Shop the R&W Look 9/28/15

As a longtime collector, lover of old things and general detail-noticer, I've got to tell you, it's pretty thrilling to come across an amazing find in person that I've only ever seen before in an image of a beautifully photographed room. It's almost like validation that the things I love are loved by others too.

However, I realize that not everyone who loves old things are collectors, or have the time to learn about the history of Eighteenth Century English furniture (yes, one of my favorite College classes). So, I thought it might be interesting for me to share a bit of the potential I see when I pull a dusty old ginger jar from the back of a junk store shelf, or a kitschy brass bob from another dealer's storage unit (both of which I've done in the past couple weeks).

I'm going to call this series "Shop the R&W Look," and here's what I have to share today...


This Hand Carved Wooden Stool would be right at home layered with a tray in this boho nook...

This kitschy Midcentury Paul McCartney Bust is so amazing...I think it'd be the perfect addition to a more traditional bust collection like this...

Though the lamps in this next photo are a bit more Midcentury (they're actually Stifle originals I've been lusting after for a while now), I think these Brass Phoenix Lamps are a nice alternative...

I love how the Midcentury barstools in this photo live in an ultra-modern kitchen, you can find an original pair of Arthur Umanoff swivel ones in my Chairish shop @here...

And lastly, I've received many offers on these Italian Gilt Pineapple Sconces, but have had a hard time parting with them. I can't believe this room has the same pair...

Tell me, are there any finds you love but need a little inspiration on how to live with them in your own home?


September Vibes

In September, the nights start to cool off and Fall is on everyone's minds. I simplify a lot in September as I think about preparing to spend more time indoors. September is all about a cozy muted palette of tonal earthy colors with pastels mixed in for softness. However, since I can't live in a colorless bubble, I like to switch the art around on my walls in September to keep things looking fresh. It's a great way to bring in colors you thought might never work together. Be a softer version of yourself in September. 


A DIY Mirror

I have this large mirror in our living room that I've never been totally in love with...but I like it functionally. It's big...which is great because it makes the space feel even bigger. I picked it up from a thrift store a while ago and painted it gold and distressed it a bit, which was a vast improvement from its natural wood finish. However, I saw this pic the other day and it stopped me in my tracks...

It's just stuff from the dollar store glued on to the frame and painted one unifying color! Since I have this thing with snakes, can't you just imagine a tangle of snakes on top of my mirror, all painted gold?? Off to the dollar store I go...will be reporting back soon!


Behind the Turquoise & Tomato Door

This color combo is eye catching, no? I love the idea that the interior of this house might be a little Southwestern meets modern. I think Midcentury pieces could mix in with comfy California-style skirted sofas and vintage textiles abound. Something like this perhaps...


Small Shades Big Impact 

Details matter...

Color and pattern matter too.

A chandelier or sconce shade is a great place to make a strong visual impact. It's also extra great because it'll help to draw your eye up ^^^

Random Monday evening thoughts.