pairing modern chairs with vintage tables.

Last summer I upcycled a small table that my aunt had in storage. The table has two leaves that fold out so that it can comfortable seat 4 but can also be used as a buffet table when the leaves are down. Here’s a photo for reference:

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When I moved a month ago I had big plans for using this table (leaves out) as a little dining table in our new apartment. I spent a lot of time thinking about what chairs should accompany it and I was really excited for the opportunity to execute one of my favorite styles – pairing vintage and modern pieces. In the end, the table didn’t quite fit in the space the way I had hoped so this dream will have to be shelved for our next move. In the process of trying to decide on the right set of dining chairs I collected a bunch of images for inspiration that I thought I’d share anyway. Scroll down to see some of my favorite examples of modern chairs paired with vintage-style tables from around the web.

admag
Architectural Digest Russia


Afflante
Afflante


crushculddesac
Crush Cul de Sac


decorista
The Decorista


designsponge
Design Sponge


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Design Sponge


indulgy
Indulgy


rue
Rue Magazine


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Rue Magazine


thenletitbe
Her New Tribe

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rooms with ceiling medallions.

When you’re talking about vintage style in a home, crown molding gets a lot of attention. An element that I’ve been noticing a lot lately are vintage-style ceiling medallions which have a similar ornamental effect as a beautiful molding but carry a little more weight and can add a lot of drama and elegance to a space. Especially in a room with very high ceilings, these pieces can add depth to a space and lend some extra impact to a great light fixture. I’ve collected some of my favorite examples below. Enjoy!

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Apartment Therapy


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Apartment Therapy


AT_4
Apartment Therapy


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Afflante


blissathome
Bliss at Home


CB2
CB2


Coco.Kelley_2
coco + kelley


Coco.Kelley_instagram
coco.kelly (instagram)


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SF Girl by Bay


house&home
House & Home


Luxe
Luxe.com


MYDOMAINE
My Domaine


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One Kings Lane


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Apt. 34
Not sure if this last one really qualifies as a ceiling medallion – maybe more of a ceiling ornament. It’s so pretty that I had to include it either way.

rooms with illustrated wallpaper.

As a renter, the very idea of wallpapering a room is a far off dream for me. That hasn’t stopped me from from keeping an eye on the wallpaper trends that I’ve seen popping up around the design community as of late. One of my favorite trends of the moment is the use of illustrated wallpaper patterns. The hand-drawn feeling of these designs can really lend a more modern or whimsical feeling to a room. Check out some of my favorites below..

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Emily Hendersen


Arch_digest
Architectural Digest


cb2
CB2


cocoKelly
coco + kelley


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Architectural Digest


onekingslane1
One Kings Lane


onekingslane2
One Kings Lane


rue1
Rue Magazine


rue2
Rue Magazine

decorating with portraiture.

I’ve always been drawn to images of people. For as long as I can remember, images that capture something truly human an intimate about an individual have always been infinitely more interesting to me than fruit on tables or anything else really. As a college senior, when it came to choosing a subject matter for my thesis show I naturally chose to paint a series of portraits depicting my closest friends and family. When portraits of any medium are present in a room, they have they effect of feeling like real presence in your home – they become characters that you live with. Below I’ve put together a few examples of decorating with portraiture from some of my favorite design inspiration sites. Enjoy!

apartmenttherapy
Apartment Therapy


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Apartment Therapy


architecturaldigest
Architectural Digest


blissathome
Bliss at Home


homepolish1
Homepolish


homepolish2
Homepolish


onekingslane1
One Kings Lane


onekingslane2
One Kings Lane


onekingslane3
One Kings Lane

rooms with monochromatic molding.

I find myself really loving the idea of monochromatic rooms lately. One trend that I’ve seen popping up around some of my favorite design sites and blogs recently is this painting of crown molding to match the walls of a room. There’s something so elegant and bold at the same time about this look that I find really satisfying. Sharing some of my favorites below – enjoy!

black-bedroom
Cote de Texas


blue-diningroom
Your Decor NYC


cobalt-livingroom
Cote de Texas


coolgrey-bedroom
houzz


darkgrey-livingroom
apartment therapy


green-foyer
Your Decor NYC


grey sofa
#MCULT


grey-bedroom
grey-bedroom1
remodelista


navy-livingroom
#MCULT


teal-parlor
#MCULT


yellow-livingroom
Fawn Chang

turkey day decor from around the web.

This year marks only the second time I’ve been tasked with contributing something to my family’s Thanksgiving dinner. Following the success* of last year’s pumpkin dinner rolls, I thought I’d stick with the festive breads category but wanted to try something new.

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*note: success = edible, instagramable.

A couple weeks ago I did a little research for festive Thanksgiving bread/rolls and came across this jalapeño cornbread recipe by the most talented person alive, Martha Stewart. You can definitely make this recipe in any regular baking pan but because I happen to care as much (or more) about the presentation as the food itself, I knew I needed these Turkey molds. Unfortunately these are no longer available as part of Martha’s line at Macys BUT after a little perusing of the comments section, I found that you can now buy the same pans at William Sonoma!

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I will be baking turkey-shaped cakes all year-round long to justify this purchase.

One thing that attracted me to this mold was that it felt unexpected in a kind of funny way. Sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas, I think Thanksgiving gets a little left out of the décor cycle. Part of the reason for this might be that turkeys aren’t particularly “cute” in the way that pumpkins or snowflakes or ornaments can be. I work in an area of Massachusetts where wild turkeys can often be seen roaming around in packs and yeah.. not the most beautiful creatures.

I decided to spend a little time looking around on some of my favorite home décor sites and see what was out there in terms of turkey-specific items that you’d actually want to put in your house. I was able to find a handful of items that I think are pretty cute. Enjoy!

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Turkey Pheasant Wreath
One Kings Lane, $95.00 – $195.00


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Turkey Napkin Ring
Crate&Barrel, $4.95/each


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Turkey Napkins
Wayfair, $29.00


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Maple Turkey Carving Board
Crate&Barrel, $24.47


 

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Turkey Salt & Pepper Shaker Set
Wayfair,
$25.95



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Turkey Napkins
Crate&Barrel, $6.95/each


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Turkey Platter
Wayfair, $30.99


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Block Print Turkey Towel
AllModern, $15.95


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*I’m not actually sure if I think this last one is cute or just strange but here it is anyway:
Trot Turkey Candle Holder
CB2, $12.95

south end flower boxes.

My mom is really good at gardening. Just about every time I visit my parents (which is really often) she has a new plant or two and they’re always thriving. It seems though, that a “green thumb” is not a genetic trait since I genuinely cannot keep a plant alive. I’ve made a habit of keeping cut flowers in my apartment because I really do love the energy they add to a space. Even though I no longer try to keep my own live flowers in my home, I am fortunate to live in a neighborhood full of beautiful urban gardens, maintained by those people who don’t kill everything they plant. Because we’re in the city, front lawns are few and far between but flower boxes are really really prevalent.

Over the past weekend I took advantage of what may have been one of the last really mild days and walked around my neighborhood documenting the flower boxes that I saw and liked. I am so envious of these people who are able to enjoy these beautiful little mini-gardens adorning their homes. To numb the pain I also stopped for snacks.

obligatory foliage pic to start the afternoon.image_1

now on to the flower boxes…image_9image_10image_12image_7

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the flowers pictured below belong to Mike & Patty’s in the Bay Village. I stopped here for a sandwhich and you should too because it was amazing! pro tip: call ahead to order.

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walking is exhausting so I also stopped here for a coffee and a macaron. both were great.image_16image_8image_13image_15