January 30, 2009


I had so much fun finding photos like this a couple weeks ago, that I couldn't resist posting another today with my weekend send-off.

Have a good one!
xo, kristin

(Jump! on Immortally Yours' flickr.)

design inspiration: parisian kitchen

That's it. I'm signing up for those French classes now.

I cannot wait any longer to cross the pond and see some of the beautiful French interiors that have been inspiring me for years. Like this tiny, crowded kitchen - its walls adorned with lovely objects and a bright yellow window that casts a warm glow over the room.

I especially dig that chocolat clock.

The kitchen of Eric Bergere, p. 64 of Paris Interiors from Taschen Books.

January 29, 2009

dream house: butler's pantry

When my husband and I fantastize about our dream house, I always add that I want a butler's pantry off the kitchen with its very own sink and plenty of room to move and groove. Here's where I'd arrange flowers and store my ever-growing collection of vases. This dreamy space is exactly what I have in mind...

Isn't that collection of old photographs above the sink fantastic? It's another great place for a gallery wall that I never would have thought of.

I can't take credit for this one, though... Mary Ruffle found it first.

January 28, 2009

spotlight: eryn brinie apparel

Soft-colors, feminine silhouettes, natural lines. I love everything about the Eryn Brinie collection.

January 27, 2009

spotlight: betsy b design

This lovely tunic top has everything I’m looking for in my ’09 wardrobe. It’s made from a natural material (embroidered Italian cotton), it’s handmade to my measurements, and the pullover styling is fuss-free yet chic with pretty hand-finished pleats on both the front and back. Plus, boatnecks look good on me. It’s a crisp & classic white shirt… updated!

If it came in more colors, I'd buy them all.

Pleated Boatneck Tunic
See more at the Betsy B Design shop on

(I discovered Betsy B via
Simple Song.)

January 26, 2009

horne (aka the place where I covet everything)

Horne has so many beautiful objects for the home that I’ve been oohing and aahing through the site all morning. When I saw the Crackery Crockery Teacup #2 from Ornamented Life, my heart skipped a beat. It’s gorgeous! It is the most delicate, lovely little cup I’ve seen.

Be sure to read up on the background of this design. It makes this little number even more special.

(Crackery Crockery Teacup #2)
(Via Oh Joy! and Simple Song)

January 23, 2009


When I was a little girl, I usually went to sleep with one or two of my stuffed animals each night, but every once in a while I'd gather the whole group up and crawl into bed with all of them. I'd line them up around me from head to toe and sleep like that all night. Just me and my stuffed animals in my little twin bed - snug as bugs in a rug. Thinking back on that now makes me smile.

... and so does this.

I hope that something this weekend makes you smile too.
xo kristin

(Family Portrait by Doc18 on flickr.)

shopping conundrum

I’m flummoxed… there are so many wonderful, lovely dresses just calling my name, but I don’t know how to choose… which would you pick?

1. Stewart Brown Party Dress ($149) at Beklina.

2. Loyale Solano Tunic ($90) on Beklina.

3. Lemonstory by Kimenna Fall Shirt Dress ($92) on Etsy.

4. Lemonstory by Kimenna Abstract Art Jersey Dress ($100) on Etsy.

Right now, I'm thinking it would be #3 first, then #2, then #1, and finally #4. But I really love them ALL!

January 22, 2009

delightful dessert table

I'd get married all over again if it meant I could have a dessert table like this. Four balloons and an all-white palette make for a truly gorgeous display, no?

Amy Atlas... she is an event-planning genius.

(Photos from the Bridal Brunch Dessert Table (portfolio pages 6-10). / Jo also swoons.)

January 21, 2009

a special spot at the window

This photo makes me happy. The neat little table for two puts a smile on my face. It's begging the question, won't you join me for some tea and an afternoon of gazing out at the yard?

(photo by the ultra-talented Alicia Lynn Carrier.)

{sigh} I just love it.

January 20, 2009

spotlight: photographer irene suchocki

Looky-loo at the stunning portfolio of photographer-extraordinaire Irene Suchocki. In her own words, she’s a "purveyor of little poems for the eyes" – and oh, ain’t it so? Her photos are beautiful, dazzling, and whimsical. My heart skips a beat just looking at the magic of those glowing heart lights strung up over the street. Lucky for us, we can buy her prints here.

