As my husband and I have been working for several years lovingly remodeling our 1900 farm house. We had to remove one of the cutest elements of the house. When we purchased it, in the upstairs, you would open a full size linen closet door and at the back of the linen closet was a delightful little door about 4 feet tall with a glass pane. This intriguing little door led into the crawl space that was used for storage and now that room is our addition of a master bedroom, bath and closet.
Though the door could no longer be used in a practical use, we wanted to embrace its charm and use it as a decorative architectural element in the house. We hung it from four cast iron decorative brackets, holding it a few inches from the wall. I then replaced the knob with a gorgeous purple antique glass door knob, that I got for my birthday to tie in with the purple walls and the purple accents in the adjacent spare bathroom, including an antique purple Ball jar. (Though some antique dealers consider it a flaw, I think it’s beautiful). It’s called Sun Purple. When exposed to sunlight, some pieces of clear glass will gradually turn purple over extended periods of time, due to the presence of an element called manganese. I think it has a charming appeal.
If you listen to what they taught you in grade school, reduce, reuse and recycle, that gives you one reason to love this decorating tip, but if you’re like me, you love it because you have an admiration for antique architecture and a respect for the past. Love.
Pottery Barn has to be one of my favorite places. They totally get me. I think secretly they are following me around and writing down all the weird things I do and say. I found these frames today. While looking for empty frames to put objects inside of on the raw wall, but this takes it to another level. What a lovely idea to accessorize my walls with my jewelry. Instead of my junk (weird old things that I insist on having). Or better yet, a combination of both!
I found these while surfing on Etsy. Which if you’re looking for handmade ANYTHING, it’s the place to go. I love supporting my fellow artists and crafters. I think it’s generally good karma. We have to look out for each other. As I came across Tattered Vintage, I fell in love. I think I might have to add her blog to my frequently design-stalked category. She has a lovely english garden aesthetic to her work. On a cold, rainy, Minnesota May day her warm welcome flowers really stood out to me.
Fawn and Forest is offering the Mae Girl’s twitter bird fabric wall stickers. These stickers are made from adhesive fabric. They are reusable, removable and gorgeous. Perfect for your office, your child’s room or I even hallucinated about using them in a kitchen. Oh and did I mention they are washable!
A beautiful collection of fabric prints by the fabulous Carolyn Quartermaine. She has a subtle sensibility between the past and the present creating textures that are divine. The delicate touches to really liven up a room. I adore her work.
I found this exquisite sink at a kitchen and bathroom showroom in Plymouth, Minnesota and I fell instantly in love. Never before has a sink made my soul fill with swarms of happiness, until this sink by Kohler. The Lilies Lore Nature’s Chemistry cast bronze undercounter sink is created in the highly stylized motifs of Art Nouveau. The only thing that made me sad, actually using it. I don’t think I could actually spit toothpaste in this piece or art and sleep at night.