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First Weekend of Fall

8 Oct

This weekend, it finally felt like fall!

The air was crisp enough to pull out an extra quilt for the bed, break out a scarf and swing by Starbucks for an oh-so-delicious hot apple cider.

I also had a few lazy mornings of magazine reading over breakfast.

catalogs

The first of the holiday catalogs arrived!

apple cinnamon oatmeal

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal – yummy and makes the house smell amazing!

Friday night after a great dinner with a dear friend, I returned home to a power outage. A freak storm had brought crazy winds and rain to the area, and it took our power along with it. The result? Candle burning, blankets and reading by flashlight…I can’t say I was so disappointed…

blackout

I did get out and about Saturday though, and cherished the opportunity to wear some of my fall clothes (I had to restrain myself from piling on too many layers in excitement).

I hit up one of my favorite antique stores, South Front Antiques, and almost squealed (ok, so I kind of did) when I found myself all alone in a room – a whole room! – of antique shutters.

I didn’t take a picture of this wonderful room because of the previously mentioned squealing, but here’s a picture of the almost-as-cool elevator shaft from the third floor. This building is itself an antique and so fun to explore.

elevator

Just one of the cool things at South Front Antiques

Back to the shutters…after a while of perusing, and talking to the owner about the origins of several, I settled upon two very different styles that caught my eye when I first entered the room.

shutter

Here’s one…it’s from the 1890s, probably from a house on either Pontiac or Vance in downtown Memphis. The old wood has aged beautifully.

I’ll share this week how I’m going to incorporate both shutters in at home. And yes, staring at them smiling is part of how they will be incorporated.

How was your weekend? What did you do that felt like fall?

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Do You Dress Like Your House?

6 Sep
KirstenDunst.Vogue

Kirsten Dunst attends the New York premiere of her movie Bachelorette dressed in Stella McCartney. Look familiar?

We’ve all heard that some people start to look like their significant others, or even their pets, after years together, but how about their houses?

Do you dress like your home? By that, I mean, do you decorate your place with the same style – colors, patterns, etc. – as you decorate yourself with your wardrobe, accessories, etc.?

For me, I’d say yes. I tend to gravitate toward a romantic fashion style, as my friend Penelope would say, and I think the same is true for my home. I like found objects combined with classic pieces in both my closet and my decor.

My friend Kirsten (I can say that because I’m pretty sure she doesn’t read this blog) has already demonstrated dressing like home by dressing like MY home at the New York premiere of her new movie. It’s a little Sound of Music in that the the fabric is very retro home fabric, but in the same breath I’m kind of digging it, in a Moonrise Kingdom sort of way. What do you think?

As I thought more about the similarities between my closet and my home, I pulled a few comparisons (using some clothes I actually have and and others similar to clothing I have, all via Polyvore).

Living Room Outfit

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Maybe that’s why I like my house so much; I want to wear it!

What about you…do you dress like your house?

Pretty Plates

22 Aug

You know how you know you’re a grown up?

You’re a grown up when new plates make you a little giddy. Oh, and you don’t know what channel MTV is.

But this is about the plate thing.

Look! Pretty!
plate stack

See those lovely scalloped edges peeking out in that stack o’plates? Those were an early birthday gift for myself, purchased this weekend at anthropologie.

Here’s a closeup:

plate closeup

They remind me of doilies, but the gray color keeps them from being too precious.

I snagged them on sale (don’t you just want to live in that little sale room at the back of the store?) and used my 15 percent off birthday savings card for even more of a discount.

Note: I tend to use the “birthday gift” excuse for anything pretty I purchase in the month of August. Does anyone else do that?

Here’s a shot of dinner on the new plate:

goat cheese asparagus pizza

It’s a goat cheese, spinach and asparagus flatbread on naan bread. I know I should leave the food photography to my talented friend Amanda, but I wanted you to see the plate in action (and also know that naan bread pizza is Ah-Mazing).

So that’s the story  of the new pretty plates. What have you bought lately that puts a smile on your face?

Special Delivery! The Fabric is Here!

8 Jun

Thursday a handsome man came to my door carrying two delicious fabrics and a box of blog cards.

It was all I could do not to marry him on the spot.

The fabrics will soon become my bedroom curtains and bedskirt and I haven’t stopped squealing since I saw them.

bedroom fabric

Curtains on the left, bedskirt on the right. Squeee!

