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  • Twilight Living Room – And Other Rantings
    on Nov 21, 2011
    Did anyone see the new Twilight movie over the weekend? I thought it was pretty good! Although, I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that “movie Edward” isn’t my “book Edward”. No offense to Robert Pattinson….you were lovely in Water...
  • Thank you. Thank you very much.
    on Nov 13, 2011
    I have to say – I can’t believe that over a year of not posting, I’m still getting comments from y’all! I am so incredibly humbled, and I can’t tell you how much it means to me. Here’s an update on me. I started a new job over a year ag...
  • Easy Ways to Bring Spring into Your Home
    on Nov 27, 2010 in Decorating
    1) Switch out heavy fabrics, blankets and pillows for light weight cotton and linen. 2) Clip blooms from your garden and display them in your home, or splurge on some fresh tulips from the store. 3) Crack a window and let some fresh air into your h...
  • Doing It All
    on Nov 2, 2010
    I may regret this post later, but what do I have to lose? I’ve been thinking lately about us gals, and how we seem to constantly be faced with the duty? responsibility? charge? opportunity? of doing it all. I’m not complaining here, and I onl...
  • Fall Faves: Let’s Get CozySee? I told you I’d be back today. You weren’t sure if you could believe me or not, huh? That’s okay. I did abandon you for a spell. It might take a little time to re-earn your trust :). Shall we break some pumpkin bread and look at some of m...
  • HI!!!!!
    on Sep 13, 2010
    Hi Kids! So a bomb kind of went of in my life the past few months, but GUESS WHO HAS A NEW JOB?! MEEEEEEE!!!! I’m so excited. I’m doing something I enjoy and I will now finally have more time to devote to my first love…this here blog. I have...
  • 5 Ways to Enjoy What’s Left of Summer
    on Aug 3, 2010 in Random Thoughts
    I’m one of those rare creatures that can’t get enough of Summer – even when it’s hot as Hades. Yes, I love Summer so much that it can be 110 degrees outside and humid and I’m happy as a clam (…I’m assuming clams are down with hot and hu...
  • A Little Mental Cleaning
    on Aug 1, 2010 in Random Thoughts Keeping it Real
    So over my little breakity-break from the bloggity-blog world I did a some mental cleaning. Part of the reason I stepped away (beyond stress at work) was that I knew my head wasn’t in the right place as far as the blog was concerned. I started this...
  • Chic Duvets Under $100?!
  • Our Suburban Traveler
    on Jul 20, 2010 in Travel
    Hi kids – I thought I’d share some pix from my recent travels with you. I went to Amsterdam for work – yes…Amsterdam…as in The Netherlands. I promise you the experience was far less glamorous than it sounds – but I was grateful to be able...
  • To My Readers
    on Jun 17, 2010
    Hi friends, I’m really sorry that I’ve been missing in action. A few of you have sent me emails saying “Where the heck are you?” and I really appreciate it…and apologize for my absence. I am so grateful to each and every one of you that...
  • New Living Room Pillows
    on May 25, 2010 in Living Room
    The “new” living room is coming together piece by piece – and I’m loving it so far. I had to share the fun pillows I ordered on Etsy. These arrived yesterday and I’m in love. I didn’t realize when I ordered them that the design is actua...
  • Where’s the Fun At?
    on May 18, 2010 in Living Room
    I wrote a post last week about my love for Anthropologie, and it kind of make me look around my living room and ask myself, “Where’s the fun? Where’s the whimsy? Where’s the personality?”. It just kind of felt a little stiff, a little serio...
  • Anthropologie DreamingBack when I was a single gal dreaming of owning my own home, I used to imagine what it would look like. I always thought it would look like an Anthropologie store…more or less. You know – all artsy and feminine. Now that I actually own my own hom...
  • Demystifying Polyvore – Part 2
    on May 10, 2010 in Decorating
    I wrote a basic tutorial last week about using Polyvore to create design boards. I wanted to do a second post to show you one other really cool thing you can do in Polyvore – you can grab items from other websites. First, remember in my last post...
  • A Few Things I Learned from My Mother
    on May 6, 2010 in Keeping it Real
    Just about any problem can be fixed with a good meal and a new outfit A good color sense and some paint are the only tools you really needThinking inside the box is highly overrated Eating a donut for breakfast is totally acceptableWisdom is earned t...
  • Demystifying Polyvore
    on May 2, 2010 in Decorating
    As some of you may know, I have a bit of a Polyvore addiction. To me, being able to go in a program and virtually create room design boards is the equivalent of playing with Barbies as a kid (…without the whole Barbie-Ken smooching thing). I’m a...
  • His and Hers Style: Contemporary Meets Earthy
    on Apr 27, 2010 in Decorating
    I thought I’d take a stab at something different today and look at the dilemma of combining two very different styles into one cohesive look. You married folks know what I’m talking about right? Not so easy when your spouse has a heartfelt love o...
  • My Favorite Vignettes
    on Apr 27, 2010 in Decorating
  • Giveaway! The Pleated Poppy
    on Apr 23, 2010 in Giveaways
    First, I have to give you a BIG FAT THANK YOU for participating in my “How I Met My House” party yesterday! I’m still making my way through each of your posts, but each post thus far has either given me chills, or nearly brought me to tears…o...