Vintage modern housewares for people who are classier than me #Shopping#decor#gift guides#gifts April 13 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatbride We all know that my taste in home decor is sort of like my taste in shoes — loud, immature, and saturated with color. But sometimes I like to take a walk on the other side of the taste tracks… I like to pretend I'm a more classy lady. Classy Ariel likes to wear ruffles, and headbands, and adorable champagne-colored ballet flats. I look, well, sort of like this lady. In this alternate reality, I'm not allergic to cats, and I share my sun-drenched studio apartment with a tabby named after a painter. We do whimsical things like have tea parties together with old tea sets, and listen to sad music written by people who died of tuberculosis. And in this fantasyland, my house is filled with stuff like this little typewriter book, or any of the stuff I'm about to show you, all of which my fantasyland friends have given to me for my half-birthday and other such holidays… Click each photos to learn more… Related Post Break out the "Grab-bag of Useful Stuff" instead of giving individual holiday gifts From the comments of our roundup of gifts for people you really like but hardly know comes this great idea from Homie sjcottrell... All this stuff is from ShopRuche.com, where every day is a vintage-chic fantasy of filtered light and ruffled short dresses. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ariel Meadow Stallings Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives, loves, and dorks out hard in Seattle, WA. @offbeatariel @offbeatbride PREVIOUS Gemvara brings a dash of glitter to every day with gems and rings you can customize NEXT A rainbow dinette, one red-and-blue-and-yellow house in Illinois, and a home built into Arizona boulders in this week's reader photos Show/Hide comments [ 10 ] I love this stuff too. Till I spend the afternoon on Pinterest. Then I get overloaded and get a case of what I call the Cutsie-Willies, and return to the dark side for awhile. 4 agree Reply Cutsie-Willies: I smell a new Offbeat Home tag category… 8 agree Reply I love this stuff but my house isn't allowed to have nice things til we are down a few more pets and the kid is older lol 1 agrees Reply You mean, THIS is why we can't have nice things??? Aw, maaaaannnn….;) Reply Part of me hates you for running this post right after I swore off buying anything else (except food) until after I've moved. Which is . . . in four months. : ( The other part is highly preoccupied with the fact that your alter-ego is apparently incredibly SAD. Don't be sad, Alter-Ariel! Filtered light can be happy, too! (In a wistful sort of way . . .) The last part of me is still squeeing. 1 agrees Reply Alter-Ariel is just whimsically wistful, like this. 1 agrees Reply Ha! I love Ruche sososo much! The housewares make me drool haha. Reply My favourite part of that was the awesome green goblet. My tastes are LOUD. Reply I'd like to live across the street from Ariel and down the hall from Alter-Ariel, with the perfectly adorable piglet on Cute Overload! our whole apartment (Piglet's and mine) would be decorated from Ruche and thrift shops. every era and style have their own charms and you are clearly able to appreciate the wonderful in each of them – I so admire that! Reply You have totally inspired me to make cork coasters with fun designs on them! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Participate in this conversation via e-mail No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.