Wishing you a happy and blessed Easter!

Happy Easter!!   

We are back from a very busy week (but fun)….and I am looking forward to a day of rest today, and a chance to visit all my favorite blogs and who knows…maybe even staying in my pj’s a good part of the day! A short and sweet post today. If you haven’t entered the contest for the wonderful Madhouse paper goods for a service for 8, click here you must leave a comment on that post. Winner to be announced tomorrow.
And a few gorgeous blue and white Easter inspiration pictures courtesy of Martha Stewart. Enjoy your special day and be back tomorrow with a wonderful post that I know everyone is going to enjoy.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day and a very happy Easter!!

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Wishing you a happy and blessed Easter!


Happy Easter!!? ?

We are back from a very busy week (but fun)….and I am looking forward to a day of rest today, and a chance to visit all my favorite blogs and who knows…maybe even staying in my pj’s a good part of the day! A short and sweet post today. If you haven’t entered the contest for the wonderful Madhouse paper goods for a service for 8, click here you must leave a comment on that post. Winner to be announced tomorrow.
And a few gorgeous blue and white Easter inspiration pictures courtesy of Martha Stewart. Enjoy your special day and be back tomorrow with a wonderful post that I know everyone is going to enjoy.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day and a very happy Easter!!

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Three cheers for Cherry blossoms and a giveaway!!

Hi there! I have sooooo missed being in blogland, making my rounds and really missed all my readers! My little getaway was wonderful and I came back to an overflowing mailbox, and lots of orders to get out. No rest for the weary…but I love every minute:) We are off again later today on a mini road trip for the next three days to do some college visits so I am thrilled to share with you a post I had put together a week or so ago, I will be back on Sunday and just in case I do not have the chance to post want to wish everyone a very happy Easter! Next week…..everything goes back to normal!

I looooove cherry blossoms. I can still remember the first time we attended a cherry blossom festival in Washington DC when I was a kid, I was totally transfixed in a way I cannot quite explain. As a young girl, we were also in Japan for the cherry blossom festival and have lots of pictures of my sister and I standing against natures most spectacular backdrop. Perhaps this was the very beginning of my love for flowers and nature in general, without my even knowing it. They are as beautiful and elegant as they are dramatic. Only downside is that they don’t last as long as would be ideal (forever would be ideal).

I  have searched high and low for a very realistic looking cherry blossom and finally found them! I am soon going to be offering them  on  my online site,  under new arrivals. These blossoms are exceptional! Best part, they really do last forever!!

 I am also offering up a wonderful giveaway from Madhouse by Michael Aram, the maker of beautiful and sophisticated melamine and paper dinnerware.  Love the line….all details below.

 So first a look at all the beautiful ways cherry blossoms can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors……..

 Simply breathtaking! The public Asian

 Japan cherry blossom festival, Artsonearth
 DC in all its cherry blossom glory! Jennings and Gates

 Nothing quite like the wow factor that cherry blossoms always bring to a table! Theknot

 Walking underneath a huge canopy of cherry blossoms is like walking down heavens path…….

Florie Hupert

 Stunning cherry blossom inspired wallpaper in this gorgeous bathroom is so fresh, Houzz

WOW!!! Themetapicture.com
 They certainly make a beautiful wedding cake! The cake girls

What room doesnt’ look instantly spectacular with a huge spray of cherry blossoms?

Love them as inspiration for beautiful cookies, Callmecupcake.com

Preston Bailey has proven over and over again he knows how to create total fairytales out of flowers!

 And can a party table look any prettier than one set with an explosion of cherry blossoms? Collection 26

 Love the idea of spring-y dinnerware with a cherry blossom theme, Macys

 Against the all white, the effect of the pale pink blossoms is simply breathtaking! Elizabeth

 Stunning cherry blossoms cake Let them eat cake
 Cherry blossom festival in Tokyo, Japan

They make a lovely card even lovelier….Mujka
Bellaink
Adore this bathroom! So elegant and refreshing with the pink cherry blossom paper!
How incredible are these etched glasses with cherry blossoms!! I love them! Branca

Wow…..this just takes my breath away! Calligraphy by Jennifer

Now to show I practice what I preach, here they are in my own home………….

Love them! They add such elegance and a bit of drama to any room they are used in. The height does magic…….I love real of course but a good faux is hard to beat as they last forever! How about you? Do you love them as much as I do?

