Awesome Door Knobs from Anthropolgie
Dress, Shoes, Hat…loooove!
My Next Purchase – Classic Leopard Flats
Awesome Book Stack…you know how I feel about my stacked books!
It all started with an impromptu trip to HomeGoods…
I ended up running across about 20 of the most perfect pieces for my anthro-house…which has now taken a turn towards a JA (Jonathan Adler) house. I finally realized that I love the most bold, interesting and eye-catching decor – but with moderation. Adler tends to go all or nothing in his designing – which I totally respect and appreciate, but I’m still a fan for the way my home is designed in neutral colors, chocolate browns, dark hardwood floors, and other than our yam colored dining room the walls are pretty warm and earthy too!
I picked up the two wooden acorns- the taller one in a bright white and the smaller one in a lime green, and repurposed my typical ikea lamp (which now doesn’t look so typical) and was amazed how that little area alone has added the greatest pop of color/flair to our otherwise bland fireplace. In addition, I took the driftwood that usually sits at the base of the fireplace and moved it into the red ceramic vase (also bought at HomeGoods) for a really modern and eclectic look that I LOVE! To complete this I would love to find a funky white mirror to hang and I may or may not already have my eye on a bright rug from Urban Outfitters.
I got so many cool pieces at HomeGoods it was insane! I found two incredible carved dragon bookends, one in red orange and the other in teal (sounds crazy – looks great) a bronze elephant, a huge snakeskin round white tray bowl perfect for holding the growing collection of coffee table books and next to it I placed a really neat lacquered red box which has made a gorgeous…remote control holder! OK so as if HomeGoods wasn’t enough I made my way to World Market – I got new kitchen chairs. I saw them, I loved them, I bought them, and I’m so excited to keep them for a long, long time! In the dining room I shortened our gathering table to a four top, added the large metal fork & spoon set (found at HomeGoods) and repurposed the Number print from my bedroom for a cleaner more modern look!
So I was looking around and loving the place so much I had to show someone! So I decided to invite my cousins TP and LP over for an impromptu light luncheon! I only used grocery items I had in the house so here’s how it went!
I put together a simple setting…short glass, wine glass, single fork, plate and a bright napkin from ikea…
I wanted to create a salad that would be super healthy but really filling, so I chopped and roasted a yellow sweet potato for an hour, thinly sliced an apple, added crumbled blue cheese, arugula and tossed it in olive oil and lemon juice…DELISH!
I accompanied the salad with my version of a flatbread…this was UNBELIEVABLY easy to make! I made a Bisquick pizza dough, brushed it with olive oil, shredded an aged cheddar/gruyere cheese, chopped red pepper, sliced tomatoes, sprinkled it with oregano, sea salt and cracked black pepper. Baked for 15 minutes and voila! SO GOOD!
We sipped on fresh water with lemon, and a surprisingly great bottle (and well paired if I do say so myself) of California pinot grigio called the Naked Grape…you know me – this bottle couldn’t have been more than $6 which means… this was a good get!
Ended the lunch with lots of laughs, story telling and my personal favorite: donuts!
I couldn’t have asked for a more lovely impromptu day.
All photos courtesy of Becky Reams Photography =)
After work last night something came over me, something intense, something I couldn’t fight – you probably have it too: HOLIDAY CHEER! You know where every Christmas song, every piece of garland and every gust of chilly wind makes you hum… “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!”
With that said, I headed to Home Depot with my cheer in tow and picked up the necessary components for my FIRST fire in my FIRST place!
Key to turn on the gas? Check.
Pandora for an endless supply of Christmas Music? Check.
Fire, happiness, and warm, cozy house full of holiday cheer? Check.
I must’ve screamed “This is SO great!” twenty times, but frankly it comes down to this – for me nothing compares to the simple things in life. Being at home with my two wonderful roomies, Nat King Cole singing The Christmas Song and of course a bowl cereal for dinner (Capn’ Crunch to be exact) is my idea of what this time of year is all about.
So, I urge you to find the time this holiday season to slow down, count your blessings, spend time with good people and spread some holiday cheer – the world will undoubtedly be so much better for it!
All photography courtesy of Becky Reams Photography
The roomies and I have been combining our different styles: B – Mid Century Modern, A- Clean & Concise, Me…random mix of park avenue chic w/some beachy influence. OK so this crazy cluster of themes has created what our friends have dubbed…The Anthropologie House.
We were pretty shocked…honestly we were thinking more along the lines of The What The Heck House, but after looking at it from an outsiders perspective and comparing it to some of the look books from the store – yeah we do kind of have an Anthro house. It’s a good mix of hip, comfy and well, us.
It started with some paint…3 cans to be exact- some taupey shades for our living room and hallway – dining room = one color: Yam by Martha Stewart – Goodness she’s a genius, the color is orangey, with a hint of yellow and makes for the PERFECT accent wall. It was risk that completely 100% paid off.
The details…see that picture?? We call that our “modern hippie” painting – $59 at HomeGoods, lamp – ikea: $29 , table – FREE off of craigs list…shelves hand made by B! We’ve stacked some driftwood – also FREE, old wine bottles, a pretty modern white bowl, again from HomeGoods – $12…
More details – scattered tea lights…a mason jar (50 cents…maybe) as a vase to hold fresh flowers- the bookend: $3.99 at Marshalls on clearance, and of course lots of books – old old books – well you remember that escapade (See Post: Accidental Antiquing).
I’ll keep updating this one as we add more – wait until you see our kitchen table : )
Remember that LL Cool J song that goes: “don’t call it a comeback! I’ve been here for years…” That’s completely how I’m feeling right now because it seems like forever since I’ve posted…but here I am! And for those of you have been asking I am absolutely flattered that you are interested/keeping up. Thank you.
