Friday, December 12, 2014

The Tree!


As much as I don't love milestone birthdays (oh, the pressure!)  I DO love special gifts that mark a milestone.  I spotted this C. Jere tree at Retro wanderlust some time ago, and what a surprise to walk, bleary eyed, into my kitchen on my birthday morning and to see it in the dining room topped with a mylar bow!  My husband had been hiding it in the garage, and apparently my older daughter, accidentally in on it, has been giving him knowing and meaningful looks every time I talk about my birthday, or anything remotely related.

There are a couple of spots where this tree could ultimately land, but for now I love it right where it is: visible when I walk in the front door, when I am standing at the kitchen island, and every time I come down the stairs.

I love that this will be part of my girls home memories: remember that golden tree with the birds nest and three tiny eggs?  Eleri is already promising to polish the brass leaves.  All of this is just further proof that decorating can be magic.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

This is 40

Well, it came.  My 40th birthday.  I woke up, just the same.  Don't feel any different.  Except maybe relieved that it is no longer in front of me.

I will linger on this no longer, only to say that I decided that I wanted a couple of specific gifts, and that I would selectively treat myself to them.

1. Artwork

One of the things that has been so great about getting all the furniture and big statement items done around here is hanging artwork.  We don't "need" anything more, but I love that there are little spots here and there to fill over the years.  For now, I wanted something small and colorful and not too pricey.

Mequitta Ahuja, "Dream Sequence: Winged" 8x10

Just discovered Grove and Ceremony through Joslyn, who I believe also has a birthday today!


2. A rug for the kitchen

This is one of the last pieces for the house.  I often take up the kitchen rug in the summer, but it is decidedly winter around here.




These are all vintage persian rugs from eSale rugs, which is where I got my entry rug.  The top one one here is my favorite but its dimensions are not as good--it is several inches wider than the others.


3. a Serious, grown-up bag

I haul a lot of stuff around, almost all the time.  And my bags are shot.  The thing is, I'm not much of a handbag girl, so doing the research is a snore.  But the idea is to invest in something that I cancarry all the time for the next 5 years (or more!)


These are some that caught my eye.  Top row: Ellington handbags.  Bottom row: Madewell.

4. A really good design book


I bought this for myself, and then my favorite design-loving Aunt sent it to me, too.  Great minds!  I read it cover to cover this weekend.  It features the homes of a collection of the designers influencers, and it is totally fascinating to see how she has indeed drawn inspiration from varied sources to create her own totally distinctive style.


5. Surprise!

And then my husband surprised me with an AMAZING vintage C. Jere tree sculpture from my favorite vintage emporium, retro wanderlust.  It reminds me of the delicate bronze min-statues my grandmother had when I was growing up, only, you know, 5 feet tall.

Photo coming soon!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Tweaking a Girls Room

Wow, it's December!
Where has this year gone?

Just popping in to share some updates to my niece's room plan.
Originally, my brother and sister-in-law were feeling inspired by a page from the Land of Nod catalog.  See the inspired boards we came up with, here.

Flash forward some months and they decided to hand their own mattress down to Lael, and it is a Queen, while the wicker headboard we selected only comes in a Full.  After thinking it over, we agreed that an upholstered headboard would be more practical anyway.  I sent over a number of tweaks, but we all agree this is the most "Lael,"


Can't wait to put it all together!



Monday, November 17, 2014

Styling--Liz Caan Kitchen three ways

The other day I shared my obsession with heart art, and used an awesome kitchen by Liz Caan as an illustration.  When I was writing the post, I could not initially remember in which magazine I had seen the kitchen, so, naturally, I googled it.

Though various internet machinations, I ended up finding several versions of this kitchen--each with different art.  Amazing how one painting can change the feel of a room, no?



And what looks to be an earlier iteration of the space:


Here she uses a mirror in place of the art and a bell jar lantern in place of the visual comfort star flushmount.  The floors are much more traditional, a little bit "country," and a cheeky framed poster hangs where there is now a wooden island.

Don't you just love seeing the way spaces evolve?  Which is your favorite?



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Art you can afford: Heart Art for you, Heart Art for me

As it turns out, plenty of retailers are in on the heart art trend.  I found pieces in many colors, sizes, and price points.  shall we?



Shown in relative scale.  Clockwise(ish) from left:

Multi-heart print (I love that this is a play on Damien Hirst's dot paintings): Saatchi Gallery online, both original and prints available (scale here is the large print.  Prints are reasonable, original is expensive.)

Neon pink heart poster, with write-in box: ElasticCo, through Domino
I worked with this poster's maker on projects long ago.  She is awesome and deserves her own post.

Chartreuse, pink, and ted (you know I love this color combo): Saatchi gallery online, both original and prints available at this scale (prints are reasonable, original is expensive)

Cartier Heart Strings, gold leaf: Natural Curiosities, to the trade.  Contact me for pricing

Love Letters Collection, Blue: Natural Curiosities, to the trade.  Contact me for pricing

Big heart (I used this print in this little girl's room): Minted, available in many sizes and frame options

Tiny black heart: Natural Curiosities, to the trade.  Contact me for pricing

Gold heart: Serena and Lily,  love the sparkle!

What do you think: would you go for the heart?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I Heart Heart Art

For some time now, I have been obsessed with the graphic punch of very simple heart art.

I already have one version in my office gallery wall--the sweet valentine my older daughter made me at school when she was maybe 2 or 3.  (I love that it has the letters to spell "Hug me," but that it is all jumbled up.)



This art wall was the first thing I did when we moved into this house.  Four years later, I've barely changed a thing--updating some old collages of my daughter's to her Warhol-inspired soup cans, here.  See my original post about hanging this gallery wall, here.

Now what I am really craving is the super-simple heart.

Liz Caan, HGTV Magazine

I was thinking I needed a red heart like this more the girls' bathroom, but then, when the brown and white stripes went up in the laundry room, I REALLY wanted the bold simplicity of it in there.

Tomorrow I'll round up some options that are currently available!

Just for fun, some other excellent heart art.






So versatile.  Trendy?  A bit.  But really, what could be more classic than the symbol for love?



Friday, November 7, 2014

All I want for my 40th Birthday is a Missoni stair runner

Is that so wrong?


(sneak peek of the happy hallway)

I love that either of these striped runners (in the photo above and in the design board, below) pretty much encapsulates the whole palette of the house, and plays well with all the rugs it touches.

Here is the "rug story" for the main floor of the house.  



The runner (middle, below), can be seen most directly next to the moroccan jute sisal dining room rug and the afghani wool entry rug (bottom right and bottom left, respectively).  The beni ourain is in the living room and the green concentric diamond in the master.

Those stripes.  Super fun, right?

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