Now onto this wonderful giveaway from The Madhouse Collection by Michael Aram . The giveaway is for a dinnerware setting for 8. They make beautiful papergoods and melamine dinnerware, looks really expensive but the prices are amazing! Their designs are simply gorgeous, so unique and really sophisticated. The lucky winner will get to choose their pattern. I will announce a winner on Monday. To enter simply visit Madhouse by clicking here, come back and tell me your favorite collection. Simple as that. So much to love!

Good luck and thanks as always for stopping in! Thanks Madhouse for your giveaway.  Hope alls well over in your corner of the world and once again wishing everyone a happy and healthy Easter!

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Three cheers for Cherry blossoms and a giveaway!!

Hi there! I have sooooo missed being in blogland, making my rounds and really missed all my readers! My little getaway was wonderful and I came back to an overflowing mailbox, and lots of orders to get out. No rest for the weary…but I love every minute:) We are off again later today on a mini road trip for the next three days to do some college visits so I am thrilled to share with you a post I had put together a week or so ago, I will be back on Sunday and just in case I do not have the chance to post want to wish everyone a very happy Easter! Next week…..everything goes back to normal!

I looooove cherry blossoms. I can still remember the first time we attended a cherry blossom festival in Washington DC when I was a kid, I was totally transfixed in a way I cannot quite explain. As a young girl, we were also in Japan for the cherry blossom festival and have lots of pictures of my sister and I standing against natures most spectacular backdrop. Perhaps this was the very beginning of my love for flowers and nature in general, without my even knowing it. They are as beautiful and elegant as they are dramatic. Only downside is that they don’t last as long as would be ideal (forever would be ideal).

I? have searched high and low for a very realistic looking cherry blossom and finally found them! I am soon going to be offering them? on? my online site,? under new arrivals. These blossoms are exceptional! Best part, they really do last forever!!

?I am also offering up a wonderful giveaway from Madhouse by Michael Aram, the maker of beautiful and sophisticated melamine and paper dinnerware.? Love the line….all details below.

?So first a look at all the beautiful ways cherry blossoms can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors……..

?Simply breathtaking! The public Asian

?Japan cherry blossom festival, Artsonearth
?DC in all its cherry blossom glory! Jennings and Gates

?Nothing quite like the wow factor that cherry blossoms always bring to a table! Theknot

?Walking underneath a huge canopy of cherry blossoms is like walking down heavens path…….

?
Florie Hupert

?Stunning cherry blossom inspired wallpaper in this gorgeous bathroom is so fresh, Houzz

WOW!!! Themetapicture.com
?They certainly make a beautiful wedding cake! The cake girls

What room doesnt’ look instantly spectacular with a huge spray of cherry blossoms?

Love them as inspiration for beautiful cookies, Callmecupcake.com

Preston Bailey has proven over and over again he knows how to create total fairytales out of flowers!

?And can a party table look any prettier than one set with an explosion of cherry blossoms? Collection 26

?Love the idea of spring-y dinnerware with a cherry blossom theme, Macys

?Against the all white, the effect of the pale pink blossoms is simply breathtaking! Elizabeth

?Stunning cherry blossoms cake Let them eat cake
?Cherry blossom festival in Tokyo, Japan

They make a lovely card even lovelier….Mujka
Bellaink
Adore this bathroom! So elegant and refreshing with the pink cherry blossom paper!
How incredible are these etched glasses with cherry blossoms!! I love them! Branca

Wow…..this just takes my breath away! Calligraphy by Jennifer

Now to show I practice what I preach, here they are in my own home………….

Love them! They add such elegance and a bit of drama to any room they are used in. The height does magic…….I love real of course but a good faux is hard to beat as they last forever! How about you? Do you love them as much as I do?

Now onto this wonderful giveaway from The Madhouse Collection by Michael Aram . The giveaway is for a dinnerware setting for 8. They make beautiful papergoods and melamine dinnerware, looks really expensive but the prices are amazing! Their designs are simply gorgeous, so unique and really sophisticated. The lucky winner will get to choose their pattern. I will announce a winner on Monday. To enter simply visit Madhouse by clicking here, come back and tell me your favorite collection. Simple as that. So much to love!

