So what have I been doing for the last 6 weeks?!? Catching some Zs, mostly...Yes, I know it has been a while since I have updated my blog! I can't believe I have been such a slacker when it comes to my site, but in my defense, a lot has been going on. At the end of January, I was put on bedrest after spending some time in the hospital for preterm labor symptoms. You would think that I would have been blogging more since I have been holed up in the bed at home, but with all of the visitors and the number of TV shows coming on daily (ha!), I just didn't find the energy to get on the computer too much. Anyway, on the brighter side, I am feeling much better and am ready to step back into my world of blogging. Baby girl and I are doing great, and we expect her arrival in the next couple of weeks!! Collin and I are super excited about parenthood and continue to pray for a healthy baby and safe delivery. I'll keep everyone updated...nursery pics will come soon too. Of course, being on bedrest, I haven't been able to get out and about to finish the last-minute details of the room, but I promise to post soon with final photos.
For now, though, let's talk design! As I've been lying in bed for the past weeks, my bed has become my best friend - really. I have found a new passion for this amazing piece of furniture, and after doing some research on the different types of beds and bedrooms, I have posted some of my favorites below.
I just returned from a fabulous trip in Baton Rouge! It was nice to get away for a couple of nights and see the sites of somewhere I had really never been. Well, I had traveled through Baton Rouge on my way to other places but never actually stayed and seen the city. My great-aunt (Joe Joe) and I love to travel so we decided to take a spur of the moment trip to this cajun city to do a little relaxing, shopping and, of course, eating!! With that being said, I'm going to dedicate this post to all of the delicious bites we tasted while away on our mini vacay. And let me just go ahead and preface...these pictures don't do any of it a bit of justice! It was all fantastic!
Lunch @ Zea Rotisserie Grill
Dinner @ Fleming's Steakhouse
Breakfast @ La Madeleine
....and tomato basil soup to bring home!
Lunch @ Las Palmas Mexican
Dinner @ Gino's Italian Restaurant (a local favorite recommended to us!)
Oh, and the best part of the trip was finding The Ambrosia Bakery!! I can't even begin to explain to you how amazing this place is...pastries, desserts, cakes, donuts, truffles, cookies, trifles, pies, fresh breads...you name it. They even serve breakfast and lunch! Of course , their specialty this time of year is the King Cake so we brought home a few - yes, a few! Collin loves a good king cake, and I join him in that liking :)
We brought home the cream cheese, cream cheese & strawberry, praline and pecan/cream cheese and bavarian cream! YUM!
Look at the cases of goodies!
Oh, and to finish this Monday morning post, I'm going to brag on my wonderful husband. He cooked an amazing meal for us last night...grilled filet with corn, asparagus, fresh bread and onion. He is one good griller, and it was the perfect way to end our busy weekend.
One of our latest purchases is the Keurig Special Edition Single-Cup Brewer. For those of you who know me, you know how much I love a good cup of java - any time of day, and this coffee maker is just what I needed! If you 're not familiar with this fabulous appliance, it brews one cup at a time (small, medium or large - I usually go for the large!) so you don't have to fuss with making an entire pot of coffee and then throwing the extra down the drain. Plus, it's so easy to use and brews in no time so you can have a delicious, fresh cup of instantly!! Another plus is that there are TONS of flavors and brands to choose from so you can change it up anytime you like...coffee, tea, hot chocolate - even iced drinks.I personally stocked up on a few different flavors (decaf, hazelnut, cafe mocha, hot cocoa, cappucino, iced vanilla latte, etc) so I can sample them all! It's simply fantastic...can you tell I love it?!
So with all of this coffee craziness in my life, I began brainstorming about the different ways that coffee is incorporated into design. I mean, think about it...coffee is a major phenomenon all over the world! I did a little research online and found some inspiring images that show just how popular a "cup of Joe" is in this world. What do you think about this anytime-of-day treat? Yay? Nay? Do you like how it has been incorporated in design, or should we leave it all to taste? I would love to hear your thoughts!
So how have we paid homage to this delicious drink???
We've created super cool appliances to make our cup just perfect!
One of my latest house projects (I have quite a few going on) was our powder bathroom. Although our house was new when we bought it, there have been small changes that I have wanted to make along the way so that our home truly reflects our style and personality. One of the things on my "Project Home" list has been to wallpaper our half bath. The room was painted a toffee color before, and it looked nice, but I really wanted to lighten the space. Because the room is not extremely large, the toffee paint was making it a little dark, and I knew that wallpaper would really bring some spirit to the room that is located off of our kitchen and keeping room. Plus, I just LOVE wallpaper, and it's really making a come-back in the world! It's such a great way to add a touch of individuality to a space.
