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ROMANTIC HOMES • SEPTEMBER

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SEPTEMBER 2014 • DISPLAY UNTIL 9/16/14 VOLUME 27, NO. 09 • $5.99 US

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SEPTEMBER 2014 • VOLUME 27, ISSUE 09

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ON THE COVER

• Decorate and update for a new season…..12, 38, 42, 56, 68 • Fall in love with pieces, places and settings……..42, 56, 78, 82, 88 • Easy, affordable makeovers to change a space…….10, 12, 18, 26, 42, 56, 94, 98 • Photography by Debi Treloar

COME INSIDE 12 Simply Create warmth and coziness in your home this season by appealing to all the senses.

BY MELINDA GRAHAM

22 Sweet Goji berries, chia seeds and marmalade combine for a decadent yet healthy muffin to start your day.

BY LIZ FRANKLIN

42 Crafting a Creative Home Discover new ways to use accent pieces, seasonal switches and vintage bargains to personalize your home.

BY JONNA KIVILAHTI AND SARAH JANE O’KEEFE

56 London Is Calling Learn how to recreate the stunning look of this pretty, vintage-style flat.

BY SELINA LAKE

68 Ladies Who Lunch Host a classic event that captures the dainty feel of the 1950s while remaining thoroughly modern and fun.

BY DIANE SEDO

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BRING IT HOME 18 Make It Put rolls of wallpaper to clever use in beautiful custom-made blinds.

BY ELYSE MAJOR

24 My Home Readers share amazing stories about their homes.

24 Love This! This “Found” cart makes whatever you’ve found look grand.

26 Say Ahh A DIY enthusiast brings dramatic visual

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appeal home using a fresh approach to

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architectural salvage.

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BY JO-ANNE COLETTI

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74 A Beautiful Mess Learn how to display unique finds in unexpected ways that blend the practical with the decorative.

BY SARAH JANE O’KEEFE

78 A Dream Come True Get inspired to create your own personal paradise at home.

BY E.S. RO

82 Echoes of the Past Add imagination, romance and fun to your home by incorporating traditional elements.

BY JOLENE NOLTE

SHOPPING 82

38 Browsing Check out these smart gingham furnishings

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and accessories that bring a fresh, crisp look to your décor.

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BY JACQUELINE deMONTRAVEL

94 Shopping Guide Where to find the products featured in this issue.

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XO SEPTEMBER 2014 • Vol. 27, Issue 9

EDITORIAL Creative Director/Editor: Jacqueline deMontravel Editorial Director: Jickie Torres Managing Editor: Anne Brink Assistant Editor: Sarah Jane O’Keefe Art Director: Elena Oh Contributing Editor: Malena Jaime Editorial Interns: Hannah Hagen, E.S. Ro Contributing Photographers: Bret Gum, Mark Tanner

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PERFECT We live in a home that has rules about soccer goals in the dining room and overuses adages like “You can never have too many hugs and kisses.” A bookshelf I originally designed with stylistic precision has become a place to store motley rock collections, artwork and broken toys my son Luc cannot forego. When we’re trying to get off to school, there is a mad departure. I return to a quiet house, the light casting gorgeous spotlights on the furniture, and I pounce on the day’s deadlines. I miss Luc immediately. I am loyal to my bank despite competitors that entice with better rates and hours because the friendly teller knows that strawberry is Luc’s favorite lollipop. Luc insists on eating his breakfast from a chipped ironstone bowl printed with farm scenes, while I am partial to a granny teaspoon for all my meals because the tablespoon could do double duty as a gardening shovel. We choose imperfection over what is touted as better, shinier or newer. There is a comfort in blemished things that have become the cornerstones of our daily life. In our home, my designer’s eye may have lost ground to my heart, but the sense I have that I’m walking into and living in a comfortable home has never been stronger. xo,

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YOURS TRULY...

Birthday Wishes A creative mom celebrates her daughter with sweet do-it-yourself décor. MY DAUGHTER’S 21ST BIRTHDAY WAS THEMED AS A SHABBY ROMANTIC PROM PARTY. I did not buy any décor but searched my home for items I had previously bought from various yard sales. The tablecloth is the back of a quilt with some ruffled curtains placed on top. I used lace curtains and vintage dresses as a backdrop and crafted a birthday banner from leftover scrapbook paper. I made some of the treats too, including the cupcakes and cameo candies. Though it took various trips up and down the back steps carrying everything, it was well worth it. My daughter loved the party so much—it was her favorite one! Darlene Fields Oklahoma City, Oklahoma welcometomariasantoinette.blogspot.com

Share with us! Romantic Homes loves to hear from you. Please write and tell us how we’ve inspired you or what you’ve done to decorate your home using our ideas. We are also happy to answer any questions you may have. Romantic Homes reserves the right to edit all letters. Send letters or queries to Romantic Homes, Beckett Media 22840 Savi Ranch Pkwy., Suite 200, Yorba Linda, CA 92887 editorial@romantichomes.com or www.romantichomes.com.

CORRECTION: “Fairy Tale Affair” in the June issue is an excerpt from Eat More Dessert.

Eat More Dessert: 100 Simpleto-Make & Fun-to-Eat Baked Goods from the Baker to the Stars, by Jenny Keller, published by Page Street Publishing, ©April 2014; pagestreetpublishing.com.


