Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Art Awakening

Maybe it's the Peeps and chocolate bunnies that abound, but I find myself drawn to these fine art paintings of bunnies and lambs by artist, Kathy Cousart. There is an innocence and purity in these paintings. Perfect for a nursery.
Or for a certain blogger who has a penchant for bunnies. 

Wonder if the Easter Bunny could bring me one of these?!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Week & Passover: Moments to Remember

This is a big week for many people. Passover begins tonight. Easter is next Sunday. So whether you're making a matzo ball soup or prepping the Easter baskets, we can all use some ideas and inspiration!

I can always count on young mom, entrepreneur, former party planner Jenny Steffens Hobick to have the recipes, table settings and tools that make me want to take things to the next level.

Whether it's the cookie cutters for bunnies, eggs and chicks.....
To recipes and the table setting for Easter morning....
Need help making this week special? Jenny has it all. From recipes to a little on-line shop, it's all on her blog/shop Everyday Occasions.

Here's to making life's moments you remember!

images: Jenny Steffens Hobick

Friday, April 11, 2014

Pretty Pink Celebration

 Four years ago today, I sat down at my computer and created the first post for Pretty Pink Tulips. The name, as you probably know, was a nod to the tulips that surround my house each Spring. I wasn't sure where it was all going to lead, but I felt drawn to blogging. The connections, the friendships, and the opportunities that resulted from that one step have exceeded my imagination. 

As with many of life's joys, the journey IS the fun. So, today I wanted to take a moment to celebrate with you, my readers, and thank you for joining me along the way.

The invitations would be pink, addressed in hand calligraphy and sealed the old fashioned way.
 I'd wear a pink dress, of course!
 What's a party without bubbly?!
And, little bites.

And, of course, a pretty pink tulip for each one of you!

What are you celebrating this month?!

images: pink tulips photos by me, all others here

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Color Me Southern - Holly Hollingsworth Phillips

Whoa! You had me at the entry way, but I fell in love over and over again! Welcome to the colorful design collaboration of a Charlotte tudor by home owner, Beth Smith, and interior designer, Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of The English Room, as featured in this month's Peachy

I know this neighborhood...it's where I used to live. I love this town....both my boys were born there. And, I know the designer....Holly's children and mine attended the same nursery school and we'd see each other coming and going. I always knew she was talented. She even has a certain energy (and fashion sense) that is just MORE. 

This home exudes that same energy and, dare I say, fashion sense. From entry way to kitchen and that hot pink banquette (wish I had a place for one of those!), you feel like you've just arrived someplace really special.
Notice how the bold colors on upholstery are often in solids? Or if there is a pattern, such as on the chairs above, that the rest of the colors on the walls and curtains are solid? It's as if with the boldness of the color choices, there is still a certain restraint. Mastery of color, textiles and design!

Holly's background is very impressive. Growing up in a home decorated by Mario Buatta, influenced by her interior designer mom, she went on her first European buying trip at age 12. She worked in New York City with Alexandra Stoddard and at Sotheby's. She knows her stuff. To learn more about her and her work, check out her website here.

Hope this shot of color brightens your day!


images: Peachy The Magazine

Monday, April 7, 2014

Escape to the NY Botanical Garden Orchid Show

For those of us who are still waiting on Spring to arrive, the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden is a refreshing escape. The mosaic of classic and exotic orchids is a vivid, living inspiration of color and design. This year's exhibit takes it's cue from a Key West estate and is truly transporting.
Come along, I'll give you a tour!
Nature's palette can't be captured in a photograph or in a painting. So, if you can visit the NY Botanical Garden, the Key West - inspired exhibit will be open through April 21st!

Can't you just smell the sunscreen and taste the pina colada?






Friday, April 4, 2014

Hop To It

Hippity Hoppity, Easter's on it's way! 

I love taking a look back at what I've done in year's past to help give me some ideas on how to dress the house for Easter. I have a "thing" for bunnies, so those will always appear. But, I love to change out the table settings and the kitchen. I'm sure no one in my house cares except me, but I think it's fun to acknowledge the seasons and holidays with a little whimsy.
 So, with Easter just a few weeks away, I'd better hop to it!
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