True Grit? The King’s Speech? The Fighter? Those are my faves. It better not be The Social Network, no thanks.
Anyway, I am anxiously waiting for Jack to get inside with the grilled steaks so we can hit play and start watching the Oscars! While I sit, I decided peruse the internets and find some gold/metallic Oscar-like pieces. I found a bunch of items that I could see working nicely with just about any decor. You could instantly dress up a distressed leather sofa with a gold throw pillow or add shiny gold knobs to an old wood dresser for a whole new look. Even just setting some gold bowls on a table could really class up the joint.
Enjoy these sparkly items, it’s time to veg out!
Sunburst Antiqued Gold Mirror, Hudson Pillow, Metallic Squares Pillow, Truro Bowl, Classic Chenille Throw, Dahlia Placemat, Chinese Garden Stool, Mercury Glass Melon Knob, Cindy Table Lamp
Oh how I wish we had an actual entryway. Unfortunately, if anyone comes through our front door, BAM! they are in our living room. I don’t think people who do have entryways know how good they have it. You usually just see a rug with a big pile of shoes, a small table with some mail stacked high and maybe a hook or two hung on the wall. What a missed opportunity!
If we had an entryway, the first thing I would do is purchase a cute little desk or table like the one pictured below. I would buy some neat little odds and ends (this would be a perfect place for a bright vintage typewriter) and then hang some small pieces of art. Whenever we were expecting company, I would be sure to have some pretty fresh flowers out and a pretty candle burning. Then when they come in we would just hang out in the entryway all night and look at all of the pretty things.
Will someone please decorate their entryway with these fun pieces? I’m begging you!
Oh, and P.S. – that blue/grey blob is the paint color I would use to contrast with the dark chest.
Vintage Deer Antlers, Vintage Pink Olympia DeLux Manual Typewriter, Sicilian Fig Tree Candle, Vintage Brass Duck Figurines, Book Boxes, Benjamin Moore Paint in Wales Gray (1585), Small Black Directoire Chest, Snakegrass & Cymbidium Orchids, Framed Folkart Oil on cavas
This could quite possibly be the most brilliant thing ever: pets… on furniture!!!
I found this collection of photos on Design to Inspire last night. It appears that every Monday readers submit photos of their furry friends perched on fashionable furniture. I can’t believe I have been missing this! And these aren’t just your run-of-the-mill photos where the dog’s eyes are all red and freaky from the flash. No, these are sophisticated and chic and every single one brought a smile to my face. Not only do the pups and kitties look cute, the interiors are gorgeous as well.
Here are my faves:
And here’s our Fern, who is not allowed on the furniture when covered in snowballs!
Tomorrow is our two year wedding anniversary… hooray! To celebrate, I wanted to share some photos of our wedding venue and the decor that I chose (that’s considered interior design, right?).
Jack and I held our wedding reception at the Weisman Art Museum on the U of M campus. Since the architecture and artwork at the Weisman make it such a stunning atmosphere already, it didn’t necessarily need a ton of “decorating.” So my goal was to keep the flowers, table settings, place cards, etc understated and modern.
Being that it was a winter wedding, I wanted to play off the white snow (which we thankfully got a TON of the night prior) and do a black and white themed event. We incorporated little bits of color here and there (a few aqua vases, hot pink menus, green hydrangeas) to coordinate with all of the colorful artwork. I was worried that the whole mix-match look that I love so much for home interiors would not translate well to such a big event, but I am really happy with how it all came together.
Below are some of my favorite bits and pieces… but first a couple of shout outs:
Photography: La Vie Photography
Floral: Bastian + Skoog
Cake: Queen of Cakes
Table runners: my talented mom
And lastly, happy anniversary to my best friend in the whole wide world.
Yama hama, this week has been insane in the membrane! On top of having a stressy work week, I’ve had to come home to a total disaster zone every night. We are having recessed lighting put in our living room on Monday (woo hoo!) so all of our furniture is randomly stashed in areas it should not be. I am so stinkin’ ready for our living room to be done. Lately I’ve been spending every spare second I have deciding what finishing touches I want to add.
No matter how great your wall color is or how pretty your throw pillows are, a room just doesn’t have a “soul” without personal items to make it your own. I can’t stand the staged rooms you see in catalogues with no life to them. Whether it’s a stack of thumbed-through magazines, some glass vases you bought at a flea market or a basket of cat toys, I definitely think those little things are what make a house a home.
Here are some great examples of rooms with personality. I am especially taking note of the first one. We have a built in hutch in our dining area and I have been completely stumped as to what to do with it.
All images via Rue.
Oh boy. The other day I came across this adorable little hand-painted kitty on Etsy. I was immediately drawn to it for a couple of reasons: it has a cat on it, the cat is wearing stripes (my favorite), it looks like an animal out of Fantastic Mr. Fox AND it’s painted on a playing card. I saved the file to Evernote (which, by the way, is an amazing program if you want to save and organize all of your internet findings) so when I finally make artwork purchases for our living room, this playing card wouldn’t be forgotten.
Then that SAME day, I took Fernie to the vet and there in the “adopt me” cage were two little kittens that looked EXACTLY like the playing card (sans the striped shirt)! I knew right away that the universe was trying to tell me something VERY important: do a blog post about the kitty playing card…duh!
So below you will find the crafty card as well as a mood board inspired by it. I’ve found that a great way to pick a color palette for a room is to find a piece of artwork or photography (or even a favorite shirt or album cover) that you love and then pull colors from it. There is a blog I read (actually, just look at) called Color Collective and she does this very thing. I always hear people say they aren’t good at matching colors together… but there are great combos all around us people!
