February 28, 2011

A New Mirror & GoodWill Goodies

I have been wanting an art deco sunburst mirror that I feel would complete my living room. And then I think, who am I kidding, I never feel like a room is completed! Anyhew, I found one with great lines that was unique compared to the mass market ones out there. I purchased it from Ballard Designs. You can see the one I picked up and others like it here.

The box was sitting on my doorstep when I got home. I couldn't open it fast enough.

This is where it is going to live. What do you think? I have a project for my mantel, but I'll get into that later.

Just when I thought the day couldn't get better, I stopped in GoodWill looking for nothing in particular. As I turned the corner they caught my eye... Tons of designer fabrics from Robert Allen and Beacon Hill! A designer fabric store must have gone out of business and dropped off their inventory at GoodWill.

Most of them had their original price per yard raging from 50-170 bucks, Yikes!
I brought home this Robert Allen modern graphic print for 2.99! I have just the project for the fabric and will show you when I'm done.

Happy Hunting

Happy Birthday

Sometimes I wonder what I did to be blessed with such an amazing man? Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to be "that" woman who makes it seem like her marriage is perfect, but when times are tough I know I picked a man that won't ever stray. When times are great, I know I picked a man who always seems to make them greater, and when I need a friend, I know he shows up with my favorite glass of wine, making me feel like I am the only thing that matters. So today on His birthday, I want him to feel like he is the most important. Happy Birthday Matt Matias. You are loved.

* If you like the cute cake picture and would like to see tons more like it go here.

February 26, 2011


I have always been a fan of gold and I'm so excited that it is back in style. I have been going back and forth trying to decide if I should buy this gold flatware? I love it, but I have a set of ordinary flatware that works just fine. Can you hear me pouting through your computer?

All of these items are found on HSN. Great style doesn't need to cost a fortune.
So, do you think I should buy the gorgeous flatware?


February 25, 2011

Meet Quinn

The first bed by The Modern Shed. Might I say, he is handsome fellow. To see more photos visit


February 23, 2011

Spring Cleaning

Even though it is snowing today in Portland, I have been in the mood for some Spring Cleaning. I ran across a really great site that has lots of tips for staying up on the "To-do's." It also provides free print-outs that make staying organized a bit easier. I like this one....
It is simple but does the job.
This one would be great for a busy family.

There is also a weekly menu planning sheet that I promised myself I would start using to cut down on trips to the grocery and money!


February 22, 2011

Loving these lamps....
Have a great day!


Small Space Big Style

You defiantly don't have to sacrifice style in a small space. These pictures prove that. I love the layering that small spaces almost require, and the idea of having all your favorite things living so close together.


February 19, 2011

Bone Inlay

What do you guys think about Bone Inlay Pieces? I think it must be my eclectic side coming out in me, but I have always been drawn to them. They make such a statement and don't forget about how many hours it takes to inlay the camel bone by hand!

The Well Appointed House blog via Lonny mag

via Once upon a tea time



I would love to add this tray to my entry way to drop my keys in.

Hope your having a relaxing 3 day weekend!

February 15, 2011

Guest Post- Flouish Design + Style

Today I am thrilled to have the lovely Sara from Flourish Design + Style. When it comes to style and design she always knocks it out of the park. Sara is a consultant for Stella&Dot, an amazing jewelry line. So without delay...


versatility with Stella & Dot
versatility with Stella & Dot by flourishdesign

I've had a big OHHHH moment. I never used to be one to wear alot of jewelry. Wedding rings, and my tiffany etoile band. That's it. Sometimes a watch. I didn't think I needed to wear anything else..... until I met Stella & Dot! I kid you not.. these pieces have changed my wardrobe! My staples of white boatneck tees, jeans and flats, or leggings and boots are no longer boring basics! Brilliant. Here's a look at my daily look.. looking differently-

Crazy how easy it is to brighten basics or change your entire look with just one piece of jewelry isn't it?! I'm so glad I'm now in the know..

If you are in Canada, please visit www.stelladot.com/sarahsshop and in the US, please contact

We would love to help you! x


Thanks again Sara! Can't wait to pick out a new piece for Spring!

* If you haven't checked out Sara's blog you are missing out

Happy Friday,

February 14, 2011

Angie Hranosky

"When you are good...you're good." I bet that is what Angie Hranosky says every morning when she wakes up. Angie is known for her eclectic modern decor with a laid back feel. Her design is inspiring but relaxing at the same time. She has been featured in dozens of design mags like House Beautiful, Coastal Living, Domino and many more. Here are some photos from her portfolio. Let me know if you have a crush on her when your done looking?

Don't you just love the layers of texture and use of beautiful fabrics? She has such an eye for layering. If you are interested in seeing Angie's whole portfolio, I put a link on the top right of my blog.


* All photos provides by Angie Hranosky Design

February 12, 2011

Pillow Talk

I ran across an article in House Beautiful about pillow arranging. I thought it was helpful due to the fact that there are so many great pillows out there, but I find myself leaving them at the store not knowing how to incorporate them into the other pillows I already have. The article really gave me some good pillow pointers that I thought I would share with you.

Monochromatic scheme can give off a very sophisticated feel, but when all the shades are similar it is important to keep it visually interesting by mixing textures.
Put together a Pairing
To keep a look clean and traditional work in pairs, with pattered pillows in front and solids in the backdrop.
Add Different Shapes
The contrast between organic and graphic shapes are a beautiful contrast. Like the Yin and Yang of pillows. Having more than one shape adds character to a room.

Build a Collection

A wild mix can bring a great eclectic feel to a home. It will only work when there is a balance; pairs and colors of equal intensity *****************************

Here are some photos of rooms that fallowed the "Pillow Rules."

Hope you found these tips as helpful as I did. Now go out and find yourself another beautiful addition to lay your head on.


*Images provided by House Beautiful Magazine

February 11, 2011

The Modern Shed

After taking a month off during the holidays, we just finished our first piece for 2011!

When you get a chance, check out "The Modern Shed" blog. That is the first place we reveal the latest pieces. And Yes,we name all the pieces in alphabetical order. After working on a piece for awhile they start to look like a name :)