bohemian victorian

Sometimes things find you and sometimes they find others. As mentioned earlier, we decided to spend some of the Easter weekend antiquing. It is one of my favorite activities as you never know what you are going to find. The hunt is almost as much fun as the kill.

We found a beautiful custom made mirror that was about 6 feet long and 9 inches high. It would have looked amazing in our long hallway. However, our indecision cost us the prize. During our walk around the block discussing the merits of buying or not buying the mirror it was snatched up. Lesson learned.

The next day, I suggested we try the St. Lawrence Antique Market. Harry was more interested in the pigeons outside than the antiques inside so Myles and I took turns. As I was finishing up my search, (having successfully picked up a few small items) I spotted some Moroccan kilims rolled up on a table.

I admit that I have always been fascinated by Morocco. Iconic images like this one of Paul and Talitha Getty in Marrakech in 1969 made me want to visit.

Patrick Lichfield

Reading Paul Bowles' The Sheltering Sky furthered my curiosity.

Luckily, I was able to visit there back in the nineties and experience first hand the souks, casbahs, and Moroccan culture. I bought my first kilim on this trip and my fascination with Moroccan textiles and rugs has continued ever since.

I honestly did not think I was going to purchase a rug. I assumed they would be out of my reach.

I have been searching for a new rug for our hallway and the majority are in the $300-900 range. So, I was surprised when she told me the initial price. It wasn't that bad, $200 per rug. The more I talked to her the more she started to move on the price. I could sense a good deal coming my way. Without my husband around to confer with, I had to make a decision fast. With the images of the mirror that slipped away in my head I pounced. I couldn't let this deal slip away.

And wouldn't you know, it's a perfect fit.

In case you don't remember, this is what it looked like before...

A bit boring and bland.

Much more interesting. A little bohemian in my Victorian. As you can see, I have also painted the front door blue-black since the last post. I like the way all the colours are working together.

market finds

Here are some recent finds from the St. Lawrence Sunday Antique Market. I'm not sure what the square box with four round holes was originally used for. The cake stand is made from myrtle wood and was made in Oregon. The cheese knife has a beautifully turned wooden handle and I assume the other two things are wooden dumbbells. I love the sculptural quality of these functional pieces and the warm patina of the wood.

house projects

I admit it I'm a serial renovator. I finish one project and I'm already on the lookout for something else. Each month I tear my way through countless magazines and blogs looking for ideas. Sadly, it seems like there are fewer and fewer design magazines to look at each month. Thank goodness there are other bloggers out there who find amazing projects to look at. I find myself going to blogs more and more often for inspiration. My current house project list looks something like this:

  • Update hallway - new rug, new art (maybe a salon wall hang of black and white pieces)
  • Update dining room - new light fixture and chairs
  • Work on making kitchen more inviting (more on this later)

Recently, I've been working on the entrance way. Here's how it looked when we bought it:

And here is how it looks today:

The flags and wood barrel I bought last summer at an Antique Fair. I was born in England, which is maybe why I am always drawn to the relaxed, rambling style of British homes. This hallway from Living Etc. sums up that style.

I'm also really drawn to these simple wood stairs from Living Etc.

However, we just finished painting all of our treads out in a off-black so it will be awhile before I attempt something like this. I'm going to paint the front door in off-black to match the stairs which I think will unify the space better, Oh, and the "bench" in the hallway is actually our coffee table that we moved out of the living room when Harry started walking. Eventually, I'll replace it with a console table but for now it works. I might even top it with an upholstered pillow.