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If you haven’t already entered, don’t forget that Cara Jean Clay (see 3/21/16 article) is offering $50 credit toward anything in her Etsy shop to the lucky winner of our first-ever drawing. You have until Monday, March 28, to enter.

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Now, let’s press on to this week’s linkfest…

Vintage Barbie and Ken Photos, The English Room

David Parise

Barbie and Ken—creations of the 1960s—are posed by photographer David Parise to live the fun and (not so) innocent life we imagined that time period to be. The dolls are the original models, the clothes are the original outfits, and the photos are fittingly quirky and enticingly priced.

Frank Parise

The collection makes a few accommodations for present-day sensibilities: Same-sex Barbie/Ken couples, inter-racial Barbie/Ken couples, B/K couples of all kinds doing all kinds of cheeky stuff, like Barbie casting her bikini top to the wind and Ken cooking in an apron-only. Parise also shows the REAL start of the selfie craze.

Palm Springs House Untouched Since 1969 Hits the Market, SF Gate

Fit for a Disney princess, wouldn’t you say? Wait until you see the matching bathroom with the sunken tub and 46 MORE photos! And if you just happen to BE a Disney princess, you’re in luck—the 3,350-square-foot house is a steal at $850,000. 1960s Barbie and Ken could be quite happy here, and photographer Parise would be wise to pose some of his snaps at this locale before the new owners tear out all that pink.

Inside the Homes of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Bleubird

This sunroom in Palm Springs belonged to Liz Taylor. Follow the link to see photos of nine others, including Marilyn Monroe’s Brentwood living room, which I’ve pictured on BoHo Home before.

Michelangelo lived here—really!

Handsome Properties International via Mad About the House

Eight bedrooms and seven baths in nearly 13,000 square feet, overlooking a verdant valley in Tuscany, and it could be yours for a cool $8.4 million. This one HAS been updated since Buonarotti’s time but retains the charm of its heritage. What do you get for your money? Deeds that prove the owner’s claim, original brick barrel and wood-beamed ceilings, and six acres of privacy 34 miles southwest of Florence. Sorry, no original frescoes or sculptures. Follow the links to see all 24 photos.

Beautiful Spaces That Also Make Me Slightly Nervous, Apartment Therapy

Only SLIGHTLY nervous? I love my books, but I don’t want to play Jenga with them. Follow the link to see six more scary, precarious home situations, but take a Dramamine first, ‘K?

10 Indian Interiors in 10 Indian Cities, Design Sponge

When you’re through oohing and aahing over the fright factor from the previous link, you can ooh and aah over the fabulous factor in this one. Drop. Dead. GORGEOUS. (No pun intended.)

British Woman Lives in 1939, BBC News via Apartment Therapy

No foolin’ around for this Brit. She even ripped out what she called a “posh” bathroom and had a backyard privy built instead. And yes, of course she’s single. She also admits to few dates beyond the first. The BBC link has a 2.5-minute video you won’t want to miss.

The Science of Crying, Time

Not home-related, but definitely Susan-specific. Yes, I cry easily but not as often as I used to. Now I know why. You’ll say gee whiz, too.

3 fake-‘em-out makes that put the crafty in crafts

1. Paper Daffodil Tutorial, Design Sponge
Last week peonies, this week daffs. Anybody want to share their bouquets?


2. DIY Faux Stone Mirror, Design Sponge 
I’m lukewarm on the mirror, but these “crystals” are really cool on their own.


3. DIY Yarn Wall Hanging, Burkatron
This is the quick route to the trendy-once-again macramé look that is, I think, actually better looking.

And finally, the image of the week: BYOB (Bring your own BAR-BIE)

David Parise

Cheers! And have a great weekend!

XO, Susan

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