Travel Treasures

As I’m sure you’re well aware by now, travel and interior design are two of my biggest passions—well, those and organizing, of course! Every year, my boyfriend and I aim to visit brand new places, and to buy trinkets from each place to forever remember them by.

Through all of our travels, I’ve collected quite a few treasures. From pottery and art to clothing and jewelry, so many pieces in my home were purchased while traveling. And while I love just about all of them, the below pieces are the ones that I know I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.

How stunning is this blanket from Oaxaca, Mexico? As soon as we saw this blanket in Onora Casa in Mexico City, I knew it had to come home with us. The soft color palette and intricate woven design caught my eye and I love thinking about where it could end up in our future home. From being folded along the edge of the bed to be draped over a sofa, this blanket will look perfect anywhere it’s placed.Also in Mexico City, we found this gorgeous hand-painted vase in El Mercado de la Ciudadela. Because I want this vase on display at all times and not just when it’s filled with flowers, I’ve found the perfect home for it atop cookbooks in our kitchen.Who could possibly say no to another stunning vase? That’s what I thought when I saw this gem in Koh Lanta, Thailand. We’ve been collecting blue and white sponge-wear pottery for a few years now (as you can see on our bookshelf here), so when we saw those same colors in this piece of Thai pottery, we instantly fell in love. As if it weren’t perfect enough on its own, I cannot get over how amazing it looks sitting right on top of Rebecca Atwood’s book.  Last but certainly not least: the patterned pillow of my dreams, also from Thailand. Funnily enough, the fabric of this pillow was not complete when we bought it—the woman making it still needed to dye and color treat it. But we loved it just the way it was and decided to buy it right on the spot from her worktable. Even though we didn’t know exactly how we wanted to use the fabric (maybe a table runner or a wall textile), we knew we would find just the place as soon as we got home, and we were right.

P.S. Check out my blog posts on Mexico City and Thailand to find out even more about our trips.

Wish List: Pink Upholstery

From blue velvet sofa to pink velour upholstery, my wish list just keeps expanding. Right now, I am absolutely l-o-v-i-n-g the look of dusty pale pink upholstery, especially when paired with darker tones like rich wood floors.

But in case you’re like me and probably can’t commit to an entire sofa cloaked in this fabric, a throw pillow would look just as good!

 

Photos from: Pinterest

Home Envy: Anine Bing

This post officially kicks off my newest series: Home Envy. Up first is one of my favorite fashion designers, Anine Bing. I have followed Anine on Instagram for a few years now, and have loved watching as her style, as well as her cult following, has grown. What began as classic leather pieces (think jackets and studded booties) evolved into a full-fledged label with everything from perfume to intimates to jewelry.

Though it’s not just her fashion style that attracts me, but also her knack for interior design. Her home, as you’ll see below, is a beautiful blend of bohemian casual with classical elegance. From the stained glass and exotic tile to the brass details and modern furniture, Anine’s house is simply perfect in my book.

Photos from: My Domaine

Apartment Refresh

About to say something pretty shocking: It’s been almost 6 months since my last apartment refresh—can you even believe it? As soon as I realized that, I knew I needed to check in with you all on the latest additions to my apartment. Keep reading to see what I’ve changed!

While we used to have three succulents situated above the glass cabinet our dining room, they were not getting the best light and I was having to replace them quite frequently. Finally, I decided to move them and replace them with cookbooks and my favorite wine.

One of the plants has now made its way to a sunny corner of our kitchen.

Couldn’t help but brag about just how big my Vogue magazine stack is getting!

Current nightstand essentials: A delicious candle from Candlefish in Charleston and my Beatles book.

These colder nights call for an extra quilt on the bed.

I’ve had my eye on this straw basket for quite some time and I’m so happy it has found a home in our living room.

Wish List: Clear Console

An acrylic console table first caught my eye a while ago and I haven’t been able to shake it ever since. I just love how it can both blend in as well as make a big, bold statement at the same time.

Thankfully, this piece may not stay on my wish list for much longer—we have the perfect place for it right under the windows in our living room. If and when we do make the purchase, I’ll be sure to update you with photos!

Photos from: Pinterest

1 Chair, 3 Ways

I have been loving challenging my inner designer with this series, plus reading your comments both here and on Instagram make me so so happy. I’ve been scoping out all the furniture in my apartment and decided to try out styling my living room chair for this edition of 1 piece, 3 ways. Keep reading to see how I did it, and don’t forget to share a comment with your favorite!

Chair 1: Seeing as I can never get enough shibori, I decided to layer the two pieces that I have. The end result is a very boho, relaxed vibe that I’m sort of loving.

Chair 2: Talk about another piece I just can’t get enough of: the sheepskin throw from IKEA. I have 3 of these and I just love layering them all over the house—on the floor of my closet, over a comfy chair, over a dining table chair, you name it. So it should come as no surprise that I decided to try one over the chair in my living room for a comfy, cozy feel.

Chair 3: If you’ve followed the blog for a minute, then you know that this is usually how I have things set up. It just about sums about my favorite things: soft cashmere, Vogue magazine, and diptyque candles.

Can’t wait to hear which option you like best!

1 Nightstand, 3 Ways

I’m constantly playing with unique ways to style my apartment (hence why I am constantly posting design refreshes), which is precisely why these little design challenges are so fun for me. Since I’ve already done my dining and coffee tables, next up was naturally my bedside table. Without further adieu, here are 3 different ways to style a nightstand.

Nightstand 1:  Fresh flowers? Check. Deliciously scented candles? Check and check. Simple bedtime reads? Check. I love how this variation has just about everything you need on your nightstand but doesn’t look cluttered at all.

Nightstand 2: I don’t know about you, but I hate sleeping in jewelry, no matter how dainty the ring. I love that this styling variation has a little tray for jewelry to go at night, plus the addition of a crystal to promote calming energy.

Nightstand 3: I suppose you could call this nightstand the perfect marriage between the first two—beautiful flowers, bedtime reads, and calming geodes.

Which nightstand option do you like best? Share in the comments below!