So many ‘firsts’ this week…the first time we took Ida to the beach, the first time she rode on a train, the first time she tasted porridge, the first time she visited a contemporary art museum, a modern art museum and a history museum all in one week! She is such a trooper. She just looks around, smiles at strangers, laughs and takes it all in. I’m so thrilled that she seems to love traveling as much as we do…because, god willing, we will be doing a lot more of it in the future.
Had some fun stuff come out this week–
An oldie but goodie was featured over on Marie Claire Maison
Check out my feelings on Ida at six months over on one of my favorite reads, The Littlest
Learn about my hair regimen on The Good Hair Blog
Wishing you all a weekend full of smiles and plenty of ‘firsts’!
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A colorful door really does something to a building and here in Cph, seems like people are fearless and bold when it comes to adding a little POP to the all-important entryway to the home. Since it’s mostly apartment buildings around here, I can only imagine the debates between families deciding on a color–I’d like to be a fly on a wall in one of those meetings where the artsy person in the building is like “Let’s go with Hermes orange!”
What do you think? Would ever paint your door a crazy bright, bold contrasting color to the rest of your home?
All photos by J. Blakeney
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One thing I get asked really often is how I manage to ‘pull off’ mixing so much pattern and color in my work, so I thought today I’d share a few secrets that I use to make abundance of color and pattern work in any space.
- When choosing accessories with prints, work in the same color palette for all of your patterned accessories. I like to start with curtains. So, as I browse through a wide range of curtains, I look for one specific color. For this exercise, I chose to work with blue. I found this sweet blue patterned footstool and a blue patterned pendant lamp to add to this room. The three patterns are very different from each other, but because they’re all in the blue family, they get along really well together.
- Add neutral colors, to help the eye rest. I always include neutral colors so that things don’t get *too* hectic. The mellow color of the couch, the simple jute rug and the natural wooden cabinet do the trick in this space.
- While shopping for home accessories like plant pots, curtain rods, and lighting (the Argos shop has many lighting options,) make sure the colors of the accessories recall one another. Look at the kelly green floor lamp, the adorable colored buttons on the settee, the cacti pots, the mustard occasion table and the Matisse print, you’ll notice that certain elements match. This is done on purpose to recall different shades around the room for cohesion.
- When picking the wall colors consider the art, drapes, and other wall decor–all of things that are going to be placed at or on the wall–don’t you think that the ikat curtains look good framed in the dusk color? And that the Matisse print looks pretty on the orange?
Once you get the colors and patterns working together they no longer compete with the eye for attention.
This post is created in partnership with Argos. Take a minute to look through their HUGE selection of home goods. I was blown away with all of their options for lighting, curtains, and other home accessories. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible. (All words and ideas are my own.)
Succulent image via here. Matisse print image from here. All other item images via Argos.
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Been noticing all of these box and crate shelves around here–in shops, homes, restaurants and museums. I love this idea because it’s a super easy DIY (I always see crates at the flea markets in L.A.) and I love that you can arrange the crates to fit your needs–plus the way that objects are framed when inside the boxes make objects and books really stand out. Love the idea of painting the inside of the crates/boxes different colors, too. It turns the shelves into a kind of installation art. A single box, four boxes all in a row, or boxes stacked on top of each other every which way, either way I think they look super cool. Another thing I like about these box shelves is that I can picture them being useful in pretty much every room in the house–and in homes with different styles–modern, rustic, boho, minimal and maximal! What do you think? Would you do box shelving in your pad?
Also, this is a bit of a non-sequitur but I wanted to mention that if you are in L.A. this week you should check out Create + Cultivate--an event that “consists of 5 amazing workshops, 1 inspirational creative seminar, delicious food, happy hours, mixing, mingling and more.” If I was in town I would be there. Some good friends of mine including Jessica Comingore will be leading workshops, and if I weren’t abroad–I’d be leading one too. Anyway, it’s May 18th at the Downtown Standard and the folks over at C+C have been kind enough to offer JB Est.1979 readers a discount code, so use the code CCVIP at checkout to save a little somethin’ somethin’. It absolutely glorious here in Cph, but thinking about missing this does make me miss home a bit.
Box and crate photos by J. Blakeney
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Thank you all for your thoughtful, heartwarming comments on yesterday’s post. I’ve read every single one and many of them made me well up–in a good way. Thank you so, so much.
While browsing Etsy today, I think I may have come up one a solution to my clothing conundrum so since many of you are dealing with similar issues–I thought I’d share. I think Clothingshow on Etsy could be the solution to all of my clothing problems? How PERFECT are these clothes?? Comfy, loose, prettiest palette and surprisingly affordable. Just deciding on which pieces to order first. Swoon. Big time. So me. So, so good.
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When I moved to NYC after living in Italy for seven years, it was a tough transition. When I left Florence, I longed to live somewhere bigger and with more action. But when I got to NYC, I had a hard time meeting new people and creating meaningful relationships, there was fierce competition in the work world–and to top it off sh*t was EXPENSIVE. Everyone told me to ‘give it a year’. Friends and new acquaintances alike said that the first year in NYC is hard for everyone, but that after a year I would LOVE it for sure. A year passed and I still hadn’t found my place. Next, everyone was saying to give it two years, and that after two years I would LOVE it for sure. So I gave it one more year. So two years had passed and I still wasn’t feeling it. So I moved to Los Angeles, this time, without asking for opinions about how long I’d need to stay before I started loving it.
It is with that memory that I write this post, because it has been nine months, and despite what many people have said about it taking ‘nine months to gain the baby-weight, nine months to lose it’ my body still looks and feels…well, bleh. Part of me thought that just by eating pretty healthily and walking around the reservoir a few times a week, that after nine months, my body would be like it was before. My truth-telling nieces who periodically ask if ‘there is another baby in my belly’ have spilled the beans: I still look pregnant. Somehow, when Ida was tiny I felt like I had the I *just* had a baby pass–but now, nine months later, I feel like I should be back to feeling normal.
And I don’t.
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Juices are really big here. There is a juice shop on every corner. I tried a mint-mango juice–it seemed like an unexpected combo but it was SO good that I immediately went home to create my own version. It’s wildly refreshing, tangy sweet and…minty! The perfect summer drink–a real tropical treat… (more…)
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