Monday, February 28, 2011

Kitchen Perfection

Loving this kitchen by Windsor Smith - totally gorgeous.  The marble (yes, all of it including the shelf), the antique-y looking faucet, the flowers, the black cabinets, petite tiles on the floor, and especially the vintage seltzer bottles - loving all of it.  Perfect inspiration for my dream carriage house kitchenette (in my design dreams I'll have a carriage house and a kitchenette!).  Happy monday!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sugarboo Love

I love Sugarboo frames.  In fact, I first fell in love with them when I saw them at a beachside shop in my parent's town in the summer of 2007.  I was so surprised by the simple beauty of the frames and the quotes.  One photobox frame caught my attention immediately.  Towards the top of the wall rested one frame that read "What are you doing the rest of your life? North and South and East and West of your life.  I have only one request of your life.  That you spend it all with me."  The quote meant so much to me then and still does today.  I couldn't resist using the quote this past October when Michael I were married (fun fact: we married in the same beachside town, right across from that little shop that once sold Sugarboo frames).

Sugarboo's frame and art collection has significantly expanded since my my beachside introduction many years ago.  In honor of St. Valentines Day, I thought I'd share some of my favorite Sugarboo "love" inspired frames and quotes.

I must start with my favorite first -
{can't remember where I originally saved this one for purchase - many vendors online though}

These small glass frames are great gifts and are the perfect size for the bedside table.

And finally, this slatted frame is too cute for a child's playroom or nursery.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Bayou Walls

Loving the color of my newly painted TV room.  The walls and window had been damaged by an ice dam, so repairing and repainting were necessary.  You may remember the color options that I had tested on the walls.  I ended up choosing the darkest of the three colors - Bayou by Martha Stewart.  I'm thrilled with the results and love the grey/blue/green against the crisp white trim.  The carpets still have to be cleaned so the furniture has not been moved back into the room yet.  I'll be sure to post additional photos when things are back in order over here!

(small room - best angle to photograph so that you can see the trim and wall color)

 (color info)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Catching up and What I Love Wednesday

Hello readers!  Are there any of you still out there?  I have not abandoned the blog, life has just been busy these days.  

First, let me thank Leila at In The Tweeds for so kindly awarding me the Stylish Blogger Award!  What an honor!  I have been blogging for a few years and this is my first award.  Thank you thank you thank you! 

My google reader told me that I had 98 unread blog posts this evening.  I left for work this morning and I came home to 98 missed blogs.  My goodness!  You all sure are busy writing lots of good stuff while I'm at work!  Can I share a little secret, while on the subject of google reader?  I'm totally guilty of reading my design blogs on my laptop in the evening, then getting in my jammies and reading the remainder of the unread design blogs on google reader on my iphone.  Its perfect bedtime reading for sweet dreams of beautiful homes.

My mom called last night to talk, and before we finished our conversation she told me that I haven't been updating my blog enough.  She is right (mothers are always right).  Things have been a little craaaaaazy around here recently and the blog took the backseat.  I had a pretty bad ice dam (or should it be... damn) in the tv room.  The maintenance staff (we're renters), didn't come take care of it for 2 days after I contacted them... Thats a long time when 4 ft of snow and ice is melting into your home!  The carpet and walls in the room were damaged by the water leaking into my walls.  My slipcover and window treatments were also damaged, but hopefully the dry cleaners can get the stains out.  All the furniture had to be moved out into the living room/dining area and our apartment is torn up.  Lets just say that I'm a bit frazzled at the moment.  The silver lining... my walls have to be repainted in that room.   I chose a darker shade of blue/green/grey called Bayou from Martha Stewart's line for Home Depot.  The test sample looks great and I'm eager to see it go up on all 4 walls!  Oh, and the car is having some problems... and my laptop is running slow and making me a little (a lot) nervous.  But I'm not even going there tonight!

{Bayou is the bottom paint color}

Enough talk about the things that are a bummer - instead I'm trying something new... I'm joining in on What I Love Wednesday hosted by Jamie at This Kind of Love.  In an effort to remain positive, here's my addition to What I Love Wednesday.

Row 1: Lands End Canvas Horn Bracelet - a simple and unique addition to any springtime outfit, Russell & Hazel Quips+Queries Cards - perfect for taking notes while on the phone,  Cake Vintage Kitchen Papers - my favorite are the coasters, 6" rounds, and cheese papers
Row 2: The most fragrant hyacinths from my local florist, Ann Mashburn's wall to wall sisal - love the dressing room door handles too, Dash and Albert's Yacht Stripe rug in Ocean
Row 3: J.Crew Vintage Jammies - ordered a pair for my birthday, West Elm Metal Parsons Desk - love the edge details, House & Home magazine - just recently subscribed and loving it!