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…
An incredible chest and gilt mirror…
A very cool rope wrapped chair and cane back barstool…
A wood chest and peacock mirror…
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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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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. :)
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.
Vintage gilt wood could be cool too…
Brass framed options- maybe too much brass.
Love these simple mirror framed Venetian styles too!
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.
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! :(
I saw these amazing custom paper cocktail napkins by Emily McCarthy last night and thought “why do we only have these made up for weddings and other milestone events??” I want to start living like every day is a party- and be armed to throw an impromptu get-together should the feeling (and crowd) strike! I think ordering yourself a set of beautifully monogrammed napkins ($35 for 50) is a little luxury that makes you feel special. Because everyday should be a little special- even if it’s dressing up take out pizza and bottled beer!
(these look like high end monogrammed linen napkins!)
And why not share a new favorite drink recipe to GO with those cocktail napkins? I love grapefruit, Prosecco and St. Germain so this mixes them ALL together in a luscious summer cocktail (I prefer mine in a champagne glass and a twist of lemon for visual stimulation.) :)
522 North Pickney Cocktail (via Bon Appetit)
2 cups fresh pink grapefruit juice
1/2 cup St. Germain
1/4 cup Campari
1 bottle chilled sparkling wine/ prosecco
Combine juice, St. Germain and Campari in a bowl or pitcher. Chill until cold. Divide among glasses and top with sparkling wine.
And while we’re talking about monogrammed things typically reserved for weddings, I also want to have a bowl of my own personalized matches in the living room for people to take when they come visit. Whenever I go out to a restaurant, hotel or store (I’m looking at you Hudson Boston) I love grabbing a little book of matches ( or sometimes four or five like a kleptomaniac). It would be a cute little reminder for friends of fun nights at your house!
There is a great selection at For Your Party! Check these out:
In fact, I may have to get a bunch to bring to my book signing parties this fall (I’m looking at you readers in Boston, NYC, D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and San Francisco)!
When the weather starts getting warmer I find myself drawn to more bohemian styles, particularly block prints, a long standing personal favorite. Kalyana Textiles is a new small business that specializes in lovely home goods that are hand printed in India providing families there a sustainable source of income. It’s such a great business model and look at how fetching these prints are! And just for you, enjoy free shipping on your order through April 15th by using the code “EOSSHIP”. ( FYI- US orders only!)
The printing process in action.
Along with pillows, they sell quilts, napkins and tea towels.
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