11.01.2012

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale Finds


The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale begins today! This day always signals the true beginning of the fall/wintery season to me. Time to break out the coats, boots and plaids! Well, hopefully... it's supposed to be 90 degrees on Monday here in So. CA. Even though I won't be purchasing everything I want from the half yearly, I have chosen my faves. Now the tough decision is which of these babies should I get? 



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10.31.2012

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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My drive to work this morning felt very much like I was part of Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 film, "The Bird's." The drive was clouded by a heavy fog and hundreds, I mean HUNDREDS of crows were migrating across the misty sky. It was somewhat beautiful and somewhat eerie, especially since today is Halloween. It's like nature knows the holiday's we celebrate or something... anyways, the fog is all cleared up now and it should be a beautiful day. 

If you're still in need of last minute Halloween ideas, here are some helpful posts: 





Have a very safe and happy Halloween! xx

10.29.2012

A Rug for Any Room


Lately I've been enjoying the beauty of rugs more than ever. When I was younger, I used to always associate rugs with very traditional homes and stuffy old ladies. Now, I am fully aware of the various patterns, colors and styles that rugs can come in. The Rug Company has designer label rugs that are absolutely stunning and range from light, bright and fun to dark, studious and sophisticated. Every room is deserving of a rug but it's up to you to find the perfect one. Here are just a few of the many great rugs you can find at The Rug Company... 
Which is your favorite?

 









10.25.2012

Kitchen Storage Ideas


Retro Arrow Shelf, Viva Terra

Organizing a kitchen can be a huge challenge. Either you have too little counter space, not enough cabinets, or possibly both. The challenge is finding a practical and aesthetically pleasing solution. When you are limited on cabinet or storage space, try to use any open wall space you can. Find decorative shelves that fit the style and theme of your kitchen and fill them with you spices or juice glasses. For example, the retro shelf above is a great piece to add to your kitchen. It provides visual interest and is still practical in its use. To prevent clutter, keep the items you display in collections as pictured above. For example, if you display your spices, make sure they are all in matching spice jars.

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Many kitchens do not have cabinets that reach the ceiling, which equals wasted space. Sure, you can use that space for decorative items but why not find beautiful baskets or bins and fill them with the items you rarely use? Seasonal dishes or serving platters are just a few of the items that you can store away. Other items you can store would be placemats, tablecloths and extra dish towels. You may need a step ladder to reach them but at least they're not up in the basement with the spiders.

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If your kitchen lacks cabinets, purchase some basic shelving units. For an industrial kitchen look, aim for something like the picture above. If you have a more natural/rustic look in your home, purchase some basic wood shelves from Ikea and stain them dark or leave them unfinished. Fill the shelves with stacks of your plates and bowls, glasses, etc. For a less exposed look, purchase an antique hutch and refinish it to go with the style of your home. 

Perhaps you have a decent amount of cabinet space but little counter room? An open shelving unit or shelf will help you display some of those usual items that we like to put on display (ie: fruit bowls, new cook books, a gorgeous pitcher, etc.). You still need to be careful not to clutter the space so be selective in which items you choose to display.
Big countertops, no cabinets? There are a variety of plate racks for sale that are a decorative way to show off your plates. Plus, it's super convenient to grab a plate and dish up!


French Kitchen Island, Crate & Barrel
Islands are such a huge help in a kitchen, it's like having an extra pair of hands. The additional counter space it provides is so helpful when preparing a meal. Not every kitchen has the room for an island but luckily, they come in all shapes and sizes these days. For homes that have no dining room, put your island to work and use it as a kitchen table and as a prep station. My favorite island is the French Kitchen Island from Crate and Barrel - it's marble top is too die for. 

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I love the look of open storage but it can be a difficult thing to keep the cabinets and shelves looking tidy. The key to keeping open storage looking sharp is unification and repetition. It may be a big investment but purchasing jars and containers that are all the same will make your kitchen look amazing. If you're able to, labeling them all will help you stay organized and people will think Martha Stewart moved in. If money is tight, start saving your glass jars and re-purpose them to store everyday pantry items. They may not be exactly the same but the fact that you have glass paired with glass is enough unity to look uncluttered. 

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I've always had an obsession for pot racks (yes, I know that's weird) but they are so practical and really add a lot of drama to a kitchen. There are the traditional over the kitchen island racks but my new favorite (for those of us without an island) is the wall hanging rack (below).  The Eclume Bookshelf Pot Rack from Crate and Barrel not only will free up your cabinets by hanging your pots and pans but it will hold your cookbooks too! Genius! Genius! Of course, you can use the added shelf to hold coffee mugs or a bowl filled with your garlic and onions but the point is that it's more function for your buck! Who doesn't love that?




10.22.2012

The Beauty of a Mushroom


Mushrooms are so fascinating to me. They are a strange texture, come in a variety of bizarre shapes and sizes, are a fungus and for the most part, can be eaten. I find them to be a beautiful gift from nature and especially love botanical prints of them. I recently fell in love with these plates by Alberto Pinto that feature different varieties of mushrooms on them. I would love to use these as my salad or appetizer plates. Fresh food deserves to be served on these beauties.








Source: De Vine