Good luck and thanks as always for stopping in! Thanks Madhouse for your giveaway.? Hope alls well over in your corner of the world and once again wishing everyone a happy and healthy Easter!


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Bloggers beautiful abodes…Mary Ann of Classic Casual Home

 Sure hope this posts on time as I scheduled this for Monday morning while I am away. I  am being featured over at Amy Vermillion’s blog today for her “Whats on my nightstand” posts…such a fun idea! Hope you will come visit me there after reading this post. Click here to visit.

Good morning! Time for another  round of “Bloggers beautiful abodes” and have I got a treat for you! So sit back and savor that cup of coffee or tea and enjoy this post full of beauty and wisdom.  Say hello to super talented……..

                                     
Mary Ann is an uber talented  Newport Beach, California based designer (if she wasn’t so sweet it would be easy to hate her for being lucky enough to live that California dream). She is always doing something gorgeous whether in her own beautiful home or adding her touches to  her friends ……and trust me they ALL look right out of the pages of your favorite design magazine! 

She has totally nailed the elegant coastal vibe to perfection and I am a huge fan of her work and her blog. Whether she is redoing a guest room, prepping for the most beautiful taco night I have ever seen or planning a little fete in her home…rest assured its something you want to see and take notes on!  Her blog is one I simply do not miss. Period. I feel like we are friends and know we would be fast friends if we ever meet  If you don’t know of her, be sure you head over to say hello and by all means sign up…..her blog is a total keeper. Enough of me, lets hear from wonderful Mary Ann………

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Thank you, Tina, for inviting me to tell 
you and your “enchanting readers” 
a bit about our home in 
Newport Beach, California. 
It’s small, as many homes 
are on Lido Isle
(the island below on the right)
but we can walk or ride bikes 
to the beach.  

See the patch of grass on the sand?  
That is the playground for the grammar school where our son attended.
He always came home with sand in his shoes!


1. How long have you been in your present home?  Is this it for the long haul? Anything you would care to change if you could?

It’s a 1950’s cottage that we remodeled and moved into two and a half years ago.
I’m not sure we’ll stay here forever. 
The people inside the home are what’s important to me,
but this would be a comfortable place “for the long haul.”  

If I could change anything, I wish we had more of a foyer…but there just isn’t room.  
I do love our dutch door.

2. If you could only live in two rooms of your house, which two would be the ones?

My bedroom because I like to be lazy and
our patio has been nice to relax in lately.



3. How would you describe your decorating style?

Casual with a little French 
and classic elegance.


Both the child’s corner chair and fireplace screen 
were bought at flea markets in France.

4. Do you have a favorite color scheme? What is it?

I don’t really have a favorite color combination.  In my own home, I like a white backdrop so I can play with color.  I do enjoy doing all neutral interiors for others who prefer it though.
Same chairs two ways.




5. Favorite room of your house and why?

Right now, it’s our guest room since I just finished it for the One Room Challenge. I stenciled the wall myself…a major feat for a non-do-it-yourselfer (but it only costed about $35).


6. Best two tips you can give to anyone looking to tackle the decorating of their own home?   

  • Hire a decorator (through referrals), even to use just as a sounding board.  He/she can help keep you on track with your goals and budget.  If that’s not an option enlist a friend who’s taste you admire.
  • Start files on Pinterest, Houzz and from magazines.  When you start to see common threads in your images, you will begin to understand your style preferences.

Best two things to NOT do?

  • Don’t get in over your head doing work like electrical or plumbing that is better left for the professionals
  • Don’t be afraid to try things…move your furniture around, mix it up (I might go a little overboard here 🙂

7. What do you think are the most important features for a kitchen?

My husband would say it’s his stove since he loves to cook.
I like the storage in our pantry and that I can use the appliances in there and keep our counters clear.


 8.How do you like to dress up a cocktail table and console in a living room?


With books, trays, plants…
Or coral.



9.Any advice on the subject of lighting?


Dimmers, especially on overhead lighting.  
Layer with task lighting wherever you might want to read and also for ambiance.

10. Have a favorite paint color? Do tell!

I have this Benjamin Moore White Dove 
on walls throughout my house.  



11. What are a couple of really simple inexpensive things you can do in your home to make it feel “homey” and inviting?


Fruit (the lemons are from our tree), 
flowers and candles!



