Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Lime Green & Turquoise

(Material Girls)

(House of Turquoise)

Ruthi Auda & Anthropologie

I just did a post on ribbon photos yesterday, and when I received the latest Anthropologie catalog in the mail that evening, there were these monster-sized ribbons made of wallpaper! How cool. Those Anthro stylists are so creative. I think that's what you'd call 'em, right?! Stylists? There is a blog that you should really check out if you love Anthropologie's displays and catalogs. I believe that the blogger works as a stylist for several Anthros, and she is so talented! Here is a photo of Ruthi's work.

Ruthi designed and created the "tree" behind the bed.

You'll have to check out her blog to see the rest of her displays. Anyone else a little jealous of her job?! I would be willing to bet that her house is Anthropologie paradise.

Image 1: Anthropologie catalog
Image 2: Ruthi Auda

Monday, June 29, 2009

Nuts About Nurseries

Better Homes & Gardens


No, I'm not pregnant, but I still love to swoon over nurseries. If you have kids, how did you decorate the nursery? It seems like back in the day, people used to do pink or blue - depending on the gender of course - and now, there is so much variety! People do everything from pastels, to bold colors, to brown walls, to vintage, cottage, shabby chic, to sleek and modern. As much as I like to re-decorate, it's much better on the budget when you can create a nursery that will still work when your bambino turns eight!

Good ol' Kentucky

(James Merrell)

(Brown Button)

I'm not really sure what attracted me to a post about ribbons, but I just love these two photos. I actually have a mirror similar to the one in the first photo - only it's gold. It's on my list of future projects - along with the coffee table, dresser, nightstands... I suppose the second photo reminds me a bit of Kentucky, and Keeneland. I miss you Kentucky people...and I miss the rolling hills with white fences, and beautiful, healthy horses. Indiana is so flat, but that does actually have one advantage - you can see so much sky! I noticed that right away when we moved here. It looks like the sky goes on forever! It's really gorgeous on a clear, sunny day.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Have an Incredible Weekend!

Well, my plans include pricing a pile of "treasure" for the yard sale tomorrow - then sitting in the sun all day, hoping people buy my junk! There is some kind of PBS fair going on as well, so I hope we can take Kalia to see Curious George and some of the characters. What are your weekend plans?

Image: My Favorite and My Best

Decisions and Projects

(first home)

Randy and I have big plans for several pieces of furniture we inherited or purchased on craigslist. We are still torn on the decision to paint or stain our pieces. I suppose I should say "I" am torn - I'm pretty sure Randy would just stain 'em. Our projects include a dresser, two nightstands, a desk, and a large "drum" table that we will most likely convert to a coffee table. It's super unique, and I can't wait to show off the finished product on here someday. Don't look forward to seeing it any time soon!

Simply Irresistible

(Daisy Pink Cupcake)

Let's just say that if I ever spot any of this Holt-Howard Pixieware at a flea market or antiques shop, you can consider it sold! I believe the second image of the girl wearing a cupcake hat is by Enesco. It is another vintage figurine that I'm sure would be calling my name...and how could I resist?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bunting & Banners

(Land of Nod)

(Kalia's room)

I really need to hang something above Kalia's bed. Ever since we moved to Indiana, I have just neglected that poor blank wall! These wallpaper letters from Land of Nod are so cute, and at $2.95 per letter, this just might be the perfect solution. I also saw some shabby chic bunting from Target on Such Pretty Things last week, and just love the blogger's little additions. You should really head over to the site so you can see for yourself. It's adorable! I have actually checked Target for the bunting twice now, and they're always sold out. If you live in Indy, leave one on the shelf for me!

Image: Land of Nod & my own

Design Appreciation 101

I'm honestly not a huge fan of the table and chairs - at all - but somehow I still enjoyed these photos. I'm not saying I would have the wallpaper in my own home, but I can definitely appreciate it, and hardwood floors are always a good thing. The brick wall really adds some interest to the room, and you know I'm a sucker for chandeliers!

Images: Wary Meyers

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Ruffles & Poufs

(artlab) etsy

(artlab) etsy

(Absolutely Beautiful Things)

(French Charming)

(katie did)

If you want to attempt making the collars in the last photo, you can check out the tutorial.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ruthie Sommers & Domino

I saw this photo on Swish and Swanky today, and it brought back memories from when I first saw it on the cover of Domino magazine. I absolutely fell in love. The room was designed for Drew Barrymore, by Ruthie Sommers - a designer I greatly admire, and became very fond of - thanks to Domino! Did you have a favorite Domino cover photo? Man, I miss that magazine. If you were a subscriber, have you found a good replacement?

Tickled Pink

Today is dedicated to my favorite color. Yup, June 23 is National Pink Day. Does your favorite color have a day?!

A Little Soak

How would you like to celebrate National Pink Day with a little soak in this tub?! I'm going to celebrate with a little soak in chlorine...we haven't been to the pool yet this summer - can you believe it?

The Color of Happiness

Yet another room honoring Pink Day. Here's a pink link for ya!

