Bits and pieces I am loving……chapter 1

Good Saturday morning. As we continue to settle in, I am slowly thinking about furnishing this place! Right now I am concentrating on getting the kitchen, family room and breakfast room done. I have ordered bedding for my bedroom as well as my sons and will start working on window treatments. I am excited about the dining and living room and unlike my last house, where I took my time so much so that by the time we sold it after seven years after building it, I had just finished the dining room. I am determined this time to be much more expeditious in getting this house done! So in my travels, just some odds and ends that I am enjoying and liking very much. Thought I would share…..this will be a likely occurrence as I continue to scour the market for furnishings, fabrics and such hence the “chapter 1”.?



Also I was so happy to discover a simple button on my camera had not been set (auto light) and voila when I pressed it, I finally got the natural light in the pictures I had been wanting! Phew….I was starting to get annoyed as that meant I was going to have to read the manual and anyone who knows me knows how I hate reading manuals more than anything next to assembling something:) So here’s a picture of my kitchen with the new setting….much better!!

SO much better, right?



Now onto bits and pieces I am loving……..




Safavieh Home. Love their?new Dutch Collection. I absolutely love every single piece in this entire collection! What beauty, all made of reclaimed wood and then painted and antiqued, whats not to love. Talk about statement pieces!!! Click here to visit.




Williams Sonoma…I don’t think they have ever looked better. Love all their monogrammed goodies as much for myself as for gift giving. And they have some fabulous lighting as well as beautiful high thread count bedding, monogrammed of course! Click here to visit them.


Decorative Crafts Lighting.I have spoken often about how much I like Decorative Crafts lighting. Their things are very well made, most made in Italy and are simply stunning. We used many of their things in our old home and are using sconces and lanterns from them in our new home. Click here to visit them.

PINK PAGODA I showed a few from Thursdays post…but they are so darn cute!! I love the statement this chic little case makes! Click here to visit!

So thats my bits and pieces for today. Anything exciting over on your end? Hope everyone has a great weekend, we have dinner plans, son left for a ski trip to Utah early this morning and hopefully tomorrow is going to be that long awaited lazy Sunday I have been longing for!!

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Bits and pieces I am loving……chapter 1

Good Saturday morning. As we continue to settle in, I am slowly thinking about furnishing this place! Right now I am concentrating on getting the kitchen, family room and breakfast room done. I have ordered bedding for my bedroom as well as my sons and will start working on window treatments. I am excited about the dining and living room and unlike my last house, where I took my time so much so that by the time we sold it after seven years after building it, I had just finished the dining room. I am determined this time to be much more expeditious in getting this house done! So in my travels, just some odds and ends that I am enjoying and liking very much. Thought I would share…..this will be a likely occurrence as I continue to scour the market for furnishings, fabrics and such hence the “chapter 1”. 

Also I was so happy to discover a simple button on my camera had not been set (auto light) and voila when I pressed it, I finally got the natural light in the pictures I had been wanting! Phew….I was starting to get annoyed as that meant I was going to have to read the manual and anyone who knows me knows how I hate reading manuals more than anything next to assembling something:) So here’s a picture of my kitchen with the new setting….much better!!

SO much better, right?


Now onto bits and pieces I am loving……..

Safavieh Home. Love their new Dutch Collection. I absolutely love every single piece in this entire collection! What beauty, all made of reclaimed wood and then painted and antiqued, whats not to love. Talk about statement pieces!!! Click here to visit.

Williams Sonoma…I don’t think they have ever looked better. Love all their monogrammed goodies as much for myself as for gift giving. And they have some fabulous lighting as well as beautiful high thread count bedding, monogrammed of course! Click here to visit them.


Decorative Crafts Lighting.I have spoken often about how much I like Decorative Crafts lighting. Their things are very well made, most made in Italy and are simply stunning. We used many of their things in our old home and are using sconces and lanterns from them in our new home. Click here to visit them.

PINK PAGODA I showed a few from Thursdays post…but they are so darn cute!! I love the statement this chic little case makes! Click here to visit!

So thats my bits and pieces for today. Anything exciting over on your end? Hope everyone has a great weekend, we have dinner plans, son left for a ski trip to Utah early this morning and hopefully tomorrow is going to be that long awaited lazy Sunday I have been longing for!!

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Pretty Posts to ponder, part III

Hi there!! If you missed my house updates yesterday, click here. I also got lots of questions about various things we have done in the house. So first I start wtih answering some of those questions and then move onto to the posts to ponder. Back by popular demand, another fabulous round up of gorgeous inspirational, educational, moving and beautiful posts. Something that triggered a reaction in me enough to bookmark it and want to share it with?you. I love going through old posts for inspiration and there are so many winners out there! ?So if you have a little extra time on your hands this weekend, spend some time going through these, I promise they are all well worth the time!! Let me know if you really enjoyed one or enjoyed all! This is but a handful so there will be plenty more to share in the months ahead. Without further ado…….





A FEW QUESTIONS FROM YESTERDAY AND MY ANSWERS…..



1. Who makes these earrings and where can I buy them??



?Arent’ they amazing! They are from House of Lavande, click here to see them as well as check out all of their other amazing vintage pieces. Warning its highly addicting!



2. Is my butlers pantry a stain or paint? Its a very dark stain, in fact we went with the darkest stain?I could find. I kept telling my cabinet marker “darker, darker” and finally we got this really rich dark java. You see the grain every so slightly which is just what I wanted. The island is black paint.



