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Decorating With Calligraphy

Ever since I started calligraphy as a hobby (and later turned into a business!), I’ve tried to come up with tasteful ways to incorporate it into my home decor. Calligraphy is a huge trend right now and there are so many options and styles out there so it should be easy to find something that gives the perfect hand-lettering accent to your home. Personally, I like having something that I can change easily whenever the mood strikes as well as some old faithful pieces that always stay the same. Here are a few different ways you can add a pretty hand-lettering touch to your home. This is my little kitchen chalkboard that I write sweet notes on. Perfect for people like me because it can be changed on a whim! This perfect pair at the Be Inspired headquarters is so simple but makes a big statement. If you’re not confident in your own calligraphy skills, catch this DIY Calligraphy Pillow tutorial over at Style Me Pretty.

A Modern Farmhouse In Portland

I’m working on the design of TWO farmhouses right now, which is pretty much my dream come true. I always look to Pinterest for inspiration, and as I was scrolling through my “Rooms I’d Like To Reside In” board I came across these images I found last year in the NY Times. The space always stuck with me because it’s rustic and relaxed, yet filled with modern furniture and fixtures. This home belongs to Brian and Jill Faherty, owners of my favorite lighting brand, Schoolhouse Electric, so it’s no wonder I love it so much. I find so much inspiration from these images, so I thought I would share with you! Hope you enjoy as much as I do. This paneling on the entry is just a little peek at what’s to come. Of course, if you own Schoolhouse Electric, you have to have the most fabulous dining room chandelier ever. 

Friday Etsy Finds: Vintage Bar Carts

I absolutely love vintage bar carts. I feel like having a piece of furniture, solely dedicated to alcohol is like an adult right of passage. I found my perfect bar cart hidden away under a pile of tchotchkes at a local vintage shop. I almost sold it, but decided at the last minute to hang onto this one. Today, I’ve rounded up my favorite bar carts from Etsy in a variety of price ranges. Hope you love these as much as I do! And if so, shop small and buy from an Etsy seller! I love the midcentury modern lines of this little number. Available here for $750. This outdoor patio cart looks so sweet and has the nicest natural patina, so you know it’s actually old! Available here for $300. Another midcentury gem. Available here for $939. Gold bar carts will always hold a special place in my heart. Available here for $850.

Jersey Ice Cream Co.

When my husband and I opened our retail shop Homestead and then an urban farm called Truck & Barter, we both liked the ambiguity of the names. It leaves room for growth and change and doesn’t pin us down to offering just one thing. That brand choice turned out to be a blessing for us, since both brands are in a stage of growth and redevelopment. The same can be said for my brand, Mrs. Vintage. We started out renting antique furniture, and now we are curating a line for retail, offer event and interior design, and are working on a podcast! When I heard of Jersey Ice Cream Co. on a design blog, I was enthralled with the ‘what is that!?’ factor. I hate predictability, and these two definitely are not. Tara and Percy, the vintage geniuses behind the interior design brand, started off by selling antique and vintage pieces found at flea markets and estate sales. The name of their company actually came from an old seal they found at Brimfield! They found …

Friday Etsy Finds: Kilim Pillows

Today’s post was inspired by one of my favorite interior designers, Amber Lewis aka Amber Interiors. Amber takes the most ordinary spaces and uses a wide assortment of color and texture to create calm, serene and comfortable homes. I am not a fan of the ‘more is more’ design philosophy, and even though Amber uses bold colors and tons of texture, her spaces never ever feel overdone or cluttered. One element that I’ve noticed in almost all of her designs are the rich colors of ethnic rugs and pillows. The word “kilim” is of Turkish origin, but woven kilim rugs and pillows are produced in a wide range of geographical areas that includes parts of Turkey (Anatolia and Thrace), North Africa, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central Asia and China. You can find knock off kilims at big box retail stores, but there is truly nothing like the real deal. That’s why I love Etsy. Often times you can buy directly from Turkey, and the costs are still very affordable! I know that …