Category Archives: Home Decor

The Art of the Gift

Minted Wall ArtIt’s no secret that I love giving gifts.  I shop all year round with birthdays and holidays in mind.  There is just something about selecting a present that will make someone smile, that I love.

I recently bumped into the print shop on Minted; which is beautifully curated.  I most love the fact that you can purchase their prints framed + matted; which tends to be my personal downfall when I purchase a print.  I had previously ordered my wedding announcements from Minted and was extremely impressed by the quality.  Therefore, some of these ready-made art pieces will find themselves under gift wrap for my friends + family this year!  Here are a few of my favorites.

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Old Stuff Day: Mid Century Style

Mid Century SofaMarch 2nd is Old Stuff Day.  Even though it sounds like a day to honor vintage stuff, it is actually about breaking old habits.  Nonsense!  I love any reason to celebrate good old stuff so in my book, we’ll do just that.  As you know, I am slightly obsessed with mid century items so I collected a few fun things for the home fifties style.  I think I am ready to party on March 2, are you?

Above:  I am dying for this blue velvet sofa!  I think the green wall sold me.  Fabulous Mid Century Sofa available HERE by At 1st Sight.

Below: While you’re lounging about, have an afternoon cocktail in these glasses.  The gold detail is the epitome of 1950s bar ware.  Sunshine Girls Vintage has these and so many other cute things!1950s GlassesMId Century Green ClockAbove:  With all the cocktails, you’ll surely need to keep track of the time!  Hallder Vintage has the coolest collection of desk clocks.  Check HERE for this sweet green one!

Below:  Last but not least, every Mid Century girl needs a good party dress, even when just lounging at home.  This one is super cute from Vintage Frocks of Fancy.  I love the bow at the top of the zipper!  Grab it HERE and party with me on March 2nd!

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Unique Holiday Decorations

Everywhere I look, there are “gift guides” being offered for the holidays.  What if we decided to take things slow and actually savor the act of decoration?   After all, the many hours we spend in our home should be surrounded by loved ones and lovely things.

If you’re like me, your ‘Holiday Decorations’ box is jam packed with tangled lights and odds and ends collected over the years.   Aside from items with sentimental value, there is definitely room for improvement on your holiday décor.  Therefore, I’ve compiled a guide to bring your decorations from cliche and tired to something people will marvel at as they sip the eggnog!

Above is perhaps one of my favorite ways to decorate as of late:   Garland!  Whether it’s these darling multi-colored felt balls or home-made signs spelling out a sentiment, it’s an easy way to dress up a room!   These cool colors are available at Home Remedy, a site specializing in modern treatments for the home.  Check them out HERE or for folks looking for something different, they have a Pom Pom version as well.Word Wonderland:  As you know, I am sucker for the written word.  (1) This knife can be used all year round and displayed during the holidays for a reminder of its message!  Available at Milk & Honey.   (2) This ribbon is a message of love and makes for a great alternative garland on the tree.  I can see this being a surprise decoration for those getting engaged during the holidays!  Available from The Lonely Heart.  (3) Timeless + Classic = books.  This all white stack of novels brings Winter whimsy to any space by Huckster Haven.

Back To Nature:   No matter which holiday you celebrate, this is a theme that can be enjoyed by all.   (1) Vintage mason jars house perfect snowy trees reminiscent of snow globe magic sans water.  Worley’s Lighting created these lovelies; swoon with me.  (2) A modern day ornament of a brightly colored feather can be used as décor all year round.  Hand painted by River Luna.  (3) Literally snatched from nature, these dried sequoia tree pine cones are simple elegance by Earth Beauties.  (4) A handmade wood cottage adorned with snowy trees (made from bottle brushes) by Mary’s Workshop make my heart melt.

Simple + Soft This category is ideal for those with little ones running about.   (1) A “Peace” felt banner by is one of many by Kata Golda.  (2) Another treat by Kata Golda perfect for those celebrating Christmas.  There are nine variations on this stocking, something for everyone!  (3) Last but not least, this darling Angel is perfect for the holidays and can stay out all year round! Available at Diapers.com

I hope you enjoyed my round up of home decorations for the holidays!  Take time to enjoy the act of decorating if you can.  It makes all the difference on how you’ll start your holiday season. 

