It’s an Urban Cottage Because…

modern pillows, sleek lines, eclectic decor paired with white floors & rustic ceilings
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Happy weekend everyone! It’s getting somewhat chilly on our end, I hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather!

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Terrariums are fabulous for fall!

Terrariums are one of the latest trends in interior décor, and we are absolutely in love with them!  There are plenty of companies from which you can purchase a pre-made terrarium, but why skip the opportunity to make a perfectly customized one for yourself?  A simple Google search will turn up thousands of results on how to get started growing plants, but of course the most important step is picking your container!  Excuse a bit of self-promotion here, but we suggest taking a look at our latest terrarium additions :
This one is funky and geometric, it could fit in a sleek, sharp loft or a cozy vintage cottage. 
Lacking table space for that terrarium? Not a problem with these awesome hanging lanterns.

We love everything miniature, and this tiny greenhouse terrarium is nothing short of adorable!

So pick out your favorite container and start custom building your own little indoor garden!

P.S. Just thought I’d say hi! I’m Maureen’s new intern, Rachel.  I’m in my final year of my Architectural Interior Design degree at UT Austin, and can’t wait to graduate and start making my mark in the massive world of design!  I grew up in a small town called George West, so Austin is my first “big city” to live in and I’m loving it.  I’m so excited to be working on this blog with Maureen (with whom I share a love of all things gray/lime green, Rococo, and vintage) and can’t wait to see where it takes me.  Nice to meet all of you! See you soon 🙂

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Indoor Barn

If you have a barn door inside your home, do you tell your friends, “come over to my barn,” when you invite them to your house? Ok, barn doors are all the rage in adding a rustic element in your home. It’s vintage industrial so whether you have a farmhouse or an urban loft, it will work! This space I’m helping to decorate has it between their bedroom & living room. Shhh, don’t tell them but I’m slightly jealous!
The more rustic, the better. Just make sure you’ve had a tetanus shot 🙂

Double barn doors, now we’re talking!

Gorgeous black + white!

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And now, let’s make it modern shall we?

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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
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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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