12. Fill in the blank- If money was no object, the very first thing I would buy for my home would be…


 beautiful, antique Persian rug in muted tones for the living room.  Ah…someday.

Thanks so much for having me over, Tina!!!

Best wishes,
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Is she good or is she good? Mary Ann……..I never tire of seeing your beautiful and welcoming  home. It is just so warm, elegant and beautifully put together and that guest room must have been done with me in mind so pencil me in for June 🙂 By the way….that taco night I mentioned, well here it is……..don’t know about you but in my casa, taco night does not look like this:)

And check out the bridal  shower she threw…..are you available for my birthday in December?

Love these tomato caprese appetizers that she made……

 Thanks to everyone for stopping in and to Mary Ann for opening up her gorgeous abode for us all to marvel over! Be sure to stop over and say hello to the lovely Mary Ann, click here.

If you want to check out  my guest post over at Amy Vermillion’s blog (and I do hope you will) click here.

Thanks for stopping in…have a wonderful Monday!

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Bloggers beautiful abodes…Mary Ann of Classic Casual Home

?Sure hope this posts on time as I scheduled this for Monday morning while I am away. I ?am being featured over at Amy Vermillion’s?blog today for her “Whats on my nightstand” posts…such a fun idea! Hope you will come visit me there after reading this post. Click here to visit.

Good morning! Time for another? round of “Bloggers beautiful abodes” and have I got a treat for you! So sit back and savor that cup of coffee or tea and enjoy this post full of beauty and wisdom. ?Say hello to super talented……..

???????????????????????????? ????????
Mary Ann is an uber talented? Newport Beach, California based designer (if she wasn’t so sweet it would be easy to hate her for being lucky enough to live that California dream). She is always doing something gorgeous whether in her own beautiful home or adding her touches to ?her friends ……and trust me they ALL look right out of the pages of your favorite design magazine!?

She has totally nailed the elegant coastal vibe to perfection and I am a huge fan of her work and her blog. Whether she is redoing a guest room, prepping for the most beautiful taco night I have ever seen or planning a little fete in her home…rest assured its something you want to see and take notes on!? Her blog is one I simply do not miss. Period. I feel like we are friends and know we would be fast friends if we ever meet ?If you don’t know of her, be sure you head over to say hello and by all means sign up…..her blog is a total keeper. Enough of me, lets hear from wonderful Mary Ann………

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Thank you, Tina, for inviting me to tell?
you and your?“enchanting readers”?
a bit about our home in?
Newport Beach, California.?
It’s small, as many homes?
are on Lido Isle
(the island below on the right)
but we can walk or ride bikes?
to the beach. ?

See the patch of grass on the sand? ?
That is the playground for the grammar school where our son attended.
He always came home with sand in his shoes!


1. How long have you been in your present home?? Is this it for the long haul? Anything you would care to change if you could?

It’s a 1950’s cottage that we remodeled and moved into two and a half years ago.
I’m not sure we’ll stay here forever.?
The people inside the home are what’s important to me,
but this would be a comfortable place “for the long haul.” ?

If I could change anything, I wish we had more of a foyer…but there just isn’t room. ?
I do love our dutch door.

2.?If you could only live in two rooms of your house, which two would be the ones?

My bedroom because I like to be lazy and
our patio has been nice to relax in lately.



3. How would you describe your decorating style?

Casual with a little French?
and?classic elegance.


Both the child’s corner chair and?fireplace screen?
were bought at flea markets in France.

4. Do you have a favorite color scheme? What is it?

I don’t really have a favorite color combination. ?In my own home, I like a white backdrop so I can play with color. ?I do enjoy doing all neutral interiors for others who prefer it though.
Same chairs two ways.




5. Favorite room of your house and why?

Right now, it’s our guest room since I just finished it for the?One Room Challenge. I stenciled the wall myself…a major feat for a non-do-it-yourselfer (but it only costed about $35).


6. Best two tips you can give to anyone looking to tackle the decorating of their own home? ??

  • Hire a decorator (through referrals), even to use just as a sounding board. ?He/she can help keep you on track with your goals and budget. ?If that’s not an option enlist a friend who’s taste you admire.
  • Start files on Pinterest, Houzz and from magazines. ?When you start to see common threads in your images, you will begin to understand your style preferences.

Best two things to NOT do?

