Decorate: Aubusson Inspired Floral Rugs

July 25, 2013 Comments Off on Decorate: Aubusson Inspired Floral Rugs

I’m not sure when I really started to care deeply about the aesthetic in my home.  I’ve been, for the most part, restrained by cost, piecing together things that are on sale and kind of work. I’ve tried to curate a look centered around pieces that have character or a story  and  staple pieces I can afford. Sometimes it works, but sometimes it just bugs me until I can get it right.  Even with resources, I’m sure it would still take me years to find fulfillment in my home decor.

That said, I have been eyeing some type of floral rug to add to my home for some time. I wasn’t initially a fan of floral rugs, they can be busy , hard to match, and just look downright tacky. What really turned it around for me was the “Aubusson” style of rugs , which have originated from  Aubusson, France since the 15th century. They commonly have a floral pattern, are flat woven and are quite grand in both size and pattern- a reflection of historically being commission by aristocracy. They have a wonderful french aesthetic, with floral patterns that fill but don’t overwhelm the space and a color pallet that always seems to get it right.

Antique Aubusson Floral Rugs

These antique rugs are quite pleasant, but they will most likely set you back a pretty penny .

If you can’t shell out the beaucoup bucks that it will take to buy an original rug, you may want to consider these more affordable options.  I know I am, Especially with dogs being so tough on carpets!


DIY: Mailbox Planter

July 21, 2013 § 1 Comment

One of the first things I didThis re purposed mailbox is no more difficult than planting any other planter, you fill with dirt, make sure there is appropriate drainage and away you go! I wanted something that would fall out of the box and had some left over Creeping Jenny that I needed to put to good use. The one downfall is that the mailbox doesn’t collect rain and can get quite hot, so be sure to water appropriately.




Decorate: Lavender Wallpaper

July 18, 2013 Comments Off on Decorate: Lavender Wallpaper

Is this week leaving you with an overwhelming desire to put lavender everywhere in your home? Well you’re in luck, because you can do so with these lavender themed wallpapers. I fully intended to start this post by saying ”  the commitment phobe that I am, I could never play with wallpaper”, but  looking through all the beautiful wallpaper out there has me thinking maybe I could just do a bathroom, or half a bathroom, or at minimum frame a large piece of wallpaper for the bathroom…







Timothy Sue (Removable Wallpaper!)

Lavender in Art

July 14, 2013 § 1 Comment

This week will be the  ode to lavender…

I know I throw around the word obsessed a lot when talking about plants, but when it comes to lavender this  is not an overstatement.  I have three types of lavender, just in my front yard. Heck,  I would go all out lavender field in my back yard if I had the resources. I use home made lavender room spray and lavender body lotions, it quite honestly, is the only scent I don’t tire of eventually.

So, we begin this week by looking at lavender broadly, as a color in art.



Garden Lust: Shade Sails

June 21, 2013 Comments Off on Garden Lust: Shade Sails

Summer is ushered in today and that means consistently warmer temperatures are on the way in many areas.  To satisfy my sun phobic neurosis and dreams of  enjoying nice summer rains outside, I have been researching awnings for my patios. I’m really attracted to shade sails, like the ones below. They have an have an interesting structure and are quite versatile.  There seems to be a variety of price points, which is always a plus.

Shade Sail Awning

Shade Sail Awning

Garden Lust: VMFA Water Garden

June 14, 2013 § 1 Comment

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is hands down one of my favorite places.  When they underwent a major remodel and addition a few years ago, included was this wonderful reflecting pool.  When the Chihuly exhibit came through earlier this year they added an instillation of beautiful glass cylinders titled Red Reeds.  So today I lust after a beautifully designed water feature that will one day accompany my beautifully designed modern rustic home.




Garden Lust: Patrick Dougherty ‘Stick” Sculptures

June 7, 2013 § 2 Comments

I am in love with Patrick Dougherty’s ‘Stick’ Sculptures. So today I am dreaming of one day having the money to commission personalized pieces of art and sculpture for my own garden.

You can view more of his work here,buy his book here, and the Brooklyn Botanical has a good series of photos that highlights how these sculptures are made, the process is quite intriguing.

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