I'd like to be, under the sea...

I'm not exactly sure why my eye is drawn to the image of an octopus; it's not exactly an attractive creature. Perhaps it is it's ancient and prehistoric imagery I associate with it or the mysterious nature of the animal. In a rendered form, they are beautiful however; the spiraling long lines and curves of the octopus form allow for an interesting artistic image. Recently, the creature has been popping up all over the design world. I wouldn't mind any of the following in my home.  Except for the first one. 


{thomas paul bath line}


{anthropologie wallpaper}

{apartment therapy}



italia nostalgia

Pretty much since I departed the amazing country of Italy when I spent a semester abroad in Florence, I have missed it and longed for it daily. Life there was perfect. I learned, tasted, and observed amazing new things. Class was going to the Uffizi or walking the streets of Florence and observing the architecture. My shopping was at a minimum as my money was spent on weekend trips to Paris, Amsterdam, Praque, Barcelona, Munich, Rome and remote villages around Tuscany. Happiness was found just walking the cobbled streets of Florence people watching with a cappucino in hand. Fragrances of leather, espresso, pastries and the perfumes and colognes of the Italians were frequently infusing my senses. Getting dressed was fun; I could wear dresses and skirts and fancy things every day. To say that I ate well would be an understatement. Essentially, it was a dream and seems like it almost never happened. I hope one day to live this life again. Until then...

{the Duomo: my neighbor}

{a swim after a long hike in Cinque Terre}

{Cinque Terre: my favorite place in Italy}

{canals of Venice}

{our apartment door}

{at the Herculaneum ruins}

{Siena bell tower}

Ciao regazzi


acadian adventures

    {"Can you please turn around?"}

{beautifully decrepit abandoned home}

{fog along the coast of Maine}

{before the long sweaty hike}

{heading down the great trail along the stream under the carriage roads}

A great weekend was had by all at Acadia National Park. From the park itself, to the roadside antique stores, and visiting the cute town of Bar Harbor, everything was what I had imagined. If it were up to Susie and I, we would have stopped at every antique store or flea market on the road. It was probably a good thing we had some boys to keep us in line. If only I had a few more days up there... I will definitely return to Acadia.



off exploring

I'm Heading out tomorrow to go to Acadia National Park in Maine. I've wanted to go there for a few years now so I'm really excited to explore "America's Best Idea". The anticipation is killing me. Photos to come next week.

Fashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

 From one adventurer to another


headstart on a headboard

As I am moving (again) sometime next month and I'm not too pleased with my current bed, I figured I'd take on another project upon moving into a new place. I'll have a big yard where I can work so I'm looking forward to that. I want to make my own upholstered headboard and hopefully keep the cost around $100. I've seen some inspirational pictures but I can't decide if I i want a solid fabric or a print. I could get sick of a print, but I can also always reupholster the piece to suit my current taste. Any ideas or suggestions or welcome! Here are some I enjoy.

{I like the neutrality and versatility of this piece}

{I really like the shape of these with the added trim and bright colors}

{nailhead trim adds a finished elegant look}

{love the boldness, but would have to be the focal point}

I have a slight obsession with animal prints and am considering a neutral leopard or zebra like the ones below:

 The only main thing I need to consider in choosing a fabric for the headboard is my red desk:

{bench seat to be reupholstered this fall}

What do you all think?



i've got my eye on industrialism

As a lover of all things old, rusty and covered in dust, I could no longer fight the urge to purchase an industrial cart. I first met this cart on a visit to David Ellison's farm table workshop in Pawtucket, RI. Gretchen was interested in purchasing a table so Susie and I joined her and went to his shop to check things out. The shop was filled mostly with hand crafted tables, however, there were a few other treasures just sitting in his shop. I spotted an old industrial cart, and inquired about whether it was for sale. He sort of laughed at me and said, "That? yeah, sure, I have a bunch of them. They're from a mining company." I did not end up purchasing the cart that day. This was about five months ago. Yesterday, the piece came to mind again so I emailed David. He said there was one left, so I jumped at the chance and purchased it. I won't pick it up until August or September when I move again, but I can't wait to incorporate it into my growing furniture collection. I haven't figured out just yet what I will do with it. So far, my only thought is a coffee table. If I had two, I could make an interesting day bed platform. Any other suggestions are welcome. I sure have gotten some good deals in Rhode Island...

Mine is a pretty minimalistic version, however there are many other beefier versions available. Restoration Hardware had a piece in their catalog.

{Restoration Hardware piece: MUCH more substantial. I wouldn't want to stub my toe on that. Also, they need a new prop stylist. }

{Ace Hotel suite in Palm Springs. Yes please.}

Over and out from the assembly line.


sunshine and sorbet

The sun is out and summer is almost officially here. With that in mind, I searched the web for sorbet-inspired imagery. Sorbet is just oh-so satisfying on a hot day. Although I had ice cream today instead of sorbet . Treat yourself to something sweet and fruity this weekend!



black walls-love 'em or hate 'em?

Ok, I'm having a hard time getting walls that are painted black out of my system.  I'm very seriously contemplating painting my kitchen black, or at least one wall black.  Am I nuts?  My only concern is that this might be a trend, and I might grow very weary of a giant black wall after a short time.  And by short time, I mean a couple of months.  And...let's be honest folks, painting is not the most pleasurable experience.  But, is it worth it?  You be the judge-I've been collecting imagery for a while now....

Jenna Lyon's (creative director for J.Crew) home. This is what jump-started the black wall craze when this was published in Domino Magazine years ago.

Ok olive readers, what do you think?  Bite the bullet, and just do it?