You guys. Husband and I just got back from a 5 week trip to Europe. I know, crazy town. Crazier than that? While we were there, we found out we might get to go back about every 6 months or so for shorter jaunts! While we’re not sure whether all of that will pan out or not, I’m going to move forward pretending like it’s a sure thing, and start a series about my travels titled:
A Broad Abroad
So get ready, cause we’re starting right….NOW!
Our first stop was in the South of France. We stayed in Nice, but took day trips to some fun surrounding towns. This particular day we drove to Eze, took a walk on the beach, and explored the amazing old hilltop commune. Thanks to my good friend Wikipedia, I know that Eze was first populated around 2000 BC. Holy Smokes Batman, that was a really long time ago.
(Blouse – Konrad & Joseph via Anthropologie, Jeans – Levi’s, Bag – J. Crew Brompton Hobo, Sandals – Sam Edelman)
This picture is supposed to be showing good outdoor lighting, but I keep checking out the gate. I love outdoor spaces that feel just like an indoor room, and I love the idea that it’s special on the inside. Not everyone would see it till you come on in, and then there’s this beautiful glossy black gate door with a big gold letter on it. The last thing you seen when you are leaving reminds you where you have been. Nice touch.
Image via Lonny Mag
This mirror made out of porcupine quills caught my eye in Lonny Magazine. Porcupine quills are kind of an amazing thing- they are big and thick and striped. There is an animal just walkin’ around with a gaggle of these things poking out of its body. What the what?!? I’ve seen the quills in random stores and you can also order them online. A DIY mirror of porcupine quills would be THE BOMB. Just don’t stick your face on it.
I love this gorgeous wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries…too bad it’s a bajillion dollars a roll. I attempted to re-create it today for a client using this grasscloth wallpaper from Design Your Wall
and this stencil from Cutting Edge Stencil
In order to re-create it I had to go into the local Bermuda Triangle that is Home Depot. Good gawl I don’t like that place…it is a black hole of time. A total time suck. Scientists should study it as some kind of real life time warp. Every time I swear, “there is now way this will take longer than ten minutes…”, and an hour and a half later I emerge dazed and confused, shielding my eyes from that big bright thing in the sky, wondering where it has been all my life.
But, I have to say I am pretty much in love with how it came out. Pictures to follow soon…
I re-discovered this apartment the other day where Philip Gorriva spends his days.
The last store I want to show you from my Nashville adventures is called The Iron Gate.
This place is cool because when you walk in, it almost feels like an English conservatory or something, with super high skylight ceilings and old brick all around.
Some of the stuff seemed to be made for giant people.
Or we can call it a magic shop since it magically makes super tall people like me actually feel small. Yes please.
Since we are now in a magic shop, if I could magically take home the amazing things with me I saw, here is what I would take-