As of late, Country Living is one of the cool places to find hidden real estate gems! Just the other day, as I was browsing their archives, I came across a beautiful farmhouse that immediately caught my decorator’s eye. A cute little 1930s Connecticut cottage, the home belongs to interior designer Dana Simpson & her husband, and it’s a beautiful blend of modern minimalism and more traditional elements. Now, I’m not a modern girl at heart but this home has a great balance between simplified (modern) bones and displays of antiques, mixed with carefully edited vintage collections. I absolutely love it!

The all white exterior is enlivened by a cheerful front door. Clearly cottages and color are best friends!

Café Design | Rustic Beauty

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Happy Fabric Friday, y’all!  Inspired by nature and my season’s favorite, peonies, I thought today I’d give a shout-out to chintz. Over the last hundred years or so, ¨chintz¨ has come to mean any floral printed cotton fabric used for upholstery and window treatments. What we nowadays call English chintz, is in fact an imitation of floral cotton textiles produced in India long before they became popular in Europe.

Café Design | In Full Bloom- Chintz Goodness

Schumacher- Pyne Hollyhock Print in Indigo

In the 18th century, English spice merchants started using Indian chintz (hand-drawn and dyed cotton fabric with exotic colorful patterns) as a trade commodity and once in England, these textiles became all the rage. At first used as wall and bed coverings, they soon became part of the European fashion (Madame Pompadour – the 18th century fashionista- is wearing a gorgeous dress believed to be chintz, in a famous painting by Francois Hubert Drouais)

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¨More is more. Less is never more – less is obviously less. Who wants less?¨- Michelle Nussbaumer

Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorator Kathryn M. Ireland for sure doesn’t and she turned me around. I usually go for a more restrained décor yet I can’t help but love Kathryn’s unorthodox ways with color and pattern. She has fun creating interiors that are breezy, happy and such a feast for the eyes!

Café Design | More Is More

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(Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post! ) As you probably know already, so much of what we think is good for us is actually depleting us of our health. In particular, skin care products are really important in that category since most of us ladies wear one form or another of ¨makeup¨. Our skin is permeable, which means that everything we apply on it (day cream, night cream, foundation, lipstick,  anything) is absorbed into our bloodstream. And even though the quantities we use each day are small, over time we fill our bodies with things like petroleum, aluminum, lead and God knows what other toxins that are now known to be extremely harmful. Since I’m not gonna quit wearing makeup anytime soon, I’ve been experimenting with different cosmetic brands that are natural and organic, looking more carefully at their ingredients, rather than distract myself with yummy scents and fancy labels (something I’ve been guilty of doing for a looong time).

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Vapour Siren Lipstick

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I missed you guys! After an extended weekend of family fun and lots of home cooking experiments, I think I’m ready to return to blogging! And I realized it’s been a while since we’ve talked color around here so why not GO GREEN today? I love color and it’s really hard for me to pick one single favorite. Depending on my mood & time of year/day, my color preferences change, but springtime I definitely love green more than anything else so I gathered some of my absolute favorite green spaces to share with you.

Café Design | Going Green

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