Vintage Lamps + Bold Vintage Fabric Shades

If you're a thrifter like me, then you most likely have a stash of vintage lamp bases (sans shades) and you have no idea what you're going to do with them. The original shades rarely survive the test of time, so we're left desperately trying to find a shade to compliment the vintage base. This is an un-ending search, I accept that now.
A plain white drum shade just isn't going to cut it. It's got to be something interesting. So why not go all the way?
I just luuuv the idea of using some bold vintage fabric and covering a plain modern drum shade. The brighter and quirkier the combination, the better.

I've been cleaning house preparing for our move and have uncovered at least 3 vintage lamp bases awaiting shades so far. So I searched around and found this tutorial for covering shades that looks very do-able. If you are feeling extra ambitious you could even make a shade.  I just happen to have a stash of fabric that will suit the bases perfectly. And to think I've had these perfect matches under my roof all this time and never thought of pairing them up until now. Change brings about creativity I suppose.

If DIY ain't your thang, the folks responsible for some of these beauties above can do it for you. 

Most of these are Australia or UK based. I wasn't able to find anyone doing these style of shades here in the US, but if you know of any please let me know in the comments, I'd love to check them out. 



Boho-tastic New House Inspiration

The house search is getting real guys.We might actually be home owners before Christmas if all goes as planned. Wow. Sh*t just got real. As much as this little 70's Townhouse feels like home now, we are quickly outgrowing it. With my husband and I, our 2 year old daughter, 2 cats, 1 dog and a bird... thangs are getting a tad cramped in our 1000 sq ft of poorly layed out space.

We're hoping to land a 1970's ranch style home with some groovy 70's modern details.  I'm excited to be all on one level and have an open living area so I can monitor my little one easier.  I'm even more excited to do WHATEVER I WANT with my own damn space.  After renting for the last 17 years or so, I've had enough of the do-little landlord scene.  I'll be in control of my design destiny at last!

I've been arranging my ideas into inspiration boards so I thought I'd share them with you. As always, vintage furniture, art and accessories, plants and boho rugs are a theme. My signature color scheme is surfacing too, as usual (raspberry, cobalt, natural wood and sometimes a touch of black and brass.)

I realize to make these design dreams come true, I'm going to have to get really lucky in the rug & thrift find department. Pray to the thrifting gods for me ya'll. Splurging on anything as beautiful as the ones in these pics is not going to be in the budget for a long time. We plan on buying a bit of a fixer-upper, so our cash will be going towards improvements to the house itself for awhile. All furniture and accessories will have to be very creatively acquired in the meantime. Which is kinda my specialty anyway, so that's coooool with me.

I love the look of darker cabinets on the bottom with white on top. Then some open shelving instead of some upper cabinets. Again things are hinging on a great rug in these rooms.

A proper dining room is on the list of must haves. We have what basically amounts to a nook in the area that leads to the kitchen now. It will be awesome to have space to stretch out and finally be able to entertain. Sit down dinners with guests might even happen too, who knows?
So there you have my boho-tastic inspiration boards for the living areas. I'm still working on the bedrooms and bathrooms and yard. I'll share em' once I pull them together.

 Happy Weekend Ya'll! 
Peace Out


Welcome To The Sugar Shack ~ The Home Of Rebecca Williams

Following up on my last post, here is the home of one of my fave Instagramers, Rebecca Williams. She mentioned a few days ago that she would be featured on Apartment Therapy soon and I've been anxiously awaiting the full tour ever since. 
Man oh man, it does not disappoint. Her take on the vintage surf shack stylo is pure perfection. The color palate reminds me of fresh, fruity Summer sorbet. The ideal end of Summer post I suppose. Not that Summer is really going anywhere here in Texas but hey. Enjoy! And hop over to AT to see the full tour with all the inside info. 

All Images: Apartment Therapy
Photography: Hayley Kessner



Insta-spiration ~ Get Ready To Take Notes!

Peeps on Instagram have been serving up some spectacular stuff as of late. I have so many fresh ideas that I owe to these boho mavens, it's bananas! That lush patio above for one. The layered fabrics on the chair, lush greenery and hanging lantern make that tiny space so so inviting. That's Apartment15, always perfectly edited and boho luxe. 

Then there's this mix and match coffee table situation from Kiova of golddustgoods. I think it's the answer to my small livingroom + active toddler woes. So entertainment friendly too!

What can I even say about this? Ridiculous right? Too gorgeous for words, except - Can I come over and chill @fleamarketfab? The hanging tassels guys. I mean.

Some @golddustgoods magic again with these layered Torans as a headboard. Pure textile genius really.

