one of the amazing things about traveling around europe is how very ancient it is and the unique charm which that exudes. the architecture is awe-inspiring and gives you such a sense of history — here in america we just don’t go that far back and sometimes there’s not as much of an appreciation for the past and more of a look towards the future, so older buildings are often done away with. so i really love seeing these older spaces and even when they might be decaying in one way or another, i find a kind of celebratory beauty in that aging. older floors are so prevalent in europe and even very mismatched tile floors might share just a single household. the airbnb we had in palermo (just above) must have had five or six different tile patterns going on and it was beautiful. i thought i’d share a little bit of that kind of lovely flooring with you today. embrace the old and be inspired!
we all know, gucci is not for everyone — it’s pricey for sure and its eclectic, over the top aesthetic, is not exactly mainstream. but i happen to find a lot of joy in their ornate, very extreme whimsical world. and while i can’t always afford it, i can definitely have fun with the brand, enjoying their videos starring lana del rey and jared leto, their super creative ads, fashion shows and beyond. and now, i realize GUCCI also has a home decor collection, including kitschy small ceramics like their Herbosum Grotesque Garden candle or the Cat incense burner, textiles like the campy Mystic Cat embroidered cushion, and even some stunning wallpaper. here’s a look at gucci at home (not your average home, of course).
how’s that for a tongue-twister? it’s definitely hard to say three times fast. but seashells, all on their own are really quite lovely. i found a delicate pink sea fan in the french countryside (how did it get there, i wonder?) and it got me thinking about decorating around the seashell motif. in small doses, i think they’re a unique addition to any decor — almost like a small sculpture. and seashell or sea fan prints are quite nice as well. kara rosenlund is someone whose taste i quite admire and she utilizes a lot of found shells in her decor (and she has a new line of beautiful oceanic inspired photographic prints out as well). have a look down by the seashore near you or on your next beachside holiday and find your own sculpture from the sea.
it’s been a while since i’ve shared what i’ve been up to around the house, decorating-wise but recently holly from decor8 shared a little peek at my abode along with a fun little Q & A. she posted such a kind and generous post about my home so i thought i’d share a little bit with you here, and provide resources for my latest finds as well. i share a lot on instagram and often get questions as to where i’ve sourced my furniture, art and accessories and while much of it is vintage, here’s where to find a few of my favorite pieces (if i’ve missed something you’re curious about, just comment below). thank you again to holly for the beautiful post — for the full tour and interview, pop on over to decor8.
another french home (sigh, i may get over this sooner or later) this one is situated in the heart of Bordeaux, of the famed wine-growing region, in southwestern France. featured recently on vtwonen, the owner describes it as Fresh Scandinavian with a dash of French flea market — just my vibe. lots of fresh White and natural wood, and accented with loads os wicker and rattan — the kinds of classic vintage pieces we hunt for on our trips to france for super marché. i could settle in here quite nicely, mercí beaucoup. for the full beautiful home tour visit vtwonen.
• Styling Amandine Berton & photography by Julien Fernandez for vtwonen.
it’s pretty hard to not leave france without some kind of longing to figure out how one might go about living there as an expat. it’s a lifestyle i think i could really get use to — living a little bit slower, walking a whole lot more and eating fresh foods shopped for the same day at your favorite corner marché. sigh. and then i get back from my super marché shopping trip and see this beautiful home in the south of france posted by Los Angeles-based interior designer amber lewis on her blog all sorts of. it’s Camellas-Lloret, a dreamy a four-room Boutique Stay in the village of Montréal in the South of France. you’ve got to pop over and have a look at the full tour, and then join me in my wanderlust — i lay awake thinking about how i can make this happen, even for just six months of the year. until then, i’ll just be emulating this look as quickly as i can.
bonjour! i have returned from my excursion overseas! i’d like to say i’m glad to be back, and i certainly am happy to be home with lucy, but quite honestly i could have stayed a just a little bit longer. my last leg of the trip was a quick 2-night stay in paris and this time i decided to try a new hotel — it’s always nice to see what options are out there and i was most pleasantly surprised by my first time (but definitely, not my last) stay at hotel des grands boulevards. i heard a lot of lovely things about it from christina and ali on instagram and was excited to stay, but i was even more pleased to view it in person.
