what a beautiful, bright kitchen!
It's early morning here, preparing to go to an aqua fitness class to start the day. Feels luxurious to begin the day in the water!
We're facing a holiday weekend, and I've planned lots of non-planned things - like puttering around the home office and kitchen - decluttering and moving pretty things around.
What will you be doing this weekend?
Design*Sponge did a "best loved peeks" post and shared some of the most popular sneak peeks they've ever posted. Here are some of my favorites. I especially love the colorful home shown in the final three photos. Hope you have a great weekend!
Good morning from an odd Wisconsin day that will hold sun, high temperatures, rain, hail and thunderstorms. Great day to see a baseball game (in a dome, luckily). With the weather battling itself outside, here inside I'm admiring the fresh new hall by Ingrid via fjeldborg.
In Ingrid's words, "..Some wires hanging and throw, and the FINE door to be painted shiny white. That's it! So delicious with freshly ground lists, ready-cabinet door and several boxes for storage."
This family home is everything I want my home to be:
I'd move in tomorrow if they'd allow me to!
Am looking forward to a low-key weekend. I have one event: a seven year old's birthday party. Am supremely happy with these lack of plans because it's been one heck of a week with too much going on and no evenings at home.
What do you have planned this weekend?
It's 6:44 AM. Am procrastinating going to the grocery store even though I know it'll be nice and quiet this early in the morning. Tonight is another Game Night here thus it should rightly be called Sloppy Joe Night for that is part of the attraction to bring the men to this apartment. (hmmm..that doesn't sound quite right). Perhaps the guests will not care that my closet is now in perfect order - a quest that has taken four years to accomplish. I may want to turn my attention to other rooms such as the kitchen and living room for a quick tidy and sparkle!
What are your Saturday stories of what you're doing today?
I almost wish I were decorating with tape using lessons I learned from Boligliv magazine!
Gotta say. I have a little bit of a crush on this guy - Chris O'Dowd - the officer from Bridesmaids.
What a light, bright home in Finland! I had to select one set of photos to include here....go check out the full post. Worth it, I tell ya!
What a nice place to live when your messy days are still beautiful days.
Beautiful. Loving the blues and greens. And the whole imperfectness of it all.
While wandering through Target the other day with a friend, we checked out the clearance offerings on endcaps. Found two sets of five-hook fixtures that were adorable: one white and one black. $10 each. I snapped them up as my giftcard would easily cover the cost.
"I love hooks and would put all my clothing on them, even underwear", I pretty-much-shouted to my friend. She didn't fall for it...and questioned the underwear part. She has a point. I will continue to hide unmentionables away in drawers but everything else is fair game.
I then stumble upon this pretty blog where the author has just redone a corner of her bedroom to include two hook fixturs to tidy up her hoodies and scarves. (note: I kept staring at the photo, wondering what the cute little room was around the half-wall when I realized I was staring at the reflection of the bedroom in a mirror. nice.)
Here's the "before":
all images via lovemaegan
Greetings! Good to be here again! I've been collecting photos for my dream house journal.
A kind youth pastor at my church has declared that when he is rich, he is going to provide me my dream house based on this blog.
Well then, no time like the present to get started! How about some photos from around homes that I'd like in my Dream Home!
images via hello neest
if I were French.....
here would be my village, my house, and my kitchen in that house.
Deco My Place has the cutest photos from users like this one from Amanda Johnson.
More photos can be found here.
yep. cute as can be. and so simple. appealing for the wannabe minimalist that I am!
finally there's a spring day around here, so I took the afternoon off. leisurely time at starbucks and a lengthy stroll around Target and I'm a happy girl.
Now for a nap then..who knows?!
now HERE is some color for a gray, rainy day! or any day actually!
These rooms above drew me in more than anyothers in awhile. I love the red clock and the bright containers on the stairs - which only pop out because of all the white and black surrounding them. Lovely!
Hello, friends! Hope today finds you doing well and that you have some great weather! (yes, it must be time to talk about the weather - again!) It's gray and rainy but it doesn't bother me because I find it more fun to add pops of color to make the day all cheery! Will be moving some colorful accessories around at home and work and will toss on my cerise scarf to cheer up a black and white outfit!
Worked with the youth group at church last night and was pie-ed in the face for the first time ever. Ever. Yes, I know, how could I get through life thus far without that happening?! It was a trivia contest between the students and leaders and my student was asked to recite John 3:16 - a verse many people know by heart. I knew at that moment I was done for. Yep. Was worth it though to see the smiles of the girls in my group!
What am I doing? You don't want to read all about my night....you want to see photos! of black and white rooms! So go on..... scroll down. Enjoy!
what a cute, cozy, comfy, lived-in, napping-would-be-ideal bedroom from the Marion House!
marta makes THE cutest little diaries! and this last photo makes me smile :)
What a cheery writing corner from Fjeldborg! It's more yellow and white...so very cheerful. (ahh..cheery and cheerful!)
