Contemplating Green

Whilst browsing through the images I have saved on my laptop today I pulled these three out as they caught my eye.  I seem to be drawn to green lately.  I don't know why as I have always been surrounded by so much blue thanks to my mother.  There seems to be something so grounded about green.  I mean, I wouldn't ever paint the outside of my house green but I have to say that I love the look of that beautiful old house in the top image with the fresh white trim.  I think I could accept green as an accent in my life. 

Look at Tory {middle image} sitting there ever-so-stylishly with that beautiful green side table mixed with the blue and white garden stools.  My mother is not a fan of green but look at all of that green in her lounge room {last image}...??  What's with that Mum?

Mixed with lots of white and blue and pink or blue and red and yellow, I think green could be a great colour to get to know a bit more...

image 1 - via frolic, image 2 - via peak of chic, image 3 - anna spiro



HGTV's Sarah Richardson designed this beautiful lake house on Canada's Georgian Bay.  Sarah's husband owned the rustic home as a bachelor, so the designer wasted no time in turning the place into a family friendly summer cottage.

Richardson painted the walls white, softened the colors in the kitchen, and added colors and fabrics that blended with the environment. This eco-friendly home had an open floor plan, so Sarah divided the home into rooms, tying them all together with color.  ENJOY!

Paperplay Challenges - Anything but a card

Hi everyone! I'm back from my week with my family which went WAY too quickly. I miss everyone already. We brought JJ (our grandson) back with us to spend the next four weeks. So needless to say my hands will be full for a while. He's getting so big and growing up way too quickly, which they all do. But it seems so much more apparant when you don't get to see them all the time.  Anyway, it's time for a new challenge from Paperplay Challenges. They have a brand new sponsor, La-La Land Crafts! They generously offered the DT some images to play with, but unfortunately I wasn't able to get one done since I've been out of town. 

For my "anything but a card" challenge, I created a tag using one of the hAnglar & stAnglar images. She's colored with Copic markers and then popped up from the tag.  The papers are from Nitwit Collections, the flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, and the ribbon is May Arts Silk from Stamp and Create. That's it for me today! Please be sure and pop over to Paperplay Challenges and we'd love it if you'd play along with us! Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today and hope to see you back again soon! Hugs!


When Mark Hughes, a cosmetic dentist, decided to purchase a three bedroom flat in a converted Victorian primary school in Battersea, he called on London interior designer Christopher Prain.  Prain had decorated Hughes' previous home in the same building and both of his dental offices.

Because Hughes loves black, so much of the flat was monochromatic, with touches of navy, gray, mahogany and taupe.  Unique to the home is the chandelier/mobile above the dining room table, the staircase and its gray glass balustrade, and the black stained and polished hardwood floors.

The dining table is an Eero, the dining chairs are Cappellini, and the sofa is by Mary Fox Linton. The cabinetry is silver birch.

Because there is so much modern furniture in the home, Prain covered the chairs in a stripe and added two mirrors.  ENJOY!

You might be a baking enthusiast if. . .

...if upon seeing this store, you jump out of the car before it comes to a complete stop.

...if reading this sign at the entrance causes you to reach for the shopping cart instead of the little basket.

...if a wall of silicone spatulas in every color makes your heart go pitter-patter.

...if you are so enthralled with the store that you forget to check your camera settings and your hand is shaking just a bit so that all of your pictures are blurry and off-color.

...if this mixer at a discount price makes you go weak in the knees.

Yep, you must be a baking enthusiast.   

Don't worry...I couldn't make a trip to the Williams-Sonoma Outlet without thinking of you guys!

Who wants some cupcake and cookie decorating goodies?

Here's what you'll get:
  • sanding sugar: pink, yellow, white, and blue
  • silver shimmering sugar
  • set of gel paste food colorings
  • vanilla bean paste
  • and, a cute, little, yellow WS apron
To enter, leave a comment telling me...
your favorite dessert!
{Drawing to be held Saturday, July 2nd and 8pm CST.  Good Luck!}

giveaway closed. :)  Congrats, Jewel!

Jennifer Love Hewitt 2011 pictures

Jennifer Love Hewitt 2011 pictures
Jennifer Love Hewitt 2011 pictures
Jennifer Love Hewitt 2011 pictures
Jennifer Love Hewitt 2011 pictures
Jennifer Love Hewitt 2011 pictures


New York City-based restaurateur Keith McNally found the land for his vacation home, Windy Gates in Chilmark, while riding a bicycle through the area.  What followed was a farm house on a four-acre lot where McNally and his children can enjoy time together. McNally raises his own pigs, chickens, ducks, goats, and lambs.  He also makes goat cheese, keeps up orchards for apples, peaches, cherries and plums, and grows berries and vegetables.

The home is furnished with reclaimed wood and flea market finds which McNally found in markets in France and America.  The door frames were built to fit doors that he had found at market.  He also used an L-shaped red leather banquet, bistro glasses, zinc countertops, and a huge farm table.  The plank floors and tea stained walls are beautiful, and it is apparent that McNally worked with his usual attention to detail.  ENJOY!

To read more pick up your copy of the latest Elle Decor.

See you soon,

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