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NC Antiquing

August 8th, 2013

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??

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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!

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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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Office Space- MO Style

August 7th, 2013

I completely LOVED the offices of fashion retailer Moda Operandi featured in this month’s Architectural Digest.  The pink walls, the mix of modern, traditional, new and vintage I think this space is happy, feminine and yet polished.  But what else would expect from Lauren Santo Domingo?

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The neon sign is SUCH a fun touch.

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A great example of layering well.

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I die over the dressing room- it’s like being transported to a Paris atelier!

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Mixing patterns is tricky, and this is a bold example of it, but somehow it works!

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Want this style for your own office or living room? Here are some items to get it!

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Birthday Wishes

August 6th, 2013

I’m 34 today. Holy hell, I can’t really believe it. How did I get to be so old so fast?? (I’m sure my mom and dad are wondering the same thing). At least along with the insult of grey hairs and age spots comes PRESENTS (and a bit o’ wisdom)…

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What I Want: A New Tan Leather Bag (Celine-ha, right or this Reed Krakoff)  As fall approaches it’s time to toss my old, nasty tan bag from many, many years past and upgrade to a new grown up one. While the Celine will likely NEVER happen in my lifetime (sob), this Reed Krakoff might if I play my cards right (i.e. work my ass off)

What I Need: Less Stuff  My purses (and all other parts of my life and house) are full of knick knacks and stuff I don’t need. A cluttered life leads to a cluttered mind.  I want to get rid of everything I don’t need- specifically the thirteen half gone lipglosses, half eaten packs of gum, 32 pens, ratty business cards of people I don’t recall meeting and the like….

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What I Want: A New (Smaller) Watch  I am OBSESSED with this vintage, rarely seen Cartier Obus Gold Watch.  I also love the Tank Anglaise Two Tone.  Or maybe even go back to a leather strap?? I’m kind of craving a switch from my big, heavy Michael Kors men’s style watch.

What I Need: More Time I feel like time is passing at such a rapid clip that I am never going to be able to catch up or enjoy a solitary moment. I have a lot to accomplish in the next 5 months, but I also want to enjoy the time too and not just fret about what needs to get done.  There never seem to be enough hours in the day, but I have to find a way to make do and take it all in.

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What I Want: A Large David Burdeny photo for above my sofa I think this would just be breathtaking on a large scale, frameless printed on lucite panel, above my new sofa (yes, I’m getting another one)

What I Need: To Travel More  While I always want to go back to Paris, I really want to spend more time (and money) traveling abroad.  Italy. Spain. Ireland. And other parts of France (the southern coast, perhaps?) I want to get lost in a far away place.

 

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What I Want: I New Bathrobe  Something silly I could certainly get myself but always forget to.  Black, washable (I spill a lot of coffee) and not too long or short- this Gap robe has my name written all over it.

What I Need: More Sleep I stress a lot during the day, but I stress even more at night.  I have a to do list a mile long and I add to it every night as I lay there thinking of all the OTHER things I need to do (along with things like what if I die of amysterious disease, or my dogs run away, or my hair all falls out….)  I need to take some deep breaths and let myself sleep more so I can get more done during my awake hours.

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What I Want: New Dishes (the Juliska Country Estate ) and Gold Flatware I want to have more options in setting my table now that I have a real house to entertain in!  I didn’t register for the china I would want now when I got married so I’d like to make up for that as a grown up!

What I Need: To Cook More I want to learn to cook more and BETTER.  Too often we take shortcuts when making dinners (i.e. ordering out or Old El Paso taco kits)  I would love to make fresher, yummy food.

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What I Want: A Classic Burberry Trench and Perfect Vince Leather Jacket I will have both of these someday, they are complete staples and I know I’d wear them FOREVER.

What I Need: To Buy Better but Less My closet is full of craaaaaaaaap.  I have so many things, but I dislike and don’t wear at least 50% of them. It’s scary to spend a lot on one item, but I’ve proven to myself that when I do, I actually DO wear it way more and longer than the cheaper, trendier items I buy.  It’s another step towards adulthood (since I’m well into it I should get on board).

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What I Want: New Boots I love these Tory riding boots and over the knee Stuart Weitzmans- and I need some badly.

What I Need: To Walk More  I walk enough with my dogs, but I do drive more since I moved out of the city.  I’d like to get back to taking a lot more walks (and hikes too, in the woods- just not in these boots)

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What I Want: Lasers Pointed at My Face I’m so beyond a good facial at this point.

What I Need: More Self Acceptance  I’m never going to have the skin of Gwyneth.  And I am not 22 anymore.  There are so many more amazing things to spend money on then trying to fight father time.  I need to invest in things that make me happy and less stressed, as that’s the best beauty treatment out there. Plus, I still get carded sometimes so that’s an ego boost. :)

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What I Want: Cake

What I Need: Cake

 

(Also accepted but not listed would be a baby elephant, baby goat, new roof, widened driveway, third dog, private jet and Ryan Gosling).

A Little Mountain Vacay

August 5th, 2013

I just got back last night from a great long weekend at the The Inn at Biltmore in North Carolina. What a gorgeous part of our country I’ve never seen! It’s always nice to go back down south with the hubs since he’s from there, and it makes me so glad a married a southern gentleman!  There really is more of a sense of propriety and chivalry down south.

This was the view we had from the hotel porch…. amazing, right?

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There is a winery on the property, which of course made me happy.  I loved the pink label on the sparkling one.

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We took a lot of walks on the property, especially down to the farm where they had a big kitchen garden and lots of animals.

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 Chickens, especially.

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The first morning we decided to take a long walk and came upon the most magnificent field of sunflowers that completely blew my mind.

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It went on forever along the walking path!!!

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After lots of exploring, they had the perfect porch to imbibe in some of their wine on.

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We also got over to the Grove Park Inn, which has the MOST amazing patio for dining I’ve ever seen in the States. I mean, every table is outside with this view. Andrew’s sister is getting married here in the fall and I can;t wait to see this area during that season!

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 I was soooooo excited to see the actual Biltmore Estate- the Downton Abbey theme song playing in my head as we drove up.

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I mean, this thing is massive beyond your wildest dreams!  And so full of intricate details and history that you could spend a whole day walking it’s halls and gardens.

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A stunning stairwell.

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Equally stunning conservatory (I wasn’t supposed to be taking pictures but I snuck a couple in!)

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The ceilings were all magnificent- and each one different.

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And the gardens, oh my, the gardens.

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But the best view? My ADORABLE niece (who is quite enamored with her “Big Unc”)

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A big thanks to my in-laws who took us on this trip (among many others) and to the girls at The Good Hound, who babysat my furry lovebugs while we were gone (call them if you live in my area- great for walking and playgroups too!)

 

 

Happy Friday.

August 2nd, 2013

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I’m taking a breather today since I’m finally on a mini-break in the North Carolina mountains.  Hope you guys understand and I’ll see you Monday with a fashion post (it’s my birthday week so ya know, lots of fun wishlists!) Happy Weekend Y’all!