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KEEPING IT CASUAL Let color and cheer inspire the design of your bedroom retreat. BY SARAH JANE O’KEEFE PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRET GUM

Wall color. Banish fears of using color, and wash your walls with a happy

hue. This pale pink perfectly complements the light-hued bedding, a pairing that enlivens the room with feminine cheer and color without overwhelming the eye. The headboard, upholstered in a comfortable yellow fabric, creates just the right amount of separation so that both the wall color and bedding can be appreciated.

Bedding. Patterns and soft linens are the basics of any well-made bed.

This floral bedding is broken up by a white blanket, which keeps the space feeling bright rather than overwhelmed by florals. The layers of linens are also practical for the slow shift from cool summer nights to crisp autumn evenings.

Bedside table. These handy surfaces keep journals, eyeglasses and more

within arm’s reach, but practical can certainly be pretty too. Add personality and a dose of color by setting a unique nightstand by your bed. This detailed piece dons a high-gloss white that reflects light and adds a subtle touch of vintage style. Look for a unique table at your local flea market or antiques shop.

Lighting. Whether a large window fills the room with sunshine or lamps

are used to supplement natural light, the way a bedroom is lit can greatly affect its overall feel. This cheerfully bright room features sconces on either side of the bed that supplement natural light. By mounting lights with adjustable arms you can control just how much light falls where, ideal for casting the perfect light over bedtime reading.

Aesthetic. Create the feel of a garden-inspired escape with hints of florals

in bedding and artwork, but never underestimate the impact of a few real blooms. These fresh hues, soft textures and casual styling create an aesthetic that invites complete relaxation.

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we love | simply Warm your home by appealing to all five senses. WRITTEN, STYLED AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY MELINDA GRAHAM

A vintage tea-stained lace runner is draped over a lampshade for an instant and dramatic transformation. The filtered light is romantic and soothing.

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THE DAYS OF OUTDOOR LIVING begin to come to a close in September, when the air turns cooler and the sun sets earlier. It is a good time to begin feathering the nest, fluffing the pillows and making home a bit cozier. Create a state of blissful relaxation perfect for fall with simple updates that will pamper all five senses.

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Warm the Lights Lighting is key in setting the right mood. A soft, warm light can create a calm atmosphere and encourage relaxation. A simple way to warm the lights is to re-cover an existing lampshade with a piece of vintage lace. You can easily attach the lace with a few cleverly placed straight pins. Another quick and easy way to add romantic ambiance is to light a few candles. Dress jar candles with a piece of ribbon or scrap of lace, but be sure the fabric cannot come into contact with the flame.

{Smell} u Add Fragrance The sense of smell is one of the most thought provoking of the senses. A light, pleasing fragrance can evoke happy memories and foster a soothing environment. Scent the air in your home with a store-bought or homemade potpourri. You can add essential oils to refresh potpourri or embellish it with dried flowers, fruits and spices. Select dried goods for their scents as well as their colors to coordinate with your home.

Potpourri is blended for its fragrant aroma, but don’t forget to color coordinate! Think of potpourri as a dried floral centerpiece, and add elements that blend with your dÊcor, like flowers, fruit and spices.

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Place a cinnamon stick and an orange rind in a cup of hot tea for a flavor and scent enhancement. It is relaxing and delicious.

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Teatime Next time you are ready for a cup of hot tea, make it more than a quick break. Instead, create time for tea. Sometimes you just need to go the extra step to turn an ordinary moment into a mini celebration. Spruce up a plain cup of tea with a cinnamon stick and orange rind, and then add a slice of your favorite sweet treat on the side. Now that quick cup of tea is a more enjoyable teatime.


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Comfy Blankets As the air grows cooler, it is time to dig out a few blankets. There is nothing better than snuggling into a soft blanket that smells as good as it feels. Take the time to fluff blankets in the dryer with a few fragrant dryer sheets. Once blankets are refolded and stacked, tuck scented sachets between the layers. You can also hang bundles of dried flowers, like lavender, in your linen closets. It is said that lavender promotes restful sleep and good dreams!

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Gentle Serenade Once the lighting is dimmed, the air is fresh, your tea has filled you and the blankets are fluffed, all that is left is to slip into a dream state on the notes of a serene lullaby. Sounds or songs are helpful in creating a pleasant and restful ambiance. Surround yourself with soft melodic tunes or gentle nature sounds, and be prepared for the ultimate in leisure and relaxation.

Fall is around the corner and more days will be spent indoors, so the time has come to make your home cozy. Even minimal effort will yield so much warmth and comfort in your daily life. It’s not about planning time away for a vacation or even scheduling an expensive day at the spa. It’s about making the seemingly mundane moments special.


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we love | simply

Bath Time

Make your own spa-worthy salts. Ingredients: • 1 cup Epsom salts • ¼ cup sea salts • 3 Tablespoons baking soda • 1 Tablespoon finely ground regular oatmeal • 3 teaspoons brown sugar • 1 teaspoon cinnamon • ½ teaspoon ground ginger • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

Directions: 1. Combine all ingredients. 2. Stir until well blended, making sure to break up any clumps of brown sugar. 3. Store in a clean, dry container with a tightfitting lid. 4. Add 2 Tablespoons of the bath salts to a warm tub of water and enjoy!

