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Saturday, December 29

West Elm's Boerum Bench

A couple days after Christmas I headed out to do a few returns and exchanges like everyone else and their mother & while out I passed a West Elm store and decided to peak in to check out their new Spring line.  Right away I spotted something that really caught my eye.  

I snapped a few cell phone pics and sent them to Mr. Show Off w/a message "This is perfect, what do you think?"  His reply "How much?" nothing else, no, yea I like it, or what are the measurements,  just "How Much?"  as that is usually his question so I called him to tell him about how perfect it was and after a few minutes, I hung up, left the store and about an hour later we were back.  We paid, packed up the truck & headed home.

Coming into our house from the garage you come into this hallway which opens up to the Living Room.  I decided to first find artwork for the wall and was lucky enough to find the Ballard Design Sacha Mirror @ Home Goods for a steal! (click here for that post) but the space was still lacking something. It needed a bench.  Perfect for additional seating when we have friends over and a good spot to put on little shoes before she heads out the door to school.

Here is the before

 here is after with our new Boerum Bench from West Elm

Here is the view from the opposite side of the hall coming in from the foyer.  At 58" long, its the perfect length for this long wall.  I decorated one side with 2 lanterns and threw on 2 pillows that I stole from our couch, until I find other pillows.  I am thinking about incorporating yellow into the room so I will be on the lookout for yellow pillows. But for now you get the idea.

I am really happy with it.  Its pretty heavy.  Made of solid Mango wood so it feels nice and sturdy when you sit on it.  The bench comes in two colors, Cafe - a warm stained brown and Natural - the color we picked.    Its sold at West Elm as a Dining Bench, but as you can see it works as a bench in any area!  Here is the link with more info on the West Elm site.  My mom thinks we should add a bench cushion to the top of the bench, to make it more cozy and soft, but I don't know I kinda like it without a bench cushion, we will see.

Monday, December 3

Christmas touches {round 4}

This weekend was the main event for my 4 year old little Ms. Show Off.  We put up the tree an decorated it with fun colors of pink, purple, blue, green and red.  I didnt want the traditional silver, gold, red or green look this year so we decided to puch it up a bit with some color.

My daughter loved it!  So much in fact that as the Christmas music was playing she decided she wanted to dance.  Twirl to be exact.  And she wanted to wear a skirt.  The tree skirt.

There she is wearing the tree skirt - fits her perfectly.

In the end, we she finished decorating the bottom half of the tree and for the most part it looks good.  Although the ornaments at the bottom half of the tree are a little crowded and not uniformly spread out....thats ok though, I will fix it later.  But I did tell her how beautiful a job she did.  She was so proud!  For now here is a little sneak peak of the top of the tree so that you can see what colors we used.  I  snapped the pic so that you can see the MINIMAL decorating I did to the table in our dining room.  One ornament on top of each little topiary.  So Easy - hahaha.  I figured its ok since the buffet in there is all "decked" out - click here to see it.

Sunday, December 2

Christmas touches {round 3}

I'm back with another small update on how we (or maybe its just me) are decorating the house with little touches of Christmas here and there.  I am not one one for huge displays or a entire room decked out of Christmas decor....I like just a few touches here and there.

While at Target for no real reason at all, I spotted a set of pretty colored mini ornament balls in the dollar spot.  8 for $1? Sure!  I will take 3 tubes!

I thought I would use them on the Christmas tree but decided to put them in the kitchen instead.  Yes, the kitchen.  In a bowl. On the table.  But not in a bowl like that.  Like this.

Bowl - o - ornaments

Cute and simple huh?  In the kitchen eating area, I usually have this footed silver bowl filled with fake limes...


But, its the holidays, why not add some Christmas-y sparkle and flair in the kitchen.  I quite like this look..


So now when I walk into the kitchen, my eye is drawn to that shiny bowl of colored ornaments...soooo Christmas-y! and easy (my motto this season)

Friday, November 30

Christmas touches {round 2}

I'm back at it!  Adding little decorative Christmas touches to the house.  This is really the only other holiday that I decorate the house for (if you count pumpkins on the porch for Halloween as "decorating the house").  This year I decided to just do things little by little, here and there when, whenever the mood strikes me.  Some things I take pics of, others may not be so worthy of blogging about. But whatever.

