|Peach's Beatty's Chocolate Cake|
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
|JCrew Skinny Ultra Lounge Pant|
|JCrew Ultra-Knit Un-Sweatpant|
Friday, November 26, 2010
To go along with this National Day of Shopping, I thought I would send something completely frivolous and fun. Now that I am home full-time, I have been thinking through my new wardrobe for this new role. Obviously it needs to be washable (soooo washable) and not overly dressy, but I don't want to fall into the habit of schlepping around in sweats with my hair in a greasy ponytail. (That's apparently an easy trap to fall into. Otherwise shows like What Not to Wear would not be in business!)
So, I'm now investing in pieces that can be dressed up or down depending on the accessories and the occasion. I have also realized that during these childbearing years I am going to be, like, 14 different sizes. (So far I have experienced pre-pregnancy, early pregnancy, maternity size, post-pregnancy when nothing fit, post-pregnancy when some early pregnancy pieces fit, post pregnancy when everything fits except for my tops - thanks nursing! - and then I guess I'll eventually get back to pre-pregnancy when I stop nursing.) So maybe what I should really be concentrating on is quality, timeless accessories. To whit: Aren't they fabulous? They are Michael Kors and I found them on Zappos. I feel like they would be perfect with skirts or dresses, Bermuda shorts, and maybe even jeans. The only season they wouldn't work is the dead of winter (however, I do live in Florida, so maybe?) and I think they are a nice alternative to flipflops/sandals in the summer. Not sure if I will be making them mine anytime soon, but I think I will be in the market for more pieces like this.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I am so impressed! You guys are seriously on a roll when it comes to acquiring investment pieces using coupons! Coupons and online codes are seriously the way to go. Whenever I make an online purchase now, I always do a quick search to find any promo codes online. Usually I can find a code for free shipping or a certain percentage off my purchase. Seriously, why not?
And I completely agree with you - for now this piece will work great to hold all your television accoutrements, but in the future it would make the perfect sideboard for a dining room or even a console table behind a couch. Do you know what I'm loving these days? Topiaries. I'm picturing one on either end of this piece to flank your television on the wall and to give some height to the setting. Here are some holiday ones from Target:
Monday, November 22, 2010
|Crate & Barrel - Paloma Large Sideboard|
Friday, November 19, 2010
|Teddy Bear in the "Baby's Room"/4th Bedroom|
|Close-up of Teddy - (This was done at his request, being the first time on a blog and all!)|
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I hope you have some free time, because I have a lot to write about today! It may have taken me 8 months after Suz was born to send you the final pictures of The Nursery, but here they are! I cannot wait to show it off to you and tell you all about it, especially after we went back and forth with so many links and ideas and suggestions. Let me just say, I love the final product. I wanted something that was sweet and girly and classic, and that is exactly how it turned out. And, I think the room totally reflects Suz too - sweet, girly and classic. Enjoy!
Here is a shot from the door:
Here is the before, during and after of crib painting:
Above the changing table hangs this mobile:
When I was 14 and in Switzerland on a band trip (see, being in band did have some perks) I saw it hanging in the window of a wooden toy shop. I immediately fell in love with it and bought it at once. I then hauled it all the way through Italy and back home, where it hung in my bedroom for the rest of my youth and finally made the move to my house when I was working on The Nursery. The colors match the space perfectly and I love the story behind it. Little did I know that when I bought it, it would one day hang in my daughter’s nursery! (Oh, and most importantly, Suz loves it too.)
Here is a shot of wall the door is on:
The chair is from Wal-Mart and I love it. I knew I wanted an upholstered rocking chair (versus a wooden one with cushions) but a glider was a little outside of our budget. This chair fits the space and the fabric is the perfect neutral color for Suz now or a boy in the future. The fabric has also held up really well. I would recommend this chair to anyone. It’s a steal price-wise and you order the chair cover separately in the color you want, which means it can be removed and washed. We did the Site-to-Store option so we didn’t have to pay for shipping and assembly was easy. The blanket on the chair was a shower gift and the little pillow in the chair was a gift from one of my aunts. It’s Humpty Dumpty and I had one when I was growing up, so I think it’s sweet to have in Suz’s room now.
