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Rethinking Shabby Chic

February 2, 2016

I’m trying something new today by including a musical track for this blog post, just to share the musical love a little. Click above to enjoy “The Woods” by Hollow Cove.

Rethinking Shabby Chic

I am aware that chippy paint is something of a major trend. You know, “shabby chic”. In theory I love those two words together but I have come to resent the term in many ways. Partly purely because it is in fact so trendy and therefore we might be overloading on it. But mostly because some uses of it are extremely generous if we’re truly trying to stick to the “chic” descriptor.

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Creating Visual Interest in Bathroom Design

January 12, 2016

Creating Visual Interest in Bathroom Design : bold, graphic, black and white tile

Helloooo! I’m here for my monthly post, as that appears to be the pattern I’ve fallen into. Back in September I mentioned that I started running my own antiques booth. I actually ended up moving to a different store already; I am now at Warehouse One in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan! It’s one of my own personal favorite antique stores, so I’m pretty pumped to be there. Running an antiques booth is an interesting endeavor. It’s a bit of a risk, because you have to spend money to make money, and there’s no guarantee that you will actually make money, haha. Of my 3 months in the biz I have had 2 months where I made about $40 after expenses, and one where I was in the hole about $20. So impressive, right?! Like anything it takes a while to gain momentum and learn the ropes. I don’t ever expect it to replace a full time income, and honestly a big part of why I’m doing it is just for fun. But I do hope and plan to grow.

Creating Visual Interest in Bathroom Design: bold tile

Bathrooms can easily turn into stark, utilitarian places. It’s a very function-focused room, moreso than any other room in the house I would argue, so its easy to call it good as long as there’s a toilet and a sink and maybe a shower. However if you want to inject some personality into a bathroom, it’s not hard to do so. As these first two bathrooms illustrate so well, patterned tile is an excellent option. And clearly I am into bold black and white tile. I honestly couldn’t have told you that before I looked at all these images and realized it. These patterns are just so playful and fun, and the high contrast between black and white creates a lot of visual interest.

Creating Visual Interest in Bathroom Design: plants

Whether or not you’re on board with the black and white tile, another awesome way to jazz up a bathroom is with plants. It’s not an obvious place to keep them, but especially if you have a window and plants that love high humidity, it is a really great solution for both a happy home for the plants and a way to add all kind of texture and beauty to the room.

Creating Visual Interest in Bathroom Design: textured walls and accessories

Speaking of texture, I can not get enough of textured walls. I don’t know much about how the effect is achieved other than it’s often done with plaster. The above bathroom is so simple and neutral, but the beautiful rough textures keep it from being boring. If those walls were just regular gray paint on drywall and the sink didn’t have that linen skirt, I can pretty much guarantee this little room would be a yawn fest. That’s basically the situation in my own half bathroom. Ha!

Creating Visual Interest in Bathroom Design

I don’t know if this is actually the world’s biggest bathroom or if some mad genius decided to put a tub in the middle of a bedroom or office, but any which way you slice it those high ceilings and perfectly worn wood floors are stunning.

Creating Visual Interest in Bathroom Design: textured walls and using antiques

My most favorite image of the bunch, and of course it’s from Jersey Ice Cream Company. They do not make ice cream (well maybe in their spare time). They make the most beautiful, drool-worthy homes. If I was ever going to hire a designer, they would be my absolute first pick. In this bathroom not only do we have textured walls but there’s so much charm and visual interest courtesy of the amazing vintage elements. There’s nothing like antiques to give a room character.

one | JJ Locations via desire to inspire
two | Katie Martinez via desire to inspire
three | Krickelin
four | Design*Sponge
five | Derek Swalwell via blood & champagne
six | Jersey Ice Cream Company


Cluttered Kitchens (That I Love)

December 11, 2015

Cluttered Kitchens (That I Love)

I really don’t know what is happening to me and my taste in design but lately my favorite spaces look just like this. Unfussy, layers of stuff, fairly neutral in color, and with that vintage rustic farmhouse feeling. The clean, classy, modern spaces I used to love are starting to look a little boring and sterile to me a lot of the time. It’s truthfully somewhat of a sea change for me and while it’s slightly disorienting I can’t say I’m mad about it.

Clutter is a very tricky thing that many people would never willfully choose to live with. And I totally respect that. Let’s be real, my home is cluttered right now but NOT in this lovely, styled way that I’m inspired by in these photos. Making this much stuff look good actually takes more skill and planning than a minimalist space in many ways. It is not easy to pull off. Everything has to make sense together and tell a cohesive visual story in order for it to not just look like you’re a gigantic mess of an adult.

