9.11.2014

Between the Sheets with Mrs. V

With a reputation for being particular about details, it should come as no surprise to anyone that I am finicky about my bedding.  Before we get too far into this thing, never fear.  This is NOT a promo.  This is a cry for help.  HELP ME, for cripes sakes!!!  I am on the hunt for bed sheets.  I have tried many types and brands only to come up unsatisfied.  Ever since redoing my bedroom, I have been looking to up my bed game.  The coral shams I used were merely a compromise because the set I wanted from Crane and Canopy was on back order, and I have never been happy with the stand ins.  As a matter of fact, the Vs have not been happy between the sheets for some time.  Lest you go calling Dr. Ruth, remember, we are speaking of sheets.



For some context, let's start at the beginning.  I made the mistake of purchasing a set of Egyptian cotton sheets with some crazy thread count, back in the day, pre-child, when I had some discretionary moola and no brains.  The mister was furious because they were very spendyBut the joke was on him because they are most the comfortable sheets, EVER and have proven to be his favorite sheets.  They have become our gold standard for sheet approval.  I have supplemented the rotation with other sets, of similar thread count and touted quality as well as other more affordable options known for comfort and washability.  All of which, we hate.  They are either too swishy, or too rough, or too shiny, or just plain uncomfortable.  Problem is, 8 years later, the gold standard are kaput, worn out, and almost threadbare. 

I just scooped up a set of deeply discounted well-known ‘luxury’ sheets that were still very spendy with the discount, and I could not hate them more.  Swishy, shiny, and rough.  And I am quite convinced that the pillow cases are giving me headaches.  But then again, it might also be that extra glass of wine.  But that’s not the point, the point is, I need help finding a sheet set that will pass muster.  What kind of sheets do you swear by?!


These are the options that are currently on my radar:



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What is your favorite bedding and why?  Have you tried any of the above?  I need help because this bed needs some new love between the sheets...

All photos, styling, and layouts by Emily Vanderputten
kisses,  mrs. V

8.25.2014

Living - Patio Perching

Hard to believe that tomorrow marks the end of the Summer for the V household.  Is it me or did this Summer just fly by?!  Thinking the unusually mild weather had something to do with that sentiment but you won’t find me complaining about it.  I’ll take the mild weather any day.  We were able to spend a lot of time on our patio this Summer as a result.  As my IG feed indicates, major patio perching happened filled with loads of simple, seasonal fare and plenty o' wine. 
















I hold a soft spot in my heart for the patio/pond sitch as it was one of my first DIY projects.  Long and short of it is that I got a quote for it and the pond alone was in the $20K range.  Um, no.  I can’t afford to pay attention let alone pay that kind of money for a water feature.  So, my mother-in-law and I tackled it ourselves.  I spoke about the project here and here way back when.  I also planted every tree and shrub (almost 60) on my property with the exception of the 3 huge trees in back and a few big pines in front.  I was a busy gal but I saved a ton by doing it myself and now am thoroughly enjoying the fruits of my labor.

It's back to school this week for P so that means more time for me to dream up the next project 'round these parts.

All photos and styling by Emily Vanderputten 

kisses,  mrs. V

8.20.2014

Living - Our Table



Enjoying these last days of Summer.  My late blooming hydrangea bushes are still going bonkers and our table is all the more beautiful for it.  These will dry beautifully.

In other news, I finally got around to adding tassels to one of my Fantastical Beastie pillows that is long, long, long overdue to a dear friend.  I printed this pillow more than 6 months ago.  Sheesh.  Now that I have proper time, I am devoting more energy to my block prints.







Off to roast a chicken for that table.


All photos and styling by Emily Vanderputten

kisses,  mrs. V

8.14.2014

Cocktailing with Mrs. V - Palm Beach style

Been a bit of a whirlwind since I last left off in May.  Summer has been super busy with work related projects but I am finally able to come up for air and give chez V some much needed love. 

So let’s get right back to it, then.  Y’all know the mister and I spend a great deal of time social cocktailing on our patio.  Patio perching is a favorite pastime.  Many of my IG posts involve some sort of perching situation as seen under my hashtag #patioperching.  Also noticeable is the amount of time I spend on the hunt #scoutreport.  I scour for vintage finds like nobody’s business.  I have been known to create entire rooms around a found item. 

