There is almost nothing I like better than styling the tables and flat surfaces around my house. It’s fun to add something new from time to time, as well as “shop” your own house and move things around for a little change of pace. And the prime place for styling is the coffee table!
For years I had been a huge fan of French Country Style. I had red toile in my family room, as well as roosters and other quintessential French Country touches throughout my house. However, as part of my lightening up and paring down over the last couple of years that I’ve shared here and on Instagram, I would say that what I most gravitate to now is more of a Swedish influenced style. I think of it as similar to French, but lighter, both in color and in spirit. Both have a a very European sensibility, yet the Swedish take is just a little more spare, a little lighter, a little simpler. There is usually very little color, and if there is, it’s pale, pale versions of blues, greens, or greys. Swedish furniture is influenced by Neoclassical style, with very little ornamentation or embellishment. Another thing that is a big part of Swedish style is symmetry (love!). I think the style is so versatile; it mixes well with many other styles, and can be incorporated into so many different spaces and mixed easily with different periods. Most of these inspiration photos are a mix of French and Swedish or other European antiques, but to me, that’s ideal. The theme here is the lightness of the rooms.
Every year I bring out the red, white, and blue decorations right before Memorial Day, and I usually keep them out through July 4th. I treat the whole month as a “patriotic” season! Also, since we usually have people over for one or the other of these holidays, I wanted to put together a patriotic tablescape that could work for either one. I love doing tablescapes and I know a lot of you do, too, so I compiled a new free e-book with twelve of my favorites (including sources and lots of tips and tricks!)
In honor of summer, I am sharing my love of stripes this week. Because though they can be worn all year (and I do!), there is something inherently “summery” about them!
Stripes are something that I came to later in life; I don’t remember loving them as a young girl, or even in college. But starting in my twenties, and coinciding (not coincidentally) with my love affair with J. Crew, I started to fall in love with stripes.
I know, how original, right? I’m writing about white kitchens – hardly an earth shattering, can’t-believe-those-are-trending topic! But my love for them is deep, and has never waned. In fact, I have always had a white kitchen. Yep, I’ve had three kitchens in my adult life that I’ve picked and/or remodeled myself, and all three have been white. I had one before they were in style, I have one now that they are “back,” and I’m sure I will have one until the day I die.
I am someone who, until a couple of years ago, literally never wore yellow. I didn’t own a single piece of yellow clothing and I’m not sure why. I guess I thought I didn’t look very good in it, and to tell you the truth, I’m still not sure I do, but I don’t care! Yellow is absolutely one of my favorite colors for Spring. In fact, I would say that with the exception of perhaps pink, it is the color that seems most “Springy” to me. Yellow connotes sunshine and lemonade and other summery things, and it looks great with so many other colors! It works with denim, black, white, blues, and even pink. And a little goes a long way…