mike miller for west elm, large group silhouette picture
This year I resolve to try to make our place more cozy and to decorate a bit. The starting phases are finally getting some prints framed (tacking them up on the walls seems odd and immature). I don’t want to go too crazy because we are planning to move by the end of the year, and so hanging out things on the walls seems easy enough to do. Our place is a bit bland to begin with (typical 70s apartment complex development) so you can’t do much in ways of painting or installation of like some fabulous molding. Also, our furniture is very Ikea- simple, nordic, not too much fun but functional.
I’m also bookmarking most anything I find for inspiration and perhaps our next place (hoping to rent a floor of a house) will have a bit more personality. And sometimes I just like looking at other spaces- so pretty, darling, and cozy!
This post on Designismine’s blog is absolutely beautiful. I totally agree- i just want to curl up with lots of books in each one of the beds or make something decadent in this kitchen. I think the kitchen is my favorite, but this might be because of all the counter space it has.
Check out the rest of this post and other pretty rooms here.
I can’t believe it is August already! I finally went on a long neede vacation to Cape May with some girlfriends. I think we all needed it! Cape May is absolutely beautiful; such a cute resort town. I didn’t realize how much I had missed the beach- it had been ages (maybe 2 years?) that I had been to the shore, and maybe even longer that I got to spend more than 2-3 hours. I got my tan on, relax on, and finished a Maisie Dobbs book.
A flower field across the street from our motel, my FAVORITE house in Cape May (always something new in it though when I go there!), Cape May water tower, Cape May Lighthouse
After the gang left (post Mad Batter brunch, my goodness, what a send off!) I did some exploring on Sunset Beach and Cape May Lighthouse (pic above).
This little guy was waiting for me. I like saying ‘Whale Mandible’ too.
Zinnias are my favorite flower.
My most recent sojourn was to see my pal Katie’s house in Pennsylvania. We spent an afternoon at Terrain which is owned by the same folks who bring you Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie (the latter being one of my most favorite places to shop at). We ate at the Cafe at Terrain and oggled expensive soaps, Hungarian-made pottery, and lots of glass jars. I was very good and didn’t spend any money on glass jars! I also was surprised to see two old pals from Rutgers! A great day, lots of pretty things.
Terrain at Styers, Glen Mills, PA; driftwood for sale, gazpacho in a canning jar/bread baked in a pot, in the hothouse
The SO and I have been living together for the past 7 months, yet where we turn in at the end of the night is still my full-size Ikea matress. On.the.floor. This drives me absolutely insane. We had planned on buying a new bed/boxspring set in a Queen back in February when our mailbox was bombarded by President Sales ads. However, we had just purchased a couch, so the money wasn’t really there and the rational came about that we both weren’t particularly large people, so a full size bed (just purchased maybe a scant 3 years ago), still had some life in it.
It has lived on the floor (atop an Ikea rug) for the past 7 months. If we decide to stay at the ‘Manor’, I’m pretty sure that it will stay on the floor. The SO says we can go look at bed frames (the frame that belonged to our bed has long been broken and trashed) in the near future. I’m pretty much willing to settle on a boxspring and a headboard. Perhaps this is why this project spotted on Design*Sponge today really stole my heart. and promptly ran off with it. I hope it goes back home and waves it into SO’s face to show that his lady would really enjoy a headboard.
I haven’t embroidered in a while and the detail of those thick, intertwined threads just looks so inviting! It is such a cutesy, folksy kind of trompe l’oeil.
Find the project here on Design*Sponge