Thursday, April 30, 2009

I'll Miss You!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend! Let's meet back here on Tuesday. xoxo

This Little Piggy Went to the Flea Market

We're getting ready to pack up, and head off to Grandma's for a good, long weekend of antiquing and swimming. I can't wait! I'll be back to blogging on Tuesday, and hopefully I'll have photos to share from my flea market excursion. I hope to see something as wonderful as the figurines in this photo I found on The Paris Apartment. You should head over there for some Parisian eye candy. I don't remember much from my one year of French, but I think the phrase I'm looking for is "tres magnifique"!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Happy Birthday, Old Friend!

And by "old", I mean that the friendship goes way back! Earlier this week, I posted Rebekka's house tour, and it brought back some great college of them being our late-night (microwaved) s'mores! Today is Rebekka's Birthday, and I definitely considered sharing a cupcake photo, but s'mores are a better suit. If you are interested in making some S'mores Bars, she shared a delicious recipe on her blog. Be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday while you're there! I think I'm going to have to raid my pantry now, and hope that we have graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows.

Image: Hex Conduction Hour



(Angela Henrie Designs)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Do you have a favorite ETSY shop? Here are a few of my recent finds.

Dish Towel (ric rac and buttons)

Personalized Stamp (craft pudding)

Baby Shoes (Mia Joie)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Peekin' On Pickin' - Rebekka and Manley's Place

Rebekka was my very first College roommate, and is just one of the coolest people I have ever known. Shortly after we received our rooming assignment, we were e-mailing back and forth about how we wanted to decorate our little dorm "cell", and let me tell you - it was an incredible space! At least we thought so, at the time. I suppose it's not difficult to improve a room with yellowish-white concrete walls and hideous metal closet doors! We had some good times in that room.

Rebekka taught me some important life lessons, such as how to create the perfect sweet and salty combo by adding M&M's to a bag of popcorn. The candies melt so nicely on the inside, but the little colored shells keep them from melting in your hand. I haven't eaten plain popcorn since Freshman year! She also introduced me to some great music. I think I was able to teach her a thing or two as how to make a s'more in the microwave. I am also responsible for introducing her to the snow plow. I am quite familiar with them, being from Chicago and all, while she is a Southern gal from Birmingham, where snow plow sightings are apparently not so common.

Rebekka transferred to another College for Sophomore year, and somehow, I always imagined that she would become a painter, or graphic designer. She is indeed an artist, but her canvas is the kitchen. She found herself in Culinary School, and is working as a personal chef in Nashville.

I have never been able to see Rebekka's place in Tennessee, but I knew her well enough to know that it would be cute - and I was absolutely right! I asked her to share a few photos for a house tour. If you stop in for a visit, please sign the Guestbook! (a.k.a. Comments) Thanks for dropping by - y'all!

Beautiful. I LOVE the window treatments!

Diggin' the gold chair and the birdcage. Good idea, Rebekka! I love the color of the artwork.

What a cute dining space! I'm sure you could have guessed that I adore the chandelier.

Great choice in paint color, and towels. I believe we saw the cute tiles at Maggie's place too!

Loving the twin beds, table, wall color...

Pretty bedding! I wouldn't mind being a guest in this room.

Great Master bedroom! The drapes are elegant, as is the wall color with the bedding. I think the headboard is Domino-esque! (Domino was my favorite magazine, but is no longer being published. Darn the economy!)

Isn't that a great photo collage? Awwww...I see at least one of Rebekka and Manley! I like the lighting too.

Lovin' the piggy bank!

Thanks to Rebekka for contributing to my 100th blog post. Happy Hundred!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Weekend Wishes

For those of you who didn't know - we moved from Lexington, KY, to the Indianapolis area in the I am missing some very dear friends. Lucky for me, one of them will be coming for a weekend visit! You can bet I'll be taking her to The Flying Cupcake for a treat. I hope your weekend is fantastic, and I'll be back next week - with a house tour!

