Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Brand new, suede, made in Italy, J. Crew beauties.
Now, I am not normally a thift store shoe person, but literally, these looked like they hadn't even been tried on...and...drum roll please... they were my size! In what world does that happen??
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
The Invention of Lying: Definitely your basic romantic comedy, but good. I actually laughed out loud more than once and overall really enjoyed the message of the movie. It was cute and a great, easy movie. And with an hour and a half time frame, perfect for a weekday night when nothing else is on.
She's Out of My League: Please skip this movie. It was cheesy and predictable, but not funny at all. I think I smiled once, but more or less drank wine and talked with my sister in law because the movie couldn't keep our attention. The plot is underdeveloped and the characters are just plain ol boring.
Hot Tub Time Machine: Ok, don't judge me...I thought this movie was absolutely hilarious. It was cheesy and predictable, but unlike She's Out of my League, the characters were loveable and laughable. A lot of the humor is crude and farce, but if you are feeling rather immature, it is a great rental.
Remember Me? By Sophie Kinsella: Eh, an easy summer read, but nothing I would keep on my shelf. Like Kinsella's other novels (the Shopaholic series for example), the main character is smart and successful by accident and slightly annoying throughout the story. But, if you are sitting at the beach and don't want to think really hard, it is an easy story to get through. I think it took me maybe 2 hours to read the whole thing.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson: This book came with a lot of hype and kind of delivered. The story was interesting (a little hard to follow until I got a handle on the wide variety of characters) and again, I was able to read it pretty quickly. The characters were engaging, but everything did tie up a little too nicely for my taste. It did not leave me with the desire to read the two other novels in the series; for me, it felt like reading a Dan Brown novel- good the first time, the second and third simply feel like a regurgitation of the first, same story, different place. Sadly, I was not impressed enough to continue to reading.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett: I read this about 2 months ago, but since all my other reviews were so-so, I thought I would throw this in for good measure. I thought this book was really cute. Another great, easy summer read, but challenging in content. Based in the south, it explores women and culture and the adversities that face us all. I loved the way Stockett changed the voices of her characters, they were all incredibly believable. I would suggest this for sure!
Monday, July 26, 2010
I swear he does own clothes...
We had an exciting visit from some cousins. I think the red, sweaty faces and big smiles tell you how it went!
Friday, July 23, 2010
So pretty right? The quilted fabric is actually 100% silk, with backing, for $8 a yard. True story.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
*Images from House Beautiful, Coastal Living, Decor Pad and Dominio
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
* The potential of furniture. Everywhere I go now, I can see how a piece of furniture can easily transform itself. And even though I haven't had much time to refurbish this summer, I look forward to getting back into it come fall. It is still fun to keep my brain working and imagining!
* The absolute beauty in things. I have always been a pretty optimistic person, but as I mentioned in this post, I have really started to key into specific moments. I now notice flowers and butterflies and the way the birds sing to each other. I see moments of my son and my husband and my friends and family that I used to overlook. I can capture a quick flash of emotion, even when I don't have my camera with me. I am so happy for this change of perspective (and so glad when I do catch it on camera!)
* I really, really, really love to take pictures. Growing up, my mom was a painter and try as I might, I was really bad at it. But I always wanted to be artistic. I like to think that I can see art in life through photography as my mom sees it through paint. And I know I have a long way to go, but it has quickly become my new obsession. Or maybe I am delusional and just really lucky to have a kid with big blue eyes...
* The home is a beautiful place that should be well taken care of. There are so many days when I am tired of picking up after my boys, don't feel like putting my clothes away and purposefully eat on paper plates so I don't have to do dishes...but when it comes down to it, I am happiest when there are fresh flowers on my table, the bed is made, we eat at the table on real plates and there is sunshine pouring through my windows without finger prints on them. (Ok, ok so that's not all true, fresh flowers yes, but the chances of you finding a window without a fingerprint..highly unlikely.) And as I research, read about and look at examples of beautiful homes I realize how important those little details can be. Whether they are for my own comfort, or because a put together guest room makes my guests feel more welcomed, I have been enjoying every second of learning more about my home.
* I really like it when people comment on my blog. It makes me incredibly happy to know that you enjoy reading it. Many thanks to Brittany for being my first known reader who I don't actually know :) If there are others of you out there, I would love to know you! To my friends and family who read and encourage me everyday, thanks for caring!
So tell me, what is your favorite thing about Daffodil's?? What can I change or do better? How cute is my kid? :)
Pretty on Pillows (also loving the lucite legs on the bench):
Details on a table (from Ballard Designs):
Simple and elegant details on the chair arms:
Monday, July 19, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
We went to the Habitat for Humanity Re-store in Winston in search of the lighting. (Most areas have one and they are a fantastic resource for budget decorating). Apparently, it was my mom's lucky day, because we walked to the lighting area and found this:
And even though they would make quite a statement, my 6'3" dad would have a headache constantly! So after a little more looking around, we found this gem hanging high.
At first, I thought it was $75, which is a pretty good deal really, but upon further evaluation, turns out that "7" was a "1". Yep, mom scored her light fixture for $15. Can't make this stuff up. I can't wait to see what it looks like!
Then we were off to Kinnaman's, another secondhand/antique store in Winston and made out like bandits. Mom's goal for her living room is to bring back the 'parlor room', a place for adults, crystal glasses and bourbon (sorry, no ciggs allowed, although we both agreed antique smoking accessories might be necessary). We found the perfect chairs and drink cart, along with a lamp from the re-store ($10!) and antique champagne glasses I already had.
The chairs were $60 each. Can you believe it?? That leather is gorgeous! Turns out they smell horribly of smoke (which explains the price) but we are confident we can get it out. This is staged in my dining room, so clearly not what it will look like at mom's house, but I was too excited about it to wait til she got back to DC. There will be pics of the whole makeover in a few weeks.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
*Images from Southern Living, House Beautiful and Elle Decor