Thursday, June 30, 2011

Home Tour

Before we moved into our house a few months ago I had previously been trying to decide what style and feel I wanted our new humble abode to be. Did I want it light and airy, dark and dramatic, vintage, modern? I spent months looking up inspirations and searching every store deciding what I wanted to create. Like most people I don't have an unlimited budget so I ended up decorating according to the style of the house we bought and pieces I already owned. Even though my house is pretty much done in the ways of decorating I still love to look up different ideas and see what others have done and maybe someday Ill be able to really do what I love.

I found this house by Caitlin Van Horn on Design Sponge. When looking up different houses I can never decide if I like the white clean modern look or the rustic cozy feel. With this house you don't have to decide. It is beautifully designed with a little bit of each.  
I love the white walls and modern fireplace with the mix matched old frames.




  
I would have never thought to put those stools with that white modern kitchen. But I love it.


Monday, June 27, 2011

Trailers Galore

Can someone please explain to me what my fascination is with all things moving houses. House boats, regular boats with little cubbies, yachts, trailers, motor homes. I think I have a serious disease. Me and Deek used to go to the boat show and all I cared about were the boats that had a house feel to them. When driving past as RV lot, no fail, every time I find myself wondering if there is a way to go look inside of all those moterhomes. I don't know what it is that sparks my interest in them, if it's the home away from home thing or just the idea of playing cards and hanging out while driving. I love them.
  
It's not just the huge ones either, though that would be awesome, it’s the small ones too.  And the weird thing is I don’t even want one for camping. I love me some tent camping, I just want one to drive up the coast or drive across the country but that is even asking for a lot. I just want to look through them, is that too much? And then there is the whole buying a travel trailer from the 60's and fixing it up. Combining my two loves. It's almost too much.
 So here are some ideas if anyone is wondering what to get me for Christmas this year.



Tell me this would not be awesome to road trip in?











This couple featured on architecture-view.com renovated a 1963 trailer into a home office. I think I could get a lot of work done in this beauty. (Derrik take note)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

DIY

     Even though Im getting my bachelors in fine art. I don't consider myself an artist I’m very much a practical girl and it's hard for me to see the practical side of some art. I’m more, lets say crafty. I love the DIY things. I love pieces that are both gorgeous and functional. When looking at different sculptures and art pieces I often find myself asking “where would I put that in my house?” and more often then not my answer is, “I wouldn’t.” Therefor it’s a torn world I love in, but then again, isn't it for most people. 

      I found this DIY on http://www.dreambookdesign.com/ and fell in love. I don't know what my current obsession with driftwood is lately but I'm infatuated with it. As much as I'm not into the whole sayings on the wall inspirational vinyl wall decor, I think the drift wood more then makes up for it. And the fact thats it cost less then $50 to make. Im there. 


What you need:

     4, 6' fence slats
     2 2x8 piece of wood
     Liquid glue
     Stain
     "D" ring hangers
     Metal wire
     Wood burning kit

Sand down fence slats to expose the wood



Attach 2, 2x2's with liquid nails or wood screws.



Add the distressed feel by beating the wood with a hammer, chains, ect.



Now stain it.




Attach the 2 "D" hooks. Then attach the two hooks together with wire.




Then use a wood burning kit to burn in a saying.



And voila!


Since moving into our house a few months ago I still have a few walls that need a little love. Im thinking this little beauty will fit in just perfect.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Bathrooms

      Check out these amazing bathrooms would you just die if you had one of these tubs for a relaxing bubble bath? I long for the day when I get to design my own bathroom. A claw foot tub, a fire place, big sinks with beautiful walls to match. But right now a tiny bathroom with paint dripping down the walls will have to do.

 I would have never thought copper for a bathtub but after seeing it, now I'm hooked.
 I have been drawn to the light woods and white walls lately. I love the modern feel to this bathroom with the vintage touches.


Friday, June 17, 2011

Tomatoes, Basil and Cheese, Oh My!









      I love to find new and different recipes to try on Derrik and some friends. A few years ago Derrik's aunt had us over for an Italian dinner. Considering they had just returned from vacation in Italy we knew we were in for a treat. As she brought out a Caprese Salad I was a little hesitant, I wasn't the biggest fan of tomatoes (but after this I am a true believer.) After one bite I was hooked. Caprese Salad pretty much consists of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil leaves, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Ok if that doesn't look good enough there is also a pasta version of this if you are wanting something a little more filling. This being the actual reason I started this post I better get started.

This is a Capellini with Tomatoes and Basil recipe I found on an amazing recipe blog a bountiful kitchen. This woman is amazing and I cant wait to try more of her creations.


1/2 cup olive oil
1-2 cloves minced garlic
4 pints small cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes, halved
2-3 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried)
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
¾ pound dried capellini or angel hair pasta (fresh or dried)

1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add two tablespoons of salt to the pot.
Meanwhile, heat the ½ cup of olive oil in a large (12-inch) saute pan. Add the garlic to the oil and cook over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, thyme, two teaspoons salt, ground pepper, and red pepper flakes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for five minutes, tossing occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to soften.
While the tomatoes are cooking, add the capellini to the pot of boiling water and cook for two minutes (if using fresh), or according to the directions on the package. Be careful about overcooking the pasta.  Using tongs, remove the pasta from the pot of water and add to the cooked tomato mixture in the saucepan.  Don't worry about  water on the pasta, the dish needs a little of the pasta water to have the right consistency.
Pour  the pasta and tomatoes into a large serving bowl.
Add the Parmesan and fresh basil, and toss well. 
 

Serve  immediately with additional grated Parmesan cheese.


Doesn't that look heavenly! Everyone loved it and I hope you do too. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Getting Back to its Roots


I guess this is a good time to pay homage to where I got my name. Over the years listening to all The OC soundtracks, that never seem to get old. I found myself time after time searching for this song. It is just beautiful and peaceful and his voice is just.. well.. yummy. Enjoy

Wedding Bells

Even though my 2 year wedding anniversary is fast approaching I am in all things wedding mode. I spend most of my spare time looking up cute ideas for my 2 friends with weddings just around the corner but I usually end up getting distracted by things that I want if I were to do The Big Day all over again.
A friend sent me to a vintage wedding dress site that I haven't been able to pry myself away from.

thevintageweddingdresscompany.com

Then of course my favorite fashionista Carrie from Sex and the City. I LOVE this clip from the first movie. Not even joking I watched this 5 times in a row just so I could soak it all in. Enjoy




Sex and the City

Well.. here it goes

This blog is a step to something that I have been wanting  to do for a long time. It's scary to start something new because if I fail, I cant tell myself “one day” but as I look around at those that inspire me they had to start somewhere right? And so must I. 
      I remember when I was little (well if I’m being honest I sometimes still think this,) I thought that everyone loves and enjoys what I do, everyone’s creative. Therefore I’m not that special and my ideas are not original. Until just recently while helping a friend plan a wedding that she was not enjoying half as much as I was, I realized this to be very true.