Wednesday, March 31, 2010

~ My Dream Trip to Provence ~

Every time I receive an e-mail from Huff Harrington Fine Art about one of their events, I am reminded about the trips they host several times each year to Les Murets, a beautiful home just outside of the village of Gordes, France.  Ann Huff, gallery co-owner hosts the private week-long trips.

This beautiful home has been completely renovated. It is so incredibly pretty!

Les Murets has a swimming pool and tennis court and is on seven acres with views of the Luberon valley and mountains.

 The hilltop village of Gordes is just three miles away. 

Guests enjoy private tours of markets, antique stores, art galleries and wineries. 

Village of Lourmarin

Okay, so I'm not scheduled for this trip, but it is definately on my To-Do List!  It seems like the perfect way to visit Provence.

Be sure to check out Huff Harrington's Website.  I LOVE the work of the artists they represent.  Also, don't miss their blog:  The Artful Lifestyle and their fun posts on two of my favorite bloggers, Cote de Texas and Velvet and Linen.

Have a wonderful week.


Monday, March 29, 2010

~ Industrial Elements: Inspiration + Retail Therapy ~

There are so many options today for decorating with industrial elements.  My vision, of course, includes a European flair and lots of feminine touches. 

This black pendant light is georgous on it's own.

But, it's even better in this feminine setting.

When I was visiting my favorite resource for unique European treasures lately, I spotted these wonderful basket weave pendants.  Since I had been looking for something "industrial" for the shoppe, I scooped them up and headed to Lamp Arts to get them wired. 

Imagine how wonderful they would look in any of these beautiful rooms that have been featured in one of my favorite blogs ~

Rooms this georgous would look good with just a bare bulb! 

These unique pendants are available in two sizes at the shoppe at One of a Kind. 

Ahh, you can't improve on perfection, but I can see them in this room, too!

Have a great week.


Friday, March 26, 2010

~ Dreaming in Color ~

I live in a home that's beige and white, but I dream in color. 

Recently, it's been the color purple. 
A musky shade that is almost gray. 

This room via the wonderful blog Trouvais is in a rental apartment in France.  Heaven!

via Trouvais

Do you dream in color? 

What color do you see through the looking glass?

Happy Friday.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

~ Antique Painted Chairs: Inspiration + Retail Therapy ~

Antique painted furniture speaks to me.  There is beauty and wisdom in the aged patina.  It's feminine presence, paired with rustic and glamorous elements creates a look that I love!

Call me crazy, but to me, antique painted chairs are like
works of art. 

I want to know ~ where have you been, what have you seen,
how did you get here?

So whimsical and elegant.

So, when I recently found this beautiful antique chair at an estate sale, I had to buy it for the shoppe.  The dealer said it is a 19th century Italian piece.  My research suggests it could be as old as the 1700's.

I love the way the paint is worn.

And all the unique details.

So, beautiful chair, where have you been?  What have you seen in the past couple hundred years?  Where are you going? 
I see you in an ultra feminine bedroom.

If you are out and about in Marietta, please stop by the shoppe at One of a Kind for a visit.

Happy weekend!


Saturday, March 13, 2010

~ Signature Style ~

Last week, Vicky from Room Service ~ Decorating 101 challenged her readers to define their personal style in five words.  Here are mine:  antique, French~European, enchanting, lovely and eclectic.  Vicky is always thought provoking and inspiring.  Today she suggested that one's personal style can be illustrated by those objects that they always use or display (discounting major furniture pieces) regardless of other changes to the home.  She challenged her readers to post pictures of the things in their home that define their personal style.

Always up for a challenge, I clicked a few pictures.  These are the things that were in my old house five years ago, survived the move and a change to a lighter pallet in my new house, have never seen the inside of a closet, and (aside from my kitties) are probably the things I would grab in case of a fire. 

Here goes:

This antique dress form moved from my old bedroom to my current bedroom.

Antique linens are a consistant theme in all my bathrooms.

I love old books and boxes and have them in several rooms.

Loving all things white, I find bright whites and pops of color breathtaking.  But I tend to live with warmer whites with pops of bright white.  That's where my antique oil paintings come in.  

This coral and shell display and hand colored antique botanical was transported from my old living room to my new living room and hasn't moved in five years. 

Finally, I can't live without white dishes.  I replaced my cabinet doors so I could see them.  To me, the simplicity is so pretty.

So let me know if you agree with my five words:  antique, French~European, enchanting, lovely and eclectic; and head over to Room Service ~ Decorating 101 and take Vicky's challenge. 

Have a great weekend!


Friday, March 5, 2010

~ European Kitchen: Inspiration + Retail Therapy ~

If I could order a moving van to deliver this kitchen to my house, it would already be on the way.  I love everything about it. 

Since my best rooms start with "inspiration pictures," I studied this one to identify all the wonderful elements that went into creating this authentic European feeling space. 

Here's the quick list:  wicker wine jugs, 

white dishes and pitchers,

lots of different metals and pretty flowers, 

linen fabric, natural fiber rugs and wood with great patina.

Take a peek at all the elements that can be found at the shoppe at
 One of a Kind to help you create this look for yourself:

amazing pewter covered dish,

silver serving pieces,

nickle stool/side table and pretty pink and white tulips,

metal storage crate and antique dishes,

French wicker wine jug,

dark wood vintage bar stool,

white jugs,

and glass cloches, vases and jars.

Happy shopping.  Happy weekend!

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