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Body Scrub 1. Follow the bath salts recipe. Mix together the salts, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. 2. Add 1 cup of oil of your preference, such as baby, olive, almond or jojoba oil. 3. Add 5 drops of an essential oil, such as almond or lavender. 4. Add dried lavender and orange peels that have been finely chopped or ground. 5. Mix well and store in an airtight container. Body scrubs work best on dry skin. Shake well before each use, as the salts tend to settle on the bottom. Exfoliate dry skin by rubbing a generous spoonful of the mixture onto feet, heels, knees and elbows. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

{NOTES} • Do not use this on your neck, face or on sensitive skin. Spices can be irritating to sensitive skin. • The salt scrub mixture can leave surfaces such as tubs and showers slippery. Be sure to clean all surfaces well after each use.


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we love | make it A single roll of wallpaper is put to clever use in a simple cut-and-make treatment for beautiful blinds. W R I T T E N A N D S T Y L E D B Y E LY S E M A J O R PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARISA BETTENCOURT A N D E LY S E M A J O R

TIP: Use a print, such as the floral shown, that does not require lining up and matching repeated patterns.

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DON’T MAKE DO; MAKE CUSTOM window treatments yourself with this inexpensive project that marries faux wood blinds with wallpaper. On a roll? Decorate the reverse side, too!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: • Wallpaper of your choosing • White, 2-inch faux wood blind • Ruler • Scissors • Paper cutter • Glue stick (gel preferred) • Wax paper (to protect work surface from glue)

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we love | make it DIRECTIONS:

{NOTE: THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS LEAVE THE BLINDS INTACT.} {1} Prepare a good-sized work area, such as a table. {2} Unfurl the blinds and decide how many slats will actually be displayed and need covering. For a smaller window as shown, I needed to cover 21 slats and then shortened the blinds following the manufacturer’s guidelines. {3} For each slat, you will need to cut three pieces of paper to work around the cording: two pieces for each end and one for the center. Measure the lengths and widths needed for these three strips, and know that slight adjustments and trimming may be needed.

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{4} There will be quite a bit of cutting, so decide on the best method for you. I have a guillotine-style paper cutter, so I trimmed sections of wallpaper small enough to cut on my paper cutter. You can also use a rotary cutter or a long ruler and matte knife, or draw lines and trim carefully with a sharp scissors. I recommend cutting all of your pieces at once. Example: 20 slats will need 20 center strips and 40 end strips.

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{5} Position the paper on each slat one piece at a time and affix with glue. Press firmly and allow the glue to set before hanging the blinds. {6} Enjoy your one-of-a-kind window treatment!

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GOJI BERRY, chia seed BY LIZ FRANKLIN PHOTOGRAPHY BY ISOBEL WIELD

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Marmalade Muffins Warm and inviting, these muffins are a decadent start to the day.

You will need: • 1 ¼ cups plain, all-purpose flour • 2 teaspoons baking powder • ¼ cup caster (fine) sugar • ¼ cup chia seeds • 1/3 cup dried goji berries • 1 egg • 6 ½ Tablespoons milk • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract • 6 ½ Tablespoons butter, melted and cooled slightly

• 3 Tablespoons fine cut orange marmalade • 6-cup muffin pan, lightly greased Makes 6 muffins

Tea and Treats by Liz Franklin, published by Ryland Peters & Small, ©2014; rylandpeters.com.

Preparation: 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 2. Put the flour, baking powder and sugar in a large bowl and mix well. Add the chia seeds and goji berries and stir.

3. In a separate bowl, beat the egg, milk

6. Spoon the mixture into the prepared molds. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the muffins are risen, golden and spring back when pressed lightly.

and vanilla extract together.

7. In the meantime, warm the marmalade 4. Add the slightly cooled butter and

in a small saucepan.

beat again.

8. Remove the muffins from the oven and 5. Carefully mix the egg mixture into the dry ingredients, until fully incorporated.

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leave to cool slightly before brushing the tops with a light glaze of marmalade.


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Serve with Assam leaf tea for a perfect pairing.

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Treasuring THE UNIQUE A one-of-a-kind piece finds a home.

WHEN DECORATING MY HOME, I PRIDE MYSELF ON USING unusual vintage objects. I’m always on the hunt for something that speaks to me, even though it might mean I need to rearrange a vignette or say goodbye to something I already own. This piece, however, will always remain with me. A friend, Sue, and I spotted the cabinet exactly as pictured, and it was on sale for half price! Though it was still pretty pricey, my friend said to me, “If you don’t buy it, I will!” Naturally, I had to own it, and since she didn’t have room for it, there was no need to negotiate. The cabinet measures 80 inches wide by 68 inches high, and it is plenty deep and roomy enough to store everything for all my entertaining needs. It holds four sets of dishes, vintage teacups, adorable mismatched dessert plates, platters, goblets, glasses and even tall Christmas décor. Who wouldn’t love this amazing and practical piece of furniture?

Call for Entries LINDA DIAMOND DANVILLE, CALIFORNIA

Readers: Send us your unusual, upbeat home-related stories and  photos! E-mail editorial@romantichomes.com or visit romantichomes.com/contact-us to send a message. Please write “My Home submission” in the subject line.

we love | love this!

Finding

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Cottage In a day of modern design, DYI enthusiast Gina Dadian-Peck creates dramatic visual appeal in her desert home using architectural salvage with a fresh twist.

GLAMOUR WRITTEN BY JO-ANNE COLETTI

PHOTOGRAPHY BY GINA DADIAN-PECK

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Antique etched mirrors above the mantel, in a range of sizes, help bounce light from room to room and add instant glam.

