Bells & Whistles

The more crystals and bells in my house, the better. I can hear the crystals ring like bells and see the bells’ jingle flitter like light refracting off the crystals. It brings so much joy and happiness to my home.

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photo by Nicole Chilton

In what felt like an intuitive decision, I hung a strand of bells on my front door, in lieu of a working doorbell (plus, who answers the doorbell anymore anyways?). Little did I know that hanging bells on your front door is a centuries-old concept in Feng Shui, warding off negative energy and inviting harmony in the house.

Want to add some extra oomph and harmony to your own front door? Here are some fun bells to try:

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Caravan Bells with Glass Beads via Etsy

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Colorful windchime bells

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De Kulture Bell Metal Cow Bell Wind Chime 6.5X3.5 LWH (Inches) For Hanging Bells Garden Decoration Balcony Decor Ideal For New Year Anniversary Birthday Gift For Girl Woman (Brown)

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catbell

Maybe you are a cat person?

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Do you have anything on your front door? What is it and why did you decide to put it there? We’d love to hear!

Pure Magic: A Wrinkle in Time Set Design

WHO wouldn’t want to go see the new adaptation of the classic children’s book “A Wrinkle in Time“, a tale about the power of love and light in the time of darkness? Women directed, a diverse cast, and a story of the enduring power of love. What more could you ask for?

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(this was the copy I grew up with, and I just trashed my house trying to find it…no luck, sadly.)

Stephanie took her 10-year-old daughter to see the movie this week, and said she was smitten with the details of the home. Cozy, full of plants and crystals, and Craftsman-style were her exact words. Um. Sold. I’m seeing the movie tomorrow. But not before I look at inspiration for the set.

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Photo Credit: Atsushi Nishijima

This article from Architectural Digest talks about the home inspiration and challenges, which include altering the paint color from a cold yellow to something cozier, and adding wooden beams to hide the camera technician’s cables.

It reminds me of the book I just checked out (and then immediately purchased), The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes, in which the author says to clear out clutter and trash, let in clean air and energize your house with…you guessed it, crystals and plants. Um. Sold.

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That lamp! Those pillows! The books! Guhhhhhhh.

Here are some finds to inject your own magic into your charming house:

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Embroidered Pink Cotton Suzani Indian Cushion Cover These Suzani style pillows add a vibrant touch to any space.

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Cozy reading light – GIWOX 4.7″ Rechargeable LED Ball Light, Dimmable Children’s Bedroom Lamps Night Indoor Mood Lighting with Remote – 16 Colors, 4 Dynamic Models Indoors Outdoor

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Fresh flowers! In your house. All the time.

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What makes your house feel magical?

 

Library Haul: Spring Break Edition

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What’s better than a mid-afternoon affogato? An affogato with new books from the library!

Stephanie’s picks this week:

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Life Unstyled: How to embrace imperfection and create a home you love

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pastel

Pretty Pastel Style: Decorating interiors with pastel shades

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Nic’s Pick’s

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Vintage Parties: A Guide to Throwing Themed Events—from Gatsby Galas to Mad Men Martinis and Much More

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The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes

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What are some of your visual treats you enjoy flipping through?