3. What are my thoughts on marble and what do I say to those who want to use it but are being told its a big mistake? Well, I make no secret of my love for marble especially white marble. Bring it on! I say two things…A. Go to the most casual pizzeria in Europe or the fanciest Michelin starred restaurant in Europe and visit their kitchens and what will you see…. marble! Lots of it. If its good enough for their wear and tear, its good enough for me. B. I had it in my old house and seriously there was not a day that I didn’t walk into my kitchen sighing with delight over that marble, it gave me more happiness than I can explain. Even on my really bad days (and we all have them) just looking at my marble was like instant therapy! Seriously in this house there was NO second choice. It was marble or marble. End of story.



4. Whats the name of the manufacturer for the hardware for the butlers that I featured yesterday? Its from RK international, glad you all like it and click here for their website.



5. Who makes the lantern that I showed for the kitchen island? One of my favorite companies, Decorative Crafts. They make absolutely gorgeous high quality lighting. Click here to visit.





Now onto these fabulous posts I was promising……



PICKLES AND CHEESE. ?LOVED this tutorial on making homemade pesto with?gorgeous pictures to boot!

http://picklesandcheeseblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/basil-pesto.html

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SIMPLY LUXURIOUS LIFE….for fabulous style inspiration, love her posts!

http://www.thesimplyluxuriouslife.com/2011/09/style-inspiration_29.html?showComment=1317291072604#c1142322337257127530

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FROM THE RIGHT BANK…Want to head to Tuscany? Take a look!

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UNDER SPANISH MOSS . Talk about an inspiring woman!
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HOME BUNCH. Breathtaking waterfront home……..
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CONSPICUOUS STYLE .Gorgeous post on quatrefoils

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THE FRENCH TANGERINE. ?Visit the queen of mosaic’s blog for some gorgeous eye candy!
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VIGNETTE DESIGNS. A perfect post on outdoor entertaining (and no her backyard is not a fake backdrop)
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CLASSIC CASUAL HOME. A small french cottage in Newport Beach??
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CHIC COASTAL LIVING. This is the most gorgeous beach house!
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BJD HAUS DESIGN ? Gorgeous window inspiration!

So hope you have fun! Let me know if there is a post or posts that you particularly loved! I loved and enjoyed each and every one…wishing everyone a happy Friday.

Pretty Posts to ponder, part III

Hi there!! If you missed my house updates yesterday, click here. I also got lots of questions about various things we have done in the house. So first I start wtih answering some of those questions and then move onto to the posts to ponder. Back by popular demand, another fabulous round up of gorgeous inspirational, educational, moving and beautiful posts. Something that triggered a reaction in me enough to bookmark it and want to share it with you. I love going through old posts for inspiration and there are so many winners out there!  So if you have a little extra time on your hands this weekend, spend some time going through these, I promise they are all well worth the time!! Let me know if you really enjoyed one or enjoyed all! This is but a handful so there will be plenty more to share in the months ahead. Without further ado…….


A FEW QUESTIONS FROM YESTERDAY AND MY ANSWERS…..

1. Who makes these earrings and where can I buy them? 


 Arent’ they amazing! They are from House of Lavande, click here to see them as well as check out all of their other amazing vintage pieces. Warning its highly addicting!

2. Is my butlers pantry a stain or paint? Its a very dark stain, in fact we went with the darkest stain I could find. I kept telling my cabinet marker “darker, darker” and finally we got this really rich dark java. You see the grain every so slightly which is just what I wanted. The island is black paint.

3. What are my thoughts on marble and what do I say to those who want to use it but are being told its a big mistake? Well, I make no secret of my love for marble especially white marble. Bring it on! I say two things…A. Go to the most casual pizzeria in Europe or the fanciest Michelin starred restaurant in Europe and visit their kitchens and what will you see…. marble! Lots of it. If its good enough for their wear and tear, its good enough for me. B. I had it in my old house and seriously there was not a day that I didn’t walk into my kitchen sighing with delight over that marble, it gave me more happiness than I can explain. Even on my really bad days (and we all have them) just looking at my marble was like instant therapy! Seriously in this house there was NO second choice. It was marble or marble. End of story.

4. Whats the name of the manufacturer for the hardware for the butlers that I featured yesterday? Its from RK international, glad you all like it and click here for their website.

5. Who makes the lantern that I showed for the kitchen island? One of my favorite companies, Decorative Crafts. They make absolutely gorgeous high quality lighting. Click here to visit.


Now onto these fabulous posts I was promising……

PICKLES AND CHEESE.  LOVED this tutorial on making homemade pesto with gorgeous pictures to boot!

http://picklesandcheeseblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/basil-pesto.html
__________________________________________________________________________
SIMPLY LUXURIOUS LIFE….for fabulous style inspiration, love her posts!

http://www.thesimplyluxuriouslife.com/2011/09/style-inspiration_29.html?showComment=1317291072604#c1142322337257127530
___________________________________________________________________
FROM THE RIGHT BANK…Want to head to Tuscany? Take a look!

_________________________________________________________________________
UNDER SPANISH MOSS . Talk about an inspiring woman!
_______________________________________________________________
HOME BUNCH. Breathtaking waterfront home……..
________________________________________________________
CONSPICUOUS STYLE .Gorgeous post on quatrefoils

_________________________________________________________________________
THE FRENCH TANGERINE.  Visit the queen of mosaic’s blog for some gorgeous eye candy!
_________________________________________________________________
VIGNETTE DESIGNS. A perfect post on outdoor entertaining (and no her backyard is not a fake backdrop)
__________________________________________________
CLASSIC CASUAL HOME. A small french cottage in Newport Beach? 
______________________________________________________
CHIC COASTAL LIVING. This is the most gorgeous beach house!
______________________________________________________________
BJD HAUS DESIGN   Gorgeous window inspiration!

So hope you have fun! Let me know if there is a post or posts that you particularly loved! I loved and enjoyed each and every one…wishing everyone a happy Friday.