Sunday, February 28, 2010

Weekend Update

It was a busy weekend but I'm so happy to say that I squeezed in a few minutes in the yard. Weeding for me, is bliss.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Color Crush

Gold, it's such a life lending color. It's my favorite color at the moment & I think I need a little more of it here.
?, Country Living

Flight of Fancy

These 3x5 bird flash cards are among the many amazing images that can be found at Inkpainter. Their possibilities are are many and their beauty is great.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Just for Fun

I've been working hard gathering information about tents and teepee's. I'd like to put one up a corner of our loft space. It seems like it would be a lot of fun for the kids. They could read or just hang out in it. When they have friends over to stay the night they could "camp out". We have a bunch of national parks posters to go up on the walls in that same space so it really would fit in well but it has to be small (6ft by 3-4ft) and it has to be cute and very inexpensive. I'd really prefer vintage or handmade but I may end up going with a new one just to keep it simple. I am determined. If you have any ideas/suggestions, please share.
Vintage Children's Books

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Lamp Love

If I ever win the lottery, my first big splurge will be beautiful lighting.
Elle Decor, The Estate of Things, Domino

Monday, February 22, 2010

One of My Favorite Things

I have many picture books among my favorites. On the sofa table behind our couch sits the Taschen book, A Cabinet of Natural Curiosities. The best thing about it is it's ability to change. Simply turn the pages and the room is instantly improved. During the winter months, snakes and bugs are on display, come summer, we are admiring shells and coral. It's an all season accessory.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Note to Self

This kind of beauty does not happen over night. It is years in the making, one piece at a time.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Things I Want

This shape would never work on me but I do love it.


I love this color combination. Yes, I know, it's just black and white, but adding the gold frame and brass nailhead trim makes it so much more.
found via The Daily Bed

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Field Trip

Need a moment of calm today? I do. Let's take a trip to Oh Sweet Woods, where we'll find a collection of beautifully soothing images to give us a brief mid-week reprieve and even a bit of encouragement.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Making Everyday Beautiful

It's all beautiful; the marble, the paint color, the scale but for me, it's the light fixture that really makes it. Who doesn't want a little glamor in the kitchen?
Country Living

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Gentle Creatures

Two beautiful art pieces from Julia Pott & The Artwork of Charmaine Olivia.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Penguin Classic

Postcards, a set of 100 beautiful book cover images. Wouldn't that be a lovely gift?


Library as a style, who would have guessed that would be affecting our clothing and interior choices? For me, I think it started with this Anthropologie ad. It's so beautiful and it validated the fact that I had library book inserts in my desk drawer for notes. Just walking into a good library evokes a certain feeling. All of those books, all the colors, the smell, the possibilities. It's really no wonder at all that we're so intrigued.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Stating the Obvious

This is an amazing rug.
Country Living

Tuesday, February 09, 2010


It's been too long since I hula-hooped. A golden hula hoop would be such fun. It really is an activity that's fun for ever. One that you forget just how much fun it is until you pick up a child's hoop and show them how to do it and wonder why it's been so long.

A Small Thing

Sometimes it's the small things that make a big difference. We all know this. The small thing I see here is the tassel at the end of the light's pull cord. I saw that and knew instantly that I would find a little bit of happiness in adding a tassel to each of our ceiling fans.

Monday, February 08, 2010


I've been finding myself drawn to American Indian and motifs (cowboy too). Maybe because Husband watches Bonanza while we eat lunch. Whatever the reason, no matter, it's done. My first *sewing project this semester will be a western style shirt.

*Yes, you are right. I've never followed up here about the Christmas dress. I will. I promise. I have to fix the zipper.

Mouse Trap Vintage, Suspect Shoppe, PacSun,
Keep Your Face Radical, Greyhound Lover


Maps are a favorite of mine because of the variety of colors that are used together. When I look at a map, I don't think so much about travel. I mostly just see art. I love the shapes and the lines, even the words are beautiful to me. Of course the location is important to me as well. It's just not primary. A gallery of maps is always in style and I think this vintage map of France would fit in well anywhere.
Martha Stewart via High Street Market, Vintage Printables

Saturday, February 06, 2010


This is going to be one of those days when I'm constantly reminding myself what day of the week it is. I know because yesterday was the same. The kids had a school holiday so it felt like Saturday all day. So, today. . .

Love this vintage perpetual desk calendar? Find it here.

Friday, February 05, 2010


I'm still afflicted with a gingham obsession. I'm not sure that there is a cure or that I even want to find one.
apartment therapy, Alicia B. Designs

Define Need

This chair, in my backyard, would be fantastic. With five more identical beauties all around the table I found for free on the sidewalk! Too bad it's not very likely that same scenario would happen with these.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

A Tid Bit

This little bit of vintage utilitarian humor (it puts a smile on my face) can be found at Camp HoBaChee.

Attainable Beauty

Is it nature or nurture to love such spaces? The house where I consider "I grew up in" was old, in a constant state of disrepair and will always be my favorite; the simple complexity that I will try to recreate in my own home for evermore. If it weren't for this childhood home, if I were brought up with newness and elaborate beauty, maybe this would be different but no matter. I'll take a rusty cabinet or roughed in bath surround any day.
Images found via Pink Wallpaper and Velvet & Linen

Wednesday, February 03, 2010


I'd love to see this wallpaper in a guest or master bedroom. It would be so perfect to wake up to.
Pierre Frey, House Beautiful

Tuesday, February 02, 2010


The idea of being able to look up through the ceiling at the sky in my very own kitchen is very appealing to me. There's so much light and on a rainy day, watching raindrops make their way down, may be even better!

Monday, February 01, 2010

Write On

I'm still in love with chalkboards in bedrooms. I have one in my son's room and a small one next to the bed of our youngest. I love that they can be art and function. In our son's room there is a space/robot theme going on currently so the chalkboard has a huge robot drawn on it. For our youngest, the chalkboard by her bed is a place to remind her of the memorization items she's working on. Lately it's been multiplication tables, many times it's spelling words. The possibilities are endless.
Patrick Van Robeys, Apartment Therapy