Friday, December 31, 2010

{another year has passed me by...}

Wow, New Years Eve is upon us! Can you believe it? Sometimes I wish I could slow time down. But 2010 was a wonderful year, and as we see it come to an end tonight, I know I will be taking a few moments to reflect on what this year has meant to me and how many blessings I have had! I hope you feel the same way...

Good bye 2010, you have been good to us ... hello to the wonderful and endless potentials of 2011! And let's not forget, so long to a DECADE as well! What do you think 2000-2010 will be remembered for?

And if you saw the size of my plate at Christmas dinner ... I think a few resolutions may be in order as well :)

Happy New Year!! I wish you all health, happiness, and success in all that you do in 2011!! Thanks for visiting me in my tiny little corner of the blogosphere, I appreciate each and every one of you :)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

{a jewelry storage solution}

If you're anything like me, you have a drawer in your bathroom/vanity that tends to become a bit of a mess no matter how hard you try! Jewelry, nick-nacks, etc. overflow and it's hard to even see what you have! Need a simple and very pretty solution?? Why, TEACUPS of course!

I love getting organized for a new year, and I love this easy idea, makes me want to run down to the local thrift shop right now!

And it doesn't have to stop at teacups, how about goblets and little dishes?? You can take this idea and really run with it!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

{one last look at fabulous holiday style...}

I know Christmas has come and gone, but I couldn't resist showing you the home of HGTV's Meredith Heron all glammed up for the holidays. I first saw these photos over at La Dolce Vita and had to re-post them in case you had missed it! I love the way she has decorated her home in such a simple yet elegant way. You'll be sure to swoon, I promise!

If I could only have those dining chairs...

I love the simple details here! I still have all my decorations up, I usually leave them up until January 7th {Christmas in Egypt, and much of the Eastern European world}. When do you take things down? Hope you are all enjoying a bit of rest before the New Year.

Monday, December 27, 2010

{a manhattan gem}

I fell in LOVE with the home of Kiane Von Mueffling featured in this month's issue of Elle Decor, I knew I just I had to share it with you! This apartment is located in the up-and-coming Flatiron district of Manhattan, and what a gem it is! Let's take a look:

I love the use of the green Ikat fabric on the bergere chairs in the fabulous living room, and that rug!!

And check out the stunning hand-painted de Gournay wallcovering in the foyer, enchanting isn't it?

The article in Elle Decor mentions Kiane found many of her treasures on websites, such as a pair of 1940's Dorothy Draper chests off 1stdibs for the master bedroom. I wish they included a photo of them!!

Here's the dinning room, I am loving the Saarinen chairs with the raw wood table, quite a nice tension it creates! And the pop of whimsy with the artwork by Christian Chaize is pure perfection. {There's one of his prints in the living room above as well}.

Hope you enjoyed this delicious space as much as I did!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

{a very merry christmas}

Well, I'm signing off early to enjoy the next few days of Christmas with my family and friends. I hope that you enjoy yours, stay warm and safe over the holidays! I want to thank you all for visiting my petite blog, your support has been amazing and if I could I would reach through the screen and give each of you a big hug!! I wish you all a very Merry Christmas spent with the ones you love, and lets not forget the real reason we celebrate ... Happy Birthday to our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ!

{fashion meets interior design: scalamandre}

It's a perfect example of fashion meshing with interior decor ... the classic Zebras wallpaper is taking to the streets! This iconic print was actually commisioned in the 1940's by Gino's, an Italian restaurant at 780 Lexington Avenue in New York. Owner Gino Circiello was a hunter who couldn't afford to pay for an African safari, but he thought that he could at least afford zebras on his walls. His friend Franco Scalamandre was comissioned to design the now iconic paper. Now this lovely whimsical pattern is available as an umbrella! {$95 - Scalamandre}

You may remember seeing the wallcovering in the movie The Royal Tanenbaums:

Here it is in a powder room featured in Elle Decor by Miles Redd:

The Serengeti Green colorway was used in Kate Spade's bathroom, and my favorite is the use of Safari Brown in the powder room done by the fabulous Massucco Warner Miller:

Love it! Perfectly whimsical and traditional all at once :)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

{madebygirl: one gift under your tree}

Here's a tough question:
This is the question the fabulous Jen of MadebyGirl is asking in her 'One Gift Under Your Tree' series. Go here to find out my answer!! Hint: it's gold, shiny and glam :) A huge thank you to Jen for including me, let's just say I am quite honored!

What would your choice be?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

{ny: christmas in the city}

I'm back from New York City and finally getting into the swing of things at home. What a trip, I had never been to NY before and I must say that it is the only city I have visited that I could see myself living in a heart beat! And at Christmas time, this city is simply magical and enchanting in every way! Two of my girlfriends and I covered the entire town in a short amount of time, everything from the Met, to Ground Zero, to the Statue of Liberty, to Carnegie Hall ... here are a few pics to sum up our trip:

The tree at Rockefeller Centre

Our hotel {Novotel} was right in the heart of Times Square on Broadway {something I learned ... Times Square was named after the New York Times newspaper!}.

We saw the city from the top of the Empire State building, it was amazing! There's the Chrysler Building from a distance:

A window inside the Empire State Building

We managed to catch a couple of fabulous shows, Jersey Boys and the Rockettes at the Radio City Music Hall {a Christmas MUST! They included a live nativity scene that was incredible!}.

Central Park was like a post-card every way you turned:

Fabulously restored Brownstones in Harlem:

The stores along 5th Avenue were dressed to the nines for the Holiday season, Fendi was a favorite of mine:

The Christmas windows were magical; Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and Tiffany's were some of my absolute favorites.

Henri Bendel

Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co.

Speaking of Tiffany's, my gals and I decided we couldn't dare leave the city without a little souvenir! So what did we do? We headed there on our way to the airport, luggage in-tow, and picked out a little something: the Heart Tag Key Pendant ... in a sense we felt like we were taking the key to the city home with us! And what an amazing city it was!! I can't wait to return.

Our Breakfast at Tiffany's!

Now I can't believe it is only a couple of days till Christmas! I've finished my shopping and now it is a matter of wrapping and cleaning, which I started today but my house feels like it's been turned upside down since we had our kitchen counters installed last week. Still no backsplash or sink/dishwasher if you can believe it. Ugh!!

Here's a sneak peek of the telephone desk {because the rest is not quite ready for it's debut ...}, we have yet to touch up the paint where things got damaged in the process, and once our sink and backsplash are in I promise to show you some fun before & after pics!

And it wouldn't be Christmas without the Christmas tree, here it is in all of it's glory ... with a little touch of turquoise added this year.

Sorry for the crazy long post, lots going on around here these days! Have you finished your shopping and wrapping yet? Hope you are all enjoying everything the Christmas season has to offer!

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