dress form divine…

Don’t ask me why, but when I see vintage dress forms, they transport me right back to the classic black and white movies that I grew up watching starring the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Bette Davis. I guess it’s ’cause I imagine them placing their beautiful gowns on the forms at the end of the evening–after the big dance, where the men of their dreams looked at them across a crowded room.

These are some wonderfully whimsical updated versions of the really old dress forms, which I admit, can look just a wee bit creepy…you know…the kind that would freak you out every night on your way to the bathroom in the dark!!!!

photo courtesy CosetLacedMannequin on Etsy

photo courtesy Saldos Da Concha on Flickr

photo courtesy thisnext.com

photo courtesy CorsetLacedMannequin.com

photo courtesy Apartment Therapy

photo courtesy CorsetLacedMannequin.com

very vignette…

I love a good story and I guess that’s why I love decor vignettes. They’re a glimpse into the homeowner’s  joy–what makes their toes curl and their hearts swell (okay…perhaps a bit dramatic, but you get my drift). What books do they love? Where did they pick up that seashell? Where did they find that exquisite vase? Where was that photo taken?

photo courtesy This is Glamorous

It gives me a lot of pleasure to arrange and rearrange little vignettes all over my house. I’m constantly sprucing up my arrangements with fresh flowers, forgotten treasures I find in my storage closet, old paintings, favourite decorating books, beach rocks, my latest purchase from a favourite store, photos… They’re all precious and I love to see them every day.

photo courtesy House Beautiful via One Simple Addition

My styles constantly change (hey, I’m a Gemini…I’m allowed to flip flop) and vignettes are an inexpensive way for me to express myself, without having to make the major renovations!

I just love old phones, and this sweet little orange one is featured on Habitually Chic. There’s even a source for vintage phones listed, if you’re on the lookout for one: oldphone.com.

photo courtesy Habitually Chic

There’s a happy trend well on its course of using typeface decorating. It’s all about words in different typefaces, and I love it (notice the framed “LOVE” above and the gold “D” peaking out from the phone–at least I thinks it’s a “D”). It really tickles my fancy if it’s an vintage factory or store sign–they’re fabulous!

photo courtesy House Beautiful via Belle Maison

I predict a huge comeback for clogs. I saw a pair on a TV show last week, and now I’m seeing this pair. You mark my words–everybody is going to have a pair of colorful wooden clogs on a table somewhere in their house!

photo courtesy i l'aria's photostream via Decor8

This definitely qualifies as a beautiful vignette. One of my best friends did something very similar in her entrance and it’s absolutely stunning. If you get a chance, check out Jon Jensen‘s website of gorgeous photography. Uh huh! I see a typeface “3” and “x” on that shelf! I should really be posting a blog about typeface decor!!! Maybe tomorrow.

photo courtesy Jon Jensen Photography

what's in your hallway…

When I walk through a home, I love to see how people decorate their hallways. Hallways are tricky, and it’s interesting to see how creative some folks are. Let’s peak into the hallways of complete strangers…kinda voyeuristic!

These are fabulous mirrors. I’d love to see the rest of the home!

photo via Houz by Amoros Design

What a fantastic picture–it lengthens the short hallway. But I don’t like the floral arrangement–it doesn’t fit in with the look they’re trying to achieve, and it’s right in front of the door!

photo by Pierre Senechal Interiors via Houz

This hallway is just so inviting. It’s soothingly calm and the gorgeous runner is just the perfect hit of colour.

photo by Hanrahan Meyers Architects via Houz

Hot pink on white walls–fantastic! The flooring is beautiful too.

photo by Chelsea Atelier Architect via Houz

This is Nina Van De Goor’s hallway. She’s a young Dutch artist with such a playful design aesthetic. A few of the walls in her home are covered with clothing on hangers. I love it. Drop by Nina’s Etsy shop, Ninainvorm.

photo of Nina van de Goor's Home via Houz

Rustic flooring, divine drapes…it’s like a martini with an olive…they just go together perfectly!

photo by John Bessler via JuBella blog

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