Life + Style

October 29, 2010


I hope y'all have a safe and sugar-filled trick or treat!
Love, Sweet Pea


October 28, 2010

Kitchen makeover

So if you've been following me for a while then you know one of my favorite design blogs is Emily A. Clark.  She recently showcased a kitchen before and after that reminded me of my own kitchen.  
Maybe it was the maple cabinets on the before and the dreamy greys in the after but this makeover grabbed my attention.
You might be confused if you've been to my house since my kitchen is green and my cabinets are black not grey.  You're right.  However, I am in the middle of a very long transition period for my kitchen.  The next phase involves painting over the light green paint with a luscious grey.
It's going to be years before my dream kitchen is complete.  Mostly because marble counter tops and dark hardwood floors aren't exactly in our budget any time soon.
A girl can dream though right?
And what better place to store my favorite kitchen inspiration than right here on the blog.
After all, it's why I started it in the first place.



This kitchen is the opposite of what I'd do, black cabinets with white counter tops.  
I'm intrigued by how she designed her little rounded corner cabinet display shelf thingy.
We've got that too and I'm always at a loss for how to decorate it.
I'm a really big fan of the roman shade over the kitchen sink window.
This reader is also an interior designer named Emily.
Read more about that here.

October 27, 2010

Good design*kids in mind

One of my favorite design bloggers has put together a fantastic panel of talented designers, all of whom have kids, to help us decorate for our real lives.  
This is an area where I need as much advice as possible and I think most of you do too.  Even if your little ones are of the furry four-legged variety these quips of advice are practical for everyone.  
They explain how great aesthetic and children CAN co-exist and offer ways to improve your chances of eliminating chaos and ruined rooms.

From left to right and top to bottom

Autumn of Design Dump, Holly Mathis of Holly Mathis Interiors, Krista of Kiki's List, Courtney of A Thoughtful Place,  Michelle of Three Men and a Lady, Traci of Traci Zeller Designs, Jenny of Little Green Notebook, Leah ofThe Way We Are, Emily of Three Boys and a Little Lady, Anna Liesemeyer of  In Honor of Design, Janell of Isabella and Max Rooms, Danyelle of Dandee Designs, Shannon of Pink Wallpaper, Danielle of Danielle Oakey Interiors, Emily Clark of Emily A. Clark, Jordan of Oh Happy Day, Christina of Full House and Shelley of House of Smiths 

Each day a new topic is broached and the questions answered by the experts listed above.  Some of these ladies are old favorites of mine and I've even found some new inspiring momma's I wanted to share with you.
Of course I'm dedicating at least an hour a night to exploring these new found blogging-design-mama's all for your benefit.  I'll be doing some upcoming posts on what I find in case you don't have the time or energy to snoop for yourself.
I know you can't wait!

October 26, 2010

Happy 3 Months BabyGirl

Dear BabyGirl,
I cannot believe it has already been three months since you entered our world.  Our life is so much happier and fuller because of you.  You are an amazing sleeper, going almost twelve hours a night with no interruptions!  However, you're not a big napper.  You don't want to miss a thing!  You are so much more animated and alert than we expected.  You love to smile and laugh and play with your toys.  Douglas the polka-dotted zebra print puppy is your favorite.  You're not a big eater, you like to eat small amounts more often, 4-5 ounces every 2-3 hours.  You sufficiently bonded with Daddy and snubbed your mama after my first overnight away from you.  We made up the next morning!  Overall, you're a mama's girl.  Your new favorite spot is riding on my hip.  You love to hold onto my shirt and look at the world around you.  Ceiling fans are a particular spot of interest.  You grow taller every day and half your clothes already need to be boxed up.  You never stop babbling and we can't wait to hear what you have to say.  I love you more than words can explain and it grows deeper every minute.

October 22, 2010

Reading List

So I've always been a really good reader.  
No really.
Better than average. 
It's on the short list of things I can do better than my husband.
My high school English teacher was big on lots of reading and lots of annotating.  Even now when I'm reading leisurely, I find myself mentally highlighting quotes or making mental notes in the margins regarding any particularly "pithy" parts.
I can spot some symbolism a mile away.
Thanks Mrs. Gallo!
What do I do with this talent, you might be asking yourself.
Nothing as of late.
But now that BabyGirl is getting a bit more manageable and sleeping a bit more consistently I find I have a little time left in my day to read.
This past week I read The Help by Kathryn Stockett and South of Broad by Pat Conroy.  
They were sufficiently full of old-school southern elitism.  
I liked them both.
I was much more impressed with The Help as the other was a bit too melodramatic and quirky for my taste.  
The Help, on the other hand, was shockingly accurate and true to it's characters potential to be rooted firmly in reality.  My dad was raised by a black woman while his mother hosted bridge club and got her hair done for the Knoxville Junior League.  His own parents loved him fiercely, but, there is something unique about the bond formed by the woman who feeds you supper in the kitchen while the rest of the family holds cocktail hour in the living room before a late dinner in the dining room.  She still calls him at least once a year to check in on him.
This was my first Pat Conroy book.  Having spent over seven  years living in Charleston plus another three in Pawleys Island, it's shameful that I have never picked him up before.  It was enjoyable reading, but overall not my favorite plot.  Prince of Tides is next.  I told Matthew he could start it first, so needless to say, it might be awhile.
The next on my list was Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult.  Quite possibly my favorite contemporary author of all-time.  I love every single one of her books for their thought provoking and controversial story-lines.  If you haven't read any, email me and I will give you a list of the order in which you should read them.  If you're a fan like me, you'll love the book club discussions on her website.  And no, I haven't read her latest novel, House Rules, so please don't comment about it or give anything away.  I'll get to it soon enough!
Currently, I'm a third of the way through with House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III.  It's a bit depressing so far, to say the least.
That being said...
What books do y'all recommend?


October 21, 2010

Posh Coats for Grown-ups

I think the people at Old Navy have been drinking some of the J.Crew CoolAid and we're all benefiting from the results.

Doesn't this just make you wish you lived somewhere really really really cold?

Seriously, this outfit is $60.00
I have to be admit, while I'm all about scoring one of these ridiculously low-priced J.Crew knock-off coats, I just can't bring myself to buy their generic jeans.  Even at $30.00
I know loads of people do it every day and no one knows or cares.
But I do. 
And my husband does.
My favorite jeans are Citizens of Humanity, Sevens and Rock and Republic.  
What are your favorites?  
I feel like this is the one area where I just can't budge to save a dollar.
Do you have any particular items that you splurge on?

October 20, 2010

Giveaway time

Sweet Southern Prep is hosting a fabulous giveaway.
$75.00 gift certificate to Caroline Grace Jewelry

Be sure to go enter!

And on to the second giveaway
One of my favorite blogs, HOUSE OF TURQUOISE is hosting a giveaway of this lovely Birds on a Wire print by artist Laura Trevey.  Yep, pretty sure that would look pretty in my newly painted grey hallway.  If you'd like to rob me of my chance to up the style in my own home then by all means go here to enter.  I'll only begrudge you a teensy bit if you win.
wouldn't this dress look pretty in BabyGirl's room?
 And I'll take this lobster for G-Baby to use in his big boy room

I'd love to have these next two prints to help bring out the holiday spirit come December.
I have four black picture frames in my kitchen and my goal for this year is to keep their contents seasonally appropriate.  This is a pretty realistic goal considering they're currently rocking winter wonderland scenes from the cabin so a swap isn't necessary until Spring.

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