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April 4, 2011

Marushka Sailboat Print & An Armshell Rocker

By RetroRuth

Welcome to Monday, everyone.  I am glad to be here, ‘cause frankly, it was a pretty crazy weekend.

Luckily, the good stuff and the bad stuff sort of balanced each other out.

Bad stuff:  It is still winter here in Michigan.  It has been snowing here and freezing. I had to wait for 30 mins in cold, sleety, weather on Friday for the only decent estate sale we’ve had around here in a while.


Good stuff:  The above-mentioned estate sale happened to have a super-cute Marushka print with my name on it.


And the print goes well in our chartreuse hallway, for now.  This place will eventually be filled by one of Tom’s framed paintings, but until that comes to be, I am happy with this little sailboat print.

If you don’t know a ton about Marushka, it was a fun silk-screen graphic company based here in Michigan during the ‘70’s and ‘80s. The founder, Richard Sweet, was from Grand Haven and so I think it is pretty appropriate for us to have an example hanging in the house! If you want to learn more and see some examples of vintage Marushka, check out here and here.

Bad stuff: The shower in the peach bathroom is leaking, and is going to need to be patched and recaulked. Not a huge deal, but unexpected and kind of a bummer.


Good stuff: We have been furniture shopping!!! We didn’t find the exact couch we were looking for, but we did see tons of amazing reproduction MCM furniture at Stanley’s, our favorite local furniture store.  And we picked up this fun Armshell rocker in chartreuse.


It was a match made in heaven.  Tom took one look at it and said, “We’re buying that. That’s the rocking chair we have been looking for.” 

Hmmm…I didn’t know we had been looking for a rocker, but I wasn’t about to argue! Maybe he was subconsciously influenced by the rocker in Jan’s recent post. (Thanks, Jan!)

Right now the rocker is sitting in a sea of other odds and ends in our third bedroom, waiting for us to finish the last bits of the paint job in there to complete the room.

What about you, guys?  Good stuff? Bad stuff? Come on, you can let it all out here!

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6 Responses to Marushka Sailboat Print & An Armshell Rocker

  1. Andrea Reply

    April 4, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Oooh, love that rocking chair! Also love your Marushka print. Don’t feel bad, although spring has technically sprung up here, it’s going to be forever for all of the snow to melt. I have snow depths in my backyard ranging from 4 feet to 9 feet high 🙁 I also have a bathroom that needs to be repaired and recaulked sooner rather than later, so I feel your pain, Ruth!

  2. Sara in AZ Reply

    April 4, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Oooohhhhhh, swank rocking chair girl! Love your Marushka print too. Kudos for waiting in sleet to get into the estate sale. 🙂

    Can’t say the snow is to bad around here 😉 , but we did hit 100 this weekend which is making me completely dread summer……………luckily the temps are back in the 80s now!

  3. sablemable Reply

    April 5, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Love your stuff, Ruuuuuuuuuuuuth!!!!!

    What’s with the snow over yonder? It’s been clear here for weeks, sun shining, occasional rain.

  4. jamie in Hollywood Reply

    April 5, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    That chair is so unusual and an example of great MCM design matched with engineering physics! Love these things. Keep ’em comin’!

  5. RetroRuth Reply

    April 6, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Andrea! Glad you like the new finds! Boo on snow. Boo, I say! Can’t wait till it is all gone. And good luck with your bathroom!

    Sara – I knew you would like everything. And your weather makes me sick. 🙂

    Jan! How can it be clear by you??? Stupid weather! We still have snow on the ground here. Hopefully the warmer temps this week will take care of it.

    Jamie – Glad you like them! We were super-excited to get the chair and are making another trip to the furniture store this weekend to get some more fun stuff!

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