I knew I wanted some kind of ottoman or footstool for this room, but I also knew that a big ottoman wouldn’t fit. I told my husband that I would find a cheap footstool somewhere for $10 and make it pretty myself. And that’s exactly what I did! Here’s the before:
The transformation is amazing, right? The fun thing about this little footstool is that the cushion is on hinges so there is a little storage area too. So cool!
Here are some close-ups of this wall:
The shelf is from Michael’s and was originally a wood finish and I painted it white. The S is a cardboard letter that I painted myself (I love all the hints of blue in the room – so vintage!) and the tea set was one I had growing up…I could not believe how perfectly it matched! The little top is vintage that a friend gave me as a “so happy you’re pregnant” gift.
Next to the crib is this:
The only area I’m kind of blah about is the dresser. I ordered a really cute lamp from eBay that was a white teapot base and a sage green shade, but it got destroyed en route and it was the only one the seller had in that color. Sad! The silver jewelry box is from my lovely friend Peach and the black & white box was a gift from some friends – they gave us cigars tied with pink ribbon to hand out to friends and family at the hospital. Jon was thrilled…that’s such a great gift for dads!
Phew! I think I covered everything. Like I said, I love how the whole thing came together and it was so fun to plan a room from scratch, start to finish. I had never done that before – usually I started with something – but once I had my inspiration (the fabric) and my vision (girly & sweet), I really got into it.
Have a fab-u-lous weekend!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
That is the experience we had when purchasing our coffee, pictured below. It is the Rhys Coffee Table by Pottery Barn. I loved that it had storage drawers AND an open display area. We use it to show off our coffee table books and the drawers are the perfect size for VHS tapes (we still have a few left) and other odds & ends that needed a home. It was pricey, but we bought it in-store and brought it home ourselves, so we saved on shipping, plus we had some money on a gift card, which didn't make a huge dent in the purchase total...in fact, I think it only covered the tax, but whatever! It was totally worth it and I can't imagine us ever getting rid of it. And, after 3+ years of daily use, it still looks great.
I wish you and your new dresser all the best and hope you have a long and happy life together.
Monday, November 15, 2010
So, what's so funny about your post: I have the green soap pump too! It's in my master bath...maybe you saw it by the sink in the "before" photo a few posts back? It's small and in the corner, but it's there! I got it last winter and had been eyeing it for awhile before finally purchasing. I think it looks like an old-fashioned water pump or something. To me, little details and accessories in a room are just like jewelry on an outfit.
Also, I do not think your Anthro bathroom will be ruffle overload. It sounds lovely and girly and fun! I love those hand towels too. So classy. I liked one of the bath mats you suggested too...I think I will be in market soon.
The plan is to buy paint tomorrow and start painting during Suz's power nap on Wednesday morning.
I'll keep you posted!
|Restoration Hardware - Printmaker's Sideboard|
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Coincidentally, a fabulous Georgia blogger posted pictures of her friend's home last week, which included some of the fab Target finds.
|via K.F.D. Designs blog|
|Target - $12.99 (I kind of loved this one, too. It looks like something they would sell in Anthro for $30.)|
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
|Look at the white pop - via ArhZine|
|via Interior Design Color|
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
To begin: I love the benefit of your insight. After reading your response to my bathroom post and thinking it over, I cannot even remember why I ever wanted to paint the light fixture and mirror frame black! Seriously, that makes no sense. So thank you - I think I would have regretted it. Instead, I think I am going to do the light a glossy white and the frame the same. I like the idea of painting the light a fun color from the shower curtain, but I think that might be limiting if I were ever to get a different shower curtain - I would have to take the color of the light into account. I think everything in white will look good against the new paint color (more on that in a minute) - I love how white accents/trim pops against wall color and I agree - my house is too cottage-y for a black fixture and frame!