How sweet are these vintage bits and planties all hanging out in this bedroom from @fridaflorentina?

Vintage fabric game strong as always in the sugar shack of @sugarshack_styling_co.

Um curtain rod, clips and fabric to cover the soul sucking tv black hole on the wall. Yes! Why didn't I think of that? Thanks @alisonbrislon.

I've got beaucoup projects to do! Hopefully I will pull it together and post some recent pics of my own sugar shack sometime soon.



Boho Bathroom Oasis

I'm getting back into the swing of things finally. After months of feeling crumby with an incognito wisdom tooth infection, I am nearly healed and feeling like myself again. And in order to continue to exhaust myself (as is my custom) my husband and I have decided to hop right into house hunting for real. It's been our dream to own our own pad for a long time, but the moment never really seemed right until now. 
I, of course, want a magical, whimsical bohemian home with loads of historical character...Alas that doesn't really exist in Houston, at least not within our first time home buyers budget. So we will have to use our imagination and add character to a home ourselves. Which I am totally okay with. I love home improvement and design related projects and can't wait to get my hands on a place we can make our own. 
Naturally I'm spending my evenings obsessively searching for inspiring ideas for injecting some character into our potential new space. While looking for some bathroom reno ideas, I discovered this delicious gem of a bath. I'm blown away at how the designers took a very boring, run of the mill bathroom and created an absolute boho oasis that is oozing character. 

I don't know what I love most. The vanity with the open shelving on the bottom really opens the space and that marble gives it such a classic and timeless touch. The pattern on the wallpaper appeals both to my love of vintage and global influences. The brass fixtures, glass shelving, rug and color palate all make for an opulent room that I would never want to leave. All of the ideas are very do-able in a real bathroom too. Which I adore. Although, I'm not too sure how convenient those tropical plants would be while actually showering, I would find a way to co-exist in there, just to keep the jungle shower vibes goin' on. This ones going in the official new home inspo book.

Here's to hoping we find something soon, so I can put these ideas to use! I'll keep you posted on any progress.

More pictures and info on this fab bathroom, designed by the sister duo, Sisters Of 4 Corners here.



Suzani Dreaming

Suzani Canopy Bed
While I've been layed up on the couch recovering from having my wisdom teeth removed, I've been trying to keep myself entertained with stacks of {new and old} decorating magazines. Luckily my Mom brings stacks of them home from the UK whenever she visits, so I've had plenty to keep me busy. British magazines seem to have so much more yummy content and much less advertising, so they are my fave. I found loads of new to me inspiration that hasn't really made the Pinterest/Blog circuit yet. I'm really feelin' these suzani draped rooms I spied in Homes & Antiques mag and then a couple of the others I came across while searching for more suzani related inspo. How lush is that canopy bed above? And check out those intricate ceiling tiles! Now all I need to do is find a Suzani while on my thrifting adventures because they are pretty much waaaaay out of my budget. Here's to hoping. 

Suzani Wall Hanging/Tablecloth
I'm crazy about the lux look of the suzani draped table and wall paired with the boho tableware. All the makings of a fabulous soiree! That shade of blue on the walls keeps the room looking fresh and well balanced.

Suzani Covered Chairs
Of course chairs covered in patchworks of textiles have always done it for me and I'm loving that piece on the wall. It could have so many uses. To frame an underwhelming door, as a headboard or to frame a window even.

Suzani draped bedroom
The romance in this bedroom is too much! In a very good way. Suzani curtains? Yes please. And although you can't quite see it in this picture, the walls are the palest shade of lavender. It's such an unexpected combination paired with the scarlet accessories but it totally works. So lovely non?

Suzani Wall Hanging & Pillows

Suzani Covered Wall
I love the idea of hanging suzanis {or any textile for that matter} in place of art or wallpaper. It brings so much cozy comfort and color to a space and it's totally removable. Major impact for minor investment. I'm all about it.



A Brief Interlude...