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Left: The window hanging “out of nowhere” in the kitchen is hung from solid eyehooks attached to the window frame, secured on 3/8-foot steel rods and held in place with metal hose clamps. Gina uses architectural partitions, like framed windows, to distinguish living areas throughout the home. This is a creative solution that not only adds light, but also reveals the rooms behind the glass, giving the illusion of a broader living space.

A beautifully designed home requires imagination, personal style and a keen eye for the unexpected. This is the design foundation for homeowners Gina Dadian-Peck and her husband, Gary, from Boulder City, Nevada, who turned their desert cottage into a comfortable and glamorous oasis. Natives of southern California, the couple and their daughter Lacie moved to their dream home more than 18 years ago with the aspiration to marry the simplicity of relaxed furnishings with reclaimed architectural materials. Gina and Gary have redefined shabby style by coupling salvage-yard cast-offs and industrial elements in unpredictable ways. “I am a flea-market junkie,” Gina says. “My husband and I travel frequently to large flea markets in California to find chippy, vintage goodies. We are always on the lookout for interesting artifacts, old house parts and fixtures, etched mirrors and crystal chandeliers.” The couple’s assortment of old windows, in various shapes and sizes, was used to brighten and open up their modest living area, and also to infuse added architectural character with an informal elegance. Gina is the creative mastermind behind the projects, while Gary’s clever do-it-yourself ability puts them into action. Throughout the


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"A few industrial details give this space interesting juxtaposition. The metal accents create crisp contrast and introduce varying textures without making the room feel dark or heavy."

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The couple opened up walls to find old windows and removed plaster to discover old brick—just a few of the décor surprises they embraced.

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home, walls were torn down and replaced with glass doors and old windows for a bright and open feel. “No need for a perfect fit,” Gary says. On occasion, Gary will improvise if a favorite door is too narrow for an opening by using heavy-duty hinges normally used for iron gates. “It works and Gina likes the imperfect composition,” Gary says. Gina has an accurate eye for making a home inviting, cozy and romantically shabby. “I like to mix feminine elements with an industrial feel, like pairing crystal chandeliers and etched mirrors with brick— original or painted white; it gives a striking contrast with an element of surprise,” Gina says. Gina’s creativity knows no bounds. She is always looking for rooms, homes and businesses that need a little something extra. She is currently working on her own design company, Interiors with Heart, a business designed to decorate and create spaces with love and style. SEE SHOPPING GUIDE, PAGE 94.

For more on Gina Dadian-Peck, visit interiorswithheart.blogspot.com.

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In the garden, secluded among trees and wisteria, the patio is a continuation of the romantic style indoors. Outfitted with a border of old windows, a vintage chest of drawers, an iron table and a crystal chandelier, the porch is a perfect example of Gina’s artistic eye for creating an unforgettable haven. 32

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Simple Pleasures Take a step outside and create a cozy escape for enjoying a few quiet moments before the day begins. BY DIANE SEDO PHOTOGRAPHY BY JICKIE TORRES

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The addition of elegant, feminine details, like this pearl-handled knife, makes a simple morning routine of spreading butter and jam more pleasurable.

The delphinium cup, saucer and dessert plate were made in England by Aynsley, circa 1930.

IN THE CHAOS OF DAILY LIFE, I MAKE IT A POINT to take time to create a small sanctuary where I can indulge in simple pleasures. A cup of coffee served in a beautiful cup, warm toast standing in a silver toast rack and my favorite homemade jam are just a few of my go-to simple pleasures. Here, a dainty creamer doubles as a vase for flowers cut fresh from the garden. A setting like this takes just moments to assemble and can change with the season or your desired simple pleasures. In a setting like this, my thoughts are free to wander and I can approach my day with tranquility. What are your simple pleasures?

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The petite creamer and sugar are part of a Royal Winton breakfast set.

The vintage jam dish and spoon, with a stamp that reads “Australia,” were made in England by Carltonware, circa 1930. 

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HOME Personalizing a home takes time, effort and attention to detail. This family carefully created the perfect setting for growing children and décor tastes. BY JONNA KIVILAHTI AND SARAH JANE O’KEEFE P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y K R I S TA K E LTA N E N

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“I’m just crazy about old chairs. Nowadays I realize that I can’t bring home every aged chair I fall for at the flea market.”

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As with most of the house, the staircase railings and fireplace were painted white. The turquoise chest holds special sentiment, as it is one of few furnishings that were salvaged from Paula’s father’s childhood home.


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Five years ago, Mika and

“Baking is the thing that I do with my children. The kids have their own hobbies, but baking is what brings us together.”

Paula Makipelto set out to find a piece of land where they could build a dream home for their family. With visions of perfection and a baby on the way, their plans changed when they stumbled across a pre-existing home. “We had long dreamt of building our own house, but we realized that building a house with small children around would be too demanding,” Paula says.

Settling In The house was available for the family to move in on the same day their son Nooa was due. Mika and Paula packed up the furniture from their previous home and attempted to settle in to the new space. Moving from a twobedroom apartment into a 1,830square-foot home, the couple felt the new home seemed slightly empty, so they began hunting for suitable secondhand furnishings. All of the walls, along with the fireplace, were painted white. This whitewashed look made the family feel at home in a casual and bright environment. “White is compatible with

Dough Therapy Baking brings this family together, creating memories in a well-utilized space. Cinnamon rolls, chocolate cakes, meringues and savory pies bring the family together many times throughout the week. “Baking sweet buns involves some kind of magic; I think of it as dough therapy,” Paula says. The children use the dining table as their personal baking station, which helps the family to maximize their kitchen space. Paula hangs their small aprons partly as décor and partly for functionality on display nearby. The children can easily grab their aprons when needed, and when not in use, the aprons lend their pastel hues to the home’s color palette.