 

 

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Boudoir Inspiration

All of the planning I’ve done lately for my wedding has made me realize how valuable true rest really is.

In order to accomplish hours of uninterrupted relaxation and sleep, I’m starting to plan for a mini bedroom facelift. In scouring thread counts and perky prints, it’s clear that the quality of the bedding itself is imperative.  Of course, a few stylish accessories don’t hurt either.  Here are three of my favorites “looks” to inspire.  Wishing you all a restful weekend!

Above:  A neutral palette with a touch of metallicThe Ava Print Duvet by Frette works well with this Pottery Barn mercury bed-side lamp and Anthropologie Luxe Shine Wallpaper.  I love blue accents for the bedroom; they are calming!

Below: Basic and beautiful, black and white.  This timeless set from Frette is aptly named, Hotel Classic.  It is definitely a luxurious addition to any abode.  Also from Frette, the Malick Cushion (which truly makes my heart skip a beat).   For a bit of a modern touch, the Reactive Glass Lamp from Anthropologie does the trick!

Below:  Lazy Sunday afternoon worthy decor.  The look is complete with a soft wool and angora Double Face throw by Frette, whimsical Tea Cup and the Festival Rug; both from Anthropologie.  This trio is best enjoyed on a rainy day while reading your favorite book.  Can’t you just feel the “cozy”?

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Little Shirley

I am extremely excited about attending my first New York International Gift Fair this weekend!  My inbox has been flooded with press releases and invites to view new product lines but one stood out the most; Little Shirley vases made by Material Good.  Not only are these petite vases stylish but the company donates 10% of the sales to cancer research in honor of the founder’s Grandmother, Shirley.  Also, they are only $20!

I was so drawn into Material Good’s mission and product that I began to imagine what lovely wedding favors these would make for my guests.  Enjoy the fabulous pictures below and I promise to report back after the show!

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Three By Three Giveaway!

I have so much going on in my life these days that I’ve been craving some organization at my home desk!  The folks at Three By Three have the most functional and stylish organization ideas I’ve ever seen.  I first bumped into their Sort It Out Wall Caddy (a bamboo dry erase organizer) and I was hooked.  In perusing their site further I fell head over heels for the Hook Up Strip (pictured above) in spring green.  I have two lamps in the same color and it couldn’t fit more perfectly into my home.  The combination of hooks, magnetic space and even a place to stash mail and documents makes it more functional than any bulletin board that I’ve ever had!

I am thrilled to announce that courtesy of the folks at Three By Three, one person will win the same Hook Up Strip pictured above in spring green AND a set of Birdie Magnets in white pictured further below. Please note, other goodies not included.

What do you think of my new desk organization?  If you could use some organizing, get ready for your chance to WIN below! 

Simply like both the Little Maison and Three By Three Facebook pages then leave a comment below telling us you’ve done so.  One Winner will be chosen at random on Friday, August 10th 2012.

Like Three By Three HERE and Little Maison HERE and don’t forget to leave a comment letting m know you’ve done so!  If you already like my facebook page this will be super easy :)  Good luck!

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As Time Goes By

Time moves so fast, why not pass it in style!  These vintage clocks will surely make your Monday speed by.   Enjoy the day!

  • Green with envy HERE from Moderately Modern.  ($33)
  • Russian Blues HERE from Artma Vintage ($32)
  • Red Hot Time HERE from Ekho Vintage ($29)
  • Flip Out HERE from Dentwood ($23)
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Monday Blues

I hate Mondays but a little cobalt blue makes me smile!  I found myself dreaming up back yard get-togethers with these groovy napkins and gathered some unique table accessories to match.  Try this color combination for July 4th – it’ll be unexpected fun!

  • Mod print cloth napkins HERE from Cinful Oldies and Goodies.
  • Wise Apple Vintage shakes it up with a pop of yellow HERE.
  • Shiny re-purposed perfection from Bellonart Designs HERE
  • Have a little veggie burger on the go HERE by Bridgewood Place.

Stay tuned:  I am announcing the WINNER to the Calinana bracelet giveaway tonight!

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Paper Power: National Stationery Show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While the amount of beautifully crafted paper goods at the National Stationery Show can be mind boggling, I had a thoroughly enjoyable day and connected with vendors from Brooklyn, New York to Port Townsend, Washington. I will be featuring some of the lovely folks I met soon, however, I wanted to start off with my Top Ten picks from the show.

