I dreamt I was in Tuscany last night staying in a beautiful house with amazing views of rolling hills and red roofs. It's been a long time desire of mine to travel Europe (with UK, France, and Italy being my top three choice destinations). I woke up feeling ready to pack my bags, but for now I'll have to live my dream virtually via pictures.
If you ask me my favorite color, I'll say green. But one look in my closet, work office, and pinboards will tell you it's grey. Really, it's probably a toss up between the two.
I've always been drawn to charcoal sofas/upholstery, but lately the paler greys have been whispering to me that they also are deserving of love...
The last one is my faaaaavorite. I could absolutely live in that room (though I would probably change the rug). The baby topiary in the striped pot just kills me. So cute.
I find I am frequently at odds with myself over whether I love neutral palettes or brightly colored palettes more. I compromise by having both in my house - my bedroom is very neutral (especially since my latest curtain update that I have not posted about yet) and my home office is super bright and happy. I keep going back and forth on the direction I want to go in my living room though. So indecisive.
I've been completely enamored with topiary lately.
Here's hoping whatever house I end up buying in the future has a yard that's conducive to this look. There's something so very pleasing about a fastidiously groomed yard. I like the touch of elegance and artistry it brings. The round ones are my favorite.
Don't get me wrong - I love a good naturalized yard as well, but topiary and striped lawns make my heart sing. So lovely!
Thought I'd share a couple pics of the project I did for myself over the Holiday season for those tired of seeing pictures of my bedroom. I've been vaguely obsessed with the Union Jack flag design (and all things British, to be honest) for just about ever and it just so happens that my Tullsta chair was in need of a better lumbar pillow. (Yes, I am aware these not exactly the traditional colors, but I love it.)
I decided to take the hand stitched approach, despite being reasonably adept with my sewing machine and serger. It took me the better part of a day and several Christmas movies, but it was well worth the effort. The interior seams I did on my machine for the sake of speed, but I like the charming quality of the hand stitching on the outer part of the pillow.
If you'd like to see more pictures, hop on over to Rambunctious Rosettes. Since Mika ended up in almost all the pictures, I felt the bulk of this post belonged over there.
I've had design ADD like crazy and feeling extra dissatisfied with the house lately. Since I don't have endless money, I decided to make a switch with what I have on hand for some immediate gratification. I booted the yellow dresser out of the bedroom and it is now living in the kitchen. I brought back the old desperately-needs-re-stained dresser (will have to wait for spring/summer) into the bedroom and rearranged the furniture. It's feeling a bit calmer in there now.
The blank canvas is one I've had for ages. I tossed it up there in hopes I'll be inspired to fill it with something and because even an empty canvas is better than an empty wall. I do still need/desire a headboard. Not just to break up the vast amount of curtain in the room, but also for practicality - things like having somewhere to lean when reading and keeping the pillows from attempting to slide off the bed. Also a good excused to buy Euro pillows.
I suppose I never mentioned that I traded out my cheap brassy lamps for these Anthropologie lamps that I'd been admiring for ages. They were on sale for an excellent price, so I snatched them up. I'm glad I did, because it looks like they are no longer available. The chair next to the mirror is an upgrade from the old one - it's an $8 thrift store find. It needs recovered, but it's lovely and easily worth more than I paid for it.
Spent some of this evening messing around in Photoshop trying to figure out what kind of headboard might work in the room...
I'm not really sure. Feel free to leave suggestions, Internet. Meanwhile, I'll keep surfing around and might duck into a few local furniture shops to see if anything begs me to take it home without breaking the bank. And imagine a couple lovely plush Euro pillows as opposed to one sad little feather print pillow propped up against them.
As an aside: I'm not sure why these curtains photograph so obnoxiously blue sometimes. They're much less aggressive in person. Ah well.
Figured I should finally get around to posting those curtains I mentioned back in, oh, September? I'm what you might call a sporadic blogger. I might get to posting my Christmas project before spring. Maybe.
I've been having really mixed mixed feelings about them, which is annoying because they took so long to make and the fabric wasn't exactly cheap (it was at least on sale). I love the pattern but I'm not sold on the color. I think I kind of wish they were more like this:
But it doesn't look like that particular Dwell Studios fabric is available in navy blue anymore, though it must have been once upon a time based on the proof in this Etsy pillow that used it. I haven't seen anything else I like as much as his pattern as of yet either. I thought I had nailed it with the azure, but you never can tell until something's actually in a space, can you? Maybe I'll keep digging. It would mean quite a lot of money down the drain for the current ones though. Maybe I could sell them? They are fully lined....
Anyways! My bigger conundrum is what to do with THIS wall:
It's a big, empty, rather sad looking void and I haven't figured out how to fill it yet. I'm pretty sure I want a nice big (I mean huge) piece of art there.
Though the right headboard could be good too.
So far I've stumbled across neither and I'm not exactly sure what I'm looking for. (Actually I'd love an upholstered and tufted headboard but Matt has severe dust mite allergies, so fabric headboards aren't a realistic option, unfortunately.)