Rustic Accents for Your Holiday Table & What I’ve Been Up To Lately

Rustic Accents for Your Holiday Table & What I’ve Been Up To Lately

Rustic chic Holiday Tabletop inspiration

I’m excited to share with you, my sweet readers, a new professional venture I embarked upon almost one year ago… I’ve taken a slight departure from my residential and hospitality interior design focus to develop and execute creative direction for several start-up and interior + lifestyle brands. I fell into the first position by happy accident (well, there really are no accidents as everything happens for a reason – I am a firm believer in that!) and one position led to the next and so on. The FarmHouseUrban brand, however is still ever present! I temporarily turned off access to my online store www.shopfarmhouseurban.com, but it will be back in the New Year and better than ever along with other exciting happenings! 

I was recently approached by the exquisite home furnishings company – Europe 2 You to partner on a project for the launch of their new e-commerce site – EtuHome. For those not familiar, Europe 2 You is a wholesale-only maker of gorgeous vintage inspired products for the home. EtuHome is the new retail branch of their company – making their products accessible to absolutely everyone!

For this project I was sent several of EtuHome‘s top-selling pieces and my assignment was to style them in my personal aesthetic. Here’s what I came up with:

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I pulled some things from around the house – linens, ceramic pitchers, vintage hotel silver, galvanized containers, votives and a box of acorns I just got from here, Then I went to the fridge and took out all the fruits and veggies that were still good! Last, I cut some stems from the garden.

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The piece above is the Spanish Olive Tray which comes in three sizes. I adore this piece! Part cutting board, part serving piece, it adds a unique twist to both. As such, there are endless ways to use it. The most practical and easy – leaning on your kitchen backsplash! I have been noticing the trend of using individual-size wood pieces as serving trays, so that was my inspiration and styled mine as a coffee tray.

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Next is the Bordeaux Bistro Tray which measures 20″ in diameter. The galvanized edge is 4″ high. Many of us have upholstered ottomans which are risky to set beverages on. This tray is the answer! It provides a stylish receptacle for stacking your magazines or weekly newspapers too.

Galvanized metal and wood serving tray

Above and below is the Bianca Cake Stand (short). I used the sepia filter just because 🙂 but below is the unfiltered version. I have a cake stand collection, but none are made of wood, so this is a fun addition. Now thinking of what kind of cake to make for it…. any ideas?

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The below two photos show the versatile Baguette Board. I tried to style the pieces in ways that offer an alternative to the suggested use. I played around with this piece more than any of the others and found so many places that it just looked great – including across my bathtub holding soap and a sponge. I wouldn’t suggest that it be used that way if water was in the tub as it might damage the integrity of the wood and finish. That said, when not in use or set on a table or counter holding just about anything – it will look amazing!

Babette Server

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The next three photos are of the Bordeaux Wine Barrel Lazy Susan. This is a fun piece and frankly a must-have if you’ve got a large round or square table. It should come with a warning to parents of teenagers and their friends who wouldn’t stop spinning it  young children – not to put breakables or spillables on it in their presence.

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Last but certainly not least, is the Balon Cloche. This piece is truly stunning – even on its own.  Trimmed in tin, the shape and size sets it apart from anything else I’ve seen.  
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There are many many more gorgeous pieces on EtuHome’s online shop. I highly encourage you to pop over for a browse – you won’t be disappointed!

Wishing you all peace and love,

xo

s

 

 

 

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Bathroom Styling and My New Favorite Design Book

Bathroom Styling and My New Favorite Design Book

Highlights from the new book, “The Perfect Bath” by Waterworks Co-Founder, Barbara Sallick

I've been giving a lot of thought lately to my lackluster bathroom vanity and how to make it pretty while keeping it free of clutter. Do you share this quandary? As I've said many times, when I need inspiration, or just want to free fall into a creative flow Pinterest is where I go. So, for the past couple of weeks I've been saving beautifully styled bathroom images here and here. Just a few…

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As luck – or serendipity – would have it, as I was pouring over bathroom images, a gorgeous design book on bathrooms arrived in the mail from the publisher! The book isn't just 'A' book about bathrooms. It's written by The Bathroom Goddess herself – Barbara Sallick, Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Design for Waterworks. Let me preface my fussing and fawning by saying that I would never promote anything that I haven't personally experienced and/or seen and that I didn't adore. I adore this book. It is chock full of images all of which are absolutely breathtaking. The chapters are organized in such a way that if you are using it to help you design, you can plunge right in to those tips and resources. If eye candy and a little lift with your afternoon tea, is more your speed, you can have that too.

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© The Perfect Bath by Barbara Sallick, Rizzoli New York, 2016.

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If you are looking for things to put on your holiday wish list, I highly recommend "The Perfect Bath". To purchase, click here.

As I contemplate my bathroom, I will be spending time considering the beautful bath accessories found at Waterworks.  

More interior inspiration to come…

xo

s

 

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The Kids are Back to School – Let’s grab coffee

The Kids are Back to School – Let’s grab coffee

Getting together for coffee with friends

It happens without warning. You go from counting down the days until school starts, doing a happy dance the minute you step into the quiet house after dropping your children off and attending the Parent Breakfast (which, sadly, I have missed due to scheduling conflicts for the past 5-6 years or more) to stepping into the quiet house, plopping down on the sofa that so recently had piles of kids on it and wishing for just a few more days of summer.  There's no gradual progression. No transitional period. So begins Lily's senior year of high school…Where did the time go?

