April 30, 2010

Happy Friday...

I can't wait to be poolside this weekend in Virginia and watch the Gold Cup. Have a lovely one! xo {image via unknown}

April 29, 2010

Summery Florals...

I love colorful florals anywhere! 1. Couch 2./6. via Molly June 3. Sweater 4. via Parcel Post 5. via A Creative Mint 


I've decided that everything I collect for the rest of the week will be summery. I love this wallpaper, and everything else about this room, brassy dining table, black leather chairs - so retro and chic. And doesn't that first image just make you want to change into a bikini and sunbathe? {images via coco & kelley, elle decor}

April 28, 2010

The Beach House...

I can't believe it's almost May - summer is near and I'm dreaming of a cozy beach house and warm sand. {images via you are my fave}

April 27, 2010

Gray + White...

Soft shades of gray are my favorite - and I happen to be head to toe in gray and white today. This bedroom is beautiful and I adore this tunic from J. Crew. {image via abbey goes design scouting}

Camper's Delight...

I found this great site, written by a group of people who wrote The Happy Campers, that reviews camp sites all over Europe. They are spreading the camping love online with recipes, readers' guides and more. I ♥ camping.

I Feel Like Cooking Tonight...

I had the most fabulous meals this weekend. Hotel Griffou was a great spot to discover with friends - as we devoured the lobster fondue and I can never get enough of Morandi - Burrata and Pasta Bolgonese is the perfect Sunday meal. I'm in the mood for a little chefness in my kitchen. My specialty is Penne alla Vodka - here very simple recipe. Enjoy! {image via dress design decor}

1 Jar of Classico Tomato Basil Sauce
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
8 basil leaves - chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 (32-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
¼ cup Vodka
½ c heavy cream
1 lb penne
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper

Sauté garlic in olive oil for a minute to two minutes on high, reduce heat to medium, add basil and pour in tomato sauce. Add crushed tomatoes (blend in food processor beforehand). Reduce to low heat, add vodka, stir for 5-10 minutes and add heavy cream and salt and pepper to taste.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling water (add pinches of salt and tablespoon of olive oil) until al dente, tender stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

Drain the pasta and transfer it to the back to the pot, pour the tomato and cream sauce over pasta and cover with parmesan cheese and serve.

April 26, 2010

Simple + Natural...

This room looks so pretty and relaxing. I love the perspective of the photo with the chandelier front and center. {image via haute design}

Wait For Me...

This looks like an adventurous little crew that makes me curious. I'd like to follow the mini circus line and find out where it leads. Wouldn't this make a great album cover? {by  Eugenio Recuenco via escapade}

Golden Yellow...

I am recently drawn to this shade of yellow that is bright and strong like the sun. {images via anthropologie, tiny white daisies, someday hopes}


This dining space is simplistic. I love the retro round dining table and the fantastically large colored vases with blossoms are heavenly. {image via lavender and lilies}

April 23, 2010


Feeling festive in colorful stripes! Roxy Dress, Gift Bags, Blueberry Lolli, & Striped Straws.

This Bedroom...

I saw this gorgeous bedroom in the April Lonny a few weeks ago and have been swooning over it ever since. Everything is lovely, it even has a fireplace!

Gold Accessories...

Jeans, white tee, khaki colored jacket - and pile on the gold! I love the layers of necklaces and bracelets. {image via the sartorialist}

Collections 101...




I've never been much of a collector. A list maker yes! But I haven't sought out specific items to collect. I've always thought it would have been nice along the way to know all of the restaurants I have been to, all over the world. Or all of the wine's that I have loved - so I guess if I had to choose for those reasons, it would be corks and matchbooks! But if I were to collect for beauty, it would be vintage all the way - plates, bottles, postcards or just knick knacks. I found this site - A Collection A Day - and picked a few of my favorites.

Spread the Love...

Just as I sat down to butter my cinnamon raisin bagel this morning, I read Bianca's 'Take 5' on Fern & Feather, and found this adorable poster. I just LOVE!

Pink Paper Lanterns...

I love these paper lanterns, either clustered together or hanging centered on their own, they have a fun whimsical effect. {image via a diary of lovely, dress design decor}

Office Crush...

I'd like this to be my office please. What's not to love about this room? Tufted cozy chair, laquered desk, black built-in bookcase, beautiful artwork and a lovely view. {image via journeys of mangonett}

Happy Friday...

