I love how designer Benji Jones has decorated his Virginia-Highland home for the holidays. The decor is festive yet subtle and tasteful: sprigs of evergreen tucked behind paintings, miniature live pine trees in almost every room, a sunburst mirror turned into a holiday card display, and even a fabulous Mexican carved Santa Claus on display in the master bathroom. On another note, how stunning are the dark wood trims and accents against the robin egg blue walls?!
I’ve been dreaming of creating a vertical garden next spring – the only obstacles are that I currently don’t have the wall space or a green thumb. So until I overcome those hurdles I might just snatch up a few of these beautiful hanging tillandsia gardens, from San Francisco based Flora Grubb, which require minimal tender loving care. Baby steps . . .
Green, red, yellow and indigo are the four colored stripes we associate with these iconic Hudson Bay point blankets. But did you ever wonder about their origin? These blankets were traded to First Nations and Native Americans living in what is now Canada as far back as 1779, often in exchange for things like beaver pelts, buffalo robes, and moccasins. To prevent having to unfold or measure the blankets, a clever point system was created by stitching in small indigo lines to denote their size and weight. A century later these point blankets were used by French Canadian voyageurs to make hooded coats called capotes. Doesn’t that make you want one even more? I, for one, desperately need that canoe in my life! WTF.
I am so in love with everything Portland designer Jessica Helgerson has done with this home. I want it all: the fishtail palm in the living room (best house plant ever), the suzani detail on the bottom of the curtains (DIY), the Moroccan rug, the coffee table, and the barn sink in the kitchen. I already have the bulldog that’s in the kitchen, so I must be on the right track to making this dream home my reality.
Indoor swings are unrealistic yet in my dreams, totally romantic and absolutey necessary.