These inspiring shades of grey are brought to you by the first cool breeze of the year.
This is such a simple pretty linen from Untold Imprints. Isn’t the worn edge pretty? I like the paint-spattered table here, too.
Another rustic kitchen towel. (And eggplant. I keep on buying eggplant, keep on trying to cook it, and keep on not liking it. But I haven’t tried it with tahini yet, so maybe there’s hope.)
This is a photo from Jane Cumberbatch’s lovely home. If you don’t already, you must read Jane’s blog, Pure Style. Her photography and thoughts about simple things in the home and garden are always delightful.
I kind of really just want to live inside this color swatch.
And, lastly, I’m incredibly inspired by this fantastic headpiece from the Wovenplay collection. Watch out, Aveline. Your head is about to be decorated.
Happy Monday, everyone!
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We just got back from spending the afternoon at the beach, and we’re all tired out in that “Ooooh, the sun felt so good” sort of way. It’s a good feeling. The house is full of garlicky smells and dinner’s a few minutes away. I just had to stop for a minute and share this precious photo of Josiah and Aveline! (I took a gazillion and three more pictures today, which I’ll put up on the blog later.)
But for now, back to snuggling my sweet, freshly-bathed beach baby.
Oooh, it is so fun to see photos of people wearing items you’ve made! You creative people know what I mean. :-)
This particular hat was a custom order for a yellow-striped hat incorporating both an owl and an anchor. Of course, I couldn’t help but dub him “The Seafaring Owl”.
And isn’t Kalie beautiful? She took these photos as a part of a 365 Photo Challenge.
Images via Kalie R.; hat and headband via Oaxacaborn
This year’s autumn house and home collection from Toast UK certainly doesn’t disappoint! I just love the colors and textures. So incredibly cozy!
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Ok, I know I’m biased…but how ridiculously cute is my little shopping buddy?! I think she knows it, too. We just got back from a very fun Starbucks/mall playdate — she stared, open-mouthed, at the other baby the entire time.
P.S. Grandma S and Great-Grandma C, thank you for this new dress. We had a hard time choosing what to wear from all the adorable new outfits you just sent her!
Being the only grandchild is such a tough life.
Three years ago today, I walked down a grassy aisle in Grandma C’s backyard to Norah Jones’ Come Away with Me.
I want to walk with you
On a cloudy day
In fields where the yellow grass grows knee-high
So won’t you try to come
Come away with me and we’ll kiss
On a mountaintop
Come away with me
And I’ll never stop loving you
And I want to wake up with the rain
Falling on a tin roof
While I’m safe there in your arms
So all I ask is for you
To come away with me
And so we were married in the mountains of NorCal, with the grass beneath our feet, the towering California trees overhead, and our family and friends all around us.
We had these verses from Isaiah 41 read during the ceremony. Non-traditional, yes, but oh, so beautiful.
I the Lord will answer them;
I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
I will open rivers on the bare heights,
and fountains in the midst of the valleys.
I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
and the dry land springs of water.
I will put in the wilderness the cedar,
the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive.
I will set in the desert the cypress,
the plane and the pine together,
that they may see and know,
may consider and understand together,
that the hand of the LORD has done this,
the Holy One of Israel has created it.
A dear family friend and missionary to Japan officiated the ceremony.
We walked back down the aisle to Coldplay’s Yellow.
Look at the stars,
Look how they shine for you,
And everything you do,
Yeah they were all yellow,
I came along
I wrote a song for you
And all the things you do
And it was called yellow
So then I took my turn
Oh all the things I’ve done …
D’you know you know I love you so
You know I love you so.
It was all kinds of perfect.
All images courtesy of B. Sarah Klein, who, along with her sister, is preparing to launch A Sea Apart: Two Sisters, Two Countries, Two Photos a Day.
1. Thrifted Lands End tank top
2. Thrifted handmade crochet lace collar (pinned on with safety pins so I can remove it to wash the tank)
You too can have this outfit, if…what?! You mean you don’t have a mother who mails you boxes full of fun clothes and sewing notions? Oh.
Bosnian Coffee in Sarajevo, via RamblinCat on DeviantArt
It’s only right that we top off the end of the the long three-day weekend with COFFFEEEEEE. That delicious caramel-colored coffee goes perfectly with the rustic-looking ceramics, don’t you think? I liked the photo even more when I read that it was taken in Sarajevo!
I love the classic look of this striped towel. Although this one uses Japanese fabric, it’s modeled after the Turkish linen towels which were first hand-loomed near the Aegean and Black Seas centuries ago.
