Living outside the box and vintage carousal horse

"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." -Joseph Chilton Pearce

I am a true believer in your home should represents who you are as a person.  It should tell the story of your life and where you have been.  It has never been about how much a certain thing costs or who the designer is.  Rules simply don't apply when you live outside the box.


Art has been a huge part of my life and I want the girls to grow up around paintings and Art...

Or to think outside the box while creating.  If you don't have a paper canvas, use your fridge to create art.

Or be so inspired by a book that you recreate a particular image from the book.  This book spines archway was inspired by a book called The Shadow of the wind.

Of course I had to make a wallpaper out of all the book pages I had from ripping out the book covers for the archway.

It is ok to say yes to the most magical childhood requests of having an indoor swing in the middle of your dining room.  In my hunt for the most unusual things, I have found such interesting pieces with their own stories.  This pale pink gilded dining chair was made in France before electricity was invented.  I bought four of these beauties for all of 25 dollars.  Of course they did not look like this when I found them.  So it was not a huge surprise that somehow I would find this vintage carousal horse.

It has the most perfect patina and shabbiness.  Within a day of bringing it home, Aurora decided to use it as her hats hanger.

So it resides happily in her room.

A girl and her very first pair of velvet pumps.

I can honestly say I want to move into her room now.

Welcome to our crazy world, little horse.  I hope you like it here.


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  1. Victoria,
    Enchanting, magical and yes by all means live a life in your home that comforts and allows you to be free. Free to dream, to make-believe in your own creative dwelling that embraces you and warms your heart. It is what I have done and still chase after. I loved how you composed this post and your writing makes me say YES Victoria you do things from your creative sweet heart always seeking to share with your daughters to discover their magic within.
    Come and leave a comment for my giveaway, it will be drawn random computer pick and please tell me what you think if my newest creative adventure.

  2. You know how much I loved your style in first meeting of your site, a instant connection to the younger years of my designs.... Living out of the box is what I have been doing my whole life!
    It's finding yourself and embracing it.
    Life imitates art as they say, true artis like you Victoria do not second guess what your choices are, you just go with it, and I admire that in you. You embrace your girls wishes and empower them to be brave and daring.

    It all shows in who you are, and where your headed if one really sees how you collect, create and embrace every find like buried treasure. Your so right as to not having to spend a lot of money to dress your home or yourself in any style! It's all about having the right kind of rightness in how a piece moves you and your vision of transformation.

    My mother encouraged us to express ourselves that's why at 15 my whole bedroom walls where decoupage with magazine art and washed with age and layered with old vintage wall papers and pealed back. At 16 I had a real paying job and spent my money on old furniture from my bedroom it was shabby before there was a word for it, it was the start of my career in Graphic designs, and onto owning my own interior design business and then a Bay Area store.

    This is what you are instilling in your girls, freedom to be! Just be who they grow into, and celebrate all that they are. You have a wonderful connection with your girls, very involved mom you are, you give your girls a safety net and they will inspire every bit of their future on what you have given them.

    Celebrate your uniqueness, not many can, nor have what it takes.

    See you and your beauty in all you create soon.


  3. "To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." -Joseph Chilton Pearce This quote describes you perfectly. I remember when I first found your blog because of your refrigerator makeover. I had never seen anything like it! I loved how unique it was and I knew right then and there that you were a creative soul following the song in your heart. I see that same freedom and creativity in your daughters. It is a beautiful thing to just BE. Thank you for sharing your beautiful creative soul with us Victoria. I like you just the way you are. xxo Kerrie

    PS I am so glad that you understood my heart on the last post. I thought that you were going to paint the entire room black. One wall, with plenty of windows on the other will not be too dark. I know you both will make it gorgeous. Have fun!!!! xo

  4. PS That last line...'I like you just the way you are' is from Bridget Jones Diary...I recently watched it again. lol It's so true though xo

    1. Of course I know that last line. I am a huge Bridget Jones and Austen fan. Mr. Darcy is just everything. : )

  5. I love your crazy world :) It is just perfect!
    Jennelise xo

  6. There's no better place for this horse than your world. You were made for each other!

    1. Don't you think so? I had this crazy idea to actually put tracks in the ceiling for the carousal horse to go around the house.

  7. Absolutely wonderful.....I soooo love your style.

  8. Soooo beautiful Victoria. I love that you let your creative soul embrace the style in your home. Love how bright and sweet your home always feels. Love the horse and swing it is prefect.

    1. Thank you, Kris. The swing is our favorite part of the house. : )

  9. I am green with envy that you found a Carousel Horse! I have 5 real horses and every room in my house has horse themed items in it so I probably have about 205 horses if you count all of those! On the Canadian Prairies Carousel horses for sale are rare and when you do see one they are usually hand crafted new, or restored and cost thousands of dollars. I am so happy to see a horse take residence in your beautiful home - Aurora is one lucky girl!

    1. I can't believe how expensive the carousal horses are. Can you believe I got this for $75. It is much smaller than a normal carousal horses but it is perfect for our home.

  10. How fun to see a few more snippets of your home, Victoria. The carousel horse is the perfect fit in Aurora's room. Your house is like an enchanted fairytale :)

    1. Thank you, Julie. A friend of mine once said walking into my house is like falling through the rabbit hole. : )

  11. Oh, that carousel horse was definitely waiting for you to find it! It's just perfect for your little Aurora:) And those little shoes!!! So cute! I love how she's never smiling in her pics, my youngest son never, ever smiled for pictures...it was so funny. He's the happiest go luckiest young man now but he had an aversion to smiling:)

    You are giving your girls such an amazing childhood...I mean, a swing in the living room...that's the stuff childhood dreams are made of!

  12. Loving it all and your post! I love the velvet pumps!

  13. Beautiful! I love that massive frame with that awesome quote! my daughter would die for that carousel horse.

  14. Everything is so beautiful.
    My daughter loves hats, and has several vintage ones. They are so fun to display, and even more so on a carousel horse!
    xoxo Su

  15. It is always a pleasure to visit and see your latest decor additions Victoria. You never disappoint and I applaud your philosophy of living outside the box and being true to your creative soul. What child wouldn't love a swing in the dining room and a carousel horse in the bedroom. I know I featured you at Shabbilicious Friday last week, but I simply could not ignore this gorgeous post, so will be featuring you again this week.
    Hugs - Kerryanne

  16. This is my first visit to your blog and your enchanted home. You have given your beautiful daughter the kind of room I wanted as a child. (All right, I admit it; I still want it.) Thank you so much for sharing your exquisite vision with the rest of us.

    Blessings, Linda