Friday, February 27, 2015

Happy Birthday, Mom and Dad


I'm celebrating some family birthdays in Dallas today! Such a fun excuse to visit my hometown. I especially thought it was a great idea when I noticed the temps had consistently been in the 70s there, while we were freezing in New York. However, winter pulled a sneaky move and decided to hang out in the South this week. Thank goodness I have birthday cake to cheer me up!

Have you noticed the trend toward cake bunting? I kind of love it. 
Wishing you a super sweet weekend! Make a wish!
images: etsy stores KissMeKate, Steph Loves Ben & BooBahBlue







Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wash Day

Wash day. Actually, that's most days for me. And, I'm guessing that's true for you, too. 

One of the most important rooms I wanted to improve during our renovation was my laundry room. I wanted it to be a pleasant space in which to actually DO the laundry, but I also wanted it to serve as an area for wrapping gifts and working on projects.

Behind me is a sink, more counter space and more storage. Just good, basic space.
All of my laundry baskets and my cute little laundry sign are from Home Goods. I like to stop by when I'm in the neighborhood and just see what they have. And, although I use regular detergent for some things, I really enjoy the smell of the Signature Detergent by The Laundress and using Le Blanc linen spray in Portfolio to iron my pillowcases. 
Sometimes in life it's the little things that bring us pleasure. Ironed pillowcases is one of those things for me!

Do you loathe or love doing laundry?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Knock Knock - It's Winter

Knock Knock. 
Who's there? 
It's Winter. 
Really? Are you STILL here?!

Well, that's how it goes in my mind. I think most of us on the East Coast and even some of you in the southern states have just about had it with old man winter. Enough is enough. So, here's opening the door to the big thaw.
In like a lion, out like a lamb. That's what March is supposed to be. Let's slam the door on winter next week!

images: my pinterest

Friday, February 20, 2015

London Fashion Week Treats

London Fashion Week kicks off today and anticipation is high for fashions from Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Kane, Markus Lupfer (a personal favorite of mine), Sophia Webster and many, many more!
As a nod to each season's fashions, the amazing culinary team at The Berkeley hotel in Knightsbridge create charming confections to celebrate the best in show. 

For Autumn/Winter 2014 the Pret-a-Portea collection played homage to Diane von Furstenberg's 40th anniversary of the iconic wrap dress with a shimmering golden ginger biscuit. Other fashion favorites included Moschino's quirky "Yellow M" handbag, Dolce and Gabbana's whimsical night owl, Valentino's mini dress and Jimmy Choo's monochrome chic Cayla zebra print bag.
And, for your viewing enjoyment while you decide which treat you want to nibble on, here is live streaming of London Fashion Week! Just press play! 

Enjoy the shows! And….the weekend!! I wonder which fashions will become confections!

images: The Berkeley and Rightster

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Art Show Pop Up: Wizzie Broach


If there is anything this long, cold, gray winter has taught me, it's the need we all have for color. The difference between a cloudy sky and one that is bright blue, regardless of the temperature, can make a difference in your attitude, your mood, your feelings and your energy.

So, today, I am treating you to a mid winter Pop Up Gallery Show! All of these established and emerging contemporary artists are represented by art consultant and interior designer, Wizzie Broach of Norfolk, VA. 
As art goes, there is a color, size and a price for every collector!!! Some of the paintings above are under $500! So, grab your coffee or tea and take a virtual stroll through the gallery and see if anything catches your eye or speaks to your heart!

What color makes you happy?

Monday, February 16, 2015

Shades of….


 Pink! Oh come on, you didn't think I was going for grey did you? Although grey does look awfully good with pink. In fact, lots of colors do. It's not just for little girls. In fact, all of these interiors are quite grown up. 
Everyone looks good in pink. There's a shade for everyone!!

images: Elle Decor, housestoriesatoz, The Doctor's Closet, Style Me Pretty, Bright Bold & Beautiful

Friday, February 13, 2015

Have A Heart


Have a heart. A conversation heart. My tastebuds lean to the salty versus the sweet, but I have to admit these are pretty cute little candies. And, their color makes them perfect for a little table decoration.

I've been playing around this week with various ideas for my Valentine's Day table. But, I think ultimately, I'll do a red table for all my guys.
This little vignette was inspired by the Emma Bridgewater Hearts Pattern. Thinking it was fun for Valentine's Day inspiration, I posted it to Instagram!
Imagine my surprise and delight when my friend, Jeanne, posted an illustrated version on her Instagram @idreamofjeanne. She takes custom orders, so if you would like to see her work and order something that makes your heart go pitter-patter, definitely check out her blog I Dream Of!
Speaking of art...it's time to announce who the lucky winner is of the Drippy Heart by Kerri Rosenthal
Congratulations to #35!!!! I'll connect you and Kerri! I think it's a perfect match.

"I love art from Westport today and everyday. Westport artists have a special place in my heart because I grew up in Westport with a mom who was an artist. My first memories are napping on the floor at my mom's studio and playing at Compo Beach while my mom painted. She died when I was 16 and is buried in Westport. When I first saw Kerri's art on your Instagram, I didn't know she was from Westport but could see her joy and bright spirit in her work and wanted that in my home. When I learned she was from Westport MY heart leaped.
I now live in Seattle. If we had one of Kerri's hearts in our home, it would be a reminder of my mom's deep love for art and a reminder that art and joy live on. Happy Valentine's Day to you Elizabeth! xoxo valerie"


Happy Valentine's, from my heart to yours!
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