on these stools?
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The Week’s Low Down

This week has been somewhat uneventful. Hmmm, let me see what happened …

… at the clinic for a little more than a week seeing patients at our Beaumont facility. Everything is going well at our mid-county clinic (we call it our flagship) & all staff members are working tirelessly, happily & productively. Thanks guys! Tuesday, I did go out & meet with some of our doctors for referral development relationship a.k.a. marketing.

…ate bad the whole week (think pecan pies, kolaches, southern ctyle chicken) & exercised just twice. Bad! Bad! This Sunday, I started by running at town lake. Getting my groove back!

…got my proposal from my PR, marketing & branding company. I love it & can’t wait until it’s all implemented.

…site traffic is a bit down this week & sales is somewhat sparse. Still I did some SEO tweaks for the site & I got my website grade higher form 86 to 91! If you’re curious what yours is, check out http://www.websitegrader.com.

… met with Andrew who has been making my homepage images & we sat down for some photoshop 101.

… I got these le petit white candleholders from my inventory (a flea market find) & used them for personal effects. Nobody was biting (could it be the bad image?LOL) & I actually really, really like them. I have 12 & plan to scatter them all around the house.


Again (i feel like a broken record), sorry for the lack of posting, blog reading & commenting. When I’m at the clinic, I am very focused on that. I’m thinking of my next posts as I write this though.In the meantime, please check out another blog that my SEO guy has been making: http://decoratingideas.theinglenookdecor.com. It’s simple but chockful of information. Till the next lowdown!

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Beaux Objet: The Francesca Mansard Mirror

I’m always so curious when I come across a new word. Well, I just added these wonderful mirrors to our product selection & it’s supposed to have a “Mansard design.”


Forgive me for being a little clueless but I absolutely didn’t know what that means. I first thought it was a shade of gray but come to find out, it’s a roof design popularized by French Architect Francois Mansart. He supposedly did not invent it & one of the architects that built the Louvre used it in defferent portions of the museum first.


A Mansard roof consists of two portions, a lower steep pitch that is nearly vertical & an upper low pitch that is nearly flat. The design allows for livable spaces like the ones below close to the roof.

{by farm4static at flickr}
Sigh! I’ve always dreamed of a home with a space like this! So, anyway, hope you enjoyed the little tidbits of information & do check out the item here. You’ll love the intricate design & the distressed gray color.
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The Week’s Lowdown

It seems like this week just flew by & I can’t believe I haven’t posted a blog at all or checked out my daily reads ๐Ÿ™ I seriously thought that when I devote full-time to the online shop, I’ll be blogging more (and I so, so want to!).

Well, to at least tell myself that I do have excuses for the lack of posting, here’s this week’s lowdown :

… got invited by IIDA (International Interior Design Competition) at their event, Austin Evolution with their theme “Time Flies.” I donated some merchandise, the bird taper candelabra & sitting terracota bird for their silent auction. I thought it befitted the theme. Sad though that I’ll miss the event physically. Thanks again Jeri for this opportunity!

… just got word from an Austin quarterly Lifestyle Magazine that they will feature the site in their December issue. Again, free press is the bomb!

… been sending answers to queries at HARO (to all small business owners or to anybody who just love writing, you have to subscribe!) & an internet radio show is considering the shop for their “Holiday Gift guide” segment. Yes, so even though I haven’t been blogging, I’ve been sending articles to sites like “Who’s Your Glady’s.”

… the site’s traffic is 300% higher than last month’s & backlinks went from about 289 to 2672! Thanks George! Awesome job!

… met with two sales rep this week, saw new neat stuff, can’t wait to get them all in & open the boxes…it’s like Christmas everytime a shipment comes in! (Oh & some are coming straight from France!).The hard part, I want to display them all in our small place!

…attended the Texas Global Trade Summit but I only stayed for an hour. Just wanted to see what it’s all about.

… bummed that my Technical Drawing for Interior Design classes were cancelled by the college (no instructor). I did attend a short photography class, signed up for fabric block printing & mixed media drawing which will start not until November though.

… I had an epiphany of how i’m going to take this venture to the next level after having lunch with a very succesful & admirable person. His story inspired me so much. To me, wealth is not what’s in somebody’s bank account, it’s what’s in their minds. So, my task? Get some of that wisdom! ๐Ÿ™‚

So sorry, I know, a little boring but hey, I may start doing this regularly. Keep me on track & sort of follow my intent of blogging about the struggles & triumphs of a small & independent business. Next week, i’ll be at the clinic so there may not be much going on as far as the online shop is concerned.

In the meantime, I am inspired by this image from Elle Decor. I am in love with white wooden floors & those wooden benches…adorable! I’m thinking I might just get one that looks just like the ones in here at El Paso Imports. Which color though?


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