Monday, January 30, 2012

Come on Over.........

Good Morning Everybody! Today I'm a guest blogger over at  'Or so she says' a great blog featuring ideas, tips, tricks, tutorials, recipes and more, by women, for women and about women (but I'm sure men will enjoy it too!) They are featuring my post on floorcloths, so go check it out, and while you're there browse around a bit.....there are some yummy sounding recipes! Hope to see you there and a huge thanks to Mariel for the feature!


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hi-Low Highball

So, we've all seen some version of the High Low Project where designers try to re-create a high end look using products that appear very similar, if not identical to their more expensive counterparts. I love trying to recreate an expensive look on a limited budget and even if cost wasn't an issue, I think trying to get a 'look for less' forces creative thinking. Some of my very best ideas have come from not having a large budget! Even if you can't make it yourself, there is always a less costly alternative on the market. Take for instance these glasses from Nason&Moretti out of Murano, Italy.
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Gorgeous, right? They better be @ a set of 12 for $1,140. Okay, they *are* Murano mouth blown crystal, but I would probably be afraid to drink out of them for fear of having to wash hand... and dropping them from my slippery, wet, soapy hands to shatter into pieces. $95 bucks down the drain. Now, if I knew how to blow glass, I would attempt to make these myself, but since that is not the case, I get my drinking glasses from other sources.

I've had a long standing tradition to buy only one or two glasses at a time, creating a mismatched collection that are all alike in the fact that they are all different. I usually get mine at places like Homegoods, Ross, Pier one and World Market. In fact, I recently picked up a pair at Pier One on sale. They were originally $7.....



Only $1.68 each and in case you don't have a calculator handy, that's a savings of $93.32 per glass over the Murano tumbler set! Wowza...I could buy 678 of these for the same $1,140!!! But of course what would I do with 678 glasses?! Hmmm....I *could* start that party planning/decorating business I've been thinking for thought.

Here are a couple of shots of my collection of drinking glasses me and my kids use every day, not one of which I paid more than $3.99 for at any one of the stores mentioned above.

I find them to be just as beautiful and ever more usable than their Hi-Ball cousins.
So just remember, you CAN have it all....for less! Now I'm off to find a glass-blowing class...

Monday, January 23, 2012

Conspicuous Style

A big 'ol shout out to Stacy of Conspicuous Style! Stacy was recently featured as a guest on The Enchanted Home and in addition to showcasing her own amazing style, she did a roundup of some of her favorite ideas from other bloggers, one of which was my Tablecloth becomes Floorcloth project. She even called it one of her all-time favorites! That is quite the compliment coming from Stacy who has crazy gorgeous, glamorous and impeccable style. And wasn't it so sweet of her to include other bloggers in her guest post? It was her spotlight and she chose to share it with others....Conspicuously awesome. Thanks Stacy!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Please Pardon our Mess During Construction

Okay, so I haven't posted in almost an entire month and while I have enjoyed the unannounced break, I do feel a certain urge to get back in the saddle. I did not intentionally take a break, but life got in the way, ya know? I had been house-sitting for a friend for the past six months -- not an easy feat with kids in tow...'don't touch that!' 'that's not ours!' 'leave that alone!'--but it was time for the homeowner to return from her contract position in another state, so we had to find new digs by Christmas!

We all know Christmas is such a busy time of year anyway, but add moving in to the mix and you have almost certain multi-tasking overload! Needless to say, moving is NEVER fun, but the promise of having our own space again was a key motivational factor. It meant we could finally get our stuff out of storage and it would be like a double-whammy Christmas! All the excitement of presents under the tree AND unpacking boxes of all the stuff from our old house, well it seemed like a win-win!

We got all the paperwork in order, put down a deposit, signed the lease and we were in the door on Dec. 20th, with just a few days to spare before Christmas. The kids were thrilled to unpack their boxes and the house was filled with shouts of happiness at a toy or book being re-discovered. It was great, if also completely chaotic, stressful, nerve wracking and exhausting. It is no wonder then, that on Christmas Eve I became violently ill with a stomach flu!! My daughter got the same flu two days later....and my son, two days after her.  It was a whole lot of puking and it wasn't pretty! We all got over that...luckily it wasn't long lasting, just started back up and the schedule normalized a bit. I started arranging furniture, hanging pictures and unpacking boxes which takes up a lot of time apparently because I wasn't getting much else done: laundry, eating properly, know, all the basics. Then, just for fun, I decided to get Strep Throat. Ay carumba, it hurt!  I became a handwashing fiend in my determination to not. let. my. kids. get. strep! One round of Amoxicillin later and all is well.

So all this to say, I have a good excuse for the hiatus, but I'm back now and as I'm still getting settled in and trying to make order out of this chaos (!) I may not post as frequently as I would like, but I will get back into the swing of things very soon and I do want to thank each and every one of you for your comments and encouragement. It simply makes my day when I get a nice comment from a reader or gain a new follower. I have some pretty cool projects to show you coming up, so don't forget to check back! Meanwhile, here are a few shots of my new place in progress...or lack of.

Everything just got thrown into the room as it came off the storage pod.

This is every single pillow insert and piece of foam in my arsenal. My kids entertained themselves all afternoon jumping headfirst into the pile! It doesn't look like it in this photo, but the pile was about 5 feet high.

More chaos....yes that's faded paint on the walls and yes it's salmon pink! But I have the go ahead to paint, so that will happen soon.

The living room is pretty big so there will be the chance to arrange several seating groups. These walls are pale ballerina pink which oddly doesn't bother me as much as I thought it would. The homeowners really liked pink! It's one of my favorite colors too, when it's done right.

The first thing I hung on the walls was this group of mirrors....I like the direction it's going....and again, the pale pink might grow on me.

See you soon....

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