So! Here’s what’s been on my radar, stuff I can’t get enough of, stuff I hope will take you to certain moments in your life, and as always…stuff to encourage smiling.
Fresh White Linens on a Sunday Morning…what is about tide-scented white sheets, a big comfy cream comforter and pillows I can’t help but get lost in – that make me want to peel back the pages of an old New Yorker, keep the box of Honey Nut Cheerios and Soy Milk by my bed and let Pandora churn out some goooooood jazz??
Watching My Roomie at Work…On my list of people who continue to absolutely amaze me – this lady ranks high. Here she is making magic with a polaroid camera annnnd check out the corner of the photo: she made this DELICIOUS bundt cake from scratch-ola!
Finding Things I thought Were Lost Forever…I’ve always wanted a really cool kangol…samuel L jackson style. And then for Christmas last year A.P hooked me up with a classic black one. In the midst of moving my kangol goes missing. Gone. Can’t find it anywhere…until this past week when I did an intense cleaning session and voila! Hello Dolly!
On Repeat…omg these songs are on repeat day and night…I’m bringing ear phones to work this week so that my coworker doesn’t have to listen to the same four songs for another week straight. And while I know playing songs on repeat is so obnoxious for the people around you – goodness! These are taking me to such familiar and wonderful and groovy places. I’m not stopping.
– Michael Buble’s, Georgia on my mind
– Stevie Wonder, All I Do
– Phoenix, If I Ever Feel Better
– Ahmad Jamal, Pittsburgh
Surprise Notes From Friends…I came home one day to this note on my bed – geez! Thoughtfulness and “just because” kindness is a lost art and I’m so grateful for the wonderfully thoughtful/kind people around me.
Views of the Beach…I am 100% guilty of taking my close proximity to the ocean for granted – This has to change pronto because I know when I’m living in an urban jungle somewhere, and the closest thing to the beach is my bathtub, I’m going to regret not spending more time on the strand.
My first 5- Course Meal with Wine Pairing at a Chef’s Table...need I say more?? Scallops, lamb, delightful wines swishing around in my mouth ever so perfectly, chocolate cake with vanilla gelato, olive bread, etc… oh and more sighs of satisfaction than one can imagine. I could get used to this.
Simple things this week that have caused an influx of laughter, smiles, and general glee!
Sunday evening impromptu dinner with friends
(hint: Big Lots is a great place to buy any kind of glasses, I got this 16 piece set for $10)
(hint: No party is complete without flowers. Spice up a table setting with fresh flowers from Trader Joes, $2.99 a bouquet)
Partaking in America’s favorite past time …for the first time
A new nail polish color!
(hint: Purchase your nail polish from Bed Bath & Beyond and use the 20% off coupons – saves you at least $1.60! )
Trader Joes lunch runs with one of my faves
(hint: Grab a piece of fruit, large bottle of water, and noodle bowl for a $2.60 lunch)
There is something magical, addictive, and absolutely euphoric about California sunshine. Summer 2010 however, has been straight up stingy with the sun – until yesterday. I’m talking blue skies galore, a warm breeze and sun, sun, sunshine! The best part about a warm day is a warm night, which in my eyes is cause for an evening out. Confession- I may or may not have used it as an excuse to rock these super cute black dress shorts I’ve been dying to wear but couldn’t for fear of getting frost bite. I digress…so A.P and I headed over to Culver City’s main street where al fresco dining, live music, and prime people watching/eavesdropping take place.
My turn to choose – i pick Akasha – a fabulous restaurant wrapping around the corners of Culver & Watseka with a commanding metal door, long list of what I assume to be spectacular wines, a menu with dishes composed of locally grown produce and of course the whole “we’re trying to look like we aren’t trying” ambiance to top things off…I adore this place.
After absolutely terrorizing a plate of sweet potato fries (paired with Vegenaise/paprika sauce – delish) we proceed to abandon all attempts at conversation and dive into our entrees. For me: A simple Fig Salad with blue cheese crumbles, walnuts, arugula, light vinaigrette…For A.P: Flat Iron Steak, parmesan crusted potatoes and a rainbow chard. (I plan to do a post just on Akasha one day with photos and all of that jazz.)
Because A.P and I managed to eat so quickly (haha) we had some time to walk around main street. We made it about five doors down before we were stopped by little girls screaming: “50 cents! Books are just 50 cents! Come and get them!” I looked up and realized we were in front of a second hand store – Jackpot. I tell A.P I’m looking for “really cool hard cover books” for my room. With my vague description in mind the two of us embarked on a quest to find the coolest, oldest, most unique books EVER…
Soon we are sitting cross legged on the floor, passing books back and forth, laughing at the titles, gawking at the print dates, relishing in the feel of the old pages between our fingers, and trying our best to narrow down my increasing stack of selections.
“But what about this one I like the yellow cover – it pops..”
“Yeah, but this one, this one has an awesome title (The Power of Positive Thinking)”
“Oooh! Read the note in this one – it’s signed 1924.”
As I am finalizing my purchase one of those live music bands I told you about earlier, proceeds to come into the thrift shop, not to browse but to take their show on the road; playing their instruments and singing their hearts out as if no one is watching. I grin from ear to ear and cheer them on as they march around harmonizing about the girl in a purple dress next to me. Is this for real?
An hour has passed since we first stopped in. We leave with spirits high, a paper bag of our finds in tow and a receipt for 10 books equaling what would’ve been the cost of one brand new. As we walk back to the car I can’t help but smile and instantly recall having the same feeling leaving the library as a kid – holding more books than I could hardly manage, bursting at the seams with anticipation, talking a mile a minute about which book I would read first…if I could just get to the car. ; )