MAD MEN MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Mothers of Mad Men

with mother's day just around the corner, i thought i'd shine a spotlight on a trio of moms who work tirelessly hard to achieve their dreams while navigating the complex social and political changes of the 1960s.

fuel up your lighters, kittens. mama wants a cigarette and a glass of OJ -- heavy on the vodka.

we are gifting the mothers of mad men.

Gifting Betty Draper Francis

we have BETTY DRAPER FRANCIS - former model, divorcee, mother of three, grace kelly look-a-like, chain smoking hair hopperlitter bug, and suburban ice princess. she once punished her son for trading her sandwich for a bag of gumdrops and sees her daughter as the mini-me thorn in her side.

nonetheless, mama betty will most definitely expect a swell gift this mother's day. best break open your piggy banks now, sally, bobby, and baby gene.

Betty Draper Francis smoking picnic with Bobby Mad Men

Betty Draper Francis smoking picnic Mad Men

Betty Draper Francis Francine lunch Mad Men

Betty and Sally Draper smoking in car

Mad Men Sally and Betty sleeping

  Betty Draper Francis Mad Men Mothers Day Gift guide 2014

above: 1). gorham cocktail jigger 20th century; 2). keychain to the mansion; 3). love sandwich recipe book; 4). picnic egg caddy; 5). smoke & kisses bobbi set; 6). the row cat-eye acetate and leather sunglasses; 7). bow-embellished metallic lace pumps; 8). "embrace reality, even if it burns you" catchall; 9). compostable plates, bowls & trays.

Gifting Joan Harris Mothers Day

next up is JOAN HARRIS -- whip smart secretary turned ambitious executive who struggles to prove her mind is just as powerful as her bombshell bod. 

separated from her much-loathed husband, she's a single mom in the late '60s, raising a son whose biological father is one of the founding partners of her firm.

joan is a WHORANGE hero and has been lovingly gifted in the past.

Christina Hendricks as Joan Mad Men Season 7

Joan Holloway Harris rose dress Bert Cooper Mad Men

Mad Men Joan Harris green dress

Joan Bob Benson and Roger Sterling triangle copy

Mad Men Joan Roger and Baby Kevin

Joan Holloway Harris Mad Men Mothers Day Gift guide 2014

 

above: 1). ruffian x izola lady 3 oz. flask; 2). art of war by sun tzu; 3). tiger necklace by kenzo; 4). onward & upward water bottle; 5). art deco set of four tumblers by dorothy thorpe; 6). anna-karin karlsson rose rouge cat eye acetate sunglasses; 7). back me up mobile charger; 8. thea leather chelsea boots; 9). vestige lipstick holder; 10). brass pencil sharpener; 11). rosa iphone case.

Peggy Olson office smoking Mad Men

 "what?" you say, "PEGGY OLSON is a mother?"

why, yes! if we reach back into the archives of season 1 and 2, we are reminded that secretary-turned-copy-chief-badass, peggy, was indeed impregnated by her married colleague, pete. their illegitimate son is (supposedly) being raised by peggy's mother or sister.

a strange storyline that seems to have been relegated to the circular file.

can we petition AMC for closure? perhaps a mother's day gift guide to help ignite momentum?

fingers crossed. here we go...

Peggy Olsen Mad Men airport enamel flower brooch

Peggy Olsen knit beret office Mad Men

Peggy Olsen and Ted Mad Men

Peggy Olsen office Mad Men

Peggy Olson office flowers Mad Men copy

Peggy Olson red plaid

Pete Campbell and Peggy Olson sofa

Peggy Olsen Mad Men Mothers Day Gift guides 2014

 above: 1). may you never shot glass set; 2). scarf in mustard dots; 3). white knit beret; 4). gold tone knot earrings; 5). thomaspaul tablet/ iPad case; 6). chemex coffee maker; 7). vintage yellow and white enamel flower brooch; 8). crinkle bag vase; 9). clare vivier foldover clutch; 10). villa flats; 11). switch bluetooth speaker conference call speaker; 12). city clips - new york page markers.

happy mother's day to all of the mamas around the world! xoxo

 
A-OK

Allandale House A frame Cabin by William O’Brien Jr

Interior Allandale House A frame Cabin house by William O’Brien Jr

not your grandma's A-frame house.

(god, i wish my grandma had an A-frame house.)

{allandale house: a cabin of curiosities by william o’brien jr.} {via this is paper and blood & champagne.}

 
a mondrian john

Mosaic Mondrian-inspired bathroom

kittens, lately, i've been knee deep in bathroom tiles, bathroom faucets, and stone flooring options. designing a client's home from the ground up forces you to learn more about grout colors and stair treads than you probably care to know.

last night, i actually dreamt about unpolished brass knobs and pulls. they looked like this. i woke up not knowing whether to cry or log onto pinterest to find a kindred spirit.

one day, i hope to design a mondrian-inspired bathroom like the photo above. isn't it keen? i love small mosaic tile. and red, white and blue is one of my favorite color combos. however, i would probably select a bathtub faucet with a less game of thrones dragon profile -- but maybe not!

in the meantime, i guess i will just keep dreaming of ogee sticking, gimp braids, and flying ribs. all terms that sound like S&M, but really just refer to cabinets, beams, and upholstery detail. put away your latex catsuits, darlings (at least for now).

