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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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Inspiring Author: Janet Lee

I first discovered design blogger Janet Lee not on the internet but through her beautiful new book Living in a Nutshell.  A small package with a big punch, the book is filled with clever projects that are easily executed.  Janet’s motto:  Designing “out of the box” when you live in one, translates into pages filled with stylish small space ideas.   As a long time New Yorker with a history of tiny abodes, Living in a Nutshell is my new go-to project resource.  I am thrilled to share some of the fabulous work and words from Janet Lee in this Q&A.  Run to the store and snag your copy, you’ll be truly inspired.

More about Janet Lee:  TV producer and serial small space nester turned decorating blogger and author.

Hometown: La Jolla, California              

Current City of Residence: New York City

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Describe the first DIY project that spurred on the Living in a Nutshell blog?

The catalyst for my nutshell blog developed from circumstance rather than a project per se. In the height of our national housing crisis, I found myself in the middle of a divorce and putting my dear “little maison” in Brooklyn on the market. I had no idea the apartment would sell in one afternoon! The same unit in the building sat on the market for months so I thought that was going to be my fate.  The real estate agent told me the difference was in the colors and unique design of my space. That was my “ah-ha” moment. I thought maybe I had a point of view to share and decided to document my next move into a new city rental with a portable design bent—décor that you can take with you. Living in a Nutshell, the blog, was born.Tell us more about your new book.

The book is full of accessible small space design ideas, DIY projects and budget-friendly tips that help to uplift the look and feel of living in a tiny box into something that is a little more luxurious, cozy and unique. I personally painted, découpaged and sewed my way through the book finessing each how-to so the reader will be successful.  I want the reader to think of me as their design buddy who doesn’t judge and who has made all the big mistakes for you.  I am not a professional decorator who aspires to knock Martha Stewart off of her “domestic goddess” throne. I am just the girl next door who has a passion for design and who loves to share decorating triumphs amassed from designing over a dozen pocket-sized spaces.

Which project from the book is your favorite and why?

(On page 73) I included two framed photos of my older brother and sister before the Korean War erupted. At the time my father was in America establishing his medical practice.  I added vintage bifocal lenses to the outside of the frames to magnify the details of the photos and to draw the viewer in. My father sent the toy car in the photo from America. Personalizing a space with meaningful mementos makes every inch of a teeny space matter. With a budget of only $100 – which project do you recommend for first time Do-It-Yourselfers for a quick room facelift?

(On page 24) For first-time DIY’ers, this is an easy way to ease into color and paint without breaking the bank. For about $50 I like taping off a chair rail border along the walls of a foyer about 40” from the floor. Carry a border above the doorway and top it off with molding appliqués you attach with Command picture hanging strips—the ones with the interlocking teeth. It’s a simple way to add architectural interest to any space. Who ate all the caviar from your Caviar Dreams project(I hope Scooter got a taste)

My cat Scooter He wishes! This girl’s on a budget so those brand new tins I bought from a wholesale place online for about $7 a piece. A late night walk past a famous NYC food emporium called Zabar’s inspired the project. They were tossing out huge garbage bags full of empty caviar tins but they were so heavy and stinky that my husband at the time refused to allow them into the apartment. Where is your favorite spot in your Little Maison and how would you describe it:  Hands down it’s my bed.  It feels like a cozy cocoon and I never get tired of looking at Tord Boontje’s paper Dawn Curtain on the walls.

Thank you again to Janet for sharing Living in a Nutshell!  Visit her online:

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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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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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Build It Green

This past weekend George and I went on the hunt for something to create a path in his mother’s backyard garden.  We stopped in Build It Green which is treasure trove of salvaged building materials. A very large warehouse holds the bulk of the furniture, fixtures and lumber, some old, some new but all rescued from a landfill.  There is an outdoor area with more odds and ends which is where we found a few dozen terracotta tiles for just a quarter each.  We also snagged two remnants of granite.

Build it Green is a vintage lover’s dream as each little nook and cranny is filled with weathered beauty.   If you’re a local New Yorker about to embark on a renovation, definitely check out Build It Green.   Did I mention they are a not-for-profit organization?  As George said, it’s a win win!

