It's Not Easy Being Green

March 2, 2015

Recently I've been going through a bit of an identity crisis.  Ok that sounds more dramatic that what's really going on, but somehow over the past few weeks I've developed a strong love of a new color.  This is a huge deal for me because I've always been a pink girl.  Pink chairs, pink pens, pink art, pink books...if you look around my apartment it's obvious that I never grew out of my little girl pink phase.  Then blue started mingling with pink, so now I have a blue sofa, ginger jars galore, and plenty of blue knickknacks.  That was all well and good, but now a new color has begun creeping in, and it's one I never expected.  Can you guess what color it is?  It's GREEN!  Green y'all.  I've never really liked green.  Ever.  I don't know what's going on, but I currently looooove green.  I even want to upholster chairs in a green leaf pattern.  I don't know what's going on, but I kinda love it.  Plus pink and green look pretty and preppy together, so at least I can work some green in and it'll still "go" with my color scheme.  (Although let's be honest, I've never actually had much of a plan...I just like what I like and figure out how to make it work!)  So all of that being said, here are a few of the rooms that have been inspiring me to incorporate a little green into my own home:

I could never go this bold with green, but I love it!

A palm pillow and a fig tree is a more subtle way to incorporate some green into your home.

This is the living room of Piqued PR founder Patricia Maristch.  So much fun!

Are you loving green as much as I am now?  Well if you are then you're in luck because I've rounded up some fun items that will help you add a pop or two of green to your home.  Maybe it is easy being green after all!

Tapers / Frame / Ikat Pillow / Bowl / Tray / Book / Throw / Palm Pillow / Napkins


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Looking Chic While Traveling Lightly

February 25, 2015

When I travel I like to pack as lightly as possible.  (Although my husband would probably say otherwise.  It may not be light to him, but it's light to me!)  One of my tricks is to decide on just one dark base color that I’ll repeat throughout the trip.  This eliminates the need to pack both black and navy blue accessories, shoes, etc.  

For our recent trip to San Diego I went with navy blue as my base color.  My casual navy jacket, blue and white striped loafers and navy Kate Spade bag were basic, versatile pieces that I was able to mix and match with all of my outfits for the week.  

Above are two of my favorite looks from the trip that incorporate all three pieces.  Don’t be afraid to mix two different stripes together!  It’s a fresh way to play up the nautical trend.  And speaking of a nautical trend, how darling are these mismatched Chloe and Isabel earrings?  Once on the Chloe and Isabel website (this link is to Dora's boutique) just click on the "Shop All Jewelry" tab and scroll down to the "Maritime Knot + Anchor Studs" to get this same pair.  They are perfect for Spring which is right around the corner!  

Earrings c/o Chloe & Isabel.

Shop similar items here!

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One Man's Trash: A Tale of Two Chairs

February 23, 2015

So let me tell you about the time I found two beautiful high back chairs in NYC.  Ok actually they were in complete disrepair...but the bones were oh so good.  They happened to be on 58th St. just a block or two down from Bergdorf Goodman and the Plaza Hotel.  In a trash pile.  My husband and I had just finished dinner at Club A, and we had stuffed ourselves silly with too much steak and too much wine (I would have done this even if I hadn't had a few glasses of wine in me, but it seems like a really good idea because of it).  We also happened to be a mile from our hotel.  We walked past the chairs at first but immediately my mind started wandering.  What if they were worth a lot of money?  Were they true mid-century pieces?  Were they sturdy?  We made it a couple blocks before I just couldn't bear it anymore and said we had to turn back.  Then we saw a trash truck picking up trash and heading in the direction of the chairs.  We were in a mad dash to get back to the chairs before the truck got them, and we made it with just seconds to spare...and then we began our mile-long trek back to the Hilton.  With chairs on our heads.

This is what dreading the next mile looks like.

We may or may not have been the subject of many iPhone photographs by strangers as we walked block after block back to our hotel.  Getting them through the lobby and up the elevator in the hotel was also a sight, but when I'm on a mission it takes a lot to embarrass me.  We both woke up sore the next morning, but it was totally worth it.  At least it was to me.  Tom thinks I have a chair hoarding problem, but he's a great sport :)

So this is what the chairs look like when they aren't upside down.  Great bones, right?

