The Orchid Pot + Spring Refresh

March 16th, 2015

We spent the weekend spring cleaning the house and garage, everything indoors was dusty and cluttered and the garage was the definition of a disaster. Last year, we’d brought home from Matt’s grandmother’s estate furniture and boxes of belongings and we’ve been housing it in our garage, slowly distributing the possessions to relatives.

I try not to be too sentimental about my own material things since they can get lost or destroyed, and when I die someday I’m not taking them with me. But some of my things possess meaning because they were a gift, are attached to a special memory, or belonged to someone I love.

As I was sorting through the last two boxes of her things, I came across a charming little pot. What was so interesting about this particular pot was that I had been casually looking around for a chinoiserie ceramic version for an orchid, nothing cheap looking, one with intricate detail and personality, and there to my surprise in that last box of possessions sat the prettiest little pot there ever was with no indication as to whom it should go to. At that moment, it was if it winked at me.


chinoiserie pot with orchid

Grandma Verna labeled all of her things the last few years of her life, jotting down the origination since she had kept only the special treasures from her travels. Most everything had a note about the source and who she wanted to have it. She and her husband had traveled all over the world, Europe, Africa, India, etc. and she kept journals of her travels, ones we brought out from time to time to read to her but not that it was necessary, her mind was as sharp at 103 as it was at 53 and she could recall every detail she had written down in those journals from fifty years before.

The pot had no note attached to it so I decided to adopt it and make it part of the collection of things she had already intended find their way into our living room. Grandpa’s piano. Artwork from their 1978 trip to India. Their Swiss gold LeCoultre Atmos clock from the 1960s. 

potted plant vignette

The find inspired a spring refresh in the living room, it’s the first room you come into when you enter our home so I like it to be bright and welcoming, elegant yet casual. I swapped a few things around from shopping my house, like the wing back chair that sat upstairs.

I brought in some of my old favorites, the white sculpted urn, the fretwork canister. I also added a few new things, the chain link mirror I ordered from Lamps Plus and a few accessories found at HomeGoods such as the navy geometric pillows and the orchid pot on the mantel.

navy white mantel centsational girl


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Weekend Reading

March 13th, 2015

I’ve been asked by readers “What does Wine Country style look like?” Sometimes they’re referring to fashion, inquiring what to wear when they visit the region and touring the tasting rooms (that’s another subject) but often they’re asking about interior design, so when this gorgeous home popped up in my reader this week I thought it a great example. 

Mixed wood finishes, neutrals that blend in with the landscape, earthy organic textures such as stone and concrete, traditional French or Italian architecture combined with a contemporary California vibe. This grand vacation home possesses all of those elements!

wine country design


More favorite links from the week:

Smart design: prefabricated cabins and studios.

Nice job turning a master into a library.

Beautiful celebrity kitchens.

 Campaign style hardware (at Home Depot)

I bought two pairs from Lilly’s spring shorts collection, that scalloped edge!

Duchess Kate visits Downton Abbey.

The new punctuation.

Busy is a sickness.


Have a lovely weekend friends!