Don’t you love a good window? What about one that you can see in as much as you can see out? I’m always taken by older homes, traditional in design and build, with a very modern element or addition. This home, called The Vegetarian Cottage designed by the English architect firm, Cousins and Cousins, caught my eye a few weeks back and I had to know more. Clearly, I have exteriors on my mind, at the moment. And, England on my mind, always. Because lush back gardens. Because they name their homes (I’ve given my home a name – have you?). Because old cherished. Because new mixed in like it fits old like a glove.
I love the look, I keep seeing over and again, coming out of England
We just returned home, late last night. This morning, I’m thinking two things; mountains and travel. Missing the mountains, madly, already. And, phew, roundtrip with rowdies – we made it. Travel is multi-layered for me. I love planning and prepping for it, and I love it when I get there. The actual traveling from here to there, a to b, is not my favorite.
For this trip I loved taking along my new Susan Ziptop Crossbody from fashionABLE. I’ve been searching for a black crossbody for awhile now, and when I found out my fave fashionABLE had designed two new crossbody styles I knew that would be the one for me.
This bag was perfect for the actual traveling and the trip. I never like to carry a regular sized purse when I travel (I always pack it). I’ve found the best thing to carry on is a big bag (this is a fave) and smaller bag along with it (either a wristlet type pouch or a crossbody like this). The Susan Ziptop Crossbody was perfect to sling across my shoulders and it easily tucked into my bigger travel bag, when needed. I keep my electronics, books, travel scraf/blanket, and so on in my bigger bag. And, in my smaller bag, anything I need to have accesss to quickly.
Click through to see what I keep in my crossbody :
Spring is just around the corner and with the sun shining a little more, all I can think about is getting outdoors. I love making my home as cozy as can be during the colder months, adding warmth and texture with pillows, blankets, and a crackling fire, but when the temperatures warm up I’m ready to come out of my cocoon and do some outdoor living. Are you with me?
My design dreaming takes a bit of a shift too. I’m no longer stuck, only, on things like paint colors and placing pictures here and there. I’m now contemplating ways to adorn the exterior side of things, as well. Currently, I have no plans to make major changes to the exterior of our home, however I still love to look and be inspired by other people’s homes. This is one of my favorite things about taking walks – – looking at houses. The love continues, as I have an entire pin board dedicated to exteriors. I love to look at homes that are extremely different than mine – different styles, different eras, different materials, different parts of the world. I look for littles bits of same, and I look for details that differ, that I might be able to somehow emulate. Interiors can often be replicated, but exteriors, many times, can only be imitated by way of the finest of details.
In the front of a home, my eye is always drawn to color, windows, doors and flowers, and in the back, if we are so lucky to get a peek, I love looking at the decorated details around the patio or pool that make outdoor living inviting.
Here are a few outdoor details to steal this spring, no matter what style of home you live in:
shelves. i love to see what people stack (thus my shelve it board). these open shelves with pastels piled just right, as seen on sfgirlbybay are so pretty.
being still. deep breaths. and move on, again.
berry smoothie bowls. i’m still stuck on smoothies in a glass, but….bowls. if you haven’t you should. i told my kids it was dessert (even mixed some spinach in) and they dove right in.
sienna miller. her style. her hair. and, she said in Vogue, instagram fueled the worst part of her soul — she lasted on it for only 5 days and continued on to say that ultimately it leaves you incredibly lonely. seems like such a discussion. i’ve shard my feelings about how we are disconnectedly connecting and erin’s post, this past week, on this whole internet thing was written so beautifully (please read, you’ll be glad you did).
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what are you loving for littles this week?
Shopbop is having their Big Event Sale, which means up to 25% off!
I’ve done some shopping and saving myself – buying a little spring by way of sunnies and sandals through my screen. Here are some favorites right now (shown above).
1 /bold sunglasses 2/ oversized round sunglasses / 3 /fairfax sunglasses 4/ pink cat eye glasses 5/ open toe mule 6 / black tessa sandal 7 / rose gold sandal 8 / wooden heeled sandal 9 / kensington leather watch 10 / spotted iPhone case 11/ ear crawlers
ps- these are my most favorite earrings ever .
Happy Shopping, lovelies! Click through to see the perfect dress for summer weddings and the jeans i’d like to live in.