getting kitschy with it.

well, how’s this for cheerful? i thought i’d go to a happy place today and share some rooms where the kitsch level is pretty up there — fun and spunky, no fear of color here. when i was younger i had a pretty intense love of all things kitschy and as i get older it’s mellowed, but i still love a bit of it here and there. a great print like my barkcloth... 
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at home in barcelona.

my trip to barcelona earlier this year was one of the highlights of my summer (thus far!) and i fell in love with the beautiful spanish city. the architecture was stunning (all that wonderful gaudí) and so well-kept. i was surprised by the good condition of the buildings and always wanted more of a glimpse inside them. so with this lovely tour of anna alfaro’s home... 
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mantel inspiration for the summer season.

ah, what to do with a cozy fireplace mantel in the summertime? looks to me like light locations has some nice ideas for summer-izing what’s normally the warmest spot in the house. perhaps the addition of a vintage mirror painted white to reflect back the big blooming branches you add to your favorite tall vase. add a few more white ceramics and boom — your mantel... 
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dwellstudio + calico fabrics.

Founded in 2000, DwellStudio is a design house with a decidedly modern vibe and always a favorite furniture and home accessories source for me. and now they’ve announced a creative partnership with Calico, a leader in the fabrication of beautiful custom home furnishings and window treatments, making it easier for you to choose a look that best suits your taste and color... 
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best of: gray blue days.

vogue living. finally. L.A. is getting some lovely, dreary rain. i’m curled up on the sofa this sunday, listening to spotify’s indie acoustic chill, lucy by my side smelling a little bit like wet wool after her walk, but it’s all okay. i love the rain and the moody blue feelings it brings. i’m not often drawn to shades of blue in decor as much as i... 
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