There are only a few left, so I rounded up my own version of the Westminster dog show for you below. Not a dog person? How about something a little more exotic.
Lately I’ve been feeling a little burned out–which explains why this week’s Bits & Pieces post is coming to you a day late. I wish I had my act together to have my posts planned a month in advance, but the truth is, most nights I come home after work and sit down at my computer hoping that inspiration will find me… sometimes it doesn’t.
I’m looking forward to our New York trip this week as a bit of a re-set. Getting out of my own bubble always helps me feel re-energized and re-inspired. I can’t imagine a better place than New York city for that purpose. Don’t worry, I haven’t been completely in the doldrums, I’m actually very excited about the pretty little things currently on my desk in the photos above.
My parents’ project on the Cape is moving along quite well; we had a built-in bookshelf built (which will also hide the TV) and it’s time to choose a paint color for the bookshelf backs. I’m leaning towards Benjamin Moore’s Yarmouth Blue from the Historical Colors collection. I’m also pushing for recovering an old wingback chair in Quadrille’s New Batik (shown). Fingers crossed.
Remember this house tour? I grabbed a memo of Quadrille’s Nitik wallpaper last time I was at the design center and added it to the Quadrille love fest on my desk topped with a blue and white dish and enamel fish charm my Nana gave me. Kind of feel like I should have i’m blue da ba dee da ba die on repeat, right?
My friend Sarah recently tagged me in this little q&a session that’s been making the rounds and since I always think these are kind of fun to read on other sites I was more than happy to oblige.
This might be a faux pas, but rather than pass this along to some more bloggers, I’m switching things up and passing it along to you! My answers to Sarah’s questions are above and I’ve listed some new questions for you to respond to in the comments.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Holiday tradition you look forward to?
Go-to nailpolish color?
Book you recently read and loved?
Favorite Instagram account(s) to follow?
For the Love of Wallpaper:
-I completely related to this writer’s story: Forgive Me, Virginia Woolf. I dream about Gracie or de Gournay in a future dining room.
For the Wannabe Beauty Buff
-I have a new girl crush on British make-up artist, Lisa Eldridge. Her video tutorials are completely addictive. I suddenly want to spend all my disposable income on make-up (which is ironic considering this post).
-This Olivia Palermo make-up tutorial is also kind of amazing.
For the Prince of Chintz
-I had the pleasure of hearing design legend, Mario Buatta, speak this week which was quite inspirational. His 7lb tome Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Decoration is a must read.
-This video: The Art of Making Chintz seemed all too appropriate to share while on the topic of the Prince of Chintz.
For Your Bachelor Friends:
A few months ago I found the most fantastic antique peacock mirror at an antique store in VA. It was huge and gorgeous, and of course, very much out of my price-range. In typical fashion, I haven’t stopped thinking about the one that got away or given up hope that someday a beautiful antique peacock mirror will find its way into my home.
Patience is not one of my virtues, so in case the real thing doesn’t come along I’ve hedged my bets and rounded up a few retail options. The price tags are much more reasonable than the antique, and honestly, I bet you’d have a hard time telling the difference aesthetically.
Pretty as a peacock, right?