Seeing Double

What’s better than seeing & checking yourself out in the morning more than once? Well, doing it twice! I’ve always had one bathroom mirror in all the homes I’ve been in. I love seeing my husband brush his teeth in the morning but can I get ready without prying eyes on the other corner of the mirror? Alas, I found a solution, I’m determined to have two bathroom mirrors in the next home!

Two inlaid bone mirrors with matching cane-inspired vanity. Yes, please!
Simple & beveled. Really though, the curves on that marble nailed this look for me.
One for the Madame & one for the monsieur.

This is genius! I can look in the left mirror before I get in the tub, then walk to the right one after the bath. It’s like a before and after. I must admit this is kinda weird but the double mirrors are superb!

Double vanity mirrors, are you a fan?

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Deer Head: Love or Loathe?

Oh gosh, cute deer heads are everywhere! I’m not talking about the taxidermy ones, the ones made of paper, enamel, silver, plastic, paper mache…anything, just not the real thing. They sort of add a touch of whimsy to the space. How do you feel about the real ones? I’ve never been a fan of taxidermy, well I’ve never been a fan of killing animals as a form of recreation. Some people think they’re already dead anyway, and that displaying them will be sort of a tribute to them. Somewhat logical…but naahhh, I don’t buy it.
Deer head aside…I’m going on my third day at the Roundtop-Marburger show. Meeting new people, amazing vendors, seeing gorgeous {after gorgeous!} of amazing stuff… creative displays, lovely vignettes. I met the adorable Pandora de Balthazar today and Shabby chic queen herself at The Prairie promoting her new book and the Couture collection. Can’t wait to share the pics!

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Rachel Ashwell: The Prairie

By now, I’m in Roundtop, Texas for the Fall Antique show that’s going on from Warrenton to Marburger to Roundtop on Hwy 237. Me and my friend Ansa have a pretty cool upcoming project revolving around this exciting place. Yes, it’s not just exciting…it’s hip and cool with thrills & frills to boot. I went down last Wednesday to catch a glimpse of Pandora de Balthazar’s tent for an interview of what fuels her passion. I met with Ansa at her Mom’s tent, Perfectly Flawed Fragments which is full of gorgeous stuff. Well, come to find out, I missed Rachel Ashwell by a smidgen. Yes, the queen of Shabby Chic is in town and word is, she’s been shopping right and left. It’s probably for the Bed and Breakfast she owns in the area, The Prairie. I haven’t been, I haven’t seen them and of course they’re already fully booked for the show. But here’s a glimpse of the decorated rooms, in all it’s shabby chic goodness only from Rachel {I’m sure she’s not done yet!}.

So, I’m hoping I get to see {maybe even meet} her this week. Maybe stay at The Prairie next time? Maybe. Right now, I’m amazed that some vendors remembers me now. Maybe I go too often? Maybe I haggle too much? Oh well….
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It’s an Urban Cottage Because…

… it’s vintage with heart
via | The Urban Cottage Files
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3 New Ways to Bring Plants Indoors

Indoor plants have long been an essential element in home decorating. Not only are they a great way to add a dash of color and visual interest to any room, they also possess the ability to purify indoor air by taking in carbon dioxide and replacing it with healthy oxygen. But when it comes to decorating your home with plants, many homeowners struggle to come up with new ideas. Design ideas like putting a poinsettia in the living room corner or decorating the kitchen table with roses are a bit outdated and stale. Avoid stereotypical decorating ideas and vow to push the envelope a little bit. Try these fresh and trendy ways to bring the outside indoors:
1. THE MULTIFUNCTIONAL SINK
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Looking for a truly innovative way to incorporate greenery into your kitchen or bathroom space? Consider purchasing the ‘Zen Garden Sink’ by Gau Design. This concrete sink is a truly innovative design that sports a large basin and a small circular space to insert greenery of any kind. The basin is connected to the plant space through a small crack so that your plants automatically get watered when you turn on the tap. How ingenious is that? Place fresh foliage of any kind in the sink and instantly decorate the room in a unique way.

2. Bring Your Garden Indoors with a Plantwall | Vertical Garden

What better way to bring plants into your home than to make them focal draw of a room. Much in the same way an accent wall can add a little drama to any room, plantwalls, like these installed by the Stockholm based Green Fortune, can have a powerful impact. This is a creative and effective way of adding a lot of greenery to your home without taking up a lot of floor space. Green Fortune’s Plantwalls feature a drip irrigation system to evenly distribute water automatically.

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3. Foliage Furniture

Believe it or not, there are actually numerous designers who are now incorporating vegetation into their furniture designs. Nancy Favier designs a ‘Grass Ottoman’ that is pretty comparable to a Chia pet. The chair itself is made out of solid plastic and real grass grows on top of it from a special seed mixture.

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ITLabs manufactures a ‘Grass-on Lamp’ that is made out of recycled materials from which actual grass and foliage grows. The lamp can be placed on a table or suspended from the air to act as a chandelier.

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Metaphys designs ‘Modern Indoor Grass Gardens’ that can function as shelves or simply as a work of art. The rectangular white structures sit on top of one another and grass grows on the inside of the structure in a few weeks.

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It’s an Urban Cottage Because…

… the romanticism is very subtle
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It’s an Urban Cottage Because…

….it has well thought of accessories with a calm quaintness to it
via | Urban Cottage Files

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The Quest for a Rococo Mirror

I’ve always loved ornate mirrors. The more scalloped, the more intricate, more curvy, the better. So, I am in search of the perfect Rococo mirror for one of my projects and mimic the inspiration above. Here are some I absolutely adore:

Clockwise from Left: 1. ShopAd 2. Wisteria 3. ZGallerie 4. Horchow  5. Olystudio 6. Jonathan Adler
Ahhh, decisions, decisions! I’m looking for a horizontal one. Beveled, etched or gilded…help me please!

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Presenting the Lanai | 8 Ways

Just because it’s named after an island in Hawaii doesn’t mean you can’t use this word to lovingly term your veranda. Simply put, Lanai means a fully furnished living room with open sides. With the heat here in Texas, you may not want any open windows or doors for that matter but Fall is just around the corner, and is this for real? I can actually feel a little breeze this morning. Here are 8 ways to have a lanai or an open living room in your home.

A little Zen with an Asian flair
Country Rustic
Simply Modern
Classic with an old world feel
Sophisticated Traditional
  
Casual California Style
Simply White and Minimal
Mid-Century Modern
Aaahhh, so refreshing in so many ways. Isn’t wide open spaces just adorable?

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