Monthly Archives: February 2008

Wedding Flower Power

Flowers represent Spring. The fashion runways had plenty of them, but not just on clothing. Flowers, whether real or silk, adorned model’s heads. As you plan your wedding, consider wearing flowers in your hair.

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I love the look of dahlias, english Ivy, and curly willow on this bride’s head. Notice her eyeshadow picks up the flower color.

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This bride wears hydrangea and fiddle heads.

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Here is a floral headpiece of fresh white roses and hydrangeas- created by milliner Steven Jones.

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Hair is swept up in a loose bun with some beautiful oversized silk roses. Very striking!

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Roses tucked in by the ear and the neck line-from Organic Bouquet.

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Here’s a cluster of large roses with a traditional bridal veil.

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I thought this was a pretty idea- matching the flowers to the dress.

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Crimping adds texture to hair and shows off the velvet texture of pink roses.

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These two white peonies look stunning against dark hair.

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Three real orchids are placed near the hair line while the model’s hair is left long and natural.

Related Nibs post-

I Love The Flower Girl

(Photos- Weddings UK, The Knot, Vogue, J.Crew, Free People, Allure)

Countdown to Valentine’s Day #5

Valentine’s Day. February 14. Just seven days away. Another three things to say…

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I…(Eye poster at the Evolution Store.)

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…LOVE…(Therapeutic heart pillow at Shumsky.)

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…YOU. ( U-shaped wish bone necklace from infinityart.)

StyleFile #25: Trunks And Suitcases

I absolutely love vintage trunks and suitcases. I find they are not only terrific for storage, but are great complements to any decor.

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Trunks like this one can fit in a tight space and display an assortment of personal collectibles.

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Although nothing new, a trunk still makes a great coffee table.

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A leather trunk can take the place of a side table and…

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…so can a stack of vintage suitcases!

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A decoupaged trunk continues the romantic feel of this girl’s bedroom.

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This decidedly more masculine bedroom has a great antique leather trunk at the foot of the bed.

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Built-in closets leave an exposed area on top where the owner has stored numerous trunks and suitcases.

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This bedroom uses a niche for a fun collection of trunks and suitcases.

(Photos-  British Easy Living, House Beautiful, American Homestyle, Better Homes and Gardens, House and Garden, Elle Decor, Inside Out)

A Different Kind Of List

I make lists for all kinds of things- groceries, library books to borrow or return before a fee is incurred, phone calls to make, cards to send, or gifts to buy. Then I came across a very different kind of list. This one was written by a woman dying of cancer. When I first read it, I couldn’t help but see myself and all the fuss I make over trivialities. This woman’s cancer gave her clarity of mind for what really matters. Here’s her list.

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“If I had my life to live over…

...I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for a day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire there.

...I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

…I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

…I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been done.

…I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.

…I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.”

(From: British Easy Living Magazine, February 2008. Photo of rose petals- Curtis B.)

StyleFile #24: Polaroids, Pictures And Postcards

I have drawers full of postcards and pictures that I can’t seem to part with. But then I don’t know what to do with them either. I could put them on my bulletin board but that seems contrived. Then I came across these inspirational photographs.

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The kitchen window of this beach house has an impromptu collection of favorite postcards. I love the addition of the shell lights.

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This owner takes full advantage of all that empty wall space in her bathroom by covering them with her favorite cards and photographs.

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Matthew Williamson had seven design students do all the selecting and cutting of the photographs that cover the bathrooms…

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…and the dressing rooms of his flagship shop in London.

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A perfect balance of control and artistic freedom. Notice the clean-lined desk and thoughtfully spaced metal cabinets juxtaposed with the randomly-placed pictures.

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A small bedroom in a Scottish home is filled with over two thousand postcards!

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Numerous Polaroids of acting candidates fill this film director’s office wall.

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Twenty years of professional photography created this collection of Polaroids in this family room. The photographs are taped to the wall and protected by a Plexiglas overlay.

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If you look closely, the pictures are playfully put in black wooden frames.

(Photos- House and Garden, Domino, World Of Interiors, British House and Garden)