Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Syd & Harper "Short"

The season for potential Oscar candidate films is upon us.  The final two months of year always provide a plethora of films with stories and performances worthy of an Oscar nod.  As former screenwriters, we decided to get in on the mix.  Here's to hoping that this "short" film will finally lead us to Tinseltown glory...

Friday, October 22, 2010

Antiquing in Maine

Ok, you know you love your job when you enjoy doing it when you are on vacation.  I am currently on vacation in Maine (that's me in the kickers relaxing in a hammock) and enjoying the beautiful Fall colors, however I am also enjoying the many antique shops in the area:)  I rented a home in my favorite spot in the states, Ogunquit, Maine.  This time of year the summer crowds are gone and the streets are essentially open for me to roam pretty freely unlike the lines I would experience in the Summer.  Rte. 1 from Ogunquit to Arundel was spattered with antique shops and to my wonderful surprise a daily flea market.  So, of course I had to go out and check it out!!

Unfortunately the Harper side of Syd and Harper was not along for the trip so I had to go it alone:(  Dusty, aka, Harper kept up with the business back in Indiana and I thank him very much.  The least I could do was go and buy and blog about it, right??  (I'm feeling a bit guilty, can you tell?)

So below are some pics of my antiquing adventure...

I am limited on space for my goods so had to limit my purchases to this lot of goods.  The signs are super cool, I have a feeling only one will make it to the shop, I may be keeping one for myself:)

I'm loving these metal display racks that I scored at a random flea market!!  And the other finds..

a cool stage light and...(drum roll please)

a fun drum!!  

This week has been quite fun and relaxing here in Maine and I will miss it very much.  Thank you Bobby for the wonderful house!!  I won't forget it:)

And to the Ocean...

you will always have my heart:)

Thanks Dusty for all of your work this week!!!!  See you soon:)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Our Fall Booth

The month of October has been somewhat of a transition as we change our booth space up for the fall and winter months.  After a couple of weeks of bringing in various new items and changing things around, we finally have everything in place.  We are very excited about this collection of items as it is a strong indication of where we want to go with our merchandise during our second year.  One of our biggest directional changes is that of carrying bigger and more substantial pieces.  We hope that you can now not only splash in a bit of Syd & Harper into your home, but also build an entire room around some of our more prominent pieces.  One such piece is our freshly finished industrial locker table...

When we found this piece it was in pretty rough shape.  We completely refinished the wood top and did some careful cleaning on the lockers.  In the end, we are very happy with the way that it turned out and love this very unique table.

You'll find many other new items in the pictures below.  Let us know what you think about everything and anything.  We'll be posting again soon as we near our first birthday on November 1!!!

Our fall settee

This is our sleekest looking wash basin to date

Love this map of Zion National Park!

Desk with three plank top

Still have letters :)

New theatre seats

Our walls are now brown...

Come check us out!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Syd & Harper and Music

Ever since Elisa and I began our journey as a creative team, writing a currently shelved screenplay, music has played an important role in what we do.  When dreaming up scenes for our story, we would often play songs that we thought could serve as music for the soundtrack.  More times than not we found greater joy in discovering new music than we did discovering our characters and their story.  And as Syd & Harper continues to grow, so does the importance of music.

As we close out our first official year as a business, there has been much discussion about our grand visions for the future and how to share them with all of you.  In addition to selling the most unique recycled home decor and furniture that we can find, there are many other creative aspects to what we hope Syd & Harper will one day become.  The most important of these is music.  The art of music is something that touches all of our lives in one way or another.  Our hope is to become a company that also conducts music education classes and shares new and unique music with the public.  I am currently teaching guitar lessons and we want to start sharing more of that side of us within the Syd & Harper blog.  We also want to share with you new music that is not the run of the mill stuff that you would hear on the radio.  All of this plays a roll in what we see Syd & Harper becoming in the future.

The photograph above was taken at the second flea market we did at Horton's in Tipton.  It was a perfect night to sit outside and play some ambient guitar music for the great crowd that was in attendance.  In addition to my playing, Elisa and I have provided the background music for the event both times that we were there.  During the French Flea Market, I got the opportunity to share my collection of French music.  There were older standards from the likes of Django Reinhardt, Charles Trenent, Jean Sablon, Edith Piaf and Maurice Chevalier to newer artists like Yann Tiersen, Karen Ann and a favorite of ours, Francoiz Breut. Check out the video of her below...

It's sharing music such as this that really gives us joy.  Just like there are many talented artists finding old artifacts and turning them into new and useful pieces of decor and furniture, there are a countless number of talented musicians who need our ears.  And we hope to introduce you to as many as we can.

There is going to be lots of new and hopefully interesting things coming from Syd & Harper in the near future.  We hope all of you will join in with us for the journey ahead.  Thanks for checking in with us and we'll be back soon!