Okay, I’m off to try and convince Jack we need a kitten.
Portrait of cat
Ceramic Bath Stool,Boston Terrier Pillow, Sailor Pillow, Atelier Chesterfield, Hoopla Amber Table Lamp, Richard Nixon Throw, Danish Modern Wood Mouse Hors d’oeuvres Holder, Iron Umbrella Holder
It’s Valentine’s Day! While the extent of our celebrating is going to be me giving Jack a cheesy card with a poodle on it and some festive Reese’s, I wanted to put together a little mood board in honor of the holiday.
1.1938 Oil Portrait of Dog: Umm, so I guess this isn’t pink or red and doesn’t have hearts, but it is cute as heck and who doesn’t love dogs? Also the blue/green background is a great color to pair with red or pink.
2. Glass Melon Hook: This hook would be perfect in a bathroom to hang a silk robe or hand towel on. I love all things crystally and old fashioned like this. We recently swapped out all our doorknobs with old-school clear glass ones, I love them.
3. Globe Crystal Chandelier: This is so dainty and chic but would look great in a room with bold walls in gunmetal grey or navy blue.
4. Porcelain Alphabet Ring: Cute, personalized, (expensive) napkin rings! They come in all different colors and would be the perfect little detail to complete a place setting.
5. My Love Tray: Perfect for eating breakfast in bed or keeping on top of a vanity table to house perfumes and whatnot.
6. Black Newport Pillow: No pink or red or hearts or cupids, but black and white is a timeless classic and this pillow would look great paired with a red or pink throw blanket.
7. Piglet Soaps: Oink oink! This little guys would look great displayed in a guest bathroom next to a stack of fluffy white towels.
8. Voice One Loudspeaker: These would be the perfect accent in any neutral room. Even though they are tiny, they are so bold your eyes (and ears) would go to them right away.
9. Cobble Hill Francis Metal Leg Chair: I highly doubt I’d ever get away with buying a pink piece of furniture for our house, but you could probably play down the femininity of it by adding a black and white pillow to it or pairing it with a masculine rug or floor lamp.
10. Antique Carpet:This would look great in a study with a distressed leather club chair and a cute little kitty cat laying on it basking in the sun.
No, we are nowhere near spring. But the temps are starting to rise. And yesterday I came across this seafoam green vintage typewriter (below) and instantly imagined myself in a beautifully decorated home office (which we don’t have) with the windows open and the sun flooding in (it’s 23 degrees out and cloudy) typing away (not sure what I’d be typing on a typewriter). That’s a pretty big daydream inspired by an old typewriter, but the bright fun color of it just instantly made me feel warmer.
Since now’s about the time we all start going stir crazy and getting sick of the brown snow outside, I decided to round up some bright and sunny items to lift our spirits…
Vintage Seafoam Smith Corona Typewriter, Echeveria in Gold Ceramic, Lazy Susan Hanging Mango Wood Pendant Lamp, Yellow Steeping Mug, Ceramic Owl, Verdant Acres Dinner Plate, Vintage Houseplant Book, Vintage Soda Bottle, Eames White DSW Chair with Maple Legs, Metallic Squares Bronze Pillow
In keeping with the Valentine’s Day theme, I decided to do a post about my current favorite color: tomato red. Tomato red is not to be confused with cranberry red or any sort of bluish-red. No, I like my red with a hint of orange, thank you. One of my upcoming projects is to paint our teeny tiny hallway this color and I can’t wait to have a bright, somewhat-shocking pop of color on our main floor.
This batch of interiors is by the talented Betsy Burnham.She has done such a great job of using a flashy color in a very classy way.
Gah. This is so cute! The coverlet on the bed matches the box on the nightstand which matches the reds in the art which matches Pooh Bear’s sweater on the pillow. Yet it doesn’t look matchy-matchy. Seeing that cute pillow makes me want to plop my own teddy bear (Boo) on our guest bed. But first my mom will have to sew his nose back on because Fern chewed it off.
That tub is divine. I love the rug and would never think to put it in a bathroom. The squatty little stool is perfection.
Loving the crazy painted navy blue dresser. And what better accent color to pair it with than tomato red.
I want that ikat sofa, stat. And the cute little owl. And the earthy pendant light. What a fun sunroom to curl up and read Us Weekly in.
This is definitely more than a “pop” of red but I still like it. There are a lot of colors going on here: the black and white rug, the oversized navy blue vase, and the brown patterned desk chair. But somehow the overwhelming amount of red actually pulls it all together. I would never in a million years attempt to mix all of those patterns and colors but she totally nailed it.
Valentine’s Day is coming up so I thought I would share an adorable little love nest I came across a couple of weeks back. It’s always fun to see favorite items of my own (striped duvet cover + whale pillow) in someone else’s space. I love how this room is so mix-matched yet it all goes together.
So I decided to try and recreate this look with some similar pieces. This is the first time I’ve done this and found that by recreating someone else’s style, it taught me new ways to pair pieces together. It would be a great starting point for redecorating a room in the future.
Fun fact: for a little pop of color (like the blue books on the nightstand), try searching for vintage books on Etsy. I am definitely going to order a couple batches to place around our home for some character and color (not to mention it will make us look smart).
Here is the coveted bedroom:
And here are some pieces I was able to hunt down for a similar look:
Moby Dick Pillow, Work Lamp, Decorative Vintage Books, Floral Scarf Print Pillow, Red Orange Poppies Painting, Hive Vase, Draper Stripe Ash Duvet Set, Vintage Brushed Brass Gooseneck Lamp