pretty paper

I recently visited the gift shop at The National Portrait Gallery and came across the most gorgeous wrapping paper from Cavallini Papers & Co. With substantial heft, vivid color and wonderful old-school themes, this wrapping paper would surely make any gift standout.

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The papers are so lovely, though, that I wouldn’t stop there. In fact, I bought two sheets to use as inexpensive wall art. I plan on hanging this insect taxidermy sheet in a guest bath.

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And thought this sheet — a collage of vintage tickets — would look great in my son’s room, to accompany his collection of new and vintage wall pennants.

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At about $4/sheet, art doesn’t get much less expensive than this!

Cheers!

Nicole

design favorite — ticking stripe

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always had a mild obsession with ticking stripe. Originally limited to utilitarian use — mattresses, aprons, tents — this humble and hardworking fabric rightfully took its decorative place some years ago. Here are some of my favorite ticking stripe looks for the home, in the traditional heavyweight cotton, as well as lighter weight linen.

vintage ticking pillows

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BF ticking towels

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Are you just imagining a country house in France right now? I certainly am!

Cheers!

Nicole

gardening and get-togethers

I hope you are enjoying these wonderfully long, sunshine-filled days. Now that our yard’s been cleaned up (which you can read about here), we’ve been spending the extra daylight hours doing some serious garden work — planting cone flowers and marigolds, corn and cucumbers, squash and beans. I know it’s a bit late in the season, but we thought we’d give it a go anyway. And all of our garden work got me thinking about some summer-inspired vintage tableware we have at the house and how to pair them for a perfect setting.

sweet pickles

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You can see more here, at Broadway+Thresher.  And, learn how to make your own Quick Sweet Pickles here.

Cheers!

Nicole