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Weekend Re-Cap

Monday, April 30, 2012

Is it me or do the weekends fly by faster than ever?  I hope you had a great one and were able to do all the things you enjoy.  Ours was busy, but good.

Mostly filled with things like this....

We did manage to sneak in a nice Sunday dinner on the deck last night.  If you are a chocolate lover, you might want to try this recipe.  We topped it with vanilla bean ice cream right out of the oven.  Lordy, I nearly hurt myself eating it...

In other random news, the knockout roses are off to a great start this year...

Later in the week, we have someone coming to install the stair runner.  We decided to leave this one to the professionals, but I will take lots of pictures and ask lots of questions in case any of you want to try this yourselves.  Have a great day!

The Nesting Game

Friday, April 27, 2012

Molly, from the blog Nesting Game, left a comment yesterday sharing a link to her garden where strings of globe lights are hung.  If this image doesn't make you want to call it a day and start the weekend festivities early I don't know what does.  I am ready to chill - are you?  TGIF!

Molly's blog has all sorts of great eye candy.  If you have a chance, go poke around this weekend.  In the mean time, I'll hit a few of highlights for you...

Have a great weekend my dears!

World Market: A Favorite Resource

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I often receive emails asking about sources for my client mood boards. While I cannot give away specifics unless a client gives the OK, I can say that World Market is one of my go-to resources. There I can find things like mirrors, lamps, dishes, pillows, curtains, etc. all at a reasonable price. When I plan a room, depending on budget, I try to bring in items from many different sources to create that "hi-low" mix make makes rooms so interesting.

All items from this pretty bedroom are from World Market believe it or not.  I think they have done a wonderful job of layering in textures and styles to create the collected look that we all adore.

Another favorite of mine is these block printed rugs.  I would love to see them layered over carpet or area rug where you want to define a space, in front of a kitchen sink, or flanking a bed.

So tell me, what have you found at World Market lately?

Outdoor Lighting

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

 Pottery Barn

Nothing says spring is here like dining outside.  And, I love the romantic feel of subtle lighting over a dining table.

Globe string lights are perfect for achieving this look.  The ones above are from Pottery Barn.

You can also get the look for less at Lowes.

What to do on the Walls

Monday, April 23, 2012

Now that the walls in our stairway have been painted I am wondering where to go from here.  Stairways are a great place for family photos.  I especially love the clean, uniform look of black or white frames on white walls.  Here a few great examples...

Cote de Texas via Decor Pad

Decor Pad

Decor Pad

Martha Stewart

What do you think?  Do you like to see art/photography in staircases or do you prefer nothing at all?

The Stairs - Finally

Friday, April 20, 2012

Big changes are coming today...

 (this is an old photo - the door is actually blue on the inside too)

Our painters are coming to finish a project I started last winter.  Ha!  I guess if I leave things unfinished long enough, we will eventually hire a professional to do the job.  Painting stair cases is probably best left to a professional anyway.

We also picked up two of these runners from Ballard when they were on deep discount.  I am now channeling my inner Casey and Rhoda for stair runner installation.  Of course this might be best left to a professional as well.  Either way, I cannot wait to cover those old attic stairs with something pretty/graphic.
Have a great weekend!

Have You Seen it?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The special edition "Quick Fixes" Domino hit the stands yesterday.  Rick and I were shopping so I made a beeline into Barnes & Noble to grab my copy.  I will not ruin it and tell you everything that is inside, but I will say that I was pretty smitten when I saw a Weim on the cover :).

Mattie Gray was beaming with pride when she saw it.  Weims just have that glossy magazine edge about them - do they not?

It is going to be a dreary, rainy day here in Greensboro and I cannot tell you how tempting it is to  just sit here and drink coffee and read Domino.  Now go grab your copy.

Lands' End Bedding

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I'm loving the new "shop the look" feature from the Lands' End bedding collection.  I think you will agree that these rooms are all so pretty.  Pattern mixing, loads of texture, and pretty styling make them pure eye candy.

How sweet is that dot pillow?  I like that it adds an unexpected touch to the otherwise serene feel going here.

Blue chain link - yes!  Love the rustic floor too - just might need slippers to avoid splinters first thing in the morning - yikes.  That cable throw is downright yummy!

Green with brown - a timeless color combo in my opinion.

Three cheers for the striped rug!

