Hot Pink 6
Love the pink lamps, textiles and peonies…But what do you think of that wallpaper??
Photos from Town & Country, World of Interiors and We Heart It.

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Lovely photos in the June issue by Tom Allen


Can’t wait to see Great Gatsby!

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From Tumblr blog aptly named Awesome People Reading.

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There’s a lovely feature on the home of Sydney woman Wendy Paterson in this month’s Vogue Living Australia, showcasing her taste for simplicity…

Paterson spends her weekends “fossicking” for treasures at flea markets and antique stores.
She tells Vogue Living: “I always want my home to be better on Monday than it is on Friday because of something new I’ve found.”

“I always want to pare things back so that each object has its own space
— to decorate with the lightest touch.”

Paterson says: “I love the ghosts of past owners.”

When she renovated her house, she kept a saying on a wall:
“White is not the mere absence of colour.”

…LOVE her cameo collection…

The magazine is available on Zinio.

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This is how our house looks at the moment….

(The woman with moon print is by Rose Walton. I bought it from her a million years ago when she was selling her art on Ebay. I lost track of her for awhile but recently found her on Etsy.)

(Previous places where we’ve lived. Also with cats.)

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“Don’t look back, you’re not going there anyway.” “Forgiveness starts with realizing the other person is barking mad.” “Eat. Read. Sleep.”

I have a file full of Tumblr quotes…Words to live by, my friends….








Fall down eight times, stand up nine…Chin up kid.

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Lately I’ve been bookmarking Pinterest files in my toolbar. Here are some of the photos from one that I’m obsessed with: Sara Jane’s “Down the Lane.

The file belongs to “stylist, creative consultant, visual storyteller” Sarah Prall. She bookmarks interiors…and the requisite deer photos…

Peeling fences and tattered quilts….

Old-fashioned dilapidates…

Still Lifes…

Colorful knits from faraway lands…

Bloomsbury-esque spaces…

Perfectly named, Down the Lane, if  you’re on a country road….Where I’d really like to be…

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If given the chance, I would paint every wall and floor in our house white.  Of course my spouse objects, saying white floors aren’t  practical.  But I disagree. I painted a bathroom floor once with several thick coats of white deck paint and it was easy to clean with bleach.  I found the photos of this house (below) on 1st Option recently. It’s the perfect example of  Modern Vintage

I love these colorful fabric hearts mixed with crystal strands and shell discs….

This little clothing rack (below) proves that you can fashion anything with pipes from the hardware store….
I love the mix of turquoise and yellow paint on this old cabinet…

Lovely mix of linens and blankets on this vintage bed!  I love to shop at Ikea for colorful sheets, then pair them with vintage coverlets….What do you think??

By the way, this is my first post here in, well, months…I hope you guys are still out there reading…–Tina

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Morning friends. How are you all today? I hope you had a wonderful week and that you feel rested and ready for the week. Today I have Vignettes on the brain, or table scapes as some like to call them. I love a beautiful collection of objet as much as the next gal, and today I am going to share some tips on how to compile a great one.

You love all you little bits and bobs so much. It’s easy to succumb and display them all at one. This approach runs the risk of looking cluttered and un-edited. Rather use the ‘rotation system’. Only display a selected group at a time. That way, you won’t tire of them as quick. Changing table displays is a also a great way of giving as room a quick mini redo.

Display like coloured items together. Tis will make a bolder statement and is pleasing to the eye. It is also a quick and easy way of to add a burst if colour to a neutral space.

Remember, you can use everyday items to create a beautiful display. Why not use a combination of makeup, jewellery, perfume bottles and the like to create a feminine vignette on your dressing table.


Books are very handy in generating height in vignettes. Use piles of large books on a coffee table to transform it from a bland surface to an interesting feature.

Simplicity is key. Sometimes, the simplest of collections can be the most striking. Group objects to tell a story.

Mother Nature is your friend. Potted plants, cur flowers or other organic elements to add texture, interest or colour to a vignette.

What is you secret to the perfect table scape? 

All styling and decorating done by of Beauty and Love aka me, and photo’s taken by Gregor from Gap photography.


