I’m not sure when my love affair with white ironstone started, but I do know that when I remodeled my kitchen four years ago, I had already started collecting and putting it aside for the new room. For those of you not familiar with ironstone, it is antique pottery originally made in the United Kingdom. It was developed in the 19th century by potters in Staffordshire, England as a cheaper, mass-produced alternative to porcelain. Originally made in transferware patterns, beginning in the 1840s, British potteries created white ironstone for the American market where undecorated tableware was popular.
I have a confession to make. I have never liked blue in decorating. Oh, I wear blue, and it’s cute in my little boy’s room, but whenever I saw blue in a living space, I just didn’t love it. Perhaps it’s because my parent’s house was blue for many years (every room, mind you!) but for whatever reason, it was just not something that spoke to me. My family room/kitchen area is neutrals and cream with pops of red, and it has been like that for quite awhile now. Red toile curtains, red toile chairs, red checked roman shade and a few red striped and/or floral pillows on the cream couches. And I have always loved it. It is fresh and cheerful, and it looks great at Christmas. That is, I loved it until recently. I don’t know what happened, but I sort of woke up one day and thought, “I cannot look at this red for one more day!” I know blue is a huge trend in decorating. And of course, I’ve been seeing a ton of it; in blogs, in catalogs, on websites and on Pinterest. But I’ve certainly seen trends I didn’t follow before. And I’ve certainly seen blue photos that never spoke to me before. But now…..
I think I have shared with you before about my candle obsession. I absolutely love aromatic candles around the house. I love to scent the house with something cozy, or delicious, or clean, but it can’t be too perfume-y or fake smelling. And I like it to be soy, if possible, since paraffin is so unhealthy (and I tend to burn them for hours at a time!) So, I was super excited when I found Linnea’s Lights. They are a small, family owned company based in Indiana. And their candles are hand poured, small batch, and triple scented. And they have amazing fragrances! I first discovered them in the Fall when I purchased their Pumpkin scent. Mind you, I have about 4 or 5 different pumpkin scented candles and none of them are as good as this one. Then recently, I bought the Tomato. I know that sounds weird, but trust me, it is equally delicious. It smells like spring, but even better. I’ve also tried the Grapefruit and the Beachwood.
Remember when just a couple of years ago the big trend in jewelry was the “statement necklace”? Big, chunky necklaces that stood out because they were oversized. One was all you needed. Well, now, it’s the opposite! Layered jewelry is the look of the moment. The necklaces are delicate and are usually combined in twos and threes for a statement, but one that is more subtle than what you get with one large necklace. The thing that I love about this look is it’s ability to go anywhere and be worn with anything. They are at once dressy but casual, edgy but classic. They look equally good with a dress, a suit, or a t-shirt and jeans. In fact, I love them best with a white men’s style shirt and loose distressed boyfriend jeans. The jewelry dresses up the casualness of the jeans, while the jeans take the necklaces down so they don’t come off too dressy. To help you get an idea of the look, here are a few photos to inspire.
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.
Formerly known as the Costume Institute Gala and now known as the “Met Gala,” this event is an annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Costume Institute. This night is a true star-studded event and is considered to be the most exclusive social event of the year in New York. Anyone who is anyone is there!