Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Showtime House

With six Showtime series as their inspiration, 14 designers transformed two New York penthouses into the ultimate multimedia showhouse for Metropolitan Home.
Dexter inspired dining room (love the LED panels)

Dexter's kitchen by Marie Aiello (note the blood red butcher knives)

Tudor's inspired study & sitting room by Richard Mishaan

Piero Lissoni and Nicoletta Canesi Henry VIII's Tudor's inspired dining room

Nurse Jackie’s master bedroom by Christopher Coleman and Angel Sanchez’s

James Biber’s Weeds dining space

Paul Latham’s Weeds inspired lounge

Californication entry by Joannah Kornak for Holly Hunt

Markus Dochantschi’s Californication inspired bedroom for Hank Moody

Visit Metropolitan Home to see all the Showtime rooms!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Beware of Halloween

I wanted to start decorating for Halloween this week-but in between work, basketball practice, football practice, doctors appointments, etc... it has been a slow process! I did fill up my big hurricanes with candy corn, popped in my spider candles, and wrapped it in spider web ribbon.

& used the left over ribbon for my lamp shades

Hopefully, I have some time later this week to complete some more projects! What fall decorating projects are you working on?

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Mind Your Manners

Instead of hanging up a piece of paper with scribbled down list of rules for our kids, why not turn it into a piece of art? For one of my favorite clients, we had a local artist design a fun, colorful painting to remind her boys (& some adults) about good table manners. Their home interior is Mexican Hacienda style with lots of warm, bright colors. I think it is the perfect addition to her breakfast nook! What style would you create for your family rules?

Friday, September 25, 2009

Guest Host on CP&S

Today I am a guest host for Creative Parties & Showers! I featured A Fanciful Twist Mad Tea Party-I would love if you would stop by CP&S and check it out! In the mean time, I have posted Vanessa's free download of her creative cupcake toppers. CLICK HERE for the printable PDF sheet.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Hello Hanna

On Kim Vallee at home, I saw these get set place mats from Hello Hanna which are the perfect addition for your next space, jungle, or dress up party! They are also great for restaurants & holiday dinners!

girls will love dressing their "little me" dolls

the jungle theme is fun for both boys & girls

love the monkey & hippo designs

create your own mr. roboto

with 8 sheets of gadgets to add

more activities on the back will keep the kids busy

each pack from Hello Hanna contains 8 placements & 8 sticker sheets for $14.95

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Bella's Birthday Bash

Artist Ann-Denise Anderson from Whim & Fancy Designs creates beauty from crepe paper. She also created a whimsical, magical birthday for her daughter Bella. I L-O-V-E the cupcake cones!
Check out Ann-Denise's blog for more of Bella's party & her other artistic creations!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Back to School Bash Featured on CP&S

A BIG thank you to Shannon from Creative Parties & Showers for featuring our Back to School Bash today! Shannon is also an amazing blog designer from Eight Crazy Design who redesigned Poca Cosas recently! Stop by & check out her portfolio!

Halloween on BHG

Better Homes & Gardens has some cute ideas for Halloween this season. I love all the vintage Halloween decorations below, especially the streamers & lanterns. cute lollipop presentation
love this pumpkin candelabra

fun ribbon detail on the witches shoes

Monday, September 21, 2009

Photo Coloring Pages

My girlfriend sent me this fun idea from Upload your photos and turn them into coloring pages for your kids! I love this idea for family reunions, Thanksgiving, etc. Enter code PR24QCHT for a free, 24 hour trial!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Haunted Glitter Mansion

Here is my first attempt at the cost effective version of the Haunted Mansion.
My kitchen island is covered in glitter & I am too for that matter. Which do you like ghost or no ghost?

Although not as detailed & cute as the original, it is definitely more budget friendly ( $12.00 as opposed to $149) & we had a lot of fun making them. Now, what to fill them with-candy or cookies?

Still working on a few more ...............

ABC Easy as 123

How cute is this embossed chair idea? Head over to Roeshel's blog, the DIY Showoff for a full tutorial.
It is a fairly easy process! Sand, attach chipboard stickers & paint! Why didn't I think of this?

The furniture possibilities are endless...chests, dressers, bookcases....oh my!

Such a fun way to spruce up any chair! Thanks for the inspiration Roeshel!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Simply Natural

Sometimes less is more.

Photos from Sunset Magazine

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Crabtree Crunch

Everyday after school, the boys come in through the door with, "MOM, WE'RE STARRVVINNGGG!" To which I reply, "Really?? Lunch was just 3 hours ago." If they are lucky, I make one of their favorite snacks from Martha Stewart, Crunchy Caramel Corn (they've renamed it Crunchy Crabby Corn after our family last name, Crabtree.) During the holidays, we package it for friends & family with cute "Christmas Crabtree Crunch" labels (which include custom Christmas crab designs by our boys of course). We have tried several versions of this basic recipe, adding cinnamon, pecans, m&m's, and whatever else looks good from the pantry. Enjoy!

Crunchy Caramel Corn
Martha Stewart
4 tablespoons butter, plus more for baking sheet
10 cups plain unsalted popped (from 1/2 cup kernels or a 3.3-ounce bag microwave popcorn) popcorn
1 cup cashews, coarsely chopped (optional)
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
Coarse salt
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Butter a large rimmed baking sheet; set aside. Place popcorn in a large bowl; if using cashews, add to bowl and toss to combine. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, bring butter, sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 2 tablespoons water to a boil, stirring constantly. Working quickly, drizzle popcorn with sugar syrup, and toss.
Spread popcorn evenly on prepared baking sheet. Bake, tossing occasionally, until golden and shiny, about 40 minutes. Transfer hot popcorn to parchment-paper-lined baking sheet; let cool. Store in airtight container up to 1 week.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Vintage Halloween

I am IN-LOVE with this vintage Halloween party from Country Living. I love the oversized galvanized tub they used for the table & cobweb gauze for the tablecloth.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Pumpkin Patios & Porches

Okay, I couldn't resist more Halloween finds (I know it's early). Country Living created the best welcome sign for your party guests & trick or treaters! Perfect by your front door.
& LOVE this patio from Country Living (especially the pumpkin chandelier)
& this jack o' lantern display from Good Housekeeping

& the simplicity of this front porch from Sunset