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?

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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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Vintage Inspired Homes | Painted Rooms

I first discovered the Danish painter Carl Wilhelm Holsoe through Pinterest about 3 years ago. I remember loving the quietness and stillness of his subjects. I love the tones he used for his work. And most of all I love what he painted. Beautiful interiors and women doing very simple things (like laundry, reading, tending to the house linens).

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This feeling came over me when I looked through his work. This longing. For a life like the ones in these paintings. I have never had big grand dreams. My dreams are simple. A home, a garden, taking care of my husband and (eventually) children. Have a couple dogs, perhaps a cat (if I can convince my husband). / image credit: Woman Looking Out A Window

*side note* There are a few hashtags on Instagram you can check out that evoke these feelings. #aquietlife #theartofslowliving or Beth Kirby’s (aka @localmilk) entire feed.

Much of how I decorated our home was inspired by Holsoe. And someday, when we have a house out in the country, I’ll have a garden as well!

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I do wonder if these two paintings are the same room. Don’t they look so very similar? Even down to the hanging plant in the window! There are some differences, but I can’t help but wonder these ARE the same room and the lady of the house is similar to me and likes to move furniture around all the time, but really it always looks a bit the same. / image credits: A RoomA Woman At Sunny Window, Girl Reading in Sunlit Room

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The images below are a mix of different painters. All the ones above are by Carl Wilhelm Holsoe.

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View Through A Window (1934) by Russian painter Konstantin Andreevich Somov. (credit)

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I’m not quite sure who painted the one on the left, all I know is that is is Russian. I just love both of the chairs in these paintings. And all the plants! / image credits: Russian Interior, Carl Larsson 1887 “Toys in the Corner”

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These two above are by Carl Wilhem Holsoe. Aren’t they delightful? The one below has a very bohemian feel and is by Swiss painter Albert Anker. His work is also one I greatly admire as he often depicts daily farm and peasant life and I love all those muted colors so much. (image source)

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If you want to decorate your home this way here is a list of things you will want to acquire…

  1. Antique/Vintage furniture with simple, clean, and feminine lines in dark wood finishes
  2. Sheer or lace curtains. Anything that evokes airiness and will flutter with a light breeze.
  3. Richly colored rugs, most likely tapestry rugs. You could probably get away with Kilim rugs if it doesn’t look too Southwestern.
  4. Plants with delicate stems and leaves. And lots of them. Keep on a window sill or a pretty pedestal table. Terra-cotta pots are preferred especially if it shows patina.
  5. Antique/Vintage paintings depicting landscapes or portraits of people in dark wood frames or gold frames. Hang art sparingly or in gallery style as a focal point the room.
  6. Brass or silver as highlights, but use sparingly.

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Home Sweet Homes aka the Case of Bipolar Interior Brain

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I’m in one of those house moods. Where I hate half of everything in my house and the other half I’m like “Ok, I guess you’re fine.”

It’s so difficult not to dislike so much about your living quarters when you have a website like Pinterest that constantly reminds you that your house just ISN’T. And to add on to this current feeling of “Augh I don’t like anything…(whine whine whine)” I also can’t decide what style I’m into right now.

Because I LIKE PRACTICALLY EVERYTHING.

French Antiques. YES. Yes please. Is it velvet? Is it tufted? Does it make me think for a millisecond I might be Marie Antoinette? Then DUH of course I love it.

Primitive. Rural. Country. Yesss. Chippy chippy furniture and dark oaks, yes. Can I picture myself wearing fog linen apron dresses? Obviously.

Mid century modern clean lines teak gorgeousness. I’ll Take It! Will I for a smidgen of a second feel like I’m in Don Draper’s office? Cool. But stay away man. I’m spoken for!

Woven baskets, kilim rugs, 1970s pottery. Um, duh! Can I just play my Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell records now?

I must be going through the early stages of your 30s that older women told me about when I was in my early 20s. That your 30s is when you REALLY start figuring yourself out. Well, I’m 31. I’ve pretty much figured out this much:

I don’t like bright colors.

Grey linen or any linen really, I will always find beautiful.

Also, I don’t like bright colors.

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