Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Your Favorites

Ok today might be my favorite "Your Favorites" ever. Erika from small shop's house is everything I dream of. Eclectic, warm, glamorous. Really, its just perfect. I am sort of obsessed with everything. Really. Ok I'll stop now.

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Hello fellow sparklies! I'm Erika from small shop, just thrilled that Alex invited me over to share with you a few of my favorite things. If you are familiar with my blog and style, then you know that I'm all about a bit of glam in my life, mixed with a touch of pattern and color, and lots o' brass.
I love our dining room because it was the easiest room in the house! It seemed to come together naturally, and I love each and every piece in it, including the 1970's Italian ice bucket, dishes from my grandmother's china set, a vintage brass mushroom lamp, a pair of Lucite candlesticks, 1980's napkins from Spain, antique Port glasses, monogrammed lowball glasses, DIY 1970's framed photographs, my very first original artwork purchase, and of course...
I suppose it would be obvious that my favorite textile in the house is the iconic David Hicks La Fiorentina in ivory/bark. These pillows were not meant to go in the dining room initially, but have definitely found their home there, and add just the right amount of interest that will never go out of style.
Now we move into my office where I installed a gallery wall of art including paintings on canvas by my daughter, a sketch of the Trevi Fountain in Rome I drew on our honeymoon, an abstracted Vanity Fair spread by Lauren DiCioccio, an original abstract by artist Erin Ashley, cheap DIY pieces from an old Vogue calendar, a gift from Jen Ramos of MadeByGirl, and this crayon scribble I found in my daughter's sketchpad quite randomly one day. She was younger than 2 at the time (she's almost 3 now) and it seemed so spontaneous and free, yet with a strong sense of purpose--just like my daughter!
I am extremely fortunate to have inherited this gorgeous 1950's teak buffet that my grandfather shipped to me all the way from Hawaii last summer. (And if it could get any better: it came with my grandmother's hand-painted gold-rimmed 12-piece bone china set!) I bought and refurbished the lamp bases from Ebay just to have something worthy to sit atop it!
I'd have to choose the pair of brass mushroom lamps I scored at a local vintage shop for $112. I kind of bought them on a whim, really only needing one for my desk (the other is in the dining room, shown up top). They will be together again one day!
Thanks for taking this mini-tour with me! For more photos of my always-in-progress house (is it that way for you too?), please check out my house tour. Hope to see you soon!

69 comments:

  1. Can't decide if I like the bar or the art wall more-- so chic! Great post. Xx

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  2. Stunning! LOVE the wall color and what a beautiful teak buffet!

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  3. I am a huge fan of Erika! I love her style.

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  4. wow! what a gorgeous house!! i love all the touches of gold. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  5. I seriously can't get enough of Erica's home, and can definitely see a relationship between your styles! A fabulous person to feature on "Your Favorites!"

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  6. I want to live there ASAP!!!!!!!!! Dying over here!!!!! That is just my style, vintage yet modern!

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  7. Now I'm obsessing. Omg. Can she come decorate my apartment for me?

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  8. wow! Alex, this place has you written all over it -- shocked you didn't design it!! LOVE the gallery wall. That center piece is AMAZING.

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  9. Love Erika and her house! She did much of the paper suite for our wedding- amazing!

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  10. wow this is fabulous! love your daughter's art, it fits the wall perfectly. Absolutely beautiful favorites!!!

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  11. That dining room is dreamy. The gorgeous table, the modern chairs, the sizable mirror and the pillows and bar tray. All perfect.

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  12. Holy crap...I love every single thing!!! I have a similar credenza and seeing this post has made me want a pair of fabulous lamps to adore it as well. The brass lamp is to die for and of course, I love the La Fiorentina. Loved seeing this peak into Erika's home- so so gorgeous!

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  13. Wow! You have such amazing style! I love it! Amazing job! I especially love your office gallery wall with all the hints of gold. Spectacular!

