May 31, 2008

Pinch me..

I love these interiors! I wish I could take credit for them! If you have some time be sure to browse the rest of the blog, its beautiful. I am always working on variations of this look for my own home these pictures are very inspiring. I think Marie Antoinette would be right at home!

Speaking of Marie Antoinette, have you seen the newest movie with Kristen Dunst? I love the whole look of the film, the story is sad of course, but its also beautiful.

May 30, 2008

Oatmeal, milk, and honey, Oh my!

No, not for breakfast, its for your face.  I am a big fan of home remedies for a few reasons.  One, I know exactly what is going on my face, its cheap, and most are gentile enough to use whenever.  I chose to focus on whiter teeth, brighter skin, and clearer eyes.  The three I will be giving you today are ones I uses often, and are my favorites, once you try them I’m sure you’ll know why.

this order works well if you have enough time to do it through.  It should take about 30 mins from prep to finish

Whiter Teeth

most effective: Baking Soda

most delicious: Strawberries (thats right, they do have whitening properties)

For baking soda put about a Tablespoon on a small flat dish and pour about 1/4 tablespoon of water on the baking soda and mix into a thick paste. when finished mixing gently brush your teeth for a couple mins in circles going over each tooth a few times.  Try to keep your lips and cheeks from wiping off the baking soda paste.  

When you’re finished rinse with water, and to get the bad taste out of your mouth have some lemon juice.

If you want to use strawberries instead of baking soda, mash a couple up into a paste and follow the rest of the instructions above.

Brighter Skin

Using dry oats and honey

Splash some water on your face then rub gently with oats as an exfoliant

 for about 5-10 mins depending on skin texture.  you may need to moisten 

your fingers every couple mins.  Its not rocket science, if you think you have 

dry flakey skin apply more, if your skin is usually nice then apply less.  they 

key is letting it get to a nice paste while rubbing, but once it looses all its grit, 

its time to rinse off your fingers and apply some more dry oats.

Clearer eyes

Using cold milk and cotton balls

This is going to be the hardest one for a lot of you because it takes the longest amount of time... 15 mins.  In the grand scheme of things, thats nothing, but for all you moms of four crazy kids or women tripping over each other on the corporate ladder, 15 mins could be all the free time 

in the world.  

This will sooth puffy eyes and make the whites whiter!  Lay down, and get 

about a cup of cold milk, soak the cotton ball in the milk and ring out slightly 

for no drips.  Lay the cool cotton ball on your closed eyelid, and relax.  Replace cotton ball when it starts to warm up, repeat for 15 mins.

Photo and more information can be found at

May 27, 2008

Patience is a virtue

Re-decorating uses enough of your patience, without having to wait for delivery dates to come, hoping the  measurements are right, the colors are right, and do I really like this in here?  When I was younger, I was redoing a room in my parent’s house.  Everything was ready to be set, but I was waiting on the wallpaper.  first the order didn’t go through, then re-order, then back-order, then finally, forget it.  I started painting.  It was a black and white room with toile, circus stripes, and crisp white lines.  I started to paint a mural off a book cover I liked.  After taking is easy over three months it was finished at 7 feet tall and 14 feet wide.  I am happy that in that instance my patience had ran out.  Now that room is personal and one of a kind.  Take that into consideration before you call me for some decor restore.  We’ll add your personal touch, and make it your favorite room in the house.

Across the top half, working my way down.  (ignore the bedpost, and post-it note!)
Close up of the center waterfall in progress

Complete!!!  there is about 5 more feet to the left, and 3 more of the mural to the right of the photo.

May 25, 2008

Into the woods

Happy Sunday everyone! For me Sunday means that I have a little time to kick back and catch up on my magazine reading. On my table right nowI have the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living, I love getting her mags mostly for the beautiful prop photography.

In this issue they have an article called “Sticks & Stones” all about how to decorate with them. I loved it! First, another thingabout me and my personal style that I try to incorporate into my clients’ decor is my love of nature. I think having a little bit in the home with you adds a peace and harmony, it also reminds meto go outside and enjoy it! Please read the rest ofthe article and look at the rest of the natural beauties. You will see natural elements with theirearth tones, and rugged textures combined with clean fresh lines, polished wood next to bark. This article is definitely going into my “Favorites” binder. If you don’t already have a “Favorites” binder full of fashion, decor, and photos that inspire you, I suggest you start one.

