Loving This Week

It's been a crazy couple of weeks around here. So much so that I  haven't shared a, What I am Loving this Week post in quite some time. Fortunately, now seems like the perfect opportunity to share one because of all the little projects (and milestones) we've been tackling as of late. 

Like planting seeds in the garden with my big girl. The weather has been kind of hit and miss lately, so we've only planted lettuces thus far. And, I had to give up part of my highly coveted space for cutting flowers this year - at Miss T's request, of course.

This week I was also completely, head over heels, inspired by this amazingly creative and eclectic mix of throw pillows in Calling it Home's family room. I mean, I thought I liked to mix it up - but this takes it to a whole new level. It's making me rethink my entire family room scheme...

Last weekend, we spread over 3 yards of mulch in the yard and it was only possible because these two little rascals have finally figured out how to play together. 

Speaking of minor milestones, Baby E had her first "jump" on the trampoline and I just have to include the video, because well, it's pretty cute, if I do say so myself.

And finally, that crazy duo over at Young House Love, who make it all look so easy, posted some rather big news that I found quite inspirational and wanted to share. Click here to read more.

Hope you enjoyed this weeks version of, What I am Loving. Have a great weekend and happy early Mother's Day to all.

until next time, 

What I Am Loving this Week

Wow, I never knew how much I'd like this new series, What I'm loving this week. There are so many small details, events, things, etc that I want to share with everyone, but they never quite made it to whole post status. This has turned into the perfect way to gather and share them. So, I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am.

This week I've been spending a lot of time on Pinterest looking for inspiration, for both client work and myself. Spring is almost here and I've got a few projects up my sleeve.
Williams Sonoma

I'd love to re-create a wreath similar to this one from William-Sonoma. The bright yellow Spring flowers only stick around for so long and they would provide just the right pop of color on our green front door. Time to start planning...

Centstational Girl

I loved this post that came out from one of my favorite bloggers, Centsational Girl, late this week highlighting simple steps to mixing patterns. An interesting mix of styles and patterns is a great way to add a youthful vibe to any space. 


I shared this article on great go-to wall colors on my Facebook page earlier this week. Everyone seemed to enjoy it so I thought I'd share it here as well. Who doesn't appreciate a good wall color recommendation, after all?

BBC GoodFood

Mr. DD made this Amaretti and Sultana cheesecake for our Easter feast. Let me just tell you, it was SO good. Everyone at the table said it was quite possibly the best cheesecake they had ever had. I felt real withdrawal after we left it with our dinner host and hostess. But, I take comfort in the fact that I know it was well loved at their house. 

Apartment Therapy

Speaking of updates for Spring, I'm also thinking of updating our entry foyer again. Ever since I moved out the sideboard and replaced it with a painted bench, the room hasn't really felt complete. Time to address that, I think. I love this inspirational image from Apartment therapy. I like the idea of walking in the front door and seeing a really unique and fun fabric to set the mood for the whole house. Project planning commence...

In other news, we are finally off on holiday next week. I can't wait to get a bit of R&R (yeah right, with kids!?!?) and do lots of brainstorming on these upcoming projects. See you in a week. 

until next time, 

What I Am Loving This Week

It's time for another installment of, What I'm loving! The last couple of weeks have been as busy as ever around here. Meaning, I have loads to share. And, with Spring break right around the corner, we've been focusing on all sorts of things.

From Mr. DD's birthday, which we celebrated family style with an early morning breakfast. Where Mr. DD patiently opened all of these hand-wrapped, with Christmas paper, drawings from Miss T. So cute. I'm not sure who was more excited!

We indulged at the weekend, with family in town, in a yummy carrot cake. But, on the actual birthday we enjoyed a low-guilt dessert that I hadn't had in a while. I am sure you remember when pineapple angelfood cake that was all the rage.

Speaking of low-guilt and Spring break, I ran across these beauties from H&M when they were posted on Instagram by Holly (of Decor8 fame). Thinking I need to try these guys on, for sure. 

Of course, I won't be the only one sporting something new for Spring break. Check out these babiators, complete with a lost and found guarantee. You remember how Baby E loves her sunnies, well unfortuabately, her flower sunglasses couldn't withstand her hardcore love and came to an early end. Babiators are flexible rubber and should hold up to her. I'll let you know when they arrive. 

And finally, I ran across this post by The Pennington Point where she shared how she made her own patio furniture. Seriously? What a great idea. Custom, made to fit her space and totally her style and probably for a fraction of the cost of store bought furniture. 
We're still months away from Spring here in Chicagoland, but that's ok because my inspiration is already building. 

Have a great rest of the week. Serious progress has been made on the fireplace surround, so I'll be sharing that next.

until next time,

What I Am Loving This Week...

Lately, I've been struggling to find a balance between appropriately themed posts (design related stuff, that is) and the personal stuff. I post all the time about my home, projects, cooking and client work, but I wonder if anyone really feels like they know me?   Like am I real person, or just some lady with an immaculate home that has no life other than tweaking her interiors (that sounds kind of wrong, but I know you know what I mean :) ).
Since opening up about the personal stuff has always been a struggle for me, I thought maybe I could share a bit more about my life through a new series I'm calling...
What I'm loving this week. 
I'm hoping to share, with some frequency, the little things that are going on in our home and lives. Things that inspire me, make me chuckle, latest finds, etc. I hope you enjoy this new series, because if you do, I'll be sure to keep it up.

First on my hit list this week is the Suave Keratin Infusion hair care line. Amazing. Totally transformed my hair - no more frizz. Even when I air-dry my hair, which is like every day! Such a great product and totally reasonable. No need to buy expensive shampoos when this beauty is available at Target for under a fiver. Thanks, Linda for the recommendation!

Next up, this simple and inexpensive garage door update brought to us by Hi Sugarplum! Lets' face it, garage doors aren't the most aesthetically pleasing on the best of days, but with $15 and about 15 minutes she's given it a great face lift. This may be happening to our garage door in the very near future.

I finally finished reading domino, the Book of Decorating this week and I highly recommend it. First off, it's beautiful to look at making it a wonderful addition to anyones home. But, it's also that rare combination of inspirational and informative that everyone is after. Complete with a glossary of commonly used decorating terms, beautiful images and step by step style mix and match ideas. Genius.

Also, giving me a natural high this week is purging! Ever since I started working with Life. Reorganized. I simply can not stop purging. I'm tackling some of the little projects (like the girls closets) while the professional organizer has come back to help with the bigger ones. Like our attic, which has gotten out. of. control. Yikes. More to come on that soon. 

If you follow me on Facebook, you've probably already seen this picture. It's our basement, family room fireplace. Obviously, its pretty much an unfinished fireplace that I personally have been wanting to tackle for quite some time. So this week we did a bit of brainstorming on what we would like it to look like, eventually. Sometimes it's just easier to visualize. With construction paper. I don't know why I think it's so funny, but I do. Everytime we go downstairs for the girls to play, it just makes me chuckle. And what more can you ask for when you're stuck inside with 6+ inches of snow on the ground. In March. 

And last, but certainly not least, is this baby. In her sunglasses. Yes, E has discovered the delights of sunglasses, which she wants to wear everywhere. While laughing the whole time. Which makes me laugh the whole time. Again, with the snow, in March...this is a good thing.

Well, I hope you enjoyed our first addition of What I'm loving this week.
What's inspring you or better yet, making you laugh this week?

until next time,