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everything—styles, patterns and furniture. We chose white for the solid wood kitchen cabinets and the staircase, too,” Paula says. Small changes turned a notso-perfect house into the home the family had longed for. “Looking back, we know we made the right decision when we chose to move in here instead of building a dream house. We’ve been able to enjoy spending time with our children,” Paula says.

Finding Their Style “At first I decorated the house in a rustic romantic style. Everything was white and romantic with frills and lace,” Paula says. A year ago she decided to try something new, incorporating more pastel colors into her design for a look that would elicit an upbeat feel. “Many of our furnishings were bought at flea markets. Such good buys are fun to redo in your own way—with turquoise paint, for example,” Paula says. While white still prevails, Paula has introduced just a few other colors through accents and limited wallpaper. “It seems that I have almost unconsciously joined the white with pink, purple, turquoise, mint and pale blue.” Handcrafted accents, including custom-made streamers and blankets from a friend, fill the home and help to bring in subtle doses of color. “I’ve been

Opposite: Paula is especially fond of open shelving. Why hide things of beauty?

Paula collects GreenGate dishes. The collection on the kitchen’s open shelving makes a perfectly colorful and personal display.

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Handcrafted accents, including custom-made streamers and blankets from a friend, fill the home and help to bring in subtle doses of color.


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Paula’s latest passion is making paper stars. She has found that sturdy wrapping paper or construction paper works best for these festive creations.

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The living room sofa was originally from Mika’s bachelor apartment but now has found its place in the family’s shared home. The sizable sofa allows the whole family to sit comfortably and watch television together. Many of the cushions and blankets as well as the old chest and the huge cupboard were picked up at flea markets. Paula is especially pleased with the plant poster—another of her flea-market finds.

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While white still prevails, Paula has introduced just a few other colors through accents and limited wallpaper.

The bedroom has enough room for a rocking chair and an old wardrobe, which Paula decorated with lace. The suitcase serves as a handy storage space.

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making paper stars lately, and now they’re all over the house. The colors and patterns are pastel, following the style of Rie Elise Larsen and Bungalow.”

Adding Personality Paula has learned that personalizing her home doesn’t necessarily mean renovation. She customizes rooms with textiles, dishes and cushions. By switching out accent pieces and fabrics, Paula is able to continuously update the personality of her home. Aside from these easy switches, bargain hunting also helps her add personality and update her home. “I’m just wild about flea markets; in fact, I try to pop into nearby ones after work to check out the selection. These days I am collecting tins, wood baskets and vintage Arabia cups. I never walk away from a rag rug. If I see one, it always comes along,” Paula says. “Sometimes I find great stuff for the kids, too. My best flea-market treasures include a plant poster—I was dreaming about it for a long time—and a china cabinet for our living room. My favorites are the pastel GreenGate dishes and toys collected for the children.” While her renovation-free projects have helped to make their house a home, Paula is not without plans for

The pastel palette continues in the master bedroom. Paula couldn’t resist the old wicker chair, another secondhand treasure.

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more structural improvements. “I still dream about a wooden floor painted white. To be honest … I have many other home improvement dreams too: changing the kitchen countertops, renovating the sauna, building a glass veranda and a greenhouse as well as a gazebo,” she says. Her inspiration for these projects is more than aesthetics. Paula hopes to complete these projects to create more space for family activities. “I just love imagining morning coffee and freshly baked cinnamon rolls on our own own veranda!”


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Here I have covered our slightly tired but comfy sofa with vintage lace and embroidered tablecloths. The hodgepodge of vintage floral cushions adds lots of pretty color, and the mismatched curtains bring the look together.

London Is Calling Interior stylist and author Selina Lake opens up her pretty, vintagestyle London flat and gives advice on recreating her look. WRITTEN AND STYLED BY SELINA LAKE PHOTOGRAPHY BY DEBI TRELOAR


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Selina and her graphic designer husband, Dave, rent this one-bedroom flat in the center of Surbiton, Greater London. They have lived in the flat for two years and love that they are in a good area for commuting into London and have the Thames River at the end of their street.

Living Room I like to create personal spaces where collectibles and personal bits are on display. In our living room, vintage lace tablecloths from my wedding reception are reused as pretty sofa covers. I have simply folded and wrapped the tablecloths over the sofa base and around the seat cushions and used out-of-sight gaffer tape to secure them in place. This is not a durable cover, but it is easy to take off to wash, and you can change the style of the sofa easily by trying this with different fabrics. Sometimes I use a patchwork of floral fabrics for a fun look. I have made most of the pillows on the sofa using vintage fabrics and my trusty sewing machine. The print above the couch was a wedding present from my sister, and I have draped Cable & Cotton string lights over it. My love of vintage fabrics continues: I have reused secondhand floral curtains on both windows. Using two pairs of different prints adds to the style. Who says all curtains in the same room have to match? I bought the leather poufs in Morocco, and they are perfect for putting our feet up and as extra seating when we have guests.

Dining Table Above our table is a display of vintage china on a plate rack made by my dad. I have also put up some framed prints from Bold & Nobel, Keep Calm Gallery and Kiss Her. I like displaying flowers in a collection of vases, and here I have used some vintage china jugs to display a mix of flowers, including my favorites, David Austin Roses.

