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When you shop, whether for yourself or for your home, do you ever notice that you kind of fall into a mood and by the time you get to the checkout counter you notice that all of the items in your cart kind of share the same vibe? Whether it is the color or lines, or just the overall feel of the items you are purchasing, you can pretty much put your finger on the mood you are in.
Well yesterday I was at the mall then made a quick trip over to Home Goods, and my mood dial must have definitely been set to romantic mode with a little pampering tossed in, and very very girly!
I picked up items for both the home and myself to engage the senses of sight, smell and touch.
Three pretty lacy white picture frames, a few turquoise candles, and a luscious hand soap plus lotion in a fresh green fragrance.
All this in addition to a Yankee Candle in a calming spa scent, a large wicker basket to hold my sofa throws, and a soft new pillow for the living room.
Yes I was in a girly mood yesterday...
what would be your shopping mood for today?
January 23, 2015
Good morning and in the words of my dear friend Judy over at Gold Country Cottage
Wowzer...here we are heading towards the end of the first month of 2015 and I have finally managed to figure out my top post for 2014. Some of the posts I pretty much knew were heavy hitters, while others were a total surprise! So without further delay here is the countdown.
To see each post in its entirety just click on the image.
In the NUMBER TEN position
(The hutch my dear friend Colene gave me)
(Living room reveal at Christmas)
(This was part of an amazing beach house kitchen makeover)
Coming in at NUMBER SEVEN
(A total surprise to me)
(Love the white ironstone paired with rustic silver in this vignette)
Halfway through with NUMBER FIVE
(One of my faves from this year)
(A $60 yard sale find gets a new look)
(You need to see the before pics)
Down to the wire here...
(Do you remember my big Master Bedroom reveal last April?)
And much to my surprise the NUMBER ONE most viewed post of 2014 is from over a year ago, way back in January...
And there you have it!
2014 is officially a wrap!!
Wishing you an awesome weekend!!!
January 20, 2015
Yesterday was my sister Kim's 40th something birthday plus the kids were off from school for Martin Luther King day, so we hopped the train into center city Philadelphia to attend the annual Philly Home Show in the convention center.
This year's show was packed with all kinds of cool stuff, but as usual our favorite area to check out is where the designer rooms are displayed!
There are a total of 5 designers rooms but I am only going to share with your my 2 favorites.
First up is this beautiful dining room. The table was totally the star here. I think it is a pretty mix of both a traditional and contemporary vibe not forgetting to mention that I love the color combination!
The other room is actually an outdoor living area created by one of my very talented bloggy friends Denise Sabia from the blog The Painted Home.
Denise's space is complete with a fireplace and flat screen TV!
Don't you just love these two fabulous faux wine barrel wall hangings?
Denise created this pretty nail art.
When we first arrived at the Home Show Denise wasn't there yet so the TV was not on.
When we checked back later in the morning we found Denise and this is what she had on the picture screen. Ahhh doesn't that look inviting??? In front of the TV are just succulents in coffee cans...so simple but so perfect for this beautiful space Denise created.
There's Denise now!!! Hey Denise great job!!!
Another booth which were among our favorites at the Home Show included a little beauty shop which sells this amazing flat iron. They are by a company called Profashion. Grace and my sister Kim had there tresses done.
Grace had curls put in...
...and Kim had her hair straightened. You can see the big difference below. Not only is her hair softer and smoother, the highlights are more noticeable. So yes we bought 2 of these irons!
The Ikea booth was a big hit with Michael and Grace. They loved this flip top bed. Each one asked if a person could fit under the mattress and if it had a lock. I know what they were thinking???
Another one of our favorite products at the show was this anaerobic German glue that actually can stick anything together...metal, wood, tile, leather and the list goes on! It is also environmentally friendly, non-toxic and biodegradable. The product is called Max-1.
They even fixed Kim's pocketbook which broke earlier in the day after we were already on the train.
Good as new!
There were so many really cool produts to try out and booths to visit, but alas our crew began to grow tired so it was time to go home.
If you are in the Philadelphia area this coming weekend and you're looking for something to do, head on down to the Philadelphia Convention Center and check out the home show. There really is a lot to see!!
In the meantime wishing you all a super week!
January 18, 2015
With the rush of the everyday grind, sometimes we forget to slow down and really notice the most beautifully simplistic things in our lives. In order to "slow " things down for myself I decided to try a little exercise in photographing parts of my home in black and white.
It is so funny how just by removing the color from these pictures things begin to take on a different type of beauty. You notice the lines of a cabinet or the pretty shine of metal, and how light, or the lack there of, can completely change the mood and even add depth to an image.
For whatever reason these pictures seem rather quiet or tranquil to me.
But very strong at the same time.
They feel like an era gone by yet very contemporary in style.
Ahh the simplicity of it all.
Wishing you a beautiful weekend!!!
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