Barbara Bush’s NYC Apartment + Her Artist Boyfriend (He’s Good!)

Obviously my blog has nothing to do with politics (unless it’s related to Scandal or House of Cards, of course) but when I saw the cute NYC apartment of Barbara Bush via I wanted to share. To me her place feels like a great example of a personal home.  The items in her space all seem to have a story behind them- from a blanket found with her mom on an antiquing trip to a painting done of her cat by her former president father (which is kinda cute, right?) to African masks from her work on that continent.  This is a wonderful example of a space reflecting your life story, and the best bonus? She shares this townhouse with two other friends, each with their very own take on personal decor- check out all three apartments in the article!


I am loving this giant cactus! It’s like a piece of sculpture and also reminds her of her home state of Texas.


I die over that mantle, original to the apartment.  Also, let’s talk about how the grey violet wall color is kind of perfect for a modern yet feminine backdrop- for this look try Farrow & Ball’s Callaluna or Brassica!  The cross was bought on a trip to Peru and the photographs are of her favorite artists bought in New Orleans.


A New Place to Hunt for the Home

The founders of One Kings Lane have launched a new site for home decor fans called Hunter’s Alley, a site for buying and selling antique or second hand goods for the home.  From a vintage chair to a current Jonathan Adler light fixture from someone’s home for less than retail, it’s going to quickly be a great resource for those trying to decorate their home with unique and interesting pieces or find a good score.  All items listed are reviewed by the staff at Hunter’s Alley so no junk makes it on the site (unlike eBay and Craigslist).  Here are some items I found that were cool, but search the site for something you may have been lusting after for your home or create a profile to sell some stuff you may have on hand!


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NC Antiquing

While I was in Asheville, NC I got a tip from my brother about Antique Tobacco Barn a GIANT warehouse full of goodies.   I would need a whole day to really go through this place, but in my quick walk through I spotted some great finds (at great prices too!)

I would have loved to use this old US map in a kid’s room- as well as a pair of these leather and brass nailhead twin headboards!!!! So awesome for a little boys room!

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These marble feet are SO Kelly Wearstler.  I wish I could have shipped them home for under a fortune.  And this chair was like $100 and in amazing shape.

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Some incredible old doors!

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How amazing would this be refinished as a kitchen island??


These brass and wood chairs slayed me. SLAYED me. And this spool bed would be so awesome redone in high gloss black paint!

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A pair of awesome chairs!


A great set of metal chairs for a country kitchen and a pair of campaign secretaries that would have been amazing redone in a high gloss color. Or black. I like painting everything black. :)

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I love blue and white china and loved this set of plates when I saw them from afar- upon closer inspection I got a good laugh!

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Anne should snap these up.

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Currently Loving: Spindle/Spool Beds

I am currently using a classic spool bed in a beach house project I’m working on and am really feeling quite into them for all sorts of spaces.  Especially when lacquered a glossy dark color like this amazing space by the fabulous Tilton Fenwick ladies.


I simply ADORE this room- the traditional paper mixed with the modern side table and bold punches of chartreuse are just perfect! Such a happy space!


Clean, classic and lots of spindles and spools…. chairs are my OTHER favorite use of spindles.


Monochromatic, soothing and serene.


Sheryl Crow’s bedroom even has one. Like most things, I love the black!


A more modern version of the spool…..


You can search eBay, Etsy and antique shops and flea markets for vintage ones that you can have painted with a dramatic high gloss paint!


I love this vintage spindle daybed from 1st Dibs– could be a great bench for a living room or large entry!


These two are available in various finishes and colors.



I quite this this one from Noir


This one is rather dramatic!


Brimfield 2013

At some point I will do Brimfield right, which is to say I’ll spend two full days there. It’s SO MUCH to take in in one day and it’s exhausting! But off we went yesterday, myself, Lindsey and Sarah Winchester (who took these awesome pictures). Fueled by coffee and fried foods we covered a lot of ground in our 5 hours there. It’s still over-priced but you can find really good deals… if only I had I big budget and a store to fill!!!


I’ve been cut off from buying antlers for the house. Otherwise….




How friggin’ AWESOME are these??


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WHY DID I NOT BUY THE PAIR OF THESE??? So awesome, they spun around, were in great shape and would have been killer in my sunroom. Such an idiot.


We have never seen more dogs (real and statue) then we did yesterday. I was in heaven. I spent more time petting dogs than antiquing I think.


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Um, awesome much?



The people watching is fantastic too. Such characters.


I saw this piece and died over the detail on the doors….


This is the only thing that came home with me. It was SUCH a great deal and I am sure I’ll have a client who wants it redone as a media stand, bench or toy cabinet…. can you imagine it in high gloss grey with the gold hardware???


And Sarah got a CRAZY deal on this leopard carpet… not exactly antique, but after paying for my stair runner (I got it!) I know how amazing the price was. And I am so happy my leopard fever is rubbing off on others!


Did any of you go? Any great finds?