July 13, 2010

spotlight: 1 canoe 2

Here's a great letterpress gift for the cook/baker in your life...

(Set of recipe cards & dividers by 1 canoe 2)

July 8, 2010

10 things: getting to know inspiring interiors

If you've got a few, head over to Inspiring Interiors. I pinky-swear... you will not be disappointed. Kifus scouts the web and shares her delightful finds with us. Amazing house tours and gorgeous interiors shots, the design ideas abound. And she really covers every style... from a modern urban loft to a country-chic cabin to a grand old-world villa, it's a design showcase all wrapped up in one neat little blog.

My only warning... be sure to give yourself plenty of time to peruse. Because if you're like me, you'll intend to sit down a do a quick scan, only to find yourself 45 minutes later still swooning.

Now, on to Kifus' 10 Things...

The last thing I do before bed: Watch cartoons with my hubby.

Favorite thing about my house: The house itself, it's really old and gorgeous. And I have to add the windmill in our garden.

The best place to be in the spring: Paris, with hubby and daughter.

My signature dish: Lemon cheesecake. They like it so much at home that I make it twice a week.

When I need to unwind: I get into bed with a hot water bottle (my feet are always cold!) and read a book.

Celebrity crush: Johnny Precious Depp.

On Sunday mornings you'll find me: Blogging!

I could spend the whole day: Surfing the net and playing computer games (shh, don't tell my kids!)

I feel my prettiest when: I don't know why but it is when I'm driving!

It's worth the splurge: Fresh flowers. Not so much of a splurge but I make a point of buying them almost every week. Nothing makes your rooms look more appealing and welcoming than flowers.

(Photos from here and here.)

Kifus -- keep up the amazing work! You continue to razzle and dazzle with the great house tours and photos you post. And thanks to Inspiring Interiors, I've a file full of ideas for my next house! Also, do you think you might want to share that cheesecake recipe with us? I can't stop thinking about it... That, and Johnny Depp. ;)

July 6, 2010

design inspiration: the family table

The calm before the storm...

The chairs have been polished. The table is ready to be set. The room is still.

Family and friends are on their way, bringing with them stories and laughter and compliments to the cook. Dishes will be passed, each bite savored. Anyone for seconds? Growling tummies are long forgotten. With glad smiles on their faces and maybe a few top buttons undone, all sit contentedly around the table.

But for now, all is quiet.

(Image via Tiny White Daisies, originally spied by Margot Austin)

July 5, 2010

spotlight: madewell

Seriously loving the summer collection over at Madewell.

A few pieces on my wish list...

(From top: Wanderlust Roppongi Dress, Ahoy Striped Sweatshirt and Rail Straight Cutoffs, Ropey Soles Simple Espadrilles, Romantic Ruffle Dress)

I sure would love to see all of this in my closet!

(I never heard of Madewell, until I read about it on Cup of Jo. Thanks, Joanna!)

July 2, 2010

tgif + etsy spotlight: is photography

Looking forward to some fun and sun this weekend.
I just hope it's not too hot. ;)

(Umbrella by Irene Suchocki, IS Photography.)

Happy Weekend, My Lovelies!
... and Happy Fourth of July!
xo, Kristin

July 1, 2010

royal apothic rollerball

"inspired by the scent of a California orange grove in bloom."

I just can't stop smelling my new perfume...

(Royal Apothic Rollerball Perfume in Orange Blossom, $16 at Anthropologie)

i love it. love it. love it.