Saturday, September 27, 2008

ikea {part two}

I *think* (I am always changing my mind :) I'd like these grommet curtains for my family room. I saw a great idea in the newest edition of The New Decorating Book by Better Homes and Gardens. The owner had used electrical conduit pipe to hang her curtains. It is silver pipe that is easily found at Lowe's or Home Depot, not to mention cheap, too! She had pretty black and white damask curtains hanging from hers.
*I just figured out today I had not published this entry. It was in my drafts!

Monday, September 22, 2008

*TJ Maxx*...

TJMaxx let me down yesterday. I didn't see what I was looking for. However, they did not let me down a few months ago. I got the shorter, round vase pictured here, that I had been wanting for so long. I've seen it at Anthropologie and online for about 60.00 (ish). I paid only 12.99 for mine. I was thrilled the day I spotted this sitting on the shelf at TJ's because I knew how much they were going for elsewhere. I now want to find the tall, oval one in the picture. So, I'll be on the lookout! If you want one like mine, Sundance has them on sale for about 30.00. Still not bad considering how much they were originally. Vivaterra has them, too.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

I {heart} this...

I love this!! It is just so sweet looking and I like that it is flat on the bottom. This would be so pretty on my chest of drawers holding my pearls and other necklaces. Where or where can I find it?? If you know, spill! In the meantime, I'll be stopping by tjmaxx tomorrow afternoon to see if they might have something similar. Even though they might have something similar, I want THIS one! It was in the January 2008 issue of Blueprint magazine. If anyone has that magazine, would you please look to see if it lists a source? Thanks!

Monday, September 15, 2008

gALleRy (walls)...

I have some blank space on my living room wall and have decided that I want a gallery wall. I have been collecting inspiration pictures and collecting frames to do this. Let's take a look at my pictures and then help me make some decisions.

This image is from Domino, I think. I love the big,
white mats.
This is from the September issue of Domino magazine via M-A Belle's blog. I love the mirror and the mix of small and larger pictures. I have a small concave mirror I want to use on my wall.
These two are from M-A-Belle's darling NYC apartment. Look at that cute zebra rug!

This is in Erin's (Elements of Style) darling home.

This is a gallery wall in the home of Anne Turner Carroll, one of the editors of Cottage Living. Urban Grace Interiors has a fun interview with her here.

I LOVE this one from Holly Mathis Interiors.

After looking at all these, does anything go as far as creating a gallery wall? Is it okay to mix landmark pictures with pictures of flowers? What about framed papers? Or should I just stick to one theme? Also, what about mixing in empty frames? Let me hear your ideas and feel free to leave a link to places where I can get even more ideas!

Sunday, September 14, 2008


I found this September/October issue idea via Brown Turtleneck Sweater. This is perfect for a casual fall dinner party. I just love soup with great bread. Click on the image to see details. Don't you love the invitation? It's simple and easy. You could hand deliver and use vintage flatware found so cheap and some twine. Darling!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Fashion (magazines)....

I just got my first issue of a new subscription to Domino magazine today. I know I am going to enjoy it and will add it to my other addiction pile, I mean magazine pile ;). I get plenty of home magazines. Hey, it's cheap entertainment! However, I am wanting to start subscribing to a fashion magazine. I want something that will give me ideas to work with what I have or enough of an idea that I can re-create the look on a Target, Old Navy, etc. budget ;) My friend is planning to subscribe to Lucky. So, what are your favorite fashion magazines?

Monday, September 8, 2008

Black *interior* doors...

I have been thinking about painting my interior doors of my 1940's cottage black. I am just having trouble with the commitment part. I think it looks so good in pictures and makes such an impact. I've tried black outside doors before and I didn't care for it. But, they did have a screen or glass door in front and I think I didn't care for the combination of the two. I have several inspiration pictures to share.

These two pictures are of the home of fab blogger Courtney from Inside the Loop. You can see the sliver of black door in the brown room picture just to the left. Isn't that a great brown wall color?! AND look at that wonderful imperial trellis wallpaper!
These are from the blog m-a-belle . I just love this whole house!

This kitchen door is in the home of designer Tia Zoldan. You may recognize it in it's "before" state when it was featured in Cottage Living.

This one is also from Cottage Living. I might get brave and do my hallway french door.

This is from Domino Magazine. I can't tell if it is black or a deep blue.

These are from Style Court of Kate Spade's apartment. Notice her black doors!

Please share with me any links to pictures you may have of black interior doors! Or, if you've done this, let me know how you like it!

Friday, September 5, 2008

{yellow} obsession...

I have suddenly started really being into the color yellow when I haven't been so much before. Just look how cute these target shoes are on this blogger! I love how this sweater looks with the dark wash jeans. I could see a white top layered under it. This top is cute, too. Of course Target would have to be out of this yellow purse Just look how cute Kate Spade's yellow sweater is! And aren't these darling for wearing with all this yellow? Why can't jcrew have target prices? ;) That would look so cute with these. Share some of your favorite yellow fashions with me!