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Sophisticated Sofettes

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

I was in search of a petite sofa upholstered in an alluring shade of blue for quite some time, so when I spied one for sale on Joss & Main last month, I snatched it up without hesitation.

Often dubbed the “sofette”, these pieces are not as large, long, or bulky as a typical sofa, nor as deep or poufy as most loveseats.  Less stiff along the back compared to a traditional settee but still a copycat when it comes to the exposed legs.  Sofettes are slim, sophisticated, versatile pieces that will squeeze into just about any space.

Predictably perfect for small space living, in apartments or in bedrooms, more unexpected yet clever in dining spaces – they’re small in scale but still comfortable enough to lounge on – the sofette is this century’s settee!

West Elm

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The Dog Eared Pages

Friday, June 15th, 2012

I have a confession to make and I’m sure it’s a common affliction among some of you.  I am a magazine hoarder, I repeat, I am a full fledged 100% magazine hoarder.  Who shall join me in this self inflicted misery?

I’ve subscribed to many publications for many years, always looking forward to them arriving in the mail every month and I love them and won’t end my subscriptions anytime soon, but what happens is as you know is they stack up quickly and soon you’re left with a pile of paper to either keep or recycle, and I much prefer the latter, but my “Oh there was that great article about boxwood hedges” or “I can’t throw that issue away, that amazing kitchen is inside!” takes over my brain and the piles ensue.

piles of magazine

I decided at the beginning of the year I’d be much better, oh yes I would!  I’d cure my magazine hoarding problem once and for all!!  (insert culturally relevant female empowerment song).

I’ve always dog-eared my favorite pages in the past for reference but what to do with all those articles/spaces/nifty ideas on pages that add up and up and up to piles of magazines filled with ideas and information that I cannot part with?

the dog eared pages

Pinterest has made it easier, now I know I can usually find a space online within a month of publication but I’m forgetful and rarely look for them that way.  I’ve struggled with what to do with all these dog eared pages for years.  Throw them in a binder?  Sure, I guess, but it has always seemed too utilitarian and this is where the practical side of me loses out to the “Why can’t it just be pretty?” side of me and a battle rages within.

As I was strolling through Michaels the other day I spied some simple and affordable white canvas bound sketch books and thought, hey, those would make great “books” to help me solve my “hoarding of the dog eared pages” problem, and an idea was born.  These things always happen if you casually stroll the aisles of Michaels, but I digress.

sketch books

 

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Favorite Souvenirs Link Party

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Hello everyone and welcome to the link party all about travel souvenirs! I’ll share a few of my favorites and then it’s your turn to link up.  I have a lot of little things I’ve brought home from our travels, my number one favorite I mentioned here and it is a pair of vintage glasses we brought home from The End of History in New York City ten years ago.  We toast to our anniversary with champagne every year in these amber Empoli mid-century glasses we found tucked away in a corner of the shop.

vintage glasses end of history

second image from here

Next up is a special treasure – a black and white sketch and watercolor Matt found at a Paris street faire in 1999 – you can catch a glimpse of Notre Dame in the background where he is talking to the artist Pierre-Yves.  It was so simple and lovely we just had to bring it home!  It’s been framed in classic black and gold and now hangs in our living room. paris art

 

I’m a dork when it comes to collecting travel tchotchkes and the one I always bring home if I can is a mini monument.  Yes, it’s true I have a “monument collection”!  Don’t mock me, I totally love it, and I can’t stop myself from picking them up from a street vendor or local tourist shop.  We’ve seen a few monuments in our travels from the Coliseum to the Alamo and it’s my crazy way of tying together the memories from the pictures with the actual trip itself.    

monument collection

 

But I have to say of all the things I treasure most, it’s my travel journals.  Someone once told me in my early twenties to keep a travel journal on big trips and I’ve always followed that advice.  Before the kids came along we did a lot more traveling abroad and I always kept a journal on the trips – do you do this?

travel journal memories

My travel journals are my favorite treasures and that “thing” I name when asked “What would you grab if your house was on fire?”  (Other than the kids and pets of course.)  Inside I’ve jotted down all the memories from the day and with a simple glue stick secured the receipts, maps, napkins from restaurants, and ticket stubs too. The pictures and written notes of the funny moments are the best ‘souvenir’ in my world, better than any thing I could bring home.  I bring them out every few years and we crack up recalling all the sights, sounds, and phrases overheard from those weeks spent in foreign lands and not captured in pictures.  

So friends, what about you?  What treasures have you discovered in your travels? 

Link up your favorite souvenirs, can’t wait to see!  You can link up through May 31st!

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