On our recent trip to Michigan I picked up this apple crate at my favorite antique shop located in Saugatuck. I didn't know exactly what I would do with it but who can't use an extra apple crate around the house, right? Then later on that same trip inspiration hit while shopping in my hometown of South Haven I found this cute and colorful velvet rooster and a giant sunflower. They would look so cute standing on that apple crate, and taking it a step further why not hang the crate and use it to store books in the playroom. I finally got around to having it hung this week (at a kid friendly level of course) and I think it's so cute and functional. It's amazing what a $5 dollar old apple crate can do.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
My girlfriend gave me this awesome book a couple of years ago and I recently cracked it open again to help me climb out of my cooking rut to prepare for Fall. LOVE this book!
Rut? What rut? I've got a pot of this in the slow cooker as we speak.
We also hauled two tubs of outgrown/ summer clothes out of little L's closet over the past weekend to make way for warmer cute duds such as this one. (note: I bought the matching adult version because I'm that corny.)
I'm still hard at work at some finishing touches around the house. I ordered the drapes from Ballard last week for the 4 seasons room and I'm chompin' at the bit to get them. Not my usual m.o. for design but that makes it kind of exciting.
All that said there is still lot's of crafting, Halloween costume making, Christmas shopping, pumpkin picking and baking to dive into as well! SO excited two have a little one to share it all with this year.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
This newly minted cable queen was getting caught up on "Sarah's House" yesterday afternoon. The two episodes I saw were from the farmhouse and I was in total awe of that mud room and powder room. These shots are from a different residence and appeal to my more modern side that shines through from time to time. Tomorrow I'll show shots of the cottage Sarah did. Happy Tuesday everyone! All images via Sarah Richardson Designs.
dining room- I'm loving the banquette seating on the one side. Also the play between the wallpaper and chandelier is so serene.
hallway- I've noticed she loves to use those black iron hinges on her doors- you like?
laundry/ mud room
master- I'd kill for that headboard!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
It's Friday already? Works for me. After Labor Day I feel that it's officially OK to begin breaking out the fall decor. Being in a new house it always takes one full year before I'm use to decorating for the seasons so I'm sure the mantle will evolve a bit more but here's what I have so far.
I whipped up some festive burlap bunting with some hot glue and jute. The plan is to add "Fall" to it when I get a chance this weekend.
The jute strikes again wrapped around a pair of glass candlesticks.
On a side note we picked up this little piece of art on our recent trip to South Haven. I thought it was perfect for out family room!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Good morning!!!!!!!!!! Whew, what a great long weekend. I love Labor Day weekend, it creeps in just in time to relieve us of the waning summer and it's stifling air or at least it serves as a landmark that fall is soon to commence. I love to break out all my fall decor and start dreaming about football season (Go Colts & IU!) and all the yummy things I can cook up in the crock pot. Fall has always been my absolute favorite time of year hands down. Our weekend was filled baby tea parties, 90210 re-runs on Soap Net, yummy food, family, yard work, visits to the park, McDonald's ice cream cones and a fresh coat of paint for the living room and dining room. It felt great to get so much done but still have time to relax.
Time to share a pot of tea...
Last second lunch
drizzled olive oil
sliced roma tomatos
sprinkled goat cheese
dash of mixed italian spices and garlic
oven at 375 for about 15 minutes
I just used whatever we had in the fridge and it turned out so delish paired with a side of fresh grapes and root beer!
I spent Monday morning making a huge mess lopping branches and brush all over the yard then my lovely husband and his brothers were kind enough to clean it up and haul it off, thanks guys! Those sugar cookies are coming =)