Wednesday, April 27, 2011


S&S is going to step it up soon, with new product and fun new designs!  I'm hoping to incorporate lots of added designs in the shop over the next month- stay tuned. 

Hooray Sign via S&S

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Married Life

Photo via Google

A typical evening, while laying in bed (every evening):

D:  Love you sweekcakes

Me:  Love you too!  Is the front door locked?

D:  Yes it's locked, and the oven is turned off, and your flat iron is unplugged (inside joke).

Me:  Ok, night.


Monday, April 25, 2011

It's a Spring Thing

With the Spring itch in the air, we took a trip to the garden center to pick up some color!

 Lovely butterfly

D along for the ride

Back home and on our way to beautiful

Waaa- laaaa

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Friday- Happy Earth Day

Have a happy Friday, and a happy reminder to enjoy our surroundings and the place we live in on this Earth Day.  I wish people could remember to take a little extra care on a daily basis of their routine and carbon footprints.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Art- the shizzy!

So.................I'm convinced that our custom art piece from Ryan of Native Vermont Studio is going to be the raddest thing to enter our home in quite a while, except for our new sofa that was just delivered this morning!  YAY!  I'll share photos once the room is complete!  In the meantime, here's our final art piece, recognize any of the names?  We love it!

We'll share photos of this lovely addition as soon as we receive it.  Each and every place listed in our custom art piece has a special meaning, maybe someday I'll share (smile).

I'm glad my psycho designer tendencies didn't scare Ryan away.  Did I send about 3 messages before ordering to explain how important color was?  Yes.  Did I ask if I could send him color swatches to match up?  Yes.  Did I send them?  Heck yes.  And he nailed it! 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A- to the - N-thro-pol-ogie!

Dude, some of Anthropologie's currents are putting me in a shopping mood (but I'll have to admire from afar).......

Protozoa Paint Tote

Fanning Button Up

Borrowed Boyfriend Cardi

photos via anthropologie website

Best part, all these items are under $40!   W^(#^$*^&!!!!- how so?  Because they're all listed in the sale section of course.  This lady doesn't shop full price in the
A-n-thro-pol-o-gie, it's gotta be on sale to spark my interest, because that's how I roll.

Happy Spring!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Project Hutch- Round One

We did it- we got a start on our hutch makeover.  Let me start off by saying this was actually a project that both D and I were excited to work on.  It was a long (somewhat painful) search for a hutch that we both not only liked, but could afford.  Knowing that we needed a buffet for the dining area to help with some storage issues, we began a hunt for just the right piece.  Apartment living set some limitations as far as width size, height, and depth. 

As we continued to visit antique stores, we had our eye set on one hutch which eventually was sold (bummer), but then again it was on the high end of the budget.  We continued our search until I began stalking Craigslist for a few weeks straight.  With no such luck (again, we had size constraints), I was convinced we wouldn't find anything or if we did, we would definitely have to refinish it to our taste.  Then popped up a new listing one Saturday evening.  I replied to the ad and the next day we picked up our new old hutch and the best part..........................$50 buckaroos.  Um, sweet!

Our sweet little hutch sat in the garage for weeks (ok, maybe months?), as time got away from us.  This weekend, we rolled up the sleeves (actually I threw on a tank top, it was 90 degrees) and managed to get our hutch primed.  I'm hoping we can paint this next weekend.

*Side note:  The couple we purchased from told us the piece originally came from a Minister's family, which they then bought from, and now we are the happy 3rd owners (and this piece is in for a major overhaul)!

What we bought (stay positive):

Some may love this hardware, not me, it's gonna go.  And may be for sale if anyone is interested in knobs and pulls.

Beginning the transformation (no more cherry finish):

Removed the back panel, which will be replaced with T1-11 type panel

Ripped off the "detail" on the drawers, D didn't like it and we learned it was actually plastic (ick).  We then used wood fill to fill in the holes.

Please excuse the white legs (Spring just started), although give me two weeks at the beach and I'll still be "fair".

