Movie Sets I’m in love with…





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Atonement. I love these muted florals.  I love the fabrics.  I love the feeling of these rooms.  Is that a needlepoint Aubusson rug?  And why can’t I find any of these vintage, fringed lampshades in the States (ebay)?  Is that an English thing?  And look!  There is a sweet beveled/etched mirror (my new obsession) on the vanity table.  Have you ever seen anything like this fireplace surround?  It’s the epitome of fancy/cozy.


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Testament of Youth.  I can’t find any other pictures of her bedroom.  It was so lovely.  It had the same feeling as Keira Knightly’s bedroom in Atonement to me.  Muted florals, velvets, the caned bench.  LOVE.

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And this sweater!  I have to make one!  I just want to buy one a similar color and embroider it with yarn myself.  That sounds doable, right?

Atonement takes place during WW2 and Testament of Youth during WW1.  Isn’t it funny that the decor feels so similar?  I think it is all about the vintage wallpaper.  I think I need it in my half bath.  This past summer we had a leak and had to replace flooring in the powder room so we also put up a half wall of white bead board and a vintage light fixture at the same time.  I love it.  I painted the upper wall white…but I’m not loving it.  It is such a small space, I think vintage wallpaper would be just the thing.

Look at this wallpaper Rachel Ashwell used.  Look at this wallpaper from Lily Ashwell’s house.  Are they not so inspiring???  They all have the same feel that I am after.

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Look at this vintage wallpaper from ebay.  It feels just about right I think.  But it is hard to say since I am looking at the colors on a computer screen.  There are 8 yards total.  I have no idea if that is enough or not.  I will need to measure.  I’ve never hung wallpaper, let alone vintage wallpaper!  What do you think???


Have you seen Queen Margot?

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I am an absolute costume movie/period movie addict.  I just love looking at the clothes and sets of different time periods.  So I am super excited to see that Queen Margot, one of my top five period films of all time, is being re-released for it’s 20th anniversary with additional footage!  I read that they cut out a lot of the original French movie in order to make it more appealing to the American market.  They wanted this French movie to focus more on the love story for the American release.  Isn’t that sort of unexpected and interesting?  I have not seen the new version yet but I am dying to.  There are so many scenes that look like they are straight out of a Renaissance painting.  I’ll warn you now though.  It is an all around intense film.  The massacre and fighting is intense, Margot’s family is intense, and the French love scenes are intense (but not in a bad, cable tv way, in a way that they fit seamlessly into the movie and enhance the characters/story).  The film is based on the Alexandre Dumas book (written in 1845) that tells the story of the 1572  St Bartholomew’s Day Masacre.  I read the book after seeing the movie and I’ll be honest, I wasn’t impressed with the book (and I usually like classic books).  How often can you say that?  Actually, I often say that when it comes to period films.  I am so in love with the visual aspect of the film that I frequently don’t care if they have destroyed the story.  As long as they haven’t made a mess of the dialogue (I hate bad dialogue!).  I can usually roll with it when the costumes and set are worth it.  That’s terrible, right?  I have to say though that with Queen Margot, the story, casting, dialogue, costumes, and sets all work for me.  It is all so terrifying and beautiful and French.


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This blue dress kills me.  Literally.  I want one.


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Look at the hair jewelry/crown.  To die for.


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This shot is amazing.  It looks like a painting to me.  The director goes for some extra long, still shots of some scenes so that you can appreciate the artwork of it all.


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Isabelle Adjani was 39 years old in this movie.  What?!?!?  I’m 39 now.   She is so lovely.  French women really do know something about beauty, don’t they?  It’s rather inspiring.


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Did I mention that Vincent Perez plays Margot’s love?  He is every bit as beautiful as she is.


I just realized something.  I think this is the film that truly began my obsession with period films, costumes, and fabric.  I was maybe 19 or 20 when Christian and I rented this on video.  I can remember watching it for the first time and rewinding it and re watching it immediately afterwards.  If you haven’t seen this movie, please do and tell me what you think!




The Great Gatsby and a few other things…


Is everyone as excited as me to see Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby?  It comes out May 10.  I am all about period movies based on classic literature.  I think it is my favorite movie genre ever.  I’m in love with the clothing from this time period.  Have you seen the Prada sketches of costumes for the movie floating about on Pinterest?  Every time I watch this Gatsby trailer I want to chop my hair off and lose 20 pounds.  LOL  I am of course on the lookout for some Gatsby inspired clothing.



I have been extremely lucky in finding some new clothes this Spring that I just adore.   They are not 1920’s but they feel vintage and maybe even a little Gatsby to me.  They sort of make me want a Mint Julep.


