“Style is the substance of the subject called unceasingly to the surface.” -Victor Hugo
If that’s true, and I hope that it is, then my substance is an eclectic mix indeed. Woven from the tapestry of where I’ve been and where I’m going. But most importantly, fastened in the lessons that I’ve learned along the way. My hope is that everything that surrounds me, will serve as a reminder of who I am.
And, of who it is that I’m becoming.
We picked up this coffee table at the Crate & Barrel outlet in November on our trip up to New Hampshire & Maine. Sure we had to completely unpack our car to get it in and, y’know, tie Cooper to the roof, but I’d say it was worth it. :) Those of you who have been to a Spread the Love might also recognize our Bob’s Discount Furniture couch there in the background. The same one we used to meet clients on in our 2BR apartment for four long years, serves us just as well in our 2nd floor living room. And it’s a good reminder to always start with what you’ve got and build from there.
These handmade cake candles and the plates & garland they sit on are ALL over our house, and come from a little shop in West Virginia that I hit up every single time we go home. I’m pretty sure I’m sending her grand kinds through college at this point. But they remind me of home, and that right there is priceless.
We got this hat box at vintage swap meet one day when we decided to be all New Englandy and go antiquing (a verb). I got the idea when I saw Michelle Pfeiffer & Harrison Ford do it in What Lies Beneath. Which except for that whole ghost torturing you/your husband’s a murderer thing….seemed like a pretty cozy life. I think we paid $3 for it and it’s a good reminder that the best things in life don’t have to be expensive. They just have to speak to you.
An ampersand pillow. So we can now, quite literally, be Justin “&” Mary. This makes me smile.
Words to live by: if you have to do laundry anyway, you may as well have a hamper made out of some old French mail bags to do it with. I know, I know….it seems pretty obvious. But I think it bears repeating. The bag is from Restoration Hardware and we paid way too much for it. But if it makes laundry more fun, I guess it’s worth it.
On the other hand, this little baby is a real deal WWII army trunk that we picked up for $15 from the Salvation Army. All of the restoration-y hardware goodness without the RH price tag. Take that, guy who wears a leather jacket in the catalog!
Ok, this clock. Ooooooh this clock. We bought it at this little home store in Rhode Island last EASTER when we were visiting Justin’s parents. And we brought it home and put it down on our table. Where it sat. And sat. And sat. For over an entire year. In case you’re missing the irony here: in short, we didn’t have TIME to hang our CLOCK. This would be one of those lessons we’re working on learning from.
And finally, more of that garland (officially called “pips”) that we get from that store in WV. I don’t have anything pithy to say about this. I just think it looks pretty. And sometimes that’s enough.
Here’s to embracing a style that is a true reflection of who we are. No matter how long it takes us to get there.