  • Don’t get in over your head doing work like electrical or plumbing that is better left for the professionals
  • Don’t be afraid to try things…move your furniture around, mix it up (I might go a little overboard here 🙂

7. What do you think are the most important features for a kitchen?

My husband would say it’s his stove since he loves to cook.
I like the storage in our pantry and that I can use the appliances in there and keep our counters clear.


?8.How do you like to dress up a cocktail table and console in a living room?


With books, trays, plants…
Or coral.



9.Any advice on the subject of lighting?


Dimmers, especially on overhead lighting. ?
Layer with task lighting wherever you might want to read and also for ambiance.

10. Have a favorite paint color? Do tell!

I have this Benjamin Moore White Dove?
on walls throughout my house. ?



11. What are a couple of really simple inexpensive things you can do in your home to make it?feel “homey” and inviting?


Fruit (the lemons are from our tree),?
flowers and candles!



12.?Fill in the blank- If money was no object, the very first thing?I would buy for my home would be…


?a?beautiful, antique Persian rug in muted tones for the living room. ?Ah…someday.

Thanks so much for having me over, Tina!!!

Best wishes,
______________________

Is she good or is she good? Mary Ann……..I never tire of seeing your beautiful and welcoming? home. It is just so warm, elegant and beautifully put together and that guest room must have been done with me in mind so pencil me in for June 🙂 By the way….that taco night I mentioned, well here it is……..don’t know about you but in my casa, taco night does not look like this:)

And check out the bridal? shower she threw…..are you available for my birthday in December?

Love these tomato caprese appetizers that she made……

?Thanks to everyone for stopping in and to Mary Ann for opening up her gorgeous abode for us all to marvel over! Be sure to stop over and say hello to the lovely Mary Ann, click here.

If you want to check out? my guest post over at Amy Vermillion’s blog (and I do hope you will) click here.

Thanks for stopping in…have a wonderful Monday!

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Pretty posts to ponder……..and a winner!

This post was found in my draft box (not the first time). With all these beautiful posts so worth sharing, it would have been tragic for this to not post, which worked out like a charm given that I did not have ample time to prepare my late musings post for this week…….so enjoy!

Here is the lucky winner for the wonderful Judith August set. Congrats goes to…..

Those vanity jars are to die for! I know I cannot afford them, though. Lots of lovely things here. I am excited to learn about Judith August; I had not known about her products before. I would love to win the Killer Cover Kit but I also really like the Everything Pencils and the August Minerals Finishing Powder Translucent. Thanks for pointing the way to her site!

ReplyDelete

Congratulations! Please contact me here to give me your shipping details so this can be on its way! 

I will have much more to say towards the end of the week but I am going to be traveling for the next four days so this is going to have to suffice! A few things, two hot hot items that sold out almost immediately are finally back in stock! I got the beautiful flower bowl back in stock (limited quantities) for those of you who were waiting, click here to see on online store.

Also was lucky enough to get my hands on another 6 of this bag, that sold out literally within hours!! (they will be to me by Wed)  I LOVE this bag!! Click here to see it at my online store.

And if spring ever decides to come this way, this is the first bag I will be using!

 I was trying to get my late musings post finished in time but alas this week has not allowed for much extra time and I am going to be away for the next four days so this was the perfect post, and besides its  high time for another round of “posts to ponder”. I like to every now and then share with you some posts that for one reason or another really resonated with me and were designated as “keepers”.  I also like to add one of my own that I really liked putting together. I have soooo many more so this is a smidgeon and you can be sure I will share more again in the future! Its always fun to look back on posts that caught my eye for one reason or another, and always wonderful to give recognition to the talented bloggers who put this together.

Well suffice to say, each of these is absolutely worth a look (and a second and third one in my opinion). It could take years I kid you not to go through all the blogs and posts, so consider this the express lane on a super highway to get straight to the top and to  some of the best! Hope you will visit them and let them know if you feel the same way by leaving a comment to say hi and let them know if you enjoyed their post…its always wonderful validation for us bloggers to hear from our readers. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back relax and enjoy!!

BELLE VIVIR….be forewarned you will want to head to Rome after seeing this lovely post!

