Archive for July 2012

July 2012

Picking a Favorite

Racing season is in full swing here in Del Mar, so it was perfect timing finding these cool antique books of racing forms!  Picked up in Paris, Kentucky, these bound volumes archive races from all of the active racetracks during 1909-1912 … Churchill Downs, Pimlico, Juarez …

Any horseracing or history buff will treasure these classic “Charts of American Racing”.  Available here.


//Photos:  Jennifer Price


Freshly Picked – Primitive Cobbler’s Bench!

wood antique early primitive cobblers bench coffee table jennifer price studio solo

Ooooh, couldn’t wait to share my newest find!  Arriving in the shop this week is this fabulous antique cobbler’s bench.  Beautifully crafted with dovetail joints, it’s rare to find these early benches so sturdy and complete with all fourteen drawers perfectly intact.   Many of these older pieces can tend to have a cutesy country look to them, but the clean lines and apothecary-type drawers make this one feel more rustic industrial.  And in my opinion, it has just the right amount of wear & tear.

Probably dating from the mid 1700’s to late 1800’s, I’m struggling to pin down its age, as I haven’t come across another example quite like it.  I always learn a lot from my customers, so if you’re knowledgeable about this primitive piece, please share!


// Photo: Jennifer Price

Retro Color Inspiration

My favorite color has been grey as long as I can remember.  Thirty plus years ago, I took my bright blue Karmann Ghia to Earl Scheib to have it painted dove grey (sacrilege, I’m sure, to classic VW enthusiasts, but I thought it looked really classy!).

Lately, I’ve been trying hard to introduce color into my wardrobe and home décor … a bit of a challenge for me.  But this huge vintage classroom map of California, looming over my shoulder here in my office, serves as an inspiration to bring a little vibrance into my life.  I love the retro palette!  I’m sure that time and exposure have softened the map’s original hues, and that’s fine with me.  I can never imagine using all these colors in one space, but a little bit here and there couldn’t hurt.  Right?





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