Monday, May 6, 2013

New Patio Plans

Life has been hectic over the last few months, but I'm glad there's some normalcy returning to our lives.  Part of that normalcy is more house work - we have grand plans for phase 1 of our backyard renovations this year and it is all very exciting.  As we iron out the nitty gritty on the bigger (not so glamorous) parts of the project (like fence, patio and shed work) my head is spinning with the more fun details that will help make the space feel like an extension of our home.  Here's an idea of where I hope to take our backyard over the coming weeks/months!  I'll be back with some before and progress pictures soon!
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Santa Baby...

...I've been an awful good girl...

Holiday Wish List

What's on your holiday wish list this year?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Chez Nous

I'm totally anti Christmas this year, but Esposito decided he wanted to decorate so decorate we did.  Here's a peak of how we brought the festive to our house:


garland, ornaments, apothecary jars and a cloche adorn the dining room

i like my trees to sparkle (with - literally - 1000 lights)

vignettes even made it to the ornaments - a bird and his birdhouse

the stockings were hung with care... and greenery and candles and framed NOEL


sticks in a vase make the perfect card hanging spot... now if only we'd start receiving cards...

a welcome wreath lights up the foyer


my first ever attempt at a seasonal planter... or the planter in general

esposito even got on the roof and hung lights ... only took 4 years and 11 months


it is so pretty to look at all together, i must say
It's feeling mighty festive around these parts.  How do you decorate for the holidays?

Friday, November 30, 2012

One Thing Leads To Another (Dining Room Edition)

My sister and I are switching dining room tables because I need one with a leaf and she feels like hers is too big for her space.  Here is what my new-to-me table looks like:


It's an antique, solid wood and fits 10-12 when expanded (if not more).  Perfect.  The switch is scheduled to happen tomorrow.  Eventually we will have it refinished in a darker wood tone, but for now, I think this will work just fine.

Of course, a new dining table means a new dining room plan.  And today I found (and purchased) a new rug.

It is big (8*11) and $10 at Lowe's (here).  I can't attest to the quality, but I figured for $10 I can give it a shot.  It's more traditional and not the color scheme I normally veer towards, but upon closer inspection it has some of the grays and greens in my house already and I think I can make it work.  I'll try to at least.


Of course, this fabulous dining room immediately came to mind (don't you just love Sarah Richardson?)
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And so I started working on a design plan for the room. 

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I'm trying to find a way to make it less country and more modern since this new plan also has to work with a very modern (new-to-me) black leather couch in the adjacent (totally open) living room.  Let's see how that works out.  Not sure if I succeeded, but I think it sure is pretty.  Thoughts?

Monday, November 12, 2012

Bar Cart Love

Early Saturday morning, for some reason, I decided to browse through craigslist and found a listing for a vintage bar cart for sale for a song by my mom's house.  A quick drive later, and I was loading it into my car.  It's brass with black accents, has two glass shelves, and is surprisingly sturdy for being on wheels.  Behold my new-to-me bar cart (excuse my blurry Iphone pic, please!):


I'm super excited to style it up - I just have to find a place for it in my house first!  In the interim, a few images of inspiration.  I love it when bar carts house "bar accessories" and not just alcohol - makes it more interesting to look at and more practical.

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Stay tuned for my final product!