Well lucky me browsing Tarjay last weekend I spotted this suit on the rack. There was only one left and the price was $35.99. So I left happy with my imie (imitation for those of you not familiar with my short speak) and now will have a cute suit to rock in Vegas this weekend.
April 30, 2009
April 29, 2009
Something's gotta give
[images via House Beautiful, The House that A-M Built & Southern Accents]
April 27, 2009
What's your favorite med?
April 25, 2009
I'm taking a poll
April 24, 2009
April 23, 2009
[image via Desire to Inspire]
April 22, 2009
Respect Mother Earth
[image via Pilates Pro]
April 21, 2009
At first glance they were the same, a little raggedy with a bit of dirt under the nails from playing outside but somehow they looked completely different. More capable, sure of themselves, like they had fun without needing my help. Long gone are the baby fingers that would hold my necklace while he nursed or the the sticky little paws that just didn't seem to ever come clean. I guess I will enjoy my big kid fingers while I can, trimming them carefully until he doesn't need me to do it anymore.
[From Twig & Thistle via Party Perfect]
April 20, 2009
Sauteéd Chicken Cutlets with Asparagus, Spring Onions, and Parsley-Tarragon Gremolata
April 19, 2009
All mascara is NOT created equal
April 17, 2009
April 16, 2009
April 14, 2009
The Lettered Cottage
Gorge huh? I wish I were half as handy.
April 13, 2009
On the other hand I do love the headboard, I would take that in a minute.
[image via House Beautiful]
Gotta love Monday!
April 12, 2009
xo - Sarah
[image via Martha]
April 11, 2009
They weren't bad at all peeps, easy peasy. Next time around I might even try something a little trickier. Please keep in mind these are a first try (code for not too pretty) we whipped these up fast right after dinner so we could decorate a couple before the kids went to bed.
I thought I had corn syrup to attach the sprinkles, but it must have gotten tossed in a pantry purge. Since I didn't want to go to the groc and find myself in the Easter craziness I decided to improvise and use maple syrup for the glue. I diluted it a bit so it wouldn't be so dark but next time I'll have all of the necessary supplies.
OK, now I'm off to be the Easter Bunny have a wonderful holiday!
April 9, 2009
Girl Crush: Gwyneth
April 8, 2009
Recipe from the Room: Croissants
1.) I love the look of surprise on their face when I share stories of my own childhood with them. They love hearing that Mommy was actually a kid just like them.
2.) I love looking into my husband's face when he's looking at our children because I know he feels exactly like I do. We're both shocked and amazed that we could create such perfect little people.
3.) I love it when they figure something out on their own for the first time.
4.) I love reading book after book to them, they like the stories but I love the closeness.
5.) I love sneaking into their rooms at night to stare at their sweet sleeping faces. They look like angels.
April 6, 2009
What to do with a cookie cutter?
1.) Add molding on the walls, crown and baseboards it sets the tone of the room.
2.) Adding texture to new hardwood floors, also stains and waxes
3.) Decorating with flea market finds is always a great way to add charm.
Lauren from Pure Style Home
1) Add architectural details: you can add moldings, bead board ceilings and or walls, chair rails, wainscoting, switch out plain doors for historical ones, ditch your carpet for style-appropriate hardwood or tile, add panes to windows, etc... research whatever style it is you're going after & figure out what you can do to your home architecturally to get it there.
2) Switch out your hardware: LIGHTING-LIGHTING-LIGHTING!!! Switching out builder's grade lighting with special chandeliers & light fixtures is an easy way to inject your personality (& the feeling of age if necessary!!) into your home. The same also applies to plumbing fixtures & even your door knobs if you want to go that far.
3) Don't buy all new: Shop flea markets, antique stores & garage sales. If your furnishings and/or accessories have a sense of age about them, so will your home. Make it feel is if it has been designed & collected over time.
Seleta Hayes from Simply Seleta
Tricks for adding character in a newer home: [I've gone from most to least expensive]
1) If you can swing it, adding special architectural features such as molding or horizontal boarding instantly brings in character. Even finding an architectural piece of molding and hanging it above a fireplace or on a long wall above a sofa can be stunning. An inexpensive trick I did in my first child's nursery was adding a chair rail with large squares above and smaller squares below the rail. The squares were made of inexpensive picture molding trim. The supplies and labor only cost $200 and I had the carpenter help me measure it all out in advance. With a classic paint color and crisp white trim, the nursery went from drab to charming all while offering the character of an older home. To this day, it's still one of my favorite rooms I've ever designed.
2) If molding is out of the question, then adding one beautiful antique piece of furniture can bring both texture and personality into a room that really makes an impact. That's exactly what I did with my favorite antique from Scott's in Atlanta. It's an old green chest from Hungary coated with layers and layers of paint and markings that make it very imperfect. But it's those imperfections that add so much visual interest in a newly built space.
3) A collection of antique plates or prints hanging on a wall can make an instant statement. It doesn't have to be an expensive collection, it can even be things found at flea markets or borrowed from a favorite Aunt or grandmother. Whatever grouping you do decide to display, be sure that it is similar in theme, subject or shape. This way the grouping has continuity and reads as one large piece or focal point. Otherwise, it can end up looking "knick-knacky" which is never good. Pair the grouping with a modern chest or lamp and suddenly you have that contrast which makes for such an interesting interior. I always find it charming to see a vintage collection in a brand new house.
Erika McPherson-Powell from Urban Grace Interiors
1.) Make the big open spaces feel smaller. New construction is known for the "open floor plan" which is often hard to decorate. Use area rugs to better define spaces.
2.) Add mouldings, sometimes builders of big box track homes skimp on the details (crown moulding, trim, wainscoting)... If you can afford to add trim details it always adds interest.
3.) Swap out the fixtures/fittings. It's easy for a builder to pick one chandelier and put it in every house. Swap out the "builder lighting" for more customized fixtures that fit your style, even if you find it at Goodwill and spray paint it yourself. It's those little details that add character and bring more of "you" into your home
Joni Webb from Cote de Texas
1.) Windows and doors - Those are two things that new homes really try to get away with saving money today. To make a new home seem older, replace the windows with wood casements, it will add so much style and give it an older feel. And throw out the hollow core doors and replace them with wood doors!!! The house will feel so much more solid.
2.) Moldings - Be sure you have the appropriate moldings, especially over sized or tall baseboards and nice thick crown moldings. Add bead board where ever you can or pine paneling and paint it !!! Stucco the walls. In other words, get rid of as much plain sheet rock as possible. Old houses don't have much sheet rock in them.
3.) NO can lighting at all - Use only lamps, sconces, and chandeliers. No recessed lighting!!! And while we are on ceilings - no textured ceilings. Anywhere!
4.) Make huge rooms smaller, create nooks, add window seats - Try to add charm to the house. Huge rooms are so lifeless and cold and scream McMansion. If you have a huge master bedroom, put up walls and divide the room into a sitting room and a bedroom for instance.
Thank you so much designers for sharing your advice on how to make your home not only more beautiful but also more interesting.
[image courtesy of House Beautiful]