Monday, April 30, 2012

Weekend Re-Cap

Is it me or do the weekends fly by faster than ever?  I hope you had a great one and were able to do all the things you enjoy.  Ours was busy, but good.

Mostly filled with things like this....


We did manage to sneak in a nice Sunday dinner on the deck last night.  If you are a chocolate lover, you might want to try this recipe.  We topped it with vanilla bean ice cream right out of the oven.  Lordy, I nearly hurt myself eating it...



In other random news, the knockout roses are off to a great start this year...


Later in the week, we have someone coming to install the stair runner.  We decided to leave this one to the professionals, but I will take lots of pictures and ask lots of questions in case any of you want to try this yourselves.  Have a great day!

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Nesting Game

Molly, from the blog Nesting Game, left a comment yesterday sharing a link to her garden where strings of globe lights are hung.  If this image doesn't make you want to call it a day and start the weekend festivities early I don't know what does.  I am ready to chill - are you?  TGIF!


Molly's blog has all sorts of great eye candy.  If you have a chance, go poke around this weekend.  In the mean time, I'll hit a few of highlights for you...






Have a great weekend my dears!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

World Market: A Favorite Resource

I often receive emails asking about sources for my client mood boards. While I cannot give away specifics unless a client gives the OK, I can say that World Market is one of my go-to resources. There I can find things like mirrors, lamps, dishes, pillows, curtains, etc. all at a reasonable price. When I plan a room, depending on budget, I try to bring in items from many different sources to create that "hi-low" mix make makes rooms so interesting.


All items from this pretty bedroom are from World Market believe it or not.  I think they have done a wonderful job of layering in textures and styles to create the collected look that we all adore.




Another favorite of mine is these block printed rugs.  I would love to see them layered over carpet or area rug where you want to define a space, in front of a kitchen sink, or flanking a bed.

So tell me, what have you found at World Market lately?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Master Bedroom Retreat

Before spring break, I completed a mood board for a new client.  She wanted the room to reflect her personal style while using the furniture she already owned.  A few of the things on the wish list were 1) a lighter paint color 2) a functional office space and desk chair 3) new bedding 4) curtains 5) artwork 6) family photo wall 7) chandelier.  All of this was to be done on a strict budget.  Honestly, I love challenges like this because I believe that you do not need to spend a fortune to achieve the look you want.  My client also had several pretty antiques in the room and wanted to paint one of them a fresh color.

Here is the mood board I created for the space...
My client asked that I not share the before pictures, but she does plan to share pictures once the room is finished.  I am looking so forward to seeing this mood board come to life!

Cottage and Gardens

Here is the inspiration image for the gallery wall.  My client's headboard is traditional with caning detail.  It is also curved which will work well with a randomly placed frame arrangement.

Source?

Are you thinking about making some changes in your home and don't know where to begin?  I would love to help!  My design que has now reopened and I am taking new clients.  To learn more go here.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Outdoor Lighting

 Pottery Barn

Nothing says spring is here like dining outside.  And, I love the romantic feel of subtle lighting over a dining table.


Globe string lights are perfect for achieving this look.  The ones above are from Pottery Barn.

You can also get the look for less at Lowes.

Monday, April 23, 2012

What to do on the Walls

Now that the walls in our stairway have been painted I am wondering where to go from here.  Stairways are a great place for family photos.  I especially love the clean, uniform look of black or white frames on white walls.  Here a few great examples...

Cote de Texas via Decor Pad



Decor Pad

Decor Pad

Martha Stewart

Nine & Sixteen

source?

Apartment Therapy

What do you think?  Do you like to see art/photography in staircases or do you prefer nothing at all?

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Stairs - Finally


Big changes are coming today...

 (this is an old photo - the door is actually blue on the inside too)

Our painters are coming to finish a project I started last winter.  Ha!  I guess if I leave things unfinished long enough, we will eventually hire a professional to do the job.  Painting stair cases is probably best left to a professional anyway.

