I came across these Whitbread Wilkonson Pantone Notebooks at the Angela Adams store in Portland Maine a few weeks ago and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them. I could happily own each and every color and just think of how organized all my inspirational design notes would be scribbled down and stored in these colorful beauties. My favorite was the pink color… too bad it doesn’t come in the larger size.
Thanks to my friend Kate from work who came across this article in Architectural Digest on a gorgeous traditional home in Connecticut that got a taste of modern added to it’s life. We both share a love for Mies van der Rohe and his architectural style where he used minimal framework of structural order balancing it against the implied freedom of free-flowing open space. Also I want to give a nod to Victoria Hagan’s stunning interiors. My love for gray is realized in these interiors.
I had to round out the collection for the Vicente Wolf books out there and ready to be admired by recommending Crossing Boundries: A Global Vision of Design. This was my first Vicente Wolf book and I still return to it often. I believe this book to be one of the first design books that helped me shape who I am as a designer today. Enjoy!
I spent the weekend of the 4th up in Portland Maine. Between the many delicious meals and hikes along the beach I found some time to stroll the streets of Old Port. During my hour or more of window shopping I managed to do a tiny bit of actual shopping. My one and only purchase of the day was a beaded black necklace from Toko Indo on Exchange Street. I have been on the hunt for just the right black neck bauble for over a year and was ecstatic to find the perfect necklace for an extremely reasonable price. It was tough to only buy one piece of jewelry from Toko Indo since they had walls and walls and a huge table of tempting options. I have a feeling I will be heading back there during my next trip to The VacationLand State. Here are just a few of their countless options of jewelry:
I’m happily settled into my new home for the week at the beach, the Delaware Shore to be exact. These are the beaches that I grew visiting every summer of my childhood. And even thought it’s been close to (cough) fifteen years since I’ve been back and I am flooded with the memories of trips into town in the mornings for fresh donuts, the many hours of miniature golf, and the countless hours searching for seashells. I hope to add all new memories this week since this will be the first time that I will be here with my niece and nephew. In honor my trip I’m sharing a few images of coastal homes that I found to be especially pretty.
I’m heading to the beach for a week with my family tonight. In honor of my trip I thought I would share some images from one of my favorite beach houses of all time, The Something’s Gotta Give house. You can ask almost any designer who has watched this movie and they will tell you that loved the interior design of this house. The layering of the neutral tones of paint that play off the subtle shades of blues and greens along with the blending of transitional and traditional furniture catches most everyone’s eye… and what I wouldn’t do to have those stunning wood floors. Well done.
Thanks to Hooked on Houses for the images.
I feel such a sense of accomplishment and excitement to be writing my 100th post for Find the Pretty. I have been having so much fun sharing my thoughts on Design, Decor and Organization with the world. It has brought a whole new sense of awareness to my days. It is a regular occurrence for me to stop what I’m doing to pull out my little red moleskin and jot an idea down for the blog, not to mention the enormous amount of emails I send myself with links and ideas. I can not wait to share another 100 posts with you.
In honor of this blogging milestone I thought I would share a few photos of another big milestone in my life, my one year anniversary. Just over a year ago I was married to the sweetest guy in the world, also the web master behind Find the Pretty, in Middlebury VT. The wedding was a huge success save for one small hiccup… a series of thunderstorms that ripped apart the sky. We are both relatively relaxed people so when the storms started we moved the ceremony into a small barn on the property, moved the cocktail hour into the reception hall and then just danced away the night. Halfway through the reception someone noticed that there was the most stunning double rainbow over the golf course. We all ran outside for photo opportunities. It was at that moment that I knew what I would be doing for my husbands gift for our one year paper anniversary. I had the photo of the rainbows blown up and framed and it now lives in our office. I love having a visual reminder of our special day… plus it was a creative take on the whole paper theme. Here are some images of the final product.