Gone Travelin'

For the next week I'll be trading in blue skies and 80-degrees for fall colors and my wool coat. Hmmm, think I can rock my flip flops with that?


Blush and Bashful

I don't know about you, but I've never been a huge fan of pink...until recently. Ever since Julia Roberts declared blush and bashful her "signature colors" in Steel Magnolias, the color has reminded me of Pepto. No thanks! Lately, however, I've noticed that I'm warming to it slightly - even using pale pink peonies in my wedding. While I don't think I'll be swapping my favorite black tee for a rose-colored blouse any time soon, I still found the photo of the closet above rather beautiful. I wonder if the owner's house looks anything like this?

(image by Tsilli via the NEO-traditionalist, wire magazine rack at Brook Farm General Store, image via Maggy Moon Interiors, recycled glass vase at Brook Farm General Store, remy pillow at Crate and Barrel, bordeaux large polished nickel tray at Haus Interior, postcards image via The Estate of Things)


Fashion Forward - C Tables

I've been invited on a great new adventure created by the lovely Katherine at Paper Pocket and Clair of Obstinate Pursuit! Such a great idea, Fashion Forward is essentially a weekly roundup of trends in both fashion and interiors. Participants post their favorites every Monday and it's a clever way of keeping up with beautiful things all over the Web and world. Each month Fashion Forward will have a new host (Katherine is this months) so be sure to head over to Paper Pocket to check it out!

My FF post for this week is all about the C Table. I've been noticing these stylish yet functional pieces at all my favorite haunts including Room and Board and CB2, and think they're fabulous. Easy to maneuver and chic enough to display, these tables tuck right next to your sofa and make a great place for your drink or your laptop. I don't know about you, but I appreciate any man, woman or inanimate object willing to perform double-duties. Therefore, this board is dedicated to you, C Table. Keep up the good work!

(platinum reform temple vases by Jonathan Adler, mirror-framed mirror from West Elm, festival rug via Anthropologie, big dipper arc lamp at CB2, reese sofa in fabric troy and color granite at Room and Board, luxe silk pillows by Thomas Paul, framed side table (c table) by West Elm)


Weekly Whiteout

(image via Colour Me Happy)
Sigh. White subway tile AND fluffy white towels. Life doesn't get much better!


Perfect Placement

I'm loving the mix-n-match photography in the room above. Even though I'm usually a fan of pretty monochromatic color schemes in bedrooms, all the colors, shapes, textures and patterns in this one are really working for me.

(umbrella stand in green faux crocodile embossed leather by David Linley, image by ngoc minh ngo via Desire to Inspire, reversible linen pillows by Thomas Paul, letterpress calendar by Seesaw, de la tour side table at Urban Outfitters, muse monumental candle by Jonathan Adler, format cube at CB2, image of the sartorialist by scott schuman at Doobybrain)


Weekly Whiteout

(image by Justin Patrick via Desire to Inspire)

This week has really gotten away from me and I just realized I never posted a Weekly Whiteout! I figured now to be as good a time as any though right? I'm obsessed with this bathroom. Have you ever seen a more amazing tub?? Love the pop of red too. (I know, shocking.)


Delicious Dining

I fell in love with this "delicious" sign the moment I saw it and knew it warranted a board. Sadly it wouldn't be right in my own space, but how great is it in a gray and white kitchen with teal backsplash??

(umbra enselada salad servers at Unica Home, distinct patterned glasses by Emmanuel Babled at the MoMA store, vintage kitchen sign at Signs for Homes, ceramic water filter at A+R, 50s yellow kitchen canisters via Fabulous Mess, stainless steel teakettle at Cooking.com, le petit dej' breakfast tray by White Designs at A+R)


Speaking of Glamorous...

