Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Monday, 30 December 2013
Now with that in mind… here is my first design for… the end of the year?! I guess I can't quite say new year yet!! I clearly have a favourite design aesthetic. For some reason lately I have really been drawn toward the retro look. I love the antiques, and the feeling of warm woods, white walls and simple, yet stand out pieces. I think it has a homey, comfortable feel with a cool and relaxed vibe to it. This design is very simple, maybe a little bit too simple for some, but in theme with a new year, how about a clean, no fuss, no muss look?! I love starting off a new year that way! Cheers!
Sunday, 29 December 2013
Sunday, 22 December 2013
Anywho, back to gift giving... Steph clearly knows me very well. This is what she gave me...Tiny Feast. It looks to be the cutest little paper goods store and I have heard a LOT about it but have yet to go. I am told that it lives up to all expectations and is the cutest little store. I mean they have items from the Rifle Paper Co., how can they not be totally awesome! I wanted to share this little gem with everyone as I believe that little shops like this should get the publicity they deserve. I for one cannot wait to go! Especially now since I know they carry the greatest things like a stamp carving kit!!! Thanks again Steph!! Can't wait to meet you in person Tiny Feast!!
Friday, 20 December 2013
I'm often thinking about where I would ideally want to live if I won the lottery and no longer had a care in the world. If I could, I'd live at the cabin and this would be my idea of cozy cabin living…
Thursday, 19 December 2013
So today as I was wrapping more gifts, I noticed that I do not have a stocking. I have no idea where my childhood stocking went, and Steve's is just hanging by our tree all by it's lonesome. In complete selfishness, I thought today I would share with you the stockings that I have been looking at for little ole me! It might be too late for this year, but next year.... I will have a stocking and I will get it from.... where else but Etsy!! Which do you like best?
I think I'm leaning towards #2... or #1.... or....
Tuesday, 17 December 2013
Yes Steve was mad at me for giving it away, but in return we got some pretty glorious looking goodies too! I can only tell you how I made mine however. The popcorn recipe I found on Pinterest (of course!!) and the other my mom got out of an old magazine and has stashed in her "christmas" baking folder at home. My mom is a fabulous baker and I can't wait to try out more of her treats. Here is the popcorn recipe if you are at all interested (and you should be because it's absolutely amazingly delectable, for real). As for the other... they are called Toffee Bits Triangles and you make them like this:
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup of packed light brown sugar
1 egg yolk
2 cups of all purpose flour
1 1/4 cup of skor toffee bits
2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350F. Line a 15.5x10.5" rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla until creamy. Stir in flour and 1 cup of toffee bits until well combined. Press dough evenly into prepared baking sheet. bake for 18-20 minutes or until light brown. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack. Immediately sprinkle chocolate chips over the hot cookie base. Let it stand for 5 minutes or until chocolate is softened. Spread chocolate evenly over the base, then sprinkle remaining toffee bits evenly over the chocolate. Cool until chocolate is set, about 2 to 3 hours. Cut into 3" squares. Cut each square diagonally to make 4 triangles. ENJOY!!!
Monday, 16 December 2013
So far, this is what my presents are looking like...
So cute, right?! It's simple and cute, I think. I want to share with you even more fun, cute, and simple ideas for wrapping that I have found lately along
*How cute is this idea for the little ones?
*So many ideas here for next year!
*Can I please be rich so that I can buy all of my wrapping supplies here?! Maybe that's what I should have asked Santa for for Christmas! Is it too late??!
Sunday, 15 December 2013
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Monday, 9 December 2013
Getting back to the task at hand, I started the bedroom off with the "Los Angeles" print from Rifle Paper Co. I love everything they sell, but for some reason the colors in this print really caught my eye. Oh and then... THEN I found the chair. How perfect is the chair?!!? It's a great find from Chairish. They have such a wide selection of anything and everything that you could think of that you might want to sit on. After the chair, came the credenza... I mean dresser. I knew once I saw the dresser that it would make a beautiful credenza for a dining room. Thus came look two...
Look two has quite a different feel to it. Eclectic? I obviously started off with the credenza and knew that I wanted to pair it with an eames chair. I love these chairs and really hope to own a few of my own someday! For now though, i'll just stare away and hope to win the lottery. After finding the reclaimed wood table, I knew the room needed a few pops of color and that's when I found the rug...gorgeous right? The perfect pops of color without being too splashy. That's right, I said splashy. I think a bit of my grandmother just came out in me there!
Saturday, 7 December 2013
Now I am going to get a little personal for one second. When Steve and I discuss having children (hopefully someday!) I always tell him that I would want to find out what the sex of the baby is so that I can decorate the room appropriately... priorities right?! Steve is adamant that it be a surprise. He knows how much I hate surprises!! Now, just incase I decide to agree with him, I thought maybe I should try my hand at designing a neutral nursery. I love the natural feel that this room has and the simple lines. I think that is the key to a neutral room, simple. As the old saying goes... keep it simple stupid!
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Monday, 2 December 2013
Thursday, 28 November 2013
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
I've chosen a few of my recent favorites to share with you here. I must say, my Christmas list is really growing!! Steve, are you reading this?
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Sunday, 24 November 2013
When my friend Bri found out that we were heading to Fargo ND for the weekend, she told me to make sure that I stop in at a little antique shop in Grand Forks on our way, Plain and Fancy Antiques. She said it was amazing, but I had no idea just HOW amazing! They literally had a little bit of everything! A lot of old, a bit of new… some decor, some collectibles… best of all some AMAZING furniture.
Ok, so I took a lot of pictures of the Christmas displays that they had, but I loved how creative they were and how they worked in antiques! Gawd I could have spent hoards of money here! I did take other pictures. Remember I mentioned the amazing furniture?
I was very impressed with Steve's creative side as well! He noticed this little yellow cabinet and right away said…"how cool would this be if you put little hooks inside and hung it on the wall for keys etc." (I think i'm starting to rub off on him)!
Now the next picture is one of my favourites and anyone around that was listening may have thought I was a touch crazy when I saw them… I believe the noises that came out of my mouth were a little…. misleading potentially?? Anywho, after the noises left my mouth, I did manage to tell Steve that when we do move into a house, we will be coming back and buying up each and every one of these bed frames. I have put my foot down.
I'm so glad that we were able to get away for a weekend and free ourselves from much responsibility. I had a great time just the two of us. I wish we could make it a monthly event, but we have to get back to work to pay for everything we bought… bah. I hope your weekend was just as eventful!