Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Things that make me smile...

Hello everyone!  Welcome back from the long weekend.  I so enjoyed the extra day off yesterday and am happy to officially kick off the summer holiday!  Today I am feeling inspired by the subtle hints of yellow in the pictures below....what's making you smile today?

vintage book with yellow flowers

vintage tea cups

vintage spools of thread

mustard colored clutch

Friday, May 27, 2011

Interior of the Week

I'm just going to put this out there and say, I think Bertoia chairs go with every style.  This week's interior is a perfect example.  I love the blend of feminine, romantic, and modern. 

bertoia chairs_dining room

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fashion Files - Date Night

Mike and I like to try and have a date night at least once a month.  It's a chance for us to leave our phones, laptops and everything behind to devote our full attention to one another and I always look forward to these nights!

It's always nice to get a little done up for the occasion, even if we are just grabbing dinner at our favorite, local, hole-in-the-wall eatery.  I like this look because the blazer makes it a little more casual and the accessories add a nice touch of color to the otherwise neutral pallette.  Do you do date night with your significant other?  What are some of your favorite looks for the occasion - do you dress up or stay casual?
date night outfit inspiration_ideas

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Trend Alert - Busts

I've noticed busts popping up everywhere in interior design lately and I have to say it's a trend I am really into. I just love the mix of old with new and the presence and sort of unexpectedness it can bring to a room. I am going to be on the hunt for vintage busts for our shop and maybe even one for our house. I think it would be a great addition to our dining room!trend alert_busts
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Monday, May 23, 2011

Gifts for the Hostess

With Memorial Day approaching and officially kicking off the start of summer there is no doubt many of you will be attending backyard parties and weekend visits with friends who live in fun summer destinations.  I am a firm believer in never showing up empty handed and always having something special for the hostess to show your gratitude.  Here are some of my favorite hostess gift ideas.

gifts for the hostess

Friday, May 20, 2011

Interior of the Week

I am so in love with this week's space.  The huge windows and natural light flowing through are absolutely amazing.  I love the simplicity of the decor - magazine and books used as coffee table legs, the old salvaged bench as a couch.  I am also obsessing over that sink on the industrial, salvaged metal base.  I might have to steal that idea for our guest bathroom renovation. 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Travel by Design - The White House

I am so ready to jump on a plane and head to Australia to vist this amazing home, The White House, which can be rented out for photo shoots or holidays. The home was built in the 1850s and is an old brick miner's cottage featuring fireplaces, a private garden, clawfoot bathtubs, all the ingredients needed for a perfect vacation. The home is also filled with beautiful vintage furniture and industrial lighting.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fashion Illustrations by Leanne Marshall

I stumbled across these gorgeous fashion illustrations in Leanne Marshall's etsy shop the other day. I haven't visited her shop in a while and was thrilled to find these beautiful hand drawn, original illustrations along with some incredible wedding gowns.  Leanne was one of my all time favorite contestants of Project Runway and these illustrations remind me of some of the designs she did on the show.  I am definitely adding them to my wish list. 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Fresh Flower Inspiration

I thought we would start off the week with a little floral inspiration.  I love fresh flowers around the house.  They are a small luxury that I think adds so much to a room or a table.  It's always nice to have something a little unexpected or unusual in a flower arrangement.  It can really elevate a simple grocery store bouquet.  These are some simple ideas for vases that I really love. 

burlap wrapped vase

succulents in silver glasses

flowers in vintage tin

yarn wrapped flower vases

Friday, May 13, 2011

Interior of the Week

This week's interior is amazing...being currently stuck in an inspiration rut when it comes to hanging art in our living room, I am absolutely in love with this simple and unfussy art wall.  I love the mix of frames and styles of art and the dark gray (almost black) wall is so impactful.


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Travel by Design - Ace Hotel New York

This week we are packing our bags and heading to Ace Hotel in New York. I've heard so many amazing things about the Ace Hotel chain and am looking forward to visiting their Portland location in November but until then I will drool over the incredible interiors online, especially the NYC locale which includes awesome little room details like Smeg fridges, turntables, and vintage furniture.  

ace hotel new york

ace hotel new york

ace hotel new york

ace hotel new york

ace hotel new york

ace hotel new york

ace hotel new york