March 31, 2010

Living room inspiration

I've been telling myself *not* to start decorating our "almost" house in my head, but I just can't help it! Here's a little something I put together - unfortunately it looks kinda small on here, but if you click on the image, you'll see a bigger version. What do you think? I went with the subtle blues/grays/yellows - our "almost" living room has a lot of natural light, which I think would look great against soft, natural colors.

DIY Garland

I saw this garland on Creature Comforts (courtesy of Project Wedding), and thought it would be perfect for my soon-to-be-sister-in-law's garden themed bridal shower that my moms and I are throwing next week:


Here's a few shots of the process...(Sorry for the dark pics....)

And the final result!

March 30, 2010

Holy marmalade!

I've found another great use for the lemons that we keep getting from our friend's tree: Lemon Ginger Marmalade. Doesn't that sound fantastic? The thought of it makes me wanna toast up an English muffin and drink some Earl Grey. Come to think of it, that might be a nice Easter treat for our visit with my parents this weekend.

Anyway, you can find the recipe on wendolonia's blog (which I just found, and love!) Right now she has some great posts on bento box lunches - just like the one I use (my favorite Christmas present this year!)


March 25, 2010


I have very distinct memories of helping my parents hang wallpaper as a kid. We would help prep the walls, dip the paper in the goo, and slowly seal it onto the wall. Who cares that it was the 80's, that the goo was probably way toxic, and that the wallpaper was hideous? (sorry mom!) Anyway, it seems as though there's been a wallpaper revival, and I'm actually all for it! Here are some of the favorites I've been eyeballing. Let's hope I can afford enough for a wall or two in the "almost" house!

Ferm - Retro Leaves

Ferm - Tree Bomb Blue

Kreme - Sundials A

Romo - Mirabel Wasabi

March 23, 2010

Home update

I'm sure some of you may be anxiously awaiting photos of our "almost" home. "Almost" is the term we've been using around here - Paul doesn't want me to get too attached just yet, in case something doesn't work out and the deal falls through. Unfortunately, that's just not my personality, so I'll continue to daydream about new fixtures, curtains, and couch placement until those keys are in our hands. A girl can dream, right?

Anyway, we didn't get a change to take photos this weekend of the place (too busy with the home inspection...which went well and solidified our decision), though this weekend I might be able to get up there to take a few "real" ones. Here's a somewhat crappy one I took on my phone:

Isn't it so suburban and sweet?

March 19, 2010

Appliance shopping

What am I doing on this lovely, Friday night?? Appliance shopping. Why, you ask? Because WE GOT THE HOUSE! Yes, my friends, the unbelievable is true - they accepted our offer, we are in escrow, and are 45ish days away from becoming homeowners! Yeah, it all happened a little fast, but in a good way. And now, I'm perusing Craigslist for used stoves. Yes, the previous tenant took all of the appliances. Kind of a pain, but we can make due with used, Craigslist versions for now (that is, until we win the lottery and can remodel the whole place). To be honest, (and knock on wood), the place doesn't need too much work. Which is one of the reasons why we love it. Along with the fact that it's across the street from Paul's best friend (i.e. "husband). Really, we're terribly excited....

March 18, 2010

To DU: New Duvet Cover

Spotted on Design Sponge Today:

I am SO inspired to make our own duvet cover - and this tutorial makes it look so easy! When I was growing up, my mom would make our own duvet covers with flat sheets. I know it's so easy, but I just haven't found any sheets that are inexpensive and cute enough for a huge duvet cover. After seeing so many inspiring (and cheap) bolts at my favorite fabric shop Stone Mountain & Daughter yesterday, I'm determined to make one soon!

March 17, 2010


Paul's best friend Ever has a HUGE Meyer lemon tree in his backyard. Their family makes sweet lemonade like there's no tomorrow! Every time we visit, we're always going home with armfuls of the sweet things - and I'm always trying to find new ways to use them. Today I found this recipe for Meyer lemon panna cotta in the SF Chronicle. I think I might try making it this weekend (since we're heading up there for a birthday party, I'm sure I'll be bringing a few home!)