Sorry about the crickets around here lately folks. I've been down for the count with an infected wisdom tooth and then an allergic reaction to the antibiotics I had to take. Major bummer eh? Turns out it's been responsible for making me feel crappy for months so it's actually a good thing that it's finally come to light. It's coming out on Monday and then I'll be taking some time to recover before I try to come hang out here on the blog. I'll be back as soon as I'm up and at it. In the meantime enjoy these last days of Summer and I'll catch you on the flip side.

image via- Rent Patina

xoxo- Andrea


The Hippie Houses of The North Mountain Nova Scotia

The 1970's on the North Mountain near Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia was a magical time and place in history. Word had gotten out to hippies near and far, that land on the mountain could be had for a very reasonable price and the chances of anyone coming looking for you in this very remote location were pretty slim. American Draft dodgers from all walks of life began showing up to the remote Canadian mountain to start communes, build handmade homes and live off the land. Many of these homes were completely off grid, some only accessible by foot path.
My Dad was a young man and a local during this time and lived in and visited many of the hippie houses in the area. I grew up hearing stories from my parents about the hippie houses on the mountain and these stories have gradually taken on fairy tale status in our family. With names like The Farm, Crow's Hollow, Moonrise, The Wooden Tee-Pee and The Dome, it's easy to see why. 
When I was a teen my Dad took me to see the remains of The Dome where he had lived for a time in the late 70's. My love affair with handmade houses was born, and geodesic domes top my list of favorite specimens. I recently harassed asked him to take a trip to visit The Dome and take some pictures for me. This past week he made my dreams come true and sent me some great photos of the old dome. Coincidentally the people that own the land now said it will have to be torn down this Summer, so I guess it was fate that he made it there before it's last day. 

After 40 some years left to decay in the weather, the dome has seen better days. While some groovy details remain very intact. As my Dad pointed out- " They took the time to corbel it (the chimney) and add some character to it, how cool is that? The fascia board on the wood shed is 40 years old and it still looks great". 
The interior of the dome, like many of the other hippie house was not very well insulated. As Dad said, he had to sleep in his toque in the Winter. Folks were not necessarily the most experienced carpenters and for that reason many people didn't make it through the harsh Canadian Winters, and bit by bit the hippie houses on the mountain were mostly abandoned. 
There is no sign of where Moonrise had once stood, The Dome is on it's last legs. Dad tells me people are living in The Tee-Pee still (awesome). Rumor has it some ruins can still be found in the forest of maybe Crow's Hollow and some other satellite commune buildings. 

Sadly we won't make it up North to visit this Summer. We absolutely will not miss next year though and when we do, I can't wait to go on the hunt for more of the hippie houses. While we're there we'll visit some hidden waterfalls and beaches that I 'm lucky enough to have the inside scoop on from dear ole' Dad.
Whenever I think of these houses and that beautiful time in history, I am reminded of this quote by the late great Hunter S. Thompson- 

“It seems like a lifetime, or at least a Main Era — the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run... but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant...

There was madness in any direction, at any hour. You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning...

And that, I think, was the handle — that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn't need that. Our energy would simply PREVAIL. There was no point in fighting — on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave...

So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high water mark — that place where the wave finally broke, and rolled back.”

I think that the waves are gathering their momentum again, but this time they won't break and roll back, but instead wash over us finally with love, peace and understanding. Here's to hoping. 

Peace Man

Bonus Reading- To read more about these groovy times, check out my friend Seymour Hamilton's book- The Hippies Who Meant It HERE

Update! Due to the amount of exposure this post has received, I think it is important to note that The Dome is indeed on private property. Although The Dome itself stands empty, people do live VERY near by. Please respect their privacy and don't visit The Dome without permission. Thanks!


Modern Magical London Warehouse Revival

I've always had a thing for catching a peek into the interiors of outwardly interesting looking houses. I'm not above peering over someones shoulder as they bring their groceries inside. That's not weird and totally normal right? Anyway, when I can't get my fix in person, there is always online real estate stalking. And did it ever lead me to a treat this time... This modern, magical warehouse revival in London is all that and then some.

I posted about a million of the pictures since it is a real estate listing and will disappear once it has been sold.  Some background info- It's a refurbished warehouse in London.  It was designed specifically for an art collector; the sky lights, cabinets and shelving are all designed to highlight the art securely.  You don't even want to know the asking price, but that's not important.  The point is- INSPIRATION. Breezy, Summery, light and organic Summer inspiration. Man does this place bring it.

I could never have this much restraint when it comes to color, but the textures, furnishing, art and collections certainly make up for the lack of saturated hues. It took some serious talent to turn this bare bones space into this magical forest apothecary/art gallery oasis. Just wow wow wow. How much do you want to wander around in this home, discovering it's spectacular contents?

More information and photos Here while they last.



July 4th Outfit Inspiration From Urban Outfitters

While cruising Pinterest this week I came across these two beautiful pieces and thought "Now those are July 4th outfits I can get down with". Turns out they are both from Urban Outfitters, so there's still time to snag em' for your weekend festivities. I don't lust after clothes often but these are so good, it's hard not to.

Happy 4th ya'll! Have fun and be safe.