Monday, May 25, 2009

Loving Chalkboard Walls

I have longed to put a chalkboard wall in my home for quite sometime now but am now thinking of doing one in the studio. Maybe with some whimsical chalk drawings of ferns & botanicals...

Photos courtesy of Desire to Inspire and Apartment Therapy.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Setting the Table for Memorial Day

Check out these gorgeous ideas for setting an outdoor table for Memorial Day and more here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Barn Girl

Some photos of Sydney in front of the barn...

Kindergarten Crush

My oldest daughter has been smitten with this boy 'Nate' from her Kindergarten class since just about the first day. She has already informed me that she is going to marry him someday. The papers below were in her backpack last night when I unpacked it.

The child is going to give me gray hair before I turn '30'. How about you? Have any stories to share about a "kindergarten crush"?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Ideas for Leftover Wallpaper

Came across these lovely uses for leftover wallpaper at and wanted to share them with you.

My favorite is the scroll hung with a ribbon, read more and get instructions at real simple online.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Apparently there are options for glamping ("glam camping") a little closer to home than Feather Down Farms that I wrote about in my last post. All of these gorgeous and glam campsites are located in the USA . Read more about them here.

Feather Down Farm Days

We are talking about taking the girls camping for the first time this summer and I came across this lovely camping concept by Feather Down Farms and am smitten. What a magical camping experience this would be, wish we had something like this around here...

You can harvest your food from the land, then cook it over a wood stove (indoor or outdoor), frolic with the farm animals and explore the countryside, and then retire to your feather down bed in a room lit by candlelight. Sounds "udderly" delightful...

Friday, May 8, 2009

Delightful Crafts for Mother's Day

though everything I write is a poem to my mother."
—Sharon Doubiago
Love these simple Mother's Day craft ideas from Country Living; heart-shaped sachets, peony wreath, rosette pin, and Mother's Day place setting. Especially loving the peony wreath (which I would so do if my peonies were in bloom right now) and the printed menu on napkin. Click here to get instructions for these and other delightful crafts for Mom.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Villa Augustus

Villa Augustus is located in the southern Netherlands in the city of Dordrecht, the oldest city in the Netherlands. Villa Augustus, an old water tower and pumping station, now converted into a one-of-a-kind hotel, restaurant and market-café, has become the latest hotspot in the area. Around the hotel, where the large water basins were originally situated, a magnificent garden park has been laid-out, with romantic nooks and crannies and a bounteous fruit and vegetable garden that supplies the restaurant with much of the delicious produce that are used and sold. The old pumping station now works as a café-cum-market, where you can buy almost anything they produce, including fresh bread, jams, pies, and wine. The entire place is very creatively decorated in a style that mixes the grandiose with the simple and the modern in a way that respects the site's history and previous function. Love the large open concept rooms, retro furniture and the giant crystal chandeliers.

Check out more on the Villa Augustus here.


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