Monday, February 28, 2011

sunday morning musings...on monday

 i know it's really monday morning.

i'm a day late and it's hard to meet on a monday.
that's why i'm sitting at a kitchen counter and not a warm cozy room.  but what a kitchen it is!!

rustic vintage, there's so much to like in this room...

little blue deer

starting with those fabulous lights and that ladder, on to that amazing island and counter top. the floor, beams and window adding that  old world charm, just tops it off!
looks like a place i could be very happy cooking in.

ok,  back to work everyone..we've had our daydream moment of the day.
tomorrow i'll be flying to portland on a home scouting mission...wish me luck!
happy sunday monday ;)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

favorite finds this week

i am by no means a fashionista...
in fact,  my wardrobe consists of sweats in the winter and shorts and tees in the summer...
casual, comfortable, black and white.

i'd much rather be shopping for the home and the shop...i just never seem to shop for clothes...

well, this week i've noticed some spring and summer clothes this girl could love..
here are my picks for a spring/summer wardrobe...

 vintage 1980s high waist network slacks

with a simple button down shirt in a mini check

a silk print tank

 to wear with these adorable vintage 1980s Byer Shorts

of course a pair of shoes, i like these vintage criss cross heels

and i'd top it off with a floppy brim hat

this sailor tote is perfect for the beach or farmers market..

oh and just in case,  i need to dress a bit ... a little black dress, works just fine for me.

but what i really this vintage mannequin form (see that boy form hiding behind the front one, yup that one)

i guess.. you can change the clothes.. but you can't change the girl ;)

happy saturday friends, have a good one

Friday, February 25, 2011

new & noted...turn on the lights

while searching for replacement lights to update the house this week.
i found there's a whole new world of lighting coming to home design

the Felt Shade by Tom Dixon

A shade that employs a technique known as fabric-forming. Felt is created by heat pressing a double layer of material which is then sculpted into shape. The shade has a tactile grey exterior and white interior.

The Bye Bye Bulb by Daniel MichelLED Pendant Light Fixture
A funky industrial design piece.  The skeleton of a shade and an invisible bulb stealthy disguise a 10 watt LED bulb that is hidden in the socket for a traditional incandescent bulb.

The Modern Plywood Lighting Design by Faf-fin

this contemporary lighting system is made of 4mm plywood and comes as a flat pack. This modern lighting can be hung or it can be placed in the ground if you want to hold a garden party. It produces a soft light.  I do like the look of these outside.

with the new light bulb regulations coming, i'm sure of two things
1. everyone will be buying up the old ones off the shelves by the armful &
2. we'll be seeing so many new types, shopping for a light bulb will not be a fast chore.

"Under federal law, incandescent bulbs are being phased out beginning next year when American manufacturers no longer will be allowed to make 100-watt bulbs. By Jan. 1, 2014, the only incandescents left on the market will be three-way bulbs, plant lights and appliance lamps"

seen any new interesting lights lately? share them with us here.

happy friday

Monday, February 21, 2011

out & about...a cape cod vacation

thinking about a summer vacation on cape cod?
how about a vacation in a lighthouse.

The Wings Neck Lighthouse is an incredibly unique and historic property
Wings Neck Light was built in 1849. For many years, Wings Neck was deemed one of the most important lighthouses on the Atlantic Coast because of the heavy shipping traveling the Cape Cod Canal.

Formerly a US Coast Guard Lighthouse.  The light tower still stands attached by a breezeway to a three bedroom keepers home.  Located at the tip of Wings Neck Point, in the town Pocasset on Cape Cod.

Situated literally inches from the water, the rocky slopes are beautiful and traditionally New England. The house was completely renovated in 2003 and is now available for weekly rental year round.


 living room


tower staircase with access to the light tower

upstairs bedroom

There are sleeping accommodations for eight. The house has three upstairs bedrooms, a full bath upstairs, a half-bath downstairs and an outdoor shower.

and incredible sunsets!
sunset view

if you love the beach or cape cod, what an incredible vacation this could be.  more info here

happy vacation planning

Sunday, February 20, 2011

sunday morning musings

good morning everyone

today coffee is being served here in front of this amazing outdoor fireplace

lately i'm obssesed with the look of stone especially when it's paired with a pop of color

both spaces found separately...i think they belong together.

have a wonderful sunday

Saturday, February 19, 2011

favorite finds this week

the past two days have been a short peek of spring on cape's over and cold again but

it's put me in a mood for adding a bit of spring to my home.

these spring mist candles should help fill the air with the scent of spring

the sweet little bird Goat's Milk Soaps are adorable for a touch of spring in the bathroom

 for a bit more spring in the bath add this Organic Beach Bath Towel

 the aqua and cream napkin set for the kitchen

the Shabby Chic Cottage Style Mixed Fabric Stationery set for my office

and this lovely Vintage Fabric Embroidery just a perfect little touch for the bedroom

i love adding new little touches to the house, sometimes that's all you need to perk the house up.
are you adding anything new to your home this spring?

happy saturday

Thursday, February 17, 2011

new & noted...

 personalized modern art for today's new & noted...

