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Vintage Home Bars

Hello there! I hope your summer has been fabulous. It’s going SO fast, isn’t it?

So, I just got done posting on my other blog about my love of Vintage Seltzer Bottles. These amazing historic objects are now being sought out, collected and displayed in homes. While they look beautiful anywhere you put them, they fit perfectly nestled among other pretty barware.

With Mad Men influencing style and celebrating the age of martinis, people are pulling out their liquor and putting it on display. And why not? It looks gorgeous! Check out these oh-so-glamorous vintage bar set ups. LOVE!

This weathered trunk makes the perfect pedestal for your bar. Its rustic textures play off the sparkle and polish of the bottles and silver tray. The mirror doubles the glamor. And I just love the mod Lucite chairs.

Drool. (note to self – buy a vintage bar cart asap!)

one word – AMAZING!

make your bar mobile with a wheeled cart!

French flair and elegance at its best. You know you would receive a tres chic concoction from this bar, perhaps a Pompier? Never heard of one?…neither had I but they were a popular cocktail served in Paris during the 1930’s! Made with a black currant liquor (crème de cassis), dry vermouth and club soda, it is meant to be absolutely delicious on hot summer days! Gotta try this one.

Your bar cart doesn’t have to be shiny and new, this well-worn industrial cart has a great masculine, urban feel.

Adore this one. So feminine! In the market for a vintage bar cart? Check out these I found for sale on Etsy1, 2, 3.

Don’t want to cart it? No worries, use a table and corral your barware on trays to help define the intention of your display.

Or proudly show off your cocktail fixings within a bookshelf. This is a fantastic idea for someone living in tight quarters.

So many gorgeous ways to add the glamor of a home bar to your space.

Do you have one set up now? I would love to hear how you did it…

Cheers!

xo,

{for more ideas and links to all these images go here}

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Fragile life.

There has been an unexpected death in my family, so I will be away from my blog for a week or so. I hope you and your families are well. Life really is so fragile. It’s so easy to forget that. Kiss your husbands, call your friends and hug your babies. Much love to all.

xo,

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Friday Escapes: Sydney

So as many of you know, I was born in Sydney and spent a good portion of my childhood there – moving to Connecticut when I was 16.

Like most kids, I totally didn’t appreciate the fact that I was living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. My friends and I would spend our weekends gallivanting all over town. From Darling Harbor, to downtown, the Rocks and back again. It was safe, gorgeous and so much fun! Yet, we often longed for a life in the glamorous cities of the United States. We idolized all things American. Cheerleaders, star football players, Celebrities, huge malls, schools where you didn’t have to wear a uniform…the list went on and on. So when the time came for my dad’s company to move us back to the States, my friends were thrilled for me. I was excited too.

I could see it now – walking down the halls of my American high school in my super cute cheerleaders uniform, my quarterback boyfriend carrying my books while a gaggle of new girlfriends follows behind, chattering with excitement about the upcoming Prom! Yes – it was going to be amazing. Ha! I was clearly delusional and had watched far too many episodes of 90210….oh well. A little back story for you…forgive the rambling.

It’s all history now and I love my life in America but researching this Friday Escape brought back so many memories. It made me really, really want to go back and visit Sydney…not gonna happen anytime soon…so in the meantime, let’s go there vicariously…

You know when I find us a place to stay, I don’t mess around. It has to be fabulous or forget it. So I think you will be highly pleased with this incredible penthouse that I rented out for our visit. Check out the location – front row seat to the city….

Let’s go out on the balcony and check out the fantastic view…

And from the bedroom…

images via here

I told you I wasn’t messing around.

Oh…man…where to start? Sydney is a very rich city with a plethora of things to do! It’s hard to pick. Here’s the places I’m going to give you a peek at - The Rocks, Darling Harbor and Bondi Beach. A little history, a little shopping and a little R & R. Sound good? Let’s go! I hope you brought your walking shoes!

The Rocks is drenched in history with fantastic shopping and amazing restaurants and pubs…since it’s a lot to cover I thought it might be best to leave it an expert…

Pretty awesome right? I loved that wine bar! For a little more shopping let’s go to the beautiful Darling Harbor area.

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Full of life, Darling Harbor is never boring. Live performances, street artists, shopping, fine restaurants and lovely parks and vistas – there is something for everyone here! This was our playground on the weekends when I was a kid! I miss it!! I know I usually post static pictures but it just doesn’t do this vibrant spot justice…so watch…

Wow…that was a blast but I”m exhausted! Let’s go lay on the beach…Bondi Beach! One of my favorites…

Here’s another video tour to give you a feel for how beautiful it is!

Oh look…it’s Hugh Jackman going for a jog. “Hi Hugh…hmm…I don’t think he heard me…oh well!

oh wait…he did hear us….he’s turning around! He’s so cheeky!

images via here

Anyway, listen now, the waves can get rough out there so don’t get into trouble…I’m sure it would be just awful if some of Bondi’s lifeguards had to swim out and save you…*wink*

image via here

Alright…enough mischief! Let’s head back to our penthouse…(I really like saying that)…and have a cocktail while the sun sets over the opera house!

That’s what I’m talking about! Sydney is even more magnificent at night!

images here and here

Cheers friends! Hope you enjoyed our little escape to Sydney! I’m ready to go for real, right now!!

Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!

xo,

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Forest Friend

Hello! It was quite a whirlwind morning as I spent half of my day in Grace’s pre-school class as a volunteer. It’s been a while since I have been around that many kiddos! Whoa. I was a little overwhelmed at first but as the morning unfolded, I found myself really enjoying the kids and watching their interactions.

The letter of day was F! The kids called out as many words as they could starting with F. It was really cute. Forest and Friend both came up, so this afternoon as I was creating some more digital art, I found myself with a theme…

Grace approved of this one and wants a print of it for her room. She’s my biggest supporter!

How was your Wednesday? Hope it was fabulous (my favorite F word)!

xo,

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Let’s Bring Back…

Hello friends. I hope your week has been good to you. Just a quick post today…I just found this book and I’m thoroughly intrigued and delighted…

The whole concept of bringing back things like tea time, typewriters, fountain pens, calling cards and white gloves seems so romantic. I’m a sucker for nostalgia. There was such a sense of decorum and etiquette in the past. Now it sometimes seems there are no rules that can’t be broken, lines that won’t be crossed. Sometimes our world is just a little too extreme for me. I can’t help but dream of days gone by when there was a proper way to do everything. A ritual to follow and a clear part to play. When gentlemen opened doors and asked permission to court you. I know that there were some negatives too, of course. But still…there is something nice about tradition.

Check out the video below for a sneak peek into this book’s playful and whimsical pages, honoring the best of the past…

It’s published by Chronicle Books. Click here to buy your own copy. I just got one! Here’s to the three martini lunch!

xo,

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Anahata Katkin – Postcard Tins

Rummaging through the antiques yesterday, I found myself drawn to tins. Tin boxes, tea tins, chocolate tins, candy tins…you get the idea. So when I found these stunning tins by Anahata Katkin, I had to have them. No they are not old, or vintage but they are covered with her beautiful artwork and filled with gorgeous postcards. What great gifts!

Aren’t they yummy!? Go here to order your own! For an extra treat, go visit Anahata’s inspiring and quirky blog.

xo,

All images via Papayaart.com

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