what I couldn’t live without #2, cot and porthole

June 20, 2011

The finds: vintage cot, porthole, vase, glove form and flower frog, all from Trampoline.

Several weeks ago, had the pleasure of a personal tour of Kim Ludy’s beautiful home (which you can see featured on Design*Sponge), including her basement! Why would I be so excited about a cellar? Kim and I have a very similar aesthetic that springs from an appreciation of quirky old things that complement a contemporary, minimalist decor. The basement is where Kim keeps all the not-yet-listed finds for her Etsy shop! It was a thrill. Every time I pulled something off the shelves, Kim too got to relive the discovery. We were like two pre-teens at a Justin Bieber concert, squealing like girls. It was soooo much fun.

Through an exercise of great restraint, I came away with several things that I couldn’t live without, including this vintage camp cot and rare wooden porthole. I whisked them off to my cottage to await inspiration. This weekend it struck.

The porthole in situ.

Having recently repainted the living room, all surfaces were cleared off and ready for re-imagination. Since the light and architecture of the cottage are so magical, I decide to go with an even more pared down approach to the decor. Serenely beautiful, the porthole was a perfect devise for this look. The white side proved too “matchy-matchy,” so I turned the porthole around to show the reverse wooden face. Now it adds the right amount of warmth to the cool blues and whites of the room. A single caribou antler completes the minimal arrangement.

A larger view. I love how old and natural play with the more industrial (yet still graceful) feel of the mid-century lamp that I got from Hindsvik.

The cot I placed in the sunny corner of my porch which has been begging for a lounging spot. On top I threw a vintage linen sack pillow, which, appropriately, I bought from Kim’s mom!

Right next to the door, the cot can easily be moved outdoors for a read under the apple tree.

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