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I like using mismatched chairs around our dining table. I buy secondhand chairs and paint them white or a mix of pastel shades.


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Vintage China For years I’ve been a collector of vintage china and now have a large collection of plates and teacups that I regularly use. I also reuse some pieces, like the pretty floral plate that sits on my dressing table to store my jewels, a mini-saucer that doubles as my soap dish in the bathroom and cake plates that act as risers for plant pots. My teacups have various uses too. I like to eat my breakfast porridge from one, and serve nuts and olives in others when we have guests over. Plus, they are the perfect size for serving two scoops of ice cream! I also use them as vases, placing a single flower in each cup.

I buy china secondhand from thrift shops or markets and have a rule not to pay more than $5 for a piece, unless I simply can’t resist! Craft Table Not everyone is lucky enough to have a separate craft space or sewing room, including me. The dining table doubles as my crafting studio when I’m working on a project, such as sewing pillows for my sofa, making mini-buntings or creating props for my styling work and photo shoots. I try to keep my craft supplies organized in various old tins and jars, so they are easy to get out when I’m in a creative mode.

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Office Space Working as an interior stylist on a freelance basis means I split my time between being on photo shoots, shopping for props, attending meetings and working from home. My desk is situated in our open-plan living room and kitchen area and is next to the double doors, which open out onto our garden. I found the little table I use as my desk at a flea market. The chair is an original Ercol chair, which I bought from a thrift shop for a mere $7—a total bargain! My office space needs to be practical, so I opted for a white metal filing cabinet from Ikea to house press releases, catalogs and brochures. I store leftover wallpaper rolls and giftwrap in an old bucket next to my desk, and I repurposed a kitchen towel holder as storage for my selection of tapes. Above my desk I have displayed one of my favorite vintage plates as well as prints by Clare Owen, which are taped on the wall, and a framed floral print by Fifi Mandirac. The star light is from Ikea, and the tissue paper pompom and lantern were decorations at my wedding.

Bedroom I like dressing our bed with mix-andmatch floral print pillowcases; these are from Rosehip and have a lovely handmade crochet edging. I use a white duvet cover so the pillows and cushions stand out, and I layer the bottom of the bed with knitted blankets and vintage eiderdowns.

If I chip a favorite mug, I can’t bring myself to throw it away, so I give it a new use. I have reused a polka-dot lavender mug as a penholder on my desk.

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The print above the bed is by Dandy Star, and I have draped Cable & Cotton ball lights around it. The rose print is secondhand.

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Having a collection of postcards and prints is very useful for my styling work. I keep my collection in an old vintage suitcase so I can easily transport it to photo shoots. Plus it looks nice in my home office.

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Outside

Dave and I are both keen cyclists. I recently bought this beautiful vintage-style Beg Bike, which I love riding into town to do some shopping.

We are lucky to have a good-sized, fenced-in garden with this flat, complete with a lawn and patio. I bought the French metal table and chairs set from a flea market and made a tablecloth using my vintage fabric. In the summer, I hang bunting made from hankies across the walls and arrange flowers in a mix of jugs and recycled jam jars on the table.


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Florals & Fabrics Learn about Selina’s collection of bloomcovered fabrics, both old and new. I’m a huge fan of florals, from freshly cut blooms to old, botanical rose prints—I love them all. For me, mismatched floral fabrics are pure delight.

BUYING OLD & NEW: I enjoy buying fabrics and comforters from different eras at fairs and markets. New fabrics can be just as good, and Fancy Moon has a large range of floral designs. New fabrics are good for larger projects such as curtains and bedspreads, since you are able to buy in yards. I’m a fan of Liberty as well as Grand Revival Designs by Tanya Whelan.

FINDING USES: I like to sew my own mismatched napkins from off-cuts and smaller swatches. With larger pieces I make cushions and tea towels, back cupboards, or use them as tablecloths. Some fabrics I buy I can’t bring myself to cut up to remake something, so I fold them neatly and display them in a pile on top of my filing cabinet. SEE SHOPPING GUIDE, PAGE 94.

Homespun Style, Pretty Pastel Style and the recently released Outdoor Living, have all received great critical and commercial success and are worldwide best sellers. Selina styles many catalogs and magazine shoots and writes a popular blog, selinalake.blogspot.com. You can also find her on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest (@selinalake).

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Set a table that exudes classic flair with sweet treats and an even sweeter style.


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FUR COATS AND PILLBOX HATS? Not anymore! The whimsical “Ladies Who Lunch� plates from Rosanna inspired the theme of this modern luncheon, which is perfectly suited for a simple gathering of friends or for a classic bridal shower. No matter the reason, here black and pink combine for an event that captures the dainty feel of the 1950s without being fussy and includes finger sandwiches, delightful cookies and perfectly frosted cupcakes.

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Little Black Dress Cookies You will need: • Sugar cookies (cut out, baked and cooled)

• Black fondant • Rolling pin • Pastry brush • Hug Snug seam binding or wired ribbon

Directions: 1. Cut and bake dress-shaped cookies and allow them to cool. 2. Roll out a thin layer of black fondant and make cutouts using the same cookie cutter. 3. Once the fondant is cut out, gently flatten it a little more if the cookie expanded during baking. 4. To attach the fondant to the cookie, brush a small amount of water on the bottom side of the fondant and gently place on the cookie. 5. To make a belt, wrap the seam binding around the middle of the cookie and tie a bow. Trim the edges of the ribbon. Tie wired ribbon around the shoulders to make a cape.

