Things I Love

[caption id="attachment_7105" align="aligncenter" width="640"]meet me in philadelphia meet me in philadelphia[/caption] I am very drawn to old wood pieces.  The keyholes, the chunky knobs, the dovetailing, I love it all.  I am especially enamored by antique English pine, and though these pieces are hard to find at a good price, you can score in antique stores and on CraigsList every once in awhile.  I'm actually very tempted by this little beauty at the moment on my local CraigsList (although the price would have to come way way down).  I have no place for it in mind, but I'm sure I could find one.  (wink) In my opinion, I think you need the warmth of a wood piece in every room no matter its decor.  That natural element, the feel of rusticity or sleekness (depending on the wood) completes a room. [caption id="attachment_7106" align="aligncenter" width="425"]velvet & linen velvet & linen[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7098" align="aligncenter" width="586"]lonny lonny[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_7104" align="aligncenter" width="464"]source unknown source unknown[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7103" align="aligncenter" width="300"]country living country living[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7102" align="aligncenter" width="428"]source unknown source unknown[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7101" align="aligncenter" width="450"]perfectly imperfect perfectly imperfect[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7100" align="aligncenter" width="450"]emily clark emily clark[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7097" align="aligncenter" width="550"]tinekhome tinekhome[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7099" align="aligncenter" width="593"]source unknown source unknown[/caption] I've actually been looking for a large storage piece for our new room for months.  I found a few I liked on 1stdibs (of course), but I have come to discover there is not much room for negotiation on these pieces.  Womp womp.  Of course, Restoration Hardware reproduces this look very well, but the ones I liked were still pretty pricey.  I even called the outlet weekly, and they had nothing.  So finally, on a trip to Dallas a few weeks ago, I decided it was game time.  After making a return to West Elm, I pulled over and made a list of all of the places I thought might have something like what I wanted.  Raw wood (or English pine), antique server/sideboard/buffet piece, closed storage, at least six and a half feet long, at least 20" deep.  I ended up having a list of about 18 stores.  So I sat there and I called.  Until bingo, I found one.

[caption id="attachment_6701" align="aligncenter" width="658"]charlotte moss charlotte moss[/caption] I've been thinking quite a bit lately about the evolution of style - how some elements will always be stylish and beautiful, and others make us cringe twenty years later.  (or sooner)  All of these deep thoughts began while opening a large box of vintage hats I bought off of Ebay (more to come on that). In recent years, I have been drawn to rooms with pattern on pattern...meaning the wallpaper and curtain fabric are the same pattern, or the same fabric is used to upholster all of the pieces in a room.  There is something decidedly elegant about this design scheme, and though I have never done this in a space, I think my home is ready for a splash of it.  Stay tuned... When thinking about who ushered in this way of placing patterns on top of each other, I first thought of Elsie DeWolfe, infamous American designer of the early twentieth century. See how the fabric is the same here?