June 16, 2011

beach beauty

A little slice of heaven...

If I concentrate hard enough, I can almost hear the waves rolling in.

(Image via here.)

June 14, 2011

spotlight: rikshaw design

Beware the cuteness!

When you click through to Rikshaw Design, you may start to feel a little giggly and find yourself imagining all the little people in your life donning pieces from their block-printed apparel collection...

Especially those bloomers! I'd be hard-pressed to find someone who wouldn't melt at the sight of those little ruffly bottoms toddling by.

(Click to see more sundresses and bloomers.)

June 7, 2011

a happy moment

I had one of those moments yesterday. One of those aha! moments when my mind was completely, 100% focused on the present. And it was wonderful.

I'm sorry to admit that these don't happen very often for me. Most of the time, my thoughts make up a confusing cobweb of must-dos... remember to take the chicken out of the freezer, add graduation cards to the Target list, do I have time to do a load of laundry? And unfortunately, that doesn't leave much room for smelling the roses, so to speak.

But yesterday. Yesterday, my friends, I was standing in the kitchen, putting together the ingredients for a strawberry rhubarb crisp, when I looked out the window and noticed how beautiful our neighbor's birch tree looked blowing in the breeze. How the sunlight filtered through the leaves onto the bricks behind, and I just stopped. My breath caught up in my throat, and I felt so happy. I was doing exactly what I was meant to be doing at that moment. And as that feeling of contentment flooded in, I had this wonderfully profound feeling that my life is so good. And I am exactly where I am meant to be. Right here. Right now.

As with all aha moments, it went just as quickly as it came, but not without leaving a little dent. I did get back to baking my crisp and tackling the ump-teen dos on my list, but even today, over 24 hours later, I still haven't forgotten about my happy, quiet, fleeting moment.

And I look forward to catching more of them.

This kitchen looks like a family kitchen, and because my family kitchen is one of my happiest places, I thought it was a nice picture to post.

(Image via here.)

paper art at paper trail

Perhaps it's the designer in me, but I am just loving the paper art over at paper trail...

Those iconic chairs!

(Mid Century Chair, Louis Chair and Cafe Table available at Paper Trail.)

June 2, 2011

design inspiration - pink room

Really loving this bedroom decorated for a little girl...

(Image via Tiny White Daisies.)