Thursday, June 30, 2011

{weekend wedding ... }

I'm attending the wedding of a family friend this weekend, and I've got my outfit all planned! One of my favorite things is to put together a lovely ensemble on a budget ... so for this one I headed out to H&M. The nude flower dress was a steal at $29, and the nude clutch came in at a mere $19!! I picked up a black belt to complement the look for only $12 {also H&M}. The patent pumps are actually from the Nine West outlet in Seattle {$39} and I'll be sporting my current favorite OPI shade, Coney Island Cotton Candy {$9}. I'm all set for a little over 100 bux {minus the Prada shades and diamond earrings of course}!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

{a few reading materials ...}

Any one with me when I confess to being obsessed with books? I just ADORE them. I love reading them, decorating with them, and just generally being surrounded by them. Here are a few on my radar:

I was excited to learn that the former editor in cheif of the beloved Domino mag, Deborah Needleman, is coming out with a book entitled, 'The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well.' It's described as "the must-have guide describing 80 items that are all one needs for a livable, comfortable, and undeniably stylish home." I can't wait!! It's set to hit shelves on November 1st. Perfect Christmas gift for all your design-savvy friends or what?

I finally ordered a copy of Kelly Wearstler's, 'Hue.' I know, I know, I am way behind. I can't wait to flip through this beauty. And speaking of Ms. Wearstler, you have to hop over to sketch42, and take a visual tour of Kelly's LA office through blogger Nicole Cohen's eyes. I am so jealous, how amazing would it be to meet this design star??

On a non-design related note, I've begun to read Gretchen Rubin's, 'The Happiness Project.' I'm excited to work through this book in accordance with my 'better at 30 than I felt at 20' mantra for the year. I've been thinking a lot lately about what I want to do with my life, my five year plan, and even though I am already a very happy person, I think it will be good for me to really think about what I am trying to achieve. Have you read this book? If so, what did you think?

Finally, for a little 'light' reading, be sure to flip through another fabulous issue of High Gloss magazine! There's loads of eye candy you don't wanna miss.

Oooh, and Dabble mag's latest issue was released today as well ... I can't wait to dig in!

Any summer reads you have been enjoying lately? I'd love to hear!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

{my dream home would have to have: via jax does design}

Today I am excited to welcome my friend Kelly of the fabulous Jax does design blog to share her dream home must-have with us. Kelly has been such an amazing support to me from day one and I adore her design style. So without further ado ...

It’s really hard to narrow down my one big dream home must-have – there are so many things that my dream home just has to have! Not that I’m greedy or anything ;-) But I’m so inspired by décor magazines and blogs (and Nancy’s dream house series!) that I now have a huge list of things I love – black steel framed windows, kitchens with no upper cabinets, herringbone wood flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows, amazing architectural details…. but the one thing that truly takes my breath away is a house on the water with spectacular views. Seeing as this is my dream house, I’m dreaming big – REALLY BIG!

Beautiful blue everywhere you look from this home in Greece ...

And this home in New Zealand ...

Living in this house would be like living on a cruise ship, minus the animal towels ;-)

I could wake up to these views every morning!

If I lived by the water, I'd definitely have as many windows as possible so I could enjoy gorgeous views from every room.

Although I'd probably spend most of my time outside on my waterfront patio.

Cooking dinner every night wouldn't be so bad if this was the view out the kitchen window ...

And then I'd eat my supper out on the patio.

Although it wouldn't be so bad to eat at a table inside with a great water view like this ...

My waterfront dream home definitely needs an infinity pool too :-)

Yep, no doubt about it, my dream home has to be next to water. It can be big ...

Or small ...

As long as my dream home is on the water, I'm happy :-)

Kelly, I am in heaven!! This is such a fabulous and dreamy must-have. I have a good feeling you have everyone out there convinced :) Thank you sooo much for your time!

{and the winner is ... }

Congrats to Sarah!! Please email me to arrange to recieve your print {}. And thank you all so so much for entering my artwork giveaway, I really appreciate it!

Monday, June 27, 2011

{mirror mounted sconces ...}

I ADORE the idea of wiring light fixtures through bathroom mirrors. I find I am always drawn to this chic look and am constantly saving pics to my dream home file. My master bathroon MUST sport this look one day :) Thought I would share some of my saved photos with you today:

via Houzz

Colleen McGill & source unknown

Okay, I know this next image is not a mirror with mounted sconces, but I COULDN'T resist posting this mirrored unit with built-in sconces, gorgeous or what??

I LOVE all of these examples!

{PS} Today's the last day to enter my art giveaway! Click here to put your name in the draw, and I will announce the winner tomorrow morning ...

Friday, June 24, 2011

{sitting poolside .... }

I'm home and back in action! I hope you all had a great week. I have to admit, Vegas was hard to leave ... the sun, the swimming, and of course, the shopping!! I had a great time but I can tell I'm still in 'sitting poolside' mode. Because I got home so late last night, I haven't got to uploading my pics from my trip yet but I will hopefully post a few soon.

So now that the summer season has officially begun this week, how about kicking it off with some deliciously sunny inspiration?

Ugh, take me back to the pool, PLEASE!!! Well, at least there's plenty of summer left :) Hope your weekend involves a little time in sunshine!

{PS} Don't miss out on the art giveaway! Enter here to win one of my own prints.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

{house tour: made by girl}

I adore getting the chance to have a glimpse into my favorite bloggers homes, and Jen Ramos of Made by Girl has such a beautiful space. I'm sure many of you caught the full tour over on Apartment Therapy last week {for the full tour hop over there}, but just in case you missed it here's a little peek {all images via Jen Ramos}:

Beautiful! I just love the black & white palette with pops of color through art and accessories. And those floors!

Jen has such style, and she always has her finger on the pulse of the next best thing! I love that!! Be sure to check out her latest venture over at Cocoa & Hearts. Her paintings are gorgeous, the saturated colors and unique combination of colors are what really catches my eye:

{PS} Be sure to enter to win a print of my own original artwork here!

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