In Which We Begin Life at “Hamilton Hill”

I am the sort of person that doesn’t really ask for help. I also don’t tell strangers or even friends about troubles I may be having. Very select close friends, they know. Call it stubbornness, call it pride, call it whatever you want. What I will say is 2016 has been a very difficult year. Personally, it has been challenging. Career wise, also challenging. Globally, extremely. My heart has been saddened so much with all the havoc happening around our country and the world. My faith in humanity nearly dismantled. Anyhow, I don’t want to dwell on negativity. I have done enough of this for most of this year.

Now, I must believe in hope again. In new beginnings.

And how fitting…so very fitting, that at the very end of this very challenging year (Aside from going to France! My one and only beacon of light!) we move into a new house that overlooks the river, has views of Mt. Hood, and is perched upon a terraced green hill.

Hamilton Hill is the name I have dubbed our new home. It instantly felt like home as soon as we stepped into it. I’m also a little convince there’s a good spirit in the house.

I’ve done my fair share of moving. You already know this if you’ve been following me and my shop for awhile. You also know when I move into a new place, I like to set intentions… like when we first moved.

And so… in the new house I will…

Have a breakfast nook with a view,


Hang old portraits in the kitchen,


Hang things on pegs,


Recreate this minimal bathroom (except we no longer have a claw foot tub),


Plant lupins, delphiniums, and foxgloves,


Use lots of linen tablecloths,


Try white and brown bed linens,


Find cafe curtains like these for the kitchen,


Pickle things,


Dine by candlelight,


And also do this as a window treatment.


All images from Pinterest.

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Monday Muse | Women in Art, Part Deux

It’s been a long time since we’ve done a Monday Muse post! (We’ll pick up on this, I promise!) and so I thought of doing a Part Deux of Women in Art. I have 4 different types of painting subjects I love. Flowers, Interiors, Landscapes, and Women. Not necessarily in that order. But flowers and women are pretty high up there…and when the two are combined, my eyes literally get hearts in them. Or any combo of the 4 = hearts in eyes + unicorn emoji.

Monday Muse / Women in Art / Part Deux
Portrait of a Lady with a Cat and Ivy – Juan Cordero 19th century

Monday Muse / Women in Art / Part Deux
James Longacre Wood (American painter, 1863-1938) Flower Girl 1899

Monday Muse / Women in Art / Part Deux
Seated Girl by Hugh Ramsay, c. 1894-1906

Mason, Arnold; Portrait of a Young Woman; Derby Museums Trust;

Mason, Arnold, 1885-1963; Portrait of a Young Woman

Monday Muse / Women in Art / Part Deux

Sir William Orpen:  The Eastern Gown 1878 – 1931

image credits: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10

I identify with each one of these women in different ways. These women were painted at a time when women really didn’t have a voice or platform. It wasn’t that long ago that women were still considered property and their place was at home and in the kitchen. You either were married off or became a spinster (i.e. loser) We’ve come a long way from that. And sure, sure… there’s still more work to be done. But what our society has accomplished in less than 100 years is staggering compared to what was done for women’s rights in the preceding millenniums (i.e. pretty much ZILCH)

The women in these paintings represent a quiet and resolute strength while appearing gentle and feminine for the painter. She is both approachable and unassuming, but also a world of her own that she does not mind keeping you out of.

Monday Muse / Women in Art / Part DeuxOphelia. Oil on Canvas. 76 x 62 cm. English School.19th Century.

Monday Muse / Women in Art / Part Deux
The Journey Home ~ Henry John Yeend King ~ (English: 1855-1924)

Monday Muse / Women in Art / Part DeuxAnna Pavlova by Savely Sorine (1878 – 1953)

Monday Muse / Women in Art / Part Deux

Monday Muse / Women in Art / Part Deux

I just discovered Gerald Brockhurst (who painted the portrait above) and I am in LOVE. Not only do I really enjoy his style of painting, his subjects always have the best outfits! I am inspired not once, but twice! I’ll have to do a post on just his portraits from the 1930s and 1940s because the clothes are pretty exquisite!

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Can I Just Move In Already?!

I get cabin fever in the winter time and because it’s December and we’re so close to A BRAND SPANKIN NEW YEAR (seriously 2016 has been the longest frickin year ever, I am so ready for it to be over) I start daydreaming about houses and what I want my future house to look like.

And LA-TI-DAH I came across this 18th Century Georgian home in England and I’m practically foaming at the mouth. OK, to be fair, I don’t LOVE everything about this house. But will you look at that outside space? Forget the inside, I’ll go live in the crumbling bits with the overgrown vines and giant old wood doors just leaning RIGHT THERE looking all perfectly askew.

18th Century Georgian Home in Norfolk, England

18th Century Georgian Home in Norfolk, England

Gotta love all that muted pattern on pattern on pattern!

