Monthly archive October, 2010

“Bonnee” Kind of Day

Life has a way of leading you along exciting and unexpected paths and the more time I spend searching the more surprised I am at what is found. In the process of my quest to find my artistic calling, I have found Studio Bon, a lovely textile studio founded, owned, and run by Bonnee Sharp....

Thrifting Thursday’s: Episode 2

Once again, the local 2nd hand stores had some wonderful pieces on the floor this past week, making for a great follow-up to Hilary Inspired’s inaugural Thrifting Thursday’s post. From THIS to THAT: Episode 2 Also, if you’re looking for another resource for some cool home DIY projects, check out Fresh Home Magazines blog….lots of...

Viva la Vie Boheme

Some days, I like to dream of a life of nurtured artistry, unattached to the qualms and quibbles of unhappy customers or disgruntled shoppers. My fantasy world exists as an environment of warm and uninhibited creativity, flexibility, and discovery…curiosity and expression existing one beside the other. This is a lifestyle guided by the principles of “C’est...

Mondrian Inspires…

…Balenciaga! The innovative French fashion house showcased a stunning collection of cubist style shoes for the current Fall 2010 collection that very clearly referenced artists and designers from the De Stijl movement such as Piet Mondrian and Gerrit Rietveld. Vibrant colors, geometric blocking, attention to proportion and shape relationships…it’s all there! Art and architecture expressed...

Why Don’t You…

…Learn to See the Silver Lining… Rain, rain GO AWAY! We know you’re an absolute necessity but our silly roof  is leaking again and you are the reason!…Promise you will only visit semi-regularly and in light spurts of misty showers….Ok, never mind, I understand your duties and will agree to be pleasant. (sigh) Although you...

A Peak Inside Their Places

The final moment has arrived…CB2 & Todd Selby have announced their final winners of the CB2 & The Selby In Your Place Contest. You may remember my entry that I posted HERE in August. The Contest came at a wonderful time for me in our transition from Tennessee to Texas. Our apartment was an upheaval...

Thrifting Thursday’s: Episode 1

Ok, so this is a series that I am very excited to announce…Thrifting Thursday’s: From This to That!! It’s no secret that I thoroughly enjoy the adventure of scavenging through the unknown of 2nd hand to find that one special piece that I “can’t live without”. Tuesday’s post made that fact even more clear. But...

These Are The Days

These are the days from my home of Tennessee that I miss the most…cool afternoons, amber trees, beautiful scenery for picnics with family and friends. (Ah, some of my fondest memories are from picnics in the Fall). There really isn’t a prettier time of year. Absolutely everything about it is invigorating, which worked out well...

From Basics to Bolds

After last week’s Blog Crawl, most of you now know that David and I are living the student’s lifestyle while David attends graduate school at TCU. Between school supplies, groceries, bills, rent, etc, etc, there is not much left, as you can imagine, for leisurely apparel shopping. So, I have developed a creative strategy to...

Power of the “Picture”

Black and white photographs have always held a mysterious ability to evoke drama and intrigue in the viewer. I can’t explain why except that the desaturated colors seem to remove the audience from a sense of attainable reality.  Today’s interiors display some of the power & impact that well chosen black and white art can...

Cider Sipping

Ahhhh, apple cider…one of my all-time favorite seasonal treats. But this year I decided to add a bit of a twist to the usual recipe by infusing it with citrus. But, let’s not waste! We can use those extra orange peels for room fragrance. Follow along with today’s Orange Peel recipes and try them out...

Blog Crawl Time!

I am very excited to present today’s post to all my new visitors and loyal readers.  In case you aren’t aware, Beth Dotolo of Hello, Splendor is hosting a Blog Crawl or what I also like to call a blog surf/blogger meet and greet/blog tour…any of the above. For the past three weeks a bevy...

Organic Eatery

What comes to mind around the beginning of the holiday season? Family, hospitality, entertaining, food? Yes, yes, and yes, of course! Our focus shifts from outdoor sports to indoor gathering and suddenly our home presentation becomes a concern. After all, the people are only part of the experience! Home is the other half and something...

Deco City

    The Art Deco and Nouveau movements have long been favorites on my list of art and architectural periods. I love the layered use of pattern, classically inspired shapes, exotic textures, and relentless use of geometry. And its popularity amongst the decorative arts and fashion design make it all the more interesting to study....

To the Symphony!

Ahhh, Thursday’s! The beginning of my weekend as a retail salesperson! No more free Saturday’s and Sunday’s…for me it’s all about Thursday’s and Friday’s. So, my long anticipated day off consisted of laundry, straightening, bank run, dishes, email replies, and on and on…you get the idea. Catch up work! By the end of it, I...

Envisioning Fall

Last Spring, I envisioned my style motivation with a Personal Style Vision Board. I’ve found that this is a wonderful exercise when preparing for a closet reorganization, a seasonal shopping trip, or personal style re-evaluation. Leading up to a new season, I collect images that evoke the spirit of what inspires me for that time....

This Old Thing?

“Ready Aim Redesign!”…an awesome opportunity to get involved with a Dallas based charitable organization that is dedicated to “bringing good design to those less fortunate, inspiring them to maintain a standard of living that they can be proud of and thrive in”. If you have some old furniture worth fixing-up, take the chance to finish...

Late Garden

You may remember the post about my wonderfully inspiring visit to the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens not long ago. I thoroughly enjoyed my garden tour and snapped more pictures than I thought possible! I couldn’t share all of them with you in my last post (just entirely too many pictures) but I was happy to...

Outside of the Box

What do you think of when you hear “Contemporary Lodge”? Clean lines, rough surfaces, grandeous views? For all of the designers out there, I’m sure a certain image immediately comes to mind. But was it anything like this…? Suzy Hoodless has taken the lodge image to an entirely new level of contemporary with this home...

Gray is the New Black

Black is forever. It is a staple that will never lose its status in the world of decorative arts and design. But when you’re looking for something just as classic, equally enduring, and thoroughly modern, gray is your new pal! And I especially love it in this softest dove shade. Enjoy your weekend, friends, and...