Thursday, December 2, 2010

Hello there, my most favorite time of the year!

Its the Christmas Season!!!!!!
(can you tell I'm excited?)
And so that means its time to decorate cause its important that it feels like Christmas at my house. Even more exciting is that its our first Christmas as husband and wife in our home which means.....
we have a whole lot of nothing to decorate with. After trolling the web for a very long short time I have found lots of great things!

Inspired? I am! If you didn't already pick up on it, Im loving mixed metalics with varying shades of blues. It will match my house and the colors are vintage chic which I love!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thank you....

Like the rest of the blogging community, here is my Thankful on Thanksgiving post.

What am I thankful for? This is one question that was hard to answer because so many things came to mind all at once.

First, my husband. I am grateful for his patience, understanding, support, sense of humor and abundance of love he gives me every day. I can truly say that I am a woman now and most of it is because I am now a wife to a man who has helped shape me into the person I've always wanted to be.

My family, who continue to help, support and love me even from afar. I am so grateful for the emails, phone calls, and occasional card I receive that helps me feel like I'm still in Delaware with them.

My new family, who have welcomed me with open arms. They are so happy, loving, and easy to get a long with. I couldn't ask for better people to have entered my life.

My job, while, it isn't my "ideal" job it has given me the sense of contribution I so badly needed and helps to further my education in my future field.

School. It isn't always fun but I am grateful I am able to go. Not everyone can and I am fortunate to be blessed with a husband who welcomes furthering my education with open arms.

My Heavenly Father. He continues to reign blessings down upon me and show me the love, comfort and support that I so often call upon him for.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

It's triptych

I FINALLY finished my art project and now have some art up on my large, previously empty, media wall. (insert applause here) And I am really happy with the result. The hubs likes it too, he can’t stop saying how impressed he is with how good it looks.

That being said, I now find myself wishing I had something else there. Specifically, I wish I had this:

This octopus triptych is from Natural Curiosities. It represents everything "curious" about what they do as a company. They have introduced a number of octopus images over the last few years, and Lord Bodner's triptych is the newest addition to their continued fascination of the octopus. The detail of the image is the finest that they have found. The original is a copperplate engraving by Lord Bodner and was published in 1826 in London as part of a series studying creatures of the deep.

When I came upon this gem this morning my jaw literally dropped. This piece could not be more perfect for our room and that wall.

However, at $5000 (without framing) it will never happen. Ever.

But one can dream right?

And while we are ogling this beautiful space. Check out the bedroom. Its gorgeous!


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hello there, Happy Chic!

I have always loved Jonathan Adler. I love the sense of whimsy he brings to every room with his unique style and incredible ability to pair almost anything together. Unlike many designers his rooms feel like someone really does live in and use the space.

And he's got a new book out!

(don't you just love that hand chair?)

After my rant previously about tablescaping, I couldn't be more pleased to have found this. I can't wait to get it and see what treasures are inside.

Here are the 10 decorating commandments according to Johnathan;

Our 10 Commandments for a Happy Chic home

Thou shalt embrace maximalism.

Thou wilt find minimalism to be something of a bummer in thy abode. Thou wilt grow tired of an endless sea of beige and thou wilt long for a splash of color & a dollop of pattern! Bargello pillows, Furnace bottles, and rustic modern lamps - these shalt be the accessories that add some panache to your pad.

2. Thou shalt not deny thyself hotelish comfort at home.
Thou shalt furnish thy rooms with paw-pampering, hand-loomed llama wool rugs, luxurious lighting and our fabulous furniture.
Thy rooms shalt feel like the most opulent hotel rooms in which thou hast ever stayed.
Thou art worth it.

3. Thou shalt buy an X-Bench.
Then, thou shalt buy another. Thou shalt use them in pairs, perfect under thy console or placed near thy sofa. Thou shalt rest thy feet upon them & so will thy guests. In fact, thy guests might even fight over who gets to rest upon them. Therefore, thou shalt establish house rules about thy X-Benches. Perhaps thou should consider a sign up sheet.

4. If thy nest needeth zest, consider thy crest!
Thou shalt emblazon with thine initials wherever possible.

5. Thou shalt mix fancy with frisky.
Thou shalt not be overly formal, for if thou art, thou will be sad. Conversely, thou shalt not be overly whimsical, for if thou art thou will not feel chic. Therefore, thou shalt embrace a mix, pairing the chic classical foundation - excellent proportions, classic furniture - with a layer of playful punctuation. Then thou shalt rest.

