Monday, March 4, 2013

Remember to Have Fun and PLAY!!

     So today, I chose this funny flower as reminder for myself as I'm rediscovering how to PLAY again ^_^  Life should be fun.  I'm starting to do things that make me happy no matter how silly or mundane they are - just like when I was young.  I put it on my table where I sit every morning when I journal and give myself some quiet time to work on myself. 

Which brings me to this quote of the day that I chose - I really love it.  
We can only be the best that we can be - ourselves.  No one else can be us.  
Only you can be you.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Redesign of My Bedroom for a New Chapter - Moroccan Inspiration

     I decided to redo my bedroom because I'm starting a new chapter of my life and I want a clean slate with fresh beginnings.  I'd like for my surroundings to reflect who I am and where I am right now in life.  I imagine a bedroom where everything is low to the ground and I can invite friends and family to hang out with me in my room.  A place that can be a sanctuary, that's full of hope and joie de vivre, a place that's warm and inviting and last but not least, inspirational.  This is the inspiration photo I'm using to redo my bedroom.  I'm in the process of getting rid of a lot of things including my bed frame, dresser and much more.  It's quite a therapeutic process to clean out both physically and metaphorically.  The room is a guest bedroom in a house in Marrakesh (Vogue Living Australia.)  Anyone else cleaning out or doing a redesign?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Thought for the Day

     I started self therapy and journaling towards the beginning of this month.  Part of what I've been doing is choosing quotes and concepts every day - whatever strikes me (I just open the book and flip until I find one that I can connect with that day) to reflect and write about.  Somehow, the act of getting my thoughts on paper helps center and clarify things for me more.

    This page comes out of a book by Mike Dooley called "Choose Them Wisely."  It's referring to thoughts because thoughts become things.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Hot Pink Diva Shoes!

 Just for fun.  I really like the color of my friend's shoes.  Hot Pink Diva shoes!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Girl's Cheese and Liqueur Night

        For the first time in a long time, had a wonderful get together for three of us girls.  I don't know about you, but I really adore cheese.  My friend Hanny is a dear friend I've known since high school who majored in interior design (her home always looks like it's staged but it's not lol.)  She introduced me to Tiffany who is passionate about cheese and design (interesting combo :)  I'm definitely not one to judge because my own interests are all over the place - schizophrenic interests ^_^  The girls brought over four different cheeses, olives, marinated artichokes, prosciutto and rosemary garlic Turkey sliced meet - yes you heard right.  Delish!!  It was intimate and fun, next time I'll need to invite more foodie girlfriends over to share.  I provided the liqueur, I'll have to do another post later about liqueurs.  I have quite the sweet tooth and a pretty decent collection of liqueurs.

In the mean time, definitely check out Tiffany's blog if you want to know more about cheese and see her design inspirations Triple Creme Decadence.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Friday, February 24, 2012

Happy Friday and a Happy Tune for You

Happy Friday Everyone!!

Here's a Piano Cover of a fun tune I'm working on. No name yet - any ideas?

 Song 14 Catchy C by Karen Olivia

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Thrifting and Making Over Furniture

     As many of you know, I love thrifting and finding old pieces of furniture to redo.  I also love ogling before and after photos to see how other people have imagined new life into old pieces.  If any of you have not been over to Rashon Carraway's blog called Mr. Goodwill Hunting - it's a must for DIY ideas and really cool projects that he's done.  I'm showcasing some of my favorite pieces that he's redone in this post.  Rashon was invited to do a segment on Nate's design show.  This bright sideboard really "wowed" me.  I can just see what this sideboard originally looked like - who would have thunk to paint it such a bright color.  But the way Rashon mixes it in with the other pieces - it totally works!

           This proves that you can paint a piece of wood furniture anything you want - the trick is mixing it in with everything else in the room.  Rashon mixed it with more neutral elements and accents in a similar color family - Orange.

I have a secret love affair with plaid.  I just thought it was so fun how Rashon accessorized this wing chair.  Without the accessories, it would look like a sensible wing chair with a modern black look.  With the plaid and the suspenders - it really changes things up and makes the chair pop.  The suspenders are just fun!

I've seen this kind of dresser at flea markets or garage sales countless times.

It's astounding that with only some new hardware the
 handles and some paint, that it could look so high end?

This is one of my favorite transformations from Rashon's blog.

And it's because of the color he chose to paint this desk.  The color is an Amazing shade of green.  It reminds me of the shades used for the Marie Antoinette movie.  It can be paired with so many other colors as well because of it's soft palette.

I'm not very imaginative when it comes to
remaking lamps other than some spray paint. 

 So when I saw what Rashon did with this lamp, I just stared and stared at this photo. 
Isn't it awesome?  Notice the contrasting ribbon and that he sprayedthe top piece of
the lamp to match the base as well.  What an eye for color.

Here's Rashon himself in a dapper velvet jacket. 
I have a soft spot for velvet jackets as well.  Hope
you got some inspiration from Rashon's projects. 
Definitely check his blog out.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Just for Fun - Washing Instructions

Saw this and had to chuckle.

Sad but true...

Monday, January 9, 2012

Fabulous Asian Themed Pillows

       So I have to admit that I have a bit of a pillow addiction.  I keep a collection of different pillows I rotate in and out.  It's the cheapest and easiest way to change up a room a bit without spending a fortune.  I discovered these wonderful pillows on a cute site called Wanderloot.  Frankly, I'm bit jealous of what the site owner, Julie.  She travels all over and finds great stuff in limited quantities to offer.  Anyways, check out the pillows which I'm really in love with.  They'll be sure to give some color and character to any room.  I'm nabbing a couple of these myself.

 Love this rendition of a Geisha girl.

Sometimes, the back side of a person or object 
can be more alluring.  A bit of mystery never hurts.

Hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil...  
It's a popular saying and pops up a lot in 
the Nikko region of Japan.

Two sweet Chinese girls in Cheongsam dresses.

 Judging from the head dress, here's a Qing dynasty 
manchu noble woman from the last dynasty in China.
 A Shanghai Girl - I particularly love the style of Cheongsams 
or Chinese dresses from the 1930's in Shanghai.  
 Photos from Wanderloot

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

An Inspired Turquoise Glass Kitchen

     Now That's how you can use glass tiles!  I am totally obsessed with glass tiles (I think they're the greatest invention.)  It goes perfectly together with my love of color.  This kitchen combines traditional and classy elements (cabinetry and marble) with a modern sense of color.  Just can't argue with the brilliant tile that's carried all the way to the ceiling, topped off with crown molding.  Designed by Bridget McCullin of New Jersey.