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Today’s treasure from the sea is most of a huge nautilus shell, with striations and gradations of white and grey. Together, they have always been my favorite color combination, so I have just pulled a few photos from my inspiration files to illustrate their beauty.

I am going to let the photos do all the talking…

Dark

The combo of rustic and industrial…

I love a fully stocked dish pantry – marble bust required…

The light and the perfect proportions make this dining room dreamy…

 

Same room, different view…

Soft

Sally Wheat’s famous kitchen – perhaps the most blogged about kitchen ever!

I am not usually a fan of exact symmetry, but this just works…

 

French linen and painted wood make this one of my favorite spaces…

A close-up of the ironstone jugs on the fireplace mantle…

Pale

The Scandinavians have pale grey down like no one else – both traditional…

and modern…

 

One word for this room – heavenly!

Glamorous

Windsor Smith outdoes even herself here with this combination of Bennison fabric everywhere and silver gilt Japanese screen…

In her own house, she creates the most divine skirted console…

Beat out in drama only by this one…

Just a sliver of cool on a hot summer night…

Image credits: Please excuse me a bit on this one as the credits are a mess. Many of these photos I have had in my files for years and never noted where they were from as I had no plans for them other than personal use.

1. me, 2. via Willow Decor, 3-5. unknown, 6. Sally Wheat’s kitchen via Cote de Texas, 7. Ginger Barber bedroom via Cote de Texas, 8-9. Red Chair house via Apartment Therapy, 10. via Skona Hem, 11. unknown, 12. via Grant White, 13. Windsor Smith via House Beautiful December 2010, photo credit: Victoria Pearson, 14. Windsor Smith via House Beautiful September 2009, photo credit: Victoria Pearson, 15. via A Perfect Gray

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So I did not win the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint giveaway on From the Right Bank, but that is OK as there is no need to paint the cabinet after all…

Now that it is here with me at home I am loving the mellow wood, but I do need to style the interior as well as change out the paper backing. I never like to use the word “pop,” but I think a little is called for to highlight my grandmother’s china. Right now I am considering everything from stripes, which I recently saw at The Upper Rust (more on that in a moment)…

to Farrow & Ball wallpaper…

or Min Hogg wallpaper.

And in the meantime, FTRB has posted a gorgeous Danish country lodge from the Italian edition of Marie Claire Maison, including the painted stairway in this entryway. After having the carpet guy over and being told all the ways I CAN’T have a sisal-type runner on my stairs, I am back to thinking about painting them. I keep returning to the idea of painted treads, just like these.

Loving the kitchen and the tightly hung artwork elsewhere in this charming house too.

On that note, the art arrangement in my elder daughter’s room is coming along nicely – I just have to get up the courage to start making holes in the wall. A mixture of Japanese paintings and prints, with some fun memorabilia thrown in for good measure.

And I picked up this vintage letter print for the guest room at The Upper Rust, which I re-discovered via Habitually Chic. This East Village antique store is a perfect compendium of the best pickings, all in one location. Imagine you combed estate sales and flea markets everyday for a year – that is a great description of the shop. For more great photos, be sure to check out Heather’s post!

If you are looking to decorate a casual place in a hurry, shopping here could save you years…
Image credits: 1-2 & 7-8. me, 3. via Farrow & Ball, 4. via Min Hogg, 5-6. Marie Claire Maison via From the Right Bank

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It all started during a visit to a friend’s place in Lake George. In talking about rebuilding her lake house (more on that later), we looked through photos of her sister’s place on Shelter Island. Leslie Hoffman, my friend’s sister, has built an extraordinary sustainable house there and the photo below caught my particular attention. She is waiting for her deck to age to the color of an antique galvanized coal bucket. Read more about her living laboratory for sustainable principles here or follow her on Facebook.

I couldn’t shake that image of the old galvanized metal bucket – the color and texture had captivated me. Later that same visit I was reminded at Lakeview Antiques in Bolton Landing…

Returning south to New Jersey, my interest was unabated…

Culminating in the most amazing find…

The logo makes me think I have made a great discovery. I don’t know much about Pennsylvania Railroad memorabilia, but I am sure someone else out there does. I’ll report back when I know more.

In the meantime, how should I use it?

To hold shoes near the entryway?

For a huge floral arrangement à la Rebecca Cole?

If not flowers, maybe plants? Or perhaps as a giant ice bucket for cooling summer beverages?

This just in…I am thinking it might look best atop my newest find – this china cabinet. And if I win the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint giveaway over at From the Right Bank, I’ll have just what I need to paint it! Stay tuned for more on this fixer-upper…

Image credits: 1. via Gimme Shelter, 2-6 & 10. me, 7. Martha Stewart Living, 8. Rebecca Cole Designs, 9. Pottery Barn

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