SLIM PALEY…and sorry but this will have you yearning to head in another direction, to picturesque Newport!
THE FRENCH TANGERINE….love this inspiration and gorgeousness from Mary Louise Drysdale!
PARTY RESOURCES…if this doesnt’ get you dreaming of plans for an outdoor picnic, don’t know what will!

ACQUIRED OBJECTS…Think this is every man’s “dream birthday”!
HELLO LOVELY….this is what a posh girls weekend looks like when you throw 3 gorgeous ladies into the mix!
SAVOR HOME…..Fruit crostada? How good does this look!!
PRIVET AND HOLLY…YOU must take out two minutes to read this, I PROMISE you will be glad you did.
VINTAGE MULBERRY….A fabulous post on uber talented designer, Dan Carithers (one of my faves)
BRUNCH AT SAKS….how spectacular is this ladies lunch!
PINE CONES AND ACORNS….Never have I wanted to escape to a charming rustic remote cabin, as much as I did after reading this……gotta find me some family in the midwest!
THE ENCHANTED HOME….tantilizing table settings! Makes me want to have a party!
SPLENDID SASS….Stunning hallways, if you missed it, you must see all this hallway fabulousness!

MARCUS DESIGN…Spring forward, this is sooo beautiful!
BOTTOM OF THE IRONING BASKET…This has me dreaming of opening up my own little shop!
INTERIOR DESIGN MUSINGS…Don’t you just love a great before and after? This one rocks!
HOMEBUNCH….fabulous mostly coastal inspired interior design ideas!
STONE GABLE…No one knows how to throw a shower quite like Yvonne!
HOME IS WHERE THE BOAT IS….talk about boating in style!
ALEXANDRACOOKS….This is just simply gorgeous and an excellent tutorial!
DESIGN CHIC….I am crazy for boxwood and this posts just reinforced the love.
CASTLES, CROWNS AND COTTAGES…absolutely stunning post, “I am my mothers daughter”
CLASSIC CASUAL HOME….Never seen a prettier bridal shower, and its in blue and white to boot!
OK blame it on me if you are feeling like something sweet, want to redo your entire yard, give your house a complete makeover, throw a dinner party for 24 , plan an outdoor  picnic or want to take an extravagant trip! That is the idea behind a post…….to inspire and share the beauty and wisdom.  I hope you will visit them, truly they are all spectacular, I have a lot more to share in my next Posts to Ponder, and I feel that when something is great, it never gets old…hence why I really enjoy going back on old posts and sharing them with you.
Enjoy and happy reading! Thanks for stopping in, be back at the end of the week!
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Pretty posts to ponder……..and a winner!


This post was found in my draft box (not the first time). With all these beautiful posts so worth sharing, it would have been tragic for this to not post, which worked out like a charm given that I did not have ample time to prepare my late musings post for this week…….so enjoy!

Here is the lucky winner for the wonderful Judith August set. Congrats goes to…..

Those vanity jars are to die for! I know I cannot afford them, though. Lots of lovely things here. I am excited to learn about Judith August; I had not known about her products before. I would love to win the Killer Cover Kit but I also really like the Everything Pencils and the August Minerals Finishing Powder Translucent. Thanks for pointing the way to her site!

ReplyDelete

Congratulations! Please contact me here to give me your shipping details so this can be on its way!?

I will have much more to say towards the end of the week but I am going to be traveling for the next four days so this is going to have to suffice! A few things, two hot hot items that sold out almost immediately are finally back in stock! I got the beautiful flower bowl back in stock (limited quantities) for those of you who were waiting, click here to see on online store.

Also was lucky enough to get my hands on another 6 of this bag, that sold out literally within hours!! (they will be to me by Wed)? I LOVE this bag!! Click here to see it at my online store.

And if spring ever decides to come this way, this is the first bag I will be using!

?I was trying to get my late musings post finished in time but alas this week has not allowed for much extra time and I am going to be away for the next four days so this was the perfect post, and besides its? high time for another round of “posts to ponder”. I like to every now and then share with you some posts that for one reason or another really resonated with me and were designated as “keepers”.? I also like to add one of my own that I really liked putting together. I have soooo many more so this is a smidgeon and you can be sure I will share more again in the future! Its always fun to look back on posts that caught my eye for one reason or another, and always wonderful to give recognition to the talented bloggers who put this together.

