Thursday, April 30, 2009

New York

I visited New York last March and got myself in trouble,

I fell in love, deep, deep love.

*pictures my own.

I would love to be able to spend a while in New York, just soaking up every thing I can. It is my ultimate dream. I applied for an internship there this summer and hopefully I'll have the opportunity to go.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I may be addicted to West Elm

I can't stop myself from visiting West Elm's website almost daily. It's like my morning cup of coffee, but in the form of a deliciously organic and reasonably priced home furnishing store. For months I have been drooling over their bedding, its so natural and soothing looking.

Organic Cotton Pin-tuck Duvet Cover Queen- $99
organic cotton pin-tuck duvet cover + shams

These are definitely on my wish list. But not completely budget friendly for me right now.

Wood-slat double lounger + cushion -$549
wood-slat double lounger + cushions
I would be in heaven being able to take a quick cat nap on this lovely double lounger. Love the color too, so fresh. Oh for the love of summer time.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Creative Carafes

Summer is almost here! And I could not be more excited about it. After a rather stressful year, I'm ready to take a moment, breathe and enjoy some relaxing days in the sun. A good book, a beach and some vino, but what to put it in!? Well, although I have been extremely busy with what seemed like a week of birthday celebrating, I did however get to sneak into Restoration Hardware while my boyfriend napped in the car before our dinner date...

And quickly found my new D.I.Y project. I loved the look of this simple Carafe, but didn't love the $50 price tag. (Isn't unemployment fun?) So with a less expense carafe and some glass etching supplies I hope I can make some fun ones for summer!
In Vino Veritas Wine Carafe

*West Elm recycled glassware- carafe $12.
recycled glass drinkware

*Crate and Barrel- Carafe $6.95. . . Can't beat an under $10-er

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

76 Degrees and Sassy Sorbet

In medium saucepan combine 1-1/2 cups water, sugar, and vanilla bean. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until mixture comes to boil and sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; cool completely. Scrape vanilla-bean seeds into syrup; discard pod. In saucepan combine rhubarb and 1/4 cup water. Bring to boil over medium heat; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 5 minutes, until rhubarb is soft. Cool. Place strawberries in food processor or blender. Cover and process until nearly smooth. Add rhubarb. Cover and process until smooth. Transfer to large mixing bowl. Mix in cooled syrup. Cover and chill. Freeze in 4-quart ice-cream freezer according to directions.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Page turner Homes April 2009 - 20+ young designers had me drooling cover to cover.(And super jealous wishing I was the one being featured, but I digress) I have a slight compulsive habit of ripping out any and every image I like...which is almost always the whole magazine. I'm also a magazine hoarder. I hate throwing away magazines, I love going back and referencing things in past issues, but that why i created a huge binder with different sections to sort everything into a million categories.
These were my favorites from the list:

Berkley Vallone : Designer

Susan Dowhower: Designer

Melanie Elston : Designer

Monday, April 20, 2009

DIM: Did It Myself! Headboard

The finished headboard!

The Process:

1. Wrapped and Stapled the foam to the plywood.
2: Attached the batting over the foam.

3. Cover the batting with the desired fabric folding under the corners to create a finished look.

I spent about $50 on supplies and after a little trial and error about 45 minutes total constructing my own custom headboard. I'm very pleased with the results, it looks great in person and I have a huge sense of accomplishment. :D

Homemade Headboard Day!!

Pink Wallpapers Custom Headboard

Today is the day, I've been talking about this for weeks. I am finally making my own headboard. After reading Pink Wallpaper's post on how she made her's, (Her's is gorgeous by the way!) I took a little trip to Michael's and Home Depot to get my supplies.
What I bought:
Queen Size Batting - Michael's $13.07
Staple Gun and Staples- Home Depot $20
1/4" plywood 60"x36"- Home Depot $13.48
Egg Crate Foam - Compliments of the Boyfriend $FREE
Fabric 3yds. - yet to buy
TOTAL: $46 before fabric

It's a beautiful day so I can't wait to go out side and complete the project. As soon as my camera charges so I can document the process. I'll post some in progress pics and a finished product later tonight.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Gift From Mom

My beautiful, generous mother sent me my birthday gift early. And who doesn't love receiving BIG packages in the mail. Being the impatient person I am HAD to open it and was very pleased to find my very own Project Runway Edition Sewing Machine. Its so fabulous and I can't wait to get familiar with it and go sewing crazy. So Thank you Mom!! :D best present yet!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Happy Early Birthday to Me!

My birthday is next Saturday and I can't wait. Although I would love a huge, spring birthday cake, I just want my friends around me and enjoy the day. Hopefully it will be a warm, beautiful day.
My boyfriend keeps asking me what I would love for my birthday present. These are the from the new Tiffany's Collection. I am absolutely obsessed with them. They are so sweet and range in price from $100-$10000. I am considering treating myself with one! (Although who wouldn't love receiving one as a gift?) They would look great solo or layered. *My new Obsession.