I have a very irrational fear of being late to anything. Looking back now, I might have far more appreciated some time spent on more spiritual and family based virtues from my father, but instead he choose to use his 2.5 seconds as a Dad to teach me that success in life would come through punctuality and learning how to manuever through an airport at lightning speed. And I do appreciate knowing these things. With that said, many of my peers in our twenties have yet to grasp this concept and not only am I always early, my friends are always late. Due to this, I like to have little walk through spots in areas where I often meet them to go spend some time when I am 10 minutes early and they call saying they're running about a half an hour behind. It beats calling my friends' parents and rempremanding them on their failure to raise functioning, punctual adults, an idea that I have pondered one too many times while awkwardly waiting in my idiling car in a parking lot while my friend is at her condo likely just getting around to putting on her mascara or looking for her keys because she is INCONSIDERATE.
What am I trying to introduce here...oh yes, beautiful British things lower my blood pressure when my friends are late or I am just in fact a little bored on Saturday. And for that I am very thankful for the Timothy Oulton store in the ever popular Knox/Henderson area.
This story is so pretty and quirky, it is nearly impossible to chastise your friends in your head for their tardiness while walking through it. I love the huge yellow submarine hanging out in the fishtank when you walk in and the large columns of books right behind it. The chairs and sofas here are gorgeous and just swallow you. I highly recommend trying them all out.
This store is just major inspiration station for me. I have always liked the Ikea basket-style lighting pendants (I am not seeing it on the website anymore but this is somewhat similar), but one singular one did not have enough impact for me with our larger dining room table. I really love the thought if installing multiple ones at verying heights to create a similar effect to this grouping that they have in the store, pictured below.
I've blogged about loving plates hung on walls and my blue and white china, so it was no surprise to my date when I gave a little gasp at this vingette. I think the hutch is so cute. As far out and midcentury as my tastes can get in other rooms, quirky French Country will always be my favorite kitchen look. You just want to make fresh eggs and pastries in a pretty blue and white kitchen.
My girlfriends and I were discussing recently that vintage suitcases are the broke girl's design dream. Easy to find and only get better with the more of a mix that you have. I took a photo of this mega stack to add fuel to our opinion and sent it to my gals.
I thought this painted set of lockers would be perfect for the British rock invasion theme I have going in our living room. If only it would fit!
And my love for the Union Jack continued in this next showroom area. I love these rugs so much that I did my own DIY Union Jack painted rug earlier this year, and it is still holding up really well. On another interesting note, I bought a huge box of antique batmittion racquets a few years ago knowing they could fill some genius aesthetic purpose but finally sent them to the St Vincent De Paul thrift when I read something from Oprah telling me to declutter my life. Here is the inspiration I was waiting for:
A close up of the mega-cool installation:
This last photo reminded me of my sister, who is super obsessed with space. I can see her putting prints like this in her play room for her kiddos down the road while she Googles solar eclipse videos for them as they pack their bags for Mars. I really like the black on black with the prints and frames.
So much eye candy and inspiration in this fun new store for Dallas! Most of it has that authentic, found object feel that I try to go after with the whole unshopped for home premise. Only for sale! Which is always more convenient.
See anything you like?
Where are your favorite places to find new design inspiration?