I am now offering Free Shipping on all pieces in the Chairish shop (excludes furniture)! Check out some of the new pieces I recently listed and stay tuned as I’ll be offering a sneak peak of upcoming items that will be for sale soon.
While hanging with a friend the other day, she was thumbing through Seattle Magazine’s September 2014 issue and said, “Oh my gosh Alyse, I thought this was a picture of your living room! You have to check this out!” I laughed and said, “Wow, I love this house. The living room looks like it could be set in Palm Springs. But this was Seattle. Who decorated this house?”
Image Courtesy Seattle Magazine
I discovered this beautifully decorated mid-century home is owned by Keri Petersen of KP Spaces. Keri’s home showcases her carefully curated vintage pieces (some revamped by Keri herself), vibrant colors, brass accents, and a gorgeous art gallery, all set against white walls.
Keri Petersen of KP Spaces, Image Courtesy Seattle Magazine
Many of Keri’s finds come from her thrifting trips and Etsy. I think she does a fabulous job blending the old and new such as how her dining room flows effortlessly into the kitchen. The $20 mint-turquoise dining chairs are the perfect compliment to her original Sears stove.
Image Courtesy Seattle Magazine
Image Courtesy Seattle Magazine
And check out how Keri converted the coveted mid-century built in planter into an ice bucket for her favorite liquor and wine bottles. It’s the perfect spot for guests to help themselves to a yummy cocktail.
I hope to connect with Keri one of these days for some thrift shopping. I think the two of us could cause some damage shopping the thrift and consignment stores around Seattle. And I could really use her advice on how I could revamp an ugly dining table.
You can check out more of Keri’s interview and a list of her favorite Ballard shops in the current issue of Seattle Magazine.
In this week’s Get the Look, I bring you the tole chandelier. I picked up a Vintage Italian Tole Chandelier in the classic lily design and just listed it on Chairish. To get a similar look, check out what Dita Von Teese did in her retro pink kitchen. She used her vintage chandelier to round out the feminine vibe of her 1950’s kitchen.
If you are want to modernize the chandelier for your space, you can paint it gold or all white. Check out some of these inspirational pics…
Image Courtesy Chinoiserie Chic
Image Courtesy Pinterest
Image Courtesy Design Sponge
If you have a tole chandelier in your home, I’d love to see how you’ve styled this beauty in your space. If you have a picture you want to share, please send to me atIf you have a tole chandelier in your home, I’d love to see how you’ve styled this beauty in your space. If you have a picture you want to share, please send to me at @gmail.com and it may be featured in a follow up Get the Look post.
As you may have guessed, I’m a sucker for pink. I’m a firm believer you can decorate with hints of pink without making your room look too girly or your significant other crazy.
I recently came across some pictures on Decor Pad as I was hunting for pictures of living rooms and am in awe of this space designed by Tobi Fairley. I’m always inspired by her colorful designs and just love what she did for her client. The space screams G-L-A-M-O-U-R.
I love that Tobi offset the all pink + black + white room with a pair of aqua green lamps. And notice how the lamps compliment the subtle blue-green ceiling? Genius.
I also like her choice for the wall coverings. The simplicity of the Phillip Jeffries Silver Union Square wallpaper adds a modern touch to this living room. I have to say wallpaper is growing on me again after living without it the past 10 years. I had multiple layers covering every crevice in my house that I painstakingly removed. I can see how it breathes new life into an old space and am considering it for my vanity area.
And this spot Tobi carved out for a small desk – lacquered white of course – is perfect. I like that she chose a modern faux bois seat covering for the pink Chippendale chair.
Besides displaying a bunch of pink flowers in your home, how do you incorporate this feminine color into your space? Do you have a favorite piece of pink furniture? Will your significant other let you decorate your home in pink?
Today I begin a new weekly post called ‘Get the Look’, where I will feature a piece available for sale in the shop and how you can incorporate it in your home. I am a huge believer that by mixing old and new pieces of furniture, lamps, pillows, and ceramics, your home will reflect your personality and turn your house into a home.
This week I’m featuring the infamous black panther as a way to bring old school glamour to your home. This cat ruled the 1950’s and can be found in vintage collectibles from housewares to lighting. I just listed this Hollywood Regency Panther Table Lamp in my Chairish storefront, completely rewired and for sale for $110.
You can get the look of Elizabeth Taylor’s 1970’s luxurious living room where she displayed a big cat on her side table amongst gilt and orange accents. Or for a more current trend, check out one of my favorite designers Christine Dovey of Bijou & Boheme, who has a big ceramic cheetah in her home.
Displaying the big cat is not for the shy of heart. But if you are looking to add a touch of old hollywood glamour to your space, you can’t go wrong with this statement lamp. MEOW!
I don’t know about you but I’m relishing the hot days of Summer and am drawn to the colors of the season including hot pink, navy, and gold. I’ve picked up some unique vintage pieces that incorporate the Summer vibe that I just listed in the shop. Could this brass armadillo be any cuter?
