Dream Office

So I haven’t used my office the way I thought I would when we moved in our house.  It has literally become a closet for all of my art, craft, and design supplies.  I grab what I need out of the room and bring it back downstairs to the kitchen to work.  Mostly because I have a three year old and nine month old.  I’m usually watching them while I’m working on a project.  So with that being said I think we’re turning my office into a storage/gym.  Unusual combination, right?  My husband needs a place to put his exercise equipment, and I want the treadmill out of the play room.  I thought I would post a few of my favorite inspiration photos!

A small work space doesn't need to be small on style, fabulous details in lighting and the wallpaper.

LOVE this wallpaper!  This is my dream!!!!

Oh, this is an organized craft room, studio! Lots of great ideas to get organized.

I’m not sure this attainable for me… But I will try!


So cute!



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Great color!

I’m thinking about buying several pieces from the Martha Stewart line at Home Decorators.  Has anyone bought any of her craft storage furniture?  It looks perfect.

Martha Stewart Living™ Craft Space Eight-Drawer Flat-File Cabinet - Craft Tables - Martha Stewart Living™ Craft Furniture - Martha Stewart Living™ | HomeDecorators.com


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


Designers Guild

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve never been a huge fan of wallpaper. Once you tried to peel wallpaper off of a wall, you say to yourself, “I will never put up wallpaper again!”  Well, I guess I’m far enough removed from my last horrible wallpaper experience because I ordered four rolls for my powder bathroom.  Even my husband (the wallpaper hater) loves what I’ve chosen!  I chose this wall covering from Designers Guild:

It is a light purpley-pink.  The marble on the floor is purple, grey and lilac.  I decided not to hide from the crazy marble.  I’m just going to play it up.  It’s going to look fun and elegant at the same time.  I’m excited to have some color in my home!

Designers Guild is a fabulous company out of London.  It is owned and run by Tricia Guild and her brother.  If you love color and pattern, you will love all Designers Guild products.  The patterns and colors speak for themselves, so I’m just going to post a lot of pictures for you!  They carry everything from linens and pillows to designer fabric and wall coverings.  AND they’re having a big SALE right now, so find something beautiful for yourself!

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Are you in love yet?  I know I am!  I know that it’s kind of wild, but the colors and patterns are just exquisite.


Rue Magazine Issue Three

Please, please, please check this out.  You will not be disappointed.  There are so many things I’m inspired by in this issue.  It’s seriously going to take me a month to sort through every little detail.  Well done team Rue!

Rue Magazine Issue Three January/February.

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New Pottery Barn Catalogue

Usually I’m underwhelmed with Pottery Barn.  I get the catalogue, flip through it, and throw it away.  It seems like they have the same things year after year.  They just tweak it a bit.  Today, I got my new January 2011 catalogue in the mail today, and I was surprised to find that I really liked so many of their new items!  I want to share a few of my favorites.  And the prices are really reasonable also.

Alahambra Tile Dhurrie Rug $139-$499


Granada Tile Dhurrie Rug, 2.5 x 9'

Diamond Kilim Rug $139-$499

Diamond Kilim Rug, 2.5 x 9'

Terra Cotta Kilim Rug $139-$499

Terra Cotta Kilim Rug, 2.5 x 9'

Chunky Wool and Natural Jute Rug $119-$649

Chunky Wool & Natural Jute Rug, 2.5 x 9'

