It’s always pretty impressive to look back into a company’s history and find that not only are they leaders in the LED light bulb category as much as they’re leading in the men’s grooming and dental hygiene domains, but that they also have a rich past and present in something as seemingly obscure as home audio with roots dating back to the early days of television.
All of this I learned after stumbling upon this beauty awaiting its fate on trash day. (Further evidence that there is always a big dog pacing around in my 5-foot radius.)
A little research–made easy by the fact that I knew it was a speaker and it read Norelco in the upper right front of the unit–helped me determine that it’s the Rembrandt Norelco ‘Exhibition’ Speaker Enclosure in blond, developed and Guild-crafted by Philips of the Netherlands. T-7 Loudspeakers, too. Pretty badass, right? Check out this product ad that I found online:
Based on the file name of the image, I’m led to believe this was a new product release in the year 1959, and I’m so pleased to have found it because, hello, it’s going to look delightful in our new home.
So, here I was, lugging the f-r-e-e curbed speaker into the back of my car in a Rochester suburb, squealing in glee that the robust scent of basement that it eminated might mean that it actually stood a chance of working or being repaired within reason, and settled in knowing that if nothing else, it’s cute little legs would be great to repurpose on a different piece of furniture. Really, so perfect for our new to-be 50′s ranch.
Its backside, I knew would need to be replaced as it left a trail of debris along the backseat of the Subaru, but since it needed to be removed anyways for exploratory measures, I knew it wouldn’t be a problem to replace it with a piece of luan.
With a prybar, I loosened the barely attached back panel to reveal… nothing.
So, the entire interior has been vacated, with the exception of a random box component that had been rolling freely with nails popping out of it while I drove backroads through our neighborhood (luckily, didn’t puncture the screen). We’re pretty stoked.
I cleaned the existing insulation and dust out of the unit and am left with a solid hardwood mid-century vintage shell of a speaker, not so bad, and it’s cool enough of an encasement to make us wonder if we can fit it with a new speaker (techies out there, advise away!). If not, we should use it as a place in the new house to store electronics, like the DVR, Wii box, and wireless-related gadgets.
Any awesome salvaged finds on your own hands lately?
UncommonGoods graciously opened up the doors to its online storeroom and offered me to review almost any item of my choosing. Talk about being like a kid in a candy store, everything they curate is oh so cool. While this post is sponsored by UncommonGoods, the product picked and review thereof is entirely my own.
I loved these canvas bins the moment I saw them, just as much as I loved the Phoebe doormat that I hand-selected and “reviewed” (a.k.a. swooned over) here. Functional storage? I always need it. Great colors? Check. Ikat-licious and reversible? Perfect little details. I knew it would suit our current house as well as any future house that we found (this is something I had picked out and ordered even before we had found the house we’re preparing to buy, but I knew it would translate to any new house we would purchase).
Now living with us, it has become a great piece of decor in our bedroom, serving as a place to store–of all things–my gym clothes, which I never seem to have enough room for in my drawers. The new house has plenty of storage though, so hopefully this charmer will be able to take up residence somewhere less riddled by socks and running shorts, like in the living room, holding magazines or extra blankets for the couch.
Up close, you can get a glimpse of how the bag stays upright so well. Two thin plastic pieces slide into sleeves and keep it lookin’ pretty and not floppy, even when it is empty. (Side note: Good tip if you’re ever going to DIY some fabric bins, yo.)
I know we just barely made it through Mother’s Day, but with Father’s Day lurking just around the corner (we’re sure you didn’t get any reminders of that whilst spoiling mom), you might want to see what gift ideas Uncommon Goods has up its sweet little sleeves. My favorite? These dog blueprints.
I’m usually pretty amped for anything spring-cleaning related by the time my home-a-versary rolls around in mid-May, and this year was no exception; today marks the day four years ago that I came home to this place. It’s most fun to check out the change that has happened to this home in the before + after section, so check it out if you get a chance today.
What is different about this casual celebration is that it’s (dear-god-hopefully) the last of the years we’ll celebrate in this little home.
State of moving aside, we never, ever should have put off tending to our planter beds last fall when the flowering and harvesting season ended, no matter how distracted we were by banks and house shopping, or our wedding, or whatever it was that we were preoccupied with. Shame, shame. We just about deserve to be having to look at this daily. Death and overgrowth in the form of dried out and leafless tomato plants, and weeds so big that we weren’t 100% sure that they weren’t actual plants.
What makes me feel especially lazy is that working together, our clean-up efforts only took about 2 hours, and covered much more ground than our little square planters. With a little bit of hand weeding, tilling, and edging with a flat edge shovel, we left the backyard looking like this:
If you’re wondering what it is we left in those planters, they’re raspberries that either shot under the ground and up through the planter holes (big mama plants are in the back left corner), or, more likely, we experienced some significant bird poop seed transport. The babies that seeded are doing really well–and by that I mean most are already as thick as my thumb–so we decided to leave them to flourish. Also worth noting, a bunch of plants along the left fence were perennials from last year’s deck planters. They survived!