Entries in vintage (3)


a vintage JB Van Sciver bamboo bed for Lydia


I'm a firm believer that good things come to those who wait - or, in my case, when you aren't even looking in the first place!  It seems like whenever I'm on the hunt for something in particular, I always come up empty handed, but my best finds to date have always been popped up when I least expected.  A prime example of this was earlier this summer when I was searching Craig's List for a bamboo table for the upstairs guest room; I typed in "bamboo" and the very first image to pop up was of an original JB Van Sciver four poster bamboo bed in all its yellowed glory.  I didn't have a place for another bed and I hadn't planned on getting a new one for Lydia - she was in love with the daybed her daddy made for her - but I just couldn't stop thinking about how amazing this one would look with a fresh coat of white paint, or how my little miss would feel even more like the princess she is in this four poster beauty.  I called the owner, who set it aside for me, and made the hour and a half trek to pick it up.  In the end, it was so worth it - it was even prettier in person, it was in great shape, is super sturdy and the price just couldn't be beat. 

Here is what it looked like before painting:

After cleaning it and giving it a light sanding with 250 grit sand paper, we used our air compressor to spray a light coat of primer and then followed it up with two coats of Benjamin Moore White, the same color as her walls, but in a semi gloss finish. I absolutely love how it turned out; the white is so fresh and clean and it truly looks fit for a little princess! 

I still need to find something to replace the Animal Print Shop prints above the bed (a mirror? new art?) and she needs some end tables, something for all her books and a duvet; right now, she's got flamingo sheets from Target's Pillow Fort line and two of her Euro pillows from her daybed.  We are making headway, slowly but surely, but she's so happy with her new bed and that's all the matters to me; the rest will come in time (probably when I'm searching high and low for something else!)

 Any recommendations for replacing the animal prints, I'm all ears!  I'm leaning toward a small, gold mirror but I'm open to any ideas!  Happy Thursday, everyone!


get the look: chic in ojai

When the latest Veranda landed in my mailbox, I couldn't make it the short walk to the house before ripping through the plastic and thumbing through to the cover article.  Have you seen it?  It's the stunning home office of decorator and blogger Brooke Giannetti set inside her gorgeous new Ojai home.  From the exposed reclaimed wood beams and vintage hanging lantern to the antique desk and those AMAZING soft gray doors, the room is almost too pretty to get any actual work done, don't you think? Perfect spot to blog (or daydream while trying to blog!).  The rest of the house is just as chic and elegant (including an amazing chicken coop!) but this little slice of home office heaven is my favorite.  Scroll down to see my picks for creating a similar look at home.  Congrats, Brooke; this is a well deserved cover!!

Almost everything in Brooke's office is vintage or antique, but you can still create a similar look and feel without breaking the bank for one-of-a-kind finds or scouring ebay and antique stores until you go cross-eyed!  Here are my picks:

Lantern lighting like this one (it's on sale, too!):

I love the idea of using a larger table for a desk, with tons of extra workspace.  This dining table is a great reproduction of a French antique:

I love the antique-inspired design of these arm chairs and the pricepoint is fabulous, too!

The most perfect soft gray, Benjamin Moore Cliffside Gray, on doors (and maybe even trim!):

There's no mirror in Brooke's office, but I love the idea of adding a little something gilded.  This French gilt mirror is just perfection:

A soft and thick handspun jute rug underfoot to anchor the space:

Fresh greenery is a must; a grouping of myrtle and rosemary topiary at one corner of the desk is an elegant compliment:

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Stay warm!



soft + feminine house tour

I try not to post things that have already made their way around blogland, but this gem of a house tour has been a favorite of mine lately and it's just too good, I couldn't resist!  Designed by Irene Lovett of designstiles, an LA-based interior design firm that actually specializes in nurseries and kid's spaces (and when you see the little girl's room here, you'll know why!), it is the perfect mix of traditional and modern with vintage touches and a lived-in, layered feel.  I'm not usually drawn to soft, feminine spaces, but this entire house is so dreamy, there isn't one thing I would change!  Just a little eye candy to end the week and have you dreaming of curling up with a cup of tea in that fabulous living room!

Love the mix of colors and textiles in the living room.  So soft and cozy!

My grandparents had a dining table and set of chairs exactly like this.  I love how the older pieces look so fresh mixed in with more modern sconces, a lantern light and a bamboo mirror:

White cabinetry, Hicks pendants and wood bistro chairs in the kitchen are timeless:

Is this not the most perfect little girl's room you ever did see?  Robin's egg blue grass cloth, a Jenny Lind bed, vintage lighting and settee, a kilim and bookshelves backed with the sweetest hummingbird wallpaper...this is the stuff little girl's (and big girl's like me!) dreams are made of:

Seriously DYING over that paper!

Greige and blue in the master is so serene.  LOVE the blue curtain panels, too:

More whimsical paper in the girls' bath. Perfection:

Modern meets vintage in the nursery to stunning effect:

To see more of this house, head over to Style Me Pretty Living.  Have a wonderful weekend! 

Hopefully, I'll have the entry done over the next day or so and can share it next week!