Monday, January 30, 2012

Organized Collections

I recently came across Quercus Design's Flickr Collections when I was searching for images of sea glass. She collects and photographs treasures she finds on the beach.  I love the organized quality of the collections, and the care and attention given to each individual item.

Be sure to check out more of her findings at Quercus Design flickr.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Aqua, Mint, & Seaglass

I've craving spring temperatures and all that comes with them- including the bright and pastel colors.  This palette of aqua, mint, and sea glass is currently inspiring my wardrobe and interior. So bring on the blooming flowers and morning rain.

[a. Anthropologie Flats, Serena & b. Lily Seychelles Chandelier, c. Modcloth So Very Pleasant Skirt, d. Rochas Borsa Rosa Tote Bag; Images courtesy of Ashley Sullivan on Pinterest & Tumblr]

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Color Palette: Rustic Nautical

Nautical isn't just a style, but a way of life that extends through every season.  I love these old oars, lanterns, and textures that all have that rustic nautical feeling.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Seaside Finds

We have booked our beach house for this summer! I'm so excited because it gives me something to look forward to throughout these cold winter months.  I can't wait to walk through the sand, taste salty seawater on my lips, collect shells along the shoreline, and curl up with the perfect beach read.  Until then, these seaside finds are just what I need to hold me off until summer.
[a. Josh Galletly Drifted Wood Assemblages, b. Table Art Rosemary Napkin Ring, c. Rebecca Minkoff Striped Diamond Tote,  d. Marcus O'Reilly Driftwood Coffee Table]

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Color Palette: Hunting Season

One thing that Chris misses most this time of year is hunting.  He loves being out in the crisp air, listening to nature, and sitting in the tree stand watching.  The few times that I've gone with him, we didn't see any deer (or even any squirrels for that matter!) but I truly enjoyed being absolutely still and feeling like I'm a part of nature. I love the colors, sounds, and textures of the leaves, tree trunks, and the changing sky. Some of the most beautiful things are the natural inspirations that only God can create.
[Images courtesy of Sterling Reflections Photography, Second Hand Nature, DixieTx, & Tumblr] 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Winter Gifts for Under $30

Is everyone's pocket hurting as much as mine is right now?  Recovering from the holidays and trying to pay January bills is stressful, so if you have some January birthdays coming up these gifts under $30 may be perfect trick. 
[a. Distressed Barn Wood Flask, b. Silver Twig Ring, c. Urban Outfitters Lotus Over the Door Hook, d. Pier One Rosette Sequins Pillow]

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

That Feeling of Summer

Jake Owen's new album Barefoot Blue Jean Night is the perfect album to remind me of summer.  I can't wait for warm nights, bonfires, and riding in the back of an old pick up truck.  Each song gives me that feeling, wishing I was in an old barn surrounded by friends.
[Images courtesy of Richie 59, BDixon Photography, Style Me Pretty, PictureGrl, Saint Mary, & Tumblr]

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

DIY: Changing Wreath from Season to Season

A few weeks ago I posted this DIY for a Christmas Wreath.  I've taken that same wreath, pulled off the "joy" letters and winter berries, and redecorated it to make it appropriate for all year. Using the same concept of wooden letters and fake flowers, it has now become a Virginia Tech wreath. I simply painted the letters maroon and orange, hot-glued some rustic colored daisies and petals, and tied a ribbon on the wreath hook.  The look and color scheme could easily be done for any team or school.  I love it, but I'm not 100% sold on the ribbon.  Thoughts- ribbon or no ribbon?
[Wreath from Big Lots, Silk Flowers, Ribbon, and Wooden Letters from Michaels]

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Color Palette: Twinkle Lights

I'm craving the warmer weather in which dinner parties are held outside under the twinkling of bulb lights. I can't wait to sit underneath strands strung from balconies and beams while laughing with family and friends with the perfect song playing softly in the background.
[Images courtesy of Tumblr, Unknown, Ritzy Bee, & Aubrey Road]

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mix & Match

Lately my eyes have been drawn to colored denim, neutral tops, and bold accessories.  I love unique textures- like leather & light knits- paired together.  Aren't you loving that neon cord bracelet?  And the slouchy clutch?  All of these pieces would be great to mix in with any wardrobe.
[First Column: ClutchPantsFlats; Second Column: Sweater, BeltCordsWedges; Third Column: Bracelet, Leggings, Booties]

Monday, January 9, 2012

Color Palette: Abandoned Billboard

There's something so interesting about abandoned billboards peeling with layers of color.  They tell a story of the history of advertisements they've held.  They are scattered across the landscape in fields, on sides of buildings, and along roadsides. But they are also a landscape of their own- hanging on to the layers of their own history.  I was drawn to the color palette of this lonely billboard photographed by the_mel on flickr. Cool steel greys provide the perfect backdrop for musky olives and streaks of rusty caramel. 
[Photographs courtesy of the_mel on flickr]