I am just crazy for subtle, feminine detailing in clothing.  I also really enjoy clothes that look period or even a little costumey.  I get that it’s not everyone’s thing.  In some parallel universe, I think I just might be a costume designer for the movies:)  This is a 100% cotton eyelet, peplum top with a scalloped sleeve from Ann Taylor Loft.  I have to admit that I had just about given up hope on Loft.  Their fall/winter stuff was all synthetic materials and no vintage feeling clothes at all.  I am so happy I “happened to check them out” again.  They are just about the only convenient clothing store (other than Target) to me so I will most likely forever continue to walk through Loft even though I have a love/hate relationship with it.



Here is another one from Loft, 100% cotton, dotted Swiss t with an eyelet panel down the front and 3 little buttons on the back.



This mint, 100% cotton, peter pan collar shift has row, vertical pleats (That isn’t the right word.  Granzie, help me out…what is that called?  It escapes me right now.) and khaki highlighted, open work/hemstitching (not sure exactly what that’s called either) down the front.



This one is from Boden.  It’s 100% cotton, dotted Swiss with a peter pan collar and scalloped button placket.  I will most likely wear all of these with jeans.



The shoes are from  It’s a brand new to me called Chelsea Crew that does some very vintagey looking shoes.  Yay!  I saw these shoes and had to have them even though I don’t wear heels.  These are very comfortable and great for someone like me who loves the look of heels but doesn’t have the sort of life for heels (they are very low+wide=practical).  I’m wearing these to the grocery.  With jeans.   I don’t care.  I’m not waiting to dress up to use them (because I really never go anywhere that I need to dress up).  I have always wanted t-strap shoes, they are just so old fashioned.  These are synthetic (not leather) and therefor, pretty reasonably priced.   The hat was $10 from Target.  Oh no!  Hats on beds is bad!  Thanks Drugstore Cowboy for giving me a hats on beds phobia (Carey, this movie always makes me think of you <3 ).

PS  The flower duvet on the bed is a recent consignment find that I’m absolutely crazy for.  I got a whole set of Liberty of London for Target bedding from the Consignment shop next to the Farm Woman’s market in Bethesda a few months ago.  It was a great price AND my mom was so kind to spoil me and buy it for me 🙂



I’ve been messing around with some Masterpiece Theater inspired hairdos in an attempt to feel inspired about keeping my hair long when I see Gatsby.  I’m so not kidding.  When I walked out of Luhrman’s Moulin Rouge movie I knew I needed a belly button ring.  I didn’t even like the movie, but it was so visually inspiring.   PS  This hairstyle was super easy.


Um….I’ve never posted a pic of myself in the 3.5 years I’ve had my blog.  Awkward.  I wanted to post this for 2 reasons.  #1 My Grams face-timed me by accident last weekend and I was sick and looked awful.  I promise I don’t always look soooo horrible, Grams 🙂  (plus, I was taking a pic of my hair anyway).  #2  This is the other shirt I bought this Spring from Boden.  It is synthetic, but it has a peter pan collar and horizontal, row pleating/what-sits?    And the color is just darling.


OK, so the name of this post should actually be:  Holy Cow!  I bought five shirts!  Such a splurge but I’m happy I did it.  Sometimes it just feels good when it’s my turn to be spoiled.


**Pin tucking!  Thanks, Nora 🙂  Those are the pleated what-sits I was thinking of…**



Baby/Children Clothes

I’ve been eating a lot of chocolate and haven’t slept well in about 4 nights, so my thoughts are moving almost too quick to capture today.   I apologize ahead of time, I hope this post will be coherent!

Let’s talk about kids/baby clothes for a minute.   I love to save my kids’ baby clothes/blankets etc.  (For excellent inspiration for saving baby clothes, look at this blog post-it’s to die for!  Yep, it’s in Finnish, just look at the pics :).  For me textiles are as good as (or better than) pictures.  When I hold a baby outfit, I can feel and smell and think all the same things that I did when my children were wrapped in those darling fabrics.   I have a fairly complex process of going through clothes when Mila outgrows them.  1.  I pull out any clothes I can’t part with for a keep sake box  2.  I wash/pack up the rest  to pass on to our baby neice  3.  When the clothes come back, I sort through them to decide what I want to cut up for quilts/crafting or re-purposing  4.  I try to consign what I don’t want to keep for crafting  5.  I donate what Lucy’s Consignment doesn’t want  6.  I cut up the clothes for crafting purposes.   Today, I finally made it to this round of step #6.  Let me show you some pictures!

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I am going to cut these pieces  into 5×5 squares.  This is what I will make into a keep-sake quilt.




I changed my mind and couldn’t bear to cut this one up.  It’s Italian travel/landmarks/scooter fabric.  I love the colors, I love everything about this.