 StarArc creates personalized art based on each customers’ astrological birth chart

the centerpiece of each StarArc art print is the angular line-form pattern that exists in every astrological chart. Each customers’ line-form pattern and shape is unique to them.
the print is further personalized with 2 style choices, 27 color choices, 8 size choices, and a custom text inscription option.

All their prints are created on textured canvas printed with museum quality giclée printing process and mounted on 1.5 inch stretcher bars.

the simplified and contemporary geometric forms, color palette and composition  makes them modern in style, but they would work equally well in any space with a simple clean aesthetic.

the prints are available to be customized and ordered online at and they’re offering an introductory discount so you can order your StarArc print for as little as $168.

the company is planet friendly too..
The prints are created with environmentally friendly canvas, inks and stretcher bars. Additionally, they contribute 1% of all revenue to the 1% for the Planet cause.

definitely worth a go to for more info

have a great day all

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

keep them fresh...

Receive flowers for Valentines Day? Lucky you!

here's a few tips to keep them fresh longer....

As soon as you receive a bouquet of flowers

Use a sharp garden shears, knife or scissors to cut about one inch off of each stem at a 45-degree angle. The key word is sharp, try not crush the stems.

Use lukewarm water for the vase.

Remove any leaves and foliage from the stems that will be below the water. Decomposing leaves can contaminate the water.

Adding a preservative to the water is one way  to keep it bacteria-free, and to provide the cut flowers with enough nutrients to hold out a bit longer than they might otherwise.
A few  DIY  preservatives

Add a few tablespoons of sugar  The sugar acts as the plant's food, long after the root supply has been cut off.

Add a bit of bleach to the water.  about 1/4 tablespoon of bleach per quart of water is more than enough. If used in moderation, the bleach helps purify the water and kill bacteria.
Add an aspirin and a penny The aspirin lowers the water's pH level, warding off bacteria, and the penny serves as a fungicide.

Some gardening experts say you can pour a 12-ounce can of non-diet Sprite or 7-Up into a half gallon of water. The acid in the soft drink will slow bacteria growth and the sugar will feed the plant.

Change the water daily and ENJOY!

You should also keep your flowers away from the fruit bowl. You can’t see it, but that fruit gives off ethylene gas, which will make the flowers deteriorate more quickly.

Daffodils and tulips don’t always get along! two of my favorite flowers!!  a little secret from  gardening expert Mary Robson.. Daffodil sap is toxic to tulips.

 here's to a house always filled with fresh flowers

Monday, February 14, 2011!!

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today i'm feeling tired...

from the weekend projects that are continuing into the week...
from the plastic sheeting on all my walls,
just because i'm in a mood..

i need a little escape, something quiet and  pretty
i think i'll hide out here today ...

 pinterest, originally from bliss

clean, simple, pretty, and restful...and oh, that view.
my monday suddenly got a whole lot nicer!

and to all of you my friends....Happy Valentines Day, thank you for being here.

happy day

Sunday, February 13, 2011

sunday morning musings

today we're traveling for our sunday morning coffee...

we're in sweden at the country home of the lovely elisabeth dunker,  a designer, artist and photographer

you will want to sit for awhile at this table and feel the warmth and contentment that is so very evident here...

but before you leave,  you should roam around this home through the eyes of the woman who created it and now documents it so amazingly with her camera.

you can see more of elisabeth's work, she writes a blog Fine little day "This blog is very much about appreciating everyday life." and her photography collection here

if you follow any of my post's through to their links .....This is the one not to miss!

have a lovely sunday friends

Saturday, February 12, 2011

favorite finds this week

for this weeks  favorite finds i decided to look for tiny things...all the better to fit into my packing  boxes,
pretty clever of me..don't you think?

and how clever is this;
for the nomadic writer,  the Little Nomadic Gnome. Measuring 1 x ½ ",  a tiny piece of reclaimed black leather once part of a vintage motorcycle muzzle. T. 30 sheets  of tea-stained Italian drawing paper. Hand-torn and stitched with archival linen thread,  with a  miniature authentic vintage skeleton key all in a wee wooden gnome box

a set of 2 wee bowls, also called "pinch pots" at  only 1"tall and 1 1/2"wide,   they are quite adorable

a delicate little Bavarian Bird Vase, perfect for a  flower stem or two

 tiny canvas print by tushtush, it amazes me how she adds such detail on a tiny canvas, love her work

 and for my readers who like things a bit larger...

an under the apple tree canopy bed - "Modern romantic Scandinavian design Sleep Therapy woodland fairy tale"  this beauty is all handmade to size... stunning....and it really does look like your sleeping in a fairytale.


 what's your preference, do you like things tiny or large? 

what do you have planned for this weekend ~  i'm in the middle of house projects, so i'll be working under layers of dust this weekend..i'll fill you in next week.

happy saturday  


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