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.
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!