As I reviewed my photographs I realized I was mostly taken with goods other than crafty cards. Don’t get me wrong, there were spectacular paper goods showcased at the show, yet, I was drawn to the vendors who offered diversity in their line of products. To become a ‘one stop shop’ for retailers, I’d imagine this is the natural progression.

In no particular order, below are my Top Ten Picks from the 2012 National Stationery Show. More to follow!

Above: Old School Stationers made me smile with their brightly colored card packs, kitschy motifs and super sweet tote bags. This family-owned letterpress studio from Portland, Oregon is one to watch!

Below: I love vintage (as you know) and I found a new favorite in My Mother’s Buttons. Every product is made from authentic vintage buttons and the initial buttons below were once used for horse bridles. How did I not know something so beautiful existed? Just spectacular.

Above: Maybe it’s the wine lover in me or the fact I’ve always wanted glass doorknobs in my home, either way, these wine bottle stoppers by Knobstoppers are tres chic!

Below: Kata Golda was a “must see” booth based on the press kit alone (more on that later). Her hand dyed felt goods for every occasion give you an instant feeling of home. The stuffed companions below are simply perfection.

Above: Aesthetic Movement represents a multitude of crafty wares and The Frausto & Co. Spy Deck of cards was a favorite. Each card shares tidbits that one would need to survive a James Bond lifestyle. I also admired their Garden Deck which shared growing instructions for fruits and vegetables.

Below: Lea from Leafcutter Designs was one of my favorite vendors. Not only was she super sweet but her curious creations are small bits of perfection. The Recipe Dice below are perfect for the foodie in your life!

Above: What can I say about The White Cabinet that would thoroughly explain my love for everything in this booth. The 1950’s & 1960’s fashion illustrations by Hilda Glasgow make my heart skip a beat. Her daughter Liz transformed the vintage images into greeting cards, stamps and uber-stylish gift wrap which would delight any design enthusiast. In fact, Liz just was just awarded the best Eco-Chic Product at the National Stationery Show for her new soy ink based gift wrap!

Below: I adore lavender and as you know, I love anything French! I fell in love with the romantic product line by Estelle Billot who showcased these hand silk screened lavender sachets in a multitude of dreamy fabrics. I say, Oui, s’il-vous-plaît.

Above: Sticky notes never get old for me. The Leaf-it notes by b.b. begonia are so detailed and delicate, they should be displayed as wall art.

Below: A local vendor favorite, The Great Lakes Goods, had such a fun variety of goods yet, A Tiny Celebration (below) stood out from the crowd. Literally an instant party in a bag, it is the perfect item to slip into a greeting card for friends of all ages. Everyone needs some sparkle in their life!

Don’t forget to check back for more reviews and coverage from the National Stationery Show!


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Etsy Find: Summer Holiday Vintage

Another week of Etsy browsing and I discovered the lovely Summer Holiday Vintage shop!  I adore the diversity of goods offered, from the fabulous vintage Jello mold (above) to the hot pink pumps (below).  Be sure to stop in the shop HERE and enjoy a 20% discount thanks to the shop’s owner!  Simply use code LittleMaison20 at check out.  There is nothing like a little shopping to beat the Monday blues!

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Happy Mother's Day

In honor of Mother’s Day, I am sharing some of my favorite photos of my Mother’s Little Maison.  Her aesthetic creates a cozy and quaint home which is as lovely as she is.  Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Mothers out there, especially my own Little Mommy (yes, that is her real nickname)!

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Lilyshop

As you all know, I am a HUGE Etsy supporter, but there is always room in my heart for a new handmade online wonderland. ENTER: Lilyshop.

Lilyshop is in the beginning stages of forming but all the more reason to sign up, search, shop and perhaps list your own lovely goods for sale. Did I mention that listing items is free on Lilyshop? Sounds good to me! My favorite feature is the Yard Sale where shop keepers can feature discounted merchandise at 25%, 30% and 50% off.

Above, is a weathered beauty from Restoration Harbor which can be found HERE. Below are more of my favorite finds. Enjoy!

Collage art globe garland: worldly perfection. HERE from Palimpsestic.

Vintage Clutch a la sequins HERE from La Biblioteca

Witty gift for a vegetarian (like me) from Sunday Drive Designs HERE

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