Cluttered Kitchens (That I Love)

Cluttered Kitchens (That I Love)

When done right though it is so darn cozy. These spaces feel really truly lived in and loved. The collections of precious objects tell you about the person that lives there. In the kitchen of course those collections are usually related to cooking and dining. I can’t get enough of pretty dishes and serving bowls and cookware. Let’s hope I continue to learn to cook more and maybe even entertain guests once in a while so I can justify a growing collection of kitchenware. I just picked up the pitcher, platter, and serving bowl from Anthropolgie’s Attingham collection in the blush color when they were on super sale and I just adore them. They are proudly displayed in the dining room.

Cluttered Kitchens (That I Love)

On a related note: wow, clearly I really like open shelving these days. Much like stylized clutter, you tend to either love or hate open shelving. I mean come on guys, how am I supposed to display my beloved collections properly without open shelving? If I was going to design a kitchen today I don’t think I could resist having at least one segment of open shelves. How about you?

Cluttered Kitchens (That I Love)

This last kitchen is the most modern of the bunch but it has enough texture in the natural wood shelves and plaster walls to give off that rustic vibe. Handmade, uneven dishes and little vintage treasures make all the difference as well. Guys, I really want to live in a big old farmhouse so I can even hope to attempt to pull off this look. Living in a ’70s condo with builder basic finishes and no crown molding is a major cramp on my groove, haha. If we do end up in a newer less-farmhousey home when we move, it’s going to be interesting to see if I can manage that antique, rustic style. We shall see!

one | Delaware Valley 8 Magazine
two | via blood & champagne
three | Mimi Thorisson
four | via MFAMB
five | Jersey Ice Cream Co via Design*Sponge

Home Products Workspace

Classy Farmhouse Home Office Inspiration

November 6, 2015

Hi! I had a random moment of inspiration to blog so here is the result of that. It’s a little ironic really that I chose workspaces for the theme today. Last week the office for which I have been the administrator of for the last five years closed and I moved to my company’s corporate office down the road. Now instead of working at a receptionist desk I have my own private office, so that’s awesome. However the current state of said office resembles a storage closet… so that’s less awesome. Haha. But we are working on cleaning it out and will get me a “big girl desk” as my boss put it. I don’t know yet how much I will be able to personalize the space, but it’s pretty exciting to be able to do even a little of that. I doubt I’ll get a lovely rustic worn wood desk, but I still love the inspiration in these photos and products today. Hope you do too!

Classy Farmhouse Home Office Inspiration

Classy Farmhouse Home Office Inspiration

Classy Farmhouse Home Office Inspiration

Classy Farmhouse Home Office Inspiration


one | Melissa and Keye Lee via Design*Sponge
two | Ann Street Studio
three | original source unknown
four | homedit


Beautiful Country House Exteriors

September 25, 2015

I have some gorgeous, perfectly shabby houses for you today. It seems I have entered a dry spell as far as motivation to blog goes, though I have had no shortage of inspiration lately. Since I became a vendor at an antique store earlier this month a lot of my “mojo” has been going towards schemes related to it; sourcing, buying, pricing, dreaming, etc. I have had dry spells like this before and still came back full force, so we’ll see where this takes us.

In the mean time if you’d like to keep seeing what I’m into, I’m more active than ever on Pinterest and Keep. If you’re not familiar with Keep (I’m assuming you’re familiar with Pinterest because come on now) it’s sort of a similar concept except everything on it is a purchasable item. You can “keep” items from any online store. I save virtually everything that catches my eye, so there’s a lot on there. I actually have more followers on Keep than on Pinterest which baffles me a little. But it kind of points to my strength: shopping. 😉

Have a fabulous weekend!

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one | original source unknown
two | Nicole Franzen
threeFreunde Von Freunden
four | House and Garden UK
five | original source unknown


Serene Bedrooms (and an Announcement!)

September 3, 2015

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I have a little announcement for anyone in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. I’m opening my own antiques booth! This idea occurred to me several months ago, but it didn’t feel like the right time then. Then a couple weeks ago I learned about some changes being made at my day job, and my first thought was that the right time had come. I did a little research and ended up signing up for a booth at Vintage Plus More! I’ll be stocking my booth tonight, just in time for the store’s 2 year anniversary party tomorrow.

To be real with you, I have no idea how lucrative this endeavor will be, but I am hopeful. Some of you may recall I attempted selling vintage a few years ago with an Etsy shop. I had a lot of fun with that, but I found that I did not have the time (or patience) to really make it profitable. Particularly with selling online there are so many steps you have to take with every single item: photographing, measuring, writing descriptions, determining postage costs, purchasing shipping supplies, and actually shipping things. It’s a lot. Now the internet of course has the advantage of giving you a potentially worldwide audience, so it’s got that going for it. But I’m really excited to give a brick and mortar store a try! Shopping, especially shopping for vintage home decor, is probably my number one favorite thing to do. So if I can work out a way to make even a little bit of income doing that, I’ll be living the dream.

Here’s an Instagram sneak peek of some of the items I was tagging last night. If you’re in the area I do hope you can check Vintage Plus More out, look for Booth #43! :)

Very excited about what I’m preparing for right now. Sneak peek. 😉 #vintage

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