On the hunt: Vintage Pyrex

Lately I’ve been having a mini-obsession for vintage pyrex bakeware. I have to say “mini” because I came across this nugget of truth allegedly from Mr. Gosling himself… so, NO I am most certainly NOT a hoarder,  not ever… unless we’re talking about Ryan Gosling…. then yes, he’s completely hoard-worthy. 

So hoarding, err, I mean “collecting” aside, the Pyrex brand has nearly a century of brand recognition as being an American made, durable and reliable high performance glass cookware. If you’re American, or you live in America and you cook (I’m guessing you fall into one of these categories), more than likely, you have at least one pyrex dish in your home. Maybe you’re like me and can recall a few favorites that your mother or grandmother used to use on a regular basis.

Like many brands with a long standing history, Pyrex has gone through many design periods, and one of my favorites date back to the 1950’s-1970’s eras when they introduced colored pyrex with some pretty groovy pieces that served up great food and great style. In fact, many of these pieces are so beloved, that they are considered collectibles. If you’re on the hunt for some of these vintage lovelies, you can find them at local antique malls or flea markets, if not online. 

Here are some of my favorite collections and groupings. There are oh so many bright and cheerful eye catching pieces… what’s a girl to do…


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Arranging cookware in collectible groupings allows it to become useable kitchen art, which I love. Stylish cookware should be on display, it livens up your kitchen space.Whether you stick to a specific color grouping or mix and match, the only major rule to follow is to have some uniformity by pairing the same color in groups or the same color combination, otherwise it will look hodge podge. If you have a large display, this seems to work best. If you have a few pieces, then you can definitely be more experimental and use them to add a cheerful boost to your living space. 

This space is a great example of clean, not cluttered, with a healthy dose of midcentury style. I particularly love that the planter is decidedly pyrex- inspired. Fab!Dreamy display of pyrex and other vintage goodies...
“So Emily, are there any other ways you can display vintage Pyrex?” Why, Ryan, I am so glad you asked! Here are some creative ways you can use and display these gorgeous pieces in your own home.
Cute use of PyrexPretty pink vintage Pyrex. Yes, please.

I love the idea of repurposing pyrex to organize smaller items you already have in your living space. Why shove supplies in a drawer when you can put your creative passions on display? I love that colorful spools of thread and fabric get showcased here, not shelved. 

Pyrex can also be used as flower pots or planters as shown here, or fruit bowls on your kitchen counter or dining table as a centerpiece. The ideas are endless.

Seattle, WA: Brandon and Rebecca - eclectic - patio - seattle - Sarah Greenman 

Love the idea of vintage pyrex but not committed to the collection just yet? Check out these fabulous pyrex inspired products.

Framed Vintage Pyrex Poster- Blue

Stacked pyrex dish art print from Etsy.

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Pyrex inspired fabrics from Melody Miller. You still get the look without committing to a display of dish ware.


Tea Towel Subscription: 12 months, 12 Pyrex Tea Towel Designs, Flour Sack Tea Towel Printed With Water Based Innk   

Pyrex inspired tea towels from Etsy.
 Vintage Pyrex Recipe Cards - Set of 16
How cute are these recipe cards from Etsy?

I hope you’ve enjoyed the walk down memory lane, and hopefully you too will be inspired to find some great treasure from the past and display it with pride. Now if you’ll excuse me, Ryan and I have a date at this swanky joint….


My Top 10 Hit List for the Home

“I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best”
– Oscar Wilde

Mr. Wilde my friend, I concur! I love punchy humor for one, but this could not ring more true when it comes to fashioning your living space. Don’t confuse “best” for “expensive”, after all, some of the best things in life are…. ok, you get the idea. But truly, when you create the right style and sensory experience in your home, it can literally uplift your mood.

I’ve been thinking about my non-negotiables when it comes to everyday living and these are my top 10 must haves that are game changers. It’s the little details that make the difference.

1. Something Scent-sational. These scent diffusers from Antica Farmacista can transport you to a state of bliss from the comfort of your own couch.
2. A beautiful go-to table cloth. This Crate & Barrel classic makes even a spur of the moment gathering feel pulled-together.
3. Art that inspires. I might be slightly obsessed with Brit Brass (hubs, this is your cue to add it to my birthday wish list… ok thanks).
4. Things that make you go hmmmm…. in my book, the quirkier the better. This piece from Jonathan Adler is a delightful conversation piece.
5. A reliable handyman. Little improvements like switching out knobs, repainting, installing new lighting, etc. can make your home feel brand new. 
6. Instant ambience. Get it with a dimmer like this one from Ikea. Lighting absolutely sets the mood and can be simply installed with the help of your #5 bestie, the handyman 🙂
7. “Tray chic”. A place for everything and everything in it’s place. I’m a sucker for anything stylishly minded that also organizes my space, from baskets to this lovely lacquered tray from Swing Design.
8. A cozy couch, chaise or oversized chair. Who doesn’t want to curl up into a heaven of billowy fluff at the end of a long day? Feet up with a glass of vino in this oversized chair from Crate & Barrel… sign me up. 
9. Bold pattern. Add a dose of dramatic backdrop with delightful wallpaper like this from Black & Spiro. Try it, you just might love it! 
10. Something sparkly. Because we all need a little glitz in our lives. A piece like this from ZGallerie will be your daily reminder to shine. Promise.

