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.
I need to step away from any thoughts of decorating, or clothing, or errands, or “to do’s” today. Last night my beloved Golden Retriever, Scout, had a sudden and unexplained seizure. It was horrible. To experience someone you love, human or canine, thrashing and drooling and unaware is just simply, terrifying. Today I had planned on writing about something else, but I decided that this blog should reflect me and if it is going to do that, then today I need to share about him. I fell in love with him as he slept in my arms the first day we had him, and he’s had me wrapped around his paw ever since. Because of him I have a special place in my heart for Goldens. They are truly, golden.
I have been thinking a lot lately about life and how grateful I am for all that I have. I am making a concerted effort to be thankful and appreciate all that life has to offer. My son took a class called Human Happiness and one of the (many) inspiring, surprising, and interesting things he learned is that people who spend their money on experiences, rather than things, are happier. Of course, because I love decorating and fashion, there is an inherent struggle there for me. However, I do try to balance what I spend with remembering to also experience. And I try not to buy “throw away” fashion or to re-do things in my house too often. I am one who keeps things for a long while and would rather invest in something that will really last rather than something that will be landfill in a couple of years. That is not to say that I don’t buy anything (because, of course, I do). I believe that a beautiful house is an inspiration, and for me, it is also a true creative outlet. But now I make sure we take trips as a family and as a couple, and we have made that a priority for the last 10 years or so. I will actually give up furniture, or flooring, or whatever, to travel (shocking, I know!)
|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: