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Edible Flowers

1.31.2013

Some flowers are not only beautiful to look at but great to eat as well! My first experience with edible flowers was when my brother popped some garden greens into the middle of a white plate, drizzled on some dressing and then surrounded them with some beautiful nasturtiums. Needless to say the salad was not only beautiful to look at but incredibly good. Every time I see nasturtiums I see that salad. However, not all flowers are edible so you have to be careful. The Gardenista did a wonderful post on edible flowers which you can read here.   

  
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Edible Flowers

Some flowers are not only beautiful to look at but great to eat as well! My first experience with edible flowers was when my brother popped some garden greens into the middle of a white plate, drizzled on some dressing and then surrounded them with some beautiful nasturtiums. Needless to say the salad was not only beautiful to look at but incredibly good. Every time I see nasturtiums I see that salad. However, not all flowers are edible so you have to be careful. The Gardenista did a wonderful post on edible flowers which you can read here.   

  
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Glass Wine Jug Lighting

1.30.2013

Don't you just love the glass wine jug lighting that is popping up everywhere!
These would make a great DIY project...hmmmmm.....
You can even get them in color!

Glass Wine Jug Lighting

Don't you just love the glass wine jug lighting that is popping up everywhere!
These would make a great DIY project...hmmmmm.....
You can even get them in color!

Up-Cycled Book Table Runner

1.28.2013

Although an argument can be made that this table runner is not re-usable, I still like the idea. Especially for a book club lunch or gathering. What better table setting than the pages from an old book? You could protect the runner with place mats but I wonder if there is some flexible mod podge coating that could be applied to the pages to make them more durable. I'll have to look into that as I'd like to try this!

Up-Cycled Book Table Runner

Although an argument can be made that this table runner is not re-usable, I still like the idea. Especially for a book club lunch or gathering. What better table setting than the pages from an old book? You could protect the runner with place mats but I wonder if there is some flexible mod podge coating that could be applied to the pages to make them more durable. I'll have to look into that as I'd like to try this!

Introducing "Hearth" - Heated Outdoor Furniture

1.26.2013

May I introduce you to "Hearth" - A line of Heated Outdoor Furniture by Covell & Jones 
The first and only of its kind. 
Made by hand, this beautiful and ergonomic lounger will keep you warm for hours using minimal energy. Inspired by nature and designed for comfort, this lounger brings outdoor furniture to a whole new level. 
Many colors available so please click here for more info.


Introducing "Hearth" - Heated Outdoor Furniture

May I introduce you to "Hearth" - A line of Heated Outdoor Furniture by Covell & Jones 
The first and only of its kind. 
Made by hand, this beautiful and ergonomic lounger will keep you warm for hours using minimal energy. Inspired by nature and designed for comfort, this lounger brings outdoor furniture to a whole new level. 
Many colors available so please click here for more info.


Concrete Creation

1.25.2013

I have a thing for concrete and cement interiors these days so when I fell upon a post about this home in the Swiss Alps, I just had to repost.  These two rooms belong to Vila Vals - a home built into the side of a mountain with unspoiled views and access only via a neighboring shed. Quite the project and quite the design. For the full story please click here. In the mean time please feel free to fall in love with the kitchen as did I.

Concrete Creation

I have a thing for concrete and cement interiors these days so when I fell upon a post about this home in the Swiss Alps, I just had to repost.  These two rooms belong to Vila Vals - a home built into the side of a mountain with unspoiled views and access only via a neighboring shed. Quite the project and quite the design. For the full story please click here. In the mean time please feel free to fall in love with the kitchen as did I.

Cement Shower

1.24.2013

A cement shower with wrap around bench, built in shelves and a pebble floor - where do I sign up??

Cement Shower

A cement shower with wrap around bench, built in shelves and a pebble floor - where do I sign up??

Brown and Black

1.23.2013

I find the combination of black and brown sooooo sexy. It brings out the adventurer in me. I always feel like I should be going on Safari or writing my memoirs every time I see a picture like the one above. I just looove that leather journal. I have quite the collection of journals and I still write everything longhand (I know, I know, I'm a dinosaur) but there is just something about the written word that makes it more personal to me. What about you? Do you ever write longhand or is it computer or iPad only?

