The beloved folks at local Stars Antiques vintage emporium are having a giant sale to celebrate their 26th birthday! A 4-DAY SALE! 26 years in the vintage biz is a big deal! All 3 shops are having big discounts and all the shops are conveniently located on the same block in Portland’s Westmoreland shopping district. It’s a fun way to spend a day or two — falling down a wonderful rabbit hole of vintage goodies. I’ve personally spent hours getting lost in the history of everything many times — it’s SO FUN!
All the dealers bring out fantastic new things and it’s a good time to strike if you’ve already been eyeing something because there’s an excellent chance you’ll get it for an amazing deal. Each shop will be open 11AM to 6PM and you should stop in Stars Antiques (7027 SE Milwaukie Ave), Stars & Splendid (7030 SE Milwaukie Ave), and Stars Too (7011 SE Milwaukie Ave). I recommend going a couple different days during the 4-day sale and have a yummy meal at Jade Bistro (I love the vermicelli salad!) before or after shopping.
It’s been a few years since I mentioned my love for New Zealand-based father and daughter design duo Douglas and Bec. I’ve kept up with their work via their newsletter and a recent email featuring images of their designs in a stunning new floral shop called Blush and a tour of Bec Dowie’s gorgeous home made it clear it was time to revisit these clever people.
I’m so happy to see that they’re still making most of the pieces I was enamored with a few years ago and there are phenomenal newer designs to fall in love with. My favorites are the Brass + Blush Blown Glass Line Pendant 06 light fixture, the Brass + Midnight Blown Glass Line Pendant 02 light fixture, the All Oak Mirror, the Hall Seat (especially dreamy in the custom blush color made for Blush below!), the Folding Stool, the Weave Chair, the Lean Floor Lamp, the Day Bed, and, of course, Sylvester the Swan in both colors. More HERE.
There’s so much beautiful bedding at House of Baltic Linen right now. Of course, we all know that I’m a bit of a linen hoarder, but I think these are also a great gift idea for wedding season if you know the couple well enough to go rogue from the registry. I’ve personally got my eye on the Charcoal Heavyweight Linen Coverlet, the Grey & White Striped Linen Duvet Cover, the Navy Ticking Heavy Linen Summer Blanket, the Dove Grey Linen Duvet Cover, the Dove Grey Linen Euro Cases, the Natural Striped Linen Pillowcases, the Light Grey Stonewashed Linen Sheets, and the matching Light Grey Linen Cases with Ruffle. That’s my very edited list because everything in the shop is gorgeous. More HERE.
Images courtesy of House of Baltic Linen.
I love the new TOAST summer collections. Every single shot from the lookbook makes me long for some (currently out of reach) languid summer days spent lounging somewhere far away removed from daily routines and responsibilities. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Sigh. My favorites right now are the Ikat Check Apron Dress, the Striped Linen Pinafore Dress, the Duck Egg Linen Cross Back Dress, the Chandini Print Robe, the Grey Embroidered Pleated Skirt, the Striped High Waisted Bikini Bottoms and Top, and the Wide Brimmed Straw Hats. I’m also cuckoo for Toast’s Bed Linens and Tablewares! More HERE.
Images courtesy of TOAST.
I’ve been so taken with the stunning oil portraits by Bernard Boutet de Monvel — particularly from the late 1920s through early 1940s. His colors are a dream and it makes my heart skip a beat that he usually included a floral element especially when it came to ladies and children. His wife Delfina and daughter Sylvie were often his subjects, but he was beloved by the European and American high society sets. Also, his interior design, fashion illustration and eye for the most lavish, yet tasteful, detail was absolutely phenomenal. Oh, the flower studies, too! I can’t wait to read more about his life and the circles who were clamoring for his deft hands when this gorgeous book comes out in September! More HERE.
Bernard Boutet de Monvel paintings above: 1. Sylvie in bed with her dog. 2. Diane and Actaeon, 1935. 3. Mrs. Warren Pershing (Muriel Bache Richards), 1938. 4. Mrs. Gilbert Kahn (Sara Jane Heliker) and the bouquet, 1938. 5. The Maharajah of Indore, 1929. 6. Delfina playing guitar, 1936. 7. Sylvie, age 19 in 1941. 8. Delfina with baby Sylvie in her cradle, 1922. 9. Self-portrait at the Ritz, 1932. 10. Flower studies.