The one silver lining with back-to-school week is catching up with friends over coffee. It's nice to think that this tradition can (and will) continue, even after the kids have left the nest. It got me thinking about coffee shops, having coffee with friends at home and all that goes with both… Here are some of my inspirations. 

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Product Sources (click for link):

1. Ceramic French Press

2. Cutting Board

3. Individual Sugar + Creamer Set

4. Brass Coffee Spoon

5. Graphite Linen Napkins

6. Coffee Mug

7. Linen French Press Cozy

8. Lazy Susan

9. Teapot with Leather + Copper Handle

 

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Sunday Blues

Sunday Blues

Playing Dorothy Moore’s Misty Blue on Sunday night

I've been listening to a new Pandora station lately – Lauryn Hill Radio.  It gets confusing, sorting out all of the music choices out there – Spotify, Pandora, Soundcloud, etc. I don't really get what makes one better than the other or how they differ, so I just stick to the one I know. The music on Lauryn Hill Radio is a mix of present day artists as well as oldies, but it's all Rhythm & Blues.  I heard "Misty Blue" by Dorothy Moore for the first time tonight. What a beautiful song. I'm a sucker for soulful ballads that stir emotions…But then again, it's Sunday night, so maybe that's why….

  

Oh, it's been such a long, long time

Looks like I can get you off my mind

Oh, but I can't

Just the thought of you,

Turns my whole world

A misty blue.

That it does.

Right after I heard this song tonight, I watched a show on Netflix and it played during the credits… I love coincidences.

Here are some misty blues for you's 🙂

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The past couple of weeks in review

The past couple of weeks in review

Highlights from the ICFF 2016 trade show

 Hi you. I'll let the photos do the talking. I've missed you.

xo

s

The Rihanna Concert was amazing.

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My sweet Lily and her prom date Will. It was drama free I'm happy to report.

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My Mother's Day gifts. 

They know me so well.

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 Bonus gift – Luke was home for a week over Mother's Day!

I was in New York recently for a work meeting and attended the ICFF trade show which coincided with Design Week. It was fantastic. Here are some of my favorite new discoveries. Please leave a comment below if you would like the vendor information on a particular piece and I'll reply in the comments. Thank you 🙂

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It's hard to see, but this lighting company offers several unusual finishes (like rust – real rust) and the option to use multiple in one fixture which I thought was really cool.

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 These outdoor, fully weatherproof chairs are the bomb! Beach house owners – these are for you!

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 From the same company – these beanbag benches for around a fire pit are also great. Iron_sconce_ICFF

I really, really like that sconce on the left… Great design. All the pieces from this French lighting company are terrific.

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This floating bathroom vanity is sleek and modern with no pulls, open cabinetry and a sink + countertop made of one piece. At the same time, the wood frame keeps it from being austere and cold. Stunning.

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If you can take your eyes away from the faucet, notice the drain. It's on the outer edge of the sink bottom.

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This is colored moss. Hear me out. This is not like the fake flowers of yesteryear. It's not meant to look real and living. The first thing I thought of when I saw it, is how cool a giant logo on an office wall would look. The moss can be made into any shape, pattern, and color way you can think of. Like a big crayon box for adults.

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This well know tabletop company, introduced a new collection of pieces made of cork. 

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I loved these vintage concert posters made into art pieces. 

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Lions and tigers and chairs.

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Happy Wednesday! 

 

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Wallpaper Love

Wallpaper Love

Examples of wallpaper in various rooms

Hi sweet people. Happy Friday to all of you. This is going to be a relatively quiet weekend for me. The highlight being my daughter Lily's prom or as I like to call it "Prom Drom" as in, short for drama. There's a whole lot more at play for girls regarding the prom – whoa. When Luke went (I think he went every year he was in high school…) all that was involved was renting his tuxedo and getting the girl a corsage. With girls, the preparation starts right after Christmas vacation. Suffice it to say, I will be happy when she comes back home well before her 10pm curfew, so we can all move on! If she lets me, I will post a photo of her and her date on the next post. Parents are invited to a pre-prom cocktail party at the home of one of the boys in the group she is going with. Should be fun…

So, wallpaper… It's a little controversial because it requires making a commitment that paint simply does not. You have to really like it, because it's a bold design statement that isn't easy to take down. In addition, it dictates the style direction of the other pieces in the room. Despite all that, wallpaper seems to be gaining in popularity these days and I must say I'm loving the gorgeous colors, textures and materials that are out there. Small spaces that don't involve furnishings are the best places for wallpaper. It in itself being the star of the show.

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Still life's get me every time. This one is so incredibly stunning.

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A fun way to add some interest to a room is to wallpaper the back of bookshelves. 

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Kids rooms are another place that I've seen a trend in wallpaper emerging.

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The color combination is so quirky, yet it totally works.

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I love the idea of wallpapering the ceiling. If you didn't see it done, it would be daunting, but how sweet that the little one whose room this is can look up and see the birds?

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How adorable is this bunny wallpaper with the little pink stars?

 

Happy weekend!

xo

Serena 

 

 

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