In the event that you care :)  here is another minor update on what we've been doing to get ready for the holidays (and when I say we, I mean me - ha!)

Remember the post earlier this week referencing the red glitter snowflakes that I hung on the pussy willows?  Well today, I added a little something else to that console table.  A decorative bowl with scented pine cones and a few ornaments placed throughout (smells so good!):

Simple holiday bowl set up

Here is a picture of both newly holiday-ized projects together on the console - simple and easy just like I like it.

Next up I decorated our plain pre-lit wreath with colored ornaments for our front door.  I've had this wreath for about 5 years.  I purchased it at Macy's during on of their after Christmas sales years ago for $10, normally $60!  A girlfriend and I grabbed the last 2 and it has held up beautifully for the past 5 years.  Anyway, here it is:

Approaching the front door.....

Opening the front door....
In the background is the buffet that I just set up for Christmas - loving it!

Check back for more touches....the tree still needs to go up!

Wednesday, November 28

Christmas touches 'round here

It's not December yet, but we are getting ready for the holidays 'round here!  I love decorating for the holidays and it's so much more fun now that my 4 year old can participate and get into the holiday spirit and really understand what's going on. We play Christmas music and drink wine (me) and hot cocoa.  It's all about creating memories & tradition for the kiddos!

The tree is going up this weekend and we will also be decorating our front porch!  So far though, I managed to decorate the buffet table in the dining room. 

Here is what I did:

  • Added red ornaments to a large hurricane vase
  • Hung ornaments from the candle holders (that were already there)
  • Placed the lantern that used to be in the living room on the buffet and draped red holiday beaded garland around to make it more festive
Simple and un-cluttered.  There is nothing worse than a cluttered holiday set up.

Here is what the buffet looks like normally (non-holiday)

In the pic above do you can see our console table with the vase and pussy willows?  To dress that up a bit, I added red glittery snowflake ornaments to a couple branches.  At night when the lamp is on, the snowflakes glisten, its pretty subtle but I'm happy with it.

So that's what we've done so far.  Be sure to come back for more holiday themed pics and posts.

Tuesday, November 27

Spring & Summer Vacation Pics {Photo Dump}

I can't believe Thanksgiving is over! Where did the year go?  As I started un-packing from our trip to my home state of Connecticut for Thanksgiving, I realized I never posted pics from our vacations this year.  This post serves no decorating and design purpose.  It's simply a photo dump.  Good for me to keep in one convenient place and in case any readers were interested :)  First on the photo dump list NYC and CT!

I'm from the northeast, born and raised, Connecticut girl.  Living in the south is nice, but there is nothing like living in the northeast - I miss it sometimes, so we went to visit my family in July and while we were there we had to spend a night in NYC.  Manhattan is about a 45 min drive away from my hometown so we spent the night in Times Square - right on 39th street, 2 blocks from all the action of 42nd street.  Hot, congested and loud - just like I like it!

The brick city. View from our hotel room.  We stayed at a boutique hotel called The Element -it's  a Westin Hotel.

Think this was from the hotel roof-top - our hotel overlooked Time Square and the Hudson River and you can see Jersey city across the river too. 
Us being silly in our hotel room
Kitchen area of our room - I was impressed with the fully stocked cabinets and backsplash. There was a full size fridge in there too.

 Times Square pic

The Empire Sate! View from our hotel room window

This is the bottom of the new World Trade Center, its 1 of 5 buildings, it is HUGE.  Impossible to get a pic all the way up from the ground looking up.  We attempted to go to the World Trade memorial but the wait was too long and it was too hot that day to just stand in line baking.

Here is the building from few blocks away, heading towards the NYC Financial District

Then we headed back home to CT forthe 4th of July and BBq's and of course we had to have lunch at The Cove one day -- it's a little seaport set along Long Island Sound..the food is fresh and delicious!

Mmmm - you can't get this in Atlanta!
My mom and my daughter posing for me at The Cove play area

Next up - we went to the beach house in FL for a little Summer getaway with the kids...we stayed in Clearwater, FL

Beach House!