"Looking for Love"

"We Hold the Future"

January 19, 2009

letterpress love: Chewing the Cud

Sending cards is one of the simplest ways to put a smile on someone's face, and
I’m a sucker for letterpress. So of course when I saw these lovely hand-made cards from Chewing the Cud, I started to swoon. The colors are very chic (loving the combo of red, brown and light blue right now), and the designs have that modern-vintage vibe. Plus, they’re clever… let’s ketch*up? …chuckles…

Cards from Chewing the Cud on Etsy.

January 16, 2009


Never have I wanted a weekend to come more badly. I’m looking forward to a trip to the movies, an early morning yoga class, baking cookies, reading my new Domino magazine, and lots of naps...

See you next week!
xo, kristin

(click here to see rest of deuce-ish photostream)

let's shop: anthropologie

Brrr! To say it's cold today would be an understatement. It’s minus zero here in Chicago with windchills that make your eyes water and your fingers and toes go numb. Kinda makes you want to throw the covers back over your head and not even get out of bed.

The perfect cure to the chilly day blues? For me, it’s looking at the lovely spring line at Anthropologie. The cheery spring colors in blue, yellow and pink and whimsical polka-dot patterns remind me that spring is somewhere around the corner.

for your home...

for you...

January 15, 2009

shopping at paper n stitch

I had no idea such a wonderful treasure-trove of goodies existed at Paper n Stitch until the lovely Ez told us about it. Oh, the treasures await at this Etsy-like space that features the work of artists, designers, and creative types selling their handmade goods.

A few of my favorite things...

Gold Rose Pendant from Plum and Sage.

Favorite Mittens from PLYtextiles.

The Courtyard Garden print from Gretchenmist.

January 14, 2009

my resolutions

Joslyn inspired me. I haven’t thought much about resolutions for the New Year, but I decided I should make at least a few. Even if I’m a little late, it’s better than never, right?

These are the things I want to do this year…

Stop procrastinating. (This is a very tall order. I couldn’t even come up with my resolution list on time. From now on - Do it now. Do it now. Do it now.)

Keep bouquets of fresh flowers. (Flowers make me happy. Trader Joe’s has a great selection – for cheap – and in a few months it’ll be farmer’s market time again. This should be an easy one.)

Try a new recipe once a week. (Time to put that stack of cookbooks to use.)

Take more pictures. (What good is a camera sitting in a drawer? Get it out, get out there and snap up as many photos of this life as you can before it passes by. Capture the beauty of the every day.)

Stop swearing. (I don’t look like a truck-driver, so why should I sound like one? Besides, "shut the front door" sounds so much more clever than the alternative.)

Perfect the Ashtanga headstand in yoga class. (Hold it for 20 counts, drop your legs to look like an L for 5 and then raise your legs back up for a count before exiting the pose. Do this with grace. 20 counts feels like an eternity, but I swear I will get this by the end of ’09.)

January 13, 2009

design inspiration: chalkboard wall

One of the things on my grand to-do list is to open a bakery. That's not about to happen any time soon, but when it does, I want to have a wall like this.

I love the retro table & chairs, and those wide plank floors are simply lovely.

(By Cat Scratch via my new fave Mary Ruffle.)

January 12, 2009

January 9, 2009


Woo hoo!
The weekend is almost here!

Let the good times roll.

See you next week!
xo kristin

(one of 365 days of photos in 2007 by Berly816)

January 8, 2009

design inspiration: framed photo gallery

What an inspiration for creating a framed photo gallery at home (from the brilliant minds at Sixx Design). Just looking at those pretty black frames lined up in not-so-neat rows tempts me to copy this idea at the top of our stairs.

But I also still love this idea.

(I found this lovely photo via Mary. Be sure to check out her sites here and here... they're full of amazing photos that are sure to inspire.)

January 7, 2009

spotlight: handmade bags by moop

I {heart} these bags from Moop. Handmade in Massachusetts, the design of each bag is based on the mantra "form follows function"... and from what I can see the forms are lovely indeed!

January 2, 2009

spotlight: Emily Ryan

I am swooning over these super cute dresses by Emily Ryan on Etsy. The design and materials are very organic in nature and the cozy materials (cotton sweatshirt and soft cotton jersey) make these frocks a great choice for the wintry weather. Pair them with leggings, a chunky piece of jewelry and boots for a chic look.

Ruffle Dress and Cowl-Neck Pocket Tunic

happy new year!

Here's to good things in the year ahead.

Little Birds' New Year on Flickr.