collections: how much is too much?

when it comes to collecting, i am guilty of it to be sure. but what is too much? when it has that effortless european look about it and feels ‘organically grown’ over time either through travel mementos or a true passion (like collecting books or art!) then it seems to me that’s just the right amount. sometimes we go overboard at the flea market and yard... 
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lighting that makes the space.

as these images demonstrate, lighting can really make or break a room. the right light can add drama or make a bold statement. i noticed when i was europe their use of an eclectic mix of lighting and how it really impacted my mood. one room i stayed in had probably five different lighting fixtures and not one matched, and yet it all worked fabulously together. i went hunting... 
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best of: vintage vibes.

jenny branson’s home, via rue magazine. it’s quite damp and gray outside today (which is actually a welcome change from the heatwave we’ve been having). when we get a reprieve like this it just makes me want to curl up in a comfy corner and nap or read. it gives me those vintage vibes, the ones you get when you’re visiting a charming country Bed &... 
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restored by the fords.

this is fabulous home of Los Angeles–based interior designer Leanne Ford featured recently on domino and photographed beautifully by one of my favorites, nicole franzen. her 1945 farmhouse is a white-washed dream and filled to the brim with an enviable stash of vintage collectibles. after seeing this space, i was not only inspired to hit the flea market this weekend seeking... 
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marseille’s pension edelweiss.

we arrived in marseille via the Saint-Charles train station, which was in all probability in close enough proximity to our pension to walk, but there were those pesky (and heavy) bags in tow not to mention a few hundred stairs. so you know, we hopped in a taxi from the train station as one does and somehow landed the grumpiest driver in town, because he practically told us... 
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