Sunday, October 25, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Proposal of a Thousand Pumpkins

Loved this sweet story about John Laing and his creative and labor intensive marriage proposal to Ariel Baruch. He had taken one thousand pumpkins and laid them out to spell, "Ari, Will You Marry Me?" in 80 foot letters across a one acre field. Then, he took her out for a fall drive and when she saw the proposal, needless to say, she was speechless. But of course said yes. Awww...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Favorite Summer Pics with the Girls

I am feeling sentimental reminiscing about the great times had with my girls over the summer and wanted to share my favorite snapshots from those moments...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fall Harvest Fest with my Girls

Took my girls to the Fall Harvest Fest downtown Saturday. The girls had a blast with the baby animals and loved the carriage ride. Of course the huge suckers were a hit as well!

Shabby Chic New Couture Store

I was so pleased to read that Rachel Ashwell just opened up a new Shabby Chic Couture location. This is her first step back into the world of retail since her company filed for Chapter 11 in the Spring. In her new store, she offers some fresh new designs for slipcovered furniture in her same favorite fabrics and great new furniture pieces made in the USA of reclaimed woods.

I am so hoping this means that they will once again open up the opportunity for boutiques to carry the Shabby Chic furniture line. I loved it before and it looks like I would love the new line even more. Photos courtesy of

Saturday, October 10, 2009

A Tracy Porter Home

Tracy Porter's gorgeous home in Ripon, WI just went on the market. Without even getting into how amazing this sprawling 116 acre estate and the exterior of this home is, the interior of the home is beautiful and a true reflection of Tracy's unique style. The bathroom she designed for her boys is super cute and classy at the same time. I am loving the mix of white cabinets, industrial stainless steel counter tops and dressy chandeliers in the kitchen.

More photos and the complete listing at

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Down Pipe #26 and Hashai

I have fallen in love with this fabulous gray blue color called Down Pipe #26 by Farrow & Ball. I first read about it on beachbungalow8. Clicked to the link for hashai, the blog of Anna Beth Chao and saw the wonderful before and afters of her bedrooms and wanted to share them. For not having any professional background in design, Anna has got some serious talent. The first photo below is of her bedroom which she transformed with the help of Down Pipe #26. The other four photos are the before and afters of her daughter's room remodel.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

New Uses for Old Things

Real Simple Online listed their All-Time Favorite 50 New Uses for Old Things and I thought they had a lot of great ideas. Some I had already used myself in the past, like wrapping a wet paintbrush in a plastic bag to keep until the next day but there are some surprises in there too. The four shown below were some of my favorites but there are 46 more for you to check out right here.


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