Green Pumpkin Purple Cabbage

Untraditional autumn colors in my home.

Green, purple and fuschia loveliness.

Vintage trophy vase via Etsy.


In My Home {Christmas}

I should be nominated for Worst Blogger of 2014.  Regardless, I am here to share some Christmas corners around my home with a little link love sprinkled thoughout.  Here’s a glimpse of the living room, with my recently acquired vintage slat bench and Roger Folco abstract nudes painting. I am in love with this painting.  It has such an interesting patina and texture up close.

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Crate and Barrel helped bring Christmas cheer to the dining area – I love the pattern of this ‘Snowy Forest’ table runner.  It complements my newly painted Celery Green kitchen pretty well.  My paperwhites are starting to grow – too late for blooms by Christmas, but I’m hoping by New Year’s my house will smell like Spring with the help of these lovely bulbs!

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And finally, a little white branchy wreath in the bedroom.  If you look closely, you can see a Duiker pillow on the bench by Skinny Laminx.  I have this out all year but it seems especially festive during winter.  And while I’m at it, I should throw a shout out to Lamp Shade Designs.  I’ve had two custom shades made for my vintage lamps, and I have been very pleased with both of them.  Dana is easy to work with and she’ll send free samples of the fabrics, which is awesome!

Verdibou_Christmas Wreath

I hope everyone has a cozy holiday season!  See you next year!

Color Talk {The Purple House}

For the past year, E and I have been tackling small projects around the house and it is finally starting to come together (at least the exterior, that is).  I’m hoping to “reveal” the backyard/deck transformation in a coming post very soon.  But first, I thought I’d share our most recent update, which was having a fresh coat of paint put on the house.

E had the house painted about 7 or 8 years ago, a nice “eggplant” purple but after years in the Florida sun, it had started to fade (especially in the backyard where it gets direct sunlight throughout the day).  So, the once eggplant house had turned into more of a burgundy/brown color and was looking a little sad.

Instead of keeping the purple toward the red side of the spectrum, I thought a nice deeper shade toward the blue family would really brighten things up and add some pizzazz.  The color is Behr’s Eclectic Purple.  Bold and Beautiful.  Here are a few peaks.

(More photos and projects to come in the next few weeks)

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Verdibou_Behr Eclectic Purple_Front Porch

Verdibou_Behr Eclectic Purple_Bromeliads

Put a Bird On It! Michelle Morin’s Watercolor Pillows

Some time ago, I purchased this little Owl print on Etsy via UnitedThread by Michelle Morin. Michelle’s watercolors are so enchantingly vivid and beautiful that I wanted one in my home, to not only remind me to see the beauty in nature but for inspiration from an artist who has met her calling.

Today after work, I stopped by the mall to drop off a box at the Post Office and wandered down to Anthropologie – a store that always uplifts me because it is filled with so many beautiful and quirky curiosities.  I walked by one of their lovely sofas and saw something familiar…it was “my” little owl perched on a pillow.  It was odd to see him there.  I instantly got excited for my fellow Etsy Seller.  What a thrill it must be to see your art in a major retailer like Anthropologie.  It reminded me that the world is small.  And to aim for the stars. Way to go, Michelle!

{Click on the photo for the link to the pillows.}

Michelle Morin Bird PillowAnd because I recently started watching Portlandia, I couldn’t resist linking to this skit, “Put a Bird On It!” Too funny. 🙂



Special Edition: In My Home {West Elm}

Typically I use the “In My Home” posts to highlight vintage or handmade items that I love and are part of my own abode.  But, of course, there are lots of items in my home that don’t fit into those two categories…you know, the “new” stuff from major retailers…like West Elm. ❤

I have been a fan of West Elm for a long time.  I got their first catalogue when I was a freshman in college way back in 2002!  So, I guess I’ve been a fan for a decade.  Yeah.  And they’ve only gotten better and more refined with age, they’ve really honed in on a comfortable, affordable and modern style that appeals to many.  They always have bright and fresh color palettes and keep with the trends, while not following too closely.  They have also embraced the handmade movement, partnering with artists and craftsman to deliver unique quality products.  But enough of me gushing…on to the reason for the post.

West Elm Orlando is hosting a Facebook contest, “Show Us Your West Elm + Win” so I thought it would be fun to join the party.  Here’s the photo I entered of my bedroom.  You can click on the link above to go to the facebook page, view the other submissions, and like your favorite! Or click on my photo to go to my submission.

West Elm_Bedroom by VerdiBou

Here are the West Elm items in my bedroom:

Scoop-Back Chair in White

Stripe Duvet Cover

Swiss Dot Euro Shams

Adalusia Wool Dhurrie Rug in Horizon

For some weekly design inspiration, you can visit West Elm’s blog: Front & Main

In My Home {Living} Tillandsia Air Plant

Have you been noticing these sweet little air plants everywhere lately?  I love the new trend!  Well, I shouldn’t say new because they’ve been growing in popularity for several years now.  I used to just see them around Etsy and local farmer’s markets but it seems that they’ve officially made it into mainstream consumerism.  Last weekend I purchased this little guy at my local nursery, Apenberry’s and this morning I saw a whole gang of them at West Elm.

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I love their versatility.  They don’t need to be planted in soil so they can literally sit anywhere and in anything!  (Like a great big conch shell or a lovely bowl.) They just need a few mists of water each week – or a nice humid bathroom with some natural sunlight.  Here are some of my favorite Etsy shops that specialize in air plants…



Handcrafted hanging pods by Michael McDowell.  Very modern.  Very cool.

mudpuppy air pod


For those going for more of a quirky gone creepy aesthetic, there’s EarthSeaWarrior.  (I’m a fan of their lighting too – neon cords…yum.)


Sea & Asters

Or maybe you’d fancy a miniature air plant terrarium from Sea & Asters.


Let me know where else you’ve been seeing these lovelies!