Small Town Charm

Andrew and I rang in 2015 quietly, just us and the dogs, at my parents beach house on the CT shore.  After a busy, crazy year it was exactly what I wanted for my last night of 2014.  On New Years Day we had no plans so I suggested we go walk around the nearby town of Essex, CT.  I hadn’t been there in probably a decade or more and I recalled my parents saying it was a lovely little town.

Man, were they right! As soon as we pulled down Main Street I was ready to jump out of the car, itching to take pictures.  The incredible old homes simply blew my mind, and since it was holiday time, the whole town was decorated perfectly- no inflatables or plastic- just lovely greenery, bows and lights.  Andrew said this town made him feel like skipping. I agreed!  I grew up driving around with my dad looking at houses in pretty towns (or “real estalking” as we call it now) and as an adult I find that I now do just that for fun too! So we did!

This little situation nearly had me in tears it’s so good. Those windows??
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Parisian Style at Home & On You!

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Over the weekend I picked up a copy of How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are and dove right in, as it’s well known that anything Parisian-inspired bring me to my knees muttering “show me the way!”  This book is very tongue in cheek, some of it making me wonder if these ladies were being sarcastic or brutally honest, but I loved the take-away’s regarding style, attitude and beauty.

These are the four women who penned the book- and just by looking at them I would sign up for any style lessons they have to offer.

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Good Things Come in Small Packages

Shelter magazines have been letting me down lately- a bevy of them just full of way too lofty, astronomically high end and even flat out disappointing features. I was delighted to find the new issue of House Beautiful to be quite interesting this month though- one I didn’t just absentmindedly flip through! A total mix of styles and sizes, I found myself looking at it a couple times and reading more of the articles, which honestly I haven;t felt compelled to do in a while!

My favorite space was the smallest one- which is no surprise as I LOVE tiny things. Tiny houses, tiny animals– you name it, if it’s super small I am ON BOARD.  This space was a unique top floor one bedroom in Manhattan that was gutted and renovated to create the most soothing, simple space ever- and BONUS, it has one hell of a roofdeck. Please pardon my crappy iPhone snaps and pick up the issue to see them for real :)
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Made in the U.S.A- Faribault Woolen Mill

One of my brothers tagged me in an Instagram picture he took of a visit to Faribault Woolen Mills in Faribault, MN the other day. He suggested I check out the company’s story- and I had to share it with you too.  In a time when so many products are made overseas, I love finding small businesses that still craft their goods in America.  And Faribault has an interesting story too- founded in 1865 this mill is the last standing vertical mill in the US.  Still in the same location, and using many century old machines alongside new technology to craft these gorgeous blankets and throws.  In 2009 the mill had to close but in 2011 two local businessmen rescued it, reopened it and since then it’s been a wonderful comeback story!  George Clooney ordered blankets for the cast of one of his movies, they were featured on ABC’s World News Tonight and now they’ve landed an amazing deal with another very famous Minnesota company (more on that after the jump…)
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From the Someday Files…

While I was flying around the country I had the time to read ALL the magazines.  One that really paid of well was Coastal Living- especially this spread of a cool Hampton’s home where this amazing pink sofa lives a very happy life.  It got me thinking about how much I love a good pink English roll arm sofa.  I swear, someday I’ll have either an office or a den with one.

Against the deep grey walls it’s completely fetching.
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