my new turkish towels and rack

About a month ago, I mentioned that I had found a vintage towel rack to put up in our bathroom. I've been waiting to show you the photographs until I could get the wall repaired and repainted.  We use to have a standard chrome towel bar on this wall but I found it never really fit more than two towels. It was actually a post written by Suzanne Dimma over at House and Home that reminded me of how beautiful towels can look when simply hung on hooks. They fill the wall and free you from having to fold and hang them so perfectly each time. On my last visit up to Orono, I found this simple accordion wood rack that I knew would be the perfect fodder for my towels.

It could probably do with a bit of refinishing but I like it's rustic charm. The little white details on the end of each peg are also reminiscent of the faucets in our bathroom and are probably what sold me on the piece. It's funny how something so simple can make such a big difference. I've also been trying to add more wood to our bathroom so this was an easy solution.

Of course, once you have a place to display your towels you actually need some nice towels to hang! As you might remember, I was thinking that some Turkish bath towels would be perfect. Lucky for me, my husband actually lived in Turkey for a year and still has some close friends there. One of his dear friends, bundled up six  towels and put them in the post. Aren't they lovely? They are going to be so perfect once the humidity kicks in around here as they dry much faster than normal towels.

I love these kinds of simple design fixes. While it takes a bit of patience and luck to find the right piece it's a relatively quick and inexpensive way to bring some character into a room. Even a simple row of interesting hooks whether they're minimal modern knobs or oversized vintage coat hooks could change the look and feel of bathroom wall.

hello! neighbor - paul & rachel

For this month's edition of Hello! Neighbor, we are visiting with Paul and Rachel and their twins Shep and Georgia who live one street north of us.

Paul and Rachel live in a Victorian house that was formerly owned by an etiquette teacher. There is so much to look at in their home from the objects they collect to Rachel's hand crafted projects. It seems to me like Rachel is always creating whether it is the bunting that runs along the top of a wall or the cookies coming out of the oven or the chandelier that looks like a magpie's nest.

She is also a very talented illustrator and makes these beautiful alphabet prints, perfect for a kid's nursery.

N is for Nestabet

O is for Owlabet

P is for Poppabet

These lovely works and others are available at Rachel's etsy shop, thrasher&wren. Take the time to browse through her site, you won't be disappointed.

Here's their house.....


Rachel Riordan, Paul Riss


Illustrator, Art Director

How long have you lived in your home?

9 years

Any animals, kids?

Twins - Georgia and Shep

Dog - Lucy

Cat - Francis

What is your favorite room?

The Kitchen - backyard patio

What is your favorite object/thing/moment in your home?

Family time, usually happening in the kitchen and involving a meal, or baking.

Fav objects: Various religious portraits, Gary the deer, kids tee pee and the antique chandelier hanging in our living room.

What are your future plans for the home?

Overhaul and landscape the backyard, and down the road I would love to open up our attic and make it into a loft bedroom/playroom for the kids.

Anything you would change?

Bigger closets and more storage space!

Best thing about living in Parkdale?

So many great galleries, coffee shops and restaurants within walking distance...important with twin toddlers.

What original feature(s) of your home will you never get rid of?

The antique chandelier in our living room, I had to fight to keep it when we bought the house (owner wanted to take it)...I persevered and it stayed. And of course original crown molding in both the living and dining room...I paint it, but will always leave it.

Thanks Rachel and Paul.


Giraffe photograph by Chris Gordaneer.

Kids teepee from Baby on the Hip.