August 1, 2018 by Melissa | 0 Comments
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Many moons ago I pinned the image above. I have always loved blending old with new new and a great way to do it is using vintage pieces, vintage doors in particular, as a focal point. Obviously the front door is one place to use a vintage piece but, in my opinion, an even better way to use a vintage door is in an interior space. I love them in the kitchen as the pantry door or as a door to an office space or library. Unfortunately, I have not had an opportunity to use a vintage door . . . yet. Thankfully, a current project is giving me the opportunity that I have been wanting.
Half the fun of finding a vintage piece is the hunt. I am exploring all of my favorite local haunts in search of the perfect set. But, I have also been looking on-line and have found some amazing (and even some affordable) options on 1st Dibs. I was surprised by the number of doors that I like. Most are in Europe, so you have to buy sight unseen and there is the cost of shipping to think about. But, these doors are so beautiful that I think it is worth the risk. Here are a few of my favorites (all images courtesy of 1stDibs.com).
What makes these doors so amazing is the detail that comes through. The years of use, vintage locks, and raised (or recessed) panels make the doors unique and one-of-a-kind. I cannot wait to order the perfect vintage doors for my client.
July 16, 2018 by Ariana | 0 Comments
Much of the fun of interior design involves making your mark and personalizing a space. What better way to achieve both of these goals than with a statement wall? We’re obsessed with these painted wall treatments. More subtle than a mural, less permanent and expensive than wallpaper (which we still love), yet these walls definitely make a statement. And with a couple cans of paint and some time and patience, make a great DIY project too. Who’s with us?
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June 7, 2018 by Ariana | 0 Comments
It seems like every summer I am on the hunt for cute shoes that I can walk in for hours in hot weather. This is a first world problem, to be sure, but still one that has no obvious solution. Typically, I have made do with cute sandals and canvas sneakers but this summer’s destination — Japan — will require more support for longer hours of walking in humid heat. So I have been diligently researching and ordering pairs of shoes that will keep my feet cool and comfy, and still look good. Since everyone has different feet needs and what works for me may not work for you, I’ve narrowed it down to my Top 5:
I’m still waiting to try some of these on, so no verdict quite yet. Do you have any shoes that you love to walk in?
June 6, 2018 by Melissa | 0 Comments
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In my opinion, nothing says summer like stripes. I love a beautiful classic striped towel at the beach or pool.
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On a cool summer evening, I also love a long-sleeve striped boatneck shirt. It is a quintessential French look that many iconic Americans have embraced.
I think that summer stripes are just as appropriate in the home as they are in summer clothing and accessories. The best and most cost effective way to make seasonal changes to home decor is with throw pillows. Stripes are great because they work well with most other patterns. I find that mixing stripes with other floral throw pillows makes a room feel less feminine. I also love mixing stripes with more formal fabrics to bring a more casual feel to a space. I have been looking for striped pillows to add as accents to my office and guest room. Here are some of my favorites so far.
With all of these options, I am ready to get my house summer ready. Bring on the stripes.
May 23, 2018 by Melissa | 0 Comments
This is a bit random, but for the past few summers I have been thinking that my family should do more picnicking. In my mind’s eye, it seems idyllic. The big blanket, great food and wine, letting the kids fly kites and maybe even watching the sunset. Now, for the record, I have absolutely no picnic gear and no experience picnicking anywhere but the beach. My beach experience, however, was less picnic more “packing a lunch for a day at the beach.” So, basically, I have no experience picnicking. But, I am undeterred. I am going to make it happen this year and, if I have anything to say about it, we are taking our maiden voyage this weekend.
Of course, I am not willing to do this half way. It is amazing what some people can do with a picnic. It must takes hours of preparation and lots of help transporting things to the site. While I am inspired by all of the amazing picnic images I see out there, I am pretty sure that my own picnic will not be quite as pulled together. Nevertheless, since I need to gather some basics, I decided that I may as well choose pieces that I love.
Of course, no picnic is complete without picnic food. I think the best picnic food is food that tastes great at room temperature. I don’t have any interest in bringing a camping stove or portable BBQ on a picnic. Everything below can be made ahead and transports fairly easily. I would definitely be excited to see this feast on my picnic blanket.
With my gear and menu in place, all that is left is finding the perfect patch of grass for my blanket. Wish me luck!