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So, let’s rock back to the 1970’s (something I always love to do) and see if you remember these…
Let’s celebrate! Today is my day, but it is also my company’s day and the inspiration for Fun and Fabulous Finds. So, let’s be festive! Let’s have some fun! Let’s feel the love for the 4/25!
In honor of the day, here is one way I would spend the next 24 hours if all was in alignment in the universe:
Ah, Rio de Janeiro…one of the more magical cities I have visited. The food, the people and the culture are second to none. I could easily hang out in Rio today and stay at the Ipanema Plaza Hotel for its fabulous location to Ipanema Beach and shopping. You literally walk out of the hotel and cross the street and sit in above photo. http://www.ipanemaplaza.com.br Who wants to join me and lounge on the beach in celebration of 4/25? Sigh…
I would wear this while sunning in Rio today:
Cutest cover up ever! www.trinaturk.com
And this is what I would drink-the Caipirinha! Now listen, you haven’t lived until you have had a Caipirinha made in Brazil. I have never tasted one in the states that compares to a Brazilian Caipirinha. Never. So, because it is my birthday maybe we should have a celebratory drink there together?
Of course, I have to mix in some decor and design because that is the heart of Fun and Fabulous Finds. So, I would bring these timeless treasures back from Rio and put them in my house:
These flat weave rugs and blankets are so finely woven and divinely easy to use (and they are easy to pack!). You can also find the most wonderful hand painted tablecloths and linens. And the art…well that is just fabulous as well.
Did you enjoy my celebratory Fun and Fabulous dream journey? As my Brazilian friends would say Feliz Aniversário! My love and thanks to my supporters and followers. A special shout out to my sponsors! They are Fun and Fabulous companies that you should check out and support. I am grateful to everyone.
I have thought a lot about how ones fashion sense tends to translate to the decor in their home. I started to analyze this after having a conversation with my good friend, Kari, on her wardrobe choices for an upcoming vacation. After we decided on her hip and happening outfit, we began talking about a chair she has always dreamed of purchasing for her house. I hung up the phone and it hit me that Kari’s fabulous fashion sense has the same vibe as her home’s rockin’ decor. (Stay tuned, because her home will be featured in an upcoming post)! My point for you to ponder today: If what you choose to wear is an outside reflection of how others view you, then shouldn’t the decor in your home also be a bit of a window to your soul?
I love the carefree elements of fashion from the 60’s and early 70’s. I am naturally drawn to that funky vibe in my clothes and I tend to incorporate some of that style into my home.
I bet many of you can appreciate this fun and fabulous find, but wouldn’t wear them! (If you would then I would love to hear from you, because we are “soul sisters”). Here is how I would traipse around the city in the above beauties: I would wear them with shorts on a crispy fall afternoon while running errands, I would put them on after yoga when grabbing coffee, or I would pair them with a funky skirt and white t-shirt while having dinner and a cocktail with friends. Anyone who knows me would agree that these furry finds fit my personality to a T and I would wear them all the time!
But, as you noticed in my last post I have been dying for this piece of furniture in my family room:
So…you get where I am going with this….my fashion sense and my decor choices tend to go hand in hand!
Here is the dress my friend Kari purchased for her trip (She is an Aries):
Now here is the piece of furniture Kari wants to buy for her house:
Debra is another friend who is a good example of my theory. Below is a clothing line she likes to wear. (She is a Libra):
I would love to hear if you agree that fashion and decor follow one another. Take a chance…Let the world see who you really are with your sense of style and home furnishings! Thanks to all my friends and readers for the constant inspiration.
I spend a lot of time educating my clients about investing in furniture that is so well made it is destined to become an “heirloom piece” that will be handed down for generations to come. What a nice thought to have those cherished items in your home, that are so finely constructed that your great-grandchildren will still be enjoying them 100 years from now. I had the fabulous experience of understanding this type of craftmanship when I attended an evening featuring Tom Moser at a reception which showcased furniture pieces that highlighted the past 40 years of his incredible career. When you have his work in your presence, the attention to detail is so incredible and refined that you realize you are looking at designs which are functional, comfortable and art. And, if you think I may be exaggerating his talents, you should view some of his major installations the next time you are near Duke University’s Perkins Library, The Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas, or UCLA Law School. (I only named a few…!!!)
Thos. Moser’s retail line to the public is amazing. Below are some highlights and a few of my favorites:
I missed Mr. Moser’s talk during the cocktail reception, but my tardiness became a blessing in disguise, because I was able to speak to him myself later in the evening. I asked him for a quote for all of my fun and fabulous followers and here is what he said, “I realized the last time I spoke in Houston was in 1986 at Rice University. The morning of the talk, I had the television on in my hotel room and I watched the Challenger Space shuttle explode. A lot of the audience members that day were associated with Houston’s space program. It was a touching moment that I will remember forever.” I then asked him to describe his furniture and his thoughts on what defines his company, “At Thos. Moser, we are artists who are craftsmen rather than furniture makers. When you are buying a Thos. Moser chair you aren’t just buying a piece of furniture, you are buying art that will be passed down for generations to come.”
I couldn’t agree more. I encourage you to discover this lost art as well.
I found these vintage trays from the 1970’s and fell in love with their color scheme and design. I purchased all 20 of them for $20.00 and placed nine up on a wall in my family room as artwork. This “art” broke up a large wall while adding some visual interest and whimsy to the space. These would also look great as a “headboard” above a bed or hung on the back of bookshelves. Here is the best thing about this idea: they didn’t need to be framed which saved a lot of money and time!