Well, lovelies, I don't about you, but I'm happy that it's Friday! It's been a very interesting week. I'm so looking forward to seeing friends in town from California, enjoying the sunshine and laying low. Ps. I did a mini-blog makeover, I hope you like the new header! xo {image via pink wallpaper}

April 22, 2010

High Beams...

I love high ceilings with exposed wooden beams in the home. It has a dramatic effect and natural feel. {images via heidi claire, a life's design, tuvaluhome}

Flowers in Metal Things...

I love chinese tea tins with flowers on display and this big large metal bucket with the number five - my favorite number (perhaps since I'm child #5 in my fam). {images unknown}

April 21, 2010

Pastel + Rustic...

This faded pastel palette of blues, pink and orange is calming and beautiful. I love the rustic laid back feel of this casual living room. {image via happy mundane}

I Want...

This poster for my room. I love Dasey Chic's etsy shop.

Black + White Again...

I am always drawn to classic black and white decor and love these spaces. {images via grace's birdcage, lonny}

Mismatched Perfectly...

I love colorful antique dishes. Kate over at Wit + Delight was saying how she has been collecting mismatched china for her wedding. And I think it's a fantastic idea! {image via lanalou}

April 20, 2010

Sydney + Pretty Beach House...

Pretty Beach House is a private guesthouse situated about 60 miles north of Sydney on the Bouddi Peninsula. Set high above the beach and nestled into a National Park, guests stay in this tranquil private home with 7 1/2 acres surrounding, with 3 one bedroom suites, where all meals, snacks and drinks, including wines and champagnes, are included as part of the hospitality. The Main House, has an atrium style dining and lounging area, intimate cocktail bar, wine cellar, open fireplace plus infinity pool and deck for relaxing. See you all later, I'm about to dive in that pool and dry off in the sun on the chaise lounge;) I wish!

Afternoon Delight...

Something salty and something sweet - fries & ice cream sandwiches. I have to admit, I had always been a bit more of a salt lover vs. chocolate, now I'd say it's pretty equal. I'm craving one of these two treats;) How about you? {images via erin ever after,  wit + delight}


I love short films. APRICOT - Short Film by Ben Briand (sponsored by his incredible actors and crew) from Moonwalk Films on Vimeo. {via stephanie says}

Picnic Obsession...

I have been collecting every photo I see recently that has an outdoor picnic scene. It's a mini-obsession;)

I'd like to drive up in that very cool car and park for a picnic with champagne! {image via journeys of a mangonett}

Watermelon, wildflowers and stripey tablecloth, yes please. {image via design sponge}

Lemonade and daisies on a plaid blanket. Perfect. {image via design sponge}

Clutter: The Good Kind...

This space is maxed out with furniture, artwork and eclectic pillows. I love it - it looks chic and slightly messy. {image via le fashion}

April 19, 2010

Concert Looks...

Inspired by Kate Bosworth at Coachella this year, I love her style and these looks are perfect for upcoming concerts in the city.

New York City Concerts...

I'm getting that desire to run around the city - music venue hopping. Here are a few upcoming concerts this spring/summer that you can't miss!

The Whitest Boy Alive 4/21 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Morning Benders 4/24 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg
Shout out Louds 5/5 at Webster Hall
Sia 5/6 at Terminal 5
Mumford and Sons 5/18 at Webster Hall
Pearl Jam 5/20-5/21 at Madison Square Garden
LCD Soundsystem 5/22 at Terminal 5
Broken Bells 6/5 at The Fillmore NYC
The National 6/16 at Radio City Music Hall
Passion Pit 6/29 at Prospect Park in Brooklyn
Jack Johnson 7/14 at Madison Square Garden
Seu Jorge 7/30 at Terminal 5
Cat Power 7/31 PNC Bank Arts Center

A Few Things...

That make me happy...

...this bedroom wallpapered with photos. So sweet. {image via plush palate}

...big open entryways. {image via la boom}

...little bistro tables and chairs on the sidewalk. {image via left bank}

...dreamers, who dream big. {image via thresca}

...pink beach cruisers that make me want to ride the coastal paths of California. {image via you are my fave}


...hanging lanterns and romantic dinners for two. {image via the bottom of the ironing basket}


...painted consoles styled with prints, plants and oversized lamp. {image via lonny}

...out of town visitors trekking to Manhattan this week to play. Yay! {images via all the best}

...panoramic views and endless seascapes. {image via aubrey road}