I am forever daydreaming about moving to the country. Fresh air, open fields, long country roads, and beautiful country homes that show their age and offer a simplicity and sense of calm. Just being surrounded by more nature would improve my daily mood.
I’m not quite as in to all white rooms as I used to be but this collection of white serving dishes and linen is a dream. Because everybody needs three big soup tureens and four matching pitchers, right?
I’m not the only one that positively swoons over ragged old perfectly aged architecture, am I? I wish there were any homes as old and classy as this where I live. The US is just too young of a country. I want more old things. I realized that so many of my favorite Etsy shops are selling vintage items from Europe, particularly France. That’s where all the good old stuff is.
Although some new build homes in the country are pretty alluring too!
I hope your weekend is as warm and comfortable as these images make me feel!
one | Pine & Cuttlebones
two | Jeanne d’Arc Living
three | Felix van de Gein via blood and champagne
four | Free People Blog
five | Arch Daily
six | Unable to find source
Lately I’m finding myself drawn to old things. Old objects, old furniture, old architecture. Even if something isn’t genuinely antique but it’s made in that style, chances are I’ll favor it. Sometimes new things are just too shiny and pristine. They don’t have the same character and depth.
Starting with an older building makes a huge difference in accomplishing this sort of lived-in vintage look. I had a bit of a moment yesterday when I was thinking about this and realized that when Chris and I start looking for our next home I am probably going to have a mental struggle with the age of the homes. I’m fully aware that the older a home the more likely it will have all sorts of problems and be a headache, but I can’t picture myself in some cookie-cutter brand new digs either. We’ll have to find some sort of happy medium, I suppose. Man would I love some original crown molding though.
We stopped at a local bookstore yesterday and of course I wandered over to the interior design books. There was a used copy of “Really Rural” that I kept picking up. The photos of the few remaining (in the ’90s) authentically rural homes in the French countryside were so enchanting. We’re talking seriously rustic homes with stone walls and fire pits in the kitchen. There is a part of me that would happily move into a home like that and spend my days cooking and cleaning and tending a garden. As long as there’s wi-fi. Got to have wi-fi. (P.S. Apparently you can rent the above home from Sibella Court?! Oh my. I was just drooling over one of her books at the store yesterday.)
one | Studio MRS via desire to inspire
two | The Design Files via Design Stiles
three | Sibella Court via blood and champagne
If you haven’t done so yet it’s officially time to bust out the Christmas decorations! My favorite holiday decor is typically on the subtle side. A lot of the traditional holiday decoration that you can get leaves my eyeballs a little bit upset, to put it delicately. Give me all the gold, white, and twinkle lights you have. Hold the overdose of jarring red and creepy Santa figurines.
Why not put a wreath over your bed? I love the moody Christmas feel of this bedroom shot. If I was ever going to have “holiday” bedding, it would be something in this vein.
Cloches always win. End of story. Deer are my favorite festive animal.
This basic boxwood wreath is striking against the dark door. Sometimes simplicity is the most beautiful thing. I mean seriously, do a Google image search for “Christmas wreath” and tell me if a single one of those results is as lovely as this one? No, they are not. Folks need to lay off the bows and fake pine cones sometimes, am I right?
one | Inspired By This
two | Helle Tjaberg
three | Stylizmo
four | La Buena Vida
The interior design images I am most consistently enthralled by are the quirky ones. The ones full of personality and bold pieces. The ones that give you the impression that the person that lives there is cuckoo in the best possible way. This of course should be tempered with a certain level of taste and grounded with some timeless elements. I say that somewhat reluctantly because truly I believe you should decorate in whatever way makes you happiest, even if many might not call it tasteful. You do you. Especially if that includes little clothed duck dolls perched inside a glass cloche display.
There are not many who have the gumption to use a wallpaper like this. I don’t think I do. But man do I respect it. You can see that the entire room is not wallpapered (at least the wall to the left is white) which was definitely a good call. Stepping into a whole room of that might feel like what I imagine taking acid feels like. The floor is also a clean white, so clearly these folks understand the benefit of balancing quirky with timeless. The Andy Warhol hearts artwork perfectly breaks up the wall of flowers creating a welcome break and focal point for your eyes.
This bedroom vignette isn’t too wacky, but it definitely has personality to spare. Can we talk about the “cat” artwork with a man’s face superimposed over the cat’s? So silly and usual, and undoubtedly can make a person smile every time they see it. I’m realizing that that table lamp is a lot like one I just bought for a song at the antiques mall. It’s also a brass base but in a different shape. Didn’t come with a shade. I popped a vintage style Edison bulb on it and suddenly it’s the most charming little table lamp you ever did see. The base literally cost like two bucks. When I saw the price tag I said out loud to myself, “Why yes I will buy you for two dollars adorable little table lamp!” Please tell me I’m not the only one that gets goofy at the antique store.
one | Milk via desire to inspire
two | Lonny via desire to inspire
three | Old Brand New
My brain is not coming up with words to say today. My mind is being pulled in too many directions to form thoughts about these images other than, “Pretty pretty.” Eloquent, I know.
Between work, wedding planning, helping my parents remodel their kitchen, daydreaming about Chris and I’s next house which is at least a year a way still, and trying to stay inspired and relaxed, I may be over-taxing my brain power a bit. Also my hand hurts like I punched a wall in my sleep last night which I’m pretty sure I did not do so that’s a fun mystery. Happy Wednesday, hope yours is a little more focused than mine. 😉
one | Lisa Cohen, Heather Nette King, Country Style Australia via dustjacket attic
two | Susanna Vento
three | Nicole Franzen for T Magazine via coco + kelley
Something that was a bit of an epiphany for me when I first learned it was the importance of layering when decorating. This can be taken rather abstractly but also very literally. Literally speaking, it’s not only okay to place items in front of each other it’s really quite a good thing. The mantle above is an excellent example. Frames in front of a mirror and figurines in front of frames, etc.
Have you ever noticed this aspect of well decorated rooms? You very rarely see things lined up in neat little rows never overlapping each other. That can look forced and boring and is just not very appealing to the eye. Instead pieces of varying size and height are layered, overlapping each other and even covering whole portions of something behind. As long as you’re not awkwardly completely covering up something, it almost always works and does not diminish the appeal of whatever’s being partially obscured. You would be amazed how easy this is. Some aspects of styling are really difficult but once you realize you can and should overlap things in your vignettes it has an immediate and wonderful effect. Try it!
A more abstract way of layering is simply not being afraid to add more stuff. Certainly not for the minimalist, but truly something to consider if you feel your space is lacking life or visual interest. Have you got a vase on your console table? Great, but does it look a little sad all by itself? I think too many people stop decorating too soon and miss out on creating cozy, lively, personal spaces. It takes some skill undoubtedly to keep adding without verging on it being a cluttered mess. That’s the part of styling that isn’t so easy! Thank goodness we have pros like Abigail Ahern to emulate (that’s her home above).
one | Lonny mag via dustjacket attic
two | the design files
three | Abigail Ahern