Two real-estate agents in Sweden (from the Fastighetsbyran firm) had the brilliant idea of commissioning three different designers to transform the same dwelling space in order to offer three different renditions of the same abode. Each brings their own beauty (balanced with that iconic Swedish sense of minimalism and function), but two in particular caught my eye: one cloaked in darkness and the other integrating lots of crisp whites and pale neutrals. I’m generally drawn to lighter tones but I’m finding my eye wandering more and more to darker tones, so I love seeing these two takes fleshed out through an entire home.
From Interior Designer Hans Blomquist:
Those dark charcoal walls bring such a sense of warmth and coziness while still keeping the contents of the home fairly minimal, which I love. Don’t you just want to throw on some cozy socks and an oversized shirt and just curl up in any given corner of this apartment? That richness in the darker hues also help those white moments pop, which offers such a clean sharpness to the space.
From Interior Designer Tina Hellberg:
On this flip side though, I love how refreshing and spirited the lighter tones make this space feel. All of the light airiness gives off such an energetic feeling, don’t you think? I appreciate that this space does get grounded with a few accents of darkness.
Overall, I think I’m loving that the darker rendition a touch more — there is a real sense of elevated elegance that collides with comfort that is so well done in each room. I’d happily live in either of these spaces though…they are both divine.
What do you guys think — do you have a favorite?
/ To see more photos and to check out the third Interior Designers take, visit the original source here.
A new collection landed in the shop last week, and I am just loving some of these darker, richer hues for these last months of the year. That late 1940s / early 1950s Chocolate Ballroom Gown is one that I drool over and wish was in my size, and it pairs perfectly with the 1950s Golden Confetti Evening Bag. A few of these items have already been snatched up, but there is still plenty of lovely available.
There is something so sacred about this 1960s bridal gown. The lace details, the neckline, and that long train exude a timeless elegance. That fascinator is oh-so-lovely too — the velvet band mimics a woodsy crown, and the swiss dots on the veil add such a sweetness. Goodness I’ve loved sourcing little bridal gems like these.
Let me just say that photographing black silk velvet is one of the hardest things in all the land to do well. It is SO beautiful and luxurious and soft and absolutely amazing in person, and then looks like a sad black blob when I try to take product photos. Its like on Modern Family when they try to take photos of that cute little munchkin Lily, but she gets all weird in front of the camera. It’s a shame. Just trust me that its one of the best indulgences you can invest in. It has a weighty drape that is perfect for cold months. And that suit looks so amazing separated or worn together, and boasts one hell of a flattering fit.
And with the sad recent passing of designer Oscar de la Renta, this piece is a timely reminder of his attention to detail for the sleek, timeless, yet slightly unexpected sense of design. Its a dead stock piece, meaning its never been worn and still has its original tag on it.
I’m in the monochrome zone and think I might have a crush.
I wouldn’t call it full blown love (yet?), but it’s fair to say that I’m intrigued. And while I haven’t quite ventured into assembling any monochrome ensembles for myself, I’ve been stowing away a number of images that have caught my eye these past several months. When monochrome is done right, it can be rather striking: minimal but bold, simple and classic while being a bit avant-garde too.
Single colors head-to-toe can certainly be done wrong (not really my cup of tea there), but when layering the right cuts in the right hues, single tones can create an unexpected yet classic set of separates. It can be like a visual “hell yes, I did this on purpose, because that is how confident I am” sort of look, while still exuding a bit of “oh, who me? This old thing?” …… You know what I mean. Right?
^^ Yes and yes.
^^ Varying shades of the same color-family is frankly a hard look to craft, but I can get on board with this rendition above. Its a little like a 1970s Bridget Bardot meets the new millennium…I also just love the silhouette and drape of this outfit, so maybe I’m distracted by those bits of beauty.
I love to layer creams on creams and whites on whites all throughout my abode, so layering single hues or variants within the same Pantone family seems like a natural extension. A natural crush, at the very least.
What do you guys think, does monochrome feel too much like a passing fad, or can you get on board?
These past few days have dipped beyond cool to cold, and I’m officially putting sweaters on General Gazpacho (#notsorry, that precious pup is too little and short-haired to make it in just his birthday suit). I’m also elbow-deep into Amy Poehler’s new book (because you know I’m a total fangirl for her), and am vowing to try to squeeze in at least two more books in this month of November. It is going to be a BUSY month—with a capital B—but one can set a goal, right?
You guys got any goals for this November? I’d love to hear!
A few other things you may have missed in October:
It’s no secret that I’m a neutrals gal based on what I typically stock the MV Shop with (beaucoup des creams, whites, and blushes). Fall, however, offers such a fantastic opportunity to take your color palette into moodier hues, richer colors, that somehow still exude some sense of earth toned neutrality.
