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Loving Lately: Patterns

17 Feb

Now that I’ve got my daughter’s dollhouse completely primed inside and out, I’m looking for some fun wallpaper ideas. Since I hoard inspiration on Pinterest, I immediately turned to my “Pretty Patterns” board and oohed and ahhed over all my selections before I culled them to my favorites, above. To see the sources of each, please visit the Pinterest board.

Clearly, I’m drawn to florals. But pulling all my favorite patterns together into the above helped me realize that I’m into abstract and more organic shapes too. For example, look at the cover of that Rebecca Atwood book, Living with Pattern.  Gorgeous! That’s a coveted coffee table read I’m adding to my book wish list stat coincidentally, cough::Mother’s Day:: cough. I’ll always love anything with a Greek key or a Moroccan trellis, but this exercise opened my eyes to a softer, more feminine way of bringing in some of the more graphic patterns I’m drawn to.

I mention this because right now, the headboard that I upholstered myself just before I gave birth to my daughter, now nearly two years old, is begging for an update. I’m so glad I didn’t both with batting and plywood to make it — it’s just a cardboard template that I stapled a beautiful floral fabric to. I actually used the PotteryBarn Kids box that my daughter’s crib came it to make it. How’s that for recycling?!

Anyways, since installing some simple DIY framed Rifle Paper Co., calendar art in our room, finally potting up my faux fiddle leaf, and hanging curtains from actual curtain rods, our bedroom is starting the feel like the sanctuary I’d always envisioned. Except for that floral headboard that I’m tired of looking at.

I think an update is in order and so far, I’m thinking of a more neutral headboard with some beautiful, graphic toss pillows. Which I want to make myself of course. Hah! But I’m also considering framing out the headboard in some sort of wood to make it look a little more substantial and also bring in some natural texture to the room.

What are some home decor updates you’re itching to make? 


Vintage Embroidered Handkerchiefs

30 Sep


As a rule, I try not to “collect” things unless they serve some useful purpose. Ok… and I like them to be pretty. For sentimental reasons, I like to pick up art, postcards, and Christmas ornaments when we travel, but one of my favorite and more useful collections is my embroidered handkerchiefs. I probably should have been born in the Victorian era because I really admire traditional women’s craftwork, like needlework, but I also hate waste and love any opportunity to make green choices, and well, a handkerchief is a beautifully practical alternative to Kleenex!

When I read that Lauren Conrad scoured thrift shops looking for vintage monogrammed handkerchiefs to gift her bridesmaids, I was so impressed (and a little jealous that I hadn’t thought to do the same for my own bridal party). My something borrowed for my wedding was actually a gorgeous handkerchief with butterfly crochet work done along the corner. It killed me to return it back to mother-in-law, it was so beautiful and special.

Handkerchiefs might be considered old-fashioned today, but were once an indispensable part of any stylish woman’s wardrobe. Material was symbolic of the social and economic class of the user. It was an important favor to gift to another, commonly carried by all, and often used by young women to signal a young man across the room. I’ve found most of my handkerchiefs at thrift shops all over New England, but I especially appreciate the art and sentiment behind them. I love to imagine my great-great grandmother embroidering on hers, turning something basic and functional into something beautiful.  Most cost less than a dollar and the embroidered detail on each is just exquisite. That’s probably why my favorite aspect of this “collection” is just looking for them whenever I can.

Just lovely: Eberjey Colette Racer Back

24 Jul

I’ll be the first to admit that the majority of my undergarments are functional. Most of my bras are an oh-so-unsexy, yet practical, nude (for wear under white clothing and just about everything else), and for a while now, my underwear have begun to start moving away from preventing VPLs (“visible panty lines!”) and more toward concealing just how little I’ve hit the gym and how many cookies I’ve consumed of late. Still, there’s something so lovely about elevating an everyday, often plain old wardrobe stable like a racer-back bra into a sweet, delicate work of art. Since I bought my Eberjey Collette Racer Back Bra two years ago, (and seen it re-pinned on my page 57+ times!) I’ve gone out of my way to find reasons to wear it. Like with off-the-shoulder tops so the delicate lace strap is visible or with loose camisoles, so the top peeks out on purpose. And it is so, so, so comfy. I know a “bralet” might send a lot of women running since they do NOT offer much in the way of support, but for my fellow less well-endowed ladies, this is one way to flaunt what you’ve got for a change. It’s so pretty, too, right?