The dock
Rental boats at Beach House

View from boat - very relaxing

Next up, Mr. Show Off and I headed to Los Angeles and Vegas for an adult only vacation! Just him and I....it was nice!

The first thing we did when we landed in LA was get food - a friend of mine told us we had to try the Fish Tacos from Wa-hoo's - glad we did, they were soo good!

Wahoo Fish Tacos

View down a nice tree lined street

Hollywood sign
Wilshire Boulevard

Rodeo Drive

Laguna Beach - the water was freezing!

Laguna Beach from the road.  The homes that are built into the hills are amazing!

After 3 days in LA and we packed up and drove to Vegas for 2 nights.  The drive was long but very scenic.  Here is a shot of our loooong desert drive.  Parts of the drive were a little spooky (passing all the abandoned trailer homes)...other parts like in this shot were just relaxing.  Last summer we stayed in Mexico for a week.  We wanted to try something different this year and while the trips were very different, they were both good bonding time getaways.  I think next year we will try Europe - I hope!

Mojave Desert heading towards Vegas.
The end!

Where we stayed:
While in LA we stayed at The O Hotel.
While in Vegas we stayed at The Palms Resort & Casino.
While in Manhattan we stayed at The Element - a Westin Hotel.

Thursday, September 27

Do you like your Capiz in the bedroom or the bathroom?

My capiz pendant chandelier has a new home!  A couple years ago when I was living in CT I purchased a capiz pendant chandelier from World Market for my master bedroom (pics here).  It really glammed up the space and I absolutely loved it.

When I moved to GA, I left the capiz chandelier back in CT for my rental tenants to enjoy :(  They took good care of it and I made it clear that it was not to be damaged.   They moved out recently and I sent my step dad over to uninstall the light and ship it to me ASAP before my new tenants moved in.  It arrived about a week ago and Mr. Show Off put it up this past weekend in our master bathroom and it looks even better than I remembered.

Here are a few shots of then and now:

Here's my capiz chandelier back in my bedroom in Connecticut....

Here it is now in our master bathroom!  I love it in here.  When you walk in your eye is drawn up to it and it makes a nice impact.  BAM!

Close up and with the light on.  It looks so pretty at night & looking at it while soaking in the tub isn't too bad either :)

and here is a shot of the master bathroom when we first moved in, minus the light and minus my favorite rug runner.  A boring hot mess!

So there it is.  Do you like it better in the bedroom or the bathroom?  I am thinking about painting the bathroom a spa grayish blue.  We will see....

Tuesday, August 28

{My birthday gift!} Michael Kors "Blair" Rose Gold watch :)

My birthday was this past Sunday, August 26th, and the celebrating started early the previous weekend with a surprise birthday dinner for 18 at a fun restaurant in downtown Atlanta (Thank you Mr. Show Off!)

We had dinner and drinks while listening to live music.  I picked up a few gift cards from friends that night :)

Then in his tradition with birthdays I received a little gift from Mr. Show off every day the week of my birthday up through to my actual birthday.   Monday were flowers, Tuesday was a gift card for a mani/pedi, Wednesday was a sweet card, Thursday my favorite bottle of wine, Friday was quiet time from the 4 yr old lol, where I enjoyed a nice long bubble bath...and the big surprise was my Michael Kors watch - I love it!  I had been eyeing a big men's style watch for a few months now. 

At first I thought I wanted a gold watch, but then I started seeing rose gold everywhere and I fell in love with rose gold.  I think it looks nicer wih my skin tone. 

So we headed to Macy's so that I could pick out my watch.  I tried on a couple different styles and decided on this one - its a larger men's style watch, the face is much bigger than any other watch I own and its heavy, I like that.  The official name is Michael Kors 'Blair' Chronograph Watch. 

And in case you are wondering how much it costs, its $250 - it was a little big for my wrist so they removed 1 link for me.  Now it has a loose fit, but not too loose.  Meaning, if I have it at the base of my wrist it will twist around but when I push it up to wear with bracelets, its doesnt twist around.

MK Website picture
 It was a good birthday.  And now that my birthday is over we can get back to getting ready for our west coast vacation to Los Angeles and Las Vegas next month!! 
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