When I ran across this Asian-inspired paper, I knew it was the perfect match for our powder bath. Not only is it light and airy, but it has a small-scale pattern with Oriental motifs including pagodas, boats, men and antelope that truly reflect our style. It is traditional with hints of coral and blue yet has a contemporary twist with the light linen background and an Asian theme. It turned out great, and with my husband being a fanatic about Asian food (if you know him, you know where I'm coming from!), he was a big fan too! It's always makes me happy when he loves something I've done!
Below are some photos of the half bath. My photography skills aren't that great, but I tried to get some close-ups of the pattern as well as some overall room shots for your viewing pleasure :) But as always, it looks so much better in person, but these will give you the general idea. Oh, and I've listed some wallpapering tips below the images for you so check them out!
I hope you enjoyed the photos, and below I have listed some tips when thinking about installing wallpaper in your home or in any project you may be working on.
1) Try installing it in a small space such as a bath, foyer/entry, bar or butler's pantry, etc. It can really add a "punch" to your space, especially if you're not sure you are sold on the idea of wallpaper in a large space or are scared to take the risk on making too large of a statement.
2) If you don't have the budget for artwork for the walls, try wallpaper! Pick one with a pattern and you won't have to spend the money on expensive art. It's "built-in" to the paper already!
3) Be aware of the pattern when selecting your paper. Installation prices can be quite a bit higher with an intricate pattern that will need special attention when matching at the seams.
4) Be aware if the color gradiates within the pattern. When installed, one side may seem lighter or darker than the other. Just something to think about!
5) Try wallpaper on your ceiling. If you're willing to take the risk, it can really be something different! (I am dying to do this in one of my rooms!)
6) Always check to see if the paper is pre-pasted or not...this will affect your installation costs.
7) Find a good installer! You want someone reliable who has some experience because lining up the pattern can sometimes be tricky.
Good luck, and if you have any questions, please feel free to email me! And if you have used wallpaper before, I would love to see how you may have incorporated it into your home or projects.
So, I'm a little late to the giveaway and just posted my entry in the knick of time!! Elizabeth Lassiter, author of the great blog A Wedding Story and The Life Thereafter..., has posted about her fabulous Stella and Dot giveaway. If you haven't visited her sites, then you are really missing out! Her blog is fantastic, she has a fabulous Stella & Dot website you can check out here, AND she has a Facebook page dedicated to her Stella & Dot site that you can find here. In celebration of her giveaway, I have listed below some of my favorite pieces.
I'm dying to have these earrings - aren't they great?!
I was thrilled to learn that Anna Applegate, author of An Apple A Day, listed me as one of her choices for the Stylish Blogger Award. Me? Really?! I'm so very flattered and couldn't be happier to be in Anna's company, as she was nominated for the Stylish Blogger award by another great blogger, Elizabeth of Life of Style. If you aren't familiar with Anna and her amazing site, you must take yourself there now, and I promise you'll be a huge fan of hers!! She is a very talented designer from North Carolina, and her blog is all about her fabulous finds for her shop - Anna Applegate Interiors located at Hunt & Gather in Raleigh. There is no mistaking she deserves all the recognition. Thanks again, Anna, for the nomination :)
To participate in this exciting Stylish Blogger Award experience, you must follow the rules below:
-- Thank and link back to the person who awarded you.
-- Share 7 things about yourself.
-- Award 10 great bloggers that you have recently discovered.
-- Contact those bloggers and tell them about the award.
Without further ado, here are 7 things about myself that you may, or may not, know:
1) Pilates ia favorite hobby of mine. It's the perfect way to wind down a busy day, and the best part about it is that I can continue my regimen during pregnancy...helping me stay in shape, somewhat :)
2) In my spare time, I love to tour open houses. I enjoy seeing what builders and other homeowners do to make their spaces unique. It's a great brainstorming tool and really gets your creative juices flowing!
3) I LOVE coffee. My favorite? A tall, nonfat latte with 1 Sweet-n-Low to be exact! Yum!
4) Yellow roses make me happy!
5) My favorite indulgences are:
--Cookie Cake from Great American Cookie Company
--Iced Sugar Cookies from Primos Cafe (couldn't find a picture of their cookies but you get the idea...)
--Frozen Yogurt...some of my favorite places to get this treat are Millie D's and Sweet Tree Yogurt in Ridgeland, We Love Yogurt in Jackson and Berry Berry Good Yogurt in Flowood.
6) Don't hate me, but I'm not a huge fan of Stevie Nicks or Elvis. I don't know why...their music just doesn't do it for me. Random, I know - ha!
7) My favorite movie of all time is "Girls Just Wanna' Have Fun!" I haven't seen it in a while, but it's a classic with Helen Hunt, Sarah Jessica Parker and Shannon Doherty. Girly but fun!!
Now, moving on to name those that make my list for Stylish Blogger Award. Drumroll, please...
These are all great sites so check them out! Well, this has been fun, and I hope you enjoyed learning a few things about me. Don't forget to check out Anna's site, An Apple A Day, and have a fantastic weekend!!