I have always been a bit “safe” when it came to curtains and fabric choices overall. But with this new place, something’s changed. I finally realized, what am I being safe for? I should do what I want…this home is my home and it should reflect me!

So pattern it is and I am stoked to get started.

I found both fabrics at fabric.com, a wonderful online resource for thousands of styles. It’s a bit overwhelming, actually, but worth the search.

fabriconline

I had never ordered fabric online before and was a bit hesitant, but after exhausting the local fabric shops (choices ranged from grandma to great-grandma), I bit the bullet. And with free shipping and returns, it wasn’t much of a bullet to bite.

However, I don’t think these babies are going anywhere. Upon delivery, I marched them straight into the bedroom and they look great. The patterns just seem to work together. Hopefully, that will remain the case when all is finished.

As for the actual projects, stay tuned. I’ll be posting step-by-step instructions for making your own DIY curtains and DIY bedskirt.

Those blog cards? Boom!

blog card

These are the work of Etsy shop ipaper and they make me super happy. I was on the hunt for some blog cards to use at the Haven Conference (eek! it’s so close!) and and since this little blog is not yet at the point of a custom logo or feel, these fit the bill. I’m loving the whimsy.

Oh, and the guy delivering all this goodness? He was the UPS guy and he actually was really cute. I don’t have a picture of him. Perhaps I’ll need to order more fabric… 🙂

Have a happy weekend!

PS. I don’t work for fabric.com nor am I paid to sing its praises. I’m just a fan!

How Big Should a Rug Be?

9 May

As I work to unpack at the new place, I’m trying not to let my mind wander to decorating just yet.

Um, yeah right.

First on my decor to-do list? A living room rug.

The living room has so far gone from looking like this on moving day:

living room moving

To this:

living room

I have most of the boxes cleared out, and I’m ready to make the space a little bit cozier with a fabulous rug.

Common decorating wisdom is that an area rug should be large enough that the front legs of each piece of furniture sit on top of it, like this:

Source: gallery.apartmenttherapy.com via Youa on Pinterest

That’d be an 8 x 10 rug in this space.

The room above is big enough to sport the traditional layout and still show off the hardwood floors, but my little room is not.

Since I’m not into completely covering up these lovely floors, I’m going with a 5 x 8 area rug.

I’m a rebel!

A 5 x 8 rug will leave a little gap of hardwood between the couch and the rug, and a nice border of hardwood around the rest of the room, kind of like this:

Source: pinterestgreatdeals.com via Keitha on Pinterest

Although, the rug won’t be patterned, the couch won’t be slip-covered and no creepy guy paintings are allowed.

How big do you think a room should be? If you’re trying to lay out a room/rug combo, check out this Apartment Therapy post on different styles.

Update: I wasn’t ready to pull the trigger just yet, but when I saw West Elm’s rugs were all 15 percent off right now, I just had to act. I’ll share the pictures of the updated living room as soon as the rug arrives (hopefully, it works!).

The Coffee Table of the Moment

2 May

Do you recognize this table?

Pleasant Valley contemporary family room

How about this one?
Glamorous Family Room modern family room

Yes, they are almost identical.

This style coffee table is the Kardashian of the decor world right now.

You can’t flip a page of House Beautiful or click through a Houzz gallery without seeing it.

It’s not a bad looking table, but honestly, not my style. I’m fond of the reclaimed wood effect on top, not so much a fan of the metallic base. I think some of its mass appeal may lie in the fact that it’d be a fairly easy DIY.

And, once again, it’s probably its mass appeal that turns me away.

What do you think? Yay or nay?

For the yays out there, here are a few similar tables (click on the image for more information).

West Elm Box Frame Coffee Table
Holbrook Coffee Table
brickmakers table

I think a table like this would be gorgeous in an artsy work space or a cool loft, but probably wouldn’t work with the yellow couch.

For the nays, like me, what don’t you like about it? Do you have a coffee table and, if so, what does it look like?

If you can’t tell, I’m on the hunt for a coffee table. It lives in my head right now. Hopefully we’ll meet soon!

PS. The original title of this post was Where’s Waldo? because it’s almost a little game to find this table everywhere. And that made me think of one of my favorite tidbits of all time – Do you know what they call the Where’s Waldo? books in England?
 
Where’s Wally? !!
 
How funny is that? I discovered this in a children’s book shop in England with my friend Abby. The books actually originated in England and they changed the character’s name to Waldo for American audiences (apparently we can’t handle Wally). Check out all of his other names here.