Archive for April, 2010

Happy Friday

Happy Friday y’all. I hope you have a glorious weekend ahead of you filled with adventures and time to catch some ZZZZZZs.

Graham and I are driving to Omaha, Nebraska today. That’s right, Omaha. We’re off for Berkshire Hathaway’s (Warren Buffett’s company) annual meeting. As shareholders, it is something we have wanted to do because it is a scene and we will never be so close to Warren’s hometown again. We’re off to the “Woodstock of capitalism;” Omaha will be busting at the seams with people who have made the pilgrimage to hear the oracle himself speak. I am fascinated by Buffett – I even read all 900 pages of “Snowball,” an in depth biography about him. Graham got to sit across the table from Buffett at a luncheon not so long ago – LUCKY!!

Graham and Warren hanging out

I am excited for the trip. However, I can’t go another weekend without sneaking in some design. I’m thrilled because one of the companies that Warren invested in is Furniture Mart. They will be selling stuff at the annual meeting at a steep discount. I have a friend who picked up a fabulous rug there last year. So, yes, we are going to hear Warren speak…but, I may have some ulterior or should I some Interior motives as well.

Happy Friday!!

April 30, 2010 at 8:53 AM 3 comments

Modern Family: Let’s Play House

I love the show Modern Family. If you haven’t seen it, you are seriously missing out. I wouldn’t blog about it if I didn’t mean it. That half hour makes me laugh till my tummy hurts. You agree?

Not only is it hilarious, the homes are such fun to look at. I figured we could play house today. If you could pick a house from Modern Family to live in, which one would you pick? Would it be Cam and Mitchell’s Spanish style casa, Phil and Claire’s traditional digs, or Jay and Gloria’s modern abode?

I would hands down pick Cam and Mitchell’s Spanish style home. It’s perfect. Exactly what I’ve always dreamt of. I grew up in an adobe spanish style home myself and I love that home; guess I have always wanted a place just like it. Mom, feel free to hand over the keys. 🙂

Cam and Mitchell’s Spanish style house:

Phil and Claire’s traditional home

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Jay and Gloria’s modern home

If you’ve seen the show or based on these exterior home shots, which one would you choose?

April 29, 2010 at 8:16 AM 15 comments

Black and White Kitchen Floors

I have a friend who is putting in black and white checkered laminate flooring to her kitchen.  First of all, fantastic choice!  Graham and I have black and white flooring in our current kitchen and we love it.  The only issue with our floor is that the laminate is very old and it is coming up in parts.  I guess that’s part of the “charm” of renting a brownstone with “character.”  When we own a place one day, Graham and I both want the black and white checkerboard flooring – it is so classic.

My friend is picking out a paint color for the kitchen to go with her new floors.  I believe she has chosen a soft yellow, which is a great choice.  You can never go wrong with a soft yellow in the kitchen.  Plus, the beauty of black and white is that it goes with all colors.  For my future dream kitchen, I think I would maybe do crisp white walls and then put in kelly green or colonial red for accent colors.

Here are some rooms for inspiration…

(My personal favorite – I love the butcher block)

Check out the red apple painting!

Hope this helps to inspire paint choices.

April 28, 2010 at 7:17 AM 11 comments

And I’m Crushing

I have about one million crushes on different designers.  I have been looking for a perfect rug that fits the space for a client and I decided to peruse one of my favorite rug designer’s site: Madeline Weinrib.  She is the granddaughter of the founder of the legendary ABC Carpet & Home in New York City.  Weinrib is a painter as well as a designer and so she brings vivid, bright colors that you see in her paintings to her rugs.  I love the colors, textures and designs.  She is out of my budget for now but someday I hope to be an owner of a Weinrib rug.  I checked on ebay and there is one new 10 X 14 rug for sale for $3,000, click here if you are interested.  She also has furniture, textiles and pillows for sale that make my heart swell, but for now I’ll concentrate on her rugs.  What do you think?  Are you crushing as well?  What rug would you buy?

Brown and Pink Mandala

Pink and Orange Lulu (cute name!)

Light Blue Megan

Blue Ikat

Tomato Riva

Coral Otto

Blue Carter

Love, love, love.  I swoon over such amazing beauty but I shall not open my wallet, I shall not open my wallet, I shall not open my wallet, I shall not open my wallet….

April 27, 2010 at 6:54 AM 9 comments

Slim Shady

Coming off of a weekend in Vegas, where we went to the same club as Paris and Nicky Hilton, I thought I’d show some pillows that are cute but more for a  celebrity budget.  Because we’ve all got some slim shady in us, it’s time that our couches get cool with these awesome cushions.  The cushions are actually $450 each so I’m automatically out. But if you can swing it, put down some dolla’ dolla’ bills yo and get yo shady on..

Miss Shady Blue by Tara Bernerd | Wool and Silk Cushion

Miss Shady Pink by Tara Bernerd | Wool and Silk Cushion

Miss Shady Gold by Tara Bernerd | Wool and Silk Cushion

Pillows available at the Rug Company by Tara Bernerd. Click here for more information.

April 26, 2010 at 7:18 AM Leave a comment

Happy Friday

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are looking forward to a fabu weekend. I can’t wait for mine!! I am headed to Las Vegas to celebrate with a dear friend from high school for her bachelorette party. Look out Vegas because you’ve got trouble coming your way with the fantastic group of girls that are making the trip. I’m not sure if the details of the weekend are a surprise to the bride (and she is a faithful reader – thank you, Erin); so I’ll just say we are going to relax, play, laugh and imbibe. Can’t wait!

I thought I’d depart with some pictures of rocker suites as the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas which are very impressive. The work has been done by the design shop Chemical Spaces. Take a look – it’s not my style for a home but it rocks for a vacation.

Happy Friday everyone. I hope you find a chance to let your inner rocker out this weekend!

April 23, 2010 at 7:51 AM Leave a comment

Happy Earth Day

Hello Everyone,

Happy Earth Day! I hope you are having a wonderful day and are giving the earth a nice break today by trying to do something eco-conscious.

I have always tried to do a little bit to help out the earth; this interest began at a young age when I was the Ecology Commissioner in the seventh grade. Funny, but true. Nowadays, I try to do my part with little things, by shopping vintage and by finding ways to use objects that would otherwise be thrown away. I actually have come to the point where I prefer shopping at flea markets, etc. because there is a challenge to it and such high rewards.

If you are feeling in the mood for some DIY on Earth Day – I found a few great projects over at

Here are my favorites…

Transform an old shirt into a shopping bag. I don’t know about you but I have a bajillion t-shirts. People may give me strange looks at the grocery store, but at least the Earth will be happy.
Find out how to do this here.

There are so many great belt buckles out there, tons sold super cheap at flea markets. Martha has taken belt buckles that seem useless without a belt and transformed them into a great beside memento or even better as a fridge magnet.

Complete instructions available here.

Have some cereal (while reading my blog) and then once your done use the box to organize your bills and paperwork. Oh Martha. Only she can make Special K look so special.

Instructions available here.

Happy earth day! What are some things you do to help the earth? Do you know of any fun recyclable craft projects? I would love to hear about them!

April 22, 2010 at 7:15 AM 4 comments

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