Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I love this week between Christmas and New Year's. I feel like I am finally breathing again! It has been a crazy couple of weeks with getting all my Christmas stuff done and getting everything done for my clients in time for their holidays. I feel like I did not take a breath of air for the past month.
The first 2 days after Christmas I think I was comatosed My husband was getting worried that I was not talking a mile a minute (oh -I love caffeine in the morning) when he finally woke up ( 2-hours after me ...Yes I am a crazy morning person). I was just kind of sitting there watching my son play with all his new toys. (not that, that is bad- just unlike me). I think I stayed in my pajama's the majorityof the day. I did not feel human till I went for a run later in the afternoon. New Year's Resolution #1 start preparing for Christmas season in July.
On top of being comatose computer crashed the day after Christmas. That was a very weird sensation of not being connected. I think it took me a full 2 days to get used to it. I actually kind of liked it after I got used to it.I really seemed to have more time for other things. New Year's resolution #2 stop being on the computer so much.
I am back and feeling good and rested I finally started going through my home office and organizing all the items that I kept stacking for the past couple of months. I think I am starting a bit earlier then the New Year's to Organize. The Tree is down. The Christmas decorations put away till next year. Boy do I feel refreshed with that done! I can't wait till 2009! New Year's resolution #3 try to stay more organized.
For 2009 I have lots of things that I am working on in my head. I am excited to start implementing them. I heard on the radio that Martha Stewart said that she expects this next year to be her best year ever. She claims that people will staying home more and looking for things to do and projects to work on. I looked on-line and could not find this statement from her to back up what I heard, but I share her thoughts. I think 2009 will be great -I believe that people will be working on their homes. I think people have slowed there spending but this is good. You spend more time on figuring out what you really need and what is important. It is so easy to do small things that have a big impact. I will follow up more on this with other blogs. New Year's resolution #4 Blog more.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful and relaxing New Year's
Monday, December 15, 2008
Tree in main Lobby Gensee Grande Hotel
Then it is off to another house to decorate which I will take pictures of and post and somewhere in the mix I get to do my house. I was putting garland on the outside at 8:30 at night the other night I think my neighbors think I am crazy.
The tree actually was naked in my house for 5 days till I had a chance to decorate it. It drove my husband crazy since I was such a pest to get the tree.
This is how I addressed my mantel on our salvaged fireplace mantel the photo does not do the tree in the middle justice.
In my trees I always love putting in items that you find in nature I love using birds and silk flowers and glittering branches. Off course you have to use beautiful ribbon as well. I find the best deals on ribbon at Sam's club of all places. Another great place I have found ornaments especially the birds is Martha Stewart at Kmart they usually sell out early.
I am brewing up new ideas for next years trees at the hotel and at my house. This year coming I am convinced I will be more organized and order everything in the summer. Ha -but who wants to think of Christmas in August.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Closer but --NoAlmostThis is it!!
It is amazing till I put it on paper I thought this was going to be too busy-- But I love it.
This back splash was a challenge. Most stoves are flanked with upper cabinets and you have a start and end point for the tile. I think that coming up with a interesting design is also a challenge because you don't want it too busy but you are also making a focal point.
I will post a finish picture soon as it is done unfortunately we have a bit of a wait to get the tile in.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
1 cup Strawberries
2 cloves Garlic
1/4 cup Tomatoes
4 tbsp of Seasoned Rice Vinegar
4 tsp Soy Sauce
1/4 tsp Oregano
1/2 tsp Basil
1/2 tsp Chili Flakes
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
Crush Strawberries - put in a mortar and pestle
Mix all ingredients together except garlic.
Saute Garlic in oil then add all ingredients in pan and simmer till it thickens.
We baked our salmon be careful not to over cook then put strawberry sauce over the Salmon.
The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections by Amanda Blake Soule
It is filled with fun ideas and projects. I think I am getting ahead of myself with my little boy he is a little too young. I can't wait till he is old enough to start getting him involved with art and craft projects.
I am going to be trying the birthday crown and birthday garland this weekend. We have a birthday right around the corner.
