Saturday, December 25, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Have a Golden Christmas...


Tonight is Christmas Eve for my hubby and I... he is a shift worker and as such will be working during Christmas Eve and Day. So this evening we'll be curling up with some childhood favorite Christmas movies and assorted niblits of deliciousness! And tomorrow we will stuff our turkey, sip some champagne, and open presents...

Merry Christmas to you all!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Natural Holiday Decor...


Some of the loveliest holiday decorations I've seen this season come straight from nature...


And such a simple but elegant way to embellish your gifts...


Are all your presents bought and wrapped yet? I'm shamefully behind, but hopefully these images will inspire me to get myself in gear! Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Cold Winter's Night...


My hubby and I are snuggled under wool blankets in front of our Christmas tree right now, enjoying some down time...hope you're all equally warm and snug on this cold winter's night!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Holiday Simplicity...


There is beauty in simplicity...


Happy Monday to you all!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I'm dreaming of a new home...


My husband and I impulsively fell in love with a property in the country...come May 2nd we will be the proud owners of 90 acres, a sweet little country house and the most spectacular view! To say that I'm excited would be a giant understatement...my happiest moments are spent daydreaming about what colors to paint the walls and how to arrange the furniture. I wish we were spending this holiday season in that cozy little house with the real wood stove in the kitchen, but for now I will have to satisfy my decor lust with preparatory mood boards! Here's the inspiration for the kitchen greatroom... 


Hope you're all having a wonderful week!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Snow falling...

Today's snowfall inspired a wonderful palette of white...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Why not be creative...

There are so many ways to add something unexpected to your decor...

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Living With Books...

There are so many beautiful ways to live with books, but I particularly love it when people find creative ways to store their literary treasures...

Monday, September 13, 2010

Teesters, Daybeds and Crowns, oh my!

I am currently obsessed with finding a vintage teester or, to use a less bizarre sounding term, a bed crown. There are a decent amount of new ones you can order online from various sources, but I don't think anything can ever compare to the authentic texture of the real vintage find. Right now that first half crown teester is the absolute best version I have ever seen, and I have dreams of finding some great wood or metal crown, slicing it in half and creating my own royal bed chamber. Probably not very likely, but perhaps I may happen across some old curved architectural element that could be adapted for the same purposes. 

I also like like the look of these more boxy designs which would likely be easier to create on your own with some moldings and trim from the local hardware store. With some elbow grease, a bit of paint and a lot of creativity maybe your bed could look like this...
Both of those previous images also have gorgeous daybeds, another obsession of mine. I love the relaxed yet elegant atmosphere a cozy daybed can create in an unexpected spot. Of course, most of the daybeds you'll come across today are the mass produced metal variety (usually black), but what I long for is the beautifully constructed and carved wooden creation...
Isn't this a wonderful surprise in a sitting area? So much better than an everyday couch!
And this sublime arrangement just makes me want to spend the whole day with a cup of tea and a favorite book. Honestly, I don't think I'd ever want to leave. How about you?