Love This Design

I was watching Martha at four o’clock this morning off the DVR.  Chef Amy Bloomfield was on, making some scrumptious looking food (that I can’t eat because I’m on post-baby diet).  They showed at picture of one of her restaurants in NYC– John Dory Oyster Bar. The design really caught my attention.  I found some pics on the internet.  I don’t know about the food, but I love the ambiance!





Restaurant designed by Roman and Williams.  Don’t you just love the shiny black tile and pops of blue and green?

Boys’ Bathroom

The Jack and Jill bathroom between the b0ys’ rooms was in bad shape.  I wish I had taken before pics.  The previous home owners had painted stripes on the walls… haphazardly.  We had to smooth the walls out and repaint.  I went with Martha Stewart’s Sandpiper from Home Depot on the walls.  I also got the white framed mirrors at Home Depot.  The granite is Absolute Black.  I was so proud of myself for leaving the lights, floor tile, and hardware (you have to know when to stop)!  The faucets are Delta.

The custom prints were done by Paper Ramma on Etsy.  Towels and bath matsare from Pottery Barn Kids.

Vote for my Brother-In-Law!

Exciting news! My brother-in-law, Jonathon Stranger, and his business partner, Russ Johnson, have been nominated for Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chef! This is a national competition and a huge honor. No one from Oklahoma has ever been nominated. Jonathon has a restaurant here in Oklahoma City called Ludivine that serves locally grown organic food. Please support Jonathon, Ludivine, and Oklahoma by voting! Thanks!

Click HERE to vote.  Make sure you click on the SW region.  It will take you to the voting.

People’s Best New Chef


The Right Light

Well I hope you all are feeling better the me right now.  I have been sicky for almost a week.  Pregnancy + upper respiratory infection = misery.

I’m working on a kitchen project, and I just want to share my thoughts on how important lighting can be for the overall design of a space.  Basically, you can spend thousands on decor or cabinets, but if you have cheap or dated lights, it will totally ruin the space.  Lights add character, personality, and shine.  Don’t skimp on lighting.  Look around and find the best deal, but save room in your budget for beautiful lighting.  Here are some examples of how lights add juxtaposition, character, richness, and shine in a kitchen.

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These lanterns help draw your eye to the beautiful windows.  It brings it all together.

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Again, these lights accent the dark metal in the room and bring a modern contrast to this Euro rustic dining room.

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I love the contrast of this traditional kitchen with the modern pendant.

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These mini chandeliers give this kitchen a feminine sparkle.

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I like the industrial look of these dark pendants paired with the modern square chandelier shade.

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I love the contrast of this dark chandelier with light cabinets and walls.  It’s also got a rustic look that really draws your eye up.

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These pendants give great shine.

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These pendants give this kitchen a chic glamorous look. Doesn’t it look expensive?

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This lantern reiterates the traditional aspect of this kitchen.

Antiques de Provence in New Orleans

When we were in New Orleans in April, I stumbled across this amazing store Antiques de Provence.  This is the real deal folks.  Beautiful antique pieces from France.  It is truly amazing, and I could have spent all afternoon day dreaming.  Most pieces are way out of my budget.  A girl can dream…














Antiques de Provence

Cynthia W. Nunez


 623 Royal St French Quarter
New Orleans, LA 70130

(formerly located at 525 St. Louis)
504.529.4342 tel
504.529.4406 fax

My Sister’s Wedding Weekend

My sister got married a few weeks ago.  I’m excited to share some pics from her fabulous wedding weekend.  Everything was just beautiful!

I hosted the bridal luncheon at my home.  I wanted it to reflect her style and the wedding.  Here is a picture of Kristen with her bridesmaids.  Her dress is a Kenneth Pool dress and the bridesmaids dresses are Two Birds.  The color is called slate.

Here dress had these chunky jewels around the neck and waist.  So I placed rhinestones all over the dining table for the bridal luncheon.



I got use my Vera Wang Grosgrain china (from my wedding).  It went perfectly with the metalic and sparkle theme.  These are the invitations for the luncheon and bachelorette party.




And the food was delicious!  Quiche from La Baguette.  Petit Fours from Sweete Memories.  I made yummy rainbow fruit skewers, blue berry muffins and spinach salad.  Mom made pasta salad.  We also had some fabulous mimosas!



This is my family at the rehearsal dinner.  We had such a great time!

Thatcher made it for pictures before the wedding for about an hour.  He was a wild man!  Here he is with Kristen.


We had a great time!  I had so much fun hosting the bridal luncheon and other showers!