Monday, May 30, 2011

The buffet

Almost done unpacking boxes and found the buffet. Furniture comes tomorrow.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Amazing retro find

That is one crazy looking family!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Our other vintage finds

We got the two Danish chairs and the awesome concave table. The great Danish Teak lamp was the find of the day tho, it cost a whole $10 from the Habitat Restore.

The china cabinet

The dining set also came with this amazing china cabinet and a buffet that's now buried in boxes.

Broyhill Brasilia dining set

It goes so well with Emily's spongebob couch.

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Decorating the ceiling at the Taiwan airport.

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In the Taiwan airport.


We can barely find them a foot tall in the states and the massage parlor uses 4 foot tall trees to line their entrance.

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Included a neck and scalp massage while my feet were soaking.

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Spent the evening getting a foot massage with the girls. For $12, it was totally worth it!


Like a little present, this chocolate cake had banana in with the cake.

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As a palette cleanser before dessert.

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The signature dish. The owner thought his wife made the best steak and wanted others to enjoy it. They use her original recipe. It tastes like brisket.


Dinner on Thursday was at Wangsteak. The restaurant was built by the richest man in Taiwan.

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Next to the temple is a fountain and park.


On a break a few of us stepped out for some sun and air and visited a local temple across the street from the hotel. The cones you see hanging are all incense.

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My dinner was Beef Four Country. Thinly sliced beef with four different things cooked in the middle. The closest we could figure is that they represented the 4 seasons. There was kiwi (spring), tomato and mozzarella (summer), mushroom (fall), roe (winter). All were good but the tomato and mozzarella were my favorite.

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Wednesday's dinner was traditional Japanese tampanyaki style.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Our retro sinks

While Beck is jetsetting the world I'm working on our 50's house. Have to love these retro sinks with the crazy tile.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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The tentacles of octopi breaded and cooked into balls. A local treat. Some of our more adventurous members tried it.

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A street vendor was selling this pressed into random shapes (like a pistol or elephant).

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Went to the night market after dinner. Local college kids work here after class to earn spending money. It's a combination of food, cheap clothing, and souveniers.


Our hotel at night.


Ate at a pasta place but at least got the local beer.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Somebody didn't prime before they painted.

And I get to clean up the mess. All the trim was a butter cream semi gloss that they tried to paint over.

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He's everywhere!

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Staying at One Hotel in Taichung. Wishing it were sunnier but still a pretty good view.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I love our house

This is why I wanted it. Surrounded by woods, so peaceful.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Now we're talking

It was a heck of a drive but this thing is sweet. Can you believe I bought this from the wife of a state senator?

Saturday, May 14, 2011


From the gloss walnut to the gold satin/mirrored shelf this thing is the epitome of yesteryear.

Today's retro haul

Friday, May 13, 2011

Today's Vintage Find

Two great old large globe lights and a fun little vintage lamp. Total: $11.00. The local habitat for humanity is a great place for retro stuff.

Check out the amazing view out of the back of the house.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Our original house plan

Who knew we would be living in the house of tomorrow!

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Got to love European taxis!

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It's done in the colors of Hungary.

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Just love this one!


Goulash for dinner tonight!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

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New view from the hotel tonight.

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We dined in the shadow of the Basillica.

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In Hungary eating Italian. TG Italiano was lovely and we dined al fresco. Tiramisu on its way for dessert.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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After the sun set, all the lights came on. Buda castle is on the left, St. Matthius Cathedral is rising up on the the right, and the Chain Bridge is crossing the Danube.

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As the sun was setting on Buda this evening. Found out we are staying on the Pest side with the great views of Buda out the window.


Found a simple crochet and ribbon tapestry tonight. We'll be shopping for more tomorrow!


Not sure what landmark building this is but so many of the buildings have this lind of detailed architecture.

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This giant bed of pansies is planted in front of our hotel.

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This copper sculpture is of a little boy wearing what looks like a Native American headdress. People were constantly getting their pictures tken with it. Not sure of the historical significance...there seems to be a lot of modern art sprinkled in with the historical stuff.

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After we ate, we took the back way to the hotel and discovered the shopping district. Had to get some gelato for dessert...yum!

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Another statue, this as more of a square in the midst of the shopping district rather than off to the side like others.