I’ve never made a big deal about birthdays, but I do like to treat myself to something nice (and that doesn’t mean expensive). So, to celebrate my last year of 20s, I’m looking for unique, pretty things.
I headed first to Notting Hill Antiques (7200 N. Western; 842- 1500) for my Anglophile fix. I’ve had a deep love for all things England since watching “Robin Hood” (the fox version) at age 4, and Notting Hill doesn’t disappoint.
I loved the framed vintage prints, many with a pastoral “gentlemen hunter” quality. If you’re looking for the 3-D version, check out the fabulous black riding boots and helmets. I’m about as comfortable on a horse as indie music fans around Beliebers, but I’d still love to look the part (as a horsewoman, not a fan of an adolescent Canadian).
What I loved most, however, were the stacks of vintage books lined up in the gorgeous English cabinets. I adore old books. In fact, the one thing I requested for my birthday this year was a first edition of Thornton Burgess’ “Old Mother West Wind.”
Next up, 30A Home (1106 N.W. 50th; 286-3153), where I’m madly in love with pretty much everything.
Check out the clean scents of the small Tatine “Ambient” candles. The square candles are held in heavy, clear glass and have fresh scent combinations like lemon-verbena, lime-cilantro and crushed mint. All heavenly. Also be sure to check out the lovely accent pillows done in an unbleached linen splashed with pretty “illustrations” done in contrasting fabrics (like a sailboat of roughcut denim with cream felt stars).
I also really loved 30A Home’s custom lighting, particularly a hanging light with a clear glass shade that looked like it could be a giant cake dome and exposed hardware.
I’m as comfortable on a horse as indie music fans around Beliebers.
Heading downtown, I stopped in Rawhide (1007 N. Broadway; 236- 4600). As always, the unique boots are so, so tempting. And not just for me. The cowboy boots — many customizable — are a popular buy in this chic Western store. For a great weekender bag, I really liked the oversized canvas tote by Rebecca Ray done in a warm orange with a vintage-style illustration of a horse.
My favorite pieces, however, were the chunky, unique jewelry. There’s a lot of silver and turquoise (as to be expected), but I was impressed with the gorgeous, statement pieces done in filigreed bronze and interesting stones. My favorite was a large cuff — look closely and you’ll see two bronze and amber moths flanking the center stone.
Finally, you can’t have a birthday without a dessert. In my case, that’s banana cream pie.
At Sabi (3703 N. Western; 525- 1717), I’m in love with the quirky Magical Birthday Candle. This is exclusive to Sabi in the metro, so go check it out. It’s a bright plastic flower that you light and then it does three amazing things: A sparkler shoots from the middle, the “petals” open and start spinning, each with a lit candle, and it plays “Happy Birthday.”
I can’t think of a better way to usher in 29.