Thursday
Feb062014

Pillows Aplenty @ Lulu & Georgia 

The perfect {POP} for any old sofa...but let's pretend it's kelly green velvet just for kicks...

#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6

Un bon weekend, les amis! xx

Wednesday
Feb052014

Give it up For the Sputnik 

In 1957, the Soviets launched the Sputnik satellite, the first man-made object ever to orbit the earth. It looked a little something like this...

It triggered the Space Age, which became a HUGE influence on furniture and decor at the time. The iconic Sputnik chandelier was soon to follow, and it has proven it's staying power in hip households on into today...

It's always been a dream of mine to have one to call my own. When we lived in San Francisco and owning a home was merely a pipe dream, I used to stalk eBay for these to see if I could find any too-good-to-pass-up deals. Now that owning our own home is just within reach, FINALLY today this happened...

DREAMS DO COME TRUE!! I found her on CL, I think it was fate : )

So sorry y'all, but this beauty is sticking with me for a while! xx

Sunday
Jan262014

A Petite Chinoiserie Fete

When I'm sourcing inventory for my shops, I always try to keep a couple of things in mind... 

#1: Would I cherish this piece if it were to live in my own home? 

In order for me to be motivated and thrilled to go to work every day, I need to feel inspired by my surroundings. If I don't love it, I'm probably not going to buy it- even if I think I could make a little money on it.  

#2: Is there an occasion for this piece to be the star of the show? 

As you might imagine, I fall pretty hard for a lot of the pieces I see on a daily basis. Vintage is just so inspiring! However, if I can't think of a compelling occasion for which to use or enjoy said piece, then I'm probably not going to pick it up. I think this is where design can go really wrong REALLY quickly. 

 

Since I've been at it for over 3 years now, I believe I can pretty much predict which pieces are going to be snatched up quickly, and which pieces might take a bit longer to find their forever home. However, there are always those items that seem to unexpectidely linger around and it's still incredibly BAFFLING to me! 

One of these pieces of late has been THIS Chinoiserie-Style faux-bamboo flatware set...

This is a 50 piece set {which is more than enough for a full 12 person place setting!} and is the perfect table-making finishing touch for a lovely Chinoiserie fete! I'm picturing a luncheon like the one featured in the book Flair, by Joe Nye...

Amazing, right??

Now go out, buy it, and throw yourself your own petite Chinoiserie fete PLEASE!

Available @HERE {but hopefully not for long}! 

Monday
Jan202014

Sleeping with black and white spots

I've not ever been one for "polka dots" really, but THREE things that are making me reconsider:

#1 "Spots" are different than "Polka Dots," do you see where I'm going here? Spots are variable, they're unpredictable. Polka dots are bad 80's hair bows and pajama sets...let's agree to nix that terminology, OK?

#2 Black and white is CHIC. Period. It's understated and modern...or classic...it's everything. 

#3 Sheets, general bedding, pillows, and curtains are the perfect place to proudly display your spots. Save your spots for your bedroom! 

Sleeping with black and white spots is a good idea. Whichever way you slice it, spots are whimsical and fun. They mix well with more serious patterns or solids. And mixing patterns is pretty much always a YES in my book, but especially when spots are involved. Patterns help to bring sophistication to the spots, and the spots add a bit of fun to others...it's a WIN WIN situation.  

Still a spotted skeptic?? Check these bedrooms out...

 

Saturday
Jan182014

French Empire Chandelier

As we schlep around from house to house, in dire search of the one we will finally call our own, I can't help but notice how terrible some {MOST...err...ALL??} of the lighting in these homes is.

To me, lighting should be like the most fantastic, statement-making jewelry for each and every room. The crowning achievement, the finishing touch. And because I'm just crazy enough, I've already purchased my first little gem for our new home {that has yet to formally exist- wait, when I say it like that, it does sound a bit crazy, no??}. 

It's this little {not so little} vintage French beauty...sorry for the terrible CL photo...

As you can see, she's had a semi-unfortunate shabby chic makeover with a heavy-handed cream paint, but I see UBER potential here! You see, the French Empire chandelier has so much history and is the perfect accent for a turn of the century home, like the one we're hoping for. This style of chandelier has been around since Medieval France, were chandeliers were constructed of iron and held candles for lighting. Louis XIV brought these beauties back into vogue into the 17th Century, and we know he had great taste! Stateside, think about the French Quarter in New Orleans- beauties like this can be found in nearly every interior! 

I picture mine over the dining room table...maybe like this...

But it could work anywhere really, and plays nice with many different types of lighting {OF COURSE you know I'll have a healthy dose of MCM mixed in!}

I'm thinking about restoring the original brassy finish, or I could paint the metal a fun color- for some reason I'm getting stuck on kelly green- and finish it off with funky shades like these...

{For a similar look, check out Shades of Light or Stray Dog Designs}

I'll just keep on dreaming for now, but I'm off to a good start I think! I'd love to see...have you installed vintage lighting in your interior projects? xx