The March issue of Coastal Living is full of colorful fabulousness.

coastal living march 2016

Within the issue, they highlight ways to give your home a boost of color with vintage “treasures”.  I was surprised to see #4: Ceramic Parrots.

Coastal Living March 2016 / Ceramic Parrots / Pursuing Vintage

Let me start by saying: I hate birds.  Real birds (sorry all you bird lovers!).  But they freak me out.  Especially when they are flying around above my head (hello city pigeons!).  However, porcelain or ceramic bird statues I like.  I’ve always found them charming, and have picked up several ceramic birds over the last couple of years.

This pair was just stunning, and they lived on my mantel until they sold so that I could enjoy them for as long as possible!

porcelain cockatiel pair / Pursuing Vintage

This guy just sold last week!  The buyer must be up on the trend!

Porcelain Cockatoo Parrot / Pursuing Vintage

And this little guy, though not a tropical bird, is equally cute and colorful.  (He’s available now!)

Petite Blue Finch Figurine / Pursuing Vintage

And if you’re not a figurine collector, there are other ways to incorporate birds into your decor!

Tropical bird lamp base

Large parrot colorful art

Tropical Parrot Wallpaper

I’m not sure birds work in every decor scenario, but they are fun to look at when used in the right place.

(Okay, now please tell me I’m not the only one out there who is freaked out by live birds!).

Signature Kristen                   Photo credits: 1 / 2 / 3 /

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Pink: It's not just for Valentine's Day

Pink isn’t just for Valentine’s Day, and it’s not just for little girls’ rooms, either.  The color is undoubtedly feminine, but it can be sophisticated and rich. Check out the terrific use of the color in these interiors.

Pink Sofa / Pursuing Vintage

Pink Hall / Pursuing Vintage

Pink console and wallpaper with brass accessories

pink dining room / traditional home

Pink walls in living room

white settee with soft pink walls

I’m in love with the pink used in the dining room with the Chinese Chippendale chairs.  But I’d also take a pink sofa any day!  A little pink decor in a house full of boys could help keep me sane!  Do you decorate with pink?  If so, where and how?

Wishing you a wonderful Valentine’s Day full of love and friendship!

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I’m always changing my interior decor.  It is always evolving and things are always moving around.  Usually it’s just the little things: accessories, art, pillows.  Sometimes it’s a larger piece of furniture.  When I look back at family photos, I enjoy seeing what my home (and family member’s homes) looked like in that moment in time.  Sometimes I cringe, sometimes not!  But it made me realize that my home is a living, breathing part of the family.  Little vignettes are like little moments in the life of us.

I thought it would be fun to have a series documenting some of these “Interior Moments”.  Most from my own home, but I’ll also be pestering some of my design-minded friends to see if I can photograph an Interior Moment in their home.  I hope it serves as a bit of inspiration for you!

Today I’m sharing my coffee table as it currently looks, as well as a little addition to my bar cart.

Coffee table styling / blue and white / Pursuing Vintage

I found these vintage porcelain dice the same estate sale I found this brass leaf.  I’m in love with the detail on the leaf.  After research, I found out it was made by Virginia Metalcrafters and designed by Oskar J.W. Hansen.  Hansen was a renowned artist/sculptor of his time and his biggest works can be seen at the  Hoover Dam.  Evidently this leaf is part of series that he created, all with the same crazy-intricate detail, and all very collectible.  Who knew?!

And the coffee table books were not just chosen because they’re blue.  I’m obsessed with Jackie, and museums are my favorite places to go.  Everything with meaning!

Coffee table styling / Asian blue & white / Pursuing Vintage

The hydrangeas are from our local supermarket and have held up beautifully.  I love the simplicity in the white of their petals.

Bar cart with art by Gretchen Hancock / Pursuing Vintage

I’ve added this splendid little still life oil painting by Gretchen Hancock to my bar cart.  It was a Christmas gift from my dad (thanks, Dad!).  I was going to frame it, but kind of like it on this little brass stand for now.  I’m so drawn to Gretchen’s gorgeous little detailed still life fruit paintings.  Be sure to check her out!

For now, those are my Interior Moments.  But, as I said, we’re always changing things around here!  I even have a great little helper.  He’s pretty strong for an almost-four-year-old, and enjoys moving things around almost as much as I do!

Dragging the rug around the house to see what it looks like in different places. Kid after my own heart.

Dragging the rug around the house to see what it looks like in different places. Kid after my own heart.


Have a wonderful weekend!