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Color Me Stripes

11 Jan

I love stripes (and polka dots and red lipstick and fedoras and blazers). Always have.  If there’s a top or sweater with a stripe — preferable navy and white, red and navy, white and yellow — I’m all over it, stalking it online or in store until it goes on sale (I’m a coupon/discount/sale diva). I’m also a jeans girl. Blue jeans. White jeans. Gray jeans. The spring looks have me in a wonderful tizzy with their assortments of stripes. How is it that major retail stores and labels have designed collections just for me? I’ll never know, but I am grateful. Feast on these. I’ll be packing a few of them for our March trip to M.

Ciao ciao, B.

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Image Sources: Talbots, Land’s End Canvas, Banana Republic, J.Crew, The Gap, Net-a-Porter, Nordstrom’s, Anthropologie

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Exterior Ispirazione

6 Aug

As you get to know us, you’ll learn that we love a good project and a good reno, and that we’re mostly of the Do It Yourself persuasion. That said, overhauling a home across the Atlantic isn’t the scale project we wanted to tackle — not just yet, anyway. That Casa del Sole needs no major renovations or repairs is one of the many wonderful things about this house.

One of the first projects we’ll take on is a quick and easy facelift to the casa’s exterior. Nothing says welcome — benvenuto! — nor piques interest as does a beautiful exterior. Mother and I threw around a few ideas for a color palette for the shutters and the front door — mustard? grass green? some degree of turquoise? We prematurely settled on a golden mustard. It would go so well with our casa’s name — house in the sun — we thought. But after stumbling upon photos of Colleta di Castelbianco in Liguria and La Batiste de Marie in Provence, there was little doubt that cornflower blue, with its simple, rustic and soothing hue, was it for us.

The main wall of the home’s exterior is in fantastic condition and in a neutral color, which works so well in our favor. We’ve come up with this inspiration board to guide us (here you can see a our friend hanging out in front of casa). With nothing more than a can of paint, a few pots and plants flanking the door and hanging from a window box,  and a small bistro for morning espresso or meals al fresco, we’ll give Casa del Sole’s exterior just the easy makeover she needs.

Tell us, what do you think of our scheme?  What inspires you in design and decor?

Featured image of La Batiste de Marie via Habitually Chic

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