18th Century Georgian Home in Norfolk, England

Doesn’t this house just make you think of where the Dashwoods had to go move into? Well, actually, it’s a little fancier than what the Dashwoods Country Cottage… but it has that genteel “down and out” semi-nobility air to it, no?

French Country Manor, Living Room

I had a little brass table like this once upon a time. From Pier 1. Not from some obscure antique shop in the South of France (oh, but if only!) for French House in the Country. I don’t remember what I did with that table. Probably sold it on Craigslist when we moved to Portland…le sigh. So the living room above is from a French 14th/15th century Manoir with it’s own CHAPEL. You guys, who LIVES in these? Or rather, who OWNS these? Who gets to buy breathtaking properties, decorates them, and rents them out for photoshoots for bajillions of dollars?! I want THAT GIG.

French Country Manor, Living Room

French Country Manor, Living Room

Oh, hey, this is my backhouse. No big deal. And this perfectly peach plaster paint walls in this eclectic antique apartment in London… although truth be told, I could never actually LIVE with peach walls. The color would start to drive me crazy. Too much of a good thing can turn into a bad thing.

Peach Plaster Paint Walls

Peach Plaster Paint Walls

Well…now I’m going to dive deeper into Winter induced Pinterest Cabin Fever by adding more pins to my HOME board and MAISON board. And also, I’m thinking about selling all my things so I can go buy a house in the South of France. Le sigh.

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Staying In | A Winter Herbal Bath

There is something so comforting and luxurious about taking a bath. You really have to take time out for a bath, to prepare it, and then linger and soak in it. Taking a bath is one of those things I do for myself and think “Wow, I really deserve this.” I truly enjoy the ritual of taking a bath.

Woodland Fairy Herbal Bath for Winter

It’s such a simple thing, but really it’s so much more. When I lived in a small 1920s studio apartment in L.A. I took weekly baths, sometimes multiple times a week. A true poor man’s luxury if you ask me. Baths don’t have to be expensive, you don’t have to spend a lot of money getting bath bombs and oils… in fact, I found a great herbal bath recipe from an old issue of Victoria magazine that sounded so delightful, that I had to share it with you guys!

You can get dried herbs online at Mountain Rose Herbs or better yet, see if there is a local shop that carries these herbs. Sassafras root and strawberry leaves may be harder to find, so get those online. I think you could wrap all these items in a cheesecloth, tie it with twine, boil it for 2-3 minutes…then add the water AND the herbal bath bundle into your bath. Doesn’t this just sound so lovely?

Woodland Fairy Herbal Bath for Winter / the Inspiration

I don’t know about you, but when I take a bath, I like to light candles and put together a little playlist. I used to have two bathtime playlists. “Weekday Bath” and “Weekend Bath” (I know, very creative names…)

For a Fairy Woodland Bath I think “May It Be” by Enya would be a wonderful song to start letting your mind wander and relax and then listen to “The Grace of Undómiel” (another song from Lord of the Rings that connects with Arwen’s story line).  If you have a Spotify account, you can find both of these songs on there to add to your playlist!

And when you’re all done with your bath, why not wrap up in this ultra feminine and romantic vintage inspired robe from Adored Vintage? It features bell sleeves, lace details, and a drawstring waist. Very Elven if you ask me!

credits + sources / 1.] Vintage Bathroom 2.] Rose Dawn Robe 3.] May It Be by Enya (Youtube link) / Recipe for Woodland Fairy Bath from Victoria Magazine, November 1995 featuring perfumer Sharon Ackland

*** disclaimer *** I read Sassafras Root should not be used for pregnant women. Please do your research on each of these herbs and plant properties before trying this bath recipe out especially if you have allergies to anything!

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As She Was | Found Vintage Photos

As She Was | Found Photos of Everyday Women

The clothing women choose to wear tells a lot about her, whether intentionally or not. If photos tell 1,000 words, we’re willing to bet the clothing worn aids this story enormously.

Perhaps this is why we adore vintage photos of women so much and seeing what everyday women wore doing normal everyday things. Life isn’t always about the big SHABANG moments. So much of life happens in simple clothing, unmade faces, and messy hair.

As She Was | Found Photos of Everyday Women

As She Was | Found Photos of Everyday Women

As She Was | Found Photos of Everyday Women

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We adore the image above so much! We just want to be friends with these gals. And the pleated wool skirt the gal in the middle is wearing, of course we love it, we’re such suckers for a-line pleated skirts.

As She Was | Found Photos of Everyday Women

As She Was | Found Photos of Everyday WomenAs She Was | Found Photos of Everyday Women

As She Was | Found Photos of Everyday Women

As She Was | Found Photos of Everyday Women

As She Was | Found Photos of Everyday Women

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