Loving this wool cable rug too!

Back in the Saddle

Monday, April 16, 2012

Last week was 100% relaxing and I soaked up every second making me ready to jump back in the saddle.  I did not take a computer, but managed to check out pinterest occasionally on my phone.  Hopefully I can catch up on my favorite blogs soon.  I feel so outta touch.  The only downside of unplugging on vacation is that my inbox had 300+ emails when I got home.  How do you feel about unplugging - is it a good thing or a bad thing?

Vacations are special family times for us and while we were away it suddenly became apparent that our oldest son only has 2 more spring breaks before he graduates from high school.  What the what?  Needless to say I took a lot of pictures, but I won't bore you with all of them.  Here are just a few...

We love hiking and make it a point to do a little climbing each time we go to the desert.  It is always an adventure.

Rick and I would sneak in an early walk down the greenway before the golfers in the morning to have a peek at the pretty homes.  Rumor has it that Clint Eastwood lives in this area.  Hmmm...

I have a weakness for self serve frozen yogurt so we had to make an emergency stop.  If you are curious - anything chocolate with mini dark chocolate chips.

 It snowed in the mountains the night before we left.  It always amazes me to feel the hot desert air and to see the snow covered mountains off in the distance.

Okie for a big ole' reality check.  Appointments, lax & swim practice, groceries, work, laundry, schedules.  Boo.


Friday, April 6, 2012

It is spring break and as tradition has it, my family and I are heading west to our favorite little bungalow in the desert.  Dear friends of ours are staying in our house while we are away.  I am so ready to un-plug and just be for the next several days.  It doesn't hurt that beautiful flowers are everywhere you look and it rarely ever rains.  Just sunny days and cool nights with star filled skies.

Yesterday I treated myself to a mani/pedi.  I'm not usually one to get "worked on" but decided to splurge this time.  I went with gel shellac on my nails which lasts about 2-3 weeks.  We used the same color on my toes only the nail tech pulled out the bedazzle gun and added a top coat of glitter.  Now my toenails are sparkly ;), something a little different for me.  I figured vacation is the time to have a little fun, right?

I will miss you all, but am looking forward to relaxing poolside.  Happy Easter and have a great week!

A Family Room Mood Board

Thursday, April 5, 2012

I recently finished a mood board for an on-line client and wanted to share it with you.

As you can see, the room is already painted this lovely color called Silver Sage by Restoration Hardware.  The room just needed a few accessories, a new chair, curtains, art, end tables,  and lamps.  The mantel needed to be styled as well.

Here are the pieces I pulled together for the room.  My client likes stripes, paisley, and geometric fabrics   which made choosing the pillows lots of fun.  We did source another chair and the curtains we decided on are going to be slightly different, but I am so excited to to see it come together. 

A Lovely Arrangement

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Yesterday when I returned home from a client meeting, my sweet husband surprised me with a flower arrangement from one of my favorite florists, Randy McManus.

What really surprised me was that Rick took this container from our home in to have the arrangement made specifically for the vase. 

For any of you who may be flower lovers and want the details, the foliage inside the vase is cast iron plant.

We have a ton of this planted at the base of our David Austin rose and you better believe I will be storing this idea for later use.

In addition to the white hydrangeas, I love the spikes of willow which add to the drama making this such a striking arrangement.

If you are interested in flower arranging, you might want to visit my blogging friend Camille.  Camille is quite the expert when it comes to arranging flowers.  She shares many great tips and has such a creative flair.

Green Valley Grill

Monday, April 2, 2012

Yesterday we had brunch with family at one of our favorite restaurants in Greensboro, Green Valley Grill.  I love GVG as much for the food as for the lush garden surrounding it any day of the year.

 We were greeted by this stunning trumpet vine which was even prettier in person.

 Yesterday I noticed these fresh arrangements.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it is Little Gem Magnolia and Althea (Rose of Sharon) with leaves just beginning to emerge.  I loved the simplicity of this so much and plan to re-create this somewhere in our home.  Fresh cuttings add so much to a room and are great for those of you who claim to have a brown thumb ;)

Have you checked out the most recent issue of Adore home?  I was rather taken with this image.  One of my clients recently purchased a set of bamboo chairs from Stuff and we are looking for a fun Chinoiserie fabric to cover the seats.  I'm looking forward to sharing pictures of this project after the dust settles.
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