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.
Wow. Beautiful photos by Jennifer Causey on her site The Makers. She photographed various artists in Brooklyn, and one of my favorite sets of photos is of Jewels of New York. Someday I'll post other favorite photos from the same project.
Lovely, cheerful spring colors via wood & wool stool.
It's been quite the weekend - full of car drama. My car's exhaust system decided to break while I was on the freeway - leaving me with a car that's drivable but oh-so-loud! From that moment on, it felt like the weekend was orchestrated from above because I was able to catch my mechanic friend at home who knows my car inside and out... and after purchasing a new part-I-can't-remember and a new catalytic converter, my aging honda civic is now running again.
I was able to find my friend at home, he had the time to repair the car with his son's help, my mom just "happened" to be on her way to visit me for the weekend so she picked me up and took me home. We relaxed over dinner and card playing, went to church on Sunday, out for a leisurely brunch, and then the car was ready soon after.
I don't live in a town with taxis or a public transit system, so I wouldn't have been able to get home and to church easily without my mom there. The car drama happened while she was on her way for a spontaneous trip to visit me. *whew* so glad she did.
Best part is that the Check Engine light on my car is off for the first time in over a year.
Hope your weekend was drama free and pleasant. Was it?
I'm drawn to this kitchen for so many reasons: the pink chair, the cute tea pot, the red container on the counter, the photo leaning against the wall, the shelf with the cute objects, the pretty light fixtures.... need I go on?
Seeing this kitchen and then keeping the following photos in mind, I may take a meandering trip to IKEA in the morning. I usually go with a friend or family member, but I may go alone this time. I'll take my time driving the 90+ miles, stopping for coffee, arriving at the store in time to peruse the various departments - looking for fabrics, candlesticks, a mirror, a basic clock for my bathroom or maybe some white semi-opaque bins to corral items into the closet.
I have my eye on the fabric above this bed. Would like to find something similar at IKEA. Or there's always this fabric:
I normally go for pinks but there's something about these colors that's got me determined to find a place for it at home.
I may not go to IKEA. There are enough projects at home calling out for my attention - along with a sewing machine my sister in law Maya loaned to me that I have yet to take out of the box. I also saw some pretty yellow prints on a pale fabric on lotta jansdotter's journal that I really want to recreate.
photo via lotta jansdotter
What will you do this weekend?
Must buy an orange lamp.
Must buy an orange lamp.
Must buy an orange lamp.
Little note: I did get cable TV again with a DVR I can program from the cable company's website, but it hasn't sucked up all my time. It's been fun to get reacquainted with some shows I haven't seen in a year like The Middle, The Soup and American Idol.
Crisp, clean, colorful, organized rooms and shelves. That's why I continue to post images from the home of the good fairy. (dang! I keep wanting to type out "the tooth fairy" even though my family never believed in the tooth fairy....oops.. am I spoiling it for some of you?)
If you visit the good fairy's blog, she has some recent posts showing purple accessories for the home which make me want to add way more purple to my apartment's color scheme!
IT'S FRIDAY. yippee! I am getting cable TV again after going without it for one year. Was called by the cable company to add cable TV again for a pretty low price that's guaranteed for a year. What sold me on it (apart from the low price that will be added to my cable interent price) was that I will be able to program my DVR from a website. To get why I'm so excited about this, let's walk through how I recorded programs from 2002-2005: (see way below - under the photos)
+ I had a small tv, a vcr and a stack of VHS videotapes labeled Monday - Sunday.
+ I would then go into the programming mode with my VCR remote and up would pop a blue screen with white text that had columns for the date of the program to be recorded, the start time (you set it yourself) and the end time (you set that yourself as well), and the exact channel number to record it on. (If you recorded two shows and they overlapped by even one minute, no error message popped up to show you the discrepancy and help you resolve it!)
+So after every program (Oprah's show, a few shows each weeknight, movies on weekend) was meticulously programmed into the VCR, I had to pray that no storm would cause havoc by shutting off our electricity at home for even one minute. If so, the VCR programming would be erased and it would be back to square one - a blank screen with a cursor blinking at you as if to say "HA! go ahead, I dare you, just try to remember exactly all the shows you meant to record and make no mistakes!"
+When the electricity would go out when I was away from home, my poor (angel of a...) roommate Karla would stay on the phone with me while I walked her through what should record that very day (until I could go home between work and going out) - so she then had to tackle The Blue Screen for me.
