Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Enchanted + Fantastical Brownstone in Brooklyn



Vogue. January 2010. An enchanted and richly textured Brooklyn Brownstone home that's been lovingly restored by Charles and Olya Thompson.

This issue just swept me away! The blue Farrow & Ball wallpaper just got me...{long pause}... and then seeing all three of their little girls dressed in matching Flora and Henri dresses just Could Not have been any sweeter or more romantic to me. I especially loved the pretty, floaty coverlet on the bed too.

This spread really has me thinking that I should pull more antiques and richer textures into my own home.

You can read this couple's story here. Do you want to hear something over the top fun that this couple did for their wedding? Well, at their four day wedding party in 2002, they had a picnic with pyramids of caviar and a balalaika quartet playing Rachmaninoff in the apple orchard. Isn't that something? I think I'll go play some R. on the {computer} sound system now.

Now, before I go, these matching Flora and Henri dresses are reminding me of a story. Here goes...

Growing up in our large family, we didn't have much money, but an old friend of my mom's recently told me that she never knew that we were poor, because our mom was so very organized and pretty darn resourceful. I'll never forget the year that we girls, Me, Jeanie, Rosie, Lizzie, and Millie were all stair steps {in size}. Mom decided she wanted us girls to all have matching sailor dresses for Easter. So, of course, not a lot of money was on hand, but that didn't stop her...she decided she would sew our dresses out of old, white, cotton sheets. She drew up her own pattern and made all of those dresses in just less than a week. Starched and pressed! One, two, three, four, five!! They were darling, and still are. Mom was amazing that way. I'm not much of a keepsake person, but I did save those dresses. Sisters, if you have a pic of that Easter, I think we need to pass it around!

Rambles again, I know. Have a wonderful day, everyone!!

xo
sharon

6 comments:

asasa said...

Since it is the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late. ....................................................

A Lifestyle Thing said...

Hmmm, interesting. Do you think I'm a worm, though????

SogniSorrisi said...

I fell in love with this house the first time I saw these photos! Just gorgeous.

Design Darling said...

loved this story! great post :)

A Lifestyle Thing said...

Sogni_ Isn't it amazing?

Design Darling-So glad you liked this post!

bluehydrangea said...

Love the story of the matching dresses..you have GOT to find a photo. My mother dressed my sister and I alike until I was in the 5th grade and she was in the 7th grade. Shockingly we did not require therapy....

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