...this crazy-chrome Milo Baughman rocking chair from 1st Dibs and thinking it would look fab recovered in Jonathan Adler's Acid Palm Watermelon Fabric.
My Nathalie Lete obsession isn't something I keep secret. I've started a dinner plate collection, and someday I hope to have a breakfront where I can display them and use them freely. For now, I have them buried in a cabinet waiting for the day we're in our new house and I proudly declare them our everydays. I'm holding myself to that instead of doing what I typically do, which is save them for special occasions. You know what's a special occasion? RIGHT NOW!
If you've been following along on Instagram, you know that the Tabscott family is moving. I have a heavy heart about leaving our city house, but I am excited about the adventures ahead. It's taken all of my will-power not to buy any furniture or accessories prior to the move because 1) I've made that mistake before and 2) We don't know exactly how much money will be budgeted for decorating yet and 3) I like so much of everything that I change my mind every ten minutes.
However, after a Nathalie Lete Ebay browse session, I impulsively and happily bought this cute pillow that will go on my daughter's bed in the new home. There were several choices, but I went with pink because it'll jive with the overall plan.
Meanwhile, I'll hold off on buying this plate for my collection...
I'm getting some ideas together for Mimi's room in the new house. The little Miss is tough to please, and she has very different opinions on color and furniture than her mother! Yikes and let's hope she comes around...
Plan #1: White Walls
Wish us luck!
Official (Partial) Home Tour! I hope you enjoy--we do!
Our spirit animals are animals that have qualities or characteristics that we perceive to be present within ourselves. We may connect with them throughout our entire lives, or we may only connect with them at certain times in our lives. I enjoy thinking about this, mostly because I just love animals.
As a kid, I felt deeply connected to horses. I have a vivid memory of gazing out of my school bus' window when I was young and imagining myself riding a horse alongside the bus. The horse was running, and I was posed forward, gripping the reins, with my hair blowing in the wind. Not obvious that I craved freedom, right? Ha. Most certainly, the horse is a spirit animal that has represented me throughout life. The horse represents drive, passion, freedom, and strong motivation. Plus, they're just darned beautiful.
Any fellow Hufflepuffs out there? That's one of the four houses at Hogwarts, the school for witches and wizards in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. I took the "Which House Are You In?" quiz on the Pottermore website, and I was assigned Hufflepuff. After some digging, I realized why: the badger is the Hufflepuff mascot.
The badger is more closely my adult spirit animal. Like badgers, I am territorial, grounded, and introverted. Though they're not as sexy to talk about as horses, they're funky little critters with a penchant for independence, cunning, self-reliance and passion. They're not averse to being unclean, either. That's exactly like me--I once had a stretch of four snow days back in 1998, and I didn't get out of my pajamas or shower the whole time. It was bliss.
What do spirit animals have to do with interiors? Well, I got to thinking of how it would be cool to incorporate animal photography into a home's decor, and though I have an affection toward cows, it would be way more meaningful to choose horses or badgers instead. You know? Then, my animals' symbolism would be present--a daily reminder that dammit, I am passionate! And all you haters can go jump! Or, on a more positive day, I could be reminded that I should indeed tackle that incredibly giant and complicated project, because dammit, I am driven!
You get my drift.
Randal Ford's animal photography rocks. Check it out here.
What's your spirit animal? I'd love to hear! Lemme know in the comments section.
Yours in animal-love,
Every once in a while, I'll tumble curiously into Kelly Wearstler's universe via the internet and spend days digesting her genius. It's no secret that, probably like you, I crave inspiration and that feeling that comes with your eye being shocked into something magical and then your heart leaps with happiness. One a small (mall) scale, this is what happens to me when I visit Anthropologie. You know? It's a physical and emotional connection that surprises and enlivens you all at the same time. I just love that.
And moreso, I crave the ability to make that connection happen. What is my voice? What is my style? How does voice and style translate into space?
I love asking these questions. I digress.
If you want to be inspired to ask these questions of yourself, listen to Clever's podcast with Kelly Wearstler. It prompted me to explore her hotel work, so I'll share some pics I'm nicking from the webiverse.
There ya go, friends--some magic to start your Wednesday.
Hi, friends! I'm really excited to share the brainstorm board that I've created for our guest bedroom. It all started when I was doing my morning reading and saw this amazingness:
I fall hard for fabric, you guys. Hard. I instantly knew that I had to use this Jade Lotus from Schumacker somewhere. Our guest room is the perfect spot--and it's in need of a makeover! Right now the room is a hodgepodge of my old sewing stuff, random furniture (see ya), and nothing special. I cannot wait to make it come alive with bursts of color, whimsy, and gorgeousness.