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  14. what a gorgeous home! I love the gray paint with colorful gallery wall, it just pops!

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  15. ahh i LOVE her home!! all the gold is divine!

    xo

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  16. loooooooooooove it. every last bit of it. i knew i'd be visiting erika daily after my first time "touring" her home. pretty much obsessed with the mushroom lamps, and love that the buffet is from family. nothing cooler than that in my opinion!

    always fun to catch up with this series, alex! ox

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  17. LOVE it all ! Erika and her gorgeous home are my very favorite ! Love the new gallery wall.

    xxLily
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  18. OH wow!! Love everything about this home! Totally going to hope over and check her out! :)

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  19. Simply stunning! All the details, the fold accents, that buffet!!!! Love everything. Erika's taste is simply flawless...
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  20. I love the idea of turning kid's art into real framed art!

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  21. She's amazing. And I love that she shares the same name and spelling as me :)

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  22. Erika's a favorite. Her daughter's scribble looks like some high-end piece of art in a gold frame. And she really scored with her grandparents' buffet.

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  23. Absolutely dreamy... Erika is such an inspiration to me... someday my apartment will be this fabulous! :)

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  24. I heart all things Erika, especially her style. I'm obsessed with her gold lamps. I love that she has her grandfathers buffet! Can I be even more obsessed now? xo

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  25. Erika, your home is practically perfect in every way ;) LOVE your styling!

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  26. Yup. This is definitely my favorite of the favorites!

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  27. If she wakes up one day and finds that her lamps are stolen ... its because I took them! Love, love the brass lamps!

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  28. your house is beautiful!! loved the lamp vases from e-bay! can't get enough of that perfect art gallery wall! thanks for sharing!

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  29. These photos are amazing! I love everything about the design aesthetic!

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  30. I'm so obsessed with Erika's home. It's utter perfection. Have you seen her daughter's room too?? So adorable, without any trace of a barf-inducing "kid" vibe. IE, it's perfect for years to come.

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  31. Erika. I die. You are incredible. Can you come over to my house please? And help? ;) That art wall is beautiful (love your daughter's scribble as well)!

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  32. OK so WOW....did not expect to come here and see so many lovely comments! Thank you all! And thank you Alex for allowing me the opportunity to show these! I've actually been kinda bored with my house lately. Feeling a little invigorated now. ;o)

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  33. Her place is stunning! I love how she framed her daughter's scribble, the best kind of art!

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  34. Seriously impressive, I love her style...so many great details! Its great that some of the items have such special meaning behind them too :)

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  35. How come I'm not surprised that her home is to die for??? :) Seriously swooning over every single aspect. Thanks for featuring Erika.

    Hope you're having a great week! xoxo

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  36. I agree with your favorites. You really have an eye for beautiful things. Excellent taste.

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  37. your home is so stunning Erika! love your art collage :)

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  38. I just started following Erica a couple of weeks ago and she's already a favorite of mine!
    Erica, I love that you framed your daughter's art, my mom did the same with ours and they make me smile every time I go pass them ;)
    My favorite item from your place are those brass lamps! Fell in love as soon as I saw them on the very first picture!

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  39. Great post! I'm a big Erica fan as well! (hi Erica!)
    And don't even get me started on her stunning home, or the fact that those brass lamps still KILL me!xx

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  40. SO jealous of your lamp score. I have been looking for an identical pair forever. Green with envy. Love your pad and love getting to hear the story behind things. xo

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  41. her place is sooo rad! Honored to see my LOVE print in her home. :)))

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  42. Her home is completely chic and cool.... love it. xo

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  43. BE-UTIFUL!!! Love all the little details <3

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  44. What coolest pictures are available in this post! As this one is truly looking one of the most ideal featured source for me about stunning home decor. Specially, the existing frame work is really looking loving. Thanks for sharing.

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  45. MUST have those lamps. So great.

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  46. what name is the paint color in the dining room?? I LOVE IT.

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