Thursday, March 31, 2011

Happy birthday Tour d'Eiffel

The French call her La dame de fer -- the iron lady.  Designed by Gustave Eiffel, the tower took two years to build.  And today just happens to be her birthday!  Here are a couple photos by one of my favorite photographers, Robert Doisneau, in honor of the 123rd anniversary of the opening of the Eiffel Tower. 

{Lapin au champ de mars}

{Le Remorqueur du Champ de Mars}

Monday, March 28, 2011

Deal squealer: 30% off sale items, plus free shipping at j.crew

Use the code LOVEIT to get an extra 30% off sale items, plus free shipping on orders of $150 or more. 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Antique Louis XVI settee

Absolutely adore this Louis XVI-era settee.  The grey re-upholstery really gives it a modern look, but paired with the traditional bones and gilded wood, it becomes a fresh and innovative re-imagining of a classic.  It's selling for $1,675.00 on etsy and at

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday Find: It's almost grilling season!

  {Weber Grill, $349.95 via Crate and Barrel}

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Two tickets to paradise

Back from the sun, surf, and sand of beautiful Key West -- will post more pictures soon!

{with love from the tarmac!}

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The great affair is to move*

{Photo by Nicole Cammorata}

I'm traveling to the sunshine and clear waters of Key West this weekend and you better believe I'm bringing my trusty straw hat with me.  Will post photos once I return!

*Post title is from a Robert Louis Stevensen quote:  "I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.  I travel for travel's sake.  The great affair is to move."

Friday, March 18, 2011

Be fearless like a kid

Major goal in life:  to reclaim the fearlessness and lack of inhibition we all seemed to have at 8 years old.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Elements of everlasting style

{I could live in this}

Have had this image stored on my computer for some time now because I just love the way each individual piece comes together to create the total look. The rich, chestnut-colored leather boots have a saddle-like, equestrian quality to them.  Paired with a high-waisted, almost flouncy skirt and striped top, this look becomes everything I love about fashion and design.  Simple, classic shapes.  A little bit preppy.  A dash of New England nautical.  Understated and polished.  Never out of style.

I can see this girl, whoever she may be, living in a place like this:

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mixing patterns

I could never decorate like this in my own home, and yet, somehow, it just works.  What do you think?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Expanding my art collection

Oh hey, look what I bought on etsy this weekend!

{I just love the little hearts coming out of his blow hole!}

{both silk screen prints by mengseldesign on etsy}

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Brr baby, put on a sweater

How fabulous is this cable knit bedding?  I'm off skiing in the mountains for a couples days -- would love to come in from the chill and get cozy in something like this!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Utter perfection

Friday Find: New Englanders on safari

Found this great shot in my saved images folder.  I'm not entirely sure which advertiser it is, but judging by the clothes, photo styling, and model choices, my best guess is that it's either Banana Republic, j.crew, or Land's End.  Anyone know for sure?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Before and after: upholstered chair

My dad and I are teaming up to start doing a bit of custom reupholstery work.  Okay, let's face it:  dad's the one with all the skills and I just give my opinion and call it contributing.  Check out our first joint venture for a client below.  All reupholstery work was done by dear ol' Dad and the photo styling is by yours truly.



Have a chair or couch you'd like reupholstered?  Looking for a custom-made headboard or ottoman?  Email us at

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Deal squealer: 20% off and free shipping at Madewell

{just love this look, don't you?}

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