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//southern charm-ed

28 Mar

nashville day 2:

first of all i am going to ask for your apologies because there are too many photos to choose from for project phone photography. i’ll try my best but the day was full of aesthetically pleasing, adventure quenching photo opportunities.

yesterday, rachel and i went on a run as soon as we woke up. after we showered, we were presented with delicious coffee from nicaragua and a breakfast for champions.

our first stop of the day was the flea market. and let me tell you, i was one inch short of heaven. this flea market makes costco look like a 7-11. (i’ve been known to exaggerate, but this is not one of those times.) i wanted to furnish my whole [imaginary] house. every thing was not only adorable but cheap. from the few antique shops i’ve been to in portland, i’d guess that everything was 1/3 of the cost. southern charm is just so accessible. my purchases of the day: locket $10, boots $25, pipe $30, lantern $18 and some sugar and cinnamon roasted pecans, fresh & warm.

my favorite finds were a beautiful pair of lamps. and a cerulean blue with leather seats set of refurbished chairs. the best find was probably a chastity belt. yep! a chastity belt.

mary, our host, let us know about this marshmallow joint. that was our next step of the journey. it was in a cute part of town, probably most comparable to portland. and what did we find? a coffee shop dedicated to portland. we had to try it. the coffee was acceptable, but the most convincing part was all of the macbooks sitting out. however, the guy at the counter was anti-social, unknowledgeable and we felt no loyalty to this ‘portland’ so we left.

we spotted another coffee shop about a block away. on our way to it, we stumbled upon custom jeans shop and boutique. the interior was perfectly done. see for yourself! then just outside we got our marshmallows with some hot chocolate. and finally we made it to our coffee shop. a lovely atmosphere, with a loft for the dj and beautiful photographs on the wall. they made good coffee, which i have learned is a rarity in nashville.

i’m not exactly sure how this happened, but we ended up at a smoke house. and by smoke house i mean it’s like a bar or coffee shop except with delicious tobacco. cigars and pipes and dominos and chess and sports tv and really nice workers. they cleaned out our flea market pipes and let us sample some flavors. i am normally against this sort of thing but we had a really great time and hung out there for longer than i would have ever expected.

around the time we left it became nap time. we headed home and of course woke up to a wonderful dinner. we seriously have the best hosts ever. ever. some pasta with a spicy sausage andouille and some collared greens and rosemary bread. everything from the local farmer’s market. and let’s not forget, strawberry pie for dessert.

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//somewhere over the rainbow

23 Mar

anything is better than what i am supposed to be doing. seriously, anything..

anne sage

design sponge

wood & wool stool

jordan ferney

cozy memories

bright bazaar

room for dessert

//feelin’ green

17 Mar

happy st. patty’s.

first things first, i seriously love this photo. it could be that ireland is in my top 3 dream destinations (sitting next to new zealand and russia.) it could be her impeccable style, striped tunic, with a neutral sweater on top and some bold mary janes, over some tall wool socks. but mostly, it’s because the girl is a badass. from this day forward, every viewer she shares this with, will give her respect. i played with barbies… she held down beasts with horns.

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next things, next…

i’m going to be real honest. it’s that time of the year i hate working with kids. ok, that’s a bit strong. not hate. but really… pinching, any touching, crossing boundaries, ugh. i would like to picture myself, on my high and mighty horse, opposing green, making a stand because it is such a silly tradition. but i’m a coward. to conform is my only safeguard. i need the assurance, no mischievous elementary school kids will be acting like leprechauns. not on my watch.

if you could see me this morning:

plushpalate.blogspot.com

i think this is better than dorothy:

parishotelboutique.blogspot.com

mmm…window shutters with a green pop. yes please.

pinterest

i normally consider myself someone who dislikes hair clips of the floral nature. but i find these rather pleasant.

etsy.com

i love the parisian influence; especially the chair but the bold green dresser definitely makes the vision complete.

thewhiteshed.com.au

everything about this photo reminds me of my friend brittany. and if you know her, you definitely agree.

pinterest

good luck to you!

may we have pinch free days

//battle of rococo, and the walls came…

15 Mar

tumbling up? strikingly finished?

i’m not sure if you ever had to stand in the corner as a form of punishment, but “i have a friend” who did. there once was a specific time (i hold dear to my heart) when i was 11ish and far too old to be standing in the corner learning a lesson. my mom’s rationale was that “if [i] wanted to act like a child, then [i’d] be treated like a child.” well if i had these aesthetics, or my mom had a savvy decorating sense (take that mom-that’s for the age-inappropriate discipline), those wasted minutes/hours could have been a time of inspiration… you’ll see what i mean

my mom used to use wallpaper a lot. i remember going to the store as a kid and picking out the best of the best; what comes to mind is a cream floral border with maroon and forest green and screaming of the early 90s. it used to be cool, and then something happened in my immediate surroundings where paint made the comeback of the century. but watch out miller.

print has come a loooong way. oh the possibilities for beautiful wallpaper. our resources seem endless. how will you ever decide?

funny you should ask. artist ludovica gioscia may have foreseen a solution to the problem of limitations. the rococo hardcore installation presents layers upon layers of pattern certainly making for a stunning visual. an incredible mix of pop imagery, traditional decorative prints, and abstract geometry—pushes the concept of interior decor to the point of pure decadence.

all photos from rococo hardcore installation

yay or nay?