A work in progress.  We'll share our final paint choices, hardware, etc. as this project enters round two. 

P.S.- This project was completed in a few hours- which was my "break time" from Etsy, I'm hoping to have a bit of free time this coming weekend.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Happy Friday!!!

YAAAAAAAAAAAAY!  It's Friday.  It will be a packed weekend of projects, but the weather is forecasted to be in the 80's, Hubby D has got me on the motivation train, and I'm looking forward to it.  We're getting closer to sharing projects with photos (new sofa may come in by next week................still waiting).

Have a happy one!

Thursday, April 14, 2011


I'm pretty sure that waking up with a headache and stiff shoulders, a dry throat, and itchy eyes is not a good start to the day.  Good sign is that I don't think it's a start to sickness, rather just work stress.  Hope the feeling passes by the start of the weekend!

photo via Google

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Rad Romper


Look at this rad romper I found browsing over at Seashells and Southern Belles........

Give me that and a pair of Toms and we're ready to get on with the day.  LOVE!  p.s.  Jana's blog is a fun one- check it out for more coastal inspirations!

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Details

Guess what we splurged on to join in on the living room makeover?

Photo via Native Vermont

You may remember me posting this a while back- I really love the uniqueness of these pieces, being both artwork and meaningful statements.  I'm working with the artist to create a custom color palette to compliment our room, and he's been wonderful to communicate with thus far.  I can't wait to share our finished piece with you all and reveal which words/locations we chose to be included in our one-of-a-kind creation.  Fun, fun, fun!  Check out Ryan's work via Native Vermont Studio on Etsy.

*Additional Thoughts*
Art is subjective.  It is meaningful, it is special, it brings forth different emotions and feelings within each individual person.  One of my college art professors once shared a message that has always stuck with me over the years: 

 "invest in what is meaningful to your person, what calls to you within.  What may appear questionable in value to one, may be priceless to another." 

I truly believe in the value of art, not only because I was educated with a degree in the Arts, but because of it's message- the ability to question, evoke feelings, allow discussion, heal, the list could go on.  Having a background in art, or even learning to appreciate it's nature, opens your eyes to view the world in a completely different aspect (it truly does).

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Beach Chairs- Please share

We are in search of new beach chairs: something easy to carry, rather comfortable, and easy on the eyes.  If anyone has any suggestions, please send them our way
 p-l-e-a-s-e-!-!-!-!  It's been a long painful search.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Let there be Light

Lighting is a huge issue in our apartment.  Natural light unfortunately is a challenge, as well as forced lighting in the evenings.  D and I are trying to figure out the best
solution(s) to compliment some of the living room re-vamp.

The Madison glass sconce pendant is in the running.  The glass shade would provide ample light (not sure if it may be to harsh), we're proposing two of these sconces framing each end of the sofa.  Another challenge with our new sofa is side table space, hence the wall hanging option.  Also, as renters, the lighting must be plug in as opposed to hard wire.  Tons of challenges. 

It is true that designers can solve issues for their clients, but when it comes to making decisions about their own home- it's impossible!  Also, it's apparent that I am by no means a multi-millionaire, so many of the lines I am accustom to working with are just simply not in the budget.  But, this PB sconce, totally in the budget for us!!!  Personal use = must be reasonable priced.

via Pottery Barn

Monday, April 4, 2011

Catching Up

Life is slowly getting a tad more manageable as work continues to get completed.  It's leaving me a bit more time to think about the projects we've been wanting to get to around our apartment.

We're getting closer and closer to creating a photo gallery on the wall behind our sofa in our living room.  Our new sofa is expected to arrive in a few weeks and we'd like to get our photos dialed in before placing the new sofa in front of the wall.  Recent thoughts are to use a blend of black and white photos, some matted, with mixing in framed faux coral backed in a blue/grey colored paper.  I've been researching some inspiration photos online:

via Google

photo via Google

We'll be sure to share a photo of our own space- hopefully within the next month!