Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Paris Peonies

It's back to the grind after the busy 3 kid filled day weekend. And this week is CRAZY. I have a house that's undergoing a complete transformation with paint and applied panel moulding. I can't wait to see the finished result, but first, it takes a lot of coordination and skilled workers to pull it off. And that's just one of the projects for this week. Phew.

So when I saw this picture of Peonies from the Paris flower market I instantly felt a little more relaxed. They are my favorite flower and the season is so short. I've got to enjoy them as much as possible while I can.

Hope this image helps get your week off to a good start as it did mine.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Crazy about Antelope

I've been crazy for the Antelope rug by Stark for years. While I love zebra, (and you know I think every room should have a little zebra) I'm loving the antelope rug for it's warm neutral background. It really goes with any color and makes a room look current, chic and casual all at once. Best of all - you'd never see any spills on this rug. It's the perfect family friendly accessory.

Here are some examples of it's beauty...

Ruthie Sommers

Sally Wheat via Cote de Texas

Amanda Nisbet

Image via Mrs. Blandings

Todd Romano

Please, clients, will one of you humor me and love this rug as much as I do?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Not Just for Kids - Serena & Lily - Part II

I'm loving the bed options from Serena and Lily. They are all statement beds even without a statement print (I like them plain or with my own fabric) but you can get them in one of their statement fabrics as well.

And how cute are these little side tables?

But I'm really loving the classic bordered sheets and duvet sheets in multiple colors. Start here and then add in some great coordinating fabrics in sham sizes and decorative pillows to give your self a custom bed.

I think they may give Williams Sonoma Home a run for their money in the new traditional category.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Not just for kids - Serena & Lily - Part 1

The Internet has been buzzing about the new Serena & Lily catalog.

They've expanded their assortment and it's not just for kids. It's a great resource for someone who wants a custom room without the custom price tag.

Here are a couple of my favorite accessories.

Unique lighting

A small sampling on their great Dec Pillows.

The rugs are too die for. More colors available, of course.

I'm so impressed that I have to do a Part 2....

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


As we still wait for the sun in the Northwest, I'm loving this Alabama lakeside house featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles by Paige Sumblin Schnell of Tracery Interiors. It's the perfect blend of utilitarian and elegance.

Nothing would make me happier than having a retreat like this one to enjoy with my family and friends.

Sign me up.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The perfect chandelier

A favorite chandelier of mine for a bathroom, kitchen or bedroom is the Visual Comfort Barbara Barry Scallop Chandelier. It's the perfect transitional light.

Design by Turner Davis

Design by Jim Howard

Image via Decorpad

Image via Decorpad

It's chandelier LOVE in my black book. What do you think?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

We interrupt this blog...

I'm not fond of tooting my own horn but this one felt like it needed to be put out into the world or it wouldn't be real.

Almost a year ago I had a milestone birthday. If you've been reading my blog for awhile you know that I was running frequently around that time as I was planning to run the Seattle Rock N Roll Half Marathon in June 2010 to honor my milestone birthday. Then in November 2009 I hurt my knee and while I was recovering my running partner moved to Singapore. So, needless to say, I stopped running. It was the perfect excuse. And stopped doing anything else for that matter.

Fast forward to 8 weeks ago. My older sister sent me a text and asked me if I'd run the Eugene Oregon Half Marathon with her and a couple friends. I didn't reply to that text for almost a week as I stewed on how I wanted to respond. Then I remembered that I never completed that big birthday goal, and as this run was on May 1st, it would still count in my milestone year.

So we jumped in and started an 8 week running program of 4 days a week and a long run each weekend. It was brutal but nice to have each other for motivation and daily stress release/therapy. We had such deep conversations over those 2 1/2 hour runs! We learned a lot about ourselves and each other.

Any this past Sunday at 7 am we embarked upon our journey. It was a sunny and cold morning. Perfect running weather. AND....it was life changing.

Never has anything in my life made me feel so strong and capable. As each mile of the 13.1 passed, I felt stronger and stronger. I didn't have to will myself to keep going as I did in my daily runs - for some reason my body just floated that day. Hearing my name as I ran through the finish line at the famous Hayward Field was incredible. The whole mind-over-matter saying of "if you think you can do it, you can" is true.

Christy, Jamie, Me, and my sister Laurie after the race.

We are running the Chicago Half Marathon in September and maybe, just maybe, we'll sneak in the Seattle Rock n Roll just for fun.

Never in my life did I expect to do this, but I'm glad I did.
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