30 November 2011

Happy Birthday, Sam Clemens

I was thrilled to open up Google today to see their clever panoramic pic of Tom Sawyer whitewashing a fence. Click. It's Mark Twain's 176th birthday. I don't need to say anything more- I'm sure you'll agree that he's one of America's all-time greatest authors. His wit not only entertained readers but it also attracted the likes of those who would be celebrities in our day and age-- Helen Keller and Booker T. Washington. 

24 November 2011

Counting My Blessings

I am thankful for my husband, who brings me joy and makes life worthwhile.

20 November 2011

Lizzie Carney: French Chateau Style

J'Adore! From being featured on the Nate Berkus show to the pages of Country Living magazine, Lizzie Carney's 1930s bungalow seems to be making the rounds in the design world. Her 1,000 square foot home is tiny but soooo well done--- who needs more space anyway???

Tiny indeed. But she had enough space to create a to-die-for dressing room- the tufted ottoman, the chandelier, the heavy gold frames- all so romantic!

How creative is it to use an otherwise icky basement for a wine cellar? Lizzie lined the walls with old wine crates, salvaged a couple of gorgeous old chairs and made this space an unbelievable place to entertain.

A peacock on the top of the fridge inspired the colors in this little kitchen. The turquoise and hot pink just pop!  

In her living room, Lizzie combines contemporary furnishings, like the couch and table lamp, with antiques of different textures and shades of brown. The chocolate velvet armchair with the reclaimed wood table somehow just works.

The serene palate of grays and soft pink make this bedroom a perfect spot to relax...and every room seems to have an amazing chandelier!

So, where does she get all of the unique furniture and the gorgeous lighting fixtures? Lizzie is lucky enough to be a designer for Euro Trash, a "wholesale distributor of vintage and antique items imported from France, Holland and Belgium." Even if I had the ambition, style and l'argent to redecorate, I guess a few trips to Home Goods still wouldn't even come close to getting me the Lizzy Carney- look.

Be sure to check out the Euro Trash gallery - The little stone cottage is Restoration Hardware meets Ralph Lauren Home. So beautiful!

11 November 2011

Honoring Those Who Serve

"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms.
It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die."
-G.K. Chesterton

04 November 2011

Happy Friday!

Kate Spade 2012 Spring Collection
Tim Melideo Photography

02 November 2011

Pop and Bling!

Loving the purple tights! And the statement necklace!