I spent a nice day this weekend wandering through the Museum of Fine Art here in Boston (a must of you are visiting) and kept saying to Andrew how some of the gilt frames on the old works were nearly as stunning as the paintings. I kept imagining what it would be like to have some of the massive, amazing old portraits in your home. Which leads me here- to showcasing modern interiors utilizing old, antique portraits in them. There is something so wonderful about the juxtaposition of the very old and very traditional withing a more modern setting. I think in 2014 you’ll see people incorporate more traditional items into design, be it a small item or a large sofa. What do you think of this look?
I know in a good portion of the country the weather is dipping into historically low temperatures, and so I thought a little sunshine and bright color would do us all a lot of good. Don’t get me wrong, I am not going to be all “it’s after Christmas, therefore let’s talk about spring non-stop”…..oh no! We have a WAYS to go before the s-word is on our tongues. I mean, I saw shorts and bikinis on the “new arrivals” racks at Bloomie’s and nearly had a fit. But when we face below zero temperatures we need a little hope, am I right? And what’s happier than the beach, dining outside and bunches of block prints? Not much! It’s a great time to introduce a new EOS sponsor Pomegranate, Inc too.
How badly do you want to be here right now?
A summery table.
I adore a good block print- I’ve used this paper in a powder room and it’s lovely.
Caftans and tunics in a bohemian print are my FAVORITE thing to wear in the summer (India Hicks looks pretty stunning in this one!)
AHHHHHHHH….. yes please.
So let’s so a little daydreaming about setting a summer table with these awesome block print napkins (I adore the anchor ones and actually got my mom the oven mitts for her new beach house for Christmas!)
Their raffia placemats with inset border are a favorite of mine. But they also have these pom pom trimmed ones and print as well. If tablecloths are more your thing, there is a BEVY in similar prints to the napkins above too!
Kitchen prep with oven mitts and aprons.
These pillows and quilts are SO adorable in little ones rooms.
I mean, come on! The little anchor tunic? I know a few little ladies who would be just DARLING in this!
Back to the frigid temperatures for now….unless you live somewhere warm already, then LUCKY YOU (can I come visit?)
Here in America I think we idolize the French for their style- there are so many books on how to get that perfectly disheveled, cool and luminous look that French women seem to have naturally. I do know two things though- 1) there ARE hot messes in France, not every girl looks perfect 2) it doesn’t come naturally, they work at it. The commandments of French style and beauty seems to be to invest in the best basics and wear them often, spend time and money on your skin so you have to wear less makeup (I plan to embody this for 2014), don’t try to make everything perfect, leave a little bit off (slightly messy hair with a Chanel jacket or short, unpolished nails with a gorgeous silk blouse) and of course, when in doubt, simple is best. I think attitude is important too in French style. In my jaunts to Paris I always am amazed at how much less STRESSED everyone seems. No one storms around with to go Starbucks cups, they sit and savor their coffees and espressos in cafes like civilized people! Stress makes us look haggard (remember Cameron Diaz’s rant in The Holiday?) and the French really seem to embrace a balance in life. Not in the “kumbaya” way but in the “I’ll have some wine and cheese and then walk two miles home through the city ” way.
So here’s some French style eye candy- fashion and a few interiors too- that make me absolutely swoon. Simplicity, lots of black, a mix of new and old and a heap of coolness and relaxed enjoyment. I want THIS to be my look in 2014.
I have always had dreams of renovating (and owning) a teeny tiny cottage somewhere I could escape to. So when I saw the cabin that Smitten Studio’s Sarah Sherman Samuel worked hard to transform, I became- well- smitten!! They took a nondescript, modern shack and turned it into my dream getaway! Check it out!
I love the black exterior with white framed glass doors. LOVE.
What a location!!!
An open and airy living space.
The renovated kitchen looks so fabulous- adore the open shelves, butcher block counters and overall simple, clean look.
The one bedroom in the cottage sleeps 4- the main bed has the fantastic Woods wallpaper by Cole and Sons behind it while the bunk beds on the other side of the room ingeniously have curtains for privacy!
A gorgeous IKEA hack (directions here)
The bathroom was totally redone. See all the before pictures on Sarah’s blog.
Sarah also is a graphic designer- a very talented one- check out the details of this wedding she helped design:
AND she has a cute little company of home goods called A Sunny Afternoon. ADORBS.
AND, did I mention she looks like THIS?
