thursday thoughts: i believe in fairy tales

24 Jul

I believe in fairy tales.  Do you?  Anything is possible.  The bigger your dreams are, the more you can achieve.  Set your bar high. xo

 

katy perry quote

color story: citrus tones

23 Jul

We all draw our inspiration from different places.  Finding inspiration in food… that’s perfectly normal, right?   Yup.  Some of the most cheery colors out there are citrus tones.  Lime, grapefruit, orange, lemon…  They are like little works of art.  Especially when styled like this pic below:

 

lovely citrus shot

And besides, what’s summer without good music,  longer days, – and of course – bright colors?

 

 

citrus tones style

 

Oh and Margaritas!! Can’t leave that off the list!!  (Click the picture below for the recipe to this Pink Grapefruit Lime Margarita)Grapefruit Agave Margarita recipe - Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

 

Honestly, this may be my favorite color palette in the world.  (I may have said that before in a blog post, but I was just kidding, and am super serious now.)

 

citrus tones paint palette

I mean, some of my favorite interior shots EVER are in this palette:

 

 

colorful living room, featured in Coastal Living

 

You may remember the image from above.  This home was featured in Coastal Living.

green banquette! - vim + vintage

And this one: well if a green banquette doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will.

Tastefully done with some more traditional flair.

vintage citrus tone bedroom

 

This nugget below made the cover of Southern Living’s May 2012 issue.  For me, it still remains one of the best mixes of prints I’ve seen in an interior.

Lindsey Ellis Beatty Living Room - featured in Southern Living

And let me just say – Mandi at Vintage Revivals is the bomb-dot-com, because she gets the last 2 photo mentions.

This first one is the love child of retro vintage and bohemian styles and it’s awesome.  retro bohemian bedroom, featured on Vintage Revivals

And YES, one of my favorite DIY projects of all time!!! Seriously, still can’t get over that hex wall.  She’s a genius!

DIY Tufted Picture Frame Headboard - Vintage Revivals

MYTH #1:  You have to live in FL to rock these colors.

MYTH #2:  Using a bunch of bright colors together creates disaster.

As proven by the pictures above, both of these statements are totally false!  Yes, these colors do favor coastal environments, but when done right, anyone can pull off this look.  Intermix some of these fresh tones in, and the fruits of your labor will pay off (See what I did there?)

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citrus tones color story inspiration board - Vim & Vintage

1 // such an awesome book with inspiring bright colors, from Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar

2 // I don’t think it’s possible to talk about bright colors and not bring in some Jonathan Adler.  This chair comes in a variety of finishes and colors!

3 // of course you need some fun fabrics.  ( Clockwise from top left: Robert Allen Out of Bounds Chartruese, Kravet Almora 712, Robert Allen Delighted Citrine, Robert Allen Cats Cradle Papaya)

4 // yes, I always have to feature a watch.  This Michael Kors one is pure dynamite!

5 // pretty pillow cover

6 // most possibly the cutest set of measuring cups

7 // simple, elegant, and versatile summer wedges

8 // I wish I could have each and every one of Madeline Weinreb’s rugs.  They are absolute perfection

9 // another fun, midcentury-inspired JA chair!

10 // vintage vase in a fun yellow color!

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Have yourself a bright and cheery day! xo

(inspiration board is my creation, but all other photos link back to their original source)

 

thursday thoughts: facing fears

17 Jul

 

remember that your greatest talent is so much more powerful than your biggest fear

 

always do what you are afraid to do. -ralph waldo emerson

 

decide you want it more than you are afraid of it

(Photos link back to their source)

 

 

insta-follow: i have this thing with floors

14 Jul

Any Instagram-ers out there?!  It’s always exciting to come across a new account that is outside the box or has an actual theme or purpose.  (Lets face it, I can’t be the only one that gets bored with the same ol’ picture perfect shot of someone holding an ice cream cone or bouquet of flowers, even as pretty as they are.)

Well, if you are obsessed with floors, tile, and pattern in general, this account is for you.  I Have This Thing With Floors is a plethora of beautiful floor shots from all over the world, taken by various Instagram users.

 

#ihavethisthingwithfloors instagram

 

 

#ihavethisthingwithfloors instagram account

 

 

I have this thing with floors - Instagram

 

 

@ihavethisthingwithfloors instagram

 

#ihavethisthingwithfloors

 

 

another awesome floor pattern from #ihavethisthingwithfloors

 

I love how all of the photos are taken from the same point of view.  I also love to see what shoe personality each person has.

Can’t get enough? Be sure to check out the hashtag  #floorcore on Instagram for more crazy beautiful floors!

 

sweet summertime.

9 Jul

Hola!!

Random fact: This is actually the longest I’ve ever went without blogging since I started it back in October of 2011!  I took off most of May and all of June, but the good news is that I’m backkkkk!  I’ve realized my neglected blog needs some love too. :)

It seems entirely insane to me that already half the year is over.  I need to continually remind myself to just take some deep breaths, look around, and take in my favorite time of the year.  Temps in Texas have been a refreshing 95 degrees (ha!), but hey we’ll take anything under 100 this time of the year.

