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Obviously my blog has nothing to do with politics (unless it’s related to Scandal or House of Cards, of course) but when I saw the cute NYC apartment of Barbara Bush via Vogue.com I wanted to share. To me her place feels like a great example of a personal home.  The items in her space all seem to have a story behind them- from a blanket found with her mom on an antiquing trip to a painting done of her cat by her former president father (which is kinda cute, right?) to African masks from her work on that continent.  This is a wonderful example of a space reflecting your life story, and the best bonus? She shares this townhouse with two other friends, each with their very own take on personal decor- check out all three apartments in the article!


I am loving this giant cactus! It’s like a piece of sculpture and also reminds her of her home state of Texas.


I die over that mantle, original to the apartment.  Also, let’s talk about how the grey violet wall color is kind of perfect for a modern yet feminine backdrop- for this look try Farrow & Ball’s Callaluna or Brassica!  The cross was bought on a trip to Peru and the photographs are of her favorite artists bought in New Orleans.


The skull on the mantle was picked up in Austin, Texas and the portrait behind is of her cat Eleanor done by the former president. This unique armoire is topped with African masks from her travels in Africa working for her organization Global Health Corps.


Barbara picked up this suzani blanket on a shopping trip with her mother Laura.


This table was the kitchen table that Barbara grew up eating dinners on.  I love that it’s beaten up with so many memories! And I really love how she paired it with that mirror and so many personal pictures.  Perfection is not important, personality is!!!


I loved the painting above the mantle in this picture and turns out the artist is Barbara’s boyfriend Miky Fabrega, a Panamanian artist and entrepreneur.


Here are a few more examples of his work- I especially love the pale ones and the coral one!






What about your home?  Are some of your favorite touches those items that also carry a story with them? I know mine are- from the vintage buffet I snagged for $75 at an estate sale to a couple paintings I’ve done myself over the years.  I want to make a point to buy more home items when I travel to add to my personal collection!


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