Today's board got me thinking about all the glamorous people in my life, and I kept coming back to this particular photo. This is my favorite photograph of my grandparents; two people who truly embodied elegance. My Swedish grandmother was a presence, standing nearly six-feet tall with crystal blue eyes. She was a gourmet cook and possessed a talent for making her own clothes so ahead of their time, her style rivaled even Chanel. My grandfather, as I've mentioned before, became a well known mid-century modern architect designing such celebrated structures as the home of Frank Sinatra. That is how I knew them in their later years, but this is how I like to think of them.

They met by chance in Sweden, and knew each other just five days before being separated for four years by an ocean and a war. Letters were exchanged, money was saved, papers were filed, and still, my grandmother was dangerously close to missing her only chance to travel to the U.S. She made it, however, and I'm living proof. This photo was taken shortly after they reunited.

I've been contemplating writing a book about their lives because the details are so unbelievable, it almost seems an injustice to not tell their story. My question is, what do you think?


Glam it Up

I'm a flip flop girl. Truly, I wear them every day to work, to shop, to dine. Okay not always to dine, but mostly. Comfort is my first mistress, but there's a small part of me that secretly dreams of adding a touch of glamour every now and again. If my bedroom looked this one though, I'm willing to bet my shoe options would be far greater!

(post card by ceci ny via Snippet and Ink, image via House of Turquoise, marisol mirror from restoration hardware via Apartment Therapy, provence society perfume bottles at Anthropologie, necklace by Old Soul New Heart, baxter sofa at Pieces, hayworth nightstand from Pier 1 Imports)


Bits of Whimsy

Rain fell on the desert today and it finally feels like fall. I love gloomy skies every now and then, but I must say that my mostly white house looks a little pale in the shade. I think if I were to face cloud cover more often than not, I would definitely add more color to my life! And twinkle lights. Definitely twinkle lights.

(put a party dress on by beth retro via Scoutie Girl, eames molded plastic rocker via Design Within Reach, polly wreford photography via SF Girl by Bay, little birch jewelry stand from Urban Outfitters, jcrew makeup bags image via Creature Comforts)


Now We're Cookin'

In real life, I think stainless steel fixtures and appliances would be terribly difficult to keep clean. In my pretend world (and kitchen) silver seems awfully tasty. What do you think?

(industrial lighting via Portland Monthly, cherries photograph via Closet Cooking, emeco barstool from Design Within Reach, image via Skona Hem, bread bowl by erik bagger at MOMA, modern kitchen towels by dwell studio for Target)


Weekly Whiteout

(image from the Domino archive)

I'm loving the contrast of this clean white hallway with all the black and white photos!


A Dose of Swedish Style

(picture perfect -a friend's home)

Some of my favorite childhood memories took place on trips with my parents to visit my Swedish family in Stockholm. I loved (and still do) the people, color, styles and architecture. While the city of Stockholm was of course one of the highlights of our vacation, the place I looked forward to visiting most was my aunt's country house. Right on the water, we'd have breakfast on the dock and pick blackberries in the afternoon. These days, several of my cousins also have small cottages on the property making it even more festive, but the simplicity of the place has never changed. It's been a few years since I've been able to make the trip, so I thought an inspiration board might suffice! For today that is.

(the gathering – an original polaroid via Trampoline, natural tree stump side table from West Elm, kaleidoscopic throw - zinnia from Anthropologie, image via Apartment Therapy, alvar aalto vase via Red.House, vintage scandinavian books and factory light sculptures from Jayson Home & Garden, myrica eva bowl from Huset, knot door stop at Haus Interior)


It's In The Print

I love to mix and match prints while keeping colors complementary and I think this room is such a great example of how successful it can be. Not to mention, how great is the covered acrylic bench at the foot of the bed??

(house beautiful image via House of Turquoise, petite script plates from Jayson Home & Garden, mason jars from Perch Design, philippe starck louis ghost armchair from Design Within Reach, lomography diana+ aviator camera at Urban Outfitters, letterpress print from Hijirik Studio, desmond screens by jonathan adler, erich ginder ghost antler coat racks at Design Public)

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