6. Thou shalt honor the funsters of yore.
David Hicks, Alexander Girard, Piero Fornasetti, Bonnie Cashin, Bjorn Wiinblad - if thou dost not knoweth them, thou should. Thou can use Google Images to learn more about them and thou shalt channel their fun, idiosyncratic, playful spirit in thine own interiors. Thy home will be fun, happy, and chic.

7. Thou shalt not commit murder,
...unless thou art murdering for a decorative accessory.
If thou should find thyself at one of our stores and seeth the last bird bowl on our shelf, thou shalt feel free to use whatever means necessary to obtain that special something.

8. Thou shalt not be afraid of orange.
Thou shalt use orange copiously in thy interior, whether it beeth in an orange breakfast room or via the zing of an orange lacquered box. Thou might even consider painting thy front door orange to pique thy neighbor's curiosity. Thou shalt also covet chocolate brown.

9. Thou shalt play ping pong.
Better still, thou shalt have a ping pong table in thy living room. Then, lo, thou shalt play ping pong with thy spouse rather than sitting around watching thy tv.

10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house.
In fact, after following these 10 commandments, thy neighbor might covet thy house. So there.

Mr. Adler, I could not agree more!
Here is a little eye candy to get you started on your day.

(All images taken from


Friday, November 5, 2010

Hello there, pretty details....

Lately what seems to be a consuming obsession of mine is tablescaping. There is an art to doing it right. Placing the right objects on a table or surface will enhance and finish the look of your room. Its like putting on make up. No matter how great your hair and clothes are you just don't look finished with out make-up, and your make up has to be done right or it will clash with the rest of what you are wearing.

That being said, here are some tablescapes I love and use as inspiration in my own home.

There is a fine line with table scaping between, wrong, cluttered, bare, and then beautiful. And slowly but surely I'm starting to get it right. :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Hello there, mainstream crafts!

My my my, well would you look at this! West Elm has gone and jumped on the the shabby chic crafted bandwagon. For those of us who are already in the know in the design blog world we have been seeing and doing this for quite some time but West Elm has lots of cute home decor items for sale or, in my case, great inspiration for some DIY projects.

(my fav!)

I mean really. Isn't it all just adorable?
I especially love the paper mache bird which I intend on making asap!


Hello there, blog twin...

As of late, I have been nothing short of obsessed with home decor blogs. My dear SIL Julie, is an awesome resource for said blogs. That being said, she recently referred me to this blog.

She has a portion on there where she post's what she wears for the week and while it isn't exactly design related I found one of her posts really spoke to me. Why? Because if I change out a few words I swear I could have written the exact same thing.

Its a post she called:

And every single thing in it is DEAD ON me (except the living in Seattle part). It was honestly a little scary to read something that so perfectly reflected my thoughts which is why I'm blogging about it now. Especially what she says about how her wardrobe reflects her decor style, her use of neutrals and solids with feminine details, and that her go to colors are blue and gray. (I would estimate about 95% of my wardrobe is blue and gray) So instead of writing the exact same thing just go check out her post and then her blog because its cute and so is she.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Hello there, long lost blog.....

Its been FOREVER since I last blogged. Where have I been? Nowhere really. I just got caught up in married life, job hunting, school searching and settling into my new home and new life.

So what do I have to say... everything and nothing all at once. Haha. So instead of blabbing I'll show you.

Meet Sundae! She is our sweet and sassy new little girl. She's half Persian half Himalayan. We had a little health scare with her when we first got her but she's healthy and happy and absolutely LOVES her big brother Jax.

We went to see Norm McDonald. Let me save you the money. It was not worth it. He was drunk, and mumbling and therefore not so funny. BUT it was still fun to get out on a fun out-of-the-norm (no pun intended!) date with John.

I started knitting again! These socks are so warm and comfy. If they didn't look too ridiculous I'd wear them everywhere if I could. Now I'm trying to finish the never ending Hazey Embrace sweater.

