Friday, June 18, 2010

World Cup Love - Merci England

Heraldry. Legacy. History. Asymmetrical stone walls that over kilometers become symmetrical, encircling hectares of rolling lush countryside.

The land of a stonemason's dream, archeologist's best dig and a sailor's playground. All creative fodder for writers sitting in dim-lit taverns on cobbled and storied streets all over Great Britain. My favorite city? Oxford. Who can resist it?

Dragons. Crowns. Swords. Dachshunds. DACHSHUNDS!?
Give thanks to Club England for keeping the U.S. in play, and rest your head on one of these regal, hand-crafted linen pillows from HELKAT DESIGN in Wiltshire, U.K. I'm so fond of the muted tones and soft colors. Hand-printed. $44-54 each. (and here's a little secret... click the title of this post and it will take you to HELKAT's site. Cheerio!)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

World Cup Love! A.T.O.-Style...

So all of this World Cup 2010 buzz got me thinking of how I could pay homage to the sport, the countries and my diverse set of friends (you know who you are!) in an authentic Archi.Type.Ologie (A.T.O.)-style. Behold the result... Each day I'll highlight a hand-picked find from at least one of my favorite countries in play.

To kick it off are these fantastic vintage leather British football and rugby balls from the 1930s. Found at Urban Country Antiques in Venice, Calif.