George in the granite pieces

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Weathered Glass

I love vintage glass.  Whether it’s a seltzer bottle, goblet, apothecary jar or simple sea glass chips, I start dreaming of the perfect spot in my home where it will glimmer in the sunlight.  Above:  (1) The perfect amethyst flask from Whip-O-Will for only $16 HERE. (2) This instant collection of bottles would make a sweet cluster of bud vases.  Only $25 at Concept Furnishings for the two amethyst bottles HERE. (3) Thirty shades of green glass pieces are a great addition to the bottom of a vase with fresh flowers.  HERE for only $8.50 from The Beach Teepee.

Below:  (1) Shabby little french medicine bottle from around 1900.  Only $18.75 HERE from French Finds.  (2) Trio of nostalgic seltzer bottles from Brooklyn Retro HERE for $40 would look fabulous behind a home bar.  (3) Three miniature apothecary bottles with stoppers are weathered to perfection.  $15 HERE from Daily Memorandum.  (4) Another pretty medicine bottle with full label intact from French Finds HERE for $18.75.

If you enjoyed this post, check out Glory to the Goblet.

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Etsy Find: Found Vintage Objects

As you may know, I spend a considerable amount of time on Etsy.  I fall in love with new shops every day but I was particularly blown away with the products, styling and photography by Found Vintage Objects.  These items are curated and displayed with such style and care, I had to get in touch with the shop’s owner to compliment her work!   Amy from Found Vintage Objects was kind enough to offer my readers 20% off items in her shop!  I have my eye on a few lovelies and encourage you to check out the full shop and pick up a few favorites of your own.  Simply use code:  LittleMaison20 at checkout to get the 20% off.  What are you waiting for?  Go shopping HERE!

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Vintage Tins

I’ve been admiring vintage tins lately on Etsy and couldn’t wait to share my favorite finds.  The lemony sweet selection above makes my heart skip a beat, specifically the French “Allumettes” which means matches.  It can be found HERE at LeBox Shop.   For some floral fun, this 1950’s candy tin from Jacklom3 can be found HERE.  I think it’s the perfect place to keep my secret button collection.  Finally, this cheerful trio also from LeBox Shop can be found HERE.  They can hide away small kitchen trinkets like toothpicks, rubberbands and items that get lost in the drawers!

Below is a pastel collection of tins suited more for a vintage chic ladies room!  I just love the tall French En Vogue talcum power tin from 1924.  It can be found HERE at MeshuMash.   Next, the lavendar “bath powder” tin from Alice’s Pocket is so very Marie Anntoinette.  Find it HERE.  Last but not least, this little green gem was used for cough drops but it is the perfect size for storing bobby pins and hair clips.  Stop in at Rhubarb & Apples Vintage, especially if you’re a UK reader – HERE.

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Pink Boudoir

Today I am feeling a bit girly!  I found some outstanding Etsy items that would make for a perfect pink boudoir.  If only I could get George (my boyfriend) to fall in love with pink.  A girl can dream, right?  

Click on the shop name to see more about each lovely product.  Shop a little, you deserve it!

Above:  1943 stand up mirror at The Vintage Tree House ($59), Pale pink 1950’s pumps at Ginger Root Vintage ($45) and the pale pink rotary phone at Free Range Goat ($29)

Below: Decorative tin by Rebekah Makes ($20), Lace Slip in pink at In With The Old ($18) and Vintage floral oil painting on canvas at Harrietts Hallway ($25)

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Modern Vintage Interiors

French, vintage, modern interiors – YES, please! 

On my weekly walk through Barnes and Noble I picked up this new book by Sebastien Siraudeau;  French Flair:  Modern Vintage Interiors.  At a staggering 736 pages, this beauty is more like an encyclopedia and needs to be enjoyed over the course of an afternoon with a warm cup of tea.

Enjoy a few snippets from the book below and stop in at Amazon HERE for your very own copy.  It’s tres chic!

Want more French Inspiration? 

Check out my Q&A with Karen Wheeler, author of Tout Soul HERE

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Store Tour: Shabby Foo Foo

This post is for all the Shabby Chic lovers out there! 

While my boyfriend and I visited Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania last weekend we walked into this shabby chic paradise called Shabby Foo Foo.  This quaint shop offered every type of cottage style item both new and vintage.   It was worth the walk through thousands of rose trinkets simply for the vintage glassware and china selection.  Of course, the endless supply of doilies made my heart skip a beat too (click here for more on that).  If you’re ever in Pennsylvania, stop into Shabby Foo Foo or check out their cute online boutique HERE.

For a real shabby chic home, be sure to check out this post HERE.  Have a great weekend and LIKE me on facebook when you can!

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