French Poodle Cookies You will need: • Sugar cookies (cut out, baked These little black dress and

French poodle cookie cutters were purchased on eBay.

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and cooled) Icing glaze tinted white and pale pink Pink food coloring Pastry bag #1 decorating tip Edible eye Black food coloring or icing pen for nose Small paintbrush or toothpick White sanding sugar Ribbon for bow


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Directions: 1. Cut and bake French poodle-shaped cookies and allow them to cool. 2. Frost them with a pink or white icing glaze and allow an hour for drying. Place a #1 decorating tip on a pastry bag, and fill the bag with glaze. 3. Make some squiggles with the icing to form the poodle’s ears and fur. 4. Top with the white sanding sugar, and place the bow on the ear while the glaze is still wet. Allow the glaze to dry for an hour. 5. Attach an edible eye with a dot of the glaze, and use a small paintbrush or toothpick to paint the nose with black food coloring.

Perfectly Frosted Cupcake You will need: • Cake mix and ingredients • Cupcake liners • Buttercream frosting • Pastry bag • #104 decorating tip • (optional, for a bridal shower) Wilton engagement ring favors

• (optional, for a bridal shower) 3 yards of Hug Snug seam binding or ribbon

TIP For a bridal shower, prepare the rings in advance. Cut the seam binding or ribbon into 9-inch pieces. Wrap the ribbon around your index finger and tie a knot. This forms the piece you will use to secure the ring to the cupcake. Thread the ring onto the ribbon and tie another knot. Finally, tie a bow and trim the ends of the ribbon.

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These cupcakes are a sweet

1. Prepare a pastry bag with a #104 decorating tip and fill with white buttercream icing. 2. Start at the outer edge of the cupcake with the narrow end of the tip facing out. Pipe 3 concentric rows of frosting, pivoting the cupcake with your fingers as necessary. 3. (optional) To attach the ring, use a toothpick to press the piece of extra ribbon into the center of the cupcake.

addition to any party. Attach the engagement ring favors for a bridal shower. For a more general gathering of friends, simply pipe a rose to create a cupcake that looks as good as it tastes.

The Pink Rose cupcakes were provided by Paris in a Cup Tea Salon, and the dish was made by the Italian Ceramics Company, Portofino, Italy.

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Finger Sandwiches The vintage-style finger sandwiches are displayed on Rosanna’s Rococo cake plate. My grandmother’s pink head vase filled with roses makes the perfect centerpiece for the setting. Freeze the bread before cutting out shapes with cookie cutters and adding your fillings. Once the bread defrosts it is very difficult to spread fillings, especially onto the narrow ring pieces.

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and butter the inside of each piece before spreading a layer of softened cheese on the bottom slice. 3. Top with thinly sliced cucumbers and place the second piece of bread on top. Using a #104 tip, pipe rows of creamcheese ruffles on top of the bell and garnish with a small piece of parsley as shown.

TIP The wedding bell cutter is perfect

for a bridal shower, especially with this piping technique reminiscent of the popular honeycomb bells of the 1950s.

Heart Sandwiches You will need:

Double Rings

• Soft filling, such as cucumber or raspberry jam

Directions: 1. Use the larger cutter to cut four circles out of frozen bread, two from each type of bread. Use the smaller cutter to cut out the middles, leaving rings. 2. When you have four rings, spread butter on the inside of each piece and carefully spread your filling on one ring from each type of bread. 3. Combine the two types of bread into a single ring; then cut a straight line through one set of rings. To form double rings, twist the cut ring to attach through the center of the other ring.

• Heart cookie cutters, one large and

one small Bread Butter Filling

You will need: • Two round cookie cutters, large and small

• White and wheat bread • Butter

Finger sandwiches can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator. To keep them moist and fresh, place a slightly dampened tea towel over the sandwich.

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Directions: 1. Use the larger cutter to create two hearts out of the frozen bread, also cutting a smaller heart out of the top piece of bread. Butter the inside of both slices before placing your filling on the larger, bottom slice of bread and adding the top of the sandwich.

Wedding Bells You will need: • Bell cookie cutter • Bread • Butter • Soft cream cheese • Thinly sliced cucumbers • Parsley • Pastry bag • #104 decorating tip Directions: 1. Prepare the cucumbers and fill the pastry bag with soft cream cheese in advance. 2. Cut out two bells for each sandwich

Contributing editor Diane Sedo is the co-author of Taking Tea with Alice (1997 Warner Books, 2007 Benjamin Press) and is a certified instructor of Dorothea Johnson’s Tea & Etiquette program (Elmwood Inn Fine Teas).


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With years of experience as a designer,Kymberley Fraser was not new to the world of home décor when she expanded into retail. What began as importing vintage and antique European textiles under the name of 3 Fine Grains became a custom line of furniture, linens and more, which expanded to require a store of its own. Her shop, A Beautiful Mess Home, has been in business for four years. “I carefully curate every item that comes into my store as well as collaborate with artists and makers on pieces being created,” Kymberley says. Visitors to her Agoura Hills shop are greeted with unique finds displayed in curated vignettes. Kymberley describes her shop’s aesthetic as being modern rustic and has intentionally displayed her products in a way that “allows clients to envision pieces and incorporate them into their already established homes.”

