We have two designated living spaces in our new house, one being more formal, while the other has a more relaxed 70's feeling. I want something like these tapestries to hang in that room, but it needs to be a little more budget friendly.
I keep wanting to touch my computer screen when I look at the woven metallic tapestry. The shimmering brass, gold, and silver threads are gorgeous.
I stopped by the Chanel makeup counter the other day to see if the Summer 2012 collection was in yet. It won't hit until the end of April, but they did have their three new Joues Contraste blushes. I've been alternating between Nars Orgasm and Yves Saint Laurent #5, but of course I had to dab my finger into Malice "just to try it out".
I think Malice is the sophisticated older sister to Orgasm, as it is about two shades darker and doesn't have the frosty gold sheen. As you can see there are a few sparkles, but nothing that distracts from the color. I tweeted that it gives you that running in the woods on a cold day flush, which is my idea of perfect.
The inspiration boards for the house are alternating between what I'm calling Eclectic Regency and Boho Disco. Yeah, just as weird as you are thinking.
I haven't found much in local shops, all I tend to come home with are vintage textiles and yet another lamp without a mate.
Nothing I need, but hard to pass up brass, chevron print, and English wool, especially when I got everything for $10. The 70's chevron fabric has this great nubby texture and will be turned into seat cushions or throw pillows.
I have a three day road trip planned in two weeks that includes the antique flea market, Ikea, and thrift store stops that I hope will fill in some blanks and provide fresh inspiration.
The dreamy swirls of our newly purchased vintage coffee table. This thing weighs a ton and we are trying to get a base made for it. The one it was attached to doesn't work for the 70's vibe I have going in the living room.
Late 70's Christian Dior Lace Skirt-I'm wanting all shades of cocoa for summer, so I may have squealed when I spotted this skirt on the rack.
80's Grid Silk Top-I have a habit of picking up these little tops in every thrift store I visit. I have this crazy idea that everything will eventually be made of polyester and I'll never find a cute print in a breathable fabric again.
Late 70's Halston Matte Jersey Maxi Skirt-The original minimal.
Early 80's Bill Blass Check Separates-I'm loving my matching tops and bottoms. I'm thinking about having the skirt hemmed short.
90's Express Diamond Pattern Skirt in Forest Green-I have a feeling I'll be wearing this a lot in the fall with tights.
80's Polka Dot Peplum Dress-Couldn't have asked for a more spot on piece for spring 2012.
Late 60's red silk jacket from Saks Fifth Avenue-I was crossing fingers, legs, and toes in the dressing room that this would fit me.
For a long time I had to turn a blind eye to home stuff when I was at the flea market or thrift store. Now I have to bolt pass the racks of clothes and concentrate on buying things for our new (but very old) house.
Well, until this week, when I knew my local thrift store was having their big kick off event for the new season. They stock the store from top to bottom with fresh donations.
As you can see, I'm still obsessed with prints, especially checks and grid patterns. I bought a couple more pieces, but they are already getting cleaned up. I'm particularly over-the-moon about a suit from the 1960's. Both pieces are made from the heaviest white silk shantung, with the dress having a jewel encrusted v-neckline. I feel a little Jackie O in it, can't wait to show you guys.
We have a row of tilt windows on the wall that divides the dining room from the kitchen. I've tried doing some research on google, but unfortunately I just get page after page discussing windows on the outer walls of the house.
Any smarties out there know the windows purpose if they were made to be inside? Heat/air transfer? Or any other thoughts on what you think happened?
When we first looked at the house we planned on removing that wall to expand the kitchen. Of course, it is the first thing that attracts guests when they walk into the dining room and they all say "no!" when we tell them our plans. We have to reassure them that we want to repurpose the windows later on. There's an attic that we hope to turn into a guest suite/storage room down the road.
I was advised to just live in the house as-is for a while and let IT dictate what you really need to change. I'm glad I listened to that advice. The kitchen remodel I wanted to start on immediately has been put off because we are quickly realizing that the upstairs bathroom just isn't working for us. All of a sudden that small kitchen became not so bad;) Wrestling with shower curtains every morning in a cumbersome clawfoot tub? Not so good.
(This is the staging furniture. Our dining set can be seen in this post)
I got so caught up in the big screen adaptation of Great Expectations that I almost missed the made-for-tv version happening April 1. Bring it, Masterpiece!
Another eerily beautiful Miss Havisham, this time played by Gillian Anderson. I've never watched X-Files, but I thought she was good in The House of Mirth, so I have high hopes. Oh, and hello to the pretty boy playing Pip.
J.Crew Colorblock Stripe Boatneck Tee-I wasn't crazy about spending $45 on a t-shirt, but I was hooked on the pretty pink glow it reflects on your face. I wore this to update my driver's license and I took my best pic ever (which means I looked less crazy).
Schick neon pink razors make shaving my legs a little more fun.