Along with it I also bought:
The Family at Home: Love. Life. Style. by Anita Kaushal
This book has really great photographs it shows you how you can have great interior spaces that work for grown ups but give little ones a wonderful, comfortable, and nurturing home.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
This is my favorite time of year where the temperature is perfect- warm day and cool nights. Apples, pumpkins and mums are all about. We went to pick up Mums yesterday and started putting away outdoor furniture. We are hoping today to go for a family bike ride it looks like the weather is going to be perfect for it. We will as usual be tackling the huge list of things that need to be done on the house.
Things I am working on for our house:
Antique fireplace mantel for the house. It needs a major cleaning, sanding, and repairing.
Window treatments and a rug for the living room-getting there slowly
And we are still working on finishing the stairs, laundry room, and sun porch.
It is frustrating sometime for having to wait to do all the pretty thing.
It seems like money and energy just goes into the items you do not see or are not the pretty things- Barn siding, insulation, window and door replacements, drywall and the list goes on.
Our house is getting there slowly there never seems to have enough time in the week to finish all our projects. Unfortunately I want everything to be done at once, I am not a patient person. I sometimes have to stop and look back at all the things that have been accomplished since we bought our house a year ago.
I will update soon with some picture my camera battery died so I have to wait to take some pictures. I hope to be better with my posts in the up coming weeks
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
These cotton rugs are great there are so many colors to choose from. These would be great in a a lake house or beach house.
I am debating to put this in my Living Room it is so much better in person.
Gypsy Rose (below photo) is such a cool rug it is cotton loops! I really want to use this in the Play Room---- hmmm too many choices.
Take a look at there website http://dashandalbert.com
Thursday, August 28, 2008
What happens when you decide to work with a designer:
- They will make an appointment for the initial consultation. Some designers do not charge for this but many will charge you an hourly rate.The designers will come out to the space and talk to you to get an idea of what you are looking for.
- Take pictures and measure existing spaces and pieces of furniture and anything else that will help them.
- Go back to the studio and put together a presentation. This may take a couple of weeks depending on the size of the project.
- The designer will present a presentation with samples, drawings, and idea of budget numbers.
- If everything is OK they go ahead with your consent and implement what was presented.
- Expect anything that needs to be custom made or special ordered at least 6-8 weeks for delivery.
Ways designer charge for there services:
- An hourly rate
- Hourly rate, plus commission
- Flat fee
- Flat fee, plus commission
- Straight commission
- Price per square foot
- Net cost, plus fee
- Or a combination of the above
Some other tips:
- Go through magazines and tare out pictures of things you like and don’t like this will help the designer find out what direction to go.
- Think about what type of budget you have and talk to the designer about it. Many people don’t want to talk about money but this helps the designer with what to show you. Even if your budget is small and you need to do things piece by piece be up front with the designer they will be more then happy to work with you.
- Time frame issues -be up front with the designer, design work takes time. Designer are not magician they for the most part can not make things happen over night like the reality TV shows like you to think.
- Keep an open mind, communicate-If the designer is going a way you do not like tell them
- Look around your home is there something that you just love show it to the designer it may be the starting point of the room.
Monday, August 18, 2008
This daybed sofa is an old Stickley antique I think maybe from the 1920's. My upholsterer did an outstanding job on this piece all the cushions are new. The back cushions have a great little loop over each of the knobs. The coral Chair is from CR Laine. The bedroom has such a nostalgic bed. We just put up the Roman shade that really helps adding warmth to the room. Most of the furniture we found at Pottery Barn. We are still working on this room we need to add rugs and artwork.
I must say I think this is my favorite window treatment that I have done. What fun.....
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Favors inside were sugar cookie 8's
Amazing floral arrangements
Bar with citrus center piece and custom tablecloth that I designed
The day really started off terribly with the skies just opening up and gushing water! We scrambled at last minute to find a tent (what were we thinking not having one to begin with) but the evening turned out beautiful.
Everyone pitched in scrambling at last minute to set up the bar under the tent. It was amazing they sent over such a cute tent with the yellow stripes it matched the citrus arrangement perfectly.
Few Shots from the party
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