MANDI’S MOST WANTED: Vintage Paintings

Now that things are beginning to fall into place at our new house, I’ve been thinking about what to hang on the walls. I laid out all of the art I had kept from our old house, and with a furrowed brow, realized I don’t want to use all of what I have in the new digs. Some, sure, but definitely not all. Mostly, I’m just using less art than I have in the past— due in part to how much I enjoyed the visually cleaner walls of our old house as I was clearing things out for our move. But also due to a more minimalist approach to decorating this new home.

As I’ve been putting old artwork into storage, I felt a little crazy realizing that I wanted to get a couple of new pieces to hang instead. Art is such a personal thing and can absolutely change the mood of a space. I really want to get it right. In the past I actually found most of the art for our home at thrift shops and garage sales. But now that I’m getting more wiggle room in our budget, I’d like to be more discerning. So I’ve been  obsessively window shopping for art online, considering options and placements, but have only pulled the trigger on one purchase so far— the painting of the little girl I’ve hung in my living room (as shown above). I figured I’d share my other favorites with you, because sharing is caring, right?!

Vintage Modern Art Paintings

  1. Mid Century Acrylic Abstract 25.5 x 13″ // $495
  2. Mother and Child 11 x 14″ // $128
  3. Abstract Oil Painting 20 x 16″ //$68
  4. Horses Painting 32 x 16″ // $163
  5. Abstract Ink on Paper 18 x 14″ // $695
  6. Mixed Media Collage in Pinks 33 x 32″ // $364
  7. Running White Stallion 15 x 12″ // $140
  8. Large Floral Still Life 41 x 51″ // $950
  9. Abstract Acrylic Painting 26 x 31″ // $595
  10. Modern Bicycle Lithograph 32 x 27″ // $148
  11. Square Oil Painting 13 x 13″ // $177
  12. Female Figure 30 x 40″ // $465
  13. Two Girls 20 x 24″ // $275

Vintage Modern Art Paintings

MANDI’S MOST WANTED: Modern Classics

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Over the past couple of years (or, actually, since I first experienced motherhood), my every day fashion choices have become much simpler. These days I gravitate towards neutrals and classic looks that are rooted in vintage style, but feel fresh and quite at home with my modern lifestyle. My style icons have expanded beyond vintage film and magazines to chic women my age I’ve found on Instagram. I thought I’d share a few of them with you, as well as my favorite pieces I’ve been working on adding to my own wardrobe. Click the links below to shop!

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Who are your favorite Instagrammers to follow for fashion inspiration? I’d love to find new favorites, and hope these ladies below will give you some fresh inspiration as well!

Elora Joshi @eloraaaaaElora Joshi @eloraaaaa

Elora (@eloraaaaa) is my most recent Instagram fashion crush. She does minimalism so well! I love seeing how she mixes up just a few pieces to create new elegant outfits every day. Her feed inspires me to cut down my wardrobe to just several things I love to wear, all of which coordinate so well together. Plus— those orange pants from last year (Zara) caused my to stalk the internet until I finally found a pair in my size! I might have a problem. (BUT— ORANGE PANTS!) You can also find her eye for fashion put to use with the brand she co-created: Still. — a collection of ethically sourced minimalist pieces made in LA.

Haley Boyd @haleboydHaley Boyd @haleboyd

Haley (@haleboyd) is the creative director behind the classic minimalist shoe brand Marais USA. She excudes Grace Kelly charm with her wavy blond bob and her penchant for fifties-inspired separates. She does the off-the-shoulders-ruffle like no one I’ve ever seen, but mostly I’m inspired by the way she masterfully mixes a wardrobe of mostly neutral classics in a way that feels fresh and incredibly chic.

Haley Boyd @haleboyd

Courtney Halverson @prettylittlefawnCourtney Halverson @prettylittlefawn

I found Courtney (@prettylittlefawn) a couple of years ago, and didn’t think twice before immediately giving her a follow. What struck me first about Courtney was her unique beauty, but also her clear commitment to vintage-inspired denim looks. Her wardrobe is mostly neutral with lots of ’70s inspired high waisted jeans and logo tees. In addition to fashion blogging, Courtney is an up-and-coming actress, though her lifestyle and wardrobe feels completely accessible and inspires me to take adopt more casual vibe in my own sartorial choices.