We also picked up two of these runners from Ballard when they were on deep discount.  I am now channeling my inner Casey and Rhoda for stair runner installation.  Of course this might be best left to a professional as well.  Either way, I cannot wait to cover those old attic stairs with something pretty/graphic.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Smelling Good With Scentsy

A few weeks ago, my friends at Scentsy asked me if I would like to try some of the new Spring/Summer fragrances.  I love a good smelling house so I immediately made a few selections.

Using a Scentsy pot is as easy as one * two * three...


Mother's Day is coming up and and what better gift than a Scentsy pot with some fresh seasonal fragrances.


You can explore the entire product line right here.  To my friends at Scentsy, thank you!



Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Have You Seen it?

The special edition "Quick Fixes" Domino hit the stands yesterday.  Rick and I were shopping so I made a beeline into Barnes & Noble to grab my copy.  I will not ruin it and tell you everything that is inside, but I will say that I was pretty smitten when I saw a Weim on the cover :).

Mattie Gray was beaming with pride when she saw it.  Weims just have that glossy magazine edge about them - do they not?

It is going to be a dreary, rainy day here in Greensboro and I cannot tell you how tempting it is to  just sit here and drink coffee and read Domino.  Now go grab your copy.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Lands' End Bedding

I'm loving the new "shop the look" feature from the Lands' End bedding collection.  I think you will agree that these rooms are all so pretty.  Pattern mixing, loads of texture, and pretty styling make them pure eye candy.


How sweet is that dot pillow?  I like that it adds an unexpected touch to the otherwise serene feel going here.


Blue chain link - yes!  Love the rustic floor too - just might need slippers to avoid splinters first thing in the morning - yikes.  That cable throw is downright yummy!


Green with brown - a timeless color combo in my opinion.


Three cheers for the striped rug!


Loving this wool cable rug too!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Back in the Saddle

Last week was 100% relaxing and I soaked up every second making me ready to jump back in the saddle.  I did not take a computer, but managed to check out pinterest occasionally on my phone.  Hopefully I can catch up on my favorite blogs soon.  I feel so outta touch.  The only downside of unplugging on vacation is that my inbox had 300+ emails when I got home.  How do you feel about unplugging - is it a good thing or a bad thing?


Vacations are special family times for us and while we were away it suddenly became apparent that our oldest son only has 2 more spring breaks before he graduates from high school.  What the what?  Needless to say I took a lot of pictures, but I won't bore you with all of them.  Here are just a few...

We love hiking and make it a point to do a little climbing each time we go to the desert.  It is always an adventure.


Rick and I would sneak in an early walk down the greenway before the golfers in the morning to have a peek at the pretty homes.  Rumor has it that Clint Eastwood lives in this area.  Hmmm...

I have a weakness for self serve frozen yogurt so we had to make an emergency stop.  If you are curious - anything chocolate with mini dark chocolate chips.

 It snowed in the mountains the night before we left.  It always amazes me to feel the hot desert air and to see the snow covered mountains off in the distance.

Okie doke...now for a big ole' reality check.  Appointments, lax & swim practice, groceries, work, laundry, schedules.  Boo.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Un-Plugging


It is spring break and as tradition has it, my family and I are heading west to our favorite little bungalow in the desert.  Dear friends of ours are staying in our house while we are away.  I am so ready to un-plug and just be for the next several days.  It doesn't hurt that beautiful flowers are everywhere you look and it rarely ever rains.  Just sunny days and cool nights with star filled skies.

Yesterday I treated myself to a mani/pedi.  I'm not usually one to get "worked on" but decided to splurge this time.  I went with gel shellac on my nails which lasts about 2-3 weeks.  We used the same color on my toes only the nail tech pulled out the bedazzle gun and added a top coat of glitter.  Now my toenails are sparkly ;), something a little different for me.  I figured vacation is the time to have a little fun, right?

I will miss you all, but am looking forward to relaxing poolside.  Happy Easter and have a great week!
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