Way back in 2005, before I started blogging and before Pinterest was on the scene — I kept an Idea book. I cut and taped images and recipes into a journal. While cleaning my craft room today, I came across three discs with scans of my entire 2005 Idea book. Below is a collage of snippets from that journal. And below that are links to three pdfs that include the scans of the entire journal. Enjoy.
My new favorite junk shop is the Antiques Junkie on 125 Brewery Lane in Portsmouth, NH. T.F. Sloan, the proprietor, has created an inviting space with unique pieces at great prices. Check it out — just don’t buy the blue bench or the red cart. Save those for me.
You can follow the Antiques Junkie on Facebook.
I was cruising craigslist/newhampshire/furniture to find a side table or whatever. I came across this person in Hillsboro, NH that makes outdoor furniture out of solid hardwood pallets. I like the primitive look.
They remind me of the Tom Dixon offcut stool.
Alls you’d have to do is buy inexpensive primitive furniture locally and paint it in a fabulous pop color. Presto — Chango — and you have a fabulous statement piece.
via Door Sixteen
I know. Right.
Gah. This is one of those things that makes me wish I could quit my day job and make upcycled things all day.
It is a custom piece by jipsi boho living on etsy.
I keep thinking about this blog post over on Emily Henderson’s blog. Basically, she suggests that the way to figure out a color palette with which to decorate your home is to look at your wardrobe. What colors do you wear the most? Don’t include black and white. The colors I gravitate towards are neutrals — dusty grays and oatmeals. Don’t get me wrong — I love a good pop of color or even a loud pattern occasionally, but for day-to-day wear I tend towards calming neutrals. Like these:
And when decorating I like the “base coat” for everything to be a soothing gray or creamy oatmeal. These like:
This wardrobe to decorating palette thing even translates for accent colors. When I wear an accent color it is usually a vintage pumpkin, avocado or mustard. I also do this when decorating.
Are your wardrobe and decorating color palettes the same?
All the images in this post are on my pinterest boards.
Do you know who Emily Henderson is? She won Design Star a while back and then she had her own show on HGTV called Secrets of a Stylist. I didn’t watch either of those when they aired but I have since watched some of the SOAS videos posted online. My favorite episode is the one where she redecorates the living space for a young family into a Mad Men Bohemian style. So fun and chic. Her blog is great too.
Lately, I keep seeing this certain kind of window cover that looks like a transparent linen quilt. I love it. Apparently it is the Korean art of pojagi.
Bojagi or bo for short (also pojagi or bojaki) is a traditional Korean wrapping cloth. Bojagi are square and can be made from a variety of materials, though silk is common. Embroidered bojagi are known as subo.
Here is a video I found on the interwebs about a pojagi class at RISD. I especially love the white pojagi dress that is put on like a hospital johnny. It would be a lovely nontraditional wedding dress.
Below are more examples. Click on the images to be taken to the source.
I love the irregular angular shapes.
Below is a close-up of a curtain I made using vintage linen napkins. I’d like to keep experimenting with this idea. I’d like to create a larger curtain that is more pieced, like the examples above.
My husband and I have a country mouse/city mouse problem. I would love to live in the city and he would love to live in the country. When we were on vacation up north this past weekend my husband really enjoyed being in a house that was on several acres, surrounded by trees with a river running in the back of the property. We are happy in our present home but I wanted to see if there was a house that could fit both our needs. I found one! This house is on South Street in Portsmouth, NH. I could walk into town and my husband could be surrounded by trees. Now if I only I had another half a mil.
I do love this house. So quiet and not updated. Sure, the carpet needs to come up but I would change very little about the place. I would undecorate it.