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My dream come true!

Before we got married married, I lived in a little duplex just down the street from a popular little shopping plaza, tucked into the neighborhood. Starbucks, cute little restaurants, and a post office tucked into a card shop were all at my beck and call. I loved to hop on my bike and run over there to do errands.

Unfortunately our house now is in a less urban area, although still in the middle of town. There’s just not as much to ride the bike to. I love the image above because it’s totally inspiring to me – riding my bike looking all turned out in a full skirt and cute shoes. As a student in Paris, I loved seeing the Parisian women riding their bikes everywhere, looking perfectly coiffed and all Audrey Hepburn. (I never managed to look that pristine in Paris – I was usually the hot & sweaty American art student, lugging my art supplies and portfolio on the metro. June is hot in Paris)

it’s mary ruffle (via {wit + delight}).

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Elegance in Navy Paper

Caught this one over at dress, design & decor … a beautiful navy invitation. I even like the folds, which is unusual for me as I prefer a flat myself. Lovely typography with the slightest touch of whimsy, yet still traditional.

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I Big Pink Puffy Heart Elements of Style!


One of my most favorite blogs is Elements of Style. It’s one of the few that I consistently have to read every single day. Erin has such great style and her picks for both fashion and home are always spot-on.  

And somehow, she always has the inside scoop on what’s cool. Even better, in my opinion, is that she finds things at a variety of price points. Case in point – this post on Pier 1 Imports.

I have a love/hate with Pier 1. For a long time, things were…. well, disappointing. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my adolescent love affairs with directors’ chairs, papyrus folding screens, papasan chairs, and colored glass bottles. (Yes, this is all true; as true and real as my heinous mid-90s perm).

But lately it seems that things are on the up-and-up. Erin posted about all the cool finds, and my eye landed on this little number, the Bonaparte console table:

About three months ago, I bought the Bonaparte’s sister table, a round side table, for a STEAL at $30. When I did a quick peruse of the PIer 1 site for the console, I saw that it was only $40. $40!! I mean, c’mon. I couldn’t find something like that at Goodwill for $40!


Erin also featured this photo (above), showing a similar version of the Bonaparte, and I was inspired. Simon agreed that we should get it, and now it is happily in our house. Although (confession time), I don’t really know where to put it. It’s sitting in front of our sofa in the front living room, but it’s a little tall. Regardless of where it ends up, I’m super happy with it. It’s a great piece that could work in almost any room of our house, and that’s what I look for when I’m furniture shopping. 

I think it goes back to my mix-and-match/rearrange philosophy. I’ve always felt like rearranging your furniture is like having all new stuff, but for free.  Anyway. When I took the photo above, I promptly moved the table right afterwards. I’ll let you know where it ends up.

Oh, and don’t forget! You have until Wednesday to enter the giveaway! See the post below!

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Color a la Laduree

When I think of colors I love, I always come back to a photo I have stuck on my mood boards of macarons from Laduree in Paris. These gorgeous little cookies come in the most dazzling colors that you’ve ever seen. 
I love them almost as much as a pretty-dyed Easter egg.

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Meg Duerksen

I can’t remember where I first read about Meg Duerksen’s blog Whatever (maybe via the Sticklers?) Anyway, I immediately put it on my blog radar and now I’m a frequent blog stalker. 🙂  Today I found myself perusing the photographs she took of her house, and they nearly took my breath away. She and her family live in one of those old grand homes from the turn of the century that everyone wishes they could live in. Or at least tour.


Anyway, you must must go check it out, especially if you are a lover of old homes. This one is gorgeous. Flip through all the pictures to see the playroom remodel; it’s a particularly fantastic before & after!

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Up up and away . . . upstairs

I’m a definite fan of our big bonus room (for lack of a better term) upstairs. It feels like a cozy little getaway with the angled ceilings and windowseats that look out onto the front yard. I frequently enjoy sitting in the windowseats with Jude and watching for Simon to come home from work. However, we don’t entirely have it all furnished or as we would like it. But that’s half the fun, right? It’s all in the thrill of the hunt. I got some more of those ledges from IKEA (love them!) because I had this vision of a display of a bunch of my design books; I’m sure that I will use it as a revolving display for various pictures and books.

Ideally, when I think of this room and how I would like it to function, I imagine a cozy hangout where you could sit and read books or maybe play games. It would also be a place where our kid(s) would one day do homework or play with their friends. In the shelf corner (above) I’d like to have a table that looks like this (but in white):And I might put chairs like this around them:

Then, here in the middle, where this rug and daybed is, I would have a similar setup to how it is now, but with different chairs. I imagine that one day we’ll move one of our other sofas from downstairs up here when we get a new sofa (hint, hint, Simon! cough cough) and then we also need some kind of coffee table.  We are also in need of some lighting of some kind. Lamps or something. It’s just a wee bit dark.

Here are some gorgeous inspiration photos that I’ve been hanging on to. Candice Olson was the designer, and I just love the final result. I can imagine our space turning out similarly.Did you see that round table in the middle photo? That’s exactly what I want for the corner.  ::sigh:: So gorgeous. Candice, will you come to our house, please? Love you!

I’m semi-obsessed with books. All kinds of books. Especially pretty books. I just want to be surrounded by them and have them available at all times. A good book is like a dear friend. I want them close and I don’t want to relegate them back to a library. Jude likes my books too, although he likes to pull them all off the shelves and make a huge mess. Doesn’t he know it takes forever to arrange them?!?!Anyway, there you go. There’s my inspiration for our upstairs space. Always a work in progress, but always fun to work on!

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Advent Idea: Books

 

image by webgirlpip at Flickr

image by webgirlpip at Flickr

Tutus and Turtles is a new blog on my radar these days. I loved her idea, from her childhood, to wrap up all of their Christmas books and then unwrap a different book each night. Isn’t that such a great idea? Another great advent “calendar.”
However, seeing as how I can’t even get actual presents wrapped, I doubt that I’ll get non-presents wrapped any time soon.

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