Brown and Black

I find the combination of black and brown sooooo sexy. It brings out the adventurer in me. I always feel like I should be going on Safari or writing my memoirs every time I see a picture like the one above. I just looove that leather journal. I have quite the collection of journals and I still write everything longhand (I know, I know, I'm a dinosaur) but there is just something about the written word that makes it more personal to me. What about you? Do you ever write longhand or is it computer or iPad only?

Up-Cycled Barn Wood Kitchen

1.22.2013

Isn't this kitchen awesome! All the cabinets are made of up-cycled barn wood not to mention the shelf and dining room table (see a small part of it in the photo below). Just about everything in this kitchen has been either up-cycled or re-purposed and although it's a bit too rustic for me, I'm a big fan.  

Up-Cycled Barn Wood Kitchen

Isn't this kitchen awesome! All the cabinets are made of up-cycled barn wood not to mention the shelf and dining room table (see a small part of it in the photo below). Just about everything in this kitchen has been either up-cycled or re-purposed and although it's a bit too rustic for me, I'm a big fan.  

Living etc.

1.21.2013

My favorite magazine Living etc is now out and here is a little sample of what's inside. 
A beautiful wood kitchen, some reclaimed wood chairs and some wood effect wallpaper.
Don't you just love the styling in these pictures. I am totally in love with that knitted throw!!

Living etc.

My favorite magazine Living etc is now out and here is a little sample of what's inside. 
A beautiful wood kitchen, some reclaimed wood chairs and some wood effect wallpaper.
Don't you just love the styling in these pictures. I am totally in love with that knitted throw!!

Eco-Friendly Home Office

1.18.2013

I Loooooooooove this backyard home office. I am totally beside myself with envy!!
From the pea gravel patio and stepping stone walkway to the little deck and charred wood siding a la shou-sugi-ban (using this process makes the wood resistant to fire, rot and pests) this home office ROCKS!.

For story and more photos please click here.

Eco-Friendly Home Office

I Loooooooooove this backyard home office. I am totally beside myself with envy!!
From the pea gravel patio and stepping stone walkway to the little deck and charred wood siding a la shou-sugi-ban (using this process makes the wood resistant to fire, rot and pests) this home office ROCKS!.

For story and more photos please click here.

Starbucks + Upcycled Shipping Containers = New Store

1.17.2013

How innovative is Starbucks to have their walk-up store and drive through made out of refurbished shipping containers. Located in Tukwila, Seattle, this is the first one of their Coffeehouse's to be made out of refurbished containers and there is definitely no lack of design. Bravo Starbucks!

For more photos and info please click here.

Starbucks + Upcycled Shipping Containers = New Store

How innovative is Starbucks to have their walk-up store and drive through made out of refurbished shipping containers. Located in Tukwila, Seattle, this is the first one of their Coffeehouse's to be made out of refurbished containers and there is definitely no lack of design. Bravo Starbucks!

For more photos and info please click here.

Mason Jar Hanging Vases

1.16.2013

Simple idea - Great effect! 
Another great way to use mason jars! 

Mason Jar Hanging Vases

Simple idea - Great effect! 
Another great way to use mason jars! 

Orchids and Music

1.15.2013

Orchids and Music = Beauty and Inspiration

Orchids and Music

Orchids and Music = Beauty and Inspiration

Indoor Outdoor Room

1.14.2013

Indoor - Outdoor rooms are my favorite kind of rooms. I just love the idea of being outside and inside at the same time. Never mind that this place also has a great view!

Indoor Outdoor Room

Indoor - Outdoor rooms are my favorite kind of rooms. I just love the idea of being outside and inside at the same time. Never mind that this place also has a great view!

DIY: Cardbaord Pendant Light

1.11.2013

I love pendant lights especially DIY pendant lights (as you'll notice if you go through the DIY section!) and this one caught my eye today while surfing the internet. It isn't hard to do and the materials are next to nothing so all in all it's a very economical light to make. For complete instructions please click here.

DIY: Cardbaord Pendant Light

I love pendant lights especially DIY pendant lights (as you'll notice if you go through the DIY section!) and this one caught my eye today while surfing the internet. It isn't hard to do and the materials are next to nothing so all in all it's a very economical light to make. For complete instructions please click here.

Bloomingville at the Beach!

1.10.2013




Bloomingville has their new catalog out and I have, of course, selected the beach photos for your perusal (I just love the beach). However there are many more spectacular photos and products on their website. Please visit it here
I can certainly see myself lazing around in that hammock or sitting with my hubby in this beautiful chair, torches lit, watching the sun go down......
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