Tons of inspiration came from Pencil and Paper Co., whom I happen to love and am currently using to design our master bath remodel. I love how Gen Schor uses mixtures of antiques plus contemporaries plus whimsy plus color to create the most enviable spaces. Like this...
Look how Gen layered the Deconstructed Stripe fabric with the Jade Lotus. Doesn't it create a cool juxtaposition of elegance and fun? I think so.
Now back to my guest bedroom.
I really wanted to start with this rattan bed from Anthropologie, but part of the guestroom has a sloped ceiling and a dormer, and I decided that a tall-ass bed would just emphasize that slope even more. Not cool.
After hunting for a different rattan bed and getting nowhere, I found this Chippendale from Ballard. I like it's simplicity, and I like how it plays nicely with the Deconstructed Stripe fabric, which I plan to use to either dress a nightstand or slipcover a desk chair.
Then, I'm going to steal my West Elm Everett chairs from the living room. They look great there, but honestly, they're too small to really lounge on. I'm only 5'7, and I feel like the chairs are built for tinier people. You can't really get full-on comfy in them, sadly. They'd be a great add to a guestroom where they're more for show than utility. Don't they look pretty with the Jade Lotus, too?
I want to get an antique desk for the room, as well. I'm scouring Craigslist daily to find one that is the right size, color, and style.
One of my favorite parts of decorating is layering art and accessories. Taking cues from Pencil and Paper Co., I've gathered some ideas.
How cute is that cat figurine from Anthropologie?
Wish me luck, friends! I'll post progress pics as they happen.
I don't know. But I should be. I guess I don't shop there because I'm on a self-imposed-Christmas-is-here-in-a-few-months-spending-freeze, but also because I don't visit the UO at the mall, thinking that I'll be outed as an over-forty and then be embarrassed. However, that didn't stop me from shopping their online apartment section, and whoa-sisters!!! Do they have some super-cute pillows! Like really. Why was I stuck in a West Elm pillow rut? You guys are going to freak out. Look.
Which is your favorite? I love them all.
Happy Monday, lovelies.
With every living room I post, I'm like, "OHMIGOSH, this is the one!!!" Ha. I love them all. What's so fabby about this one is the affordable price tag. WOOT! Do you love it?
This is our living room as it is right now. Oh, hi there, overstuffed leather couch and chair from 1995--an artifact from the days of buying furniture from big box stores without a plan. But you know what? These bad-boys survived two bulldogs and a lab, so they deserve some credit. They'll make some college kid very happy when we sell them on Craigslist.
And yes, I have a thing with houseplants.
This space is hard to work with because it's narrow, but there aren't options with furniture layouts because the TV is in the bookcase. Since this is where we do most of our hanging out, we want furniture that's comfortable like this. The only problem with the Cloud choice is that I don't want to forever be fluffing up pillows and reshaping the couch. That's what I have to do with the couch by the front window (in the back of the picture), because my dog likes to hang out up there and watch passers-by. It's a pain to be re-shaping pillows all the time.
But I digress. I want something super-comfortable (especially for my tall husband and kids), sassy looking and durable. I want it to be velvet, too. If you have recommendations, please share them in the comments and thanks in advance!
I'll keep you posted.
Have a great weekend, loves.
You guys--this room is killing me!!!! I've styled a number of family rooms lately, prepping to makeover our own and ditch our big-a$$ leather sofa from 1995, and this board takes the cake. And by cake, I mean all the money I don't have. The seating here is exxx-pennnn-siiiii-ve. So, if you're a mega-millionaire looking to donate to One Girl's Fantasy Home Decor fund, contact me privately for my PayPal and thanks in advance.
This is a shot of our former entry way styled with art from my Etsy store, mixed with family black and white photography, framed Rifle Paper Co. wrapping paper, and a really fun vintage children's guitar from Etsy. I love mixing pieces for gallery walls, and there's nary a room in my house without one. Stay tuned for the picture of the gallery wall in our master...
In the meantime, check out my art picks on Pinterest.
Okay, okay...So these products are pricey...I know. This cabinet is simply amazing, though, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to style it out. So, #sorrynotsorry.
Here is a less expensive cabinet option, because I'm more likely to spend $559 than $2500 as well. A girl can dream though, right?
I love the functionality of entry cabinets; if you're like the Tabscott family, you have dog leashes, ball caps, and random junk that accumulates near the front door and needs to be hidden.
Blush is trendy right now, and I have to agree that it's awesome. It's so calming and pretty, and when mixed up with black and white, it just rocks.
Enjoy, friends! XO