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!
This Friday I am sharing my love of vintage watches! I have loved these forever. I think I will always love them. It all began when I stole my dad’s old one when I was in college. He had a Longines from the ’50s that he hadn’t worn in years. Since then I have purchased a few more and a couple for my husband as well (which I’ve also been known to steal from time to time!) I love their lines, their faces and the fact that they are not on every other person you see. Some are particularly beautiful, for instance I love old Rolexes and Cartiers (though I have yet to buy either of those!) And yes, some brands are super pricey, but you can still get several brands (Elgin and Longines are two that come to mind) for a decent price at antique stores, flea markets and even on Ebay. Previously, I only gravitated to the men’s (I love the oversize look, and the women’s vintage watches are just too tiny for me). However, I’ve now seen a few of the dressier, slightly larger womens and they are just stunning.
|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…..
French macarons… is there a more beautiful cookie in the entire world? The first time I tasted one, I have to say, I was surprised. I expected it to be crispy, and it certainly was crisp on the outside. But the chewiness of the inside, now that was a surprise. A great one is crispy on the outside but has that distinctive chew on the inside. And that little ruffled edge that sticks out around the bottom? It has a name! (Of course, it does! The French have a name for everything, especially when it comes to food and/or cooking!) That is called the “foot” and they are not considered correct unless they have “feet”. In Paris, the Laduree chain of pastry shops is surely the most famous maker of macarons in the world (many, many pins have been devoted to the photographs of it’s beautiful displays). And because it’s Paris, even McDonald’s sells macarons in their McCafes!! So, because it’s Friday, and for no particular reason other than they are beautiful, here’s to the wonderful, the French, the delicious….macaron…. Enjoy!
Not a very original post, I’m sure, but I have to share my love of Converse All-Stars. They are my absolute favorite sneaker. I have been wearing them for years, and I’m sure I will never stop. I’m very much a creature of habit with basics (been wearing the exact same bra for years.. well, you get the picture). They are comfortable and they look so cute with casual outfits. Here is to a classic, that just gets better and better! (And I love them on guys too!)