We made it back from New Orleans in one piece, although I have felt like a zombie for most of the week and let’s face it probably tomorrow as well. We ate all of their food, took haunted voodoo and non-haunted gator tours, ate more of their food, and walked approximately 5,000 miles. Such a vibrant, wonderfully smelly, magical, musical, enchanting place. I loved it. I was even able to pull Chris and Meg away for a quick hour to shoot a mini-engagement session. I only shot film the whole time so the full recap won’t be for a couple of weeks until I get the scans back.
The first day we were there, Meg and I walked around the French Quarter and promptly purchased art from a charming little art gallery from a Russian woman who was painting peonies. After many years of traveling, I have determined that if you are even thinking about purchasing the art, you should purchase the art. Because there will never be another time to come back and you will wonder about the art for the rest of your life. We both bought sweet little flower paintings that were already framed. Now that I am back home, I have been trying to figure out the perfect place to put mine. I don’t want it to get swallowed up in a gallery wall (and have actually started to get sick of this one – I think I need to update and edit it), so I am trying to find a place in our bedroom where it will look like it was meant to be. Here are some of my favorite examples of randomly placed art that make the rooms awesome.
This image is from the Curbly House by Emily Henderson. Emily can do no wrong in my eyes and this little vignette is so perfectly edited. I love how the mini-painting looks like it has always been there.
This is also by Emily. I remember when I first saw the painting under the window I was like wait can you do that? You can and you should, apparently.
When in doubt, lean a painting on a nightstand so you can look effortless and cool. Except it takes you (or me) an hour to figure out the exactly angle and location at which to lean said painting so you can look like you just threw it down on the way to Whole Foods (or somewhere that effortlessly cool people go). I’m still working on this technique. Also those curtains and that fixture are everything.
Every time I see this image I think it’s stupid that I don’t have black and white striped wallpaper everywhere. I want to stripe the whole house. Also, another example of an expertly leaned painting.
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I’ve lived in my house going on 5 and a half years now. And for the last 6 months or so, I have been getting a serious itch to redecorate. I think I did a pretty good job (other than the sea of brown in my family room that constantly plagues me) picking out big stuff for my house. I still like my sofa and main chair mostly along with my wood pieces. But I am feeling a little bored, I guess. I won’t actually be redecorating, by the way. While we may buy a few new things along the way, we probably plan to move in the next couple years or so and it makes more sense to wait until we get in a new house to buy things that fit that. Furniture dimensions are so tricky and individual to each space. Furthermore we have a few more pressing financial commitments on our plates right now like weddings. Despite that, a girl can dream. And after looking at this, it is apparent that I dream in Anthropologie. Which I suppose comes as no surprise to anyone.
I have been eyeing this pendant for approximately a year now.
A nice new sofa with beauty lines.
Pillows to sauce it up 1 2
I can’t decided if I would like something more like this rug or this rug. I like the traditional feel of the second but the first looks fluffier. I will never again get a really dark rug. Despite what you may have been led to believe, it shows EVERYTHING and by everything, I mean little orange cat hairs.
I like the idea of some super modern touches like this lamp in a more traditional space.
I bought myself this star as a birthday present the other day because I decided our house needed it. I also bought that gold pot that Colleen shared in yesterday’s post. It’s a winner.
Loving this wood campaign feeling dresser
This is a perfect mantle mirror, I believe.
That’ll do nicely.
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Our backyard patio is one of my favorite parts of our house, with a spacious wood deck lined with rose and peony bushes and an outdoor fireplace. However, I have yet to decorate it (other than hanging bistro lights for a party right after we moved in). My excuse is that every time we clean the freaking thing, it just gets dirty again. There is a huge overhanging tree that drops gum balls like crazy and poor Corey just can’t keep up with it. And don’t even get me started on this pollen that just sits on the wood planks and refuses to get washed away by the rain. So most of the time the patio is a mess and I just don’t want to have to deal with cleaning up the decor in addition to keeping it walkable.
But then I see all of these beauties…
Image credits: One / Two / Three / Four
They all look pretty glorious. So let’s just hypothesize about how I would incorporate some low maintenance decor that would allow for all of my friends to come over for an evening outdoor dinner situation, shall we?
1) I think we need a nice long table to take up some space. This folding table from Ikea is pretty attractive and the right price (i.e., cheap).
2) I’m quite fond of these chairs. Are they comfortable? Probably not. But they are simple and pretty.
3) I’ve wanted a striped umbrella for a long time. Maybe this will be the big year that I purchase one.
4) Oh Serena and Lily. Why do you make pillows that are so beautiful and so out of my price range? Why?
5) A nice neutral navy pillow never hurt anyone.
6) I’m not sure why I don’t already have some of these metallic planters. It’s stupid really.
7) So I love lanterns but they are freaking hard to keep clean. Do you guys just put them out for parties and keep them inside the rest of the time? My lanterns that have been outside look pretty awful. Granted, I haven’t cleaned them since my wedding almost four years ago so that could have something to do with it.
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