Image: Domino Magazine (RIP)

Happy Birthday Laura!

I am so jealous that my friend Laura was born on National Pink Day. Happy Birthday, Laura!

Image: Daisy Pink Cupcake

Monday, June 22, 2009

Just Can't Get Enough

Just in case you didn't get enough James Merrell last week...I thought I should post a few more pix. I don't think I could ever get sick of browsing his photographs, and I can guarantee this won't be the last time I share his work!


The one word that comes to mind is classy. I love the chandelier, and I always love floor-to-ceiling window treatments.

Image: dress, design, & decor

Friday, June 19, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

Minor Adjustments

Love the bed. Want to adjust the lampshade. Pretty room!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Miette II

I realize I said I wouldn't be rambling this week, but do you remember my other post on Miette in San Francisco? I found some photos of their newest location, and I am thinking that Indianapolis is in desperate need of this patisserie! I would love to have a kitchen inspired by the shop. Actually, a combination of Miette and The Flying Cupcake. Perfect.

Images: Paris Hotel Boutique

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

James Merrell

Monday, June 15, 2009

Photo Week

This is kind of a crazy week in our household, but it's hard for me to resist blogging - so I decided that I will just post photos without my usual ramblings. We'll start with a color combination I always enjoy. I am fascinated with pink and orange, but green and blue is another inspiring combo. Of course I was attracted to the tufted sofa as well. That's the last of my ramblings for this week!

Image: Simply Hue

Vintage Prom Dresses

I saw this photo of some bridesmaids on Snippet & Ink, and thought the idea of vintage prom dresses for the wedding party was adorable! I am absolutely not making any hints or suggestions for my friend Sara's wedding, but just enjoyed the pastels and the unique idea. I especially love the pink ones! Remember these vintage prom dresses from Miss Kate's house tour?!

My Confession

For me, this photo conjures up some major feelings. I am going to have to make a confession - so here it goes: I got hooked on ABC's October Road a few years ago, and it was cancelled after the second season...only they never had a chance to wrap things up in a finale, so my only option was to purchase season 2 when it came out on DVD in May. Randy and I have been watching an episode a night for the last few weeks, and were so excited to veg in front of the TV last night with a huge plate of spicy nacho Doritos (drenched in melted cheddar cheese), to get lost in the final episode. (He is going to love me for including him in this confession!)

Well, our "episode" was practically over before we were even able to finish half a plate of Doritos! It ended up being about a 15 minute wrap-up session, and the writers would have been better off just doing a slide show with photos of the cast, and using a cheesy narrator to give an update on each couple. One of the main characters was completely left out, and there was only one good line in the entire finale - it was horrible! The moral of the story is that you should never bother purchasing a DVD of a show that was cancelled - 'cuz chances are, there was a good reason for the cancellation. We found out the hard way.

So you are probably wondering about my confession, and what this photo has to do with any of it - right? Well, the confession was just the fact that I was hooked on the show. It was pretty corny, and some of the acting was rather average, but somehow we still fell in love with the characters - and the whole "small town" vibe. This photo actually reminds me of the wallpaper in Hannah's house, from the show. I loved her place, and that was possibly another factor leading to my disastrous DVD purchase. Actually, all of the interiors were pretty charming. This wallpaper also reminds me of the dressing room at Fossil. So, does anyone have a similar confession, to make me feel better?!

Image: Design Sponge

A few hours later...

Okay, it's a little later in the day now, and I have had some time to settle down about my disappointment, and I have to say that maybe I was a little harsh on the show. Honestly, I still love the characters and the overall story, but just wanted to see a little more development in some of the relationships, rather than just their final destiny. I will still claim to be a "roadie" - secretly!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Wonderful Weekend

Just hoping you have a lovely weekend with beautiful weather!

Feather Your Nest

This melamine hanky plate is available for only $3 at Feather Your Nest. I'm lovin' it!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

WHY??? Let me tell you!

If you're thinking "why?" - I can explain! I saw this store called Home Girl on the SCOOP, and couldn't take my eyes off the right side of the photo. I am honestly ready to paint my kitchen table yellow, and go for the blue chairs! The shade over the table is making me drool. Here's the close-up. If I couldn't find the exact same shade, it looks like a good DIY project!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Show Off

Sometimes, I just can't help myself...I have to show off Kalia's artwork! She creates several pieces of art every day, and LOVES to color - but every once in a while, her picture blows me away. This kitty (named Diamond) is my new favorite. Thanks for allowing me to brag!

Hint Hint

My mom has made some beautiful blankets and stuffed animals for Kalia, so when I saw these dolls, I was wondering if she would be interested in another project! How's that for hinting?! (wink, wink)

Image: Just a Girl


(A Life More Fabulous)

(Paul Costello)

(Country Living)

Of course we think about our furniture, wallpaper or paint color, art and accessories - but how often do we actually think about our doors? I'm guessing not very often! Aren't these photos inspiring?! It makes me want to think about my doors. I doubt I'll go as far as upholstering them in zebra, but it's a fun idea!