March 14, 2014

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happy friday.

i’m on my way to the city and i couldn’t be more excited.  i’ve had a bit of a melonchoic kind of week and change of scenery always helps.  i’m meeting up with the blogABLE gals that traveled to ethiopia this summer (the trip i didn’t end up going on decorated my heart in a beautiful way).  i cannot wait to meet these lovelies, FINALLY!  i know they are beautiful souls and i’m looking forward to a fun time and rich conversation.

ps- i’m loving this little hallway.  have always loved this wallpaper and that poster is right on!  i posted the kitchen from this home, earlier this week.  it’s all so good!

A FEW OF MY FAVES  THIS WEEK +

01 /  are you washing your face the right way?  surprise.  i wasn’t.  the face wash shown, is my fave + you can get it on sale here.

02 /   do you mind if your littles see you on the computer?  guilt be gone (after you read this).

03 /   what do you eat for lunch?  i’m always in a turkey sandwich stump.  how about these to un-stump?

04 /  a lovely  little something for st. patricks day.

05 / i’d like someone to make this for me this weekend.

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image via hege in france

March 13, 2014

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don’t you love a good staircase?  i do.  i think partly because i don’t have one.  i grew up in a ranch style home, and as far back as i can remember, i knew that i wanted a two story house when i grew up.  funny enough, i still live in that ranch i grew up in.  so for now, i just like to dream of cool staircases for my one day some day house.

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ever since i was little i wanted a spiral staircase.  don’t all little girls?  i feel like there was some show in the 80′s / 90′s where some girl had one?  maybe?  i can’t remember for sure, but i was for sure dreaming of one.

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i have a disco ball in my living room, now.  so why shouldn’t my next house have disco stairs in my next?

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these modern, yet delicate looks stairs are  a m a z i n g !

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and lastly, i have loved his staircase for a very long time.  i came across this image in the book, the family at home when i frist started blogging and i still can’t shake this design.

which style is your favorite?  do you have stairs in your home with an interesting design?  do you prefer two story or one story homes?  do tell!

p.s. how about colorful exterior stairs?  and, how cool would it be to have a  secret drawer in your stairs?

images / my scandinavian home / dust jacket / things on the internet that are pretty / moorbay / the family at home

March 7, 2014

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well, how do you do this week, lovelies?

we had a week of doing things like going to king burger in a snow storm (as in burger king, in which we found 2 hairs in one kids size french fries – eww ), driving an hour to cabella’s to see taxidermy animals, and watching way too much tv (kids screaming, “i want that, i want that” every time a commercial comes on – i suppose we will have to tv detox once its warm enough to leave our cave).  the ground is still white and the winds are still howling.  winter is still doing its thing here in the mid-west.

but, flowers lifted my spirits again.  on one of our drives we stopped into trader joes (which is no where near our house) and i had to grab a bouquet.  the photos are making me just as happy as the flowers themselves, actually.   rocco had fun shredding a few, but as i’m learning . . . there is beauty in the broken.

are you all surviving winter?  go ahead, rant and rave and tell me how you are surviving.  i’d love to know.

if you need to, take a drive, take a bath, pick up your favorite magazine, buy some flowers and light a tropical candle.  just don’t listen to your toddler when they say they want to go to king burger.  you might find out, like we did, that they only wanted to go for the chocolate milk?!!!!!

happy weekend!

ps- a few ways to beat the winter blues.

A FEW OF MY FAVES  THIS WEEK +

01 /  18 things highly creative people do differently.  do you consider yourself creative after reading this?

02 /  you now know how i feel about toast…naturally i was excited to see these toast recipes this week.

03 /  have you tried chia seed pudding?  after seeing it in giada’s book, its been on my mind.  i’m going for it this weekend.

04 /  do you use yoga apps?  here are some suggested ones if you are wanting to try like me.

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March 6, 2014

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this wallpaper!  i’ve been swooning over cupcakes + cashmere’s new powder room (below) for the past week.  mostly the wallpaper.  like, can’t get it out of my mind, it’s so gorgeous, i really want it, kind of swooning.

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the pattern is called dark floral and is by designer ellie cashman, who lives in the netherlands and is, clearly, inspired by all of the beautiful flowers there (must get to the netherlands – - on my to do list).

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this black and white beauty is called moonlight meadow black and it is pretty perfect.

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and, it’s no wonder . . . because, i’ve been loving this large scale floral pattern on mokkasin (one of my all time favorite homes!), for some time now, too.  this one is by mr. perswall.

what do you think?
would you use a large floral pattern in your home?  what room would you put it in?

images / ellie cashman designcupcakes + cashmere / mokkasin

March 3, 2014

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hi lovelies…..just a little thought for your monday!

i’m not a fan of endings (unless it is a 973 page book that i’ve labored over or a day that has been hurried and harried and covered in peanut butter and jelly).  i usually tend to see endings in a most melancholy way.  but, what if endings are really just beginnings in disguise?  i understand the thought might not work on every this or that, but… if you think about it, it might mend your thoughts just a bit and perhaps even put a little hope in your heart for the possibility of a new beginning.  if you are at an end and find that your eyes are a little blurry and your heart is finding hope foreign or forgotten, don’t be alarmed because endings, especially really big ones, can feel that way (perhaps with big endings, come big beginnings).  sometimes you just need someone to come along side of you and stand there with you.  and, over time, you will begin to feel a little less foggy and the idea of a beginning won’t frustrate or frighten you.  it will be strange, but you may find it might just excite you.

if you are at an end, then i hope these words will stand beside you and stick with you and drop a little hope in your heart.