fashion, inspiration, wallpaper

wallpaper Wednesday (with a twist)

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I’m so happy that we are wearing wallpaper these days. Aren’t you?

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H&M has collaborated with the British wallpaper and textile company, Morris & Co., and this fall released a clothing collection based on archived prints and new interpretations of designs by William Morris (1834-1896). So good.

Happy hump day!

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wallpaper Wednesday

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If something can be formal and whimsical, it is the topiary. And so is this wallpaper: Topiary in Leaf Green by Cole and Sons. I think it would look gorgeous in a dinning room as long as it was softened with flowing drapes and curvy furniture. I’d love it in a bathroom, especially with an old-fashioned claw foot tub and black and white tiled floor. And of course in a sunroom or garden room that had lots of plants spilling over tables and off of shelves.  Where would you hang it?

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art, books, inspiration, interiors

on my bookshelf: “Quiet Patterns”

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Bird and Pomegranate (William Morris)

Two things are happening in our homes these days: we are back in love with wallpaper (It seems we were afraid of it for a while) and we are taking a holistic approach to designing our houses and decorating our rooms. That is to say, we are interested in beauty and our overall well-being. Of course I couldn’t be more pleased. But honestly it is Abigail Edward’s newly published book Quiet Patterns: Gentle Designs for Interiors that really got my mind going on this matter. In it she argues (softly) that, when incorporated properly, pattern (many of which are derived from nature and childhood images reminding us of the countryside or secret garden or enchanted forest of our youth) has the power to transform a space and to soothe our weary modern souls. Continue reading “on my bookshelf: “Quiet Patterns””

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favorite things: peonies

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There is something about peonies: their lush, feathery petals, their intoxicating smell, their rich, dark green foliage, their old-fashioned beauty…and they don’t get as much attention as the rose, but they should. They don’t have thorns, and they are easier to grow. All you have to do is stake them when they flop or better yet, clip them and bring them inside. I’d love to have a field full of peony bushes like Martha Stewart does at her country house above, but since I don’t, here are a few of my favorite things that would add a touch of elegant country style to a home wherever it might be. Continue reading “favorite things: peonies”