Category — Vintage Inspiration

Open House: Green Avenue, Part 1

With less than a month until moving day, it’s time for me to get serious about packing. Like, really serious. I haven’t filled a single box yet but am finding it really hard to start as most things can’t get boxed up until the very end. I suppose I’ll start with our storage room and work my out from there. Any moving pros out there? Please feel free to send tips my way! Packing means purging and although we already made a huge dent in our clutter pre-listing date, I’ve still got a few junk drawers and bins to sort through. Organizing takes so much brain power, doesn’t it? It can be draining but it’s worth it to see the final results. I promised I’d share some recent pics of our house before we move and here are some I took before our open house a couple of weeks ago:

Birch + Bird: My House | Home of Lily Ellis

Birch + Bird: My House | Home of Lily Ellis

Birch + Bird: My House | Home of Lily Ellis

Birch + Bird: My House | Home of Lily Ellis

Birch + Bird: My House | Home of Lily Ellis

Birch + Bird: My House | Home of Lily Ellis

Although I’ll miss our huge living room windows here on Green Ave, I’m really excited by the amount of wall space that we have in our new townhouse. I may or may not already be hoarding vintage art and signs from my shop, Spruce Collective for gallery walls galore. So much for purging! I’ve got some more pics of our bedrooms to share very soon and you can see past photos of our house (they’re much prettier than mine!) here, as well as pics of Gabe’s basement bedroom here. Happy hump day!

April 16, 2014   4 Comments

Vintage Modern: Schoolhouse Electric

I’m suddenly at that age when trends I’ve lived through are coming around full circle (like overalls and Doc Martens, for example) and I admit it’s making me feel a wee bit old! But that’s the thing about style and fashion. There are only so many ideas out there so old ideas have to recirculate and when given a fresh enough twist, they become “new” once again. I’m all for classic pieces over trends (in both home decor and fashion) and love seeing traditional lines given a modern edge. Schoolhouse Electric is a company that really just gets it right. Branching out from their signature heritage and  industrial light fixtures, the collection has expanded to include furniture, bedding and home decor essentials built with classic lines and a strong nod to mid-century design. I’d be happy as a clam to move any of these pieces into our new home next month:

Schoolhouse ElectricSchoolhouse Electric: Fulton Chair

Schoolhouse ElectricSchoolhouse Electric: Satellite Sconce

Schoolhouse ElectricSchoolhouse Electric: Equestrian Loveseat

Schoolhouse ElectricSchoolhouse Electric: Bed Linens

Schoolhouse ElectricSchoolhouse Electric: Cassandra Bed

 Can you tell I’ve got a little thing for button tufting? There were far too many great pieces to narrow down for this post so be sure to check out the rest of the Schoolhouse Electric website on your coffee break. I really should be packing, not “dream” shopping online but I work better under pressure ;) Off to work I go but have a great start to your week!

April 14, 2014   0 Comments

Southern Charm: A Modern Farmhouse

Before I chat about anything else, I just want to say a huge thank you to all of you who commented and sent all forms of moral support my way after Monday’s very personal post. It felt natural to share the truth (I’m all for keeping it real!) and it seems as though most of you can relate in some form or another. Life is funny, isn’t it? So many hills and valleys and unexpected turns along the way but this is one twist that I’m really looking forward to. Our corner of the world just happens to be one that’s ridiculously expensive to live in but I’m all for dreaming big and this Nashville renovation is definitely a country dream. And it’s big. Really big. I’m absolutely in love with how the architects preserved the original 1850′s front + exterior of the home and added all of the modern conveniences to a large (massive, actually) addition in the rear. Designed by HS2 Architecture, this family farmhouse manages to blend traditional, modern and some rather quirky + unexpected elements into one very liveable home. Come take a peek:

Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photo by Caroline Allison.HS2 Architecture via HGTV. Photos by Caroline Allison.

Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photo by Caroline Allison.

Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photo by Caroline Allison.

Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photo by Caroline Allison. Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photos by Caroline Allison.

The original bones of the farmhouse were maintained yet some walls were stripped down to the studs to allow light and sight lines to flow throughout the main floor. Such an unexpected feature for this home but I think it’s brilliant! Adds a fun, eccentric touch don’t you think? It’s always inspiring to me to see such a combination of styles juxtaposed together in a space and actually working, like they do in this home.

Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photo by Caroline Allison.Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photos by Caroline Allison.

Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photo by Caroline Allison.

Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photo by Caroline Allison. Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photos by Caroline Allison.

And the property. Seriously. How are there even pastoral vistas like this in existence? I don’t think I’d ever leave! You can see many more stunning photos of this Nashville home on the HS2 Architecture website so be sure to check them out. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

April 9, 2014   1 Comment

Hollywood Hideaway: A Bright Family Home

We’re only a few days into Spring Break here and I don’t know about you but it feels like everyone and their dog is currently sitting on a hot sandy beach except for us. Boo hoo! But we’ve been filling our time visiting with friends (ones who aren’t beachside either) and taking jaunts around the neighbourhood and local parks so I can’t complain too much. We’ve got a two week break so I’ll get more organized planning day trips next week but for now it’s been pretty nice just to lounge around and enjoy some lazy mornings. I’m still craving sunshine and this light-filled Hollywood home is pretty much the ultimate antidote. The stunning photos are courtesy of Brittany Ambridge and you can see more shots of the entire home here. Home to fashion designer Chay Wike, this hillside retreat was recently featured in Domino Magazine and I immediately fell in love with the lofty beams, vintage touches and mix of materials used throughout:

Brittany Ambridge | Domino MagazinePhotos by Brittany Ambridge | Domino Magazine

Brittany Ambridge | Domino Magazine

Brittany Ambridge | Domino MagazinePhotos by Brittany Ambridge | Domino Magazine

Brittany Ambridge | Domino Magazine

Brittany Ambridge | Domino MagazinePhotos by Brittany Ambridge | Domino Magazine

Brittany Ambridge | Domino MagazinePhotos by Brittany Ambridge | Domino Magazine

Pretty special, isn’t it? Built in 1933, Chay and her family did some minor renovations when they moved in but retained the home’s original architecture and charm, including some imperfections (like the concrete kitchen floors, which I absolutely love). Surrounded by nature and overlooking the bright lights of Los Angeles, this home is a true gem. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

March 19, 2014   3 Comments

Friday Finds: Nature Inspired

What a week! I’m officially exhausted but made it through a busy week of filming at our shop. It was pretty exciting being used as the set location for a movie and it’s incredible how much happens behind the scenes to make everything come together. Not sure I’ll look at tv the same way again! Monica and I were at the shop until the wee hours last night after the crew packed up and put things to rights and it’s funny how it suddenly looks as though nothing happened, everything’s back to normal! Well, except for the fine dusting of Christmas glitter that we’re sure to be finding for weeks to come ;) Spring Break starts now and I need to hustle to plan the next two weeks of family fun for the kiddos. We’re not going away (although I dream of heading for hot sand like the photo below!) but we’ll head out on at least a few day trips and activities to keep us all happy and sane. Here are just a few links I’ve loved this week:

Decorating with Flowers by Holly Becker + Leslie ShewringDecorateWithFlowers.com by Holly BeckerLeslie Shewring

Villa Kalos, GreeceVilla Kalos, Greece via est

Design*Sponge. Young in the Mountains studio. Photo by Kelly Ishikawa.Young in the Mountains studio tour Design*Sponge. Photo by  Kelly Ishikawa.

Have a wonderful weekend!

March 14, 2014   0 Comments