Originally I had another “favorite” planned for today, but then something happened when I was talking to my hairdresser today. I mentioned One Kings Lane and she said, “What is that?” Wow! I was shocked. I thought everyone had heard of One Kings Lane by now. Apparently I was wrong! So that is why I decided to write about one of my very favorite places to shop online. This website is a retail site that has “flash” sales, that is to say, sales that only last a certain amount of time, usually 72 hours. Each sale features everything from designer furniture, lighting, bedding, and decor to jewelry and gift items. Each day several new sales are announced and you can sign up for emails so that you get them each day or as often as you want to be alerted. Originally when I first joined (you need to set up an account; it’s free), most of their sales were new items with a few vintage items here and there. However, now I would say it’s at least as much vintage as new, maybe even more (which I love!) OKL is also a great source for inspiration. Their merchandising and photography is amazing. They make everything look great! And their curated “themed” sales are truly inspiring. Pin-worthy, I would say.
I love letters in decorating. They are so personal and unique. Not only do they add some personality to the room, they also add dimension and irreverence. A room with some kind of metal or wood letter, whether it be old or new, seems to say “Relax… take a load off.” It doesn’t take itself too seriously. I personally like vintage ones more than the new, but they are actually pretty difficult to find. However, there are a lot of reproduction letters out there that do a great job of giving the look of vintage, without all the hunting!
|Love them in a simple vase. Design by Linda McDougald.|
|Love them in vintage urns. Via The Enchanted Home.|
|Love them in baskets in the yard or house. (Source unknown.)|
|Love them in a silver bowl. Via Country Living.|
|Love them in the yard. Via Houzz.|
|Absolutely love these by this pool (would love to do this in my yard!) (Source unknown).|
|Simply stunning! Via Atelier de Campagne.|
Wishing you have a lovely weekend! I’m off to the garden store to buy some new white hydrangeas to add to the front beds and to TJ’s to get some for the kitchen counter…..
Today coffee table styling is on my mind. I’m one of those people who once I start thinking about something (design-wise, anyway… or clothing-wise :)) I become a little obsessed. I was literally up until after midnight the last few nights looking online and at pins on Pinterest for interesting ways to style a coffee table. I recently purchase a new one and it’s twice the size of the old one so I’m feeling like I want to add a little bit. I don’t like them too full (and the hubby usually doesn’t like too many things “in his way”) but I don’t like a big empty table either. My new table is a full 48″ x 48″ so that’s a pretty big space if there is nothing on it. There are a few things I noticed that were consistent in the tables I liked:
Something I was recently turned onto is preserved boxwood topiaries. These are not the plastic, fake topiaries that don’t look real, oh no, these are hand made from real boxwood plants and are specially treated to retain their deep green color. They even have a faint hay-like smell that makes them seem more natural than just a plastic topiary. I have only had two fake (plastic) topiaries in my life and I had recently thrown them out, vowing to go only “real” from now on.