Come shop these pieces and more on the AnthologyHouse Chairish and Etsy storefronts.
Something I’ve always wanted to learn since diving into the creative world of curating + blogging is how to use Photoshop. The program has always scared me and I thought only graphic designers and photographers could tackle it. With so many tools and command keys it can be overwhelming to teach yourself.
Being a hands on person, I knew I needed assistance from some professionals. So when an opportunity to take an in-person boot camp course called Blogshop with the gorgeous Bri Emery of Design Love Fest (I’m a HUGE fan and follower of her blog) and her killer photography partner, Angela Kohler of AngelaandIthyle announced they were holding a class in Portland, I jumped at the chance to sign up.
The class was held at the Tillamook Station in PDX this past weekend and was attended by a number of talented bloggers of all styles and focuses – from lifestyle to non-profit – we were all there to soak up the knowledge and creative energy of Bri and Angela.
On Day 1, there was no messing around and we jumped into the basics right away. Thank goodness I was riding on multiple cups of coffee as we furiously learned short cuts, cropping, scaling, and effects. By the end of class, I felt like I had been hit by a truck and was completely wiped out. Angela saw the look on my face and reassured me the next day would be better – she promised it would all sink in by Day 2. And boy was she right!
Day 2 started with a review of the shortcuts we had learned the day before and then we dived right into creating an animation from our profile pics (taken by Angela). It was so rewarding to see your creation come to life in the form of a short clip.
The rest of the day was ultimately easier and more care free as we tackled colors, masking, and filters. It was refreshing to see how relatively simple it was to create a mood board and now that I’ve got the basics – I hope to put their tips and tricks to the test.
So my synopsis of the class is this – YOU HAVE TO TAKE IT – if you want to learn the basics of Photoshop in a cool, hip, and fun environment – get the skills you need from the best of the best! Your blog will thank you.
I’m back and so excited to share the vintage goodies I picked up on my travels around the South! With my whole family in tow, we road tripped from Nashville to Southwest Florida and covered a lot of territory. I bribed my children with milkshakes and promises of new lego sets so I could stop at the antique malls, thrift shops, and church rummage sales that dot the highway down to Florida.
Imogene + Willie
Before we got to our final destination of Sanibel, we stopped in Nashville to visit with my sister-in-law. She gave me an awesome tour of Nashville as we hit up shops, restaurants (had my first meat and 3), and boutiques around the city. Of all the neighborhoods we visited my favorite was 12 South. There you’ll find Imogene + Willie, Fork’s Drum Closet, Savant Vintage, and Josephine’s. Josephine’s was definitely my favorite restaurant and I have to say the chicken livers with pepper jelly was delicious. Yum!
Caroline and Alyse at Flair Vintage Decor
Next on my stop was Flair Vintage Décor, owned by the fabulous and very fashionable Caroline West. I have been an Instagram follower of Caroline’s for sometime and am always in awe of her vintage finds. I dropped in and chatted with Caroline about her favorite vintage haunts in Nashville and how she started her shop. I absolutely adored meeting her and look forward to another visit next Summer.
Lydia and Alyse at The Bluebird Cafe
And last but not least, a trip to Nashville is not complete until you visit the infamous Blue Bird Cafe for their songwriters circle where artists perform in a small, intimate setting. I was blown away by the writers and their performances including Victoria Shaw who gave a very moving performance of her hit, “I Love The Way You Love Me.” We were also surprised to see a fellow guest in the audience – Aloe Blacc.
Victoria Shaw at The Bluebird Cafe
After Nashville we made a quick trip down through Atlanta but unfortunately we did not have as much time as I would have liked to shop since we had to be in Florida for the Fourth of July. I was really bummed as I know there are TONS of designers residing in Atlanta that influence the style of the South. I’m hoping on our next trip back I will have more time to visit shops and designers I’ve come to admire including Parker Kennedy and H & H Home.
Destination – The Beach!
So after 13 hours in the car and stops at Chick-fil-A for the kiddos, we finally made it to Sanibel and that is where the relaxing began. I did get to sneak away for some vintage shopping during our beach visit and was in faux bamboo heaven. I could see the influence of Palm Beach the further South I drove as I neared the Naples area.
Luckily I was able to pick up some goodies for the shop and ship them back to Seattle. In the coming week I will be filling up my Chairish and Etsy shops with treasures I picked up on my trip. You’ll find colorful pieces and unique vintage beauties that will add sophistication and whimsy to your space including: a Vintage Metal Tole Floral Chandelier, Italian Wheat Wall Sconce, Staffordshire Greyhounds, Vintage Barware, and much, much more.
I’m heading out for family vacation…please note any orders placed between 6/24-7/30 will ship August 1st. And be sure to follow me on Instagram. I’ll be posting pics of my vintage discoveries as I check out Nashville, Atlanta, and South Florida.