And that’s a wrap! Whatever your must haves are for your home, the biggest reminder is to never settle for less than the best!


Classic White Kitchen with a Twist

I have to admit, there is nothing more lovely, clean and bright than a classic white kitchen.  I am currently redesigning a white kitchen in an old Spanish bungalow built in the 1920’s. The homeowners want to incorporate their own fresh take, giving the kitchen a modern bohemian feel with a vintage eclectic twist, while still paying respect to the period of the house. The result? A family and pet friendly home with a cozy, laid back boho vibe that is oh so So-Cal.

Here is an inspirational style board on how you can achieve this look by mixing modern function with vintage flair. Vintage style pendants over the island, a brass faucet and farmhouse sink, crisp white subway tile, and Carrara slab are reminiscent of an earlier era. Mixing and matching brass and oil rubbed bronze is fun and casual – and totally acceptable! Choose a clean but warm white that has a little depth to it, like Benjamin Moore’s Moonlight White, so it doesn’t feel too stark or chalky.

Classic White Kitchen with a Twist

Decorative hardware

Rose City

Here are some other examples of gorgeous white kitchens that have caught my eye, and maybe yours too! I’m loving the mixed use of white and warm wood counters and floors that gives each kitchen a decidedly cozy look. Modern stainless appliances and luxe marble counters give these kitchens a feeling of refinement. And of course, I particularly love those with a bright splash of color!
Arch over range, countertops, tall cabinets, subway backsplashRustic modern kitchen, really digging the wood island, white cabinetsCountertops, pops of color, clean lines of cabinetshttp://www.alamodemaven.comDesigner Christopher Peacock's Kitchenlove the color of the wood, the subway tiles, the vintage pendantshttp://designfile.architecturaldigest.com/photo/rustic-kitchen-peter-dunham-design-beverly-hills-california-201106

Stay tuned for a sneak peek of this fabulous white kitchen to come…

Oh so Lovely Lucite

When I was a sassy little teenager and asked a “get to know you” question like “what’s your favorite color?”,  I used to fire back a quippy response and say “clear”. Truth. I have family that will vouch for me on this one.

Many moons later (ok, not too too many), it’s pretty ironic that I do in fact choose clear over color in my interior design work. More specifically, I work with lucite, a gorgeous acrylic lightweight material. It can add just the right sparkle to a room and it’s widely available in both home furnishing and fixtures.

Still can’t picture it clearly in your space? Well here’s a visual of one of my projects recently featured in Small Room Decorating.

Many of the pieces featured here are from Design Within Reach. Lucite can work in virtually any space. So now that you have some clarity, go pick out something clear! Oh and now that we’re all adults here, if someone ever asks a get to know you question such as “what are you wearing?”, be sure to tell them “something low cut and see through that brings out my eyes”… (wink wink). Yep, still can’t shake the sass!


Working with Radiant Orchid, 2014 Pantone Color of the Year

If you weren’t already in the know, the new Pantone color of the year is Radiant OrchidI see it being used in a lot of home accessories, women’s beauty and fashion and even bridal palette inspiration. Purple happens to be one of my favorite hues, I mean, hello, it’s widely associated with royalty! If that’s not a good choice indicator, I don’t know what is. 

Radiant Orchid - Tempo da Delicadeza

But how do you invite this new hue into your living space without sending the man in your life fleeing from the palace? Back in our own neck of the serfdom, incorporating this color at home can be a tricky balancing act, particularly if you live with a manly man who shakes in his work boots at the mere mention of “Radiant Orchid”. So please don’t go waging a color war in your own home- there are bigger better hills to die on like a spa weekend with the girls. For reals. You have to find a happy medium, and here’s how you do it…

I just finished this project for a couple who wanted to incorporate purple tones within their space and here is how to achieve the right balance. 

Grounding the space in rich browns and neutrals makes the space feel sophisticated and masculine while the purple tones work to add the right pop of color adding the just enough softness and femininity. The combination makes the space feel both glamorous and luxe.

For those of you out there bold enough to use Radiant Orchid for the walls and background of your space, by all means DO IT! This powder room I recently finished is a perfect place to go bold with these gorgeous tones. 

And for those who are more faint at heart, try a light warm neutral gray background palette to let your orchid accents shine. Pair it with a warm pale grays, crisp bold whites, and metallic silver and gold. Balance the delicate and the fem with heavy aged brass, chunky or rough textures, and structural geometrics. Add a touch of the unexpected and you’ve got a room fit for a king!

Here’s to a New Year of love and color!

Emily (aka)
“The Design Duchess” 😉