{image via bright.bizarre.}

 
colorific

Prism by Lilly Piri rainbow deer

DipDye Brushtail Lilly Piri

magical rainbow wonderlands -- they are all around you. and in some cases they are on you!

you just need to know where to look, darlings. no LSD required!

{prism deer and dipdye brushtail by lilly piri.}

 
body electric: janine rewell for minna parikka

Janine Rewell for Minna Parikka shoes body painting 2014

Janine Rewell for Minna Parikka shoes pattern body painting on models 2014

Janine Rewell for Minna Parikka shoes pattern body paint on model 2014

Janine Rewell for Minna Parikka shoes 2014 photographer Jonas Lundqvist

Janine Rewell for Minna Parikka shoes photographer Jonas Lundqvist

Janine Rewell for Minna Parikka shoes black and white pattern body paint

Janine Rewell for Minna Parikka shoes art body painting photographer Jonas Lundqvist

artist janine rewell and shoe designer minna parikka collaborated on this head-to-toe bit of body painting fabulousness for minna's 2014 scandinavian spring collection of colorful kicks. body painting was applied by the skilled hands of saara sarvas & riina laine.

photographed by jonas lundqvist, the result is a wonderland of psychedelic splendor. check out the video and see how they did it...

{via grain edit.}

 
whoranging for coral & tusk

Coral and Tusk animal dolls

Coral and Tusk embroidered fox postcard

Coral and Tusk double cross arrows pillow

Coral and Tusk pillows

Coral and Tusk animal portrait embroidered badges

just when i thought coral & tusk couldn't get any more amazingly awesome with their clever, nostalgic, magical, gorgeous, and snuggly embroidered goods, they reveal something that truly steals my heart:

a fox pillow with a fox hidey-hole.

i repeat, a fox hidey-hole...

Coral-and-tusk-fox-pocket-pillow

stop the internets now. we found the winner.

{all photography courtesy of coral & tusk.} {animated gif by whorange.}

 
TO DIY FOR: ORIGAMI PAPER BASKET

Origami DIY paper basket in the office

Soffa DYI origami paper basket

Origami DIY in the office

Origami in the office

in my dreams, i am an origami master.

in my mega-dreams, i am an origami master that speaks czech.

luckily, this origami paper basket DIY actualizes both. give the crafty project a try. instructions are in both english and czech.

oh, and the measurements are in centimenters. yes, you can exercise your metric system knowledge, too.

let's fold, kittens!

{origami paper basket DIY by soffa magazine.} {via vosgesparis.}

 
Whorange Mini Mod Mani for NailSnaps!

NailSnaps Mini Mod Mani nail art from photo

in support of my friend angel's amazing NailSnaps kickstarter, i designed a Mini Mod nail art mani that will be offered as a reward for backers!

i used the photo featured in my hanging planter blog post and focused on my den's 1970s wall hanging textile. groovy, yes?

show your support and get a little whorange manicure. perfect for lounging in your sunken living room while watching the final season of mad men.

my kitty, veruschka, approves!

xoxo

Whorange Mini Mod Mani NailSnaps

Panton inspired vintage wall hanging textile

 
hanging planter a go go

Whorange-cat-blue-sofa-lounging

kittens, i have a hole in my life. it resides in my den and takes the form of empty air space.

i need a hanging plant.

but, what to choose? shall i select a macrame planter woven in the mountains of santa cruz? or perhaps an upcycled air plant space pod? or maybe a succulent basket crafted from found cat hair?

the possibilities are endless. let's explore, shall we?

Hanging planters round up modern ceramic

above: 1). faceted hanging tray by pigeon toe ceramics; 2). plant orb by perch!; 3). modern macrame planter by HRUSKAA; 4). orange hang pot; 5). woven bead planter; 6. DIY leather and brass teardrop hanging planter via vintage revivals.

but, wait! there's more...

Hanging planters round up modern ceramic and mid century

 

above: 1). suspended dome 2). hanging air plant cradle by mudpuppy; 3). cermaic planters by l & m studio; 4). geo triangle hanging terrarium; 5). jungalow hanging planter by MFEO; 6. hanging nest; 7). herringbone hanging planter by moorea seal.

 
pinkys up

i've been pinning a lot of pink lately. perhaps it has something to do with spring. or perhaps it's because i think pink foam rollers are the best invention since the wheel. either way, pink is guaranteed to put a spring in your step and a bounce in your hair.

let's get blushing...

Pineapples and a bar cart

 above: glitter guide

Pink vintage decor and hair drying lamp

 above:  dominique pruitt

Pink desk accessories

 above: present and correct

Pink cat hair rollers

 above: ffffound

Pink maraschino cherries

 above: ban.do

Sequined candy apple

above: charlotte audrey owen-meehan

 
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