Courtney Halverson @prettylittlefawn

MOST WANTED: Vintage Planters

sideboard vignette with plants and candle holder

It seems like everyone’s bringing a little more green in to their homes these days, and I’m not just talking about paint! Even brown thumbs are giving houseplants a go, and with good reason! They add such warmth and liveliness to a space, and for those who like a good challenge, the right plant will fill that void in your life. Ha! As if we need another living creature to take care of, eh? Well, now that I’ve mastered the art of nurturing the houseplants I’ve had for years, I’ve been all about adding a few newbies into the mix, which in turn launched a hunt for a few new (old) pots. I really love the way vintage planters put the icing on top of my houseplant cake, adding a whole new element of texture and character to the decor of a room.

Now that I’ve claimed dibs on my favorites (they’re en route to my house as I type! Yippee!), I figured I ought to share the fruits of my vintage planter hunt with all of you, in case you’re in the market for a new houseplant or two. I mean, whose home couldn’t stand a new little green guy, amiright? Check these out, though! Very nice planters simply oozing all the cool mid century vibes.

(above planters on my dining room cabinet from left to right: West Elm; thrifted ; Lowes)

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vintage planters Spiral Stoneware Planter (5″ x 6″) // $20.00
vintage planters White Splatter Pedestal Pot (6.5″ x 8″) // $26.00
vintage planters Turquoise Drip Glaze Dish (12″ x 4.5″) // $30.00
vintage planters Brown Spatter Pedestal Dish (5.75″ x 4″) // $10.00
vintage planters White Scalloped Bowl (6″ x 3″) // $19.95
vintage planters Two-Tone Brown Portuguese Planter (3.5″ x 4″) // $14.84
vintage planters Orange and Lavender Speckled Planter (5″ x 3.75″) // $18.00
vintage planters Brown Glazed Planter (5″ tall) // $14.00
vintage planters Copper Hanging Planter (2.5″ tall pot) // $48.00
vintage planters Green Splatter Dish (9.75″ x 3.5″) // $20.00
vintage planters Blue and Teal Footed Planter (5.5″ x 4.5″) // $60.00
vintage planters Black Stoneware Globe Vase (4.5″ x 3.5″) // (etsy shop on break)
vintage planters Goldenrod Yellow Pedestal Planter (5″ x 5″) // $10.98
vintage planters Large White Pumpkin-esque Planter (10.5″ x 5.75″) // $78.50

And for good measure, I thought I’d share some new plants I have in my home! Hanging pothos plants are my fail-safe houseplant that I can use in dimmer lit rooms. I’d been wanting to hang something in our bathroom for quite a while, and finally got these cool diagonally glazed planters from CB2. I think the pothos will grow pretty long and look beautiful in here!

CB2 hanging planters

I found this ficus tree (below) on Craigslist and took Lucy on a two-hour road trip (four hours there and back) to go get it. We’re crazy like that! (Super fun experience, by the way! We talked all the way there and back!) I was really nervous about having this ficus in our home, because I heard they are notorious for dropping leaves in shock when moved to a new location. I love the tree and while I would’ve been disappointed to lose the money (just $30) and waste the effort I put into the tree, I mostly just really felt like this tree is exactly what our living room has needed. So, I have lost some leaves, but I’ve also have a lot of regrowth and feel pretty good about this guy! It’s a great sculptural element to jazz up the simple white brick fireplace wall in our living room.

ficus alii

And last, but not least, I decided to challenge myself to grow a couple of cacti in our home (one pictured below). I’ve been convinced that they’re very easy to maintain, and I’ve been reading lots about them, but they’re so different from anything I’ve grown, I definitely feel challenged and a wee bit worried.

houseplant collection(above planters in order of left to right: West Elm, Vintage, Home Goods, Amazon, Ikea)

Side note: Am I the only one who stays awake at night worrying about my plants and reading up about them? I feel a a bit like a crazy person. Crazy plant lady. It’s the new cool thing to be. I’ll accept the title gladly.

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