+When watching a show, I might start the videotape and FAST FORWARD (while hearing a whirring sound) to the show I want to watch and if the wrong channel was chosen or if there was a delay in programming due to urgent news, the President's speech, etc. then I was out of luck and would end up with a recording I didn't want or need.
Let's sum up, shall we? VCR + TV + meticulous programming = temporary peace of mind.
Is it a wonder I wanted to leap for joy when I heard I could get a DVR again and program it remotely?! hallelujah!! No more watching shows online on a desktop computer while sitting in a hard, wodden chair at a desk - within arm's reach of the mouse to jiggle it to keep the screensaver from popping up. No more having to be home at the exact time the show is on (hello 1950s to 1980s to see my favorite shows.
If you're looking for me in the next week, just look on the couch. I'll be watching TV again with a blissful smile on my face for about a week or two. TV, I've missed you!
Have a groovy weekend! Be good!
One of my favorite bloggers has begun a new blog!!
Yeah - I'm a bit excited. Sally Shim of shimandsons has begun a new, daily blog called Sally J Shim. Her work is amazing (stunning, really, in its simplicity and beauty) but the new one will be more about her family and daily life.
Just this week I forwarded her swap package content photos to many friends so they could "ooh" and "aah" over the plethora of cuteness! Loving that she repackaged the straws and the candy - so much cuter now!
Enough talking. Time to drool. Or smile. Or both.
These cozy images from shine design fit the mood of the morning perfectly. I have been up since 4:15 AM and have done tasks around the home that would make flylady proud: got up, showered, dressed to shoes, put makeup on, unloaded the dishwasher, wiped down the kitchen counters, made a smoothie for breakfast, folded laundry from the dryer and put another load into the dryer, and finally sat down with a smoothie to peruse blogs. And it's only 5:30. Yeah.... in the morning.
Work has been a bit intense for the past two weeks - so I've had little time or energy when at home to catch up on blog reading much less make a dent in the books stacked up everywhere....which is why it feels so luxurious this very moment to sip a smoothie and read blogs. Feels like I've been away from friends/bloggers way too long!
How have you been?
What's new and exciting in your life?
Aren't these beautiful photos from the portfolio of Katrine Martensen-Larsen?! I was smitten from the moment I saw the yellow car on the wall and the red refrigerator. Bring on color! The more the merrier.
It is almost the weekend. Things are so crazy during the day at work that the week has flown by. I'm thrilled it's Thursday! What are you thinking of doing this weekend?
So much for spring! We had sleet, icy rain, and then four inches of snow. Hello, Wisconsin weather! Thankfully I could turn to Green Is the New Black for some bright colors to offer instant cheer!
Thanks for all the fun spring cleaning/transition tips in the giveaway! Thanks to random.org, a winner (comment #18) has been selected: Congratulations , Aubrey!
PS: So much for spring. Today has been a day full of sleet and freezing rain. I've cozied up at home with movies, naps, reading and cleaning. How was your weekend?
To make the day more perfect, Lori - who is The 10 Cent Designer, has graciously allowed me to feature one of her blog posts here from her new blog. This "after" living room (shown above) is about the most beautiful living room I have ever seen. Lori's blog has such a pretty sidebar with the cutest drawing of herself and links to her flickr photos (photos that amaze me every day!).
Have a great weekend!
photos via The Cent Designer via flickr
It feels like spring today which reminds me of spring when I was a child. My brothers and I would run around outside for hours while playing frisbee or capture the flag, playing on swingsets, and we'd arrive home exhausted and covered in mud. (How fun it was to squish your toes in mud puddles.)
Those days are long gone but that anticipation of being outside again in spring weather remains. To celebrate it, how about a giveaway? CSN Stores is providing one reader with a $55 gift certificate toward a purchase in any of their 200+ stores!
Simply comment below (by Sunday evening) with your favorite idea to freshen up a home after a long winter. Please keep the following rules in mind:
EDITED: Comments are now closed.
diggin' this cute kitchen!
Loving this scarf display in Katrin's bedroom. And the paint color next to the white wardrobe. And the orderly bookshelves.
I went exploring around Katrin's home on flickr and it's adorable. Just take a look!
Makeovers are superduper fun. To see Chris Gardner's office's before photo - scroll way down to the bottom. What a great job Chris did! I'm particularly enamored with the macro shots of the office and craft accessories!
This is the makeover portion of the day. Below will be the life makeunder section.
There. I'll sandwich it in between two fun photos and use loads of exclamation points now!!!!
