Friday, September 30, 2011

Just wanted to try out the Mouseover How to I learned from The Lettered Cottage.  This is our breakfast room nook during and after construction.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Extension Mirror

Typically I don't show pictures of our Master Bathroom on the blog but I wanted to show our newest addition.  Last time restoration hardware had there bath items on sale I ordered the Lugarno extension mirror.  I wanted this mirror mostly for function but I also really liked the style too.  I'm very happy with it!  


Monday, September 26, 2011


Entry ways are an introduction to your home. They are an opportunity to be playful and have a lot of fun. These entries are are some of my favorites.
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All images via pinterest.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Last Friday I spent the day out first going to an estate sale and then stopping by one of my favorite antique stores.  I found all kinds of really good stuff at the estate sale but only came home with an alabaster dish.  I thought I would use it in our powder room to hold soap but it didn't look very good in there so I put it on my nightstand and have been using it to hold jewelry.  

Antique stores and estate sales are great places to find inexpensive items to display.  I thought I would give you a break down of what I spent on the items on my nightstand.  The mint julep cup and round silver container were $10 each at a local antique store.  The stone box was a gift from my sister.  She brought it back from a mission trip she went on to Brazil when we were in high school.  The clock I bought on clearance from target for $6.  It was part of the Victoria Hagan collection.  And the alabaster dish I bought on Friday for $3.  

After I left the estate sale I stopped by my favorite antique store.  There I stumbled across what I think is a great find.  There were two crates full of original sketches by Elizabeth Pauline Everitt.  She received a degree from the University of Missouri and taught art in a local school district as well as giving private lessons.  Upon her death her entire collection was donated to the Nelson Art Gallery.  What I've read online is that the museum had no need for her sketch books and threw them away.  A local antique dealer found them in the trash and is selling them for a song.  I felt very lucky to find them too!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Nate Berkus One Kings Lane Sale

I'm so excited about the Nate Berkus One Kings Lane sale this Saturday. Click on over to La Dolce Vita to see a preview of some great items that will be in the sale tomorrow. In the meantime check out Nate's new place in New York!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

When I first learned Stephen Drucker was leaving House Beautiful as editor in chief I was more than a little concerned that one of my favorite magazines wouldn't be the same.  But to my delight under the direction of Newell Turner the past three issues have been out of the park!  My October issue came in the mail yesterday and I couldn't wait for a quiet moment to sit and enjoy it.  It's phenomenal from beginning to end.  Theres a fantastic home in the French Quarter decorated by Susan Noble Jones for a couple who lost their home to hurricane Katrina.  Its a great mix of modern and traditional.  Theres the inspiring NY apartment of Royce Pinkwater which she decorated with the help of three designers.  The Dallas apartment of Craig Schumacher is one of my favorites.  A mix of very traditional furnishings paired with perfect modern art and accessories.  The issue ends with a beautiful bathroom by Lorraine Herr and Randal Netley.  Thank you HB for an outstanding issue!    

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Images of Craig Schumacher's former Dallas Home via House Beautiful

Kids Rooms

My daughter Shelby turned 12 on September 4.  She started middle school this year.  I can hardly believe it she is growing up so fast.  We've decided to make a few changes to her room.  These are our inspiration photos.    
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Last three photos via
Lucite, west elm's parson desk and upholstered headboards are a common thread in all of these pictures.  

Monday, September 12, 2011

Tulip Table

It's been a long time since I posted anything to blogger.  I switched a long time ago to wordpress because it seemed much easier to use.  However lately I've decided that maybe I should switch back to blogger and give it another try.  It has to be much easier than it was before.  I'm very slow when it comes to technology!
Oh this does seem much easier!  I think I will make the move!  
Last week while searching craigslist I found a vintage tulip table for sale.  The price was $225.  My instinct was to buy and buy now!  Unfortunately my husbands instinct was to save and save now! 
Oh how it hurt!!

Upstairs Landing and Kids Bath

I haven't shared many pictures of the upstairs part of our house.  The upstairs is mainly the kids floor.  There is a small landing that I haven't done much with as of yet.  This is what it looks like so far.
I got the pillow from high street market.
The pencil drawings came from Mission Road Antiques Mall.  I'm thinking of painting the walls BM horizon.
The kids bath still needs some finishing touches but this is what it looks like now.
I absolutely love the natural light that flows through the windows.
These drawers have been fabulous for storing all the unsightly bathroom things.
I'm looking for a remnant piece of marble to use in place of the glass top.
This pocket door separates the sinks from the toilet and shower area.
This pocket door leads out into the upstairs hall.  I've been very happy with the pocket doors.  They are absolutely wonderful especially when you need to save space.

Framed Intaglios

I really like the look of framed intaglios.  About a year and a half ago I found a pair of beautiful framed intaglios at Mission Road Antique Mall.  I immediately knew I wanted them but they were out of my price range so I passed on them.  I couldn't quit thinking about them so a couple days later I went back to see if they were still there.  I was surprised to find that there was one left and even more surprised to find that I had read the wrong price.  I quickly snatched up the last one.  I'm so glad to have it but really wish I would have gotten both.  The paperwork I got with it says the intaglios are from the late 1800's.  They are mounted on a beautiful piece of hand made wallpaper.

One Kings Lane

I love shopping One Kings Lane for great deals on designer items.  I do more browsing and dreaming than I do buying.  A couple of months ago I snagged a pair of framed intaglios.  I have one in the family room and one in a little nook outside the master bedroom.
So what about you?  Do you shop One Kings Lane?