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Inspired By Mint & Sand

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

I saw these incredible photographs by Álvaro Sánchez-Montañés and was not only inspired by the magical subject matter but also the colors found in these images. That pale minty green mixed with white and sand is such a soothing palette.
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Here’s a roundup of some items that reminds me of this palette- from sandy rugs to crisp mint bordered sheets….

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Gilt-y Finds From Kids Sources!

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

I was flipping through some magazine this week when I spotted this perfect gold canopy bed… and lo and behold it was from Pottery Barn Teen! I got to poking around and found a bunch of great gilt pieces I never thought in a MILLION years I could find here.

The aforementioned canopy bed- it doesn’t come in king, but if you need a queen (or two twins) this is fantastic.
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A killer gold leg trestle desk. So awesome.

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There is nothing “teen” about this bookcase! A [air flanking a fireplace or window would be STUNNING!

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Suprise Source: Soft Surroundings

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

I am not one to hoard sources for a good deal or great finds. I remember finding an amazing long black Dolce & Gabana gown at Filene’s Basement (RIP) in 2002 marked down from $1,900 to $99.  When complimented on it while wearing it I would blurts out “Oh My God! Filene’s Basement! Like 95% off! You need to go!” instead of just mysteriously saying “thank you”. As a designer you’re supposed to keep your sources rather secretive, but I have a really hard time doing that too. Whenever I find something good I want to share it and spread the wealth.  And sometimes that just means finding out a catalog you typically recycle actually has some really great home stuff! I got a Soft Surroundings catalog the other day- yes, the one full of comfy clothes and jammies for mature ladies- and found all of this great home stuff! Woah!

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Some great chairs…

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An incredible chest and gilt mirror…

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A very cool rope wrapped chair and cane back barstool…

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A wood chest and peacock mirror…

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Currently Obssessed: Little Market

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

I find that when it comes to dishware and glassware I have always played it safe. I’ve said it before, a major wedding registry regret of mine was not going bold with a classic, colorful china pattern.  While there is something clean and easy about all white dishes and simple clear glass stemware and bar ware- I am deathly bored by it.  Which is why I am still plotting to get myself these dinner plates once my renovation is done and have fallen in LOVE with these beautiful glasses from The Little Market (Lauren Conrad’s shop).  Handmade in Mexico and PERFECT for summer, they have gorgeous patterns (I prefer the more vine-like one) that would spice up any dinnerware set.

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Mirror, Mirror…

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

In renovating, as in life, sometimes you have to make sacrifices.  Especially when your house is on a small, sloped lot in an urban-suburban area with neighbors close by and setbacks to abide by. In order to get a functional garage AND a nice size bedroom above it (that could be accessed through a full height doorway) we had to make the tough call to build the addition more towards the front of the house and thus eliminate a window in our dining room. Which only has two windows as is. Here it is now- no, we did not just have a raging party- we had to take all our glassware and china out of the wall cabinets while they are framing. :)

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I am going to mourn the loss of one set of drapes. Truly. Also, I really need to find a rug.

On the plans the loss of this window didn’t bother me, but now that the framing is up I see just how much light we are going to lose (until we open up the entryway with more windows which will help a TON- but as I mentioned, phase three is not happening until I win the lottery or sell an organ- a vital one).  What we are gaining is well worth it, so I have to find a way to make this work for us.  And where my brain is at right now is a large mirror.  As much as a statement piece of art would rock my socks off, I need something that can bounce around the light I DO have. So I’ve gone and found a bunch of contenders (click images for links):

This french panel mirror is my favorite I think, but I wish it were slightly antiqued. I did find this tutorial on how to antique a mirror. I’d try it on a cheap plate glass small mirror first to see how it comes out before attempting it on this beauty.

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Vintage gilt wood could be cool too…

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Brass framed options- maybe too much brass.

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Love these simple mirror framed Venetian styles too!

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I also have these two amazing vintage candle sconces that I could flank the mirror with. They are AMAZING.  I have them flanking the window on the opposite wall now and they look incredible on the grasscloth.

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I’ll keep you posted on what we end up with- and wish me luck when they do finally close that window up next week! :(