Inspiration with Annie Selke

When exiting your young adulthood there are a few sure fire signs you are indeed growing up. Maybe you realize a night in with a movie is more exciting than going out to a bar. Or you realize “sleeping in” now means 8a.m. because your internal clock won’t let you go past that work day alarm of 6:30 a.m. Or instead of browsing magazines or the web for the latest fashion or celebrity gossip, you would rather spend your time gathering inspiration for your home or apartment. I remember when I was about to graduate high school and my older sister couldn’t wait to go furniture shopping, as she had spent weeks collecting inspiration for her new home. I remember at the time thinking it was just about the worst thing I could think of doing. She just smiled and said, “one day, you will love it.” And she was right.

I can say I am officially “growing up” because browsing for home decor inspiration excites me more than the “latest it shoe.” I have a few destinations I check regularly for inspiration and a few designers I check-in with to see if they  have new inventory. Annie Selke is one of them. She does clean, chic, and timeless with the best of them. You may remember this dog bed I posted from her a few months ago. The dogs are still enjoying it and so am I, as it looks chicer than other dog bed option out there.

While you can always continue to stay updated on her products via her website, there is something about flipping through a catalogue that I still enjoy. It is like reading a book versus a Kindle. I just can’t give up that feeling of “turning a page.” This past weekend I received Annie’s latest catalogue and it has me spinning with new ideas. Not only is the bedding at the top of my list but so is this gorgeous lamp.  However, one thing I could not wait on was this Annie Selke’s Dash & Albert Masinissa Hand Knotted rug (pictured). It is so soft and offers a nice touch of pattern to our minimalist living room.

I hope you enjoy browsing Annie Selke’s website and gathering inspiration for your home! But if you are like me and want to “flip the page” you can sign up here to receive a catalogue of your own!

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Lacquered Front Door

To know me is to know that I have this thing with front doors. I first noticed this love on a trip to London a few years ago. I noticed I was staring more at the doors that what the actual house looked like. They say wedding invitations are the first impression someone has of how your wedding will be (which I think is utter BS) but to me a front door is the first impression someone has of your home. My love for doors grew exponentially after a my summer in Paris. I would spend days walking around only taking photos of doors. I would get the craziest stares in the streets, from locals no doubt, wondering why this crazy tourist wants a photo of a door they see every day. But to me, the door was new (or old), exciting, and full of stories and possibilities. I would imagine how old that door was, who had crossed it in previous lives, and what was beyond that door. They possibilities are endless and it became a fun game!

To have this love of doors and come home to a front door that is less than spectacular has always bothered me. So this year, I am doing something about it. I have wanted to lacquer my front door for what seems like a lifetime! The modern and clean look always catches my eye. The only problem, I can’t decide which color to paint it. I am stuck on grey, navy, orange, or green. I have been pulling inspiration from around the web on different colors but still can not decide. I mean, this is the door that every random strangers driving or walking by will see. It has to be good!

I am hoping to figure out which color this weekend so my painter can get going. Any advice, input, or color selection is very welcomed! I am beyond ready to have a cool front door 🙂

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photos via the shine factor

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