//worth a thousand words

23 Feb

a very long-held dream of mine would be to have an immaculate library in my home. realistic goal projection? retirement. but who needs goals to dream? certainly not me. truth of the matter is, there are few things i love more than getting lost in a book. i could curl up and read for days before i needed to go find someone to talk to. welcome to the places i would gladly fall off the face of the planet for…

candida hofer

max and lauren

jkcreates

mrbradg

chotda

brownwithwhitedots

milenachka

hgtv

book lovers tumblr

spaces-in-between

//va-dream-cation

22 Feb

One of my all time favorite stores, as is anyone’s who has stumbled upon it, is terrain. My excitement went through the roof today when I found this wonderful treasure in Pennsylvania, which is a Garden Center, Greenhouse Café, and offers Landscaping Services.

It’s like the anthropologie of ikeas, with what looks like an impeccable menu. Unfortunately for me, as I am reading the menu, I am SO hungry… I would probably order the  Housemade “Nutella” French toast or Branzino, white bean ragout, pancetta, cabbage, mint pesto. And definitely the artisanal cheese: Rogue Creamery Smokey Bleu, Shellbark Hollow Sharp Chevre, Cypress Grove HumboldtFog, Doe Run 7 Sisters, Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, house-made preserves, honeycomb, crostinis. I can almost see my trainer’s smile now with the satisfaction that I’m nowhere near PA.

Instead, I will look at the outdoor spaces fondly and think of warmer seasons.

all images from terrain at Styers

from the café gallery

//el presidenté

21 Feb

“Nothing is a greater stranger to my breast, or a sin that my soul more abhors, than that black and detestable one, ingratitude.” -George Washington [1974] I take for granted on a daily (probably minute-ly) basis of what it means to be an American citizen, to live in a free country that was fought for, paid for with a price of great sacrifice, steered by leaders whose vision had consequences on the line that determined my existence.

“I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in his holy protection; that he would incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government; to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow citizens of the United States at large; and, particularly, for their brethren who have served in the Geld; and finally, that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacifick temper of the mind, which were the characteristicks of the divine Author of our blessed religion ; without an humble imitation of whose example, in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.” -Circular Letter to the Governours [1783].

Ryan Brenizer

“The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for giving to Mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.
May the Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid.” [1790]

Happy Birthday George Washington!

& thank you.

pottery barn

anthropologie

alexander mcqueen

olive manna

eryn brinie

terrain

zukas

Hope you enjoy  somewhat trivial finds in the grand scheme of America and Your Day Off (or your time and a half)!

//you’re the inspiration

18 Feb

Happy Friday weekenders! For your viewing pleasure, I give you my latest obsession. And by obsession I mean I may need to cancel my account because it is becoming an addiction. Pinterest is a virtual pinboard — a place where you can post collections of things you love, and “follow” collections created by people with great taste. I am someone who always saves images I find, prints them out, puts them into a scrapbook of things I love; now I am saving a whole bunch of time because this site stores things for me and allows me to find them later.

I introduce to you, pinterest. Here is a sneak peek at some of my boards, the things that inspire me. But viewer be warned, you too could develop a dependency.

//mapquest

17 Feb

Maps are such fun for decorating inspiration. My mom has wanted a map for a long time. LONG TIME. They can run fairly expensive, but I happen to find a sheet of paper (boutique papyrus wrapping) at a local market. So the six dollars which would have been a lot for wrapping a present, seemed cheap for wall art. I am going to find an ornate frame and make it gold, if it’s not already, for an old world feel. But I also love all of these ideas: hanging frame over a print, door windows, a lamp?! There are some really cool possibilities.

photos:

diy ideas|withtwocats|better homes and garden|martha stewart|simplesong

//picture this

15 Feb

I love looking at pictures. I love taking pictures. Therefore I love cameras.

I would love to start a camera collection, I believe I am at 5, so perhaps I have already begun. And as my “collection” grows, I’d take pleasure in displaying them nicely.

things organized neatly

tim milideo photography

rob orchard

dear jack sundance,

this is for you.

with love.

//wood you be mine

7 Feb

[wood]: the hard fibrous material that forms the main substance of the trunk or branches. best used for the following…

large stained wood tags $6 from olive manna

wood grained pitcher $58 from terrain

ordinal dresser $998 from anthropologie

‘italian cypress’ by tom ford $190 from nordstrom

seascape stamp set $30 by yellow owl workshop

aviator sunglasses by alexander mcqueen $480 from nordstrom

//where dreams come true

31 Jan

the beautiful claro walnut headboard & bed frame on Etsy