wednesday white finds

Perfect white on a perfectly chilly morning.  Starting with this darling kitchen via.

wed white kitchen

You can find the sconces above over here for a song.  I really love them!

wed white sconce

Love this studded velvet pillow to add some white edge in a room.  Want!!

wed white pillow

Finally, these clearance lamps look promising.  Try not to buy them all out, ha ha, I’m still debating buying two for our rental ; )  It’s crazy, many times I blog about something and it sells out…later in the day (or night) I go to buy it and it’s gone.  I’ve learned I have to be fast!

wed white lamp


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a timeless color

I’ll spare you another brooding January philosophy post, but I would like to share what color I think best matches this month.  It’s a color that reflects the quiet and cool of the season.  Speaks as soft as a whisper, but has great impact on a space.

Farrow & Ball’s Pale Powder #204.  I believe it was featured in House Beautiful this time last year.

pale powder

Clean, restful, reflective.  I really, really like it.  If I had to pick a color for my master right now, I think this would be it.  I love it’s versatility.  You could punch up a room with charcoals and other rich accent colors, or you could keep it more soft and monochromatic like this space.

pale powder2

If I did go with Pale Powder in the master, I wouldn’t mind having two of these bad boys somewhere else in the house for a thread of continuity.

pale powder chair

I never tire of soft blues.  Probably because they are restful, elegant, and timeless.  Found this Anthro top in the same color family, which would be a wardrobe classic.

pale powder top

Speaking of restful, we had a quiet weekend.  Our oldest was off on a retreat with his youth group and we spent a good amount of time hanging with our younger three around the house.  I would have loved to slip out for a quiet date night on Saturday, but the kids seemed to enjoy us all being together.  It was good family time without having to run all over the place.  BTW, we did a lot more electronic disconnecting and it felt great!  I highly recommend doing this.  Note: expect considerable resistance from your teen at first, but push on…the end result is so worth it.

We had a nice, long, Sunday afternoon walk (with all kinds of crazy skipping/galloping/hopping races the kids love doing) and it was fun.  Sorry no pics, but I was “disconnected” ; )  I do have this snapshot of our bunny, Fondu, from Saturday morning’s pancake breakfast.  This scene was too sweet to pass up!

simply seleta bunny

The pink high chair belongs to our youngest daughter, but stays in the breakfast room for our youngest son’s teddy bear to use during meals.  This is his request.  He doesn’t mind that it’s pink, just wants his bear to have a special place to eat with the family.  I try to cherish these precious moments.

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modern day duchess

After my previous post, I couldn’t help but think what a modern day “Grantham aristocrat” would wear in this day and age, so I looked around and found a few wardrobe classics.  Of course, we know in real life everything would be names like Alexander McQueen, Burberry, and Chanel.  So for our enjoyment, I made the selections fit more of a lady-in-waiting type of budget.  Also, there’s a little something in this grouping that’s free and fun for your next Downton Abbey viewing on Sunday.  It made me think of my friend Leslie, who is a fellow Downton diehard.

simply seleta modern day duchess



First things first, this amazing door hanger in the collage is a free printable.  I love it!  You can download it here.  It’s a must for any Downton dedicate!

1.  The little black dress (in the collage above) has a nice look and clever neckline.  Also, I couldn’t fit this Rebecca Taylor dress (pictured below) in the collage after I found it, but I LOVE.   Link is here.  I’m a big fan of Rebecca Taylor’s clothes.  A little more mod with some faux leather touches, but love it.  On sale for $200.

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2.  This oversized lace and cashmere wrap has a hint of a 20’s vibe.  It’s actually REALLY big, so don’t be fooled by the image.  I have a chocolate brown cashmere wrap with ruffles and I love it so much.  Cashmere is always a great investment.

3.  A pearl accent bib, great to jazz up any simple frock, sweater, or top.

4.  A simple leather clutch in a feminine shade.

5.  This swarovski crystal necklace makes a serious statement.  I have a similar one I bought over the summer and wear it with everything.  It elevates any look from dull to duchess.  Speaking of which, here is Kate Middleton wearing a $19.99 Zara necklace to a red carpet event.  Article about it here.  I’m all for great accessories, the price/source really doesn’t matter as long as it looks beautiful.

kate middleton

If you’re not into too much sparkle on your neck, I do like these kate spade square stud earrings for a statement.  Only $38 and lots of colors.  Great for anyone with a modified bob or shorter do.

kate spade crystal

6.  Another year round piece – this pearl tassel beaded necklace.  Pearls and tassels are always a classic choice!

7.  These classic pumps embellished with bow I just love.  I keep debating on getting them.  They could make any simple dress look sharp.

*By the way, I know there are a lot of links here, but none of this is sponsored.  I’ll always let you know if a post ever has any sponsorship.  I hope to someday have some sponsors like that, and if I do get them, it will only be things I love.  I turn down sponsored post offers weekly because I’m so picky.  That’s the good news about me being more of a boutique sized blog – you know you’re getting just me ; )

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