Get It Together: A Red (Accented) Kitchen

Sometimes when I have doubts about the red accents in my kitchen, rooms like the one above from Country Living rebuild my confidence. Strip away the personal touches, and you’re left with a showroom kitchen. But as an apartment dweller, it’s important to be able to add vintage touches to any space without changing the fixtures – like these new, bright white kitchen cabinets.

Use a metal and oak workbench as a kitchen island and add a trio of burlap baskets underneath for extra storage.

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Armchair Junking: Wire Decor

American Pickers recently taught me that there are barbed wire collectors, who look for individual craftsmanship and unique shapes – it can even be quite valuable. Who knew? While I don’t collect barbed wire, I do love the handmade feel of vintage wire household objects and the old patina to shows its age.

1) I have a wire basket hanging on the wall of my bedroom and a mesh collapsable basket in the kitchen. I love that they are both functional and sculptural at the same time.

2) This pair of handmade wire utensils would look great hanging in a kitchen.

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Get It Together: Hally’s Parsons Green (London Restaurant)

I fell in love with the interior of Hally’s Parsons Green in London that was featured on Remodelista this week! It’s hard to decide which is my favorite element: the shiplap walls, built-ins filled with amazing collectables, modern painted chairs and rustic tables. Don’t you bring elements of this restaurant home for a breakfast nook?

Start with some wood cafe chairs painted in cheerful colors, a reclaimed wood pedestal table, and add some cobalt and cream colored striped and patterned ikat throw pillows to a built in bench.

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Armchair Junking: We All Scream for Ice Cream!

It’s officially summer and more than 90 degrees in Boston and New York this week, and needless to say, all I can think of doing is sitting in front of my fan with a giant dish of ice cream. So, this week we’re rounding up fun vintage finds inspired by everyone’s favorite icy cold sweet treat. Enjoy!
1) Vintage ice cream cups for a casual dessert in the yard!
2) Make your own homemade creates in an ice cream maker.

Farmhouse Friday: Book Your Summer Rentals (Part 5)

As May comes to a close and our month of looking at amazing summer rental houses ends, we wanted to leave you with two houses near some fantastic museums celebrating American rural history that we’ve visited: The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY and the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT.

The Farmers’ Museum showcases US rural life during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and the Shelburne Museum is a public display of the private collections of the Havemeyer-Webb families, from folk art to Impressionist paintings. Both museums feature incredible buildings that were brought to the museums from around the northeast.  In fact, we’re heading to Shelburne Museum again next Friday during our weekend in Ticonderoga.

Upstate New York: Cooperstown, NY

Boasting six bedrooms and five bathrooms, this Cooperstown farmhouse has room to spare! Invite friends and family to join you for a week of exploring the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Farmers’ Museum, and the Fenimore Art Museum. Be sure to check out the Otesaga Resort and take a boat ride on the Glimmerglass Queen. For the most unique antiques I’ve ever seen, spend hours in Wood Bull Antiques just south of town (check out what our friend Katie bought during our last visit).

6 BR/5 Bath

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New England: Charlotte, VT

I love this shingled cottage that’s not far from Shelburne, VT. The Shelburne Museum has incredible wares that the collector in me envies, and we hope to make it to Shelburne Farms when we visit again next Friday! The modern kitchen, with an eat-in dining area, is exactly what you want in a rental – you won’t want to go out to eat. Most of all, I’m dying to explore the loft!

2 BR + Loft + Den/1.5 Bath

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Get It Together: My Cup of Tea

I’m a sucker for rustic collections. So I loved Paula Mills’ vintage silver teapot collection, along with the blue and white porcelain, that was part of her house tour on Design*Sponge last week. Whether you want to host regular tea parties or simply have a collection for occasional entertaining, let’s break down the elements.

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Armchair Junking: Serving Dessert

Everyone loves something sweet on Mothers’ Day for brunch or with dinner, and to make the day extra special, serve dessert on one of these adorable plates.

1) Pastels in a rainbow of colors.
2) Gilttery cut glass saucers.
3) Charming embroidery inspired plates in fresh spring colors.
5) Celebrate spring with bird and floral printed transferware.
6) Give mom the best of the bunch with a hand-painted plate.