Monday, November 29, 2010

This Year's Christmas List

Hey everyone! This year I had no trouble coming up with a few nifty items I'd love to open Christmas morning, afternoon & night!!

Here's what I've added:

I asked for several of these amazing door mats. Yes several... I like to change them throughout the year.
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Laurel Doormat
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Raptor Doormat
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Kyra Doormat

Frizz Zero Spray
Frizz Zero Spray
Frizz Zero Cream
Frizz Zero Cream
Chunky Tassel Throw
Platinum Throw
Mercury Birds
Mercury Birds
Electric Wine Opener

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Freedonia Cool Napkin
Victoria's Secret Perfume Gift Set

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Wally Cool Napkin

So there you have it. My 2010 Christmas list! What do you think? Did I inspire you to add something from here to your Christmas list???

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving / Dining Room Reveal!!

First off.. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We are so thankful for everything we have, including our beautiful home that we are having so much fun making our own. This year we are hosting our first Thanksgiving! This was our excuse to complete our dining room.

Well... almost! We still want to paint the entire room in a shade a little lighter than the current color. Also we will be removing the burgundy window treatment and replacing them with patterned curtains that I have yet to pick out. The chandelier was a pain to put up but it was definitely worth it! Each one of those strains was wrapped in plastic and tapped. Below is a picture of me carefully unwrapping them. It took me about an hour and a half! I am still playing with the placement of everything but here is what we have so far.

This is our set up for Thanksgiving.

Our Little Helper

Source List:
Furniture - Ikea
Chandelier - West Elm
Corner Floor Lamp - Ikea
White Plates - Crate & Barrel 
Flowers - Fresh from Publix 
Ona Pitchers - Crate & Barrel
Pumpkins on table - Homegoods
Owl S&P Shakers- Pier One
Table Runner - Pier One
Gravy Boat - Pier One
Napkins - West Elm
Napkin Rings - Crate & Barrel
White Vase on table - Ikea
Leaf Coasters - Crate & Barrel
White Mirror - Homegoods

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Dining room Sneak Peak two

My mom and I spent our evening at West Elm. I had a few gift cards for my birthday so I thought I'd use them for things for our dining room. After spending about an hour or so, oooooing and awweeeinnng, I narrowed down my shopping cart to the following things. 

We're still in the process of putting the ikea furniture together so bare with us for pictures of the final reveal. Our goal is to get everything done before thanksgiving - minus painting the room, that will have to wait.

Went with the grey-brown ones

I chose the owl - Gift from mom :) 

You can never have too many vases

Oil & Vinager dispensers - Another gift from mom :)

I hope you guys are enjoying my posts, and anticipating the dining room reveal!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dining Room Sneak Peak.

Hey everyone,
We are in the process of doing our dining room. I won't say redo because technically this is our first! We have narrowed down a color for the walls and have purchased our dining room set and chandelier. I have attached a photo of the chandelier for a teaser ;). Check back for more updates!

Chadelier from West Elm

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Apron meals by Publix

I am not much of a cook, in fact, I rarely do. When I do decide to cook I usually am reaching for my Publix Apron Meals Cookbook. Wow, how much does that sound like an advertisement?? Oh well, its true. They are very simple and delicious!! Last night I made Dijon Thyme Pork. 30 minutes!!

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Sometimes I wonder.....

Who's reading? Or am I sending these posts out into the void. As the great Meg Ryan once said in You've Got Mail, "So good night, dear void."

p.s. Please comment if you're reading, and/or if you enjoy my posts!


Walking into working this morning I spotted this amazing print at a co-worker's desk that she got from Target. When I got back from lunch it magically appeared at my desk :).

I guess I had ooed and aweed over it so much, it gave two of my other co-workers a birthday gift idea. Thank you so much to Melissa and Elizabeth for surprising me for "Brit-day." You guys rock!

Minor Re-do's

So the next room(s) on our list are the dining room and currently the laundry room. I decided last minute this weekend I would start painting the laundry room. I had some "Gentle Tide by Glidden" leftover from the office, and since we love the color so much, I decided why not have it in the laundry room; maybe it will make me want to be in there more often :insert wink here:. So far I have one wall done along with some "cut in" work on the others. During my lunch hour I picked up the following "goodies."

Hardware for the cabinets going up soon
New rug from Target

Replaced ugly gold door stopper with this simple bronze one from home depot.

It's coming along well, and after we get a new washer and dryer, things will move along nicely.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Wood floors in a Kitchen? Pros vs Cons

When I think of my dream kitchen, I can't seem to convince myself to NOT have hardwood floors. I've been advised against it so many times, but I can't helpful myself, I droll over pictures of beautiful dark hardwoods floors like in this GORGEOUS kitchen in my previous post. 

So I thought why not have hardwood floors in a kitchen? Is there a difference being in Florida with the humidity, etc. Thoughts, comments, advice????

AMAZING Family/Kitchen Redo

Just when you think something can't be any different, you see this!! What an amazing transformation by designer Tobi Fairley.


Kitchen Before

 Kitchen After

Hmm.... I'm getting ideas!!!