PS. There’s not too much news to report around here.  We traveled back to the Mitten in June to celebrate 2 awesome weddings (my friend Kaytee and Nate’s brother Matt), and also have had some visitors in Texas recently, too.  I haven’t taken many pics lately, but here are some from the trip to Michigan:

Ludington, Michigan

chalkboard wedding sign

Kaytee and I

lite brite!

(Yes that is a Lite Brite, and yes I took at least 3 pictures of it during the night because I was so freakin excited.)

State Theatre -  Traverse City, MI

putt putt

Crystal Lake, MI

kayaks on Crystal Lake

Matt & Lynn!

Lynn and Ethan dancing

bearded lover and I

sandy feet

Sunset over Lake Michigan

 

It seems like more and more lately, I’m reminded of how extremely lucky and blessed we are.  We have a home with tons of potential, a loving pup, good jobs, and been on some great trips this year already.  Reflecting on it all, life is good!

 

 

design obsession: scalloped

7 May

You know what shape I’m loving right now? (I’ll give you one guess, and it may or may not be in the title of this post.)

The lovely scallop shape is derived from my favorite childhood shell with the same name.  Its curved edges takes me back to when I was a 7-year-old seeing the ocean for the first time, and the hunt for the perfect one.   The form is soothing and organic, but creates incredible interest when turned into a pattern.  It can be retro.  It can be modern.  Originating from nature, the scallop shape is timeless.

 

scalloped accent tile wall in bath

 

scalloped floor mosaic design

colorful scalloped skirt

scallop wallpaper   scalloped shorts

scalloped tile

scalloped wall

Can I have these tables? Pretty PRETTY please??!

scallopped tables

 

Some of my scallop faves on the web:

scalloped inspiration board - Vim & Vintage blog (may 2014)

  1. Scalloped Crewel Pillow Cover, West Elm
  2. Dallas Multi Fabric, Duralee
  3. Ludlow Mineral Green Fabric, Robert Allen
  4. Vero Chair, Arteriors
  5. Marysia Hot Pink Bandeau Bikini , Intermix
  6. Cocktail Table, Mr & Mrs. Howard
  7. Scalloped Bowl, Oh Joy! for Target
  8. Vintage 1940′s Art Deco Planter with Scalloped Edges,  The White Pepper on Etsy
  9. Wavy Hello Flats, ModCloth
  10. Lira Pendant, Arteriors
  11. Martha Stewart Damask Trace Quilt & Shams, Macy’s
  12. Zeb Accent Tables,  Arteriors
  13. Scallop Polymer Clay Necklace, A Quiet Curiosity on Etsy
  14. Lacey Denim Shorts, Free People
  15. Metallic Scalloped iPhone 5 Cover, Anthropologie

 

For links to these items, visit Vim & Vintage’s Pinterest Page!

 

(all images link back to their source)

 

 

4 iconic 90′s fashion trends that are making a comeback

5 May

I have to admit, when I first saw that skinny jeans were back in style, my first reaction was something like “Oh hell no! I’m NEVER caving on this one!!”.   Seven years later ironically, I rock skinny jeans on an almost daily basis.  So many great things were a product of the 90′s, including some of the most iconic fashion trends.  Trends I only imagined that would be left in the 90′s vault.  Clearly, this is not the case though.  Here’s 4 more that are resurfacing:

 

1. Overalls

In 5th-6th grade, “bibs” were my jam!!  I kinda do think the ones with shorts are (somewhat) cute.

 

overalls - sincerely jules  summer outfit

overalls - jessica stein

 

2. Jellies

Jelly sandals were pretty much a little girls dream.  They came in all colors of the rainbow, and if you were lucky, they were sparkly too.  Today’s adult jellies are more neutral, and elegantly embellished.

black jellies

 

studded clear jelly sandles

 

jelly style

 

3. Wide Leg Pants

Around my middle school era, (mid-late 90′s) wide leg pants were the bees knees.  Does anyone else out there remember the short-lived JCNO jeans trend?!  Soon the wide leg was replaced with flares, but I’m seeing more and more of them now.

 

wide leg pants

flowy wide leg pants

love her wide leg pants

wide leg jeans

 

4. Keds

Hey Taylor’s doing it, so it must be legit.  (You can see her whole collection here.) And yes, those pair in the middle are from Kate Spade!   I just wish that they had as many fun patterns and colors in ’92 for me to dive into.

taylor swift keds ad

Kate Spade polka dot Keds sneakers!

Taylor Swift Keds Collection

 

So what’s next?? The scrunchy??!  How many of these 4 would you consider revisiting?  Do you think they are fads, or back again for a while?

 

(all photos link back to their source, if known)

thursday thoughts: leap of faith

1 May

It’s a new month.  What new goals do you have?  How will you step out of your comfort zone?

ray bradbury quote

leap of faith

if your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.

life begins at the end of your comfort zone

hoping my parachute will open

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