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That England feeling…

22 Jun

We just got back from two weeks in England.  We took Noah to meet the family, went to a couple of weddings, and enjoyed summer in the sun.  I think England really is one of the most beautiful places you can be when the sun is shining.  All that rain makes everything so, so lush and green.

the house where we stayed in Norfolk

I think it’s having an effect on me.  My eye keeps catching on all these mad floral designs and I’ve got to have some of it for my casa.

Here’s an inspiration photo I found on flickr:

image by candy rose on flickr

It’s available for purchase in her etsy shop along with many other gorgeous prints.

Also at etsy, I found this Kindle case and some pretty earrings:

kindle case at etsy by seasidesew

rose earrings at etsy loleys

Urban Outfitters has a few lovely floral items right now; here are a few of my favorites:

potpourri duvet cover, $68

floral lace duvet cover, $68

faded rose rug, $18

Natalie Lete’s plate at Anthropologie:

gallery plate by Natalie Lete, $350

Zara Home has some vivid floral items I love:

florencia cushion at zara home

rosal table cloth and napkins at zara home

And for the full English effect, don’t forget the net curtains!  These are a pair I actually like from IKEA:

It’s not interiors, but have you seen Scarlett Johannson’s take on this trend?  Admittedly the woman would look gorgeous wearing an old sack but I think she pulls this look off perfectly.  The first is my favorite but I also love the cool blues and slightly mumsy look of the second photo:


Are you feeling it too?

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A New House…

20 May

As you may or may not know, Jon & I have been house-hunting for a few months now. The market in San Diego is finally reaching a more realistic level and we have been wanting our own place for a long time. When we lived in England we lived in a cute little brick row home and we (I should probably say I as I’m not sure Jon thought so) had so much fun redecorating and making it our own.

Photo via isisbridge at flickr.

The above isn’t a picture of my exact house– I couldn’t find any pictures– but it might as well be; it was just like that.

One of the things I love about living in different places is that each home is different–I feel that each place actually tells you how it wants to be decorated. Not exactly literally, but almost. For example, that house in England had a completely different light and a different feeling than the loft I lived in in Brooklyn:

Photo via flickr (if you know who please tell me)

or my sunny apartment here in California. It wanted different colors & different textures than I would have used elsewhere. Grays, moody purples and mushroom colors just looked right there, as did the textures of rustic wooden floorboards, exposed brick, and slate. Even a little bit of chintz…

So needless to say one of the things I am most excited about when we move house is the opportunity to do something different. And I imagine different things for every house we look at, which so far have included a new-build, very open & light-filled condo in Golden Hill:

(which would have been fantastic with dark wood floors, white and splashes of color everywhere), a Spanish-style 1930’s home with fruit trees and a statue of Mary in the front yard:

another Spanish-style home with city views and ocean breezes:

(both an opportunity to do something eclectic and bohemian, mixing traditional with new), and, most recently, a 1950’s ranch style place with giant windows and a beautiful yard:

(I’m thinking light floors in this one, and modern with a twist, not a period-piece!).

Wherever we end up, I can’t wait to share the transformation with you. I just hope I can get it all done before I get bored with my original concept! Yes, I’m one of those…