Friday, January 28, 2011

Cooking at Home

This is the fabulous kitchen that Tyler Florence cooks his family meals at home. We are so excited to see that Tyler will be replacing the fabulous chef Ina Garten as contributing food editor at House Beautiful. Ina has decided to move on,we of course will miss her deeply. But moving forward we are looking forward to Tyler's exciting recipes each month in the magazine. Have a great weekend. The days are getting longer.

Compliments of: House Beautiful

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Tyler Florence Shop - Mill Valley

Even the outside is gorgeous. Being able to visit the cute town of Mill Valley, CA is special in itself but visiting The Tyler Florence Shop was amazing. Everything is so beautiful! 
I would LOVE to have this cake plate! So simple and gorgeous...
The beams were phenomenal and the displays were filled with lovely things that could make any kitchen happy!
One of my favorite places in the store was the cookbook library in the back. It was filled with colorful cookbooks from all different chefs. 

 This is Chic Coles favorite Tyler Florence Cook Book - not only are the recipes to die for, but the photography is so gorgeous! Mouth watering deliciousness. Mom is a HUGE fan of Tyler Florence and I must say I am too!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

On the Color Train

We are so looking forward to spring. We have to admit that we are searching blog posts for it. So we thought we had better get on the band wagon ourselves and post about these luscious colors. We have been fans of Oomph form the minute we first saw them at the gift show and have been in love with them ever since. They just know that it's the little bit of  color splash that can make a room. Bright wonderful colors are for us this spring.

Images Compliments of : Oomph

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Twin Bedroom- Project Reveal

Here is a sneak peak and some close-up shots of a house we are working on! The twin beds are perfect for a young girls room and I just love the fabric on the headboards. Although it is extremely cold outside and there is a lot of snow on the ground, this room and the flowers remind me that spring is on its way! The ikat bowl is from Christmas and we ordered a few more so we could use them in projects we are working on. 

The next step for this room is to get some artwork or a large picture on the wall above the headboards to add a little bit more personality to the blank wall. Stay Tuned!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Melissa's New Apartment - Inspiration

Congrats to Melissa! She is in her own apartment - a gorgeous blank canvas - 
and I couldn't help putting an inspiration image together for her!

Image created by Cassandra Cole in Photoshop

This will be her first apartment where she can decorate a living room, rather than just her bedroom and I couldn't be more excited for her! I tried to use retail pieces, because she is on a budget. And although they are retail - they are good purchases that will hold up. 

West Elm Henry Sofa - $699
Urban Outfitters Indigo Ikat Slipper Chair - $329 Hand Tufted Bluish-grey Rug -$165
CB2 Formosa White Tray Table - $49.95 Robert Abbey Triple Gourd Pink Lamp - $237.60 (free shipping!)
All Modern Oilo Raindrops Band Pillow in Aqua - $49.99
All Modern Twinkle Living Zig Zap Pillow - $50
Elise Allen "Grand Midnight Calling" Painting - contact artist

*All rights to image - Chic Coles

Friday, January 21, 2011


The appeal of decorating with adds a rustic, warm, outdoor feel to the interior.It can also be a highly cost effective way to decorate if using old shutters.We are in need of a headboard in a guest bedroom. We're thinking this idea will work well!
 There are some questions though, that have presented themselves .Do we use the original color which is a dark green on the lines of Essex Green by Benjamin Moore or do we use a more suttle grey blue? We are leaning towards the grey blue. The next question - do we attach the shutters to the wall or the bed? Or both options? To the wall then attach the bed to the shutters.We do not have a rug on the floor so the bed is moving around very easily, it would be nice to have it attached.The next question is if using an old shutter do you have an issue with the paint peeling off? Boy for an inexpensive design solution there are a lot of questions but of course that is all included in the proccess.No one said this job was easy right? We pulled some inspiration pictures to help us figure out what look we love best. What do you all think?

We hope everyone has a great weekend.

**We are in the process of creating a beautiful new design for our blog - new year, new design! Please bare with us while our blog gets a makeover!

Images compliments of: Veranda, Coastal Living, Barbara Garfield

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

DIY Desk

After Cassandra's inspirational DIY with her bulletin board, I saw this fun project on the Southern Living Website. It is a DIY project of making a desk out of two saw horses and an old door.I am just loving this look! Southern Living featured Coastal Living style director, Heather Chaddock's home where she re-purposed some fabric scraps to make this fabulous desk. The fabric she used is Four Seasons Winter by Victoria Hagan.

To make the desk use a basic hollow core door and cover the door with felt, then wrap the felt with the fabric, gluing between steps. Then glue on a beautiful navy tape and nail the nail heads into the tape trim, spacing the nail heads with a ruler.Place the fabric covered desk on two saw horses.To protect the fabric and make it easy to write, cover the desk with a beveled edge piece of you have a wonderful new desk and not a scrap of precious fabric wasted!!