Well suffice to say, each of these is absolutely worth a look (and a second and third one in my opinion). It could take years I kid you not to go through all the blogs and posts, so consider this the express lane on a super highway to get straight to the top and to ?some of the best! Hope you will visit them and let them know if you feel the same way by leaving a comment to say hi and let them know if you enjoyed their post…its always wonderful validation for us bloggers to hear from our readers. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back relax and enjoy!!

BELLE VIVIR….be forewarned you will want to head to Rome after seeing this lovely post!

SLIM PALEY…and sorry but this will have you yearning to head in another direction, to picturesque Newport!
THE FRENCH TANGERINE….love this inspiration and gorgeousness from Mary Louise Drysdale!
PARTY RESOURCES…if this doesnt’ get you dreaming of plans for an outdoor picnic, don’t know what will!

ACQUIRED OBJECTS…Think this is every man’s “dream birthday”!
HELLO LOVELY….this is what a posh girls weekend looks like when you throw 3 gorgeous ladies into the mix!
SAVOR HOME…..Fruit crostada? How good does this look!!
PRIVET AND HOLLY…YOU must take out two minutes to read this, I PROMISE you will be glad you did.
VINTAGE MULBERRY….A fabulous post on uber talented designer, Dan Carithers (one of my faves)
BRUNCH AT SAKS….how spectacular is this ladies lunch!
PINE CONES AND ACORNS….Never have I wanted to escape to a charming rustic remote cabin, as much as I did after reading this……gotta find me some family in the midwest!
THE ENCHANTED HOME….tantilizing table settings! Makes me want to have a party!
SPLENDID SASS….Stunning hallways, if you missed it, you must see all this hallway fabulousness!

MARCUS DESIGN…Spring forward, this is sooo beautiful!
BOTTOM OF THE IRONING BASKET…This has me dreaming of opening up my own little shop!
INTERIOR DESIGN MUSINGS…Don’t you just love a great before and after? This one rocks!
HOMEBUNCH….fabulous mostly coastal inspired interior design ideas!
STONE GABLE…No one knows how to throw a shower quite like Yvonne!
HOME IS WHERE THE BOAT IS….talk about boating in style!
ALEXANDRACOOKS….This is just simply gorgeous and an excellent tutorial!
DESIGN CHIC….I am crazy for boxwood and this posts just reinforced the love.
CASTLES, CROWNS AND COTTAGES…absolutely stunning post, “I am my mothers daughter”
CLASSIC CASUAL HOME….Never seen a prettier bridal shower, and its in blue and white to boot!
OK blame it on me if you are feeling like something sweet, want to redo your entire yard, give your house a complete makeover, throw a dinner party for 24 , plan an outdoor? picnic or want to take an extravagant trip! That is the idea behind a post…….to inspire and share the beauty and wisdom.? I hope you will visit them, truly they are all spectacular, I have a lot more to share in my next Posts to Ponder, and I feel that when something is great, it never gets old…hence why I really enjoy going back on old posts and sharing them with you.
Enjoy and happy reading! Thanks for stopping in, be back at the end of the week!
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Architect spotlight: Andrew Skurman Architects

Hi everyone! You are in for a mega treat today, so grab another cup of coffee, get those Pinterest fingers ready for some a serious workout and sit back and enjoy! When I discovered this architectural firm, Andrew Skurman Architects,  a few years ago I  was admittedly,  totally smitten. Their body of work is just amaizng with a capital A. So much so that we briefly thought of hiring them for our own house but decided to go with a NY based architect whose work we also were a huge fan of and just logistically having a local architect made sense on many levels. 
 
Andrew Skurman Associates however is a pretty “rock my world'” kind of a firm and I think you would be hard pressed to find someone who is not totally in love with their work. They specialize in all the classical architectural traditions of French, Georgian, Neoclassical, Mediterranean, and country homes. There work is widespread and has graced countless magazine covers and pages.  Andrew Skurman opened his namesake firm in 1992 and is based in San Francisco. They are full service, meaning they start a project from the ground up all the way to the finishing of the interiors.  So today, no narrative, I will allow the pictures to do all the talking…enjoy the show!! I know Pinterest is going to be a busy place today! 
 
