(Art) gallery

Recently my mom bit the bullet and ordered a Frame TV, and she couldn’t be more thrilled with having interchangeable art on the wall instead of a large black rectangle hogging space in her living room.  We talked about doing a gallery wall to give that space even more visual interest, so a couple weeks ago I spent an evening shopping and installing it for her.  It was so much fun!

I can’t pop by and visit often since we live a couple hours apart, so rather than waiting for art from various places to arrive, we headed to Target.  Although I know they have really stepped up their home decor in recent years, she and I were both surprised we found everything we’d need.

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She’s been loving pinks, peaches, and warm neutrals lately.  I was smitten with this line drawing portrait as soon as I saw it months ago, so that was a top pick for sure.  My mom is thrilled to be traveling to Europe soon for the first time in years, so some travel photography was an obvious choice, and the graceful curves of this abstract gave a nice variety of mediums as well as a serene spot for the eye to rest.  I peppered in a lovely rose-colored African woven basket and a pair of 3-D printed planters she had found on Etsy, too, for even more texture and visual interest.

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We managed to leave an item behind in our cart (ooops!), so while she went back to get it I had the apartment to myself to hang her gallery wall and surprise her.  And *spoiler alert* — she LOVED it!

The addictive quality of new throw pillows is a constant joke between us, so that was another fun little living room update.  We picked a couple new pillow covers to mix with a few older favorites, and now she has this delightful combo on her couch.  Super pretty AND so lounge-y soft.  And voilà!  An easy January living room refresh.

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Time to play

Current obsessions: irreverent, playful pieces for home that are a little bit Memphis-design wacky, a little bit modernist, and a whole lot of fun.  Curved lines, chubby shapes, and a healthy dose of quirk?  Yes and please!  Perhaps it is the post-holiday lull, or I’m wanting to capture the freshness of a new year?  Either way, here are some fun items I am craving:

A curvy bench-couch hybrid just begs to be lounged on.  And that nubby fabric!

Francois Halard: A Visual Diary is exactly what I want on my coffee table right now.  Bold, stunning, and personal.

This chubby round stacked vase always makes me smile.  It’s like a wink of fun every time I see it on my console, and I love the minty hue.

I simply must have this print.  So hilariously clever!

This Scalamandré-esque shower curtain had me at hello.  Perfection with some minimal brass bath accessories and an amber apothecary jar or two.

Target’s decor options keep getting better and better, and this artsy-cool pillow is no exception.  So chic and easy.

And finally, I am dying over Ayush Kasliwal’s notch wood chair — classic and architectural, and so fresh and fun at the same time!

All of these together would be beautiful in my imaginary little Parisian pied-à-terre, no?  Individually, though, they are just as amazing, and easy enough to incorporate with a variety of decor styles.  Which would you choose?  Any fun new home additions calling your name this January?

New classics

Happy new year!  The start of a new year always feels fresh to me, and I’ve got classics on my mind for looks that are clean-clean-clean after all the excess of the holidays.

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Leave it to J. Crew to make the perfect tan blazer.  I’m planning to wear this for years.  Paired with a chambray shirt and black denim?  Yes and please.  Jeans and a graphic tee?  Perfection.  Pencil skirt and blouse?  Of course!  I could go on and on.

 

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Other items in my wardrobe may come and go, but my striped tees are forever staples.  Universal Standard’s Peruvian cotton has a wonderful drape, so I am thrilled to add this one to my rotation.

 

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I got a third hole pierced in each ear just before Christmas and I couldn’t be happier about it — I’ve been having tons of fun mixing and matching my earrings ever since.  Huggie-style hoops are having a huge moment right now, and these feel perfectly classic to me. These sweet pink ones are adorable as well.

 

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Speaking of perfection, this cardigan is it.  Super soft, lightweight yet plenty warm, flattering cut, and a beautiful navy hue so you can pair it with anything.

 

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This perhaps falls into the huge-organizational-nerd category, but because it isn’t the new year without some sort of attempt to streamline things, I picked up a pack of these translucent amber bottles for our shower.  Goodbye, loud mismash of brightly-colored labels.  Hello, calm apothecary shower experience.  *hearteyes*

I don’t feel like I need a new me for the new year per se, but fresh clean and classic?  I’m all in.

