Monday, October 24, 2011

Triumphs in Kneading

Whoever said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder was most certainly talking about my bread baking abilities. That's right...bread baking. As in, from scratch. As in, one domestic accomplishment down. Personal triumphs come in all forms. Mine is in that misshapen loaf right up there.

"Bake my own bread" has lingered on the bottom of my life to-do list for YEARS. Mocking me because the premise of it is so simple yet I can't seem to accomplish it. "Be the kind of person that bakes their own bread," that's that my list was telling me. Simple ingredients, complex execution.

So with my (now) very wise lessons in breadmaking underway and two very unfortunate looking but delious products to show for myself this is what I've learned. Eat it up.

Source: None via Abby on Pinterest

Monday, October 17, 2011

Life is in the Lining: Head Start Holiday Cards

If the devil is in the details then he is the only thing standing in between me and my dreams of amazing envelope-lined holiday cards.

Source: via M on Pinterest

About this time every fall I start imagining the colors and patterns that are going to grace the inside of my cheery holiday envelopes. And then somehow the calendar condenses from October 15 to December 20 in a matter of days and my dreams are dashed...every year.

Source: via Abby on Pinterest

Well not this year! This year I'm starting early, and possibly shortcutting it to holiday cheer bliss by ordering the whole lot as a printable from Etsy.

All I need now is an adorable red-headed child to adopt before my December mail date.

From Etsy Shop: amalcolmpress

Source: via Abby on Pinterest
Source: via Abby on Pinterest

Source: via Abby on Pinterest

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Dwelling on Dwell

I got so excited over the new DwellStudio catalog in the mail pile yesterday that it looked like I had gotten a big ole' Tiffany's box slipped through my mail slot. I went head over heels for In my mind the new furniture line is a perfect blend of the classic shapes and modern pattern. You're going to want to move into every single one of these pages.

I don't think I could have an actual animal head on my walls, but I mix of art is great.

 I heart you graceful-legged side tables all lined up in a row.


 Stripes, Ikat, Fresh colors. Say no more.

 As much as I love some of the sofas, this is the piece that I would kill for

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Rustic Yellow Morning

Stylist always chatter on about wearing high end with low end (Gap with my Tarjay?) and mixing polished with undone. Here's a cabin combination I could get behind:

Rustic (cabinetry) with Bright (island) 
with some glossy (marble) and vintage (glass chandelier) thrown in 

(Designer: Ellen Denisevich-Grickis, Photo: Richard Mandelkorn, Source: Arch Digest)

Do it yourself yellow accents with these:
Yellow Kitchen Accents

Printed top, $25
kate spade new york Dinnerware, Sea Cliffs Stripe Accent Plate, $19
Architec Gripper Yellow 11" x 14" Cutting Board, $15
KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer | Williams-Sonoma, $350
Delonghi kMix Espresso Maker, Yellow, $375
Yellow Ikat Dot Napkins, Set of 4 | Linens| Kitchen & Dining | World..., $16
kate spade new york Dinnerware, Sea Cliffs Stripe Mug, $19
kartell frilly chair - yellow - ABC Carpet & Home, $299
Mario Batali Pepper Mill, $40
Mario Batali Pepper Mill, $40
Set of 8 Corn Picks, $6.95
Chickadee Delight Salad Plate, $8.99

Thursday, September 29, 2011

My Life in iPhone photos

Do you ever have the feeling that if you were to die suddenly, all your friends and family would have to do is scroll through your camera roll and they'd have an instant feed of your thoughts in the last weeks of your life.

Me too, and people would probably think I'm some kind of style schizophrenic because it would go something like this:

The city of Chicago has the highest percentage of alcohol-quote boards in the entire country. 
Which is why I should live there.

"Learn to bake bread" has been mocking me from it's place on my life-to-do list for the last 3 years.
But my bread would look so cool in this. 

This adorableness stares at me every morning as I get ready. It's amazing I leave the house at all. 
Also, he has more friends on facebook than me. 

Sometimes when I'm reading magazine on the go (or at Barnes&Noble) I snap pictures of things I love to remember them. $13 for a customized luggage tag, people. Go buy in bulk from Esty here.

I so badly wanted to take this sideboard home, gussy it up and have a cocktail party with it. 

I have not so fleeting fantasies of roadtrip vacations in vintage airstreams just like this one.
How did this end up in my camera roll?

I had to put my phone in stealth mode to snap a picture of a table set up that made me want to head straight to the Willard Hotel for tea.

This was my happy hour view last week. I need more friends with boats in my life. 
Applications currently being accepted.

I swear I just saw these in a JCrew ad. Why didn't I buy them at the flea market?

Spotted on my trip to Boston last weekend. 
My intense, undying love for blue and white stripes keeps getting my hispter application denied.

This would look so fabulous in just about any single room you could imagine. Snatched up by a woman wearing a scrunchie who was ahead of me. Where's a gang of hipsters when you need them?

We should teach this in schools. The new Bare Essentials ad campaign that I snapped while reading a magazine chocked full of models. But then I read this NY Times article about how all the models were chosen for this ad campaign through a personality questionnaire, sight unseen.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Touch of Blue Bedroom

I have a love/hate relationship with the color blue, so it never ends up in my house. But the cool color pallete in this bedroom come across so rich, it might just push me into my very own blue period.

Here's some relatively inexpensive sources to make it your very own

Pillow: Z Gallerie
Dresser: Walmart

Friday, September 23, 2011

Mamma's got a brand

These adorable bookplates, customized and printed from Etsy make a bookclub baby gift memorable even after the 1,589,968,987 you've read Go Dog Go. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thursday Tabletop: Blue Mason Jars

Last weekend while meandering around the flea market near my house I came across this group of blue mason jars. Trying to resist the urge to buy things I don't really need, I stood there racking my brain for all the realistic ways I could use theses in my life in immediate future. Ultimately, I passed them by and now I'm over run with ideas for them. Shoulda, woulda, coulda. C'est la vie. 

Mason Jars as drink personalized drinking glasses are my absolute favorite. 

Source: via Abby on Pinterest

Making basic, inexpensive flowers look high style (Hello inexpensive clusters of baby's breath!)

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Source: via Abby on Pinterest

And not to mention decor. Mason Jars are the white subway tiles of events.
Goes. with. everything.

Source: via Abby on Pinterest

Wednesday, September 21, 2011