I hope that you all enjoy a wonderful evening!
Last year my husband had hinted that he had bought me the J Crew Owen bag that I loved. When Christmas came and went with no bag under the tree he let me know that he was "joking". Seeing my disappointment he furiously tried to find one anywhere on line. Weeks past and there was no Owen bag to be found. Yesterday he got an email from JCrewAficionada saying she remembered his email from LAST YEAR and she just spotted a new one with tags on eBay. My sweet husband bought it on the spot and surprised me at dinner. A huge thanks to Alexis at JCA and my wonderful husband. I don't think that any IT bag has ever made a girl happier.
My daughter asked me why we always do spring cleaning in the winter. Today was the day to deep clean our kitchen/family room. I love a check list.
carpet cleaning machine rented
kitchen drawers emptied, vacuumed, cleaned and contents weeded through and put back in Martha style
butcher block rubbed with tung oil
I know that I have said it before but nothing makes a house a home like original art. Above are two that I love by Harry Stooshinoff. The good news is that they can be yours for less that $50. I have bought paintings both large and small from Harry in the past and I love them.
Being home reminds me home much I hate the furniture in our kitchen/ family room. It is not just the fact that our puppy has eaten all of the arms. They also all have loose backs that no longer seem capable of being fluffed back to their full height. I am dreaming of these chairs from WS Home slip covered in red ikat. Anyone have any less expensive ideas? I will be scouting out the consignment shops this week.
Holly from Magpie Lovely surprised all of us at the office with these fabulous candles from her beautiful store. I got Del Mar and I can't imagine anything smelling more wonderful. I never buy candles for my self so I really feel pampered and special when I get one as a gift.
One of my new year's goals is to put all of my friend's birthdays on my computer so that I don't miss an opportunity to let them know how special they are. Keep a supply of these candles so you are never empty handed.
My husband and I love photography. Because of nature or nurture or both all of our kids do too. Our oldest just started his first photography class at school and these are the shots he took today. Well these are my 4 favorites. Well done Reagan. I hope that your first day of snowboarding is as successful.
I love pastel drawings. These beautiful ones are by Nancy Poucher and are only $150 for an 8 x 8. I love the feel of a home filled with original art. Weather it is a drawing by my 4 year old or by a talented artist like Nancy art is what I like for Christmas. And perhaps if my walls are full of art no one will notice that Lilly has chewed all of my chairs.
Our two white labs need something in their stockings this year. Not that Lilly has been very good (she has taken to eating the arms of my chairs). I can't think of anything as cute as these collars from Mascot. Perhaps if I get her one of these she will start spending her days looking in the mirror.
She's done it again! Gen of Favorite, has designed an amazing fall collection of must have skirts and tees! If you are in Nashville, stop by the party tonight or tomorrow and pick up a few things. Your closet will thank you! To view all the event details click here. If you miss the party you can still shop Favorite on etsy!
Thanks to Melodie at Pink Cupcake Vintage...I swiped her blog so I wouldn't have to think.
One of my daughters loves ballet. She is a student at Nashville Ballet and dances 5 days a week. I purchased season tickets for the two of us. Today's performance of Giselle by the Nashville Ballet was a beautiful treat. Grab a friend, or daughter, or mother, and get tickets to the next ballet. It is a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
I love vintage clothing but I am guilty of making purchases and then never wearing them. This September my sister got married in Sea Island GA. As always, I waited until the last minute to figure out what to wear. I couldn't find anything in stores and had to find something in my closet. I decided on this vintage dress that I had purchased at a garage sale years ago. At under $10 this navy and orange dress was perfect for the event. This fall I am determined to alter all of the great vintage things that I have hiding in my closet.