March 26, 2013

Neons and Neutrals

When I was in high school, I always dreamed of being a fashion designer. Over the years my interest in fashion has waned (my younger self would be appalled at my work "uniform"), but I still remember one runway show that particularly influenced me. It was Matthew Williamson spring/summer 2002, and I was fascinated by the way he combined neons with neutrals and blush pink. And the scalloped hems? Come on, he was like 10 years ahead of the trend.

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Side note - this was also around the time that Britney performed this, which had me very interested in everything sparkly and sheer.

Anyway, these images have always stuck in my mind, and I think that's why I'm so drawn to the neon trend in home decor right now. If you've invested in neutral sofas and carpets, adding neon accessories is a great way to make a room feel current.




March 21, 2013

Spotted: Year of the Cockatoo

If 2011 was the year of the owl and 2012 was the year of the fox, could 2013 be the year of the cockatoo? I had a pet cockatiel growing up, so this trend is right up my alley. Actually, I think getting a cockatoo lamp or throw pillow is way better than the real thing: get the look with none of the mess.



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left // right

1. Bonnie and Neil // 2. Ada & Darcy // 3. Animal Print Shop // 4. Anthropologie // 5. Brunschwig and Fils

March 18, 2013

Confessions of a Furniture Hoarder

My Craigslist addiction is getting out of control. 

This $40 etagere has been haunting me for weeks. Thing is, it's an hour away, I drive a Camry, and I have no room in my apartment for a new piece of furniture.

Did that stop me?


When I look this fab in my imaginary office it will all be worth the effort.
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March 14, 2013

Antique Garden Plans

I just finished reading an Elizabethan period novel and was taken with the descriptions of the era's architecture and landscaping. A large part of the book took place in the ornate pleasure gardens, which got me thinking about antique landscaping plans.

Charlotte Moss has an entire line of French garden plans and photographs for Soicher Marin. If you have  $2 grand to spare, these are my absolute favs.

If you're on a real worl budget, here's one set available at

And another set available at

March 13, 2013

Craigslist Hunting

I am beyond obsessed with this San Francisco town home designed by Tyler Dawson. Pink and gold and grey, oh my! Despite an abundance of vintage and antique furnishings, the space still feels completely modern. It gives me hope that I can create a chic home using Craigslist as my primary source.

All images via Tyler Dawson Designs. Published in House Beautiful, November 2011.
Credits: Photography -Matthew Millman; ‘Bleeding Orange’ painting - Lana Gomez.

I've long been in search for an oriental rug, and occasionally will check what options are on Craig. I always skip over the plush pastel orientals that have an 80s feel...but this home might just make me reconsider. Here's one for sale on ebay for $160. Of course this isn't nearly as fabulous as the one in the photo above...not even close. Could it work, or is it just too 80's?

March 11, 2013

Anyone Still Out There?

Oh hello there blog. Missed you. After my little false start, I swear I won't forget you again.
What have I been up to these past few months? Life looks better via instagram, so here goes...
A picturesque white Christmas in PA.
Made some progress on Project Philly over the holidays.
So happy with how these chairs turned out!
Getaway to Fort Laudredale to visit Donna.
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