December 12, 2009

While the cats away Nixon will Lay

Nixon our English bulldog was caught trying to fit in the cat bed by the fire. I thought it was too funny. Enjoy....

December 9, 2009

My New Favorite!

I don't normally blog about anything else but decorating, so when I stray away it is only for something really important...This is...

I found the BEST new food product. It is the new half pretzel, half buttery cracker! They are called Flipsides by Townhouse. They are amazing. They are now a staple in my pantry, complimenting soups, dips, cheese, salami, cream cheese, or by themselves. Try them and you wont be disappointed... and no I'm not getting paid by Townhouse to say this :)

December 7, 2009

Rooms Worth Viewing!

Here are just a few of my favorite rooms in my archive. Sorry I don't know the sources, most of the pics are older. Enjoy!

December 3, 2009

Sprinklin' some Christmas at Home

I love the Holidays but never like my house to look like Santa threw up in it, so I just added a bit of Christmas cheer...Happy Holidays!

(Guest Room)

(Holiday Amaryllis Bulb)

(Our outside Christmas tree)

October 28, 2009

Hello all! Matt and I haven't had any family pics taken since our wedding so we decided "what the heck" Ian, our photographer was amazing and took over 200! Didn't show the one we picked for our Christmas'll just have to wait and see. Enjoy...We did
Love, The Matias Family

October 22, 2009

Our Bit of Fall Cheer

I love Fall and I love it even more in Oregon...since it is so vivid outside I didn't decorate much inside but here are just a few pics of me adding some Fall cheer to the house...xoxo

(I couldn't forget Nixon...she is also in the spirit)

October 21, 2009

Inside a Country Cottage
As the head buyer for Jayson Home & Garden, Caroline Scheeler travels the globe in search of vintage and contemporary treasures. Take a look around her country cottage home near Chicago.

(Pictures provided by Country Living Mag)
I love the dark chocolate walls and the antique touches. You would think to use such a dark color would close you in and make it feel small but the opposite in this case because of the natural light and airy accents.I Also love how she uses a love seat in her dinning room! What a great idea....Enjoy



October 5, 2009

Pumpkin Crumb-top Loaf...YUM!

So I just made the best Pumpkin Loaf with an amazing walnut crust! It made my whole house smell delicious and scored some major points with the Hubby...xoxox

Attached is the recipe below. The only thing I added that is not on the ingredient list are raisins..yum

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup packed dark-brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1 teaspoon confectioners' sugar (optional)
1. Loaf: Heat oven to 350°. Coat a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Mix flour, baking powder, pie spice and salt in small bowl. Beat egg and sugar in large bowl. Beat in pumpkin, oil and vanilla until smooth. Make a well in center of flour mixture. Add egg mixture. Stir just until moistened and batter comes together. Fold in walnuts. Spoon batter into prepared pan.
3. Topping: Mix butter, brown sugar and flour in small bowl until crumbly. Stir in walnuts. Sprinkle over batter.
4. Bake loaf at 350° for 50 to 55 minutes, until wooden toothpick tests clean. Cool in pan on rack 10 minutes. Turn out onto rack to cool completely.

October 3, 2009


Tis the season for pruning. It was a sad day yesterday when I had to cut my roses back for a whole season. I have to remember though that it means its time for crackling fires, baking and naps. See you next year my dear roses...hibernate well



September 26, 2009

I'm on a Roll!

I found some more treasures on Craigslist...I don't know why people buy things full price when you can get this cool stuff...

(This bookshelf comes with a twin and they are together $70. I see adding molding to the top, painting them white and making them look built in)

(This table set is gorgeous! I want it! But I would need to get rid of my table first. Paint, time, new fabric... Perrrrfection)

(And this table speaks for itself for only 50 bucks)

September 24, 2009

Todays Junk to Treasure

WOW...I can't believe this is my 75th blog post! Time goes by so fast. I remember like it was yesterday trying to figure out how to download a picture. Anyway...Here are some of my fav's that I found on Craigslist today. Tons of potential...just needs love; like from someone who knows how to repaint and stain furniture...hint hint

( I love this french china hutch. I don't even think it needs to be painted)
( This is a vintage display cabinet that I can see in an entry way or office with tons of books)

(This dining set is only 100 bucks. I see it with gray legs and chairs with the original wood top..Yummy)