Monday, November 23, 2009

Lifestyles with Rebecca

I'm so excited because Homegirl will be appearing on a new show on PBS called "Lifestyles with Rebecca" in the coming weeks. I have not been given the "offical" air time, but it could be this weekend or within a week or 2. I will keep you posted with specifics, but if you want to catch the show (or record it), it is on PBS on Sundays at 3:00 pm. I met Rebecca and Michelle at the Country Living Fair and they are from Chagrin, Ohio where they have a couture handbag company called "Rebecca Ray". Their show is based on people who have left the corporate worlds and are reinventing themselves and banking on the things they love. Rebecca has a similar story and the show features some great stories. If you would like to learn more about the show check out Also, Rebecca and Michelle are in the December issue of Country Living!

Friday, November 20, 2009

ideas to "steal"...

Surfing the web and landing at "apartment therapy" I came across this easy DIY for artwork you can do custom to your interior. You don't have to be an artisit to create these graphic designs, just small canveses - (get on sale at JoAnn), tape and some acrylic paints IN YOUR color pallete. I like the strip of paint above the mantle too - adding extra interest! Mantle focal points can be tricky and expensive and this one looks easy and inexpensive!

Thursday, November 19, 2009


OOOOHHHHH :) This on-line decorating service looks super cool! For $250 you get a mood board for inspiration on decorating or redecoating a room in your house. These ladies will help you revamp old furniture, pick colors and send you a floorplan for furniture arangement - all via the web. To see more go to

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Anthropologie Style

This was a feature on that I really enjoyed reading. Check it out for more...

Anthropologie Style
By Erin E. White

Photo: Sundance Channel

Bring style and personality to your home with four design tips from Anthropologie's buyer-at-large Keith Johnson.

1. Envision Your Dream Life: Johnson says the best way to begin a redecorating project is with a little exercise that requires you to put down home décor magazines and shut your eyes. He says you should conjure up a fantasy person—a person who is really an extension of you. "Maybe she's a woman living in the south of France and she is married to an explorer. Come up with a total fantasy and then you start to think, 'What would she have in her house?'" Johnson says. "Then it becomes easier and you say: 'Well, she is never going to have a chrome shelf from Home Depot—that is not going to work. But she would have this or that.' It is a really fun exercise.
2. "Don't Be Afraid of Color": Painting and decorating in neutral colors can look sophisticated, but Johnson says the trend is becoming boring. "I'm so tired of everything being white and off-white. I think we all got a little bit too exposed to good taste. We need to be comfortable jazzing it up with color and pattern. Just go for it. Great colors are so pleasing and so uplifting," he says. Johnson says he came across homes on a recent trip to La Boca, Argentina, that were painted in bright, bold and random colors. The people living there were using paint left over from fishermen and boatmakers who painted their vessels in town. "They are just the most random, crazy colors—I mean it's leftover paint!" Johnson says. "There was purple, bright blue, bright green and yellow—all in one house—and it looked so wonderful. It just looked fantastic. Who would have believed it? It shows that so many unexpected things do go together, and I think we are so cautious about what works and rules and I think we box ourselves in too much."
3. Decorate with Letters: Some of the top-selling items at Anthropologie stores are decorative letters, Johnson says. "A dozen years ago, I bought an old, fake, letter pharmacy sign in the south of France and we reproduced the letters and we still have them [in the stores]," Johnson says. Whether you use large letters to spell out a name or phrase or use a single letter to add interest to a mantle or wall, Johnson says decorative letters add a personal touch that resonates with many.
4. Investigate People with Great Taste: If you're in love with your neighbor's décor or a co-worker's flair for turning on office into a well-decorated oasis, pick her brain, Johnson says. "Identify people in your life with great taste and ask them where they got something and what they love and what they appreciate," Johnson says. Once you begin to identify the roots of great taste, Johnson says you'll begin to acquire your own sense of style.

the apple doesn't fall far from the tree

The girls have set up shop in our playroom and me and Brian are their best customers. They are selling anything they can - including Halloween candy and would even like tips! They asked me to leave my contact information as I was checking out, too. Notice the cat mannequins they made, "just like mommy".

Monday, November 16, 2009

little apartment, big style

These photos are of Michelle Adams (Lony Magazine, Ruby Green, MA Belle blogspot) New York City apartment. The apartment is little, but the style is big! I have often dreamed of living in a tiny apartment in NYC, so this peek at hers is fun for me. I don't know how long I would last! The bedroom, is so cool and I think the black and yellow is a great combo. The red chair with the zebra fabric seat is just like a chair I bought this fall and have big plans for to put in my bedroom. I will do before and after pics of my chair for you to see! I also love the tower of books which would never survive in my household!

Monday, November 9, 2009

bedroom redo, too???

My bedroom needs a little "redo", too... not sure what direction I'd like to go, but I've always admired this lamp from Anthropolgie and I love the color choices of the bedroom shown. Still NO progress made on the dining room. All of this takes time and I would like it done yesterday! :)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Looking for inspiration...

These pictures are of Katie Brown's house as shown in Country Home last year. I love her dining room and am going to use it as inspiration for sprucing up my dining room. I dig the upholstered chair fabric and the pop of accent colors throughout these rooms. I'll keep you posted on my "findings" for my dining room and if anyone knows what these fabrics are - let me in!