I’ve shared my progress here and there but I’m finally ready to put my hammer down and enjoy the view for a while. It’s temporary, so it isn’t perfect; but it has come a long way. From the DIY curtain blinds to the artwork from Siena, this room is all me and no room makes me happier than this one does.
See bedroom progress posts here, here, and here.
A flea market in Massachusetts. After seeing a photo of Taylor Swift at an L.A. flea market, and hearing about all of Cupcake and Cashmere’s L.A. flea market finds, I am ready to find some gems of my own. However, where to start? Despite being from Boston, I do not know where to begin looking or how far away some of the towns that have flea markets are. If you have any recommendations, I would love to hear them! I’m currently looking for a single or pair of bamboo chairs and gold frames.
Cupcakes and Cashmere “This is Not Ikea” finds
Photos from the Arezzo Antique Fair in Italy
Who knew photographing these antiques two years ago would lead to me now being able to study them, question their age, and wonder about their past.
All that amazing furniture. I told myself at the time, before I had any idea I’d be getting into the antique business, that I’d come back one day and bring a piece back to the US with me.
Such vibrant colors and textures for central Italy
I am still kicking myself for not bringing one of these home but they seemed so heavy at the time to be bringing home in my already overpacked suitcase.
I did, however, bring one of these home for my mother and that is something I will always be grateful for.
I spent a glorious four months in Siena, Italy my junior fall (2 years ago now). Siena and Europe changed my life that semester. I look at the world differently now and while I was ready to return to America and English speaking people, I left a bit of my heart in Europe and dream about the day I will return… It is such a captivating country with so much rich history.
The last building built in Siena was in 1555 when Cosimo de Medici conquered Siena and Siena lost its independence and its art. Everything else besides the fortezza, which was built to control the people of Siena, remains the exact same.
Florence at night
The fountain and lawn by my apartment in Siena
Hiking Cinque Terre is a must-do.
Where my addiction to coffee began… how could I resist when it comes like this?
Cave Canem at Pompeii.
The best purchase I made that semester… Italia socks
Our gold man. He made his celebrity debut in Letters to Juliet which was filmed in Siena the summer before we arrived.
Stunning architecture around every bend
The tea room. Our warm haven and secret find.