December 25, 2010

Decorating for the Holidays

I so enjoy decorating during the holidays!  Any and all holidays for that matter.  My favorite is definitely Christmas.  I can honestly say that the inside of my home is warmly lit with the twinkling of white strands of lights.  Draped over garland on mantles and staircases, over mirrors, bookcases, and my grandfather clock....now that I think about it anywhere & everywhere.



December 1, 2010

Ten Things I Can't Live Without

My son, CJ.   Each day I am blessed to have such a wonderful son who is smart, funny, and great at anything he tries.   Who has no issues with kissing his mom whenever I ask….and I ask a lot (especially  when he bestows me with kisses in front of his entire soccer team).


My garden.  I’m a weekend gardener and spent the past 12 years playing in the dirt.  No matter the weather I can always be found in the garden moving and dividing plants.  I move plants around so often that I actually have been known to forget where I have planted some.   My garden is shared by all.  It is a great pleasure to see the little ones walking thru the yard smelling the different flowers and looking for the lavender plants each year to smell and touch.




Elegant Farmer apple pie baked in a brown paper bag.  If you have never had one, you don’t know what you’re missing.  Check it out, http://www.elegantfarmer.com/
Pie





Scented candles.  Who does not enjoy filling their home with a lovely fragrance?  My favorite is Meadow Mist by Yankee Candle Company.   Looking for that perfect hostess gift?  Trapp Candles are awesome and I love all their fragrances (haven’t found one yet that I didn’t like).  The Jasmine scented candles from Target, also rock, and they don’t break the bank.


Flea markets, estate sales, garage sales, resale shops, and antique stores.  Always in search of that next treasure to bring into my house and make it a home.  Here is just a smattering of some of my found treasures.




California Red Wine.  Living in San Fransisco for a few years and visiting the wineries, left me with a deep appreciation for wine.  Just recently became a wine member at Cooper's Hawk and their red wine, Barbera, rocks.  Who doesn't like to pour a glass of wine and relax with a good book especially when you pop a couple dark chocolate truffles in your mouth as well.   That's the life!



My SIL & BF, Cynthia, who inspires me to be a better person in all aspects of my life. 


My nieces, Gia and Giselle, who are always so free with their kisses and hugs.  Who doesn't love reading a book to a little one or helping them to put together a puzzle?  We all need to stop, slow our lives down, and take some time to play and be a kid again.  We are never too old to play!  So what are you waiting for?  Stop reading and go play!!!!




Water.  Yes, I try to drink 8 8 oz of water a day but that is not what I'm refering to.  I live and grew up in the Midwest and have always loved watching the waves of Lake Michigan.  I'm a Pisces so maybe that also has something to do with it, not sure; but I enjoy sitting on the beach, collecting rocks, and listening to the waves.  Nothing is more soothing or beautiful.  Water restores me, clears my mind, and gives me direction.  What restores you?


Warm, hot out of the oven chocolate chip cookies.  I have to admit that even Mickey D's has great chocolate chip cookies, especially when they are still warm.  Yum......

November 13, 2010

Fabulous Finds

 
My fabulous finds for the day. 



Fleamarket Junkie

Love fleamarket Saturdays.  You never know what treasures you are going to find.  I enjoyed spending the rainy morning indoors seeking out my next found treasure.  Not only did I find one.....I found plenty of treasures that I could not resist.

Here are some wonderful displays from today's market.



Holiday Decorating



Decorating should be fun and exciting!  Each year I try to out do myself and use different decorations for my entryway.  Whether it be outlandish and colorful or monochromatic and peaceful.  Don't be afraid of changing things up!  Last year I was obviously in a colorful and playful mood.  Wonder what I will come up with for this holiday?  I can't wait to rummage through my treasures.....

Weekend Gardener

The cold weather is here and I so long for the colorful and fragrant days of summer.  I wanted to share some of my garden with you.








November 10, 2010

My Favorite Quote


“We do not remember days,

we remember moments."

- Cesare Pavese


November 9, 2010

Craigseasy

I love browsing craigslist for previously loved treasures.  However, I hate that everyone labels their items as "gorgeous" or "must see" even if it is the ugliest couch you have ever seen and from 1965.  I stumbled upon a fantastic secret the other day that will save you oodles of time.  You can now browse craigslist by pictures.  It is the best thing since sliced bread.  Seriously it is awesome!  All you do is go to  craigseasy.com  and down load the application to get the easy button.  So simple to do and such a great idea.  Happy hunting!

November 7, 2010

Fabulous Finds

What a beautiful Sunday!  Cold, crisp clean air for treasure hunting; and treasure hunt, we did.  Who doesn't like to find fabulous things?  Especially at bargain prices. 

Here's just a fabulous display of some of our great finds for you to enjoy delightfully displayed in my front garden. 

What's great is that Cyn and I both love the same things but have different decorating styles.  Cyn loves the pale pastel colors and is inspired by the shabby chic look and my home is ensconced in dark brown, grey, antique beige and congo red walls (in my opinion, Ralph Lauren's best red by far).



What a beautiful french print of a lovely young boy and girl embracing with a dog playing at the girl's feet.  The photo doesn't do this one justice.  The pale muted colors just ooze shabby chic and will look delightful hanging on the pale blue wall of the girls' playroom.  Cyn nabbed this charming piece quite quickly; this one was a definite keeper and great find!



 
Cyn found the phenomenal picture with the chartreuse velvet matting.  Thank goodness the piece doesn't go with her decor but will look stupendous in mine!  I can't wait to find the perfect place to display it in my home.  If you CHERISH IT....BUY IT!!!!  You will always find a place for your newly acquired treasure to reside.