Archive for February, 2011

Joan, Melissa & Timothy

Have you caught Joan and Melissa River’s reality show?  Graham was working late last night and so I had the rare opportunity to treat myself to some good, wholesome, reality TV.  Joan Rivers has got to be the most hilarious 77-year-old on the planet.  She cracks me up.  On the episode I watched, she redecorated Melissa’s living room while Melissa was out working.  Joan hired Timothy Corrigan for the job.  I wasn’t able to pull a picture of Melissa’s new room but I did want to show off his impressive talents.

Timothy Corrigan is a design legend; he has designed many a celebrity home, including Sarah Jessica Parker.  I hate to hate, but I must say, some of his work is over designed and others are a bit too traditional for my taste.  Yet there were plenty of rooms in his vast portfolio that stopped me in my tracks, like those in this post.  What do you think?

February 16, 2011 at 8:48 AM 4 comments

Old Dog, New Tricks

Well scootch on over Paula Deen, cause there is a new cook in the kitchen – Katharine Collins Imwalle Belchers. I feel the need to blog about the small miracle that happened over at Chez Belchers last night. I cooked!!  I cooked and it wasn’t Top Ramen. Nope. No Dennisons chili in sight. Not a single bag of cheesy Doritos was used as a side. This was the real deal.

I started out with appetizers. Yes mom, appetizers.  They may have had the nutritional content of the aforementioned processed foods, but it was Valentine’s Day. I began with dates filled with cream cheese, almonds and wrapped in Bacon. Everything is better wrapped in bacon…everything!!

The main course even had sides, MAJOR accomplishment for me. We had lamb chops, mashed potatoes and green beans. Yes mom, vegetables. Paula Deen would be proud of what I slipped into the mashed potatoes…butter (just shy of a pound), cream cheese and half and half.   How do you think that fluffy mound of calories tasted?  Delicious.

As if the bacon and butter wasnt enough, I baked a three layer, dark chocolate, frosted cake.   Actually, that was all for Graham; I don’t like cake. So my thighs will thank me that I didn’t eat much of it…well, minus the taste tests 🙂

My 25 year old self would be astonished that I pulled off a three course meal. It wasn’t perfect and I was definitely in over my head.  In college and beyond, cooking dinner meant a can of black beans and if I was ambitious I would throw in an egg.

 Agh…I’m exhausted!  Graham’s family is coming for dinner for his birthday in a week…does this mean more cooking?  Paula, help!!

February 15, 2011 at 8:43 AM 7 comments

What I Would Give For…

A dramatic, architectural, weathered wood installment, like this:

Design by Juan J. Carretero

Or, like this…

Designed by my personal fav…Julia Edelmann – oh how I miss living close to her.

I actually don’t know what I would give for such an installment, perhaps something significant.  But, I would rather find one in the dusty corner of a well lived in, well-loved antique store on the side of a country road.  Doesn’t that sound romantic?  Speaking of romance, Happy Valentines Day!!  I will be showing Graham my love for him by cooking him dinner.  And Graham will be showing his love for me by pretending it tastes good.  Ahhh married life.

February 14, 2011 at 5:20 AM 6 comments

Happy Friday

Happy Friday, folks!  What are you gearing up for this weekend?  I’m hoping to have a girls night tonight.  Ladies?  What do you think?  I’ve got some new bling that needs to see the inside of bars…

It’s hard to share the true awesomeness of this beauty.  I picked it up at my favorite local thrift store; it’s circa 1960.  You’ll have to come out with me to really appreciate it. 🙂

I also wanted to buy this car that was for sale on the side of the street.  But, I passed it up…

A 1973 Land Cruiser…pure charm in my book.  Happy Friday!  What are you up to?

February 11, 2011 at 8:50 AM 1 comment

Craigslist Find

We’ve got a little bit of a storage situation going on in our bedroom.  Actually, little situation is an understatement.  We really have zero, zilch, zada room for clothes and yet we seem to have copious amounts of clothing.  They just keep coming and coming.  Every time I clean out my closet, more clothes miraculously appear that need to be stored away.  I know what all you brainiacs are thinking, stop shopping.  But I don’t know that I can commit to that solution.  What I can commit to is another dresser.

So, yesterday I purchased two matching campaign dressers for $80.  Actually one is a dresser and the other is a secretary.  I’m going to put them on either side of our bed.  Matching campaign dressers sounds so luxurious but check out what I actually bought…

Hideous, leaves a gross taste in your mouth, BAD yellow dresser and secretary.  Of course, I was way too impatient to take a decent before picture, but you get the idea.  I went immediately to work on the dresser today (a small miracle that I actually tackled this project in one day) and now, you can see what I was envisioning…

Not bad for $40.  I may paint out the hardware in gold, but that’s a bit ambitious for my track record.  I also like the patina that the hardware has at the moment.

Campaign dressers have been having their heyday in decor and I guess I just added one more to the blogosphere.  While I try my hardest to stay away from trends, sometimes a girl just can’t resist.  Plus, these babies fit the budget. Let’s take a look at what others have done with campaign furniture –

Via Little Green Notebook

Jenny of Little Green Notebook also scored some campaign action and painted hers white.

Via Lonny Mag

Love this green campaign dresser featured in Lonny Mag.

This color has me seriously consider repainting

Love these in black – home to Jamie of ISuwannee .

I almost went with navy blue (I realize this isn’t navy, but it’s close); I ultimately decided white because I really want the dressers to blend into the cream wall as we will have way too much furniture in our bedroom.  Clothes you will soon have a home!  What do you think of campaign furniture?

February 10, 2011 at 5:30 AM 11 comments

Jewelry In Time for Valentine’s Day

Continue Reading February 9, 2011 at 9:51 AM 2 comments

New EmersonMade

I’m in a shopping mood today.  I’m not actually going to buy anything but hopefully posting about clothes will be just as satisfying as buying new clothes – ha, here’s to wishful thinking.

I have posted about Emerson Made in the past, here.  I was lucky enough to receive a clutch that I blogged about for my birthday.  One of my best birthday presents, ever!  I LOVE my clutch – thanks Jill and Katy!!

Lets take a look at what they have in store for Spring…

EM Original Bluebells

Okay, so I’ve been wanting her EM Original jeans for a while now; I’m so pleased wide leg is back in!

Hello, linen topper coat – aren’t you chic?!  My husband just surprised me with a custom made jacket that’s very similar to this one, pretty sure I’ll wear it daily for the rest of my life.

Black and Cream Tuxedo Jacket

This classic tuxedo jacket would be so useful.

For the warmer months ahead, I’m dreaming of this polka dot number.

Dandy and Zebra Clutch

Their clutches come in the cutest boxes, it’s like receiving a Hermes box in the mail.

Doggie Clutch - SOLD OUT!

Too bad this clutch is sold out – you know how I feel about dogs from this post.

Sunday White Wild Rose

This Valentine’s Day, why not sport a giant flower?

Leather and Brass - Emerson Belt

I love the look of this timeless leather belt.

Custom Monogram Linens

Last but not least, you can’t be in a totally cute outfit without a well dressed table to go with it.  I love these monogrammed linens.

All products available at EmersonMade.  Happy shopping!

February 8, 2011 at 8:48 AM 1 comment

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