Book Club: A La Carte

This book was a birthday gift from my husband. I must admit that I had not been aware of A La Carte by Sherrill Canet before and found myself pleasantly surprised by this hidden gem. If you have a love for anything antiques, old world, or traditional styles, then this is the book for you. I have read a few design books, but this, by far, pays more attention to antiques than the rest. I appreciated that I got to learn a little more about good antiques to keep my eye out for when I go browsing through these antique stores, like a Dutch Colonial mirror (similar here). Those are some cool looking mirrors with tons of details. An English Regency chair (similar here) have a cool design to them, particularly when they’re gilded in gold, and a 1940’s Bagues sconce (similar here) is just the thing to dress up a room.


Top Ten: July Finds

Summer is almost over and I’m looking forward to fall. It’s always been my favorite season, but I’m still enjoying the summer sun while I can. With another month nearly gone, it’s time for another monthly top ten round ups.

1) So many dreamy places to stay, so little time to see them all. My wanderlust just kicked in high gear.

2) In love with this doormat. Fits me to a ‘T’. Need this in my life.


Inspirational Words: Leura Fine

Laurel & Wolf's Founder Says Being "Normal" Is the Opposite of Success via @MyDomaine:

How true are these words? We all can’t help but want to be normal. We all want to fit in and just be one of the guys/girls. We don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb in a bad way, but maybe sometimes there’s no choice when you want to succeed. I think there’s some normalcy on the way to success, but at the same time, you’ve got to be unconventional. Outside the box. If you’re shy like me, then you know this can be a bit of a challenge. You almost can’t have success without eyes on you. At the end of the day, though, it’s all about how hungry you are to live your dreams, and then normal really becomes a setting on a washing machine.

I really enjoyed reading Domino’s interview with Leura Fine, founder of Laurel & Wolf. It was inspiring and neat to get a little bit of that background story.

What does normal mean to you?