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my heart is in Spain

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Some of you may have wondered if/when I was going to return to this blog. I have also wondered that too lately. There’s so many thoughts and ideas that pop into my head, but I never make the time to just sit and write anymore.  For the better part of my life, I would journal each day. It’s like a lost art to me now.

As my intention for this blog has always been to create a forum for self-expression with life, design & creativity, I tend to want to avoid super-personal posts. Well, this is one of those I’ve avoided for awhile now.

You know how every once in awhile you begin to feel like you have it together – that you have a plan formulated, goals to achieve, and a path to follow – and then Life comes in pulls the tablecloth out from under you? Well that happened to me back in January.

I started the new year making a list of goals:

  • Self discovery
  • Slowing down and embracing the moment
  • Living each day fully present
  • Read a book each month
  • Give freely
  • Go to Europe
  • Follow my dreams

It all sounds good, right? It totally is. And I know I’m destined to do each of these things. I just wasn’t prepared for the means to get there.  Let me explain.

On Martin Luther King Day, I got an email from Nate telling me about a work trip he was approached with and to give him a call at work. He never wants to talk on the phone at work. Really he can’t even bring his cell phone into his workplace.  He got news that morning that he could sign up to travel across Europe for his job. For up to 6 months. And oh, by the way, they would like to leave in the next few weeks. Gulp.  I felt like I had instantly gotten sucker-punched. I don’t deal well with change and this wasn’t exactly part of the plan for this year. He told me I had veto power on the decision, but they needed an answer pretty quickly. I asked him what he wanted to do. He said, “I think it’s the trip of a lifetime. I want to go.” And so I said, “Then that’s what I want you to do”.

The thoughts that followed over the next hours and days fell into pretty much every emotion category. Sadness. Excitement. Fear. Anxiety. Worry. Awe. There were moments I’d think: “Wahhhh. What about ME??” Then the next day was like, “Wow, what an amazing opportunity for you! I’m just so happy for you.” Yup. All over the place.

After saying goodbye became a reality, flashbacks of 2009-2010 entered my mind. Straight back to that time when he had just gotten back from his last tour in Iraq. Anyone who knows our story knows about the 2 year time period of us being apart while I was at college at Michigan State and he was in Florida in the Air Force from 2006-2008. And then us finally being in the same spot again and him getting deployed to Iraq in 2009. His re-enlistment was up in 2010 and he wasn’t staying in the military, so all I could think about was how we’d NEVER have to do the long distance thing ever again! Hooray!  Well, HA, the irony. Never say never.

He left four weeks ago today.

I haven’t wanted to disclose that to the world. Really, just my close friends and family know. I guess I didn’t want people to know I was alone. Furthermore, I didn’t want people to feel like they have to do anything out of the ordinary for me. It’s kinda crazy how reserved I’ve become in comparison to the very open person I once was.

I think that’s about to change though. I’m going to make the time to start blogging again. Writing and sharing ideas is something I really do enjoy, so I owe it to myself to do it. I’ll also share the journey with you. That way I won’t feel so alone, right?  Plus you can see all the phenomenal places Nate’s visiting.  And of course all the super cool things I’m doing with my life too ;).

Here’s to a life changing year of personal growth!

xo

 

 

 

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it’s time for a new look!

I have some glorious news this Monday morning: I’ve been quietly working on a new layout for the blog over the last week.  V+V has officially got it’s first makeover.  Check it out.  I still have some edits to make, but I’m loving the crisp new look!

xo.

 

new blog layout

design obsession: feathers

I didn’t realize just how much I love feathers… until the other day.  I was on a run on Saturday morning and I saw one resting on the concrete.  Simple and gray, it may have been run over countless times, but it was still as perfect as ever.

feather tshirt - sincerely jules

 

I love the spiritual, natural, carefree vibe they give off.

decorating with feathers

Drooling over this shop in Amsterdam called Harvest & Company!

Harvest & Company - photography by Paulina Arcklin

And who can talk about feathers and not mention Another Feather‘s amazing studio space?!

another feather studio - featured on imogene + willie

 

Here’s some goodies I found.

feathers picture collage

(Clockwise:  Anthropologie Quill Collector table runner, Peacock Pillow Cover by Blossom Pillow Co, Feather Hair jewelry (not listed for sale anymore but still awesome), Feathers 2 print by anavicky )

 

feather wallpaper

Dreamy.

feather artwork - Decor Pad

Boho style.

hair feathers

 

Happy Monday!!

(all photos link back to their source)

color story: citrus tones

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)

 

GIVEAWAY: win a free pillow cover from Motif Pillows!

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. 

CHECK BACK FOR FUTURE GIVEAWAYS & CONTESTS! 🙂 THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED, AND MOTIF PILLOWS FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE!!!

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Guess what? Vim & Vintage is hosting its first giveaway!

pillow cover giveaway!

I’m so pumped to be partnering with Motif Pillows on this awesome giveaway!  Fabric is such a great way to bring color and personality into your home, and Motif Pillows has a wide variety of exclusive fabrics to choose from.  The Charleston-based online boutique features custom pillow covers in an eclectic mix of patterns and colors.  Each is handmade by the very creative and talented Priscilla, who sources the latest designer fabrics and sews each pillow cover herself!

Priscilla is giving ONE LUCKY BLOG FOLLOWER a pillow cover of their choice!    That’s right –  the winner gets to PICK OUT ANY PILLOW COVER (up to a $70 value)!  You can choose one of the featured numbered styles below, or look through the hundreds of styles in her shop to find your perfect match!

 

It’s easy to enter:

1) Like Motif Pillows’ Facebook page
2) Like Vim & Vintage’s Facebook page
3) Comment on this blog post and tell me which pillow you would love to own (indicate the # or include the link), and where you will put it in your home!

pretty pillowspillows from Motif Pillows!

 

Contest closes at 12am CDT on Friday, April 25th,2014.  The winner will be announced Friday morning around 9am Central on Vim & Vintage’s Facebook page!  Good luck!

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(The fine print:  Winner will be selected at random.  Giveaway is for (1) pillow cover and shipping, and does not include the pillow form to stuff the pillow.  You must like both Motif Pillows & Vim & Vintage on Facebook to be eligible.  If in the event contest winner does not respond within 72 hours of announcement, a new winner will be selected.)