Farrin Stripe Chemise via Toast UK
This striped tunic featured in Toast UK’s newest Autumn 2011 Women’s catalogue was definitely inspired by Turkish linens!
Pink toile wallpaper via decorsupplies.co.uk
I don’t usually go too crazy for pink, but this pink twist on toile really caught my eye. Or maybe it’s just the super-clean, clutter-free space that’s appealing to me ;-)
Red Ombre Ruffle Pillow via That Funky Boutique on Etsy
I’d just love to cuddle up here amongst all those knit pillows with that cup of Sarajevan coffee.
I’m a huge fan of cable knit, especially when it’s done in off-white and earthy tones. Check out the rest of the photos from this pretty Spanish house — there are more cable knit throws and pillows throughout the home.
Cable Knit via Closet Visit
Alright, one last dose of cable knit for good measure. If Autumn has arrived where you live, you can use this to keep warm. Me, I’ll just keep dreaming while the AC is humming away…
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Happy Monday, dear readers! This week’s edition of Pretty Things is all about burlap.
Defined Lines Scarf via Anthropologie
I’ve really been drawn to these colors lately. Well, I’ve always been drawn to coral and orange, but recently I’ve begun to love mustard yellow, as well. And it’s no secret that I have a weakness for pashminas and scarves! The threads in the warp and weave pattern on this scarf remind me of a softer, more feminine version of burlap.
Roman Shade out of a Burlap Sack via Better Homes & Gardens as seen on Red Door Home
The natural look & the rustic texture of burlap really appeals to me. I also love the fact that printed grain sacks (or coffee bags!) often have the names of other countries printed on them.
Italian Cottage via Cote Maison as seen on Style Files
In keeping with the mustard yellow and burlap theme, here’s a strikingly beautiful corner of an Italian cottage. This space as the potential to appear cold since it has stone walls and a tile floor, but so much life is brought to the space through textiles. I like the mix of fabrics on the pillows, but it’s the row of baskets which really caught my eye here.
Circle Patchwork Rug via VivaTerra
This crocheted wool rug (no longer available from VivaTerra) makes me want to make my own! The color combination here is perfect, I think. In theory I like how the circles are all different sizes, but in practice I’d find it very hard to refrain from making them all uniform!
Burlap and Twine-Wrapped Bouquet via Style Me Pretty
This is so simple and yet so striking. White blooms against the natural burlap and twine — just lovely! I really like it.
I don’t think it gets much better than this last photo. Guatemalan coffee burlap headboard? Curtains reminiscent of a gypsy caravan? Red and yellow pillows? SIGN.ME.UP.
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Happy Monday! Today marks the launch of a brand-new weekly series here on Oaxacaborn: Monday’s Pretty Things! Hope you enjoy this little dose of loveliness.
Orange and Aqua Baby Shower via Lovely Little Details
I saw the above photo on Pinterest, and then went over to Lovely Little Details to see more. Oh my goodness! What a stunning party. You must view the other stunning baby shower images. I’ve never seen anything like it!
Fabric Creatures via Rain & Shine // Umbrella Prints
These whimsical creatures caught my eye. Aren’t they fun? Umbrella Prints hosted a contest to see what people would make from fabric trimmings. I loved these little animals; check out the other beautiful projects fashioned from fabric scraps.
Tribal Ethnic Tote Bag via Luxury Lanna Crafts
I really like Hmong textiles. (Did you see the adorable Hmong baby outfit I posted a while ago?) This pretty bag was sewn from a vintage Hmong baby carrier. There are so many more amazing Hmong textile bags in this Etsy shop — go look! I wanted to post them all.
I saw this Thai embroidered bag on Bloesem Kids. It’s a photo from one of the many gorgeous nurseries/kids’ rooms styled by Dutch interior designer KinderKamer. I love her portfolio — she has so many good ideas!
Woman with Lavender via Fuori Burgo
One thing I really miss about California is the lavender growing everywhere. There are few aromas more beautiful than the smell of fresh lavender, hot under the valley sun. Isn’t this picture from Fuori Borgo just gorgeous?
Lavender Bouquets from Seattle Boathouse Wedding on Ruffled
And finally, from Ruffled, these lavender bouquets are some of the loveliest wedding bouquets I’ve seen! I think the burlap and twine pairs absolutely perfectly with the lavender.
Stay tuned next week for more of Monday’s Pretty Things!