wednesday wishlist: the elephant teapot


I know spring officially began last week, but out of respect to those who are still buried under nine feet of snow, I thought I would hold off on celebrating for a few more days...

But yesterday I spoke with some friends back in Boston, and--as you can imagine--they were happy to report that there are finally some signs of spring in the air, so I'm hoping it's safe to flaunt some pretty flowers on the blog today ( the ones that are blooming in my back yard--shhhh)!

I thought I would share one of my favorite ways to display flowers--don't get me wrong, you know how much I love ginger jars, but another fun and festive alternative to the traditional vase is a teapot, and in particular, an elephant teapot! Not to mention these little ellies are an easy way to incorporate some chinoiserie style in your home this spring ;)

The following are pretty examples of how to style your blooms in elephant teapots (and--if you are more talented then me--garden stools!) at all of your spring soirees--bridal showers, baby showers...and, of course, the occasional rainy Tuesday:

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And some cute and affordable elephant teapots (and one garden stool) that would be perfect for sprucing up your spring flowers:

$12.99 from World Market

$15 from Etsy

$35 from Etsy


$59 from Pottery Barn Kids

$59.95 from ZGallerie

Happy spring!

a maine summer home for monday


My April issue of House Beautiful arrived over the weekend and as always, it was chock-full of inspiration--interiors I appreciate and designers I admire, but as I was flipping through, something rare occurred--one of those amazing discoveries that make the arrival of a design magazine so exciting...

Behold: a room featuring almost every. single. one. of my favorite design elements--a grand stone hearth as the centerpiece of the room, flanked by built-ins filled with books, surrounded by wood painted white, with beams, model ships, wicker and rattan, a touch of tartan, an elephant garden stool and--wait for it--Lee Jofa's Althea! You know how much I love my Althea...

It was love at first sight.

Where, you ask, is this perfect storm of style? In Libby Cameron's Maine summer home. I mean--Maine! I love Maine!

Cameron was Sister Parish's protégé and her sophisticatedly eclectic and subtly colorful style certainly reflects Parish's influence, but this summer home seems to be more of a happy accident where family heirlooms and beach finds have collected over generations in the most inviting way. Ever.

The magazine feature left me wanting more, so I searched stalked Cameron's summer home and found the following photos on Homeaway (yes, you heard right--anyone want to go to Maine with me this summer?!):

The home's casual kitchen and porch are equally as charming:

In addition to stalking Cameron's family summer home, I stalked her, as well (duh). Here are some other interiors by Cameron that I absolutely love:

Much like her mentor, Cameron creates seemingly effortless interiors by mixing colors and patterns that compliment each other--her spaces make perfect sense, but the elements in them do not necessarily match.

Like Libby, I too love painted wood floors, especially in a summer home. She says she used marine deck enamel on the floors in her Maine home for low maintenance. Here are some more of her painted floors:

Since I have done all of the online stalking possible, my next stop it to buy the book which Cameron co-authored with Parish's granddaughter:

Aaand maybe I'll even take a trip up to Maine to stay the house sometime soon...

expecting company


Well it's been quite a while since my last post--my sincere apologies for that--but I am going to try to get my feet wet again with this post today, as I was inspired yesterday!

I had a hot second to sit down with some catalogs yesterday and was so excited to see that the beautiful rattan bamboo pieces which I have been coveting from The Company Store are on sale!

So I snagged myself two of these tortoise tables for our bedroom at the beach house:

The table is on sale for $169 from $199! That is six margaritas at happy hour, people!

As you may remember, I have been redecorating our bedroom at the beach, a project which is still ongoing (insert six margaritas here).

Here is how the bedroom looks now:

Clearly my new tables will be a nice--and much needed--addition to the room! 

The Company Store's Rattan Bamboo Collection is also on sale! Isn't it pretty?

I love all of the pieces in the collection, but I especially love this side cabinet, which is on sale from $299 to $254!

...and this beautiful bench, which is now $339 down from $399!:

And back to my table, check out the other colors it comes in, as well!:

I used a coupon code from Retail Me Not and got an additional 15% off plus free shipping--not too shabby! 

I promise to keep you posted on my progress (read=blog again soon), but in the meantime, happy shopping!

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