August 28, 2016

August 25, 2016

Friday Favorites - Under the Glass Dome

I think I've spoken of my love for glass cloches before on the blog, but they are such a favorite of mine, I thought it might be time to revisit the subject!

I first saw and fell in love with them years ago in Paris. They are all over the beautiful bakeries in that city. But at that time, I never saw them here in the United States. I'm not sure why they took so long to appear here, but I'm so glad they did! I usually have several in my kitchen on top of different sized cake stands. Sometimes I display homemade desserts in them, but often I just leave them empty. I love the lines of them, and the way the sun shines through them. I've even used them in the family room and put other items under the glass as a focal point. My personal favorite way to use them is on a white cake stand in a white kitchen, however, I've seen them on clear glass cake plates, on willow basket trays, on granite or marble pedestals, or even a wood platter.  I love their old-fashioned charm, and the way they make anything look special. 

Birds nests under glass. Via Better Homes and Gardens.

Via Elle Decor South Africa.

Some hydrangeas displayed along with some empty cloches on my kitchen counter.

August 19, 2016

Friday Favorites - Black and White

Is there anything crisper to wear than black with white? I know it can be argued that this is a non-seasonal look and as such, it can be worn all year, and I would agree. However, when it's the middle of August and hot as Hades, we want everything we wear to at least appear crisp and fresh, right? Well, pairing black and white separates does the job! A classic and effortless combo, it is the epitome of chic.

Need I say more?! Perfect summer outfit!

Love this! Great wedges!

August 17, 2016

Room Re-do: Boy to Man

Last winter I decided, quite out of the blue, to re-do my college age son's room. Once I got into it, friends (and my husband) kept asking "Why are you spending money on a room for him when he may never be home permanently again?" And frankly, it did give me pause. Why was I spending money on a possibly temporary room? Well, to begin with, my younger son still had his furniture he had gotten when he was three years old, and needed new "big boy" furniture so it made sense to pass down my older son's existing furniture to him. But this left his room empty and since he does still come home, and it's also where guests stay, it needed to have something in it! So, I needed to find a way to re-do the room A) on a budget, because he was possibly never coming home permanently, and B) make it look masculine and adult, while not losing his personality. I wanted to make it feel like it was still his room, while also working as a pseudo guest room (it's the only "extra room" we have), and not spending too much. Quite a feat, actually! If I managed to do it on a budget, I'd be able to gift these items to him to take with him next year and then actually be able to decorate a real guest room! (But that's another post!) After all is said and done, I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out, and I think he is too!

The first thing he needed was a new mattress and bed frame. I found this amazing metal headboard at Walmart!

He needed some kind of book shelf to hold some books and albums and things as he had lost a huge desk with a hutch. This small bookshelf from Home Goods filled the bill, and wasn't expensive. Plus I loved the dark grey color!

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