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Papa Stour + Stylist Rosie Brown

I really love online shop Papa Stour based in Scotland because everything looks so warm and cozy — what home should be, Gemütlichkeit. I’ve talked about this sweet spot on the web before but do you know much about the owner, stylist Rosie Brown?

Rosie Brown

I went exploring on her site this morning and found out that she now has a charming vacation home for rent in Scotland available through Wilderness Cottages, it is located in the North West Highlands of Scotland 8 miles from Applecross with fabulous views over to Skye, Raasay and Rona. Look at these views of it sent to me by Rosie’s office this morning (thanks, Sally!)… This blue bedroom is divine.

Rosie Brown

Rosie Brown

Rosie Brown

Rosie Brown

Rosie Brown

Doesn’t this look like the perfect getaway? I’m longing to to go to Scotland and so is my husband so perhaps next year we will stay in Rosie’s postcard-like home. I love the idea of being tucked away in a secluded natural spot with only a few small local pubs or grocers and nothing else… It reminds me of Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire and all of the times that I spent in the mountains or countryside there with little around me, those times were always so relaxing and I would return home feeling quite refreshed.

Over the past several years, I’ve been spending vacations in cities which, honestly, never feel like a real vacation in the sense that there is little to no relaxation involved. It’s just rush, rush, rush from one big attraction to the next. Maybe I need to mix things up. A few city vacations and few near the shore or nestled away in the woods…. but it can’t always be about the hustle bustle (but gosh I love it so!).

Ha! And this is the same girl who is going to teach in Marrakesh this month (though this will be relaxing for the students because they’ll be doing a spa day, eating some amazing meals, dining rooftop, enjoying morning yoga — the works!) and who is flying to Istanbul in November with my friend Esra and then going to Paris in January to meet up with Nichole and Evan. I think the NEXT adventure after that needs to be either to the shore or to the countryside for a long weekend. Then again, my home is my haven and I get plenty of rest and joy at home so perhaps this is why I always select cities for travel destinations… But still, a weekend in Scotland in the middle of nowhere at Rosie’s cottage – sign me up!

Rosie Brown

Rosie Brown

Rosie Brown, who is not only a shop owner but a talented Scottish designer and stylist, has a lovely online portfolio for browsing too – lots of her work has appeared in Livingetc magazine so you may recognize some of the tears above. It really puts one in the Autumn mood.

(images: papa stour)

Posted in shopping on October 04, 2010

Manolo Blahnik for Liberty

I love the Manolo Blahnik for Liberty accessories collection — it’s a shoe lovers dream, is it not? My favorite from this collection is the Bouton de Rose candle. Check out these beauties…

Manolo Blahnik for Liberty

Fabric, umbrellas, paper products, candles, pillows… ah, yes. Sadly, they do not ship outside of the UK. Boo hoo! I really wanted that candle for my new house but I guess I’ll just have to dream…

This collection will be around for three months so if you are in London anytime soon, stop by Liberty to check it out in person.

(images: liberty)

Posted in shopping on September 21, 2010

12 West Elm Faves + Boston Event!

A couple of readers asked if I’d point them to some of my favorite things over at West Elm so I’m going to play a game of virtual shopping guide! Fun! In this post I’ve taken 12 of my current favorites from West Elm to share with not only those readers but with the rest of you who may also be looking for a few news things to spruce your roost. Enjoy!

!2 Faves From West Elm

1. Diamond tufted headboard, 2. Nailhead upholstered headboard, 3. Blake sofa, 4. Tripod table in white, 5. Martini side table in white or silver and 6. the Wrap dining chairs (love all colors!).

!2 Faves From West Elm

7. The Pratt desk in all white (also available in two tone) has to be my current favorite West Elm piece. 8. I also like the Pebble Stripe rug. In fact, the whole room is nice… especially that coffee table. 8. The Sphere lamps are great, too. 10. Could this Chunky tassel throw get any yummier? 11. This simple Cloche is nice to display something that you cherish. 12. And finally, the Organic Shaped dinnerware. Everyone needs at least one white set of dinnerware because white shows off food the best (I am throwing out my blue dinnerware, it makes most food look so unappetizing!) and with white, you can lay the table anyway you’d like — dress it up, go casual, change your colors, experiment with a variety of themes — anything and everything goes with white dinnerware.

Boston West Elm Event

BOSTON: West Elm has partnered with PATCH NYC and Etsy to invite some of Boston’s most talented artisans and crafters in to our store for a special pop-up hand made art market event on October 14th.  If you can attend, go, go, go! It sounds fun. You can RSVP here. I’ll be there in spirit. xo

(images: west elm)

Posted in events + markets, round-up, shopping on September 16, 2010

Cozy Pretty Things

How about a few pretty things to feather your nest this season? I’ve got my eye on these beauties from Cox & Cox. See anything that you like?

Cox & Cox

A. Lacy tape (love this so much, especially on brown kraft paper), B. Lemon Drizzle Cake candle, C. Memo board, D. Magazine holders (I recently read paisleys are the latest “trend” pattern), E. Twinkle light heart and F. Pretty matches to light your fire.

(images: cox & cox)

Posted in shopping on September 13, 2010

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