Yeah, that’s a lot of talent in a very pretty package! ( p.s. #notfair )
SHOP THE POST:
(calendar via Note to Self)
2013 was an incredible year for me. Not only did I produce and write a book ( a f@#king book, you guys! A real one!) I also saw my little company grow by leaps and bounds, bought and renovated a house of my very own and got to meet Oprah and shake her hand. OPRAH. It was a year of milestones. One for the books, if you will. But I have found that the more success I achieve, the harder I am on myself to do MORE. Reaching goals once thought unattainable fuel the fire of my imagination and confidence, leaving me overwhelmed with ideas about what else I might be able to do if I work hard enough. Because it’s all possible with hard work and a little luck. ALL OF IT. Andrew is probably rolling his eyes at this rarely heard positivity from me, but it’s true. I never in a million years thought any of the above was possible. And look what happened. So I have some goals for 2014 that are a little less on the “bucket list” side and a more on the “tweaking my life to make it more enjoyable” side.
1. A RENEWED COMMITMENT TO THIS BLOG
I’ve been committed for sure, taking a few days off for the holidays nearly killed me with anxiety and guilt. But I want to bring fresher, exciting , unique content to this site in 2014. It’s given me everything I have (business-wise) so I want to respect that and never phone it in. But one person can only do so much- I toy with bringing on a person or two to post also…. what are your thoughts on that? What else might you want to see?
2. SPEND MORE TIME OUTSIDE
I love being outside, but I don’t try hard enough to spend quality, active time outside. Sitting on the patio drinking wine does not make me “outdoorsy”. I want to hike more. Investigate this amazing part of the country I live in. And other parts too- I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon for example! I want to go! I want to ride horses in Montana on a dude ranch! I want to see New Orleans! Ok, maybe I’ll start with a simple hike….
3. GET BACK INTO YOGA (AND FINALLY START TAKING BARRE CLASSES!)
I used to be a die hard yogi. As I got busier I let my commitment slip. I have taken to half-assed treadmill and weight workouts at the gym instead. But I never feel better then when I get to a couple yoga classes a week and really wring all my tension out. I need to get back into that (especially since Andrew got me that coveted yoga mat for Xmas!) I also want to start taking barre classes, I have a great studio LITERALLY two blocks from my house and a 10 pack of classes waiting for me. JUST GO ERIN! I fear people will laugh me out of the studio, and I need to get over that. I’ll just be all “Go ahead and laugh at my tuck, I’ve met Oprah”.
4. BE MORE CREATIVE FOR CREATIVITY’S SAKE
I love to paint. I’ve painted a few things for my own home that people have asked to buy. I want to make time to paint more. It’s so relaxing (unless I’m hating how it’s coming out and then it’s all curse words and ferocious brush swatting). I want to take my time and work on things slowly. And maybe sell them. But mostly do it for myself. I did get a bachelors degree in it, after all.
5. SPEND MORE TIME BY THE OCEAN
This one should be easy-peasy with the new beach house my parents built this year! But beyond that, I happen to live on the coast of an awesome part of America. I want to drive up to Maine and walk the beach, or just to Rockport and have lunch on the water. It’s rejuvenating and healing and I can think of no place I am happier than by the water. Ok, maybe cuddling in Ryan Goslings arms as we watch The Notebook. Just kidding honey. (Not really).
6. NURTURE MYSELF MORE
When your super, duper busy as I was this year taking care of yourself seems to fall by the wayside. I’ve been drinking too much wine. And not eating the best food I can (I was introduced to the McDonald’s Snack Wrap this year and HOT DAMN.) I can feel knots in my shoulders and my skin looks sallow. No matter how busy 2014 is I want to take better care of myself. Cook better food, take the time to pamper myself a little, and drink less wine ( but French women drinks lots of wine and they look good so do I really have to?)
7. GO TO ITALY WITH ANDREW
We’ve been talking about this for months, and I want to just BOOK a trip to Italy with Andrew for the spring. We deserve it. He is so awesome to travel with (me- not so much- I pretty much turn into Linda Blair if faced with a plane delay). I have amassed a ton of Amex points and we just need to DO IT. The last time I was in Italy I was 16 with my all girls boarding school peers and it was the most magical trip ever- I can’t imagine how fabulous it would be now! The question is- Rome and Florence? Florance and Tuscany? Rome and Poisitano?
8. INVEST MORE IN MY BUSINESS
(print via The Eveverygirl)
I may talk the talk, but I’m not walking the walk as fully as I could be. I’m financially really conservative most of the time and spending money scares me. But I need to BELIEVE in what I’m doing and INVEST in it. This year might be tough as I also plan on investing in my house and starting that addition renovation we so desperately need (one full bathroom is not working), but I can do more for my business and NEED to. Investing in myself and my business is a vote of confidence in myself I need to cast.
Thank you all for such an amazing year, all your support, comments, letters and hellos when we cross paths out in the world. I hope you all have a wonderful New Year!