I'm so excited to introduce you to my new friend Caitlin. She pens the blog "The picket Fence Projects" where she documents the design progress of her new home. Caitlin's blog is an absolute treasure trove of DIY projects and garage sale finds. She has an amazing eye for design and a fearless DIY spirit. Reading her blog has really opened my eyes to the endless posibilities when repurposing items. I highly reccommend checking out her blog. Here are a few of my favorite posts:
Are you a fan of Diptyque candles? For over fifty years they have been made in Paris with painstaking attention to detail (I really enjoyed learning about the process here) While I'm not usually one for scented candles (terrible allergies-- such a geek) I do love many of the ways I see the jars repurposed. Fresh flowers, pencils, makeup brushes, q-tips, and cotton swabs are a few of the most common.
I'm actually allergic to flowers so that takes perfume, romantic gestures, and most candles off the table for me. I can tolerate hydrangeas and small amounts of roses, so I'm wondering If I might be able to burn one of the candles that isn't too floral?
Below, I've rounded up offerings from each scent family:
Do you use Diptyque candles in your home? Do you have a favorite scent or way to repurpose the glass? Diptyque is celebrating their fiftieth anniversary now. Head on over here to learn more about the company and enter for a chance to win one of their exclusive anniversary sets.
Did you travel for the long weekend? I came across these Mark and Graham bags and thought that perhaps I need to update my weekend luggage. I'm literally still toting around my little Vera Bradley bags from high school and college. I love the simplicity of the above choices. The monogram option is my favorite detail.
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This beaded chambray shirt and these café capris are on my list. I also want to snag this skirt and matching top for fall. I love print on print and would just throw on a blue blazer (collar popped and sleeves rolled).
Now that I've settled on a dining room rug I've turned my attention to the blank space above my white couch. Over the summer I bought and reupholstered a few vintage pieces for my new place. I chose Thibaut and Kelly Wearstler fabrics and the room definitely has a lot of pattern! I decided to try to offset this with a modern print in a classic color palette. Above was my inspiration image. I thought I may be able to just do a DIY project but thought better of it and header over to Art.com
Below are a few of my selections:
I initially thought I was looking for two pieces but decided on purchasing just one on a large scale (35.5"x35.5") This one was the winner and I snagged it for 30% off. I really hope my vision materializes favorably!
I first learned of the Prada Marfa art installation through Gray Malin's series of photographs. Marfa is a town in West Texas that is known for their arts. Above, Prada Marfa stands almost 40 miles away on highway 90 in Jeff Davis County which is just outside of Valentine, TX. The free standing art installation was built by Elmgreen and Dragset in 2005. The doors are sealed shut and the interior is filled with purses and shoes from Prada's 2005 fall collection. The building was meant to be a permanent sculpture. Recently, the Texas Department of Transportation questioned whether Prada Marfa was actually art or an advertisement. The department ruled that Prada Marfa is an advertisement and therefore, illegal. What is your take on the controversy? Is Prada Marfa a contemporary piece of art or do you agree that is is indeed an advertisement? There has been quite a buzz surrounding this issue. There is a Save Marfa Facebook Page and a trending hashtag #SavePradaMarfa.
You can read Gray Malin's take on the matter in this blog post. He also includes a few outtakes from his Prada Marfa Series.
Christmas just came early! Domino is back with Michele Adams at the helm.
I've been patiently waiting for the past four years and can't wait to get my hands on a copy of the Holiday issue set to be out October 8th. You can head over to the site now to check out a few features. While there, you can shop each story with links that are directly embedded into the site. You can also shop by category. Looking for a new desk? Just head over and peruse Domino's
I absolutely love this story on Ali Cayne, a Manhattan restaurateur who renovated her new West Village townhouse without the help of a decorator.
Love all of the pops of color Emily Henderson used when styling the makeover of Oh Joy's studio (see full post here). Also, I keep seeing that little giraffe print popping up in various images (like this one). Too cute.
Mike Diamond, of the Beastie Boys, worked with Flavor Paper to create a custom wallpaper for his Brooklyn brownstone. The result: Brooklyn Toile. Not just your average toile with bucolic scenes, but one that captivated the truth of Brooklyn.
Diamond brought in Vincent J. Ficarra and Adela Qersaqi of Revolver New York to help execute the design. At first glance it appears to be a standard toile wallpaper. Upon closer inspection one realizes that there are vignettes of Coney Island, elevated subways, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the one and only Notorious B.I.G.