“My favorite item in my store is always that one-of-a-kind find that I’ve come across that makes people stop in their tracks.” Kymberley prefers to use a neutral, earthy color palette in her designs and in her shop. The result is a bright and inviting space that shows character and charm through unique accents of color. Color is not the only way Kymberley draws people into her shop. Her displays contain intriguing, individual sections filled with treasures. “I try to be thought provoking— blending the practical with the decorative based on how they complement one another,” Kymberley says. A Beautiful Mess Home’s stylishly curated collection features everything from artisan jewelry to antique glassware, unique furnishings to one-of-a-kind art and everything in between.


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Insider tradinG Kymberley shares her tips on selecting the best products for customers. 1. If it “speaks” to me, I buy it. 2. I try to go against the grain, not being afraid to bring in the unexpected. 3. I pride myself on constantly seeking unique and unusual objects for the store. 4. I do my best to be conscious of the many different budgets of my customers. 5. I don’t sacrifice quality for quantity.

BESTSELLERS 1. Vintage and antique European textiles 2. Antique vellum books 3. Framed antique engravings 4. Unique handcrafted lighting 5. Handcrafted and antique art

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Architect and interior designer Robert Couturier has designed spaces both big and small, from 20,000-acre romantic estates to minimalistic and modern apartments. A selection of his projects in his new book, Designing Paradises, offers inspiration on creating your fantasy home. Robert explains that his job is “to help people dream, to make those dreams reality, and to transform abstract ideas into concrete creations.” Thanks to his multifaceted experiences, Robert is able to work with any style and in his book shares tips for your home.

PERSONALITY CHECK Always design for yourself. Don’t try to incorporate 18th-century paintings or sprawling tapestries if they don’t fit into your aesthetic.

SENSIBLE DESIGN Robert takes a holistic approach to interior design by considering how a home stimulates the five human senses. All must be held in equal regard, from “the feel of upholstery under the hand” to “the subtle hints of perfume and smoldering ash.”

IN THE RIGHT MOOD It’s true that the colors of a room influence its overall atmosphere, but there is an additional element that has

Opposite: Robert’s bright and airy living room features a mix of traditional French furniture and contemporary 20th-century design arranged in perfect symmetry.

Top: Originally a dark, enclosed space, Robert’s stairway became a pleasant gallery through an indoor landing with large windows.

Right: Mixing eras and styles can create a pleasing contrast. In Robert’s bedroom, an early American highboy chest is paired with a contemporary goatskin-covered stool.


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Living design Inspirations from Robert’s personal home Robert’s favorite room in his home is the massive, 17foot tall living room modeled after the French country houses he grew up in. Draw from Robert’s design to bring a romantic look into your home. STICK TO A THEME. The green-and-gold-striped fabric is used for both the drapes and the upholstery. The crown molding and window frame are painted in the same shade of green, creating a cohesive look. BALANCE. Decorating a room around symmetry is visually pleasing and helps keep a room from looking cluttered. From throw pillows to twin paintings on the wall, every element has a perfect placement. LET LIGHT IN. Nothing brightens up a room like natural sunlight. Light also freshens a room and keeps it from feeling old. NOT EVERYTHING NEEDS TO BE GRAND. Simplicity can be just as striking. The walls in Robert’s living room are deliberately kept sparse to draw more focus to the view of the gardens and lake outside.

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the same effect: emotion. Think about what feelings are motivating your ideas for décor before you implement them. “Even a pink room created in sadness will be a sad room,” Robert says.

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the season. Keeping flexibility in design will allow you to make adjustments accordingly.

Cozy and comfortable, Robert’s den is designed to be a more intimate space than public areas such as the living and dining rooms.

A perfectionist himself, Robert has encountered frustrating dilemmas involving very particular details of the construction and design of a home. However, he has learned that it is better to let the little things go instead of getting so wrapped up in creating absolute perfection that the project is never completed.

LEAVE ROOM TO GROW As time passes, your tastes will most likely change and evolve. A house may also feel different depending on the time of day and

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room or even bath with light pouring in through a period-inspired window adds to the overall character of your home in addition to allowing fresh breezes.

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Elyse MAJOR

Elyse Major has been creative since childhood. With her craft tutorials and popular blog, Tinkered Treasures, she hopes to inspire others to enjoy making things without worries of perfection. An accomplished writer, in addition to her books Tinkered Treasures and Seaside Tinkered Treasures, she contributes tutorials and home tours to magazines, including Romantic Homes. Here are some of her favorite things.

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1. PRETTY CHECKED AND FLORAL TEXTILES infuse even old radiators with print and pattern. Find these roses and pink gingham on tea towels at Ikea.

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2. I KEEP MY PATTERNED UTENSILS from Cath Kidston on display and at the ready in glass mason jars. 3. THE SWEET TREATS VINTAGE POSTCARD SET from Cavallini & Co. with 12 vintage images is so sweet that you might just save some for yourself to frame or display on a memory board.

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4. I TREATED MYSELF TO THE DAINTY “FLOWER FIELD” necklace from Nest Pretty Things after I completed my second book, and I love the unexpected color combinations. As any gift should, it arrived in a box tied with ribbon.

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5. ANY PIECE OF HARDWARE from Sea Rose Cottage’s curated stash—in a beautiful spectrum of sea glass—is a surefire way to easily transform your furniture.

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6. SIMPLE BUT LOVELY PACKAGING combined with fresh-from-the-garden scents have made me a longtime fan of Rhode Island Soapworks. 7. MY GO-TO SUPPLIER for adding instant charm to a project, Sugar Pink Boutique, offers clusters of vintage forget-me-nots in an array of sherbet hues.

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