I call this my little french powder room. The sink, toilet and faucet are all from France, and you know how much I love Paris. I painted the room Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore. I originally wanted to wallpaper one wall but decided to try an experiment with stripes. I love it. It is very subtle. To achieve this affect, I bought the same color in a different sheen (matte & semi-gloss). It is very easy to paint a perfect stripe. I will walk you through it, but first here is a couple of before pics of the room.
You can see why some changes were in order. A bathroom should be a little bit of a retreat. A very calming and tranquil room. I wanted to lighten it up. The powder room might be one of the most used bathrooms in the house. Make it special for everyone that enters. I always have towels, lotions, and of course pink roses on hand. I am now on the hunt for a pretty little chandelier, French style. Ooh la la!
Follow this easy tutorial….
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I love creating food items that take advantage of the season. Bring on the tomatoes and corn. I get all my veggies at the farmers market. You can change it up anyway you want and add other veggies from your garden. I adapted this recipe from one of my favorite web sites, food52.com.
Serves about 4-5
- 4 Corn on cob, husked
- 2 Cups yellow and red grape tomatoes (or other small sweet tomatoes)
- 2 Scallion, finely chopped
- 8-10 Fresh basil leaves
- 5 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 Teaspoon local honey
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Kosher salt, to taste
- Turn on Grill for roasting corn.
- Drizzle olive oil over corn and sprinkle generously with salt.
- Roast just a few minutes on each side (I turn corn 4 times and make sure there is a little black char going on)
- Let corn cool and cut off the cob.
- Slice tomatoes in half or bite size pieces. Place in a bowl and salt and pepper. Let tomatoes set for at least 10 minutes to form yummy juice.
- In a large bowl, add corn, tomatoes, green onion. Add a tablespoon or so of olive oil. Stir together gently.
- In a small bowl whisk the vinegar and the honey. Whisk in a tablespoon or so of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Stir about two-thirds of dressing into the salad, taste, adding more if you like or pass at dinner.
- Roughly chop the basil, stir into salad and serve.
Happy Weekend! xo
I took a little hiatus from this journal of ideas online, but I am happy to be back. Everyday is a blessing and we have made a lot of changes. I retired from flying and we purchased our dream ranch in the rockies. I will be a full time Ranch Manager. We have A LOT of work to do and I am excited to get started and share our progress along the way. It’s our little slice of heaven and we are calling her: RANCHOS CON VISTAS! A ranch with a view! It will be fun when we have a few horses running around;)
Find your dream job! Do what you LoVE! xo
Beverages on the Go….
Mason jars filled with lemonade, ice tea or sweet tea and lemon water, situated on top of a container of ice. What a great idea for your next party. Looks fun and festive and feels like Spring. YAY!! Perfect for a garden get together.
Tuesday’s Rock. Make it a great one. xo
You can’t go wrong with a white space. Here are some fabulous examples of white living rooms. If you decide to go with a more modern or contemporary look or settle for the traditional feel it all works with white. I am in love with all of these looks, charming and simple. Add depth to a monochromatic room with a rug. Classic black and white will never disappoint.
source: 1). top dreamer 2).top dreamer 3). pinterest 4).denoxa 5). home design 6).top dreamer
Can’t wait to reinvent this look at my ranch;)) xo.
One of my favorite parts of the giving process is in the wrapping of the package. I love to create something with a lot of love and make it as special as possible. Even when I am giving cash, a gift card, or just a simple thank you the presentation is everything! Silver pails are great place to start. They are inexpensive and you can fill them with all kinds of goodies. When I give gift cards, the pail is perfect. Place it in the silver pail with chocolates, a votive candle, a split or pony size bottle of champagne and any other personal thing you know the gift reciever would love. Make a special flag or card to adorn the gift with and use a lot of ribbon to top it off. There are clear cans I use a lot. I find these at the container store and are especially nice for graduates. You can fill with things they will use in college along with cash. For my female gradutes, I love these bags from Papaya Art, they are big and you can fill with lovely items along with cash and the messages on the bags fit well for any occasion. I have a wrapping drawer that I keep things I find that would be perfect on a gift. I am always on the lookout for pretty paper and ribbon too. In my free time I also work on my homemade cards and flags so I always have a lot in my inventory ready to go for that special someone.
Make it special. Wrap it with LoVE. xo
May the LuCK o’ the Irish be with you. I love celebrating my Irish heritage on this very green day. So have fun, go green, and be safe.
Cheers to my very Irish Mom & to everyone else because we are all Irish today. xo
It is going to be a fabulous Spring weekend here but if you are in the mood for a little DIY project here is a quick and simple one. A vellum garland you can show off at your next celebration. You will need sheets of vellum paper, a circle punch, Monofilament line, and double-sided tape. Cut circles with punch and fold each one in half. Connect them with double sided tape and tape to Monofilament line. Position them on line a few inches apart. Hang from ceiling with a thumb tack.
Happy Weekend. Get outdoors and enjoy Spring. xo
The LUCK o’ the Irish…..
The 36th Avenue
Glitter and Nails
May the LuCK o’ the Irish be with you. A little bit o’ GREEN to get you in the March mood. It’s such a fun and playful holiday for the young and not so young. These ideas that I discovered on Pinterest will definitely be on my list this St. Patty’s Day.
Have fun! Be IRISH! xo
New England Home
As I am about to embark on a new lifestyle as a rancher and we are in the process of home buying once again (ugghhh…oh the process). Our dream house awaits. Well not exactly, we found a great house and the bones are so wonderful. Views, light, a lot of gorgeous mountain land to play in (almost 36 acres) but we will be remodeling every room for it to be the house we know it can be. It also gives me years of blogging material. I will be sharing the process with you. Graphic tiles seem to all the rage right now and this is certainly the case on several Pinterest Boards and magazines out there. They are kinda fabulous, maybe a little busy, but I think in a small bathroom it would make a small statement and give this somewhat boring room a personality. Ceramic reproductions have been created so you don’t have to break the bank to have this look. The pattern is virtually printed onto the tile & not throughout as with the encaustic, you receive the same look but for only around $2 a tile. Would you consider this look in your home?
Time for some renovation projects. I will keep you in the loop. xo