It's been quite a week. I have been on an anti-depressant for two years - starting on it after a few months of anxiety and a known family history of depression and anxiety. It is an expensive drug, and I have been fortunate to have gotten samples from my doctors office every few weeks for two years except this week.
I had this nudge from God when the office continually didn't have samples for me despite my daily calls - that maybe I should go off of it (Lexapro). I decided to and then googled "Lexapro withdrawal" and read of some awful, awful side effects that happen when people go cold turkey. (Which makes me hesitant now to put that in my body- it's some strong stuff!) I'm chancing it and am on Day Three and have had no ill side effects from the withdrawal....yet. I've kept my meals free of sugar and filled with protein and vegetables and some smoothies and gotten enough sleep.
Have to admit that Days Four and Five may be the most difficult - and I'm happy they fall on a weekend.
WHEW! There, we made it. Are you okay? I'm okay. I'm smiling. I'm not crying. Am feeling cheerfully hopeful.
[This is my current experience. I know that medicines are needed -my friends and relatives are on them so I know. I'm just hoping I don't need to be on this anymore. ]
If you're thinking, "What's so 'life makeunder' about that story?!", I thought of makeunder as a way to portray the drug leaving my life and leaving me behind with a better life! Perhaps decluttering my pantry closet would help as well.
It has been fun to look for ways to nourish my body as it goes through this "WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME?" stage. So this weekend will include seeing the new romantic comedy that Adam Sandler is in, playing cards with some former students of mine, and going to a pizza 'n bowling night to celebrate the birthday of two friends!
What are you doing this weekend?
Look! Below these next photos! It's more fun questions for you!
After reading this entry on Marta's blog, I'm curious about blog content.
+ What do you look for in a blog?
+ What would you like to see more of or less of on this blog?
+ What kinds of blogs do you subscribe to?
+ What are your favorite blogs?
EDITED: Indulged in two movies tonight: "The Dilemma" and "Just Go With It". Actually began liking Vince Vaughn in The Dilemma...felt drawn to his character somehow... and then laughed a lot while watching Just Go With It. I liked Jennifer Aniston's acting and her character, the kids were adorable, and Adam Sandler was his usual self. Have to say I liked the Adam Sandler movie the best. Now.... time to sleep in then work out in the pool!
Lovely home studio/office of Desiree (Vosges Paris). I was curious about the contents of the photo and was pleasantly surprised to scroll down and find the labeled objects in the photo below.
Then check out the beautiful heart items that Tutze Home offers. So pretty!
I now want to personalize my newly decluttered home office!
Good morning from this not-so-savvy blog designer. (ha! not a designer either!) I was given this gift of a badge from IKEA Family LIVE because I adore their site and return often to snag inspirational photos to share here! (It took me forever and a day to figure out how to put the image into the sidebar. Since I was poking around there anyway - I changed the blogroll to green just for fun.)
I will accept the badge because it seems there are only four of us worldwide who have been given the badge.
Well now, let's jump down off a high horse (sheesh..feel free to knock me down from there anytime!) and look at some photos of a home a couple moved into recently - as in - they're barely settled in but the place looks really good.
I love peeking into other people's homes....and a facebook page lets me do that. (and now you know my secret photo source. since I'm divulging secrets, I should tell you that I don't just crave sweet foods or salty foods. I like a mix of sweet and salty - like a french fry dipped into a chocolate shake..then eaten. Perfection.)
+ industrial-ish locker baskets
+ pretty cushion fabric
+ stylish purse
+ lovely green walls
I like it.
Please join me in this indulgence in decor that is French and IKEA in a few photos from Muriel and Ed's Parisian home. The original flat was dark so they knocked down some walls and personalized the home.
1. For Muriel and Ed, comfort and aesthetics are key. ‘We have lots of art. It makes our home unique.’
2. ‘Stripping back and keeping things simple has helped us make the most of natural light.’
3. ‘A good weekend starts with a long lie-in.’
4. ‘At the centre of our kitchen is a table where we can eat together as a family.’
5. ‘We chose a classic neutral-toned sofa and added extra colour with cushions.’
6. ‘Life at home should be easy - so we use furniture we can move around to suit our needs.’
7. ‘Ed arranges lamps to fit what we want to do – read, relax, chat…’
8. ‘We love to read and we can do that comfortably all over the apartment.’
9. ‘The apartment’s original features give the place character.’
10. ‘I like the texture of things, the stories they tell…’
11. ‘We love having plants and flowers around the place.’
12. ‘A big sofa gives the living room a focal point and provides space to add interest with colourful cushions or throws.’