I’ve been wanting to write about some of the blogs and/or designers that inspire me for awhile now, so I thought for a change for today’s Friday Favorites, I would share one of my absolute favorites, Tone on Tone. Tone on Tone is the blog written by antiques store owner and designer, Loi Thai. It features a lot of Swedish style furniture, collections and vignettes from his Maryland antique store of the same name, and photos from his (two!) stunningly designed houses. I was first made aware of Loi Thai when his gorgeous home and Swedish antiques-filled shop was featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine. In addition to being a wonderful designer and antique store owner, Loi is also an incredibly talented gardener. His topiaries are legendary! He is also an avid collector; creamware, ironstone, architectural salvage pieces, and antique silver are some of the items he collects. I have featured photos from his house in several of my posts already, as he is such an inspiring designer and his mix of old and new, French and Swedish, speaks to me so clearly. If you have not seen his work yet, you are in for a real treat!
If some of you have been following me for awhile now, you know that I did a post on adding just one piece of contemporary or modern furniture to an otherwise mostly antique room a few months ago (you can read the original post here). I had just purchased a side table from Wisteria and at the time, I was debating returning it and getting the coffee table version instead. Well, I did! And it finally arrived after months of back order. I am so happy that I made the decision to spend the money shipping the first one back. The coffee table is perfect! I love the white marble top, the size, and the pounded gold edges.
There is something so crisp and clean about Spring, and I think that extends to dressing as well. White is one of my favorite colors (I’m sure you’ve noticed that!) I love it in decor, obviously, but it’s one of my favorite colors to wear as well. And I especially love denim with white. Maybe the reason I love it so much is it’s representative of the blue and white in decor that I’m so fond of. And denim with white is a near perfect combo. Just like blue and white in decor, it’s a fresh take on the season that reads “Spring” loud and clear!
I love Spring! Everything about it is so cheerful and full of promise. One of the things that I look forward to the most is planting fresh flowers in the garden, and one of my absolute favorites is lavender. Though I am usually a “white flowers only” girl, for some reason, the soft purple color and of course, that fragrance, really speak to me in the Spring. Also, it is drought tolerant so it grows really well here, even in the heat of summer. But I love it inside as well; it’s adorable in pots around the house (it looks especially good in galvanized buckets) and looks amazing on a kitchen counter!
Each spring I like to do a post on the biggest trends for the season. There is something so fun about getting a few new items to add some pep to your wardrobe!
I try to focus on trends that I think will stay around longer, or will have more staying power, as I don’t want to spend money on things that are only here for one season. And to that point, I also don’t think you need to spend a lot on these trends. This is the time to shop the less expensive stores and not pay an arm and a leg. You’ll have a few new things that make you feel more up-to-date and that freshen up your closet, but you haven’t spent so much that you need to feel guilty if they don’t last longer than a season or two. For basics and classic items that are true investment pieces, I do think it’s worth spending more if you can afford it. (I wrote a post here on what to spend more on if you are interested).
Since spring isn’t quite like Christmas, with access to so many decor items, I tend to keep it pretty simple. I adore white flowers, and I try to have them as a focal point. I especially love the crisp green of the leaves mixed with the bright white flowers.