Friday, April 18, 2014

Pretty Spring Baskets

My brilliant mom decided to take her hoard of useful (yet unattractive) baskets and paint them in a scheme of pinks.  She also painted the inside of them gold.  I love how they turned out and they will be a perfect little collection of baskets to use for display or to gift.  

Aren't they sweet?  Just in time for Easter.  
Since this is our last post before Easter, let me take this opportunity to say happy Good Friday and have a beautiful Easter day on Sunday!
With much love to you,

Thursday, April 17, 2014

What I Want/Need: Dooney & Bourke

I have been in the market for a new purse for a little while now. I need something that will travel well, and something that I will feel safe traveling with (I can be a bit of a worrier when the two of us traveled). Because of this, I have been keeping an eye out toward cross body bags. I found one at T.J. Maxx, in black, that I purchased, but then I was looking at the new issue of InStyle, I spotted this beautiful bag and fell in love with it, and when I hunted it down (I hate when  magazines don't give more specific information about featured items), I found that it was on sale!  For the month of April, it is 25% off.  I need to bite the bullet and buy it, but I am having a hard time justifying another large (for me) purchase since I just spent a chunk of change at Loft.  I like that the color, and like that it will go with black or navy.
I can't believe it is already Thursday!  Tomorrow we are taking our 5th graders on a field trip to the Ronald Reagan Library.  (We do this every spring with our classes, and it's such a great experience!)  Saturday is my good friend Jaime's daughter's 1st birthday, so we will be partying it up kiddie-style.  Other than that, we have no real plans.  Maybe I should do chores?  How about you?  What are you up to this weekend?

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Trend Alert: Patterned Tile Floor

Lately I'm noticing patterned tile floors everywhere.  I'm attracted to the look because it creates a sense of history in a space; a feeling that the room was renovated around an amazing floor.  Often these tiles have a Mediterranean or art deco feel to them and this is what creates the "I've been here forever" appeal.  Also, an interesting floor tile pattern and/or color combination can work just like an area rug does in any space.  It creates interest and warmth and in a kitchen or bathroom, that's a wonderful thing.
pattern tile floor kitchen, farmhouse table as island, wooden beams, black cabinets, brass pendant lights
Love the mix of the subway tiles and the smaller pattern on the floor.  Well done.
Moon to Moon: Bold Statement Tiles...
Encaustic Tile
Hudson Milliner Kitchen Remodelista
Classic bathrooms are popular once more and there are a number of period-inspired tile collections around to choose from. Border tiles, inset patterned tiles and co-ordinating shades in both plain and patterned floor and wall tiles will add architectural interest to an otherwise plain room.

I'm curious, is this a look you would try in your own home?  I would like to think I would be so bold.  I am in love with the slate and pink flower ice-cream parlor floor!  Maybe in the kids' bathroom...hmmm.  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Loft Spring Choices

Sunday night, as the weekend was winding down and I was watching Midnight in Paris (and maybe one or ten episodes of House), I happened to be checking my email when I noticed that Loft was having a sale.  I hopped on over to see what was what.  I may have gone a little crazy, but my justification is that it was all on sale, and I need new pieces for spring and summer.
Loft Spring Choices

                                          1)Black romper/ 2) V neck cami/  3)Long skirt/
                          4) Modern Skinny Jeans in Rinse Wash 5)Stripe Garden Floral Scarf

I've been looking to tweak my wardrobe, and to only add pieces that will work together and with other pieces that I already have.  Plus, I've been wanting a romper like that for quite some time now, but I can never find one that actually fits (long torso).  I'm hoping this one will work, or else back it will go.  The camisole is not a style I would usually wear (not a spaghetti strap kind of girl), but I figure with a cardigan or a chambray shirt over it, it should work.
The jeans are a style that I already have, so I know the fit works, and I am need of a dark wash that I can dress up or down.  The scarf (I was back on the site and I am kind of regretting not buying this one instead) is something I will definitely use and it will add color to my shifting-to-black-and-white wardrobe.  I also picked up a navy blue sweater.  (Because a girl can always use a navy blue sweater!)
So I got all of this for 40% off, (there's that beautiful justification again), and then, Wham!  The sale ended last night.  But... they are having another sale, again 40% off with the code 4peeps.
I'm not sure how long this one lasts, but I hope you find something you like!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekend DIY

Over the weekend I was cleaning and repainting the brick around the fireplace.  You know how it is when fire season is over and there is always that black soot.  After I had accomplished this I thought about what I should do to hide the ugly black hole--since the fireplace screen is now packed away until the fall.  I could put something inside the fireplace but it still wouldn't hide the fact that it is an unattractive feature.  I decided that I needed it covered entirely.
Here it is before.  I know, nothing is really wrong with it open this way.  Throw in some pretty birch logs and there ya go.  I just wanted to try something else.

My handy husband had some scrap wood and I threw out some ideas.  I initially wanted a piece of mirror inset and the trim to form stripes over the mirror.  I thought it would be fun and add a bit of sparkle.  In the end we just kept it simple and clean.

It's so much nicer now!  I can use this space as more of a backdrop now that the fireplace is not in use.  

It was a productive weekend for us!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Weekend Plans: Paris in the Pictures

One of these weekends coming up, when my guy is away at a golf tournament and I don't have any other plans, I am going to watch a string of movies that take place in the City of Light.  I've seen all the Paris-themed movies that I've gathered here below (all at least once and some more than that), but I think they are worth watching again.  I am really in the mood to watch Midnight in Paris again, in large part due to the fact that I have been reading about Hemingway in the book The Paris Wife and I plan on doing a "Hemingway walk" when I am in Paris.
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I'm already planning on adding Le Divorce to my list of must-watch movies about Paris.  Do you have any favorites that I didn't add to my little list?  Any Paris-centered movies that I should watch?
I hope you have a fantastic weekend!  Any exciting plans?
I will be finishing up a DIY light box that I saw over on Flax & Twine and playing around with my camera.  I haven't messed around with that thing nearly enough!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Quote: The Quality of Your Life...

The Happiness Of Your Life Depends Upon The Quality Of Your Thoughts
When I saw this quote I felt an immediate emotional response.  There have been times in my life when my thoughts are dark and times when my thoughts are very positive.  I'm like everyone else.  While the wording of this quote seems a bit modern for Marcus Aurelius it does sound like the essence of something he would have said.  Isn't it true?  Our thoughts dictate our mood which in turn motivate our actions and thus effects the direction our lives take. 
Blogging for me has been a source of joy.  A way to focus on the beautiful things in life.  Not just the material aspects, but every element of loveliness that can be found in nature and human creativity.  
With that in mind, have a beautiful, positive day!


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