Let's pretend that it isn't winter.
And then . . . let's pretend that we all have disposable incomes to spend on a somewhat pricey collection of planters to stare at while we're sitting outside taking in the warm spring and summer air.
I / Okay, so this one is actually super reasonable! The Bloem Modica 'Maximal' Bowl Planter: It looks good, is "green," and is UV stable and weather resistant. $21
II / Add a touch of Mid-century modern to your home with the Case Study Planter. $189
III / A personal favorite: The Ibarra Ficonstone. This one gets my vote for best buy when trying to find a balance between looks, quality and price. $69.95
IV / The Large Ball Planter from C&B is a good-looking, earth-friendly choice. $149
V / I'm always in search of a reasonably priced planter with height that has a simple shape and minimalist feel. Found: The Shore Polyterrazo Planter from CB2. $99.95
I realize the majority of the planters above may be a bit pricey for some, so if you're looking for a deal, my go-to resources for planters include HomeGoods/TJs/Marshalls, IKEA, Thrift/Reclaim stores and of course . . . there's almost always an option at Target (for everything <3).
Photographer Ricky Rhodes recently traveled to Paris and was kind enough to let me take a look at a loose edit of his images to choose from for a feature on JASPR.
I was particularly drawn to his photos taken during twilight. The contrast of warm and cool tones made them my personal favorites from his selects.
Also—these photos desperately make me want to pack a suitcase and fly anywhere.
It goes without saying that Ferm Living is always good for absolute perfection. Ferm is one of those brands that I dream of randomly winning a $1,000 gift card to because I would spend every last dime on a home beautification project. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy my current living space but there is always, always room for improvement.
My first object of desire from their S/S 2014 collection: This pen tablecloth. I die.
Up next: Every single one of the brass doodads below.
And finally: Those planters down there.
Any must-haves on your list?
We kept it simple for the celebratory year-end Chou Doun: oysters and champagne! Heidi chooses to serve them with her homemade red wine vinegar (I was too nervous to ask her to share her secret recipe . . . maybe next year).
I hope 2013 has treated you wonderfully. If it hasn't, you're still in luck because tonight is about looking forward and bringing in 2014 with a big ol' bang. Whether that means partying in times square, toasting at a local bar or cuddling up on the couch with a pint of ice cream and a good (or shitty) movie, be sure to celebrate all the GREAT in your life—and don't tell me you've got nothing, there is always, always something. No? Look closer.
As far as the future goes, I've got my fingers crossed in hopes that the new year fulfills all your needs, wants, dreams, wishes, etc.
One thing that was particularly awesome in 2013 was the growth in numbers of you, my JASPR readers. I'm so thankful for each and every one of you, as amongst many other things, you give me a reason to create.
And for the first time in this blog's (somewhat brief) history, I have the opportunity to thank my contributors who have been an enormous help to me throughout 2013 to keep the blog content flowin'. Peter Larson, Dana Sobota, Paul Sobota, Erica McKeehen, Heidi Robb, Emily Metzger—you're all incredibly badass and talented and nice and generous and . . . . . .
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Styled by Dana Sobota
I know JASPR has been especially slow (boring) this holiday season and I appreciate you all continuing to check back for new content. I had DIYs, gift guides and this post planned and I just wasn't able to find the time to get it all done. Thanks to stylist/super mom Dana Sobota (I honestly don't know how she juggles it all, folks), I was able to get this project and post completed.
Styled by Kelley Shaffer
Dana and I each took on two different aesthetics and both decorated one mantle and one side board. It was fun to challenge ourselves with design genres that weren't necessarily 100% our own to come up with an option for everyone.
Styled by Kelley Shaffer
Although this post was intented to be published a few days ago, I find it appropriate that it ended up happening Chistmas Day. Why? Welll . . . (I'm going to get super sappy here) Dana is one of the things I'm most grateful for in 2013 and gaining a best friend is one of the best Christmas gifts I could ever ask for. There are few people that can make decorating four holiday vignettes in one day enjoyable (especially while juggling a 1 year old, dog and countless props) but Dana is one of them and that makes me super lucky to call her a friend.
Styled by Dana Sobota
I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I'll see you back here soon!