Friday, February 26, 2016

Beam Me Up.

I know I've noted here before just how much I love this architectural feature. Beams are a great way to add elegance and charm to ones home and I've rounded up a couple that caught my eye. The space above and immediately below is a 19th century barn converted into a home and was featured in the current issue of Dwell Magazine. So much eye candy. 

Happy Weekend everyone! xx

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Emerald Crush.

The Mellier by Studio Mackereth. Photo by James Harris

I've always loved the color green, but of late I find myself gravitating to all things emerald...

Kai Newman for February 2016 Elle USA. Photographer: David Bellemere

Happy Tuesday everyone! xx

Thursday, February 11, 2016

5 Tips for Having a Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner at Home.

I recently styled and wrote a piece for the local paper, The Fayetteville Observer about skipping the madness at a restaurant on Valentine's Day and opting for a romantic dinner at home instead.  I will a share what I did and a bit more details of how this shoot came together. I decided to use the sunroom for this  set up because of the lovely natural light it receives. I moved our dining table into this space(it has protective padding so it was easy to slide). I had inflated the balloons the night before. The table cover is actually two curtains that I layered. I used them because of their sheer and lace like appearance.

behind the scenes styling mayhem
Oh and I moved the monster of a fiddle fig tree from the sunroom to free up some space. I placed it on a towel to prevent scratching of the floor. Now that you've gotten a glimpse of the behind the scene action, let's talk about those 5 tips!

Fresh flowers are a must!

Step 1

It's a great idea to plan your special dinner date in advance. That way, there are no schedule conflicts. Ideally, if you have children, they should be snuggled in bed, but also have a back up plan of having their favorite movie or games on hand in case they choose that night to rebel against bedtime.

cake for valentine's day

cake decorated for valentine's day
Jamaican rum cake for dessert. Decorated with flowers.

Valentine's Day Table Styling

Step 2

Plan your menu. Choose something simple to prepare. This occasion also calls for your fancy tableware. No plastic forks, plates or cups allowed!

Pink Flowers for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day Romantic Dinner

Step 3

Choose romantic decorations. I opted for unscented tapered candles in red and pink, cut-out hearts and balloons sprinkled on the floor. Fresh flowers are always a great idea and since it's Valentine's Day, I bought some blush roses and a few miniature garden roses which went beautifully with the pink-and-red color scheme. Flowers can be purchased from local supermarkets such as Harris Teeter or the Fresh Market.

Valentine's Day Romantic Dinner

Step 4

Put on something fancy. Although this romantic date takes place at home, dressing up adds to the romantic nature of the date, and your date will appreciate the effort. Make sure to also let your date know the dress code so you both look fancy.

Valentine's Day Romantic Dinner
Step 5

Pour yourselves some wine or champagne, put on some soft romantic music, relax and enjoy yourselves.

Valentine's Day Romantic Dinner
What are your plans for Valentine's Day?  xx

Thanks to Lea of Lea Hartman for the lovely pictures!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy Chinese New Year!

Miles Redd design via HouseBeautiful

Today's post featured interiors that showcase chinoiserie wallpaper, blues, reds, artifacts that embody Chinese culture as a nod to the Chinese New Year(celebrated today).


Happy new week everyone! Have fun if you're celebrating Chinese New Year today! xx

some images via pinterest

Friday, February 5, 2016

Library Escape.

The Wine Library at B2 Boutique Hotel and Spa

You guys, this is a Wine Library! It's located in Zurich at B2 Boutique Hotel and Spa. You go there to drink wine and read books. You can even get something to eat!! Sign me up please but first I have to find a sitter...sigh.

There is nothing more relaxing than getting lost in a good book. Unfortunately, I don't get to do this often because well, I am a Mama and you Mamas with little ones know how it is! One can barely go to the bathroom without a shadow. Anyway, this is what I want to do this weekend; curl up with a great book and get lost in a great story...

AD Espana

AD Espana

I had to share one more from the Wine Library in Zurich!

I hope you all have a great weekend everyone. Fingers crossed this Mama will be able to get her library escape! xx

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Celebration Valentine's Day Style.

This week, Zion received 3 academic awards at school and of course that called for a celebration! Since I have props for almost every occasion and Valentine's Day is just around the corner, it made sense to have a Valentine's Day style Party.

Zion's favorites; cupcakes. I made those confetti style circles using a Martha Stewart circle punch.


These two and their shenanigans:-)

Happy Thursday everyone. xx