Saturday, November 12, 2011

come and knock on my door.

on the weekends i get up hours before anyone else {unless the surf is good, then they're up before me} and i sit quietly in my front room watching The Rachel Zoe Project and drinking cup after cup of coffee, usually while looking through old issues of Domino {i kept every single issue and still refer to them all the time - Domino i miss you!}. Anyway, today as i sat there and looked around this room that is so me and the rain came pounding down and Roger fired Miah {i love Miah! wish he'd do a makeover at my home}, 
I thought about this room and
thought i'd share some of the things 
that make our house a home.

Buddhas; all shapes, colors and sizes. 
from serene, old world antiques to colorful, fat and happy Buddhas 
{i find most of these at Marshall's, World Market or Ross}. 
My living room is full of these plump guys. i love them.

distressed, weathered wood anchor pieces, some from Pottery Barn, some from Tijuana and the armoire {purchased unfinished, then i painted it to look like the cover of The Four Agreements Book}.


a hot pink, embroidered, patchwork 
Moroccan pouf 
{found at Home Goods a year or so ago - score $89}.


an abundance of pillows in various patterns, colors and textures. 
{my latest find, two Flokati pillows in cream found at Target $14.99 ea.}.

we are fortunate to have amazing professional photographers in our circle of close friends providing us with tons of family photos taken throughout the years. these photos are my most favorite works of art. i look at these photos every day and count my blessings. truly.

i group my books by color on the book shelves. they make a bold statement and a jolt of color in the room. from the stack of Nat Geo's to a tower of hot pink books, color blocking on a shelf. baskets of surf magazines and fashion mags are always at the ready.

a pillow, a luxe throw, a drum set stool that used to accompany a black junior drum set {long ago sold on Craigslist} that now usually acts as a foot stool all in 
leopard print. this girl loves leopard!

{that's wizards of waverly place on the tv, for those of you who are detail oriented}.

a bubblegum pink and a jet black pair of acoustic guitars hang as art on the wall above the couch. a Hawaiian ukele and a set of bongo drums rest aside the armoire. no one here no how to play anything really, so i love it when one of our friends comes over, picks up an instrument, tunes it, and starts to play.

bright. bold, inexpensive surf art and a Jack Johnson concert poster hang in simple frames as wall art, along with a few canvases i painted a few years back { i love to paint, it's just a hobby that doesn't make it on the to do list often enough}, one of my first Etsy purchases; a Keep Calm and Carry On print in British red from SFgirlbybay, a reminder that when the going gets tough, the tough get going {proven time and time again by my Liverpuddlian mum} and crosses adorn the wall as well. i know, Buddhas and crosses
...i am undefined, but a believer.

and last numerous tchotchkes, a small collection of vintage manual and polaroid cameras, candles galore, 50 year old Cuban, wooden cigar boxes my husband inherited from his childhood Florida days, an old, old aqua globe, feather dream catchers, crystal Lalique fish {wedding gifts},  kids pottery and Papier-mâché  from high school art classes, striped Mexican horse blankets and a faux fur throw in steel blue, a couple of yoga mats, two siamese cats and a ginger chihuahua. 

it's a super casual place, not at all like the decor that drives me wild, 
it's a notch above a surf shack
constantly filled with teenagers, 
loud music and the sound of skateboards.
but these are the things make our house a home.

come and knock on my door. 
you are always welcome.