Every year I make a Christmas ornament with Ryan’s nephews, now 6 and 9. As you get older, Christmas doesn’t feel the same as it did when we were little. This year we made a snowman out of cotton balls for the body, pipe cleaners for the carrot nose, pompoms for the coal, and felt for the scarf. Being able to start new traditions with young children allows me to see the magic and believe in the spirit of Christmas.
I’ve mentioned before how my love for interiors may have started with a miniature dollhouse. I absolutely lovethis Dorothy Draper inspired design by Lonny Mag for Curbed! The christmas ornament “chandelier” and the mirror above the fireplace (made of a vintage earring!) are such clever ways to decorate this space.
I have a (not so) secret dream to redecorate my childhood dollhouse. Maybe that’ll put my collection of favorite fabric samples to use!
When I first saved these photos, I have no idea they were the home of inspiration blogger, Nicole of So Haute! I love the neutral greige paint with the colorful accents. The layering of area rugs, throw pillows, and artwork proves that neutral spaces can be exciting!
I’ve been meaning to stop by the SohoDesign Within Reach for two years since their opening in 2008. I strolled in today only to find that that are CLOSING! While the news of yet another store is closing is sad, I scored some really great deals. Everything in the store is 50-60%, and the last day open is Sunday. Hurry!
I was disappointed to hear that the linens were sold out, but I managed to score this herb pot for only $12! I got some goodies for Ryan’s birthday next month, but I can’t share because he reads my blog!
How beautiful is this guesthouse nestled on an ancient olive tree hillside?! The home has an enormous amount of character and charm, it looks as though it’s from a classic fairy tale. An afternoon nap on that antique settee sounds like heaven!
If I had one store to furnish my entire house, it’d be Interieurs. This week, I visited their new showroom in New York and left wanting every single item. They’re aesthetic is a mixture between vintage industrial with a bit of glamour. An odd mix, I know. The colors and materials used are so beautiful – I especially love their linens!
Sorry about the small photos! I took them with my iPhone and the quality wasn’t so great.
Ugh. I’m a sucker for miniature things, and this is no exception! How much fun would it be to get a teeny letter in the mail?! …or to get a mini valentine’s day package?! I’m loving the mini stamps and newspaper, such a fun little touch!
I’m loving online publications of magazines, and now that I’ve got wedding fever, I’m all over Nonpareil! This isn’t just another pretty magazine with inspiration images, it’s a useful tool when planning your wedding with DIY projects for crafters of all skill levels.
Even if you’re not getting married, these images are an excellent inspiration for dinner parties, too! I love how this setting looks like the dinnerware are a mixup of family heirlooms!
We’ve lived in our studio for a little over two years, and the novelty of living here is wearing away. Of course when we first moved in, we were super excited to have a place of our own. But, now as we’re collecting more “stuff” and we’re realizing we have no room to store items we’re getting more anxious to buy a house. We’ve thought of trying to turn the studio into a one bedroom, but having such a funny floor plan didn’t make much sense for resale.
Sooo… this is the inspiration for our next project. Instead of making the studio into a one bedroom, we’re going to partition off the bedroom area, and rearrange the furniture so it has a more “bedroom” feel. While our DVR is great, there are times where I can watch so many sports! Ryan scored a great deal on a TV we have in storage so now we’ll finally have two TV’s and we won’t have to debate which is better to watch: Jets vs. Chick Flick.
The partition will have stained wooden slats similar to this image found on my new favorite website, Unhappy Hipsters. Now we just need to find someone’s garage to use so we can stain all those bad boys!
Jenna Lyon’s Brooklyn brownstone has been a constant source of inspiration since its feature in the September 2008 Domino. The color scheme and materials are styled perfectly with antiques and new pieces as to suggest to the history of the home. The kitchen and bathroom are my ultimate inspirations, and are in my mental dream home look book! Sighhhh.
Being a designer, I feel like I spend even more time paying attention to small details like these amazingly cute escort cards. They are an introduction to the party for the guests, and I think when someone gets something special and handmade they feel appreciated. I adore these ideas!
One of my favorite brooklyn design shops, Scandinavian Grace, opened up a cafe just outside of Woodstock, NY last year and I’ve been dying to go! I love the modern mom-and-pop shop look of the cafe with all the amazing housewares simply displayed. You can munch on yummy swedish crackers, and cloudberry jam while sitting on their fabulous collection of furniture… or so I hear!
I’ve always loved this bedding by Dwell Studio, but never wanted to spend that kind of money and I couldn’t commit to such a bold stripe. I love this seasons collection at west elm that allows you to create this look for less!
Don’t forget to check out the abc home winter tag sale ending 1/24! If I could have any store furnish my home, this would definitely be it. I’m obsessed with all their interesting dishing and accessories on the first floor… sigh.
images via apartment therapy.
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I love the room/outfit inspiration by it looks good to me inspired by the style-files interior image. The outfit was created by using items she already owned by using them in “fancier” ways to create an understated look similar to the dining area. With neutral elements, the red legs/shoes tie the looks together.
The holidays were absolutely wonderful! I love being able to turn my phone off and just enjoy lounging in my PJs and watching movies. I watched Along Came Polly (again!) and thought this scene was pretty funny. Do you have tons of throw pillows on your bed? I personally think they’re a waste of space, especially if you don’t use them other than for looks! Right?
This Sunday Ryan and I are going to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular for the third time! I think you’re allowed to have silly traditions this time of year… kind of like us going this week to see the Macy’s window displays and taking pictures like a tourist!
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