A VISIT TO THE BAUER POTTERY SHOWROOM

I really have a great love for many different styles of design. And one of the many styles that Mr. B and I have a shared appreciation for is midcentury modern. In fact, we enjoyed it well before it ever became cool and well…mainstream. And when it comes to midcentury pottery, one of the most prolific pottery manufacturers from the era (stemming from the 1880’s) is Bauer Pottery. Simple shapes and vibrant hues are some of the hallmarks of their designs.

A few weeks ago Mr. B informed me that the Bauer Pottery showroom (actually an outlet) located in Los Angeles, California (actually near Burbank) is open to the public only a few days a month. Looking for something to do one particular Saturday afternoon, we decided to pay the shop a visit. The showroom is located in a dilapidated corrugated metal warehouse building at the end of a short cul-de-sac. If you like Bauer Pottery then it is definitely well worth the visit.

BAUER POTTERY FACORRY

The original Bauer Pottery company closed in 1962. However, in 1998 the current owner Mr. Janek Boniecki purchased the rights to reproduce Bauer Pottery designs. Existing vintage pieces were used an molds and now the company manufactures replicas of many of the original Bauer designs in new and original colors. The actual factory is off limits to the public but if that ever changes (or if they feel like hosting a private tour) I hope they let me know!

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The Bauer Pottery showroom is actually an outlet of sorts where you will find their samples, discontinued items and factory seconds. Don’t let imperfect deter you. I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality and amount of inventory. Plus, pieces are priced at 30% less than the price of first-quality product, which is always a perk. However, you can also purchase first quality pieces in their online shop.

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I like how each of the colors offered by Bauer Pottery are highlighted on the showroom wall. I typically don’t gravitate toward brighter colors for use in our own home but I was happy to see that pieces are also available in white.
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Love the crocks…they also come in a variety of colors and sizes.

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Mr. B and I had the pleasure of speaking with the owner while browsing the showroom. Mr. Boniecki provided us with a wonderful history of Bauer Pottery and also tipped us off on an event that he is planning next month that isn’t even on their website yet. Bauer Pottery is hosting the Dog Days of Fall on October 8 & 9 from 10 am to 5 pm. If  you visit on either day and allow the staff to photograph your dog with one of their dog bowls you get to select a dog bowl to take home with you. When we were at the showroom I was particularly admiring the large white bowl (shown below right). Now only if we had a dog…bauer-pottery-dog-and-cat-bowls-via-revivingcharm

Bauer Pottery – Los Angeles Showroom

3051 Rosslyn Street
Los Angeles, California 90065
Phone: (818) 500-0666

**Be sure to call or check the website for store hours since the showroom is only open a few select days per month. Happy shopping! bauer-pottery-via-revivingcharm-2Original iphone images via Reviving Charm.

TEAL ON TUESDAY

I mentioned in this post that I have a short bob haircut. A couple of weeks ago I received a fresh-cut with additional layers in the back. This time I decided to mix things up dramatically and have the layers dyed teal. Yes, TEAL. It’s not something most people would expect of me (I actually surprised myself) and seeing their reaction has been fun. In honor of my new hair color let’s have some design fun with teal, turquoise and peacock. teal-turquoise-peacock-via-revivingcharm_com-17about-revivingcharm_comteal-turquoise-peacock-via-revivingcharm_comteal-turquoise-peacock-via-revivingcharm_com-12teal-and-peacock-via-revivingcharm_comteal-turquoise-peacock-via-revivingcharm_com-13teal-turquoise-peacock-via-revivingcharm_com-5teal-turquoise-peacock-via-revivingcharm_com-14teal-turquoise-peacock-doors-via-revivingcharm_comteal-turquoise-peacockteal-turquoise-peacock-via-revivingcharm_com-11teal-turquoise-peacock-via-revivingcharm_com-1teal-turquoise-peacock-via-revivingcharm_com-3

CHARMING DETAILS: DUTCH DOORS

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I’ve actually contemplated installing a Dutch Door on our seaside ranch home. Dutch Doors can be a versatile design element that can fit in with almost any architectural style. Plus, it is a door style that can be used as a front door or secondary door, off a mudroom or laundry room for example. While you browse the pictures in this post, don’t forget to also take notice of the door hardware where visible in the pictures. Below is one of my favorites.

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AUTUMN HAS ARRIVED

Today marks the first official day of Fall and I couldn’t be happier. It is my favorite time of the year. Fall means pulling out the winter sweaters and scarves, drinking hot tea, and snuggling up to a warm winter fire next to Mr. B while watching TV. Every year I also attempt to buy a new coat even though I hope that it will be the year that I finally get to wear the MaxMara full length wool/cashmere coat I bought in San Francisco many years ago and still haven’t worn. I guess it’s wishful thinking that California will get a real winter. Fall is also when Mr. B and I typically go on our longest vacation of the year but our vacation plans have been postponed due to my recent surgery and other commitments. I am thinking that vacation in the spring will be something wonderful to look forward to. For now let’s enjoy the Fall and all the wonderful things the season has to offer. It’s a wonderful time of year… 

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DECORATING DETAILS: CAFE CURTAINS

I have a window in my bathroom that provides nice natural light and has a view of the large mature trees behind our property. I particularly enjoy watching the trees sway in the breeze each morning as I get ready. But in addition to the trees, I also have a view of my neighbors house so privacy is a concern. I have cafe curtains on the window now and they solve my problem perfectly by providing privacy without completely blocking the views I enjoy. However, when I am back to feeling 100% one of my projects will be to replace the store bought, off the shelf curtains (that were supposed to be temporary) with something custom made for the space. I am thinking something in a soft ivory linen with a polished chrome cafe rod. If you have a similar type of situation you might consider something short and sweet like a set of cafe curtains as an alternative to traditional blinds or shutters.

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