Architectural Salvage Lamp Bases $100-$200

Architectural Salvage Lamp Bases

Penelope Table Lamp $189

Penelope Ceramic Table Lamp, Tuscan White finish

Devon Office Organizer $119

Devon Office Organizer

Found Turkish Ceramics 459-$149

Found Aegean Ceramic, Small

Found Oversized Wine Bottles $99-$279

Found Oversized Wine Bottle, Small

Architectural Salvage Chandelier $299

Architectural Salvage 6-Arm Chandelier

Bolton Lantern $399

Bolton Oversized Lantern, Bronze finish

Pomegranate Vases $59

Pomegranate Jar, Large, White

Tuscan Urns & Cache Pot-White $24-$89

Tuscan Urns & Cachepot - White

Silver Plated Trophy Vase $68.99

Silver-Plated Trophy Vase, Antiqued finish

Rustic White Vases $29-$49

Rustic White Vases

Gabriella Footed Bowl $55

Gabriella Footed Bowl,

Sausalito Medium Serve Bowl $34

Sausalito Medium Serve Bowl, Amber

Glass Drink Dispenser $59-$79

Glass Drink Dispenser

Mason Jar Drink Dispenser $69

Mason Drink Dispenser






Christmas Cards

Do you send Christmas cards?  I’ve heard a lot of talk lately about Christmas cards becoming a thing of the past.  I hope this is not the case.  Christmas cards are one of my favorite holiday traditions.  I understand that the world is different now with Facebook and Twitter.  We can send a message to our friends with the touch of a button.  Doesn’t that make a handwritten note or picture even more special?  I think I’ve mentioned my love for paper before.  One of my favorite parts of hosting a shower or birthday party is picking out the invitation.  With the price of stamps and paper, it is definitely a splurge.  But if you can work it into the budget, I say, Go For It!

Do you display your Christmas cards?  I’ve seen many a Christmas card on refrigerators.  I’ve also seen holiday card wreaths. Well, I like to have my cards out all year long to enjoy, and I don’t really like magnets on my refrigerator for fear of scratching it. This year I’m displaying them on a bulletin board on my work counter in the utility room.

Aren’t my friends and family gorgeous?



Here are several of my favorite paper websites:





Please share if you have other favorites!


The paint is complete (in most of the house)!  Everything but the kitchen, family room, and all of the bathrooms has been painted.  They sprayed all of the walls, ceiling, and wood trim.  It took a week and a half, and it made a huge difference.  I love all the paint colors we picked out.  It looks fresh, rich, and soothing.  I’m not sure the pictures do a great job of showing the true colors.  I’ve used many different kinds of paint in the past.  This time, I picked out colors from the new Martha Stewart paint line at Home Depot. 

This is the dining room.  The color is called Nimbus.  It’s really a silvery grey.  Here is another picture with the Feizy rug.  I love this rug.  The price was very reasonable, and it’s not too thick.  I got it at Winter House in OKC.

This is the master bedroom.  It is Sharkey Grey. 

This is Todd’s study.  Sorry, I can’t remember the name of this color… I will find out!

This is the living room.  The color is Sandpiper.  It is in the entryway, hall and guest bed upstairs.  I love this color so much that I think I’m continuing it into the kitchen and family room.  It’s a very neutral greyish color.  It’s soothing to me.  Like I’ve said before, it’s important to pick colors that make you feel happy or peaceful or both.  Greys remind of my trip to France and spas.  Two of my favorite things, so maybe that’s why I’ve picked blue and grey for this house.

The upstairs has three different shades of blue.  I think my favorite is the playroom.

This color is called Love in the Mist.  Don’t you love that name?  It does have a foggy greyish tint to it.  It looks so cute with my striped rugs I found at Pottery Barn Kids (pictures later).  There will also be green gingham curtains in this room, and I think I might paint trees on the wall.  It’s the playroom!  I want it to be fun!  We are also going to put in lots of storage.

This is the nursery.  We had it painted the exact same colors that we had at the old house.  The walls are Poo’s Favorite Things from HD Disney paints.  And the ceiling is a beige color.

This is my office/workroom.  I think this color is Wave Crest.

This picture does not do this room justice.  I love this color.  It’s called cumulus Cloud.  It’s so bright and fun!  I’m going to put my old Pottery Barn duvet and Swiss Dot matelasse in here.  My great-grandparents bedroom suit will also go in here.  I’m so happy to use it again.  It’s very special to me.  I’ve used it since I was a little girl.