Wall Maps



I kinda have a thing for maps. And I'm dying to hang up the huge US map (used in a German classroom in the 1950s) I found at Brimfield this year. I'm still not 100% sure where I'm going to put it, so here are some inspiration pics for the time being. (Most of these are from my Pinterest boards or just searching Pinterest, but I've tried to link back to the original source when I could.)


{country living}

{norske interior}
{silly eagle books}

{style by emily henderson}
{your design partner}
These maps are all hanging (from dowels as pull down charts, etc.) like mine. There are so many other amazing spaces out there using maps...I especially love the ones where the entire wall is covered in a map, so cool!!!

How are you guys feeling about maps lately?

Mood Board Monday Reminder: Seating that Speaks to You



Hi! A great Memorial Day long weekend was had by all here:) How about you?

Just wanted to quickly remind you guys that the Mood Board Monday linky party is next week - Monday, June 4th. We're going back to basics this time and rockin' chairs. Ha! Your task is to design a room (any room) around one of these three Horchow beauties:

{Handcrafted of European beech wood and soft leather, this striking chair is as comfortable as it is beautiful.}

{A bold blue and white pattern ensures this chair will stand out no matter where it's placed. Handcrafted wood frame with cotton/rayon-blend upholstery.}

{We've got your number! Cottage-chic dining chairs with striped seats are labeled with your choice of numbers 1-9.}
So, just to recap:

1. This is a fun way to share all of the creativity out there and showcase how we can all start from one inspiration point and end up with a variety of ideas.
2. To participate, you need to create a complete mood board for a room of your choice using one of the three chairs shown here.
3. On Mood Board Monday party day (Monday, June 4th), come back here to link up to the party. You will need to include your sources in your post and give a brief description of the room and how you used the inspiration furniture.

Yikes, I gotta get going on my room. I've been totally procrastinating on this one. But, I am trying to challenge myself by going with one of the chairs that's slightly out of my comfort zone, so maybe that's why its taking me so long!! Have you guys started yet? Can't wait to see what you come up with. Thanks for taking the time to participate and I hope to see you back here on Monday for the party:)

PS. Check out our previous Mood Board Monday Linky parties here: MBM01, MBM02, MBM03, MBM04, MBM05, MBM06, MBM07, MBM08, MBM09, MBM10, MBM11 and MBM12.

PPS. The new season of Design Star on HGTV starts tonight!! I'm psyched...are you going to watch? (I am quickly running out of shows here...everything I watch has ended for the season except for Game of Thrones - season finale on Sunday - so Paul and I need some new stuff to get into. I am really diggin' the Bachelorette so far - I like Emily...and Big Brother is a "classic" summer show, but what else is there?)

Trying to figure out "My Design Ethos" and Print Runner Giveaway Winner



Today I'm having some fun with Anna over at my design ethos! Anna is an interior designer in Australia (so cool!!! I want to go there so badly!) and a faithful blog friend..she's a trusty participant in Mood Board Monday parties and always has the sweetest comments for everyone. Plus she just has really good taste:) Her blog is full of beautiful eye candy, great DIY ideas/projects and updates on her own work.

Check out these gorgeous images from a display home that Anna recently styled!!

Anna has started writing a cool new series called "Their Design Ethos" where she interviews other bloggers about their homes, decor style and what inspires them. Head on over there today to read a little bit more about me. (And maybe offer some advice on what you think my style actually is...I had a real tough time with that question because I basically have no idea!!!)

Thanks so much for having me, Anna!!!


Thanks so much if you entered the Print Runner Giveaway!!! After a trip to random.org, the winner is lucky #3....kristinainaustin!! Congrats on your free 250 business cards, Kristina! Can you please get back to me (pewterandsage@yahoo.com) with your email address so that I can send it along to the lovely Print Runner people? Thanks!

Hope everyone has an awesome Memorial Day weekend!!!

Brimfield Finds 2012: Part I



I didn't buy much at Brimfield this year, but wanted to show you two of my three finds. They are nothing crazy or ground breaking, just stuff I was looking for or couldn't resist.

