Friday, April 13, 2012

My Mom Room

I am absolutely in love with designing homes. I remember being fourteen years old and drawing a blueprint of our new family home so I could layout where everything would or could go. Maybe I am a compulsive organizer and nester? :)

Even funnier is that I married a man who loves homes as much as I do. We constantly are adding to and changing a design for our "dream home." 

 One room that I like to constantly think about is my "Mom Room." Growing up, it was always strange to me that my Dad had an office to bay bills, store paperwork but Mom didn't really have a place to store all her wrapping paper, presents for friends or holidays that she'd collect throughout the year, craft stuff, etc. In essence, it's a little like Santa's workshop, only JUST FOR THE MOM.

Here are some ideas that I think about for my one day Mom Room:

I don't really do many crafts but I would still like to borrow several features from this room: 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


In searching for some outdoor dining chairs to go with the outdoor dining table we are building for our new patio, I have realized how much I absolutely love these antique looking folding chairs. They are so French and just plain lovely don't you think? 
Where can you get these delicious chairs? Does anyone know? Do they even have a special name? I'm looking :)

Friday, March 16, 2012

SXSW Style

Well, it's SXSW in Austin this week or what I like to call "invasion of the hipsters." I have never felt less out of touch or daring in my fashion choices as each year when this week rolls around and I'm confronted by all the fashion-forward folks of NYC, LA, etc. I have been scouring Pinterest lately for some fun Spring and Summer looks on Life's a Journal and came across a few looks that are SXSW perfect: 

Though you probably won't see me trying to pull these off, I appreciate those that are bold enough to try. For me, I stepped out with two bold purchases from JCrew:
I'll be strutting these pretty purple pants to dinner tonight in fact. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

So Cool

How cool is this? I would kill for this to go on top of a stack of books on a credenza or up on a book shelf:
Have a great day!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Bench Tutorial

My Mom shared this tutorial with me and I found it incredibly helpful and detailed. If you are looking to transform a coffee table into a stunning, fabric covered bench, take a look:

For more details, Click HERE to see the entire process. Thanks Sabby in Suburbia!! 

Friday, March 2, 2012

Trend: Navy Blue

This past weekend, I had a stack of magazines that were waiting for me to flip through. I could not believe how much navy I saw as I turned the pages. Take a look at some of the beautiful blues I found in Elle Magazine and Traditional Home:
Isn't it just lovely!?!?! I am absolutely in love with this color and can't wait to incorporate it more into my home!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Million Miles an Hour

I have been so incredibly busy these last few weeks that my poor blog has suffered quite a bit. BUT, I have been working on a really good cause! Take a look at this video to see how I have been spending my time:
Be sure and visit to learn more and to donate! Thanks for the support!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Credenza of the Week: Perfect Lines

This photo has the perfect mix of straight lines (top of table, lamp shades, the box pleat stool skirt underneath the table) and also organic lines (the sconces, the lines in the painting and the beautiful orchid vase). It feels very comfortable and homey but is also so beautiful. I love it!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Credenza of the Week: Sweet and Subtle

Here's a more subtle take on my favorite colors mixed together. 
Here is a taste that's a little brighter still bold and beautiful:

Monday, January 23, 2012


I have been seeing a million beautiful pictures of bookshelves everywhere I look with bold and beautiful ideas. Here are some of my favorites:
However, I had to laugh when I stumbled across one picture from this blog, Bookshelf Porn. Though the name is a little shocking, it's true. If you are a die hard reader, decorator or color fiend, you are going to love this site. Enjoy!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Perfect Paint, Rugs and Oh So Many Fireplaces

In their latest issue, Traditional Home did a beautiful spread on a gorgeous Utah home. Though I would never want to live in Utah, I really enjoy the paint colors that were selected, the rugs used throughout the downstairs of the home, and the architectural flow of the house.
Though the colors in this family room are very strong, warm colors, they do not look out of place against the cool light greenish-blue:
 I absolutely love this more formal Living Room. I love how open it is with entrances on either side of the fire place and I love that through the fireplace, you can see into the Dining Room. 
 Having a fireplace in the formal Living room is just beautiful!
Just off the kitchen is the family room which is painted "Bryce Canyon," a warm coral color by Benjamin Moore. Also, the trail of beautiful antique rugs tie all the rooms together no matter the paint color used.
My favorite part of the Family Room may be the lovely window seat. I always wanted a window seat! Perfect for reading!
 I also love the Master Sitting Room, which also has a lovely fireplace: 
Well done. I'd move right on it! At the least, I'm taking notes for my own home. Have a wonderful rest of the week!