I am spending the week at the Lake and working hard to pull everything together for my first photo shoot on Tuesday. I am so excited but "Man o' Man" the work that goes into things behind the scenes!!! I have been shopping and gathering last minute finishing touches for a week! Exhausting but exhilerating and way too much fun! Wish I had thought to take a few snap shots of my shopping carts the last few days, you would have loved it! I have been to HomeGoods about four times checking to see if they had anything new I could use, and then Target of course for kitchen what nots. Hit all the antique stores in town and found some fabulous treasures which you will see soon enough in the photos :) Then...yesterday, my daughter Kelli and I headed to St. Louis, a three hour drive, to shop Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware and a few yummy local shops. Had a great time singing and laughing in the car and the shopping was of course, amazing!! Definately worth the drive!
I LOVE Blue, all shades and textures of blue, especially when decorating by the water. I have had more fun with the color scheme of the lake house. Every room has blue in it in some way, some where. Even my yellow room has a touch of aqua. I also love anything nautical or beachy so that has really been fun too! But, I have had to use much restraint in staying away from too many things "beachy" as this is a lake house and to me, decorating with coral and sea shells at the lake just doesn't feel authentic. Although, when the alternative is everything "fishy" I tend to opt for the seashells. LOL
Found lovely things at both Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware. Enjoy both of those stores so much! One thing to remember when decorating with either is not to go for the WHOLE look. Know what I mean? It's one thing to use a pillow or a beautiful set of fabric covered desk boxes, but to replicate the entire room display is not desireable. Make sure you are decorating so that your space reflects your style, not theirs. It needs to be you, not Pottery Barn.
For example, I bought these fabulous indigo linen pillows shown below. I am going to be using them in a loft area on a daybed. I added them to an assortment of pillows I have collected and they fit in perfectly. They bring a touch of the classic style of Restoration Hardware to my daybed but it totally looks like me! I added florals(of course) and a plaid to the mix, softened it up with an eyelet lace euro and there you have it!
Aren't these linen coeverd desk boxes gorgeous? Another lovely item I purchased from Restoration Hardware. Yet again, I placed them on my desk with many other things that reflect my personality; a beautiful white shell vase with a white magnolia in it, a crystal lamp and a mercury glass container. All me...
Sorry for the poor quality of this pic but what a gorgeous bed! Beautiful pale blue and navy...I am in love with this! But, for me, there would have to be a floral print mixed in I am most certain.
More Restoration Hardware loveliness...
And you have to check out Horchow's new Blue Collection! www.horchow.com Take a peek at some of my favorites below...