I hope you are inspired,

Ciao, Lelanie.

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While in route to Zurich from Vienna on the train we learned that the mountain pass between Austria and Switzerland had been closed because of a train derailment. All trains were being diverted through Germany. Instead of enduring a 15-hour train trip, I decided to get off in Salzburg. I found a single room at the Wolf-Dietrich for 60 euros. The bed had a really wonderful mushy down comforter and pillow. (White of course). The weather was perfect for a stroll (with a light coat) along the Salzach river.

I couldn’t resist buying a box of the Mozart candy!!

They finally reopened the pass through the Austrian alps this morning, and now I’m in Zurich waiting to board the train to Paris! This station is huge and busy, with people carting big bags of skis…I should probably sign off because with my luck, I’ll miss the train…Too many distractions…

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Sofia Coppola and her husband, French rock star Thomas Mars, have found a gorgeous new home with a rare “secret garden” in the middle of Greenwich Village, according to the Wall Street Journal. The couple paid nearly $10 million for the light and bright abode.

(Real estate listing photos, above, from elliman.com)

I can’t wait to see how she decorates it!

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I was flipping through previous issues of Matchbook Magazine today and I was reminded of how awesome Katie Armour’s story was on Kate and Jack Spade. (In the November issue.) The story stretched over 18 luscious pages, filled with photos of the couple’s New York apartment. SO GREAT! Take a look at some of the shots by the talented Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg:

See the full story HERE!


Don’t forget to enter to win the Kate Spade New Year’s bangle.
Winner will be picked Friday!


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Too often people treat their treasured collection of favorite books as a decorating nuisance, but with the right spirit and eye they can become an asset to any room — one that lends individuality and personality. I’m constantly searching for new and creative ways to display and store my books. Here are a few tips for living stylishly with (millions) of books:

Small spaces, particularly in urban settings, often have to do double duty. Take a lesson from the English and stylish Manhattan apartment dwellers who often turn their dining rooms into libraries. Deep wall colors and a complimentary painted ceiling are the perfect foil for a glittery chandelier and vintage mix-and-match dining seating. Even is you have to eat alone, what could be better than pulling down a favorite book for company?

Don’t be reluctant to mix  your books up with other decorative home decor objects. At first glance, the wall console (above) has a kind of undergraduate informality. But the combination with modern ceramic pieces and comic decorative items gives it all a light-hearted style. The whole effect is amplified by a very 21st century ceiling fixture, a modernist sofa, and the funky table lamp on the very adult rattan bar cart. It’s a room for the young at heart, whatever their age.

Your personal library becomes a visual focal point of a room. These modern shelves with the books stacked rather than stored on end has all the character of a conceptual art piece and plays beautifully against the two contemporary floor lamps and the vintage Eames lounge chair. The quiet star of the room, though, is the contemporary chandelier, which somehow harmonizes with the architecture of the bookshelf.

Photos via Architectural Digest,  Nuevo Estilo, Alvhem, Desire to Inspire, Living Agency, Mires Paris and Penguin By Design.

(Portions of this post are from a design piece I wrote recently for Lamps Plus.)

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First time doing a post like this!

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(Inspired by this post on Gravel and Gold.)

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I picked up a copy of the Steve Jobs biography today. I can’t wait to get started.

What are you reading?

Thank you again for hanging in there with me through my technical woes.
What do you think of my temporary template!? Very minimalist!

It doesn’t have a clear button to click if you want to leave a message! So I’ll add a link:


Thank you!


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1st Option, the premiere UK property management firm for filming and photography, recently added a Gloucestershire castle to its portfolio of amazing properties. All photos of old castles immediately make me think of the book “I Capture the Castle,” by Dodie Smith. Have a look:

I love the white walls and the stained-glass windowpanes!


All this just fuels my castle obsession. My ancestors owned a castle called Owlpen near Bath, England, for four centuries. The family lost the house in 1815 when Thomas Daunt VII nearly burned the place down while practicing witchcraft. (Sorcery seemed to be a family hobby through out the centuries.) The family also owned Kilcascan castle in Cork County, Ireland. If I ever win the lottery, I really want to buy it!