Images compliments of:Southern Living, Kit Kraft

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Little Office Organization

I was given the task today at work to find a "really cute" set of paper organizers; you know, those paper holders that sit on your desk and you separate your papers into different categories. These categories for me include: to be imported into the computer, already imported into the computer and those papers that I am finished with and can be filed away in their proper places. You may be asking yourself, doesn't organizing papers into these three different categories make more work and shouldn't I be dealing with said papers when I am using them and then filing them away? Well, yes actually but I find myself to be quite busy and filing every paper seems to me to be tedious so I am on the hunt for cute on top of desk paper sorting filers. I inquired on twitter and got two great answers; and I also wanted to check with our great readers to see if anyone had some cute ideas (maybe from etsy) in a cute pattern that would look great on my desk in my office?

Here are some of the options I found: 

Any cute stylish ideas? I would love to have some with trellis or chevron!

Monday, January 17, 2011

DIY: Bulletin Board

This has been a do it yourself project that I have been dying to do since I first saw it on Alaina's Blog, Live Creating Yourself. She created this awesome Bulletin Board and I knew I just had to try it, but collecting all of the materials took me a really long time for some reason. Anywhoo...I started with this blank bulletin board. 

You'll have to forgive me, I wasn't the best blogger/DIYer! I only took a few photos but you can't mess this up, I promise!

These are the materials that I used:

Corkboard (24" x 36" from The Container Store)
Nailheads (I ordered these, 3 packs and I had extra left over)

Fabric (I had some leftover that I got from work)
Spray Adhesive
Staple gun


1. Iron your fabric to get all the wrinkles out (especially if using linen)

2. Spray the adhesive all over the bulletin board, even the frame. Then spread the fabric over the board, making sure to really spread the wrinkles out. 

3. Push in the nailheads, you can use a hammer- Measure the width between the nailheads with the width of your pinkie finger. Go along the line of the board's moulding trim and you will get a straight line.

4. Spray adhesive the fabric onto the moulding
5. Staple gun the fabric onto the back of the board.
6. If you have extra fabric, just cut it off after you staple it. 

Here is the finished product!!! I am having a serious love affair and as Alaina mentioned in her post, a very hard time actually putting inspiration pieces onto my bulletin board. I'm going to enjoy it for a bit before I fill it up!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Dining Room Project

We are working on a project that has a wonderful enclosed porch for the dining room. It has beautiful field stone flooring, clapboard siding on the walls and ceiling. There are wrap around windows on three sides and it opens up on to a lovely porch with tradition birds eye blue ceiling. So the dining room has a wonderful feel of the outdoors. The one design element of the room that is a challenge is the size, it is very small and it has three door ways leading into it. One of the doors open into the room making the placement of the table very difficult. With all of these design elements to work though, we thought these type of chairs would work very well in the space.They have a garden feel, small in scale and very easy to move around. Now to find them! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Images compliments of: Elle Decor, House Beautiful

Thursday, January 13, 2011

By Hand Granola

There is nothing better than discovering a food that you could eat every day, and then realizing just how healthy that snack is! I just have to share this amazing granola, By Hand. I came home from work and found the package containing the granola, opened it quickly so that I could try it out. It is amazing

Hailing from Hermosa Beach, By Hand Granola is made by The McCarthy's; a family owned and operated business. We all come from the same town, all originally from Connecticut which makes this post even more special; Melissa went to school with Whit and I worked for Suzy when she owned TaDa! I can honestly say this is some of the best stuff I've tried in a long time. And look how awesome the artwork (hand drawn by Kelly McCarthy) is...

Made with cranberries, old fashioned nuts, coconut, macadamia nuts, sliced almonds, cinnamon and a whole bunch of other tastey's the perfect healthy alternative. 

I couldn't help staging a little photo shoot, I love the packaging and product so much. You can visit their website and order your own package at The By Hand Granola Shop!

Now to figure out how I can buy it in San Francisco!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Chic Dressing Rooms

We all need a place to get away from it all and forget the world. These chic dressings rooms would do just nicely. These dressing rooms all have that sparkle and feminine tone to them to make one feel special. Which we all need every once and a while.

Images compliments of: Lonny, House of Turquoise, House Beautiful

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Ikat Mini Bowls from Anthro

Cassandra shared her one of her LOVE-ly gifts from Christmas yesterday and it got me thinking about what a great vacation and Christmas we all had. She gave all of us girls (sorry dad, I do not know what you would put in your Ikat mini bowl from Anthropology) so unfortunately this does not pertain to you. She gave my mom, my sister and I all different colors in the Ikat Mini Bowl. I have mine sitting next to my bed on my bedside table; where I know is one of the more popular spots for our special things, and I have mine full of all my favorite jewelry. My pearl earrings, diamond hoops and gold tassel earrings my sister gave me. 

I received the navy ikat bowl, but how much fun would it be to have a collection of all four of them (yellow, purple, navy and gray) on hand for a fun desert party or to hold candy when entertaining? I love the idea of having it next to my  bed, but I think I also need a few for my kitchen! Not to mention to give as gifts and at $8 a mini bowl, this is one gift that everyone will love it and it won't break the bank!
Thanks Cassandra for such a fun Christmas present!