I have a soft spot for old prints, so I always check out any of the paper booths when I'm there (in 2010 I bought antique botanicals for Maura's room and last year I scored fish prints for either side of the front door in our hallway). This year as I was flipping through all the easels and racks I had picked out these GORGEOUS butterfly prints (you know, the scientific kind where it shows how they grow from caterpillars and the different types and their names, etc.)..the colors on them were so beautiful. Then I found out they were $75 each! Doh! So I put them back:( And moved on. Later on in the day I came to a ephemera booth where everything was on sale for 50% off and instead snagged these two fern prints for $4.00 each! They are just pages taken out of an old publication (from 1938) instead of hand-colored antique lithographs like the butterflies were, which is why they were so cheap. In contrast to the beautifully colored butterflies, I love how these are only black and white. I love the line work, they're just very sketchy and sweet. Like a quick field study.

I'm thinking I might hang them here (one on top of the other) in between these two dining room windows:

I went to the show this year looking for one or two of those old school locker wire baskets. Specifically to put under my night stand to house all my magazines, catalogs, books that I pick up and read for a few minutes right before bed. This one fit the bill perfectly (the right measurements and everything). It is currently being used just how I planned but I was in no way going to take a picture of my bedroom floor for you guys. Not until its been cleaned up, vacuumed, baseboards dusted, nightstand styled, etc.! So I just took some photos of it here on our foyer bookcase so that you could see it. (I think it also looks pretty good here, so that means it was a good buy - versatile!)

You guys, I was kinda in a rush when I bought this....I didn't realize the number on the basket tag was 667 until I got home! Yikes! Do you think I'm in for some bad luck or something?!

I am super stoked about my third find though! I bought a huge (like 6ft wide) pull down/chart type map!!  It's of the United States, but was used in a classroom in Germany in the 1950s. So cool! It's very colorful and even has some scribbles/notes from either the teacher or the kids on it. It's like so big that it will be better if I just take some pics of it once its actually hanging up. Hmmm...haven't quite figured out yet where I'm going to put it. I'll get back to you on it. But for now just be happy that I went totally out on a limb with this one!!

Anybody else score any great finds recently at flea markets/antique shows/garage sales?

Ps. Don't forget to enter the Print Runner giveaway if you could use 250 free business cards! It'll be open until this tomorrow night, the 24th, at 11:59pm EST.

20 Months!!



Thank you for hanging in there with me while I continue to post bi-monthly updates on what Maura has been up to. I work better with deadlines, so holding myself to writing these posts is the best way for me to actually get this done...for myself. and our family:) and for anyone out there that cares what the world's smartest and cutest 20 month old is up to;)

So, she's 20 months now! Hard to believe. Like we're getting close to turning two years old here!!! I love this stage, it is so fun. I tell her every day that she's my best friend!! Here's this months' bunny chair pics:

Check out the hair!! It's growing so fast! I've been wanting to try low pigtails in the back, but I keep forgetting to the buy the right elastics/pony tail holders. (I've heard from a couple of people that those clear ones work best. Anyone else with thoughts on this?)

The way she is communicating and the concepts she understands continue to amaze me.  She's putting two and three word phrases together at this point. She tries to repeat everything we say (and is fairly successful) except for "thank you". For some reason, she clams up every time I say "Can you say thank you?" Really?! But she's very good at "please"...cause she knows it will get her what she wants:)

In my last post (at 18 months) we were working on colors but she wasn't really getting it. I'm happy to report that she has now nailed her colors. She knows red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, white, black, brown and grey!

{her tow truck Mater is never far away...she knows "brown" because of him}

I still struggle some days with getting to her to eat (mostly because I know she can inhale stuff when she's in the right mood..and she'll love something one day and then I'll try to give it to her three days later and she wants nothing to do with it). I just try not to let it get to me now. We try to eat dinner with her, and she has what we are having, about 2 or 3 nights a week now. (I always eat breakfast with her, but before Paul and I always used to eat dinner together after she was in bed.) I think its helping with the whole social aspect of eating and she has tried a few new things (and liked them) because of it. She still doesn't really like many vegetables (she does love corn and likes "salad" - which is really just the crunchy part of the lettuce spine with some balsamic vinaigrette dressing on it)..but she loves those squeezable pouches (with the straw-like top) that are fruit and veggies puree, so hopefully that makes up for it?!

Our nap time and bedtime routine has changed somewhat. She wants to read a ton of books now before going in her crib!

Easter was definitely a lot more fun this year because she could actually open her Easter Basket herself and run around and do the egg hunt with her cousins.

