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.

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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.

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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 Home: A Bit of Blush

This morning I asked my husband what he thinks about pale pink bedding. Thankfully his immediate response wasn’t to recoil and go “AUGH, Pink! I am a M-A-N (rawwwrr) I will not have pink in my bedroom!” Instead he responded with “Well, what do you mean…”, which I then proceeded to show him some pale (pale) pink linen bedding to go with our grey and cream bedding. He wasn’t crazy about the idea, but didn’t say no either.

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So, basically since the husband said he wouldn’t mind pale pink bedding, I’m assuming he’s going to be A-OK with me getting a pink velvet couch! Just kidding, I HAD a pink velvet couch and I sold it. Sometimes I regret that decision… but actually, it wasn’t the right shade of pink I wanted.

I am wondering how pale pink walls in a bathroom would be…. I’ve had dark navy walls in our bathroom before and then a sort of minty pale green and cream combo. I think a pink bathroom would be rather nice. A nice faded shade of pink with warm undertones, like sand. Pink is a very feminine color and I think it can get a bad rep for being fussy. Here are some pale pink colors I would consider for a bathroom or even for a bedroom.

Home Inspiration: Blush Pink

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The images below are the ones I showed the husband. Of course the one on the left was a little TOO MUCH, but he was ok with the one on the right. Although, truth be told, the one on the left is a bit too much even for my blush loving heart. So, now I have a new mission… find pale pink bed linens!

And if you are in search of a bit of blush for your bed, Hale Mercantile Co. has some really beautiful bedding (about $59 AUD for a pillowcase))

Home Inspiration: Blush Pink

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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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In Which I Profess My Love for Victoria Magazine

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Do you follow Adored Vintage on Instagram? If you do, it will be of no surprise to you that I LOVE, absolutely ADORE vintage Victoria magazine. I don’t even remember how I came to know about Victoria magazine. I know it is still in circulation, but I first found out about the vintage issues before I even knew there was a current print.

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Now, perhaps I am biased, but I just really don’t care as much for the new print. But the issues from the 1980s and early to mid 90s. Oh they captivate my heart so! It is so very rare for me now to just want to pour over a magazine over and over again and the first volumes of Victoria magazine I escape to time and time again.

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The photography by Toshi Otsuki renders me speechless. There is a dreamlike nostalgia about them. As if you’ve been there before and somehow someone was able to capture the beauty you experienced better than your own eyes.

Isn’t this chocolate cake dusted with powdered sugar just the sweetest? I can’t wait to give this a try for our next party! Just simply use an antique tablecloth to create beautiful patterns!

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Many of the features in the magazine are so in line with what I love sometimes I believe this magazine was made just for me. Well not SOLELY for ME, but you know, as if someone went into my brain and decided to make a magazine all about the things I love, dream to do, and appreciate.

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The fashion and clothes depicted in the magazine almost always have a romantic idyllic vintage feel. While some outfits seem quite dated, the overall feeling is still very poignant to me and the vintage clothes I like to wear and stock in my shop.

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I am so absolutely smitten with both of these Autumn ensembles! I recently just received the Fall 2015 J. Peterman catalog and there is a sweater coat similar to the one depicted here that I want.

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Oh my goodness doesn’t this last image just look exactly like something I would take a photo of? Even down to the little bits of flowers tucked in with the dress. It just amazes me how much this magazine speaks to my core!

So now of course after you have become mesmerized by these pages I am going to send you to some other websites you may enjoy… and I will be posting more peeks into my vintage Victoria magazine collection at later times!

. . . other places you may care to visit . . .

Remembering Victoria Magazine // A blog that features a couple peeks into the pages of vintage Victoria magazine when it was lead by editor-in-chief Nancy Lindemeyer. I do wish there were MORE posts, there’s only a few, but still nice to go through. | http://rememberingvictoria.blogspot.com

Nancy Lindemeyer’s Blog // Editor in Chief of Victoria magazine and was the founding editor in 1987 and worked for Victoria until 2000. | http://nancylindemeyer.blogspot.com

A more satirical post which had me up in stitches because while I truly love Victoria magazine, I am also keenly aware how absolutely fantastical it is… Buzz Feed: 19 Things Victoria Magazine Taught Us

 

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On the Set: The Dashwood Country Cottage

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Sense and Sensibility, the 1995 version directed by Ang Lee, is one of my favorites of all the Jane Austen movie adaptations. I just find it all so lovely to look at and the acting is superb and all the characters are likable in their own way. Even that super snotty Mrs. Ferrars!

I know I really quite like a movie when I like everyone in it. I mean honestly, this version is like the crème de la crème of British actors! Well, in my non-movie aficionado opinion. There’s Emma Thompson (adore her), Kate Winslet (before Titanic made her a household name), Alan Rickman (years before he would be Snape), Emma Jones (whom I adore in Bridget Jones’ Diary), and Hugh Grant… just to name a few. It’s also wonderful for me to see all the actors in this setting because I know them from so many other movies. Like Imelda Staunton who plays Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter.

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My favorite scenes of course take place in the country cottage where the Dashwood’s must now go live. I ADORE this house. I want to LIVE here. Everything about it. I kept pausing the movie to screencap different scenes. I love how all the colors are muted and faded. But not in a shabby chic sort of way. I love the quaintness of it all, the smallness. Compared to the scenes of the larger estates, I much rather prefer the country settings.

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I love the mix of textiles and mostly the lack of color. As you probably have guessed, I love neutrals and soft hues. Their blue and white gingham couch in their living room I adore so much but doubt I could ever go that “country” in my own home. But if I had a room just like this one, then it wouldn’t look so country. I mean, American country, like “shabby chic” country which in my opinion when taken to a certain extent looks really terrible and gaudy.

I always find it funny when I see overly done country interiors. The whole point of country living is that everything is more simple. More sparse. And I think that’s why I adore the settings of Sense and Sensibility so much. It seems quite realistic. But, what do I know. I’m not an expert on period piece movies! Simply, a girl that loves pretty simple things.

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