Since spring isn’t quite like Christmas, with access to so many decor items, I tend to keep it pretty simple. I adore white flowers, and I try to have them as a focal point. I especially love the crisp green of the leaves mixed with the bright white flowers.
|Adorable! From Vibeke Design|
|Gorgeous vignette! Tone on Tone|
|How stunning is this dining room? I could move right in! Henhurst Interiors|
|Tone on Tone, as featured in Martha Stewart Living|
|Love these topiaries mixed with the blue and white porcelain. Mark D. Sikes|
|Love how big this one is! Loi Thai|
|So lovely! By Miss Mustard Seed|
|LOVE them in a kitchen!|
I’m so excited to share with you that I will be doing a Spring Blog Hop with some of my favorite bloggers starting tomorrow (Friday)! I hope you will stop by and also visit some of their homes as well! I don’t think you will be disappointed!
Have you heard of Mora clocks? I’m going to guess that if you like French and Swedish style as much as I do, you’ve probably seen one. I know when I first saw them, I had no idea what they were called, but I knew I was smitten!
Gustavian Mora clocks are long case clocks that originated in the town of Mora, Sweden. I first started seeing them a few years ago, and as I became more enamored with French and Swedish styles, I became more and more obsessed.
My absolute favorite look for a house is a black front door and black shutters. When we painted the outside of our house a few years ago, we painted the outside of our front door black and I couldn’t be happier. Now my dilemma is the inside. I am seeing interior doors painted black more and more frequently, and I’m growing to like the trend. Designers love this trick for adding panache to simple, builder’s doors (mine) and several bloggers and friends of mine have done it. I’m torn though, as the inside of our front door is still wood/brown. Funny, because I used to subscribe to the design advice that “Every room needs something black,” and until recently, I had something black in most of the common areas. However, as I’ve gone lighter, and brighter and more pared down, I removed all the black as it was just feeling too heavy. I guess that’s why I hesitate to go with the black is I’m worried it will feel too heavy in the room now. I know I’m not going to paint all of the interior doors black (I don’t think that’s quite “me”) but I am toying with the idea of painting the interior of the front door. I’m torn between leaving it as is, painting it white, or painting it black. Usually when it comes to paint I’m of the “go ahead, it’s only paint!” team, but with black, it’s not quite that easy to go back! It is definitely more of a commitment!
In one of my recent posts, I talked about the fact that I think any room needs a touch of something antique, no matter the style of room. And recently, I also spoke of rooms that rely heavily on antiques and vintage items (like mine), really needing a touch of something modern in the room to break it all up. Since then, I’ve had several people comment or send me emails, either asking me to clarify (it seems confusing!) or stating that I’ve contradicted myself! And to some, it may seem that I have contradicted myself, but I assure you, I have not. Both of these articles exemplify my style of decorating, as well as some of what I feel to be the most important decorating tenants needed to make your house a collected home. I feel strongly that the best rooms really are the ones that take time to build, and that are not completed in a week. Houses should seem like they evolved naturally; like they took years to accumulate, and curate, and get right. They will have a comfort and familiarity that way, as well as speak volumes about those who live there. So since I had so many questions, and I think it can be confusing for some who really want to get that look and don’t know quite how to do it, I decided to put together a list of what I think are some of the most important essentials a home needs for it to feel real and true to you. These are only my opinion, not written in stone, of course, but they are the things that I think make a home feel “collected” rather than “decorated.” It is how I’ve tried to do my own home, and it is how the most written about and beautiful homes are designed. Almost every respected designer talks about having a house be personal for you, and I think if you add a collection that speaks to you, it will add patina and warmth to your home.