I went to the Benjamin Moore store yesterday because I knew they would have the Pottery Barn paint chips and uggggghhhh...paint samples are sooo overwhelming! Here is what I wish: I have an overall idea of what I want the bathroom to look like - the finished product is in my brain - and I wish there was some way to print off my mental picture and take it to a paint counter and say, "Here - mix me up some of this." Because once I start looking at all the options and possibilities, the original idea in my head completely vanishes and I feel totally lost. So, I brought home every beige-ish brown color. I did the same thing when I went to the Sherwin-Williams store today. Below are the finalists.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Boy do I know what it feels like to want a master bath re-do!! AJ and I aren't even in the new house yet, but it will be one of our first major projects sometime in the future. Worst part is, I don't think we will quite get away with spending $100!! It needs to be gutted, not just freshened. However, I do think yours can be accomplished for $100, and I think you have some great ideas.
Okay, first, the mirror...
I say leave it as is, but spruce it up with a frame!! I think between trying to get it off the wall, which isn't there a chance it could shatter?, and then spending the money to cut it, you should spend the money on getting the wood to frame it. Follow Isabella & Max's mom's lead. (Thanks to my own momma for the link!!) Plus, the bigger the mirror, the bigger the room will look which I think is key. As far as the black, I was thrown off a bit. I think your house is so quaint and charming and then you have the shabby chic curtain in those soft colors and you want to do the walls soft, so I would think the frame would look great in white. You know me though and white household objects. White dishes, white china, white towels, white sheets....
Then for the light I have two ideas. The first one, I am contemplating on doing in our downstairs guest bathroom.
1. Would you consider pulling a color, a muted color, from your shower curtain and spray painting the fixture that color? I also want beigey-white milky (weird description!) walls and so I thought a pop of color would be fun. I was going to paint the fixture, towel ring and toilet paper holder all the same.
2. Second suggestion...since you are saving the money on cutting the mirror, why not buy a new fixture?? They have some great choices at Home Depot for $30. Here's one and here's another. Might be worth checking out Target, too?!? Or even Wal-Mart.
I think you are on the right path. Let me know if any questions come up along the way. I can't wait to see how it turns out. Oh, and if you need some cheap accessories...TARGET! I will e-mail you this week about the cute things I found.
|AMAZING BATHROOM! via Fancy Buffalo|
Friday, November 5, 2010
It seems like you hit on everything. Not sure if she is planning on doing invitations, but I think finding vintage ads and somehow incorporating them in the invite would be cool. Otherwise, they could also work for party decor and framing them would be fun. They could go on the drink and food tables. I bet some of the thrift stores in town have old copies of magazines and she could pull them from there or find them online.
|Photography: W. Scott Chester|
Thursday, November 4, 2010
So, I have been displeased with my master bath for awhile, but I have finally come up with a plan to fix it that will be a) fast and b) cheap. My goal is to do it for less than $100. From the picture below you can see the vanity (only one sink, I know - boo!) with the mirror and light fixture.
Then here is the light fixture:
Ugh! I cannot stand it. Please ignore the thick layer of dust and instead focus on how it's not quite metal and looks like it's painted with matte gray paint. But instead of buying a brand new fixture, my father-in-law suggested I take it down and paint it a glossy black, which I think could be a h-uge improvement. He also suggested I use the same glossy paint to paint the trim around the mirror. Thoughts? I would keep the same shades (but maybe clean them) and switch out the faux-candle bulbs for some round ones.
Next, we need to talk about paint. Here is my shower curtain:
My idea of paint color came from the September 2010 issue of Better Homes and Gardens. Because I don't have my scanner hooked up and this was faster, here is a quick picture of my inspiration:
I like the idea of doing a cross between the darker beige on the right and the color on the upper left. Pottery Barn also has some great moody beiges, which you can view here. The bathroom is already cream, but I would like to do something darker that will really pop against the white trim (there's crown moulding that you can't see) but would also look really sophisticated next to my (new) black mirror and light fixture.
I would love to know your thoughts. I would like to do this project next week if possible!
Hoping for lots of inspiration,
P.S. The mini blinds are awful. I know. The plan is for my mom to come over for a few days in December and I will put her to work doing lots of sewing projects that are above my skill level, including a Roman shade for that window. So those mini blinds' days are numbered!
