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Real Life Still Life: A Free, Easy Way to Dress-up Your Home

This is a perfect activity for someone who owns stuff and wishes to display that stuff in an attractive way.

Is that you? Great! I thought so.

As you may know, a Still Life is a work of art that showcases inanimate objects in a grouping.

Here are a few examples in my home:

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Food and flowers are extremely common in Still Lifes (yes, that is the correct plural), so today we are going to keep it simple and utilize the food in your kitchen, and the plants in your (or your neighbor’s) garden.

Scour your refrigerator and pantry for fresh edibles.

Fruits such as apples, grapes, oranges, and bananas are lovely, but don’t overlook root vegetables such as onions, garlic, and potatoes, as they can provide contrast to an elaborately decorated plate or brightly colored flowers.

Don’t worry if you can’t find much variety, some of the best arrangements are made with only one type of food.

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Now you must locate an attractive dish or bowl.

The dish can be a part of your everyday plate-ware, a special serving dish, or an antique you bought to display.

I think the best Still Lifes involve medium size dishes/bowls, but it really depends on the size and quantity of the objects you plan to arrange. If you have three cherries, a shot glass would do the trick; however, if you have 15 watermelons, a clawfooted bathtub would be better suited.

If you don’t have any fresh fruit or veggies in your kitchen, have no fear! Pull a Warhol and arrange some cans!

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If you are having trouble making a balanced arrangement with your items, try limiting yourself to five objects. I find that this is the quickest way to achieve balance.

Top it off with a sprig of greenery like a cutting from a bush. Alternatively, pick a few flowers and tuck them into the arrangement.

For my favorite arrangement, I built a mountain of cheerful, sweet-smelling clementines on top of an antique pewter dish and accessorized  it with a branch of greenery that brings life to the scene. I placed it on the kitchen peninsula so that it can be enjoyed from many angles.

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There you have it! A simple way to fill your home with living art!

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Thanks,

Missy


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DC Fashion Week: Tory Burch Presentation

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A few months ago, Tory Burch opened a new store in Georgetown, her first in the district.

Rumor has it, Tory herself came to visit the week of its opening, which is a BFD if I do say so myself!

We visited the store in January to browse.

Unfortunately we didn’t find anything new to add to our already very Burched closets, but we did have a nice sit down coffee and hot chocolate in the shoe room.

The interior is an experience for any fan of the Tory Burch aesthetic, a reflection of her recently launched home collection. The bright wallpaper and lucite coffee tables are a nice complement to the plush mohair sofas.

We recommend you take a seat and possibly a sip if you find yourself nearby. Word to the wise, the Wisconsin Avenue shop only sells accessories (think handbags, jewellery, sunglasses, and shoes, to name a few).

The brand hosted a DC Fashion Week event at the W Hotel this past week.

Seeing the clothes at the W downtown allowed us to better visualize the Tory Burch lifestyle–  tropical and eastern influences, beaded embellishment, embroidery, and metallics.

The event included themed drinks, rotating looks, a DJ, and utilized the Neoclassical architecture of the lobby by projecting the NYFW Spring/Summer ’14 fashion show onto its walls and ceiling.

Enjoy some photos below from the event!

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Until next time,

LiLo & Missy

Golden Elephants and Amber Horns

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Golden Elephants and Amber Horns

I bought these two fantastic necklaces at the Tuckernuck pop-up shop in Georgetown a little while ago.

While they are equally beautiful worn separately, they seem to naturally want to be worn together. Who am I to disagree?

They look great layered over dark chunky sweaters and I can’t wait to dangle then over white tunics in the summer.

Sadly, in keeping with the temporary nature of pop-ups, Tnuck is leaving the DC area shortly. Fear not, however, because you can still find a plethora of magnificent bits ‘n bobbles on their website.

(Beaded Elephant Necklace)

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