the staff was so friendly and greeted me with a quick tour around the cafe and bars and then i hit my room — and boom! i was in love. this has to be the most comfortable bed i’ve yet to sleep in (the desk man said they’re handmade somewhere in Britain) and the decor was soothing and sublime. the restaurant was delicious (always say ouí to room service!) and the rooftop bar at sunset is not to be missed. it was also very walkable to my favorite spots — le Marais and my favorite market street, Rue Montorgueil (a food lover’s little slice of heaven!). more on paris soon but i wanted to give a shout out to hotel des grands boulevards and give it my very high two french thumbs up! also, this is not sponsored, but i found this hotel last minute through hoteltonight which i use a ton when traveling! use my referral code VISMITH2 (that’s a capital “I” after the V to clarify) and have your own spontaneous getaway!
every time i spend time near the seaside, i realize i miss living near the water more and more. a recent visit to laguna beach was no different, and i find myself wishing i could smoosh the california coastline and L.A.’s eastside together, so i could merge beach life with the culture of my own neighborhood and live a lot closer — rather than have it a sometimes very congested freeway trip away. since that’s not a possibility, i just bring surf culture to me — through books, and films and especially decor. and that’s where we find ourselves on this week’s friday finds. happy weekend everyone — i hope you get some beach time in!
i really love this very feminine look at decorating with surf culture and i could see this welcoming cozy vibe working well on a whitewashed enclosed sun porch.
this is a very boho beachy built-in nook that ashley neese featured recently on her blog. belonging to model ally walsh, it’s the very cozy and enviable dining nook in her venice, california beach home.
i really love this simple and eclectic bathroom backsplash from serena lake’s book romantic style, too. just a few decorative tiles go a long way to giving a very vintage looking sink a wee facelift.
stylist emily chalmer’s funky and very feminine sink is just perfect and with those vintage rosebud paintings hanging above it feels a little like a beach cottage.
1st dibs also featured Nina Freudenberger’s design tips for living with surf culture and there are some very inspiring ideas there, too — so have a gander if you like this look.
i couldn’t help myself from ordering this decorative palm leaf curtain and i can’t wait to see how it turns out hanging in my guest room. i’ll keep you posted.
design down under keeps on kicking ass, so today we’re headed to the Melbourne, australia suburb of Collingwood for a sweet, tasty treat. we’re getting dressed for the very darling, 1950’s italia-inspired piccolina gelateria. what could be more italian than red, green and gelato?! Local interior design firm Hecker Guthrie has literally transformed this former pawn shop into la dolce vita, enhancing the building’s stunning original architecture including a stone arch, terrazzo floor and pretty pressed tin ceiling. piccolina serves up 20 regular flavours, including four vegan ones, alongside four special varieties depending on the day. we decided to get funky with it wearing a distressed leather shirt, sassy plaid pants and our favorite red sneakers. looking for something to read as you lick? try Rebecca Kauffman’s the gunners — with vividly unforgettable characters, you’ll find yourself thinking of Freaks and Geeks, The Big Chill, and maybe all those friends you’ve been meaning to text.
wear this there:free people distressed leather Robin Shirt Jacket in pine; free people Clean Crop Flare plaid Pants; bando more coffee ringer tee; j.crew Vans® for J.Crew washed canvas authentic sneakers; Clyde Lambskin Bucket Hat in Sedona; Farrow Lacey Chandelier Earrings; read this there the gunners by Rebecca Kauffman; Rodin Pinky Winky Lipstick; JINsoon Aromatic Nail Polish in Crush; Comme des Garçons Super Flou Leather Line Wallet; clare v. Green & black beaded Flat Clutch; Sun Buddies Edgar Sunglasses in Twizzler Red.
this week’s instagram worthy account is for all you lovers of dutch design vibes — @mamoesjka_nl’s feed is an absolute delight for decor lovers. aka Ilona Polycen lives in Tilburg, the netherlands in a dreamy pastel-hued space filled with an eclectic blend of vintage and danish modern pieces. and what’s so handy about her instagrams is that she quite often tags the sources for her lovely home furnishings. she also thinks of her home as a ‘test lab’ as she paints and repaints her home quite often, so there are constant makeovers to be inspired by! you can also check out her blog for more decorating inspiration.