I found a few similar chairs online.  This set is being sold for $3,600 on Chairish:

And this one was sold on Palm Beach Regency but I can't find out what the price was:

Needless to say, it was definitely worth picking these up out of the trash.  I was supposed to ride the Greyhound Bus back to Maryland (classy, right?) but instead I rented an SUV and drove my two treasures back home.  Now they are sitting on our covered deck as I figure out what fabric to get them upholstered in.  I'm torn between stripes and palm leaves, although I'm open to other options as well.  These will likely go in my family's beach house in South Carolina, so I'm thinking I want a fun pattern that works with gray walls and a few turquoise accents.  Here is my inspiration for the palm leaf option (although this is actually a banana leaf print and it's way more money than I can spend.  I've found an affordable option in the Tommy Bahama Waverly Swaying Palms fabric):

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And here is my striped fabric inspiration:

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I just love the black and white stripes with the brown wood!

Ok so what do you think?  The chairs are awesome, right?  Which fabric should I use????  Help!

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On my Mind...Lately

February 20, 2015
Happy Friday y'all!  This week has been so darn cold and all I really want to do is nap by the fire, drink tea, and browse Pinterest.  Here are a few things that have caught my eye lately that I thought you should know about.  Enjoy! 

1.  The Everygirl's 3 Ways to Style and Use Ikea's Kallax Shelf.

I love Ikea Kallax/Expedit bookshelves, and I love how Alaina styled this one as a bar.  Plus that photo of the pink doors is pretty amazing!

2.  Aunt Peaches' Design*Sponge SneakPeek Home Tour.

This home tour came out a few weeks ago, but I forgot to share it earlier.  I LOVE how colorful this home is!  I'm all for maximalist, quirky and eclectic decorating, so this place is right up my alley.

3.  J.Crew Scalloped Drop-Hem Dress.

I'm in love with this dress.  I have a few of the scalloped dress from a year or two ago, but this one has a "flirtier" silhouette that looks like it would be perfect for spring and summer!

4.  DIY Pom-Pom Balloons.

Now this looks like a DIY that I can do!  This fun project is from Design Improvised and it makes me want to throw a party just so that I can decorate balloons!

5.  Brass Magazine Rack. 

You know you want a brass magazine rack...and you're in luck because I'm selling this beauty in my Etsy shop DashOfVintageWhimsy!

Have a nice weekend everyone!  Stay warm!

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Get to Know Me Better

February 19, 2015

Hi everyone!  These pictures don't look like they'd belong on the same post, do they?  Well, they both totally embody my life and they show two different sides of my personality.  The top photos are of my home, while the bottom photo was in Afghanistan near one of Osama Bin Laden's chai houses.  (I saw these gorgeous sunflowers and could not resist taking a picture by them!  Even in uniform and in a combat zone I always tried to appreciate the beauty of life.)

If you're interested in learning a bit more about both sides of my personality, head on over to Marvelous Musings by Johanna.  She's a German blogger who I met through Life with a Dash of Whimsy, and she and I did a Q & A session a while back about my past, the military, and of course, blogging.

Thanks for following along and I hope you enjoy getting to know me a little better :)

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Feminine Vintage Dress

February 18, 2015

I bought this feminine vintage dress a few months ago at Lucketts Store in Leesburg, VA.  It was a custom-made dress that the shop owner had recently bought in Germany, and it’s most likely from the 1950s or 1960s.  At the time of purchase the waist fit perfectly…but the top was a different story (apparently I’m not as blessed as the original owner).  

I took it to a seamstress and she was able to take it in, and now it fits perfectly!  The brocade top is elegant and fitted, while the pleated bottom is flirty and fun!  I wore this to a wedding in Houston recently (on Valentine’s Day), and the flowy skirt made me feel like Liesl from the Sound of Music.  (Remember her dress from the leaping portion with Kurt inside the gazebo?  One of my favorite movie scenes of all time!)  

I paired it with strands of pearls (I confess…they are not real but they still look pretty!), double pearl earrings from Bauble Bar, and my go-to J.Crew suede pumps.  

