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11/30/2012

Beautiful & Nearly Free Holiday Decor

In the holiday spirit (and thrifty and green spirit) here are some pretty decor ideas to make your space into a Wintery whimsical wonderland.  My favorite elements to use in my Christmas decor are both natural and free.  A little creativity goes a long way.  Instead of often expensive and shoddily made store bought (and style lacking) junk.  I go for a mix of pine cones, twigs, fallen leaves, piney tree boughs with some glitter, candles and fairy lights. Big visual impact with small landfill impact is always my aim.


Thrifted clear glass votives wrapped in pretty craft store cut out paper. You could also use scraps of wrapping paper, tissue paper or any other bits of pretty paper you have may have hoarded away like I do. The key is to do a big grouping of them so they stand out. 


Fairy lights are a must.  Any way you use them they create an atmosphere of whimsy and festivity. Even more so wrapped in a vase of twigs or wound around vines. 



I'm going to give this beautiful stick star project a try this year.  Although on a smaller scale.  I'm thinking about six little ones wrapped in fairy lights leading up to my front door will be fun and pretty.  I have some hemp rope to wrap the ends together with to add a natural and handmade look. 

These lovely snowflakes are made from toilet paper rolls!  Simply cut them in cross sections, glue together and douse them in snowy iridescent glitter. Then hang them in the window or dangle them from your fairy light vine swags. 



Glittered fruit! Thrift stores always have tons of plastic fruit or the 99 cent store too. I personally wouldn't use real in this case because I love to eat fruit and this would drive me nuts. Also there is the rotting factor. Pomegranates would look gorgeous as well. 

I think I will give this a try this year as well.  A tall vase full of glittered sticks as a center piece. Maybe with some dangling crystals and pine cones and bits of pine boughs as a base.  

I have a beautiful and bohemian Christmas DIY coming up for you soon!  I"ll be sure to post how these little projects turned out as well. 
Happy Holiday Season!
~Andrea~

11/18/2012

Insta-Casa (Glimpses of our Humble Abode)


















I have been wanting to share some pictures of the new dwelling for a while, so these Instagram shots will have to do for now. Our little hippie house in the big city. Nearly every stick of furniture was thrifted for next ta nuthin. The desk, peacock chair and red velvet boudoir chair are my most recent acquisitions- all for under $150! It's so satisfying to find old beautiful things with soul and give them a new life in our home. The bar in the first pic is soon to be replaced with a mid century piece I've had my eye on...and when all the pieces fall into place I will post some 'real' pictures. 
Peace Ya'll
~Andrea~

11/15/2012

Color Blast! The Interiors Of Neza Cesar

Today I wanted to share some Colorful design inspiration with you and the interiors of Neza Cesar came to mind. She is a Brazilian design goddess with a thing for vibrant spaces with global influences and definitely a believer in the 'more is more' maxim. See more of her designs Here.









Cheers!
~Andrea~

11/08/2012

Free People Whimsical November Catalog- 4 Fairytales


   Okay, so as I said in my last post I have been feeling crazy inspired by some of the recently released Fall lookbooks. I am a More Is More kinda gal so of course all this embellishment, layering, sparkling, fabric mixing madness has my head spinning. And to add a Fairy Tale Twist? This is too much for me. I am freaking IN LOVE the November Catalog from Free People.
    I had the most difficult time trying to narrow it down to just a few pictures to post. This is one of those editorials that I will treasure and refer to forever. It reminds me of reading these fairy tales as a little girl and how I envisioned them to look in my minds eye- and they did an amazing job translating them! So enjoy these images of Free Peoples' clothing set in the fairy tales of The Princess And The Pea, Snow White, The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Rumpelstiltskin.
  Also, I can't believe I'm saying this but this catalog even made me miss snow. Not just any snow...but snow in the woods. Snow in the quiet, deep woods like where I grew up in rural Nova Scotia. Now I'm all nostalgic. Sigh. 
~Andrea~
















P.S. All This fairy tale talk reminded me of my Pinterest board called Romantico. You can see my other pins and follow me Here.


11/06/2012

New Planet Blue Lookbook-Lost Lifetime

Bohemian Fashion, Gypsy Style

Bohemian Fashion, Gypsy Style

Bohemian Fashion, Gypsy Style

Bohemian Fashion, Gypsy Style

Bohemian Fashion, Gypsy Style

Bohemian Fashion, Gypsy Style


I am overwhelmed with inspiration with some of the latest fall lookbooks. They've got me feelin' all Fall-ish, even though it hardly gets below 85 degrees here in H-town.
This collection of images from Planet Blue's new Lost Lifetime lookbook embodies many of my favorite wardrobe elements for the cooler months.  I'm all about the chunky global jewelry, deep colors on lush fabics like burnout velvet and brocade and of course plenty of shimmer for the holidays. The groovy roadside desert scenery is right up my alley too. Cool-ness.


Check out the full lookbook Here

*Photographer: Zoey Grossman
*Creative Director: Hayley Magrini
*Stylist: Sarah Peinado
*Model: Sarah Stephens

11/04/2012

The Multi-Talented Babushka Scarf

I'm a huge lover of scarves. Scarves of many kinds, colors, shapes...but my fave by far is the multi-talented Babushka scarf. Their vibrant and romantic rose patterns are me through and though. I wear them. I decorate with them. They are my favorite traveling buddies...

One scarf can be worn in so many ways, I wear mine as shawls, bathing suit cover-ups, one shoulder tops, wrap skirts, tube tops, belts, head wraps...whatever I can think of/need at that moment. The options are endless. When you're not wearing it, toss it over a lampshade for a little sexy filtered lighting. They make a fabulous tablecloth or cushion cover. Hang them on the wall or window. They even make a lovely picnic blanket in a pinch. 



I usually find mine at thrift stores but I searched ETSY and came up with loads of gorgeous and cheap options HERE.


~Andrea~