Yesterday was emotional. I decided to retire, for the most part, my favorite and most sentimental pair of booties. These boys were picked up in a little town outside of Cinque Terre for, I’d say, $20. Impervious to the fact that I was purchasing them from a store with an aesthetic similar to America’s Rave, I took a chance on them. They quickly became my favorite pair of boots and the wear and literal tears on them are proof.
I’d been looking for a replacement pair for a few months but couldn’t find one that compared. The toes were perfectly round, the heel a perfect length to bring my flare jeans off the ground and the height just right to tuck my skinny jeans. As I hobbled over to the new pair due to the dulling and uneven heels of the former, I knew I had found their match.
So while you enjoy a laugh imagining me sitting in my room putting jewelry on my new pairs of shoes, because, in reality, isn’t everything a place to display your jewelry, I know my Siena friends will smile at these boots, knowing they come with a lot of history and love.
For you. I just don’t think I’ve ever been happier.
Posted in Before and After, Clothing, Fashion, Memories, Outfits, Travels
Tagged Booties, Brown Boots, Cinque Terre, Halloween, Italy, Jewelry on Boots, Rave, Siena, Toga
This new sisal rug from Crate & Barrel has completely transformed our living room, bringing in light and really making the room feel alive. Our previous rug, a dark red oriental rug was pretty, but it really weighed down the room. Next on my list is a new swing arm wall sconce and a new coffee table. Some ideas below….
Sconces: 1 . 2 . 3 . 4
Coffee Tables: 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 5 . 6 . 7 . 8 . 9
Posted in Before and After, Interior Design, Living Rooms, My House, Rugs
Tagged Boston Interiors, Circa Lighting, Coffee Table, Crate & Barrel, Design Within Reach, DWR, pillows, Restoration Hardware, Sisal Rug, Swing Arm Wall Sconce, West Elm
Wish a new year upon me, I’m taking myself up on one of my new year’s resolutions and putting these new fabrics to use. The upside of being in the design field is that I am constantly seeing new products and new uses of old products. The downside: my style preference is constantly changing (reason 100 my blog is titled as it is)! This time around I wanted playful fabrics, and the option to change things around without much effort. By creating reversible pillows, the patterns are interchangeable and it should take me a while before I get sick of all six sides.
The new piece above my bed is a photograph by Gray Malin, shot in Marfa, Texas. It’s a Prada store art installation filled with purses and shoes from the 2005 collection. It is sealed shut and Malin has created a series using mules, cowboys and models to bring the installation some humor. Read more about Maison Gray here.
Posted in Art, Bedrooms, Before and After, DIY, Interior Design, My House
Tagged Bedroom Makeover, Chevron, Faux Bois, Gray Malin, homemade pillows, Maison Gray, Marfa, New Pillows
The ugly green carpet that used to haunt my dreams is gone. The lighter carpet completely brightens up the space and is such a welcomed change. More house updates in the future…
I absolutely love the image above designed by Moises Esquenazi & Associates. The whole scene is perfect. But more than that, the door looks like it could be a potential DIY project. Instead of just wishing for something, I’ve learned this past year through blogs that creating something instead of just pining for something is possible. You just have to get a little creative, find inspiration, and take a chance!
Inspired by Belladwella’s door makeover, I think it’s possible!
The sun was roasting last week while I was in Michigan so I took a much needed morning off to do a little craft project that has been pleading for a makeover.
The wicker chest was in rough shape to begin with, but it has such cool details with its bamboo wood that I couldn’t part with it. My mom found me some adorable Lilly Pulitzer fabric, pulled out the white spray paint, and I went to work make it look summery and fresh.
I wanted to keep the brown bamboo detail that was left unpainted so I covered it with painters tape
While the print is a bit girly, I can’t help but love Lilly and where better to fit than in a summer home!
This was an extremely busy, productive, and satisfying weekend. My bedroom has been an ongoing battle between making it reflect my personal style and finding the time to work on it. I’m finally ready to reveal some parts of my room and I’m so excited. The above is my new window view: sheer curtains from Bed Bath & Beyond (108″ long so they touch the ground) and homemade blinds. The blinds took me all day and currently they’re rather dubiously attached but with time, they will be the real thing.
The before… it’s okay, you can scream.
I finally fixed my sewing machine!
The Tale of the Homemade Blinds:
I went to Winmil Fabrics in Chinatown to buy some fabric. First time around I got cheap cotton fabric that had a neat blue shagreen pattern but from far away, the pattern totally disappeared. I returned and purchased this upholstery-weight fabric with a bigger pattern. I hemmed the edges, and then tested the blinds only to find out that the sun shone through the fabric and disguised the pattern I so proudly wanted to display. Putting the original fabric to use, I backed the blinds to prevent the sun from shining through. I used the bottom weight from my previous blinds so that they stay in place, wrapped the top of the fabric around the existing blind pully and doodley doo. you have the above.