So a friend of mine is hosting a Mad Men party and has solicited my input for coming up with party ideas. Her basic premise is that we all wear Mad Men-inspired clothes and have cocktails and hors'dourves, but she wanted to think of a few other things so it's not just a night of eating and drinking (which would still be awesome, let's be honest!).
My initial thoughts:
- If possible, have a small child mixing cocktails and serving drinks, a la Sally Draper.
- Have the same small child dress up in a ballet costume and perform a small recital
- Maybe have modern drinks, but give them old-fashioned names, like "Gimlet." (That's the only one that comes to mind.) And obviously she would need to have Heineken.
- OR she could make pitchers of already-mixed drinks (so many magazine articles say this is easiest on the hostess) and then call them things from the show: Betty's Crazy Juice, Sterling's Gold, etc.
- We could do some sort of Mad Men trivia, which would be way fun and separate the Maddicts from the casual viewer. Interspersing some trivia about that time period might also be nice if there are any non-watchers in attendance.
- One time in Real Simple they suggested playing old Christmas movies for a holiday party (like Miracle on 34th Street or It's a Wonderful Life) but have them on mute so they're just in the background. So maybe she could play one of the seasons on DVD...
- Setting up a photo area where couples can get their pictures taken in their Man Men outfits. Maybe have a winged-back chair where the lady can sit (with crossed ankles, natch) and the man can stand behind. Also, there could be some Mad Men props on hand, like a fedora or an old copy of Life magazine.
- It will be a non-smoking group, so maybe candy cigarettes and ashtrays everywhere.
- Of course lots of music from that time period.
Honestly, my mind is going blank a little bit. All I can think about is Season 4 because it was so intense and so many things changed. Any thoughts???
P.S. I am also planning my outfit. My goal will be to only pull things from my closet and not buy anything. I think I have a surpising number of Mad Men-esque pieces. I feel so classy and Jackie O.!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
While it looks like no one has commented on your post, both Mary's Little and Lambchop have contacted me regarding your birthday dinner!! Let's just say they are not too pleased. The chops look delish, but I cannot say I'm a fan. My mom never cooked them when I was little because my grandma used to make them for her and she swore they smelled like BO! On that note, they did look great and as long as Jon was happy, that's what counts!!
The polenta and cake both are on the top of my favorites list. I have yet to try to make polenta at home though, so I might have to give it a whirl.
Great job in the kitchen!! Homemakering at it's best!!
PS - What was the restaurant you were interested in trying? Don't forget I had a short stint in Tally!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
I love that I turn to you for advice, only to be told that wall decor basically scares you!! :) However, it's your honesty that keeps this friendship alive and well.. Just like the time you told me my favorite chandelier, the one that I hope to have in my dining room one day, looks like a spider!
Right now I am leaning towards the zig zag wall. The wall is currently Kilim Beige by Sherwin Williams.
|Sherwin Williams - Kilim Beige #6106|
Here's to the first of many painting projects!!
I found a really easy recipe for lamb chops (which I had never made before) with a pistachio tapenade on Smitten Kitchen [Are you familiar with this site? I am ob-sessed.] that made my mouth water the minute I saw the picture and read the ingredients, so I knew that would be the main course. Then in one of my many Barefoot Contessa cookbooks I found a recipe for Rosemary Polenta (recipe available here) that looked scrumptious and for the vegetable I did Ina's Salad with Warm Goat Cheese and cooked up some pancetta to add to the salad because everything is better with bacon.
Oh my gosh - it was incredible. I used rosemary in the tapenade instead of the other herbs, which really united the lamb and the polenta, and the dressing on the salad was perfect with the warm goat cheese. For dessert I made Ina's Beatty's Chocolate Cake, which has always gone over well in our house. To wash it all done I picked up a lovely Pino Noir at the wine shop and it was so light and smooth that it complimented the richness of the lamb perfectly.
It was an all-day affair baking and prepping everything for dinner, but it was so worth it when the food turned out so well and - mostly importantly - the Birthday Boy enjoyed it. The only problem: I've set the bar kind of high for myself for next year!