It was John's 31st birthday! Happy Birthday Love! We went to GORGEOUS Sedona for the weekend. We fell in love. We stayed in a "hike out" hotel that connected right to Margs Draw trail behind it. We took lots of pictures, ate lots and lots of good food, did some sight seeing and sat back and relaxed.

I'm studying to take the HESI A2 Nursing entrance exam. It is HOPEFULLY my last step before being accepted into the RN program here and starting in the fall. I start a CNA course on Saturday. It's every weekend for six weeks and then I'll be licenced to do the job I was doing back in DE. Hopefully, I'll get in with a hospital here but who knows!

And now I'm working as an Administrative assistant for a Hospice company here in Chandler. Its not too busy but I'm sure I'll appreciate that when I am overburdened with homework.

And now I will resume my regular random design, beauty, and life postings.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hunting for art....

Now that I am in full "nesting" mode I have moved into the phase where I need art. Everywhere. I am an artistic and creative person and (whether people know it or not) my husband is as well. That being said, our walls are baren.

When I look at them its like they are saying to me, "Why Allison? Is there really nothing worthy of my large expanse for you to display?" Ok so that may be a bit dramatic but you get the idea. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, I seem to be having a lot of trouble finding things that are expressive, unique and beautiful and cohesive with my decor.

But I do find these things quite inspirational

These two came from this blog post on yellow and gray color schemes which, as you all know is my favorite. I love every thing about the first picture, the ostrich wall paper, chevron curtains, the lucite table, etc. I like the art above the bed in the second picture. It is interesting and pretty and not your average wall hanging or mirror.

I love this art grouping for a number of reasons. One, I love the modern/retro color scheme of corals, grays, and yellows. Two, I'm a sucker for art with text in it, and this has quite a bit. Three, I love the mixture of both modern art and vintage, ie; the "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster paired with the silhouette picture. And four, the underlying theme of all of the art is love, which makes the entire thing both charming and endearing.

This is from a blog post on how to make your own DIY pinhole art. While, I'm not keen on the beach themed art featured in the blog, I do think its unique. Plus I love how easy it is to make yourself.

Speaking of making yourself...

This rug is a chic and cheap DIY project that you can count on me doing. I have been on the hunt for a non aquarium looking turquoise rug for my kitchen and when I found this I knew that this is just the ticket. If you can't already tell I am fond of all things chevron right now and this is no exception. You can find the full instructions here.


Friday, July 9, 2010

bows and diagrams

Two very random ideas.

Number 1:
I am, and have been for quite some time now, crazy about anything with bows on it. I love, for lack of a better phrase, the "little girl" look that is popular right now. Short brightly colored nails, large hair accessories, and especially all of the childish prints on adult clothing including, bows. I love the sense of whimsy and fun that they bring to an outfit. How a simple white t-shirt can suddenly be dressed up with the addition of a large bow. That being said, I saw this print of Mrs. Becks and had two thoughts.

1) I LOVE that dress.
2) I want to knit that print into a sweater.
(btw this is apparently a shot of her after getting off a long flight. Who looks like that after a flight? Ugh, only in my dreams.)

Number 2:
I am also crazy for vintage diagram prints right now. I love the vintage geekiness of them. Their timeless look as well as the feeling that your getting an education when you gaze at them makes them very covetable. Alas, I can't really find what I'm look for. I have looked on Etsy but with much dismay I have only come up with a lot of Anatomical prints, not appropriate for the kitchen but still cute, or Animal meat prints. Morbid, enough said.

I'm looking for some old prints similar to this

But more technical looking. Like a vintage canister vacuum diagram or a cooktop stove diagram.

So till then I'll keep looking.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Small appliance greed

There are three things that are very high on my I-want-you-really-bad-but-don't-have-the-money-for-you list.

A sewing machine. Not picky about brand, just want one that does the basics.

A KitchenAid Stand Mixer in Ice Blue - swoon!

An Icecream maker. Preferably this one because it has all the bells and whistles but I'd take any of them.

Ok so I know that is four things but the icecream maker and the popcicle maker are interchangable.

I think I'll start looking on Craigslist for a sewing machine. Thats probably the best place to find a good deal.

Speaking of Craigslist, John is working on a project that is very similar to Craigslist but MUCH more user friendly. So prepare for some shameless self promotion once its ready to roll. ; )

On a completely unrelated side note, we are doing this. Starting this week.