Image: abby try again

I Spy...Something Colorful

(Sussie Bell)


(Cottage Living)

I'm sure you have noticed that I love kid rooms - and frankly, I think they're inspiring. Generally, the colors are cheerful, and accessories are just plain fun! I think we're most creative with kid rooms because we want them to remember their personal space as a happy place, and one that inspired them to play for hours. This may sound a little absurd, but it may even be possible that we believe their space will somehow affect what they do, or become in the future - do you think?! Did you notice that these rooms all have the same rug? It's a great one for adding color to any space.
Guess where you can find the rug! Surprised?! (Click on "where" to see the site.)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Cute Color

This seems to be my latest color obsession. I just can't get enough of this palette! My color preferences tend to change with the season, so if you're sick of pastels - you'll have to check back with me in the Fall. These are a few photos of a girl's room that I am loving - for the colors.

LOVE the lantern, rug, floor cushions, color palette...

Cute lamb painting. At least I think it's a lamb! I would love to have my 4-year-old paint something similar on a canvas.

Images: Hiccupings

Circus Inspiration

Livingetc. recently claimed that circus-inspired decor is the latest trend. If you're bored with pastels, then this photo is dedicated to YOU!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Oh Domino

I love this laundry room from Domino. I suppose it's the paint color - but I also love black and white against a turquoise-ey blue. Oh how I miss my magazine!
Image: Domino

For Future Reference

I am keeping this photo on file, in case my next place is a blue door candidate. There is some paint color information here, if you're a fan as well. What color is your front door?

Registry Snoop

I have watched enough episodes of House Hunters on HGTV to know that home builders have pretty much done away with a formal dining room. I am wondering if people are still registering for china. I sure hope so! What do you think? If you have a set, would you care to share the name and pattern? I love to see what people choose on their gift registries. I also love to see the couples' bedding selection. I guess I just admitted to being a little snoop! What is your favorite item on a gift registry?

Monday, April 20, 2009


I was peeking at blog archives over the weekend, and saw this adorable photo of Miette on Design Sponge. I realize that it's a "patisserie and confiserie" in San Francisco, but I could live with this paint color and wallpaper in my own place. Magnifique!

Matryoshka Mania

(Measuring cups - Anthropologie)


(Matilda Jane)


Have you noticed that Matryoshka dolls are everywhere at the moment? Do you own anything "matryoshka"? My husband had a set of the Russian rulers before we got married, and a friend of my Mother-in-law visited Russia, and brought back a set of beautiful girls for Kalia. I would share a picture, but unfortunately my camera is in need of repair. Kalia also has a Santa set from my mom. I am definitely a fan of the trend - how about you?

Friday, April 17, 2009

Have a Marvelous Weekend!

Blank Canvas III

Every once in a while I come across a white room with a lack of furniture, and it's so inspiring! I love to dream about placing my own pieces in the space, and about the paint colors I might consider. Do empty rooms inspire you as well, or am I just, um - unique?!

Image: Haus Maus

La Plates

This plate belongs to the daughter of Courtney Cox Arquette.

The one below was made for Gwyneth Paltrow's daughter.

I really, really like these personalized melamine plates. I would love to have one with my initials, and I'm sure Kalia would like one with her complete name spelled out. Are you into monograms? The site offers a great selection of fonts, as well as actual plate backgrounds...and there is even a "Monogram Etiquette" page, which I found to be very useful.

Images: La Plates Blog

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Marie Antoinette



The World According to Jessica Claire

New York Times

If I could choose to be an actress in any movie, I think it would have to be Marie Antoinette. I love the gorgeous costumes, scenery, the palace, and once again - the sweets. I must admit that I watched it three times within the last week, while matting art projects for Kalia's preschool. I just get lost in all the beauty, and find myself wishing that women still wore amazing dresses on a daily basis. If you could be an actress in any movie, which one would you choose?





We have Angela to thank for this post...she tipped me off to the article on Sweetiepie in the April issue of Elle. Yet another restaurant that I am absolutely in love with - but the chances of a visit are pretty slim. The restaurant is in Manhattan's West Village, and if you decide to drop in for dessert, the one in the photo is $75. We can at least swoon over the girly decor!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Printable Calling Cards

Here is a link for these free calling cards. I found them on How About Orange and just couldn't keep 'em to myself!