Giving thanks

While for many of us today marks the beginning of the holiday rush, I’d like to encourage a moment to reflect, give thanks, and maybe even give back.  May I offer a little nudge towards The Citizenry for some of your holiday gifts?  Not only do they offer incredibly beautiful items that support artisan communities all over the world, but today your purchases also help support their Black Friday Fund.  All profits today — yep, all profits — go towards building schools for migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border.  While their families wait to seek legal asylum in the U.S., these children have no place to learn and play.  Education is a fundamental right these children are being deprived of, and today we can do a little bit to change that.  Every $120 we spend funds a week of school for a child: a real life magic school bus mobile school providing teachers, a psychologist, uniforms, and supplies.

Here are some of my favorites to bring some warmth to you or someone you love this holiday season.  Each is handmade, beautiful, and sure to be treasured for years to come.

Paloma alpaca throw  Oro cacao cups  Cuño accent pillow  Nublado wool throw

So thankful this year for family, friends, warm fuzzy cuddles, and the beauty of sharing.

Don’t forget!  Giving Tuesday is coming in just a few days!  It is a great opportunity to support causes that lie close to our hearts.

Make mine modern

Lately I’ve been coveting a modern feel.  Neutrals, clean lines, black and chrome and leather, oh my!  I just can’t get enough.

Each of these interiors I find so appealing and well-balanced.  Interesting angles juxtaposed with curved lines — a sharp-lined chair with an arched lamp or curvy pendant here, a playful couch with an angular coffee table there — and enough touches of black to keep the eye intrigued.  Plus just enough eclecticism to keep things feeling inviting?  Just my style.

Via: ellendixdotter myscandinavianhome  the design files  colin king  stylebyemilyhenderson  DISC Interiors  almostmakesperfect

Something green

This morning I took a bit of time to putter outside, and it was so nice to focus on green growing things.

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I am a renter, and for years I just let the gardening service take care of the (very basic) landscaping outside our house.  I figured it wasn’t “our” house, so I shouldn’t change anything or put any of my own money into plantings.  Well, over a decade later we are still in this house.  We love living here, and along the way I finally began to carve out a space of our own.

It began with a couple of tiny succulents.  I work at an archive with a large botanical garden, and the biannual plant sales became more than I could resist.  A couple tiny ones could live in a pot, I reasoned, and come with me if we moved.  Something about extra-tiny things makes them irresistible, no?  With each plant sale I added one or two more, until I had a nice little stoop  garden outside on our patio.  Then the camellia sale came around and a pair of those came home with me, plus one for my mom.  She had a glorious oasis of a garden at the time, and always loved a new plant addition.  I got a large pair of pots for the camellias, excited for the blooms that their slender stems promised.  Also one summer my mom house-sat for us and cared for the dogs while we went on vacation, and to surprise me for my birthday she got me a beautiful plumeria and refinished our hand-me-down patio chairs while we were gone.  It was such a sweet surprise, and it got me that much more excited to actually use our little outdoor space.  A few years later when she moved, I inherited some beautiful staghorn ferns, aloes, and her little camellia is reunited with her sisters.

Fast forward to now, and my little patio is full of green, growing things.  I hauled a weathered pallet left on a curb back home and have it propped up against one end of the fence, where it makes a lovely spot to hang planters.  We acquired a hammock as a lounging solution that takes up surprisingly little real estate, and it has become my older pup’s favorite spot to curl up with us and watch the world go by.  A petite pink bistro set makes me smile every time I see it, topped with my collection of little succulents and pots.  And even though life is usually hectic, every so often I’ll get to have a morning like today, where an hour can be spent re-potting, watering, puttering, tidying, and nurturing something green.  Something living.  Something thriving.  Something content with only the most basic of needs, and flowering all the same.  Somewhere in there is a lesson about stillness and contentment — but for now, I am grateful for a few moments to breathe.

Flight of fancy

I love a dash of whimsy in a space, especially in subtle, unexpected ways.  Lately I am loving quirky animal accents, and if it’s brass-toned, so much the better!

I fell for this charming little mallard mirror years ago when I saw it in Kim and Scott’s beautiful bathroom.  It was such a fun touch in a classic room, and I couldn’t get it out of my mind.

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Fast forward a couple years and this quirky lamp had to be mine.  It lives on my dresser, and makes me smile every time I see it.

Likewise for these Farmkeep knobs from Anthropologie — I have the goose and hare on our nightstand drawers, and they are so adorable!  They have since sold out, but these bunny-ear knobs or sleeping foxes are equally great options.

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Most recent to capture my heart?  This beautiful brass bird side tableThis is a slightly less spendy option, but I love the webbed feet on the first one so much!  It is currently in my living room, and I am having great fun trying to find just the right spot for it.  It feels equal parts glam and fanciful — perfect.