Archive for August, 2008

Wedding Sign-Off

August 28, 2008

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I’m taking a break from blogging for a few days. With the wedding on Saturday and with family flying in from Australia, Sweden, England, Canada, and from all over the States, things around here are hectic but so exciting too!

I’ll be back Monday with tons of stories and photos…so check back soon! In the meantime, feel free to explore the archives, have a great weekend, and wish me luck!

Image courtesy of The Knot

Have a Seat

August 26, 2008

I recently scored this nifty chair from my grandmother’s garage. The frame of it is lovely—very chic Parisian salon—but the upholstery says Delta Airlines circa 1989. So I’m scheming about how to refinish it…

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I love this pink zigzag print from Rubie Green, and knowing that it’s 100% organic cotton would make the chair extra comfy. The print is called "East Village", and the dyes are all water-based and non-toxic too.

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Speaking of pink, the Savoir chair from Crate and Barrel comes in sumptuous raspberry velvet. I can totally see my chair finished in something similar. Maybe I’d even throw in some brass nailheads as well.

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I’ve adored this Sophie Chair in zebra print cow hide since I saw it a while back at Calypso Home in Nolita. I know that zebra is the new coral—overused and a total decorating cliche—but it’s so fun and funky, and a great way to bring pattern into a room while maintaining a neutral color scheme. And I do like the weathered white finish on the wood.

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Finally, the Unniko print from Marimekko is a classic, and here it is reinterpreted in soft beiges and mouse greys. I’d stain the arms and legs of the chair a glossy black and toss in a few brightly colored pillows to punch things up a bit.

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But all that will have to wait…I’m picking up my maid of honour from the airport today and the wedding planning is kicking into high gear. I’ll have lots of great wedding projects to share. Can’t wait!

Crazy Day…

August 25, 2008

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Today’s one of those days when posting just isn’t an option—especially considering that the cable guy only just came to hook up our internet! Between the wedding and the move, things around here are nuts…but I promise to post something great tomorrow. In the meantime please feel free to explore the archives. And have a sweet day!

Image courtesy of Kate French/Sarah Kaye

Color Me In

August 22, 2008

We’re picking up the keys to the new apartment today and I’m so excited to get in there, take some measurements, draw up floor plans and just generally start to make it into a home. Something about the sunny weather and the intense light here in California has got me yearning to inject lots more color than we had in our cool, grey Brooklyn abode (more on my love of grey here). The new issue of Domino is filled with so many terrific inspiration images to this effect that I had to scan them in and share…

I love the idea of painting just one wall in the living room a deep purple. It would be such a dramatic statement and would provide a terrific backdrop to our neutral furniture—just as the lavender does here for those fabulous Gustavian cabinets.
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This peacock blue is perfect for the bathroom. I’d maybe do only the top half of the walls, and leave the bottom half a bright, glossy white. And don’t you love how the yellow cushion pops against all those blues?
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Speaking of yellow, the color on these cabinets is divine. If I recall, the apartment currently has grungy white wood cupboards in the kitchen, and a vivid mustard hue might be just what the doctor ordered for perking things up.
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I adore the look of painted wood furniture, as on the cabinet in this photo. We have a chest of drawers that is currently just unfinished pine, and I’d really like to try a faux weathered finish on it. But I’m afraid it won’t turn out as nicely as what I’m envisioning in my head, as I’ve never done a project like that before. Has anyone had success with faux finishes on wood furniture?
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And then, after throwing all this amazing color our way, Domino has to go and flip the switch by showcasing the incredible re-do that Tori Mellot did on her Manhattan apartment. How can I possibly paint my house purple, peacock and mustard when there are so many delicious shades of taupe and beige to be had? Love that striped wallpaper, too. There must be a happy medium between colorful and neutral—and I’m so excited to get into our new place and start searching for that balance!
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All images courtesy of Domino Magazine.

Savvy Baby Giveaways!

August 21, 2008

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To celebrate her gorgeous new site design and to ring in the new school year, my favourite moms and kids blog A Savvy Baby has been hosting a giveaway per day all this week! It’s not to late to pop over and enter to win amazing prizes like these adorable earth-friendly shopping bags from b.happybags. Love the new look, Savvy!

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Belgian Linen: Even Better than Belgian Waffles

August 21, 2008

I’m a total sucker for anything linen. There’s just something so attractive about a fabric that looks its best when wrinkled. Linen fosters a homey and easygoing vibe that’s still so refined and ‘in the know’ when it comes to style—sort of like a French woman who puts seemingly no effort into her appearance but manages to look more and more beautiful with each passing day.

On my last wistful trip to ABC Carpet and Home I discovered a Belgian linen company called Libeco Home. Fortunately for me, they have an extensive online retail outpost, so I can get my European linen fix from anywhere with a wireless connection. Isn’t technology wonderful? 

