Spotted: Shell Glow

In honor of the beginning of summer and all my beach-loving readers (I’m more of a mountain girl myself), here are some gorgeous shell covered lamps I spotted last week – I just love the way they glow! They are more art than lighting – but beautiful in any decor.

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Next week I’ve got an amazing Field Trip coming up – can’t wait to share it with you!

Spotted at: Pottery Barn

By the Book

I’m the child of a professor and a writer. The house I grew up in was filled with books. Every family vacation always included a stop at the local bookstore – The Strand in New York, Powell’s in Oregon, The Tattered Cover in Denver, Politics and Prose in Washington DC. Books were collected, given as gifts, revered and cherished. One of the possessions I hold most dear is a dictionary given to me by my late father when I was in high school.  What could be better to remember him by than the loving inscription he wrote? Written in a card, it likely would have been quickly forgotten. Written inside a book, it will always be held dear.

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So the idea that beautiful homes do not contain books bugs me just a bit. Houses in home design magazines never seem to have many books – real books, that is, not matching sets of leather bound books. The only books you usually see in magazine spreads are carefully displayed – always just a few, stacked by size and color and most likely never read. Bookshelves usually contain objects for display and not books. Sometimes a coffee table book will appear here and there.

But I say – books are beautiful – show them off! Let the world know you’re a reader. The books you choose to fill your home with will tell your guests volumes about you. (Sorry, I could not resist!)

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Instagram Roundup

Are you following @AlexandraDesignFinds on Instagram? If not, here’s a bit of what you’ve missed:

Giant chandeliers…

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Pink vintage clocks…

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Funky side tables…

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Midcentury flea market finds…

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Vintage Bicentennial fun…

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Repurposed license plates…

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Over-the-top architectural detail…

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Cool counter-weighted table lamps…

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Eye catching accent chairs…

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Colorful retro turntables…

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An enormous stash of blue mason jars spotted in Tennessee…

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Tiled doorways…

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The occasional rhino…

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And me playing tourist close to home at Mount Vernon…

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Unfortunately photography was not allowed inside the house, but this photo is the inside of George Washington’s 16 sided barn. Isn’t it stunning?

Spotted at: Giant chandelier, Restoration Hardware. Pink clock, Galleria, Culpeper, VA. Side table, HomeGoods. Midcentury vignette, DC Big Flea. Bicentennial can and license plates, Made, Staunton, VA. The ornamented doorway is a bank located in Staunton, VA, and the tiled doorway was another building located nearby. Table Lamp, Arhaus. Chair, Z Gallerie. Record players, Urban Outfitters. Rhinos, West Elm. Last 3 photos, Mount Vernon.

 

 

DC Mix

Not all the cool stuff in Washington DC is inside the Smithsonian – sometimes it’s right outside. I spotted this great mix of Emeco chairs outside the National Museum of American History last week. It’s a mix of the classic and indestructible Navy 1006 chair in aluminum (originally made for the US Navy in 1944), and the Navy 111 chair in red and flint grey. The Navy 111 chair is so named because it’s made from 111 recycled plastic Coke bottles. All are American made and historically important – the perfect chairs to grace the outside of this particular museum!

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