Wednesday, August 19, 2015

cottage charm: decorating with hats



I have a thing for hats.

I just love the warmth and texture they add to a room and when I’m shopping second hand stores I’m always on the look-out for ones that are comfortably worn and slightly quirky…




Today, in honor of these dog days of summer I thought I’d share some of my favorite hat vignettes with you. Sorry I don’t have a lot of the original sources.






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Here’s a photo of some of my hats in the entry of our former home.

Since then I’ve continued adding to my collection and now that we’re living in an actual beach community they really complement our cottage vibe.



I recently hung a single hat on my office gallery wall where it resembles a bonnet over my vintage gal.


And here’s a shot from our all-white guest bedroom…Van Gogh surrounded by straw hats.

Did you know there are stories of Van Gogh painting late into the night with candles on his easel and in the brim of his hat?

Just a little straw hat trivia.


So after seeing these photos,

can you think of a good spot around your home to display a hat?


On a side note, my parents are visiting all this week and we’ve been busy hanging out and having fun together.  Life is good. Tomorrow we head to Disneyland—haven’t been there in years  (I want to see if the Tiki Room is still there)

Also-I’ve been doing a few home projects with my Dad (of course) and I’ll be back shortly to show you what I did with those 150 year old corbels!


Happy August Days,








Karen said...

What a lovely post. The images you found, as well as your own, made me want to find a place to hang some of my hats. Summer and hats go together so well!
Have fun with your's been a couple of years since I've been to my work-Alma mater and I honestly can't be certain, but I think I remember the Tiki Room still being there. Adventureland has changed so much.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Leslie, I've always loved the hats in the foyer. The first picture with the coat rack is also a favorite. Have a great time with your parents!

Unknown said...

This post reminds me of my daughter's flat...she has hats everywhere; very stylish!
I love all your images here...looking forward to seeing what you have been up to with your Dad :)
Enjoy Disneyland! xx

cindy hattersley design said...

I have straw hats hanging on my wall at our lake house. I love the look as well. You found some wonderful examples as always! Enjoy your parents. My daughter and I used to hit disneyland every couple of years until she graduated college. We have been wanting to go again!! It truly is the happiest place on earth.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I love every image you posted, Leslie, from the internet and your own home! When in doubt, hang up a straw hat!

Enjoy your visit with your parents and your trip to Disneyland, too!

michele said...

i love the casual chic look of grouping straw hats and hope i will find a place at the cottage for this! i was at camp with girlfriends this week, and we had fun sharing our straw floppy hats. fun tidbit about van gogh! enjoy your visit, leslie. peace.

Art and Sand said...

The minute I saw your first picture, I knew exactly what I was going to do. The painting in our entry way is mostly greens and I have a great green straw hat. Tomorrow, I am going to hang that hat on the rack in the entry.

We are off to San Francisco on Wednesday - going to meet KC's boyfriend's parents for the first time. We are going to a Giants game. Thursday night we have reservations at Chez Panisse. And then we are off to Sacramento for a family reunion. It's not Disneyland, but it will be fun.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I love a good hat vignette! Yours are wonderful. Love the Van Gogh with the hats over it. I remember the one from your last house. It always made me want to gather up some hats together. I was intrigued by the hats crammed into the shelf. Very interesting. The idea of hanging them at the back door is so cool. Maybe I'll do that next summer. Hope all is well with you! Enjoy your family.

Lynne said...

This post is filled with inspiration, Leslie! I love that you took the time to put it together for us! I shall bookmark this post!

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