So when the fabulous folks from Chairish, an amazing online vintage marketplace that makes fueling my hunting frenzy that much easier, asked me to style up my idea of the perfect home bar using inspiration from their vintage bar stool collection, I jumped at the chance.  And you know I am going to take that bar situation right to the patio chez V style.  


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While scouring the vintage bar stool selection, I immediately landed on a pair of woven wicker and rattan stools which spoke to my Palm Beach perching dreams.  With the woven bar stools as my inspiration point, I designed a patio situation that reflects my approach to outdoor living – bring the indoors out!  I will drag my dining table out to the back yard in a minute and set up a table fit for a queen.   Our patio is truly an extension of our indoor spaces and I tend to gravitate toward pieces that do double duty indoors and out.  Next, I found a dark Ficks Reed sofa, which I envision with stripey cushions, a brass pineapple ice bucket, because I still heart everything brass, and a super fun tribal fringe pillow that is the perfect side of crazy.  Oh, let’s not forget the bar – a leggy lil lass.  Anchored with some great vintage pieces from Chairish, I mixed in some of my favorite accessories to create a chic outdoor cocktail area fit for C.Z. Guest.



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Pour in some vintage 60s prep over a little pink flair shaken with some Chinoiserie and you have the patio cocktail of mrs. V’s dreams.

Layouts by Emily Vanderputten

kisses,  mrs. V

5.14.2014

One Room Challenge - Sources



Holy cow, thank you for all of your support on my ORC room.  Makes the 6 week mania all the more worthwhile.  To see the entire evolution of the room from beginning to end, click the following links below:

WEEK 1:  Plan & Inspiration
WEEK 2:  Progress Report – Floors
WEEK 3:  Electricity
WEEK 4:  Upholstery
WEEK 5: Paint & Wallpaper
WEEK 6:  The Reveal

Before I get to the sources, let's talk tablecloth.  THE. TABLECLOTH.  Be still my beating maximal heart.  This fabric kicked off my entire color scheme for the kitchen and I was seriously bummed when I found out it would not be completed in time for the reveal.  But it was oh so worth the wait.  I could not love it any more if I tried.




chairs - IKEA | pillows - custom | candles - Caspari | tablecloth - custom | tablecloth fabric - (no markings) Fabric Shack
  

rug - Ohio Valley Antiques | pendant - Ballard Designs | chandelier - Ohio Valley Antiques | blue and white porcelain - my own collection | butcher block island - handmade by my in-laws | pagoda mirror - Treasure Barn | wallpaper - Scalamandre Parapluie | floor stain - Zar wood stain in Walnut |  wall paint - Sherwin-Williams Emerald paint in Great Green SW 6430 |  cabinet and trim paint - Sherwin-Williams ProClassic Interior Acrylic Latex paint in white

Seriously.  I was so smitten when I picked it up from my seamstress that I briefly considered ditching the whole tablecloth idea in favor of wearing it like a caftan, in a gloriously  insane Scarlett O’Hara meets Auntie Mame kinda way.  It checks every box for me.  Chintz – check.  Chinoiserie – check.  Bright colors – check.  Vibrant pattern play – check.  Dressmaker details – check.  My incredibly talented seamstress turned my vision into reality.  I came to her with gobs of fabric and an idea of a floor length skirt including Greek key trim and a contrast welt to ground the pattern.  She, in turn, worked her magic and created a stunning masterpiece.  The pleating alone quickens my pulse.  Soooo worth the wait.







monogram napkins - Celerie & South | brass rhino napkin holders - vintage | china - vintage Alfred Meakin Pastoral, Spode Pink Tower, and Johnson Bros from my mother's collection | silver - vintage german silver from my husband's grandmother | etched glass - vintage from my mother




sconces - Lamps Plus | leopard prints - The Pink Pagoda | rattan chair frame - Ficks Reed | cushions & pillows - custom


nude painting - vintage | acrylic pedestal - Pedigree Consignments  | ginger jar - vintage



marble backsplash - Ventano marble tiles from Lowes | oil painting - vintage


pineapple print - The Pink Pagoda | mirrored frame - Threshold for Target

A huge congratulations to my fellow participants for creating such amazing spaces and living to tell the ORC tale!  The caliber of work this round was crazy good.  Bravo!



A special thank you to the following sponsors and supporters of Chez V and The One Room Challenge that are graciously providing items to help me bring my vision for this room to life:

All photos and styling by Emily Vanderputten

kisses,  mrs.