Tuesday, April 30, 2013

There's No Place Like Home

Have you seen Bailey's updated entrance hall?

I can't stop looking at's just fabulous. Aren't you curious now? Don't you want to see the rest of the house? That's what an entry should do, pull you in. My entry says, "What do you want? Go away" I need to work on that.

Here's a little before...

And a close up of the painting by Ashley Longshore.
Love her work and blogged about it here.

See more of Bailey's home at her blog Peppermint Bliss

Monday, April 29, 2013

We Survived!!

We made it back from Disney happy, but exhausted. 
WARNING: Boring post vacation pictures coming up!

OMG!! So cute! This is in the airport on our way...

Locke was dying to see Lighting McQueen, but when we got there he was too scared to get anywhere near him!! I asked him to please smile and he said he was too scared, so here he is trying to force his mouth into a smile. Thank goodness I didn't pay for a character breakfast...that would have been a total waste!!

Someone was tired but refused to get in a stroller. 

Driving the race proud!!

If we stopped for even 5 mins or got on a boat or bus, he was out like a light!!

On the boat back to the Wilderness lodge.

 It was such a fun trip, but I swear I am still recovering!! 
And we do have one picture of the 3 of us that the folks at Disney took, but I am waiting for it to download.

Oh wait here are a few's almost over I swear!!

That's all folks!! 
Glad we went, glad we're home, don't want to go again any time soon!!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Quick Question

I know it is Saturday and you have better things to do than to worry about me and my decorating problems but as long as you are here....

Which desk would you pick?

Parsons Metal Desk

First choice West Elm metal parsons desk

foyer with West Elm Parsons Metal Desk with recycled  glass lamp and turquoise ...

Good looking right? Love it here


CB2 Go Cart Desk


Doesn't it remind you of Jenna Lyons' desk?

I think the CB2 desk gives you the same look as the Strut desk for a fraction of the price plus I need a smaller size.

I would love to get the Go Cart desk and paint it a bright color but I have my giant yellow lamp that needs to play well with the desk so white or metal works...

It looks like a lot of white but I may be painting my walls soon so don't worry. what do you think? 
Hurry and vote. Bill is in a golf tournament all weekend and I am going to entertain myself by ordering a, right?

PS.Yes, I would love to find something cool and vintage but I have been looking for two years and time is up!! And in case this influences your decision the West Elm desk is 3 times as expensive as the CB2 desk...just saying. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Red Rover Red Rover Send Some Paint Right Over

 I found these pictures on my old phone and thought I would share...

This little fellow was at one of my favorite thrift stores....looks a little sad doesn't he? 
And he's just so...RED.

Even the brass base was covered in red.

I scraped and scrubbed and shined him up a little and...

Painted him yellow.
Now isn't that so much better??!!

Topped off with a lamp shade from Homegoods, you can only see the dent from the side so don't look too closely.
He has moved into Locke's room and is very happy, as am I.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

This Week I Am Loving....

The shorts in the top left corner..khaki and gray tee
Aren't they great??!! 
Seen any like this while you have been out and about?

This picture from Kiki's List
Love the color of the chair, the bright yellow curtains against the dark walls, the white table...and a little bit messy makes me feel right at home.

And my new clown shoes
And yes, they are just as bright in person. 
But I need them. 
We leave for Disney World on Sunday and Disney is not for wimps or people in uncomfortable shoes. And I will probably be carrying Locke after an hour. I meant to train him, you know, build up his endurance but I never even got around to training myself. So the next best thing is cushy new shoes and this way Bill will be able to spot me in a crowd. 

What are you loving?

Friday, April 12, 2013

So Stinking Cute

dots pattern blue with iomoi marrakech stripe
Do you know what these are?

love elephants pink and green

Phone covers!!!

dorothy the elephant blue

They make me happy.

muffie the zebra pale blue

I got a new phone so I need a new will I decide? 
I LOVE the dancing elephants but I am not a pink girl...the other three are in the running...
Do you have a favorite?

See more here

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A Good Read

I love me a good book.
 Just finished Tell the Wolves I'm Home and LOVED it!! I highly recommend it. 

Also read Mary Coin
Another good one. So sad when it was over. I was reading it on my Nook and it said I had 40 pages left and then it just warning, no nothing!! The last 40 pages were like a dumb old readers guide. I felt so cheated. When I am reading a good book I need some warning that it is coming to an end. I need to prepare myself. 

Bookshelf - A collection of globes mixed with color-coded books

Bookshelf - A white goat statue in an office space with built-in bookshelves

Thoughts? Suggestions? Feel free to discuss and get back to me.

pictures here, here

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Do you remember the movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks? Well I don't remember much about it either except for the giant glass ball on the end of the bed post. Even back then I was more interested in the sets than the story. That ball has stuck in my head and I have always wanted a giant newel post finial/topper. Here are some I found...

Antique Copper Newel Post or Gable Decoration or Gate Post Topper, Old Shawneetown Illinois

from here

from here

from here

Pomegranate Inc.

Or maybe I will do something like this and not even have a topper....
Too many ideas, not enough time and money. 

If I put this much thought into solving world hunger, the world would be a better place. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Have a Seat

Thanks to Betsy Von B for the tip on these super cute seating cubes.


Much better picture....from here

Guess where I got them??!! Come on, take a guess!!
Can you believe it? $10
They are slip-covered in an oatmeal, drop cloth type of fabric, which is great, but I think I am going to have new slip covers made....

Room View

I could go tribal like the ones from West Elm

Or something a little brighter...from here

There's always the Old MacDonald style

Or maybe furry..who knows. I'll put some thought into and get back to you.

I couldn't find them on the Walmart website, but if you are out and about, check your local store. 
Would you recover or keep them as is?

Friday, April 5, 2013

Well, my readers have spoken and it looks like I need to get a portrait of Locke. Guess I can cough up the money and pay for the painting now or save my money and pay for therapy later...decisions, decisions.

For those of you who asked, Melanie Ponchot painted Cricket's and Clay's portraits. She is based out of Atlanta and I highly recommend her. 
You can see her website here.
Clay's portrait is on her site but for some reason Cricket's isn't, so here is a close up...

Cute, right?

It was hard to find rooms that showed children's portraits, but I thought this was the next best art. I love how unexpected this is, but there is no way I am getting a painting of Buck!! 

Happy weekend!!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


It's time - or past time really - to get Locke's portrait made. I did Cricket and Clay's at his age. But...I don't really want another traditional portrait. I am kind of over them. Is that terrible?

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Cricket and Clay's portraits and they bring me joy everyday. I just don't want another one. Poor Locke, that's what happens when you're the third child. So I have been looking for alternatives.


I saw this silhouette in Matchbook Magazine and fell in love. Info here
Something like this might be a possibility. 

It might be a good option since one of Locke's all time favorite series is Elmer The Patchwork Elephant. 

What about you?
Traditional portraits or something new?

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