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I love this lovely, bright loft in Gothenburg, Sweden. It’s so cheerful and charming.
My favorite detail: the ladder in use as a bookshelf!

Via Alvhem Makleri.

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Culture Overflowing
Over the past few years, I’d see this photo every so often on various Internet locales.
Every time I saw it, I would file it away with a note: Someday I want a staircase just like that.

This weekend I finally found the source:

The photo was taken by David Serra, a Zurich-based photographer. It’s a photo of a staircase at his uncle’s Paris apartment. He calls it “Culture Overflowing.” “I enjoy the rare times when I see him and his wife,” Serra wrote on his flickr page. “They perfectly represent the typical Parisian artist couple. I love them.”

David said he started to shoot his first rolls of film in 1999 when his father gave him his old Olympus OM-1.

“Although I was fairly reluctant to go digital, I am now exclusively using digital cam at the expenses
of my OM-1 unfortunately,” he says.

His photography is fantastic. (You can see more of it here!)

Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday!


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…the small treasures of others, that are so fascinating…

{Ismay Ozga}

new inspirations.

{Rachel Duarte}

Spring inspiration wall

{Mundo Flo}

Flea Market Loot Today
{Holly Becker}

{little branches}

Coleção Mi
{Marcado Imaginario}

house of thoughts
{Sabine Timm}


When I was in elementary school, I collected rhinestones and little wooden animals.
I wish I still had them!

Why are the small collections of others so interesting?

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Claudia Alves Carreiro has filled her home with painted furniture and vibrant textiles:

Living room.
corners of my home.
living room
at home
at home
lazy moments...

I want to move in and hang out on the couch with the cat…

(More photos by Claudia here.)

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I’m so in love with this house featured in the May/June issue of Marie Claire Maison.
The Chinese paper lantern hung from an old ceiling medallion is my idea of fine decor!

Have a look:

The photo spread features the house of Myriam and Dominique, who traded in their life in Paris for a more spacious abode in Nimes. According to the story: “Not only did they earn square meters, they also gave new priority to their life: freedom, fun and creativity.”

I can’t decide which room I like the most: Maybe the library? But the bedroom is pretty wonderful too.

(Photos by Vincent Leroux.)

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Becky, a 20-year-old English Lit geek living in London, scribbled out this list in a Moleskine notebook at 3 am
a couple nights ago. She posted it on her Tumblr page,
and within 24 hours, more than 11,000 people had saved it in their favorites file.

She was astonished. “I still don’t know how something I scribbled in a hurry at 3am got so many notes in the space of a day? Shakespeare is clearly too awesome,” Becky said in an update on the post today. “I spelt “bated” wrong, awk … Someone said this looks like a serial killer’s notebook, which made me laugh a lot. They’re not wrong, I’ve been a sleep deprived zombie lately.”

She certainly is a girl on a mission.

On her birthday on August 30th, she set a challenge for herself: Read a book every week until she turns 21. “Lately, I’ve gotten into the terrible habit of buying books but never reading them.
Gradually I’ve been reading less and less,” she said.

She put together a list of 52 books (heavy on Palahniuk, Murakami and Hemingway) and posted it here.
“I thought it would be a good way to encourage others to read more too.”
Want to take the challenge? The details are here.
She’s also giving away the books she reads.


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Happy Saturday…The October issue of The World of Interiors is out this week with a profile of the Hudson Valley retreat of architects Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown. It’s really charming, compete with gingerbread:

I love the modern touches in this room mixed with old fashioned textiles:

This kitchen is so cute with the vintage stove and the incredible staircase.
I imagine it leading to a little sleeping loft…

World of Interiors is such an interesting magazine. The houses they feature are never over stylized. You get a realistic glimpse of peoples’ living spaces. Sort of like Domino, but more eclectic.

This little house is one of my favorites.

I hope you’re having a lovely Saturday. I’m reading magazines at the moment, which I guess is obvious from this post. I need to stop procrastinating and do chores…

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