WHAT I BROUGHT BACK

Sometimes the best parts of a trip are the ones you didn’t plan in advance. While driving through Alabama we happened across a quirky roadside antique mall. With an hour to kill we decided to check it out. I’m so glad we did! This place was an absolute treasure trove. I kept thinking how my friend Katie over at The Neo-Traditionalist could stock her shop for months with all the goodies to be found there!
So here’s what I was able to cram into my suitcase:

I fell in love with these little elephant candlesticks. When I turned them over and saw they were Mottahedeh I think my jaw hit the floor.

Another favorite find is this brass cherry blossom branch candelabra. Very fitting since the Cherry Blossom Festival is well underway here in DC.

I loved all the colors in this framed stamp collection. The bud vase just had to come home with me too–those little pink flowers just stole my heart!

My most economical find was this tiny club dish which I paid $1 for. No, I do not play cards, I just thought it was sweet. Currently it is holding some of my rings.

My brass pineapple vase ($3) is holding court on my bookshelf.
Giraffes are one of my favorite animals so I couldn’t pass up this print. He’s now hanging in my bathroom. I am clearly lusting after spring because I just couldn’t get enough florals! This gravy boat, stamped Royal Cotswald, reminded me of the floral patterns J.Crew is showing this season.
Here’s what I left behind for the next lucky travelers:
I told you I’m obsessed!

I’m obsessed with vintage maps and globes lately. Sadly this wouldn’t pack well ha!

This Hollywood Regency style mirror was $45.00!! I already have one which UPS completely shattered in the mail (and now won’t pay for the insurance) but that’s a completely different story…

Loooved this little yellow alarm clock. It was in my basket for the longest time!


Not quite sure what these little piggies are for but they were hand carved and kind of cute.
Hope you enjoyed checking out my souvenirs. Have you found any treasures on your travels lately?

CRAVING PINK

For our new place I’m craving something bright, bold, girly, and glamorous at the same time. Sometimes a quick spin through my inspiration folder is all I need to find the solution. I’m thinking a pop of pink chairs will fit the bill perfectly!

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So here’s my latest find…A pristine pair of caned barrel chairs for $100 on craigslist.
YES PLEASE!
I’m hoping to pick them up this evening.
Remember this shot from the latest issue of Lonny?
A perfect match right?! I’m thinking with some bright pink upholstery these will be the solution to my pink craving.
P.S my camera is on the fritz but I’m hoping to share my loot from AL+GA this afternoon!

GONE TO THE DOGS

If you know one thing about me it should be that I’m obsessed with my dog. So after reading this post at Bazaar of Serendipity and seeing all of these amazing photos featuring our four legged friends…



Images via Elle Decor via Bazaar of Serendipity

I’ve decided I simply must buy this book: Dogs in Vogue: A Century of Canine Chic.


Somehow these photos manage to make you forget about the unglamorous aspects of pooches–such as dog hair on your furniture!

FOR THE BIBLIOPHILE

I’m the first to admit that I’m a big dork when it comes to reading. When I was little, one of the highlights of my summer was whizzing through the summer reading lists at the library. In middle school, I had to be given an extra “reading journal” because I filled the first one so quickly. Cool kid right? These custom bookshelf paintings by Jane Mount are a stylish homage to my inner nerd. If you’d like to nose around other people’s shelves visit her site here.