 

 

 

 
Now pick your jaw up off the floor and tell me what you think about this uber talented architect! Pretty mind blowing wouldn’t you say. I am amazed at how well versed they are in all disciplines, from the most formal French manor house to the lakeside Italian villa to a country clapboard home…..they are all done so well. I love the fact that you can see the details are their signature, and we all know its the details that “make it”. So tell me, have a favorite? Wishing you a fabulous Thursday!
 
 
 
 
Also if you have not entered the Judith August giveaway (will announce a winner on Sat) by all means, don’t miss out!! Here are the details….
 
 
 One lucky winner is going to get this fabulous set of makeup to the stars, The Killer Cover kit (with a name like that you know it delivers)!. All you need to do is leave a comment on the post where I first announced it, after visiting her site and telling us a product you would love to have. Click here to visit her site and here to leave the comment.
 

Want a second chance….. leave a message on her Facebook page. Click here to visit her at Facebook. I will announce a winner on Saturday morning!

The Killer Cover Kit was designed as a singular solution to covering the most difficult discolorations.

Killer Cover? Total Blockout Makeup
Designed to cover your largest and darkest age spots.

  • Based on theatrical make up, this special formula succeeds where traditional concealers fail.
  • Five-Color wheel allows You to Custom Blend & Match Your Skin Tone
  • Water proof & lasts all day until you decide to remove it
August Minerals? Finishing Powder: Translucent
All-natural mineral powder sets and finishes your camouflage makeup.

  • Natural SPF
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Non-irritating
Killer Cleanser?
The perfect makeup remover for all types of makeup especially camouflage makeup

  • Contains Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil & Vitamin E
  • Leaves skin feeling soft and clean
  • For All Skin Types 

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Architect spotlight: Andrew Skurman Architects

Hi everyone! You are in for a mega treat today, so grab another cup of coffee, get those Pinterest fingers ready for some a serious workout and sit back and enjoy! When I discovered this architectural firm, Andrew Skurman Architects,? a few years ago I? was admittedly,? totally smitten. Their body of work is just amaizng with a capital A. So much so that we briefly thought of hiring them for our own house but decided to go with a NY based architect whose work we also were a huge fan of and just logistically having a local architect made sense on many levels.?

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Andrew Skurman Associates however is a pretty “rock my world'” kind of a firm and I think you would be hard pressed to find someone who is not totally in love with their work. They specialize in all the classical architectural traditions of French, Georgian, Neoclassical, Mediterranean, and country homes. There work is widespread and has graced countless magazine covers and pages.? Andrew Skurman opened his namesake firm in 1992 and is based in San Francisco. They are full service, meaning they start a project from the ground up all the way to the finishing of the interiors.? So today, no narrative, I will allow the pictures to do all the talking…enjoy the show!! I know Pinterest is going to be a busy place today!?

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Now pick your jaw up off the floor and tell me what you think about this uber talented architect! Pretty mind blowing wouldn’t you say. I am amazed at how well versed they are in all disciplines, from the most formal French manor house to the lakeside Italian villa to a country clapboard home…..they are all done so well. I love the fact that you can see the details are their signature, and we all know its the details that “make it”. So tell me, have a favorite? Wishing you a fabulous Thursday!

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Also if you have not entered the Judith August giveaway (will announce a winner on Sat) by all means, don’t miss out!! Here are the details….

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?One lucky winner is going to get this fabulous set of makeup to the stars, The Killer Cover kit (with a name like that you know it delivers)!. All you need to do is leave a comment on the post where I first announced it, after visiting her site and telling us a product you would love to have. Click here to visit her site and here to leave the comment.


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Want a second chance….. leave a message on her Facebook page. Click here to visit her at Facebook. I will announce a winner on Saturday morning!

The Killer Cover Kit was designed as a singular solution to covering the most difficult discolorations.

Killer Cover? Total Blockout Makeup
Designed to cover your largest and darkest age spots.

  • Based on theatrical make up, this special formula succeeds where traditional concealers fail.
  • Five-Color wheel allows You to Custom Blend & Match Your Skin Tone
  • Water proof & lasts all day until you decide to remove it
August Minerals? Finishing Powder: Translucent
All-natural mineral powder sets and finishes your camouflage makeup.

  • Natural SPF
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Non-irritating
Killer Cleanser?
The perfect makeup remover for all types of makeup especially camouflage makeup

  • Contains Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil & Vitamin E
  • Leaves skin feeling soft and clean
  • For All Skin Types?




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