Sunday, January 30, 2011

Yellow and Blue Wedding Inspiration

Using yellow and blue for your wedding colors gives an opportunity to have lots of fun with colorful accents. A candy bar, pin wheels, twisted lollipops, lemons and of course...jelly beans! Perfect for a spring or summer wedding. Adding white wherever possible keeps things from colors overload.

Yellow and Blue

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Little Dolce in my Life

Ever since I first saw this chair on Young House Love, I have been in love. It is super afforable - but at $159.99 I wasn't ready to shell out the dough for the past several months. This week I noticed the Dolce Chair is on sale for 119.99! And, what's even better - free shipping too! That's almost a $70.00 savings when you factor in the $25.00 it usually costs to ship this chair.

I hastily added it to my cart and it will be mine within a week. So excited to add this chair to my living room in place of the one I just sold on Craig's list for $100.00. So, buying the Dolce chair I just about broke even. Awesome right?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

De-Junking: Saying Goodbye to Catalog Clutter

Today, I decided - I had had enough. I have stacks and stacks of magazines and catalogs all over the house. Granted, they are well contained in a variety of magazine baskets...but my nesting instinct is starting to kick in and enough is enough!

So, here's what I did:

1. Emailed all the companies who send me catalogs and told them to stop.

2. Went to the websites of the brands I really love and subscribed to their email lists instead.

3. Lastly, I joined the Facebook and Twitter pages for the brands I want to keep at top of mind.

There are definitely brands that I will miss receiving catalogs from (Ballard Designs, Wisteria, Grandin Road, Smith & Noble, At West End, Serena & Lily, Viva Terra, Home Decorators, )...but am keeping in touch electronically.

Actually 1 confession to make - I have not unsubscribed from Pottery Barn's Catalog! That will be my one catalog indulgence:)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Maternity Photos - Extended Addition

A big thanks again to MrDrew photography! They are a husband a wife team with a real talent for photographing people. I love how our maternity photos came out and am so excited for the next session - our Newborn photos!

For those who are curious: 
Those giant 36 inch round balloons are actually from iParty! I had heard you can only get balloons this big online, but seriously call your local party store and they may just surprise you.

























Monday, January 17, 2011

Maternity Photo Session - Sneak Peek

I was just going to post these on my baby blog...but I figured these are some great ideas for engagement shoots too. Here are the first few - more to come later this week! Mr. Drew did a great job capturing our vision - Enjoy.



Saturday, January 15, 2011

Re-dressing the Sofa

I think I mentioned how bored I am with the striped cushions on my sofa. But, I still haven't buckled down to purchase new pillow covers for that refresh I talked about in an earlier post. And, right now I'm not sure I want to change the color palette completely in this room. So, I comped up some visuals to help sway my pillow purchasing decision. So the question is, how many new pillows do I really need to make an impact (5,3 or 2)?

Right now - I'm leaning towards purchasing 3 new pillows - and keeping the taupe Restoration Hardware covers on the ends.

Possible Refresh Options (varying by cost)



 The whole shibang (5 new pillows - 2 espresso trellis, 2 red ikat &1 green trellis)







 Middle Ground (3 new pillows - 2 red ikat, 1 green trellis lumbar)







 Minimalist (2 new ikat pillows)














My Living Room - NOW

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Chevron Dream

Chevron DreamI'm obsessed with patterns right now (quatrefoil, trellis, ikat...you name it). But at this very moment, I am loving the stripey goodness of chevron, especially on throw pillows and office accessories. Here are some of my absolute favorite hand picked items from Etsy that fit the bill for me...to add a little bit of pattern and brightness to your day.

Thank you cards - whitneyraepaper

Weiner Dog Art - HirondelleRustique

Throw Pillows - vidastyle

Baby Dress - SoMommySew

Calendar - maydaystudio

Card Set - witandwhistle

Card with envelope - pixelimpress

Travel Pouch - happyserendipity

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Impact for Less

I love this West Elm rug, but don't really love the price so much. After some searching I found this very similar rug on JCPenney for less than half the price! Not bad huh?
West Elm Andalusia 5 x 8 Rug $229.00

(or)

Cindy Crawford Harlequin 5 x 8 Rug $109.99

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Colorstrology

More fun than checking out your horoscope - I just gave Colorstrology a shot.

According to my Colorstrology report - I'm a Bud Green (Healing, Rejuvenating, Prosperous) and Peach Beige (Spiritual, Generous, Penetrating) kind of girl. I think that's giving me too much credit - but I'll take it! Wondering what colors signify your inner being? Test it out yourself.

A big thanks to Haven and Home for sharing this fun little app earlier today:)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Terracotta, Plum and Aqua

I fell in love with this color combo today - when a colleague at work showed me her new day planner - with a beautiful patterned cover in these colors. This combo is sort of unexpected, yet amazing! I love the idea if tempering terracotta, plum and aqua with a little taupe and cream. I was already planning taupe, terracotta and brown for my living room refresh...so I might just need to add a little plum and aqua too!

I found this great photo that exemplifies this beautiful color combo in action on House of Turquoise from Coastal Living. Packs quite a punch wouldn't you say?