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Period Home Crush

I love English homes! I’ve been thinking a lot lately about homes, particularly period houses, and which ones I love the most. In addition to the American brownstone, 18th century French farmhouse and the German Jugenstil architecture, I’m in love with a variety of English homes, especially Georgian houses. My goodness, they have such charm. And don’t get me started on the cute canal houses built during the 17th century in Amsterdam.

Period Home Crush

Though most English homes make me giddy, here are a few rooms that I love from period homes that you can actually rent for shoots and film productions from Light Locations in London. I love their properties and always suggest this location agency to my friends whenever they search for shoot locations in the UK. Stunning properties – a girl can dream to live like this, right?

Period Home Crush

Period Home Crush

Period Home Crush

 

Period Home Crush

Period Home Crush

Period Home Crush

I look at all of these rooms above and feel so invigorated and loaded with ideas of what I would do if these properties were in my possession. The type of tile I’d choose for the entryway, the tile work in the bathroom, the kitchen I’d install, the window treatments, the wall colors… And that little shed in my backyard, that would be the decor8 studio space for sure where all my little magical dreams would come to life. It’s so fun to imagine! Must be a lot nicer to own, though! And did you notice the differing shades of gray in all of the rooms (except for the first image)? Some of the gray walls were ever-so-slightly obvious and others, very pronounced. I just love the whispering grays. They sit perfectly against crisp white moldings.

Do you dream of period homes too? Which are your favorites? Do you fancy a particular style or?

(images: light locations)

Posted in inspiration on July 17, 2013
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Sea-weathered Venice Bungalow

I was so pleasantly surprised by this unique little sea-weathered bungalow in Venice, CA that ran today on the FvonF site belonging to Diana García and Greg Rogove. You simply must click here to see the full story, but here is tiny sneak peek below. I’m always struck by how some homes, being absolutely opposite of my personal style, still attract me so much and make me feel unbelievably cozy and at home. Do you find this occasionally  too? I’m guessing specific things speak to me that are very much a part of my signature style – white walls, glass, lots of light and items collected from travels.

Sea-weathered Venice Bungalow

Greg is a musician and Diana is a both a film-maker and artist and it shows in how they live – surrounded by so many creative objects that speak to their love of story telling. I especially thought Greg’s background was so fascinating… He grew up in Amish Country in Pennsylvania, then went to India during his final year in high school, then he returned to the states, “I went back to the States for college and then to New York City. I started touring and was traveling a lot. Cuba, China, Mexico. Making a home wherever I was became second nature. But then after all that I fell in love with Los Angeles. I fell in love because of Venice. Because of Diana.” How sweet. But it gets better. When Diana first met Greg she says, “When I first saw him I knew he was my husband.” Aw, I melt. You can feel their love in their home, which I think is really what I love most about this space.

Sea-weathered Venice Bungalow

Sea-weathered Venice Bungalow

Sea-weathered Venice Bungalow

Sea-weathered Venice Bungalow

Sea-weathered Venice Bungalow

Sea-weathered Venice Bungalow

And seriously, how cute is her outfit and haircut? So cute.

PSST: If you live in southern California, look out for their new restaurant on Abbot Kinney that will be called, “Another Kind of Sunshine”.

(Photography: Ana Hop for FvonF)

Posted in inspiration on July 10, 2013

CAMP

With parents planning which summer camp they’ll send their kids to this season, have you ever wished you could take your very own summer camp? I definitely have been dreaming about going away on a creative adventure – where I could maybe teach one day and be the student on other days. And speaking of camps, I must comment that I’ve seen CAMP-related photos pinned on Pinterest numerous times lately which sparked my curiosity… because CAMP all in caps seemed to be more than just a random summer camp, but a business, so I began to wonder, “What is this CAMP thing?”.

CAMP

There are many new businesses popping up left and right so I never know which ones will stick around (or not). But CAMP seems really different because it’s got the right people behind it, it’s unique, it’s beautiful and it feels like a business that has real staying power. And while everyone and their sister is teaching a workshop these days (Am I right?!? Huge blogger trend!), when teachers who have experience in their trade, know how to actually teach (key) without boring their class to death, and who fill their students with knowledge, hope and joy – well, there is never too much of that to go around.

What is CAMP exactly? CAMP stands for Creating Art, Meaning, Purpose (love that) and is a fresh, new company based primarily in Atlanta, Georgia launched in 2012 by stylist Ginny Branch along with her creative companions Amy Osaba, Erica Loesing, Maria Taylor, and Max LeBlanc. CAMP seeks to help students to develop their creative intuition and to cultivate their individual aesthetics. They teach everything from tabletop photography to styling, floral arranging for entertaining, upholstery how-to, bridal makeup, business basics and more. They develop new classes, retreats and workshops regularly, so it’s best to check out their website often to see what they’re up to – you can see classes that will run from now until August here.

CAMP

I think that it is a fantastic business idea to collaborate like this and do classes locally and I love the idea that they’re all working together towards something special and meaningful to them and their students. I enjoyed a post over on 100 Layer Cake recently about a summer event CAMP held, what a stunning post that was, so make sure to check it out here.

CAMP

CAMP

CAMP

CAMP

CAMP

CAMP

CAMP

Congratulations Ginny, Amy, Erica, Maria and Max. Gorgeous concept and lovely classes. I wish you nothing but the best.

Has anyone taken a CAMP class before? Or another in-person workshop? What did you think overall?

(images: CAMP)

Posted in inspiration on June 28, 2013

Heart Home Summer 2013

Heart Home magazine just released their summer edition a few minutes ago so it’s fresh off the press and looking lovely. Heart Home is an online shelter magazine run by two lovely ladies who live in England and Italy and bring such a sweet mix of styles and features each quarter. In their summer issue, their are many articles that highlight decorating as well as hot travel spots in Europe and lots of fun things to shop for in their market picks. Here is a fresh glimpse into their summer issue…

heart home

A pretty peek into some magic Jeanette Lunde made with flowers appears in this issue too.

heart home

Look at this living room, it’s very simple and pretty. It’s where blogger Travelling Mama from Flying House lives at the moment in Copenhagen. Her home story is in this issue, too.

heart home

A glimpse into the home of blogger Emily Henson in London.

heart home

Emily made what you see above her bed using wire and wire cutters. Pretty decorative touch, don’t you think? “All that now exists was once imagined”. What a nice thought, and perfect for the bedroom since it is there where you can dream the biggest! In case you’re wondering, it’s a quote taken from Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s book, “Wishes Fulfilled”.

heart home

Cute styling tip – flowers in a paper bag which is both simple and easy. My tip would be to place them in a vase and then place the vase inside of the bag so don’t skip that step!

heart home

Washi tape above a bed in a kid’s room. What a nice idea, right?

heart home

In the master bedroom, a simple iron clothes rack becomes a decorative element when filled with beautiful clothes that just-so-happen to complement the interior. The homeowner seems to be discovering her personal style through her ever-evolving home that she loves to decorate and redecorate often. It’s true, the more you practice at decorating, the better you will become until it’s just purely instinctive.

heart home

A quick spruce-up can be to simply paint a piece of furniture in a room in a very bold color. Imagine if this cabinet were simply white? It wouldn’t have the same presence. This color is fabulous.

heart home

Adding a fresh bouquet to your home can not only bring in a touch of color, but also a beautiful fragrance that can scent your home naturally…

Click here to check out Heart Home magazine and tell me what your favorite feature was from this issue – I’d love to know!

(images: heart home contributors)

Posted in inspiration on June 13, 2013

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