It will make things much easier when I come knocking!

May 23, 2008

A higher purpose

Shower curtains.  Often over looked as function over form.  But think about this.  I always encourage you to raise your drapes starting at the ceiling, but what about those drapes in the bathroom, the shower curtain? I say yes!  

Why stop there? Use actual drapes for your shower curtain, don’t forget the plastic liner of course.  Standard shower curtains are only 72” long, this will work for lower ceilings, but for the 9 or 10 footer, it callsfor layering or a 92” drape.  It will be a littlemore expensive than a regular shower curtain, but will give the room a lavish luxurious feel.

As for the extended plastic liner, you may be able to find a 92”, but if not, buy two, cut the desired added amount off of one (plus 2 inches) and with a waterproof plastic adhesive (found at hardware stores) lay a line of glue on the width of the smaller strip then lay the full size liner on top with an overlap of about an inch or so let dry for the instructed amount of time.  Hang when dry with the glued flap facing down so it will not collect water.  There are many ways to hang your new drapes and liner depending on the style that you chose.

1.  Rod pocket drapes = “S” hooks for liner 

2.  Tab top drapes = “S” hooks for liner 

3.  Tie top drapes = looping each back tie through the liner hole/grommet

4.  Cafe curtain = looping the back of each cafe ring through the liner hole/grommet

5.  Grommet top Drapes = “S” hooks for liner hooking invisibly on the back side of every weave of the                           grommets.

Any Questions?  It may sound a little daunting, but I promise it’s not.  Let me know you need help.

May 22, 2008

Springtime in New York

These are my favorite pictures from my recent trip to New York. I had some of them made in to prints and they are now hanging in my apartment!

1. The Met

2. Angel in Central Park

3. Over the beams off the Brooklyn Bridge

4. A view from Chelsea

5. Through the wires of the Brooklyn Bridge

Remember you don’t need a fancy camera, or an Art degree to take beautiful pictures, just look through the viewfinder, when you see something that you love *click* and enjoy.

For these pictures I used a 7.0 megapixel compact Canon

May 21, 2008

Home sweet home

I love this!  So cozy.  Living in Downtown Seattle, this reminds me of home.  I can go to Pike Place Market, grab a couple goodies for breakfast and come back to my cozy broken in apartment, make a cup of french press and enjoy.  That to me is the good life.  I also love the look of incorporating the look of the new with the old, I try to use that look and feel in one way or another for my designs.  The beautiful linens are from they have lovely things.

May 20, 2008

A new use for the "Ball"

For the “Ball” jar that is. I love consistency, organization and visual appeal. When they can be combined, its heaven.

I purchased about twenty different sizes and brand canning jars at thrift stores. at .25 cents to $1 a piece they are way more cost effective than conventional organizational containers. I tried to find the oldest looking ones I could, I think they have more character. They went through the dishwasher and completely dried.

I then unloaded my pantry to access where to begin. I matched products according to quantity and jar size. the salt got a smaller jar and the brown sugar needed a large jar. You also have to think about when do I need to buy more? Will there be enough room left if I choose the small jar? As you can see from the picture, I chose a large jar for my oats even though its only 1/3 full, I’ll be restocking soon. Thats another reason why I love this! I can see exactly how much I have of the product, instead of guessing from inside a cardboard box. Here are the 5 step directions to what I think is the easiest DIY project with the highest impact.

You will need: Scissors, roll on glue (or try whatever you have on hand), a pen, and canning jars

1. Empty product into chosen jar.

2. Lay empty product container flat (same for paper and plastic)

3. Place inner lid on top of the product label and trace around

4. cut slightly on the inside of the traced circle

5. put a dab of glue (roll-on preferred) on the center of the lid and place cut out on top.

The outer ring frames the product label and should be screwed on tight to the jar to keep air out. When you need to which out the product just remove the current product cut out and start again! I hope you enjoy the project and the result as much as I do!

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