From the's Cadence last year, eating a Meyer lemon right off the tree...

March 16, 2010

I want this bedroom!

I love this bedroom by Kathryn Ireland Textiles and Design. It's so fun and funky!

Look at this fabric! So many possibilities! I bet it's super expensive, but I can dream...

March 15, 2010

Almost St. Patty's Day project

I'm loving this arrangement made by Melissa at Bolt. Check out her tutorial here. I might even be able to pull this off before Wednesday!

March 11, 2010

For my loves...

My cats, that is. Readymade posted a pretty awesome tutorial on how to create your own kitty hammock here. They also sell them online at A Cat Above. The following style goes for $79....definitely more than we can afford, but I think I'm going to try my hand at making my own version!

Can't you just see my 2 fat cats lazying the day away in this?

March 10, 2010

Rant of the Week: Apartment Therapy

Damn you Apartment Therapy! I get your alluring emails every day. You tempt me with your great ideas on redecorating. You have me drooling over my computer with your "house tour" series. I am green with envy over everyone else's amazing places...

You can find this post here...

p.s. did I mention that we're putting an offer on a house?

March 6, 2010

Saturday Decor8 Round up

I get sooooo much inspiration from Decor8. Really, every time something new is posted I get all giddy. It's a sad thing, I know!

These 2 things caught my eye this week:

The Owls are Hunting

The Gilded Bee

March 5, 2010

Fresh ideas

I'm loving this living room designed by Summer Thornton Designs...the ornate chandelier, the mash up of colorful pillows, the covered coffee table, and the useful (but stylish) silver filing cabinet. If only I had hardwood floors about a couple thousand dollars....

March 3, 2010

It may be raining out....

...but I'm daydreaming about all of the seeds that I'm going to buy from Hometown Seeds. Some jalapeno peppers? Salad Bush Cucumbers? Sugar Snap Peas? Yeah buddy!

I've been inspired to get my garden goin' by Alys Fowler's Garden Anywhere. It's a great book for the urban gardener in us all - ideas for how to use the space you have to create an awesome garden. She has so many useful ideas for planting in containers like old wooden drawers and wine boxes. She even grows potatoes in plastic tubs! I know, I'm getting so excited about this it's scary. If only the sun would come out to play again....

March 2, 2010

More wall art

I'm trying out new templates for my blog. There are so many that I like, I just can't decide on one right now. So, I'm changing it up a bit. It's fun, though I wish I knew more html so I could change some of the elements. Oh well...

Here's what I'm liking on this dreary day...

from OliveVintage's etsy shop

March 1, 2010

Good Soup. Bad photo.

I've gotten a bit of a stomach bug. Yesterday, we spent the day at the Napa River in American Canyon with my brother and Dana, his friends, and the Hughes family. Aaron and his friends fished while the rest of us watched. We all drank beer and basked in the sun. We barbequed and ate lots. And, I think we ate something bad. Paul and I both were sick last night, had the spins, and hot flashes. Gross. I couldn't hang at work all day today, so I came home to sleep it off and be closer to the bathroom.

Anyway, even though my tummy is hurting, I'm kinda hungry. I couldn't even get out to get groceries, so I made a soup with what I had in the cupboard. It came out pretty well, if I say so myself. Perfect for a gloomy day and a sick tummy.

Potato Soup
1 sliced onion
3 cloves minced garlic
2 skinned potatoes, cubed
1 tbl fresh chopped rosemary
2 can of chicken broth (or the equivalent of. I used a combo of homemade/canned)
1 tbl olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
optional: dollop of sour cream

Saute the onions, garlic, & rosemary in the olive oil. Once the onions get carmelly and soft, add the chicken stock and potatoes. Cook on high until the potatoes start to come apart. At this point, you can leave the soup as is, or use an immersion blender to make smooth (that's what I did). Then, I added a dollop of sour cream and mixed it in to make the soup creamy. This part is optional - it just makes the soup a little more creamy without all of the dairy.