Friday, March 30, 2012

Random Things

A bit of eye candy and fun for a Friday. Happy Weekend!

Michelle Armas at Anthropologie

Room View
Seaside Striped Vases at West Elm

Trina Turk Beach Towel at Horchow

Colorblock-stripe slash henley
Colorblock-stripe Henley at Jcrew

"The Fair" by Helen Sewell at Serena & Lily

Chevron Throws at Horchow

Schooner Melamine Plates
Melamine Plates at West Elm

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Designer Crush

 I adore the style and aesthetic of designer Diane Bergeron. All the blues, fresh and happy spaces, I just love every image.

Gina Kates: Diane Bergeron  turquoise blue grasscloth wallpaper, white drapes with black ribbon ...

Suzie: Diane Bergeron  beachy cottage white & blue living room with white modern slipcovered ...

Suzie: Diane Bergeron  chic city living room with purple ikat French chair, chic white sofa, ...

Suzie: Diane Bergeron  bold blue & white chic living room design with blue grasscloth ...

Suzie: Diane Bergeron  blue & white office den design with blue walls paint color, blue velvet ...

Suzie: Diane Bergeron  Chic white & blue deck patio design with chocolate brown wicker outdoor ...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Dressing a Mantel

These days, decorating a mantel involves thinking out side the box as we have to work around flat screen tv's. Which makes me think of my lovely client who happens to have a wide mantel with a tv at one end and a need for color, height and personality. Nothing like a blog post to drum up more ideas, right?

Plant life, art, candles, ceramics, are you dressing your mantel these days?

Sep/Oct 2011
Image via Lonny Mag

living room
Image via House Beautiful

Image via Better Homes & Gardens

Mar/Apr 2011
Image via Lonny Mag

Dec 2010
Image via Lonny Mag

Image via House Beautiful

Image via DIY Network

Apr/May 2010
Image via Lonny Mag

Jun/Jul 2010
Image via Lonny Mag

Contemporary Country
Image via Better Homes & Gardens

Go Eclectic
Image via Better Homes & Gardens

yellow overall
Image via Better Homes & Gardens

Monday, March 26, 2012

Springy Tops

I shopped around this weekend for some spring things...tops are on my mind. Loose and flowy of course ~ lots of summery colors and pretty prints.

RD Style Racer Back Top

Pim + Larkin Cross Back Printed Tank

Michael Kors Peasant Top

Tinley Road Color Block Tank

Daniel Rainn Silk Blouse

Collective Concepts Tab Sleeve Top

Hive & Honey Striped Tunic

Monrow Dip Dye Basic Tank

Banana Republic Henley Tank

Yumi Kim Lizzie top

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Outdoor Looks

I spent the last few weeks dwelling over outdoor looks as Pat and I were trying to decide on patio furniture. There are so many different styles, but ultimately I had to think about the practicality and maintenance of materials.

These are images I loved.

Image via Coastal Living

The front of the house faces away from the street and toward the ocean. This enables a front porch seating area with optimal views, privacy, and best of all, no street noise.
Image via Southern Accents
Image via Coastal Living

Image via Coastal Living

Image via Coastal Living

We finally decided on the Carmel Collection from Restoration Hardware. Made up of rustproof metal, I felt that this would be easy to clean and maintain. I like the elegant looking "X" on the back of the furniture and the arm detailing.

For cushions I selected a natural/off white color for the sofa and arm chairs. With the fabric below I plan to have dining seat cushions and throw pillows made to vamp up the color and style. Here are the fabrics I am leaning towards {although I've changed it almost every day...}

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Pretty Packaging

My sister called me from the grocery store the other day to tell me that Lilly Pulitzer has teamed up with Barnum's Animal Crackers for special edition boxes. How adorable. Not only do I love clever branding and packaging, but these tastey crackers are a great treat, esepecially these days since I've been craving sweets.

Have you bumped in to these? I would love to find a few boxes!  

On another Lilly Pulitzer note, my friend had this fabulous top on the other day and it is such a great wardrobe staple. It comes in several bright colors, great for spring/summer.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Monday Inspiration

Simple, yet bold. 

Image via Decor Pad

Friday, March 16, 2012

A Delicious Dish

I have been trying to incorporate "meat free" nights for dinner, so what better then to try egg plant Parmesan? I got the recipe here at and tweaked a few things, but found over all it was a delicious meal -- and my husband was a happy camper!

What you need:

*3 eggplant, peeled and sliced in 1/4 inch pieces (I only used 2)
*2 eggs, beaten
*4 cups of Italian bread crumbs (I only used 2)
*6 cups of spaghetti sauce
*1 16 oz package of shredded mozzarella cheese (I used a fresh ball of mozzarella and sliced it up in small pieces)
*1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
*1/2 teaspoon dried basil (I used fresh basil)

What to do:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (I did 375 so the eggplant would be a little more crisp)
2. Sprinkle slices of eggplant with salt and let them sit for 30 minutes. Then rinse off salt and pat dry.
3. Dip eggplant slices in egg mixture, then in bread crumbs. Place on greased baking sheet and cook for 10 minutes on each side.
4. In a baking dish - any size works, spread a layer of spaghetti sauce to cover the bottom. Place a layer of eggplant slices and top with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Repeat with remaining ingredients, ending with the cheeses. Top with basil.
5. Bake in oven for 30 minutes - or until bubbly and browned.

I toasted italian bread and made penne to go with this dish...yum yum!

Maybe I'm still in the "newlywed" phase, but I still get excited about setting the table each night for my husband and I. I'm sure that will wear off once I'm sleep deprived and have kids running wild, but for now it's a bit of a "house proud" moment as Nate Berkus would say.

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