As I dig around the web, read magazines in grocery store check-out lines and hear tips from friends and random strangers, I compile a mental list of gems I love. Here are Four Finds I'd love to have, in some form or another, in my life.
1. Letter Napkins
Um...as a woman who loves writing, reading and quotes, these really speak to me. :)
At first, I thought the whole point was to write one of your own, and the company would then print it onto a linen napkin.
Perhaps you'd write your daughter a letter on her birthday, for example.
I loved the idea of that, but it turns out the company has already curated little collections from famous people throughout history. I find the whole thing intriguing. It reminds me of these plates that were popular when I was kid, special occasion plates. You got to use the special plate if it was your birthday, for example. They had some kind of writing along the edge. I'm sure there are a million variations around today, with quotes of all sort.
The idea of a letter napkin is so charming to me. I can just picture the dinner table conversations as a result, and then reality strikes and I realize my kids would probably tell inappropriate jokes or repeat tedious but innocuous memes (what do you call bees that make milk?........boo-bees).
Sigh. Maybe I'll just get some for myself.
2. Hand-Painted Mural Papers
For anyone who follows Miss Mustard Seed, you've no doubt seen the hand-painted mural papers from Susan Harter. These are gorgeous! I am pretty minimalist in my decor style, but something like this would be just the thing to have in an otherwise simple room. I am now thinking about where in my house I could possibly apply this.
Here are a few of my favorites:
I really love a simple style that doesn't have too much going on in terms of pictures hanging on the walls, knick-knacks adorning every surface and collections of items displayed in cabinets. To me, having a wall painted in a mural like this is the perfect amount of decor without having to dust anything. :)
3. Porch Swing
I am on the lookout for a porch swing. Now that we own a home, for the first time since being married, I have a small list of wants I'd like to include:
1. Herb Garden
2. Porch Swing
3. Clawfoot Bathtub (done)
4. Gas Range (done)
5. Library/Reading Nook
That's about it. I have the range and tub, so I'm keeping my eyes peeled for a porch swing and trying to figure out the best way to include a library in a home I want to be fairly minimal and also learn how to plant herbs. Seriously. I don't even know where to start.
Back to the porch swing. I was perusing a magazine (decorating I think) in the grocery store check-out line. I'm one of those 'older' people who refuses to use self-check out because there isn't enough therapy in the world to calm me down after trying to use those rancid machines. Anyway, I saw this porch swing:
I texted myself the brand name and came straight home to look it up.
In a shocking turn of events (ha), it is one of the most expensive porch swings around at $2031.
Still, I do live in North Carolina, where low country is the style statement. And it speaks to me. It really does. I imagine myself with a book in hand (Willa Cather or Katherine Anne Porter), a glass of something iced by my side (coffee or Pimm's) and Sandy flopped on the porch a few feet in front of me so I can see her rest her face on the cement and look at me with soulful eyes.
The life I live in my head is so lovely.
4. Pink Cloud Moisturizer
So, as I read up on hormones and peri-menopause and how the heck to keep my body balanced, I keep reading about toxins and how our bodies are responding to everything from what we eat to what we put on our skin.
I'm pretty slow to the natural skincare world. The few products I've tried have been heavy, smelled awful and not worked any better (often worse) than chemical-filled products, so I'm wary.
But....I keep seeing Herbivore Botanicals everywhere (and by that I mean on my Tumblr feed).
I did some research, then, on the brand. Natural ingredients. A group of friends testing products on each other. Seattle.
Am I supposed to just ignore that trifecta?
I'm working to use up all my beauty products before I buy more, but I'm getting low on moisturizer. So, when I'm done with the lovely Darphin moisturizer I've been using since January, I'll be purchasing Herbivore's Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme.
As I get older, I am careful about my purchases (or at least I try to be).
After thousands of wasted dollars on impulse purchases, emotional buys and settling for less, I've learned the value of waiting for the right moment, saving enough money and truly contemplating each purchase, lest I fill another home with furniture I dislike, clothes that don't properly fit and drawers of beauty products that don't do their job (or worse, make me break out).
I've noticed, as I've moved around the country and lived into my forties, that what stays with me, the stuff I actually love and use and appreciate, was never cheap, never thoughtlessly purchased and never someone else's idea.
There are perks to getting older.
Now I just have to find the best wall for that gorgeous mural paper. Ugh. So soothing.
Have you found any blog-worthy finds lately? Fill me in because I'm always on the lookout.