Friday, July 31, 2009

Ships in the Home

I have been digging all of the ship images in home decor lately. I'm not completely sure why -- it must have to do with my fondness for all things vintage, because I've never been into sailing or anything like that. Anyway, I recently bought this fantastic little vase by Diana Fayt that's screenprinted with an image of a ship (above). It's sitting on our mantel and, despite being just 4" x 2.5", it adds a dignified feel to our living room.

Some other ship-bearing items that I love are the
Night and Morning Sky Shadowboxes from Wisteria:

Thomas Paul
's Seafarer pillows:

and John Derian's oval plate:

All this talk of ships makes me want to re-read
Wide Sargasso Sea.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Thursday Design Fix

I like Thursdays for many reasons, two of which are the New York Times' and Washington Post's home sections. I like to read them the old-fashioned way -- on paper while riding the Metro.

In the Post, I love "
House Calls." I don't think I can ever get enough of before-and-afters. Plus, you can get a lot of tips on how to solve design dilemmas and some great finds at stores you may not have known of. Today's is a family room re-do by local designer Iantha Carley. What a huge difference. I love the activity table she chose, and I love how she worked in furniture from Ikea and Target.

The Times' article
The New Antiquarians is, of course, spot on. I have been loving this trend. I don't embrace it completely -- full on, it's a little too dark for me -- but I like to mix it in to our colorful cottagey/vintage/eclectic decor (not sure what to call's probably just "contemporary").



I'm excited to finally start Twigs and Scraps: Ideas for Nesting. I meant to start it back in January 2008, but that's when I got pregnant with our little boy, Cashion -- and the most intense, mind-numbing tiredness I'd ever experienced kicked in. I was barely able to wake up, shower and make it to work everyday; there was no way I could keep up with a blog, too.

So, here I am, more than a year and a half later. Our little one is almost 11 months old, we are now first-time homeowners and I work full-time. I don't have a lot free time -- who does? -- but I do have more energy now.

My background is in literature and econcomics, but I have a strong interest in all things "home" -- design, decorating, homekeeping, cooking, baking, gardening -- the focus of Twigs and Scraps.