Wedding Season is Here!
For all of us gearing up for summer weddings, whether you’re the bride or guest, we realize how tricky finding the right gift or picking out a registry can be! We sat down with our Lead Curator (and bride to be!) Anna Brown to find out what her plans are for her upcoming wedding and what her dream home from TLV would consist of!
Fun Facts About the Bride:
How did you meet your fiance? My fiance, John, happens to be the younger brother of my cousin’s college roommate! We were set up by our families at WCC Beach 3 Summers ago…some could say it was a family arranged marriage 😉
Any wedding plans as of yet? We are planning to get married next summer in Rye, NY!
Style: I love natural elements combined with a well placed antique and of course fresh beautiful textiles & upholstery! I come from a large family and a mother who loves to entertain so I definitely want to have a home that’s not only family friendly but a place where friends and loved ones will want to gather.
Favorite Designers: Mark Cunningham, Sarah Bartholomew, Mark D. Sikes, Lee Ann Thornton
Preferred Color Combination: Blue & Green
Favorite part of her job as Lead Curator at TLV: I love the “hunt”! Every week going into a new home feels like another treasure hunt…I never know what new pieces will be coming our way!
Best Piece of Advice: I believe that if you surround yourself with pieces you love you’ll never grow tired of your space. Fortunately, at The Local Vault, you can find something at every price point for every space and style! I did just that below in my “TLV Registry” mixing old pieces with new, steals combined with items I believe are worth saving up for….meanwhile drawing inspiration from a few talented designers whom I admire! What’s great about TLV is we have a bit of everything so you can create your own look through our inventory knowing that every piece has been vetted by one of our curators. Versus shopping in a Big Box store, on TLV you have access to custom pieces, vintage decor and valuable antiques all for a fraction of what they sold for.
Front Door Curb Appeal: Sandra M Cavallo @oldsilvershed
This is the perfect time of year to spruce up your front door with your favorite plants and flowers. These Nina Studio Concrete Planters are a great deal and I love this Bench & Pair of Black Outdoor Lanterns!
Your entryway is going to be the first glimpse into your home and sets the tone for the spaces ahead. Taking after a design of one of my favorite local designers, Lee Ann Thornton, this combination of pieces is one I will never grow tired of!
This Large Darlana Lantern Pendant is perfect for tall ceilings in an entry and with its clean lines and dark metallic finish, its stylish yet won’t be overbearing to the pieces below.
Even though I personally feel that there is nothing better than fresh cut flowers, this NDI Faux Floral Arrangement is the next best thing (& looks extremely real!). It is sure to save you a few $$ on weekly fresh cuts and would be the perfect piece to bring out for last minute entertaining!
This Custom Console with Limestone Top is the type of transitional piece that will never go out of style! It can stand alone for a sleek look or easily be accessorized with calligraphy brushes, temple jars, books, topiaries and picture frames. If you love this look but don’t have the space for it we have a smaller yet still beautiful Industrial Console Table with Metal Base.
As for mirrors, I think it is one of the must-haves in an entryway for those last minute makeup & teeth checks before heading out for the day. This French Octagonal Antique Mirror has been on my Wishlist for a while now, I absolutely love it and believe the shape will definitely add a certain dynamic to the space!
Kitchen Inspiration: Thom Filicia via My Domaine
These Restoration Hardware Benson Pendant Lamps are a major steal on the site! They make for perfect lighting over a kitchen island. Don’t have a kitchen island? No problem! This Oak Farm Table would do just the trick similar to what Thom Filicia did here in this Greenwich Home. And if you’re looking for a unique one of a kind piece, this 19th Century Hand Painted Tibetan Cabinet is a true treasure!
Breakfast Room: Mark Cunningham via Architectural Digest
Being the oldest of 5 kids in my family, I know how messy a kitchen space can be!
It’s not only a place where the morning rush takes place but growing up it’s where we spent hours having after-school snacks, art projects, homework…and eventually evening nightcaps with Mom and Dad. Needless to say, a kitchen table and chairs are bound to see a lot of action with a growing family. So this set of Sarreid & Company Windsor Style Dining Chairs are definitely a-must for a space that’s bound to see it’s fair share of “love” aka spills, stains and wear. This Round Wood Pedestal Table is a great deal on the site as well! It comes with 2 leaves so if you are entertaining you can easily expand it to create space for additional seating!
With lighting… I think a great fixture can completely transform a space! This Industrial Hammered Copper Drum Chandelier has the most amazing shiny copper interior that I find to be really eye-catching!
Office Inspiration: Mark D. Sikes
Working for an online company we don’t exactly have “traditional business hours”…. hence a home office or workspace is a place I would need to have in any home I live in!
At TLV, my all time favorite piece has been this Antique Desk with Heart Shaped Locks. Talk about having “The Key to My Heart” … this desk has it! I would pair it with this unique Brown Striped Table Lamp that has a leather base….trust me the picture does not do it justice!
This Inlaid Antique Porcupine Quill Basket and the Pair of Antique Wooden Boxes are great accessories that would make the space uniquely yours. Sometimes it’s the accessories that truly pull together a design!
As for window treatments…we all know they can cost a fortune! These designer Holly Hunt Heat Wave Panels (less than 2 years old!) are marked almost 70% off and I think they are 100% worth it!! I love the pattern and believe these are definitely an investment worth making!
Dining Room Inspiration: Brittany Bromley Interiors
I love how Brittany Bromley styled this Dining Room with the Whitewash Table. This Colefax and Fowler Dining Table would look beautiful in this design. Pair it with some lovely blue slipcovered dining chairs (huge plus to have slipcovers that can be washed after dinner parties 😉 ) and a coordinating wallpaper…voila!
This Swedish Mora Grandfather Clock would go beautifully with the table as well and is definitely a steal on TLV!
Looking for a special wedding gift? I love mixing and matching tableware and I think these Royal Worcester China Bowls would be perfect for Dinner Parties!
Family Room Inspiration: Lee Ann Thornton Interiors via House Beautiful
A sectional is a great piece for a family as well as for someone who entertains. Not only can it seat a bunch of people but let’s be honest, a sectional doesn’t exactly scream “formal” area. It usually says, sit down and join the party! The days of a formal living room that no one uses are behind us. As Thornton Interiors proves here, you can easily dress up a sectional to make it the perfect balance of inviting and still pretty. This blue Edward Ferrell “Pure” Sectional in Loro Piana is the definition of luxury!
Bedroom Inspiration: Mark Cunningham via One Kings Lane
This room belonging to Brett Heyman, founder of Edie Parker, and designed by the talented Mark Cunningham has been on my Pinterest board ever since it’s feature in Arch Digest!
I am a big fan of a neutral bedroom. As much as I love color, I think having a subtle palette in your bedroom creates a calming space to easily wind down in after a long day. This Custom King Linen Headboard and King Size Linen Dust Skirt both came from a home designed by Victoria Hagan and I absolutely love the soft shades of green found in both the bedskirt and this Restoration Hardware Chaise.
If your space permits, this Restoration Hardware Chaise is a perfect piece to curl up in for catching up on your summer reading! It’s in a seafoam green velvet (check out the gallery pics!) and is in pristine condition. This piece would also go very well with the Linen Dust Skirt! And for those of us who just have to have (at least!) one cup of coffee as they get out of bed, the Tripod Drinks Table will be your best friend every morning next to your chaise lounge!
Not just another cheeseboard….
Want to find something unique for the bride and groom? Shop these gift-worthy TLV pieces below!
Let the Countdown Begin!