We still attend a mommy and me type class at My Gym every morning and have started swimming lessons every Wednesday. Despite the fact that Maura loves the bath, the shower and the ocean (she will try to run into the water and swim if we are at the beach, even in the middle of winter), I can not say she is loving swim class. She cries a lot during it, her teeth are constantly chattering (we do it at the Y, but the pool is still a bit chilly) and she clings to me like her life depends on it (kinda hard to get her to float, or kick or anything when I can't break any of her limbs away from my body!). We've had three classes so far and I finally noticed a bit of an improvement this past week. Like definitely still not loving it, but hating it a bit less. I'm hoping the newness of the pool, or the chlorine, or the big open space, or whatever it is that's making her feel uncomfortable will wear off by the end of the 8 week session and she'll start to have fun.

 What we've been up to lately (in no particular order as you can tell from the outerwear or lack thereof):

{coloring with chalk}

{collecting rocks}
{having play dates}
{playing with trains at the Children's Museum in Boston...this girl likes anything with wheels}
{exploring nature and watching the season change}
{climbing big rocks}
{playing in sand}
{going on walks}
{having adventures...checking out the Mayflower II in downtown Plymouth}

Love you more and more every day, girl!!!

Print Runner Giveaway!!



It's been awhile since we've done a giveaway around here...and you guys deserve some love for following along this whole time!

I'm extra excited because this one involves one of my passions, paper! Print Runner, an online printing company, offering everything from graphic design and mailing to invitations, banners and business card services, is generously giving away 250 business cards to one lucky reader!

Here's a little bit more about the company..."PrintRunner.com was established with little more than a small press and a dream. Ten years later our company became one of the foremost quality printers in Southern California. Our commitment to provide the best value and high quality full color printing at an affordable price made our company grow. PrintRunner is a full service, high quality printing company located in Chatsworth, California."

And here's a bit more about what you'll win:
Business Card Size: 2 x 3.5" (standard)
Quantity: 250
Colors: 4/4 Color, both sides
Paper: 14 pt. UV Coating on both sides
Proof: None
Rounded Corners: no

Awesome, right?! You have three chances to enter. Here's how:

Required entry: leave a comment on this post.
Extra entry: like Print Runner on Facebook and leave another comment here letting me know you did so.
Extra entry: follow Print Runner on Twitter and leave another comment here letting me know you did so.

This giveaway will be open until Thursday, May 24th at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be chosen via random.org and announced on Friday, the 25th. Open to US residents only, ages 18 years old and above. Please include your email address in your comments so that I can get in touch if you don't have a blog:)

Thanks so much to Print Runner for offering us the giveaway! (And for the set of business cards I get for hosting this! Sweet!)

Back from Brimfield 2012



Hi! Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day!!

Well, I'm back from Brimfield! The weather was pretty decent, the fair food was good (how can you go wrong with fried dough and fresh-squeezed lemonade?!), but the traffic was way worse than anything I've seen in past years.  It's an hour and 45 minutes away and it took me 3.5 hours to get there and get parked. And then on the way home it took me a full hour to just make my out of the parking lot and down the length of the fair street. It wouldn't ever deter me from going again, but I guess next time I'll have to get up even earlier:(

I didn't come home with a ton, but I did score a large-scale find which I'm super psyched about, and a couple of other little things. I'll be back to share those in another post, here's just some pics I took while browsing.

{is this an antique show or Potions class at Hogwarts?!}
{I remember wishing I had bought one of these old wooden crate/boxes last year, but I still didn't get one this year...wasn't sure where I'd put it so I tried to stop myself}  
{how cool would it be to own an old railroad ticket counter?!}

{would love to have gone home with one of these industrial side tables but didn't have the money or car space...reminded me of Restoration Hardware}

{these weren't actual antique grain sacks or anything, just stenciled designs right onto the fabric, but I still really liked them, especially that soft grey 1902 one}
{had my eye out for a large hanging chart or map of some kind...a lot of the ones I saw were not in English though...don't worry, I didn't give up!}
{I already have one of these glass fishing balls, otherwise I probably would have went for it here}
{If I was working on a boy's adventure nursery, big kid room or any nautical space in general, I would have sprung for this old prop, but hopefully for a slightly cheaper price}
{Looved these huge arched mirrors, but didn't have $995 to spend}
{almost got one of these round egg baskets, but didn't}


{I could see this quilt inspiring Sarah Richardson's next cottage bedroom}

Ps. If you'd like to read about other blogger's experiences and purchases this year at Brimfield, check out design*sponge, Everything in 3s, 52 Flea, A Cottage Muse, A Continuous Lean and Capers of the Vintage Vixens.

Pps. Dina, how'd you do? Get anything good?! Did anybody else make it out?

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