May 13th, 2013
I have got to finish up my house. While my dining chair choice is giving me ulcers, I have one purchase I think I can finalize soon…. a floor lamp for the living room. Specifically this corner:
The basket will move and a floor lamp will live there as we need more light in this space until we save up to do recessed lighting in here later on. I have been hemming and hawing about what style lamp to buy but find myself totally attracted to the statement that french designer Serge Mouille’s lamps make in a space. I have a lot of brass in here right now, so something decidedly NON metallic would be great. But sometimes I see these lights independently and think “they are kind of ugly.” They are the definition of ugly/pretty. They look like insects or something, yet they can totally elevate a space from boring to AWESOME.
This application of sconces makes me think “aliens coming to attack this child and bring her back to the mothership”
These two are the real deal Mouille fixtures on 1st Dibs- the floor lamp going for a cool $2,911, and the ceiling fixture will set you back over six grand. Yowzers. So not in my budget. Not even remotely.
Michelle Adams’ apartment featured what I thought was a Mouille lamps but turns out it’s a great replica that will only cost you $575. So we’re back in the game!
From White on White the Praying Mantis lamp (see, I told you it was insect-like) looks almost identical. I think it’s too big though, I’d totally love a single version of this in my space.
Other lamps in the running:
This one from White on White too. Might also be too big though. And a lot of brass.
I love love love love this lamp too. The desktop version is sick too. The clear glass would be great in front of that window!
And this one. Kinda great, right?
or do I just go simple and classic?
May 10th, 2013
I find myself more and more sticking to a rather monochromatic palette so that I can spend more on single items knowing they will go with everything else I have/ am buying. Boring? Perhaps. But I feel most “chic and French” when in black, grey, white and tan. But I cannot live without denim. No way. I love pairing a fancy top with distressed jeans or popping on a denim jacket over a more formal dress. Here are three weekend looks that I want RIGHT NOW. Like, I’m serious. Right now.
Friday Night: top // jeans // earrings // shoes // ring
Saturday Night: dress // clutch // jacket // heels // earrings
Sunday Funday: sweatshirt (**hilarious) // cut offs // bag // sneakers
Speaking of monochromatic…. check out my eBay find I just got back from the upholsterer!!!
Before (are your eyes bleeding?)
After (hello lovvvaaaahhh!)
May 9th, 2013
I don’t know about you guys, but time is FLYING for me lately. And when I’m in that warp-speed phase of life I tend to forget things- dates, names, what I’m doing, holidays….. Now, don’t worry Mom, I prepared this year- but in case you guys are all “Shoot! It’s Mother’s Day this weekend??” here are some ideas that are available right now!
1. Sometimes online flower delivery companies bring….ahem, less then stylish bouquets. But this simple peony arrangement in a mint julep cup is simply gorgeous.
2. Wine. Always. Forever. Pick up on your way to visit, you ARE the reason she drinks after all…. ;)
3. A great book about hand-me-downs and familial style, Heirloom Modern via Amazon.com (overnight it!) or pop into a local book store!
4. Cupcakes! Bake them yourself, or buy a box at one of the zillion cupcake shops out there now. No one hates cupcakes.
5. I have this great popover top from J.Crew and LOVE it (wore it here-follow me!). Flattering on everyone and ageless… oh, and in stock in your local store.
6. A Stella & Dot gift certificate delivered to her inbox instantly! So many fun new things including scarves and bags!
One of you can give your Mom (or yourself perhaps, if you are a tired Mom, or need a break from your Mom, or are trying to become a Mom ….ba-dum-dum!!) a $200 gift certificate for a getaway to the English Meadow Inn in Kennebunkport, Maine! Andrew and I like to jet up there for a little quiet getaway by the ocean and luck you can now have the opportunity to go or give a getaway to someone deserving. Just like their page on Facebook and leave a comment about which room you’d hope to stay in. I’ll pick the winner and email them TOMORROW AFTERNOON AT 4PM (just in case you do want to give this as a gift!)
And this is Bailey the inn’s Goldendoodle. I love him and every time I go I threaten to steal him.