Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The task at hand is picking the overall paint color for the entire downstairs. Picking paint colors in the Northwest is never easy. Especially neutrals as the tend to go pink or yellow. Unfortunately, I don't like either color. You can see all the paint swatches on the wall. Hopefully a new hybrid color tomorrow will make the final cut.
Here's a quick peek at the progress from the last post.
New staircase minus the slats. They should go in tomorrow.
Fireplace in progress. Still a lot of work to be done but still tons better than it was to begin with. This will become the focus of the family room. Middle compartment houses the T.V. We are going to age the brick white so it has a wonderful patina. No more 80's in this room.
Monday, November 16, 2009
While they are fabulous in a hotel, they would be extra fab in a home. They would be unexpected. A nice change from your standard guest towel.
They are the perfect gift for everyone on your list regardless of occasion. I would love to receive the quest towels for my powder room. It's the little touches that make a difference.
The boys could each get towels monogrammed with the first letter of their names. That way, there would never be fighting over who gets what towel. I can dream can't I?
Matouk has an amazing collection of bedding, bath and table top linens. They have the new Lulu DK line as well as a custom/couture "bespoke" line so you can create you're very own bedding assortment.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I've never found the perfect fix. But to my surprise, I've found a couple drugstore finds that are amazing and don't break the bank.
I was at a girlfriends and tried her Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush. I couldn't believe it. It went on so easily and gave me the perfect glow. My favorite color is "Rose Petal." Subtle and gorgeous.
Just opening it and looking at the beautiful mousse texture and color makes me happy. I've had better results with this than any department store blush.
If the blush is great, what could the foundation do for my skin? You can bet I'm going to find out. It's only $13.99 so what do I have to loose?
The other one that's always getting rave reviews is the CoverGirl and Olay Simply Ageless Foundation. It's supposed to prevent the pigment from settling into fine lines, therefore make you look younger. Sounds good to me. But the packaging just isn't as pretty as the Maybelline version and I'm a sucker for packaging.
But maybe the best find of all, is this Organic line by Boots available at Target. Good day creams are hard to find as I have dry and sensitive skin. I've tried them all. Even the miracle La Mer. I love my Decleor, but at $65 a jar it's pricey. And really, who uses just one jar in their routine. This cream is almost as good and it's $12.99. It's fragrance free (unlike most of the natural/organic lines) and keeps me hydrated all day long.
This Face Super Balm is amazing as well. It feels like a sugar scrub and is slightly greasy but it moisturizes like crazy. For skin like mine, balms are incredible once you get past the texture difference. I use it as my night cream and on rough patches on my hands. It's $8.99!
Who knew recession beauty shopping could be so much fun.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
For the Living and Dining Rooms - I will need chandeliers in both.
This would be incredible over the dining table.
Either way, at least she will be able to see whether or not she has on two matching shoes. Really, I've done that. It's not fun when you get to your destination and realize that you got dressed in the dark.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Enjoy the pictures. Blow them up so you can see the details. Always styled to the "T" without being overdone. Gorgeous Southern simplicity.
Hope you had a great Monday.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I love that I can quickly browse through the looks and pick out the ones I like or are realistic (let's be real as most of these outfits would never work on a real person or someone who didn't live in L.A.) and modify them for my price point, style and age. You can search by celebrity or just scan through all the posts. They also have beauty features which I love as well. Sometimes I just want to buy some drugstore makeup for the experience of shopping the aisle. I don't want someone telling me what I should buy based on my coloring. It takes me back to my junior high and high school days. Remember Wet 'n Wild?
This is almost as good as any celebrity gossip rag. I don't care about what the celebs are doing - just they are wearing. Good-bye people and US Magazine. You are no longer needed.
Here are a couple samples.
Katherine Heigl (In case you live under a rock)
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
The light, beachiness of the chandelier and coral linen fabric contrasted with the heavy mahogany table and traditional print wallpaper makes the room young and fun. It reminds me of what my grandmother would have done in her Laguna Beach house. A little traditional mixed with Asian and beach. Bikini beach clad girl meets traditional upper west side boy. Match made in heaven.
Mom-mom, that was my nickname for my grandma, this would have been fantastic with your Capri's , tunics, and Bernardo t-strap sandals. You were always the the epitome of beach chic meets Hollywood.
This rooms for you. Wish you were here to enjoy it. I can almost smell the Entemann's cheese danish twist now.
Turquoise linen and tinted wall fabric from Quadrille. Coral linen fabric from Travers. Chandelier is from Mecox Gardens. Photo from House Beautiful.
Monday, November 2, 2009
But I saw this magazine cover yesterday and it stopped me in my tracks.
My friends and family always tease me because I've proclaimed our family "a white light family". No colored Christmas lights allowed. Much to the dismay of my kids. Every year they ask why we have to be a white light family. Can't they over-rule me since there are three boys and just my little old self. I've given in and have a kids Christmas Tree in the Family Room that they can have colored lights on. I know I should give in on the main tree and outside, but I just can't do it. Christmas to me should be elegant, sparkly, white and gold. No red and green for me. (Unless it's celadon or apple green and used as an accent)
I love Susan Marinello. She's one of my favorite Seattle designers. So when I noticed it was her house on the cover of Seattle Homes & Lifestyles I just had to post about it.
The article made me laugh because even her daughter thought that the decorations were too white. This year she's going to do bright reds and burnt oranges. Should be equally beautiful and elegant. And I love that it's not the traditional color scheme.