This is a brim from an 18-24 baby hat (Gymboree 2005 or 2006).  I think it will be just darling as a detachable collar (almost to be used like a necklace) for Mila.  I will probably shorten it and put some kind of pretty closure on it.  I love the detailing/rickrack and fabric/colors.  It’s perfect because it already has fabric stabilizer in it to make it a little stiff , it reverses to a co-ordinating fabric and it is basically the perfect shape already.  *I think I am going to try and make it into a peter pan collar.*  I am inspired to make some detachable collars for her after seeing The Well-digger’s Daughter on Netflix/watch it now (you must watch this one for the clothes, they are so lovely!).  I also want to do a crocheted collar for her (like this).


This is the rest of that hat.  Hmmmm…Im not sure what to do with it yet.  It looks like a cozy for something?   Or a pin cushion?  Or what?  Can’t decide, but it’s too pretty to throw away.



Here are leg elastics from the matching bloomers to this outfit.  Look at the details!  They made these with co-ordinating fabric trim.  I love that.  I love the love that goes into that.  These type of details are missing from today’s clothes.  Or maybe it’s just Mila’s size?  Are clothes getting less cute/not as well made the older she gets?   I think I am going to make these into hair elastics.

Gap has a new Peter Rabbit line.  I would have bought all of this, if they had made it in her size:

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Aren’t they just darling?  Why didn’t Gap make the Peter Rabbit line in bigger sizes?  Why do they assume we want to dress our three year olds like they are teenagers?  I feel like emailing them!  Are you seeing a color theme here?  I think I am loving pink and yellow!

Guess what I ordered for myself from Boden?!?!   The scallop trim shirt (in yellow) and the casual cable cardigan (in soft red/pink).  I adore the fabric (both are 100% cotton) and details and colors of these two items.  They look vintage inspried to me.  I just hope they fit properly!  I wanted the scallop trim shirt last year and was sorry when I didn’t get it.  So I was super happy to see they brought it back this year.


I cut these felt Miffy heads to patch onto Mila’s dirty knees.  It was a Pinterest idea of course.  I am terribly obsessed with bunnies right now.  Like this pillow and this wall decal and this wallpaper (I don’t think they sell this anymore) and all of this bunny stuff from Maileg.  Oh and I ebayed this adorable bunny night light but what I really wanted was this expensive Miffy one.   I also can’t get enough of fawns and foxes.  Thank goodness for Pinterest.  If I had my shop or my own children’s clothes line, it would be nothing but bunnies, fawns and foxes right now.


**Have you ever seen Olive’s Friend Pop childre’s clothes (I think I have posted about them before)?  I think they are literally the cutest, vintage inspired clothes out there.  Way out of my price range, but so inspirational.**

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I love the colors, fabrics, details and design.  If I had a shop, I would sell this.  Look at the bonnet!  **After a little research, I realized this company is no longer in business.  Isn’t that a shame?  I wish I could start a children’s clothing company with clothes like this but priced more like Gymboree!**


***PS***If you want to make some lovely vintage inspired baby clothes,  you can find lovely patterns at Oliver and S.

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On the Road



I have to admit, I only read this because I wanted to make sure I read it before seeing the movie.  Somehow I missed reading this in highschool?!?!  I always avoided reading it post school because I thought it would be annoying.  I don’t know why.  Anyway, I am so glad I read it.  I really loved it.  It was so funny!  I love crazy.  I loved the wildness of it all.  It was very entertaining and so readable.  I think it made me miss being young.

“At dawn I got my New York bus and said good-bye to Dean and Marylou.  They wanted some of my sandwiches.  I told them no.  It was a sullen moment.  We were all thinking we’d never see one another again and we didn’t care.”  That makes me laugh every time I read it.

I’m not sure how I felt about the movie.  I didn’t hate it.  I’m not sure if I liked it though.  I might need to see it again to decide for sure.  I didn’t hate Bella (Kristin Stewart).  But I don’t hate her in general.  I think she has potential as an actress (did you see The Runaways?) because I think she is slowly improving.  I also like that she doesn’t look like a typical Hollywood actress.  I don’t think I liked the choices for the male actors.  Sal was too boring and Dean was way different in my head (crazier and more wonderful than he appeared on screen).  The only male character/actor I liked in the film was their friend, Carlo Marx (Tom Sturridge, I don’t think I have seen him in anything else?).



Call the Midwife

PBS has a new show airing this Sunday (September 30th) at 8pm.  It’s called “Call the Midwife” and it looks fabulous (I guess it is already a hit in England?).  It is about midwives and it is period (of course it’s a hit).  Super fun!  Don’t forget to watch it!