As a personal advocate of blending modern and vintage, I thought I’d style up a couple of my favorite items in the shop right now. That dress has such a beautiful blend of darker hues, a flattering fit-and-flare silhouette, and the buttons (I suggest you click on over to the listing to see more detailed photos) are really such an example of why vintage garments are such treasures. And that vintage bag is exceptional — it’s simple, handsome, and versatile — and magically fits everything you need, from your tablets and planners, cold-weather gloves, an adorable puppy (I kid) — but whatever it is you throw into your totes these days, it can easily house.
I love that this outfit doesn’t try to camouflage its vintage elements, but instead draws attention to the dress and bag without being too costume-like. What do you guys think?
I ran across this quote the other day and it has been jogging around in my mind ever since. Call it a trademark of being from the South, or call it a well-conditioned gender response, but the balance between humility and confidence is something I struggle with on the regular.
My gut tells me it isn’t polite to be confident. My instincts tell me any outward sign of confidence is conveyed as arrogance. My upbringing tells me to always give compliments, not to take them.
When someone pays me a compliment? I quickly deflect any praise with self-deprecating punches and instead start showering who I’m chatting with in praise. I’ve realized over the past couple of years — in which I have prioritized my own creative pursuits career-wise — that I’ve become self-conscious about what I do, frustrated by a lack of respect, and convinced of my nothing-ness. All that self-deprecating humor I use to deflect a compliment? It messes with my psyche and convinces me that my own attempt at humility doubles as an anthem of not valuing what I do and convincing others that they, too, should not value me or what I do.
But that is, to call it what it really is, bull shit. I LOVE what I do. I truly believe that I have creative gifts that others don’t, that I am specifically talented in ways where I can tease out beauty in any surrounding, help people feel more confident in who they are, to see their loveliness and compliment it with the right garments, to come home or to work and surround themselves with decor that makes them feel calm and understood, safe and comfortable. And I think those are incredibly important traits that I get to capitalize on every single day! And heavens knows I pull so many late nights and early mornings and long days toiling away hard at work to allow myself to succeed at what I do, and make a living off of what makes me come alive, and to push myself towards newer, bigger goals.
Beyond that, if there is anything I endlessly do, it’s taking notice of all the awesome, insanely talented and diligently hard-working women in my life — whether they are friends, or just someone I’ve followed and admired from afar. And when I get together with these ladies? I’m not shy in telling them how they inspire me. How I notice the little details that set them apart. So why is it so hard for me to take a compliment in return? The big truth I’m learning to believe in and want to start reinforcing is that it isn’t a sin to feel proud of your hard work and your passions. That is a silly taboo that has an incredibly effective way of keeping you down. Instead, if we believe in supporting those that inspire us to be better and do better, then we should also get better at learning to take in sincere compliments as well as give them. Constantly deflecting kind words — I’m learning, at least for me — is a tick I have because I don’t believe I deserve kind words. Everyone else does, sure, but not me. And when I articulate that and write it out, I see how stupid that really is and how much that type of mindset hinders my potential.
So, I’m making it a goal, friends, to get better at saying thank you rather than saying, “oh no no no.” To get better at taking that compliment and believing it, to get better at conveying pride in what I do, the impact I make in my professional circle, and the value I think my skills bring to the world at large. Just make sure for every compliment you take in, you are paying it forward to others that inspire, motivate, and support you too.
How much more effective and successful can we be if we stop telling ourselves we are less than we are? I can’t wait to see. Let’s hold each other accountable, shall we?
As a chronic renter, I’m tackling the usual apartment hurdles with a renewed vigor in our new-to-us apartment. As opposed to the past few cities we’ve lived in, we came to Philly knowing we’d be here for the next several years — and with that knowledge, I’ve been decidedly more proactive about settling in and creating a home. While a lot of my ideas for our abode will have to come gradually (because, for one, costs add up fast no matter how much D.I.Y. you put into things), I’m happily left ogling all the beautiful spaces these interwebs can proffer up to my interiors-crazed self in the meantime.
That said, have you seen this phenomenally curated home by Jesse James and Kostas (Gus) Anagnopoulos? Their tour was recently shared on Remodelista, and while it leans a bit more “traditional / farmhouse rustic” than my personal tastes, there were so many vignettes that stopped me in my tracks and left me drooling. That dark navy paint above is leaving me questioning the dark gray I just did in our kitchen…maybe I made the wrong choice?
That antique lamp is haunting me ^. It’s just so good.
/ To see more, visit their full tour over on Remodelista here.
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