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7/29/2014

Going Off The Grid


I'm going off the grid ya'll...to the woods of Cape Breton Island.  After a few days visiting friends and family in the Halifax area of Nova Scotia, my husband and I are taking our little baby girl to get a taste of the beauty that is the wilds of Cape Breton Island.  It's a long overdue trip for us, we are nature lovers, stuck in the confines of the big city and our souls are in need of some re-wilding.  I can't wait to take a swim in the breathtakingly fresh sea, go barefoot on the grass and soil and bask under boughs of green.
Our family has a very old, lovely little house there, built on the original land grant of our Scottish ancestors. It's rustic and isolated and very near to the Ocean with the most amazing light show of stars at night.
It's sure to be a refreshing adventure and I plan to take plenty of pictures and share some of our travels with ya'll when we return.  Until then, stay inspired beauties.  See you when we return :)
Xoxo
-Andrea

7/22/2014

The Modern Bohemian Black Kitchen

Black is having a moment in kitchens right now and I am definitely diggin it.  Used in contrast to some fresh white and warm wood it gives a modern edge to a traditional look that will last beyond the trend. With just the right accessorizing this look fits perfectly into my bohemian scheme. If we owned this house we live in now, some black cupboards with a butcher block counter top would absolutely be in order. Although, anything would be better than than the "landlord special" blue speckled counter tops and peeling particle board cupboards. Ugh.
I can't get enough of these modern bohemian black kitchens, but then again... I AM obsessed with kitchens.
I (of course) can't live without a good dose of color, so I just love these neutrals paired with the pale rose pink, turquoise,  or a touch of scarlet and brass accents. As always vintage and natural elements bring it home for me, keeping things warm with just the right balance between modern and boho.



For those of us that can't commit to painting our cupboards black at the moment, I poked around and found us some non-permanent pieces that we can  have fun with instead.


Rug//Pendant Lamp//coasters//scale//bowl set//tray//clock//shelf//chairs//tea towel//fridge//rug

xoxo- Andrea

7/15/2014

Boho Editorial ~ Vogue Japan July 2014

Malaika Firth by Emma Summerton for Vogue Japan July 2014

Malaika Firth by Emma Summerton for Vogue Japan July 2014

Malaika Firth by Emma Summerton for Vogue Japan July 2014

Malaika Firth by Emma Summerton for Vogue Japan July 2014

Malaika Firth by Emma Summerton for Vogue Japan July 2014

Malaika Firth by Emma Summerton for Vogue Japan July 2014

Malaika Firth by Emma Summerton for Vogue Japan July 2014

Malaika Firth by Emma Summerton for Vogue Japan July 2014

I haven't posted a fashion editorial in a while, mainly because nothing has caught my eye. This one I find deeply inspirational with its jewel toned ensembles, whimsical locale and of course the styling and photography is off the chain. Valentino and Talavera at the same time, whats not to luv?

Publication: Vogue Japan July 2014
Model: Malaika Firth
Photographer: Emma Summerton
Fashion Editor: Giovanna Battaglia
Hair: Neil Moodie
Make-up: Mathias van Hooff

xoxo - Andrea

7/09/2014

Cool Collections ~ Vintage Crochet Potholders

Vintage-Crochet-Potholder-Collection

You know when you have one of those Aha!  moments and something that's been bothering you finally falls into place?  So satisfying isn't it?  These handmade Vintage Crochet Potholders displayed in bold graphic collections on the wall is one of those moments for me.
I see them often in my thrifting forays...buried in the bottom of bins, lost , forlorn, sad.  Someone lovingly made them and now they are useless and unwanted.  I always pause when I see them and think- "What could I do with those?"  I always came up with nothing and had to resist hoarding them without reason...But Now.  Now I will rescue them from their dusty thrift store/estate sale graves and create a gorgeous arrangement in my kitchen pantry area.  I just adore the patterns, colors and handmade nature of these sweet little momentos of the past!
While searching the web to find more images,  I also came across them used as the flags on bunting (cute!) and as ornaments on a bare branch holiday tree (as above).  It got me thinking of loads of ways to use them in my decor.  I can hardly wait to get my hands on them and start creating.  Granny Chic strikes again- with just the right amount of funk!

Vintage-Crochet-Potholder-Collection

If you're not the dust bin diggin' type or simply don't have the time to grow your own collection,  I found some great specimens on ETSY and EBAY to get you started.  Me, I like the hunt.  I 'll get back to ya'll with the final set up.  What do ya'll think?  Better left in Granny's kitchen or funkdified fabulousness?

Xoxo
~Andrea~

7/04/2014

Summer Kitchens

Bohemian Outdoor Summer Kitchens

Bohemian Outdoor Summer Kitchens
Cooking two huge batches of beans from scratch in the last couple of days has got me thinking about outdoor kitchens, or Summer kitchens.  Even with the AC pumping it still turns my entire place into an oven and I can't help but thinking I should be doing this outside.
In the days before air conditioning, when people had to process large amounts of food on the homestead they did just that. In a so called "Summer Kitchen" - a smaller kitchen, often open aired with a roof, in which to do the big batch cooking like the canning and baking during the busy season of Summer.  It kept the heat out of the house and I imagine keeping the flames and the mess away from the house was a concern as well.

So, I got to thinking I wouldn't mind having one one day.  Not a giant built in granite/stainless steel modern monstrosity...but a cute little space with a hot plate, a sink, some shelves and some shade.  These kitchens above could all easily be put together with some re-purposed shelving and pallets,  then decorated to your hearts desire with some thrifted goodies.  It would be lovely to whip up a little dinner al fresco in one of these kitchens wouldn't it?

And just for fun, here is an image I found of a Southern Summer kitchen as they were long ago. Kinda cool huh?

Historical Southern Summer Kitchen

Happy 4th Ya'll. Have fun and be safe.
Xoxo
~Andrea~