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City Guide: Atlanta, GA

February 16, 2015
I recently had the chance to spend a week back home in the Atlanta area.  I had no agenda at all, other than soaking in some of the Atlanta design/flea market/antique scene.  I moved away from Georgia when I was 18 years old (when I headed off to West Point), so I haven't had much of a chance to get to know the area as an adult.  That being said, I'm sure there are tons of hip and unique places to go in the city that I have never even heard of, but here is a roundup of what I was able to see this trip, and I totally recommend all of it.

1.  Scott Antique Market.  

Vintage love.
Blue and white can do no wrong.

Scott Antique Market is held once a month in Atlanta and in Ohio (check the schedule to make sure you don't miss it!).  It's overwhelmingly large, but really fun to browse.  Think high end and unique antiques.  Antique vendors come from all over the country to set up booths, and they fill up the entire Atlanta Exposition Center.  It costs $5 per person to get in, and there are two separate buildings, so make sure you wear comfy shoes.  The North building is mostly antiques, while the South building is newer items as well as one of a kind pieces by individuals selling their own work.  The food is great, so bring money for lunch.  The market is open from Thursday thru Sunday, but try to go Thursday afternoon or Friday morning because a lot of the good stuff gets snatched up pretty quickly.  All the fabulous lucite and faux bamboo pieces already had "sold"stickers on them when I got there at 10 AM on Friday.  If you're looking for more affordable flea market type items, there is a small flea market next to the South building that you don't want to miss.


2.  Forsyth Fabrics.  

Aurora Multi fabric is colorful to say the least.

We went to Forsyth Fabrics because I was looking for a specific fabric (Aurora Multi) for an upcoming project, and of all the places across the Internet, Forsyth Fabrics had the best price.  This is a fun place if you're looking for some inspiration, and they have so many different fabrics to choose from.  They even had a military discount (which I'm always a fan of).  I can't wait to get to work using this colorfully fun fabric!

3.  Westside Provisions District.  

Shopping at Star Provisions.

This shopping district was right next to Forsyth Fabrics, and we just happened to stumble upon it.  Many fantastic stores, hip restaurants, and to be honest, just a really cool vibe.  We ate at Star Provisions and had fantastic chicken salad sandwiches, sweet potato ginger soup, and meringue cookies for dessert.  Not only is there a deli-type restaurant, there is also a hip general store area (lots of cute items with an Anthropologie feel), a butcher and a cheese shop.  And speaking of cheese...if you're looking for a delicious, melt in your mouth, creamy creamy creamy brie, you've got to try Brillat-Savarin.  You'll thank me later.  

4.  Atlanta Beltline.  

Wintertime view of the Beltline.

Artwork on the tunnel walls over the Beltline.  How fun?!

Ok this has nothing to do with antiques or shopping, but the Beltline is a great running/biking/walking path through Atlanta.  We walked the part near Piedmont Park, and it was really enjoyable and made me wish I had my running shoes with me.  It goes by Paris on Ponce, so take a pit stop to check out a funky-cool vintage store.

Paris on Ponce.

The outside of Paris on Ponce.

5.  Kudzu Antiques.  

Everyone needs a lucite coat rack!

I've been to Kudzu once before, and I'll definitely visit again.  This is a great vintage home market with lots of unique booths and reasonable prices.  I found a vintage lucite coat rack that I fell in love with, but I think I've reached the upper limit on lucite in my apartment so I couldn't justify buying it.  I did find a few treasures though, including a cool gold and lucite ice bucket and a little porcelain blue and white hand.

6.  Your Dekalb Farmers Market.  

I grew up going to the Farmers Market every time we went to Decatur.  It's a massive place full of foods from across the globe.  Amazing produce selection, tons of cheeses, breads, meats, spices, flowers, wine, packaged products, etc. that you'd only find in a place with such a culturally diverse perspective.  This is a great place to go if you want fresh ingredients and a fun shopping experience.  Just be sure to bring cash or your debit card, because they do not accept credit card.

It's definitely grapefruit season!

Fresh flowers at the Dekalb Farmers Market.

What hip and fun places do you Atlanta folks recommend?  Atlanta truly is such a wonderful city with so much to do, and if you haven't been before it's definitely worth the trip!  
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