These pillows in their Napoli Vintage collection were the first to catch my eye. It’s hard to tell from this photo, but the colors and weave have the same worn-in appeal as your favourite pair of jeans. I’d throw a bunch on my couch and settle in for a nap.
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The Basics Collection is actually a dangerous proposition. These fine-weave sheets and pillow cases are so soft and luxurious that you might never leave bed…
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I couldn’t resist this photo of the Leon Floor Cushion. How adorable is that little guy? So relaxed and lounge-y, comfortable and carefree. Yet still a gorgeous addition to any family…and the kid is pretty cute too…
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I’m not usually into patterned linens, but these Rivedoux pillow cases have such a spare, homespun simplicity about them. They would make any bedroom seem like a sunbleached artist’s loft in Bruxelles. 
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Of course what’s a linen company without a proper selection of tableclothes? And Libeco doesn’t disappoint. This French Country runner an napkins makes me want to run to the market for a crusty baguette and a jar of apricot preserves.

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Host a Sunday brunch for the girls and set the table with these Cornelia towels. Pink striped trim goes perfectly with mimosas and whipped-cream pain doré!
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And finally, these Hamilton pyjamas are designed for men, but I’d wear them anyway. They’re perfect for lounging in bed with a steaming hot latte and the Times Sunday Magazine…Okay, who am I kidding? Forget the Times and pass me a copy of Us Weekly! 
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All images courtesy of Libeco Home.

Would-Be Bridal Shower

August 20, 2008

Here’s the promised bridal shower board inspired by the Sandra Lane photo in the top left corner. I didn’t have a bridal shower myself, but if I had I would have wanted it to be like this one: girly but sophisticated with a touch of granny chic. The decor? Rich, saturated colours like peacock and fuchsia, and sensual textures like velvet and cashmere. Plus lots of yummy treats—cupcakes! candy!—and luxe favors—tocca candles! Heavenly!

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Image Credits
Row 1: Sandra Lane, 3.1 Philip Lim via Neiman Marcus, Valentino via Neiman Marcus, Kate French
Row 2: Martha Stewart, Kate Spade, Marlene Earrings by Erin Gallagher Jewelry, Roses Cache Pot by Global Table
Row 3: Sophia Blooms cotton lawn fabric at Repro Depot, Tocca, Weeds Pocketfold Invitation by Kiss and Tell Cards on Etsy, Martha Stewart
Row 4: Brides.com, Amanda Colton via Snippet and Ink, Gwinnett Lane place setting by Kate Spade, Stila via Ulta Beauty

Have a delicious day, and don’t forget to head to Coco + Kelly’s wedding inspiration board Flickr set to vote for your favourite finalist!

Coco + Kelly Finalist!

August 19, 2008

Oh Boy! I just popped over to Coco + Kelley and discovered that my inspiration board is amongst the three that she has featured on the blog! Coco’s narrowed it down to a total twelve finalists out of 90 submissions, and it’s such an honor to have been selected from so many beautiful and unique entries. Be sure to visit the Flickr set and leave a comment for your favourite (hint, hint!). Congrats to all the finalists and to all the participants in general—it takes courage and creativity just to get your act in gear and enter a board. And thanks again to Coco for hosting such a fun and inspiring contest!

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Apothecary Jars and More: English Creek Gardens

August 19, 2008

Ok, here’s a quickie on the AMAZING resource I discovered for apothecary jars to display the 60 pounds of white candy at the wedding reception. The store is called "English Creek Gardens",
and not only do they have an incredible selection of jars, they’re a
terrific source for all things rustic-y for the home and patio.

This little squat lidded tureen has such personality!
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And these tall pedestal jars will look so regal filled with Dutch mints and jordan almonds.
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I’d love to get one of these cloche terrariums for the new apartment. I’d do a little planting of some moss and an orchid perhaps…
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…and faux-bois cache pots make a charming home for a few delicate ferns.
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Finally, these copper planters could look gorgeous filled with herbs and placed by the front door. What a lovely "Welcome Home" that would make!
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Now I’m off to a meeting with our wedding photographer. We’re getting down to the wire!

Eagle Has Landed: Now Down to Business

August 18, 2008

I did it! Three days, three thousand miles, sixteen Diet Pepsis, countless bathroom breaks and one exploded bag of Frito’s later, I’ve completed my drive across the country and have arrived at my new home in California. I’ve washed away the travel grime with a nice hot shower, but with the wedding only twelve days away it’s time for the last minute plans to be made in earnest!

Thursday night before leaving Brooklyn I ordered the candy for the all-white candy buffet at the reception. I may have gone a bit overboard—there will be a pound of candy per guest—but who knew there were so many yummy treats to choose from?

I got the standard jordan almonds
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…plus these Dutch mints (peppermint covered in dark chocolate with a white candy shell) sounded divine…
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white chocolate covered cashews will be to-die-for…
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…and this picture looks odd, but what’s not to love about white chocolate-covered cherries?

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Cookies and cream malt balls? Yes please!
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Cappuccino cordials promise a "liquid center" of syrupy mocha goodness…
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…and finally I really wanted to get M&M’s printed with the motif my sister designed for all our stationery…
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but the cost just wasn’t worth the payoff—plus I was worried it would look like the candies had a weird growth on them. So in the end I just bought 10 pounds of cream and white M&M’s and called it a night!

Next up? Apothecary jars…but that’s for another post so stay tuned!
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