It's been quite a week. So very busy there's little time to take a breath much less peruse lovely blogs, leave comments or tell stories here! And then it's Easter weekend - quite the celebration for me, my family and my church family! I'll be going to a couple services at church ("Upstairs Church" - what I call the adult/family services offered at the church and then the teen service - run by teens for teens - downstairs in the huge gym with the youth pastor giving the message each week. He's calling his sermon this week "epic" so I want to be there to hear it*!)
After church, it'll be a mad dash to drive to one of my brothers' homes (one of two brothers - his house..not a brother who has two homes..although one brother DOES have two homes - he flipped one and is waiting for it to sell). Easter dinner with family then a leisurely drive home to see friends.
With no time to hang out here, I've also had little time for television or movies. Wondering what's good out? I want to see Hop, Paul, and Soul Surfer and Arthur.
*Bryan, the youth pastor's messages can be heard and/or downloaded online here for free! Enjoy.
These items from olivelse are perfect for spring! I've been looking around for deck inspiration for the warm weather - when it decides to arrive! (today is icy rain and cold temps. brrr. good day for hazelnut coffee and small space heaters!).
I have to admit to dreaming of warmer weather, lazy evenings on the deck with friends or just alone - watching the sun set.
From the pictures below, my favorite has the pink chairs and the chandelier!
It snowed last night. Really. So to counteract a gray day, here's some yellow! I've had the color on my brain all weekend, and so has frenchbydesign. Must be a spring thing because almost a year ago to the day, I posted a series of yellow items, with the kitchen above being my favorite room.
Then poppytalk has had a penchant for yellow as well.
What beautiful tape! Ereleperle's husband surprised her with the tapes above. How lucky is she?!
My sister-in-law Maya takes gorgeous photos of her family so I had to share some with you from her recent trip to Milwaukee with my brother and their kids (her sister even makes an appearance).
Thanks for letting me indulge in some family photos. Will be back soon with some more lovely interiors!
All photos by MB
You know how I love orange! I keep gazing at this photo full of colorful goodness.
Hope you have an amazing weekend! Mine will be low key. How about you?
Aprill Aprill finds such colorful corners to photograph in her home. Very spring-y I'd say!
I'll give you four guesses as to what book arrived in the mail today?!
photos by sunnygirlsf
a) Scooby Doo, the Real Story Behind "Ruh Roh"
b) American Idle Idols
c) Fairytales That Don't Scare Children
d) A Style Guide to Paris
There's also a video about the book:
I have a free night tonight and cannot wait to jump into this book and pretend I'm visiting Paris in the next month or so.
After catching a glimpse of Julia's London flat on Apartment Therapy (with a post title of Design Minded Organization in a London Flat I had to take a look!), I researched and found dozens of photos of her flat on her Flickr pages. I love that Julia likes cute things and has found creative ways to showcase or stow away those items. Some of my favorites below include the mirror tiles on the bathroom window, the use of the window ledge for storage, the artwork everywhere, the way she incorporated IKEA items into her non-typically-IKEA looking flat, and her personalized-with-Liberty-fabrics dressers.
To see all her flat photos, please visit her flickr pages!
All photos are by SeedKeeper and used with permission.
I'm back! I have been taking care of some personal situations so posting has been scarce. It'll pick up speed now that I'm back. Spent a long weekend away with kids from church for a youth conference and just getting away was refreshment enough!
How was your weekend?
Above photos by Pernille Greve for EST Magazine
I may not have a nursery that needs some decorating but I could apply the bedroom decor to any room. Liking the mobile, the simple wood floors, and the artwork installed up to the ceiling.
Also have a new need for red bedding for spring and summer - to be tossed over crisp white sheets and pillowcases!
photo by Colin Doswell for Est Magazine
Some cuteness to start your week!
Celine of Les Bulles de MiluDCCia has a home that wowed me with its artful simplicity + industrial chicness. What fun to be introduced to a new-to-me blog by Si (of French by Design) as she and Celine participated in a virtual house swap.
To see French by Design's home, click here.
Beautiful simplicity above.
Feeling like a teenager today who is not a morning person and attempts to croak out "good morning" when spoken to. A little weekend recovery perhaps is required. Played cards with friends until the wee hours of the morning on Saturday night which then had me doing catch up work Sunday afternoon and evening. Movies watched this weekend: Lincoln Lawyer (good!) and Gnomeo & Juliet (cute, amusing and fun to catch comparisons to Shakespeare's original story).
Hope you had a good weekend!
What a cute photo. She has the loveliest things in her home! Loving her eye for color and order.
As for her address file, I was lucky enough to win one recently and it sure made my desk at home so very cute!
I haven't mentioned last week's event here on the blog, but my heart goes out to Japan and all affected by this awful event. I'll be joining fellow bloggers (such as French by Design) who are participating in a blogging day of silence tomorrow, Friday, March 18.
For Japan with love (to donate)
See you soon.
So here's the thing. I'm going to show you some photos of a beautiful house...but you've got to visit The Marion House Book for the detailed house tour by the homeowners, Abigail and John, and the remainder of the photos. Emma (of the marion house book) is right...this is a house just like one you'd see in Living, etc (which happens to be my favorite magazine!).
All photographs by Kristin Sjaarda for The Marion House Book.