Thursday
Oct092014

Orchid Velvet For The Win

I'm seriously smitten with Caitlin Wilson's Tessa Sofa in Berry Velvet...What a beautiful hue to come home to : ) If I were to style it, I'd balance the overt cuteness with a little Midcentury masculine, a healthy dose of vintage brass, and cool collected art. Something like this...

Sofa // Cabinet // Nesting Tables // Coffee Table // Chair // Moroccan Pouf // Art

Thursday
Oct022014

Behind the Iciest of Blue Doors

A pale, cool blue is not something I'm naturally drawn to, but I love the subtleness of this door against a crisp cream exterior...

Loving the mixed brass and chrome elements here, I picture a toned down space with amped up style...

Tuesday
Sep302014

Pink: The Bold Person's Neutral 

I've always sort of unofficially abided by the notion that larger upholstered pieces should be more on the neutral side and one should use pillows and throws to add color and texture. However, if you're a bold person like myself, do you ever really follow the rules?

I love pink and always have. Shouldn't I dress up my sofa in it...

I can still use pillows and throws to tone it down, or accentuate it. I think a set of upholstered chairs would be nice too...

Or even a more understated statement on a pair of stools or coffee table...

The truth is, I'd rather make a statement then follow the rules. In 10 years I might feel differently, but today I'll choose pink. 

Monday
Sep222014

Letting Go Of Perfection

This sentiment is so necessary for me this Monday morning. My whole life, I've been striving for this unrealistic ideal in everything I touch. I'm officially taking a stand against the idea of "perfection" today. 

Who cares anyway?

Over the weekend I picked up a {gorgeous} antique English Sheraton Style China cabinet for my dining room for the craziest affordable price ever. I think it's from the late 20's/ early 30's and is just a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. The lady explained to me that she's "redecorating" and since this piece "wasn't perfect" she wanted to get rid of it and start afresh. Seriously, besides a few scratches on the baseboard, it was in almost pristine condition, especially considering it's nearly 100 years old. I told her "that's OK, nothing's perfect in my house anyway."

I thought about it after I said it {nothing is perfect in my house} and for the first time, I was truly ok with it. I have a dog that sheds all over the carpet, I've got upholstered chairs with piping pulling off, I've got awkward sized rugs pieced together in every room, and mismatched lighting from all different periods all over the house. i let dust collect everywhere, I throw my clothes all over my dressing room, and I have a few kitchen cabinets that are a disaster {thank god I didn't go with glass paned doors}! 

It's. not. perfect. I'm. not. perfect. 

But's it's ok, because nothing really is. I've decided I'd rather be really good at being imperfect than inevitably terrible at being perfect anyway. 

Here's to hoping you'll let go of perfection this week too! xx

 

Sunday
Sep142014

Vintage Charms

I'm an avid vintage jewelry lover. I can't tell you the last time I bought a piece that wasn't vintage that I grew to truly love. Just to name a few; I've loved an antique Sardinian engagement ring I purchased when I was in a mountain village in Italy, I wore a silver embellished brooch from the 1940's in my hair on my wedding day, and at any given time I've got on a collection of my mother's gold bangles from the 1970's jangling on my wrist.  

I'll share more snippets from my collection with you some other time, but for now I'll tell you the reason I love vintage jewelry so much is to carry on the story of other women from other places and other times. I'm pretty sure that a piece of every woman who has worn that treasured necklace or bracelet is still there with it. I love that these pieces transcent life itself and I love that a piece of me carries on through every piece I've loved.

Charm bracelets are particularly special. Check this beautiful necklace out...

 It reminds me very much of Jackie Kennedy Onasis' charm bracelet that was auctioned off for charity in 1996...

Can you imagine the stories and memories these pieces must have to tell??

I hope I have a daughter someday to share all of the pieces I've collected over the years with, but if not, I know they will be loved by someone like me xx