Barbara’s House

Margot and I went to visit our friend Barbara and take some pictures of her old house. Margot was there to photograph the dining room as part of a new blog series. I wandered around and discovered that Barbara had lots of fun decorating ideas tucked around her place. Here are just a few-

The charm of Barbara’s home starts at the front door with her collection of antique bells.

Her kitchen and pantry are painted bright tomato soup red!  Every inch of wall space is cleverly used. Check out the handy pot rack and floor-to-ceiling shelves.

” I drank a lot of wine to get all these corks!” laughed Barb, when I asked about her DIY cork board.

She’s not one to hide the fact that her son lives in the house. I love how she put his artwork over the doorway to the playroom.

Barbara’s latest project has been her dining room. You can read more about here along with Margot’s pictures.

(All photos- Martha B.)

Victorian Photo Collage

Photo collage has long been associated with avant-garde artists and more recently with those doing scrapbooking. A new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art in New York City reveals that Victorians enjoyed this craft. There are forty-eight amusing pages combining photos with painted images done from 1860-1870’s. ‘Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage‘ is in the Howard Gilman Gallery, February 2- May 9, 2010.

Photocollages by Marie-Blanche-Hennelle Fournier, 1870’s (top) Frances Elizabeth, Viscountess Jocelyn, 1860’s (bottom).

Updated: 4/19/2013- Looks like these images from British Harper’s Bazaar, May 2013 got their inspiration from Victorian photocollages similar to the ones above. (via Honestly…WTF)

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Fashion Inspirations

The classic nautical striped shirt a la Coco Chanel will be a popular item this spring. Want something a bit different? Here are few fun alternatives.

Details- A Brooks Brothers hooded shirt (top left), oversized romper by Alexander Wang (right), espadrilles from Calypso, or a  wide striped cotton sweater at J.Crew.

Note- The shirt and sweater are both from the boy’s departments. This is a great option for petites, but it can also add a playful twist to clothing for regular sized women- 3/4 sleeves and/or cropped hemlines.

(Photo collage- Martha B.)

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Fashion Inspirations #3

Ruffles, Flowers And Lace…Oh My!

Marc Jacobs top and ruffled skirt with Tommy Hilfiger trench (left). Cotton jacket and matching skirt from Yohji Yamamoto (right).

Yves Saint Laurent suit with ruffled blouse and needlepoint bag by Fendi (left). Floral chiffon dress from Roberto Cavalli (right).

Cream lace dress by Alberto Ferretti (left). Dior purple floral silk dress (right).

(Photos- Steven Meisel. Fashion Editor- Grace Coddington, US Vogue, March 2010)