Apologies for the lack of posts recently. It’s been such a busy week for me but a fantastic one. I hope all of you had wonderful weeks as well! Unbelievable but true- I’ve been so busy that I have not read my usual blogroll. So alas, there will be no Week in Review but rather, here’s an inspirational quote from the one and only Oprah Winfrey. Happy weekend!
I learned from Downton Abbey.
Last night was the American Season Finale of Downton Abbey Season Four. I hope you have all been watching and loving it as much as I have. Thinking of a great one-liner from Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith) can always brighten my day. I hope these make you smile. Until next time Downton! Cheerio!
Well hello there! Happy Friday to you! I have some gorgeous rooms for you this week. Filled with warmth and texture to lift your spirits after hearing that next week means the return of the Polar Vortex! Brrrr!
The Olympics are always so exciting- and even more so when you have an office full of skating fans (figure and hockey) and a husband constantly checking the medal count! In honor of those medals, this post is devoted to the athletes’ bling!
Gold, silver, or bronze- it’s got to be amazing having one of those around your neck. But in case you’re like me and more focused on your home decor than your triple salchows, let’s cheer for some of these metallic winners!
Tell me you’ve heard of this fabulous app by now! Waterlogue allows you to take any photo and turn it into a work of art. No paint brush required! Just upload a pic- like this one of our home- and turn it into a fluid, vibrant watercolor.
Just visit the App Store and download Waterlogue.
And just like Instagram, you can take a photo or choose from your photo gallery. I snapped a quick pick of the hydrangeas on my dining room table.
Then choose your filter from the selections. You can even zoom, add a border, or adjust the brightness.
Then you just export your masterpiece or share it through social media.
And voilà! You’re a regular Monet!
People have been coming up with some interesting Waterlogues all over social media. It’s amazing how great a rusty bike looks as a watercolor. Or the shoes at the bottom of your closet!
Happy painting to you… and the best part- no clean up!
Did you know that Valentine was a Roman priest that married young lovers in secret after the emperor decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives? When Valentine’s actions were discovered, the emperor ordered that he be put to death and we celebrate the day of his burial. Yaaay! Sweet story, eh?
Traditions are weird. But hey, flowers and chocolate are always a good thing. So let’s take a look at some fabulous Valentine’s posts from around the interwebs. Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day!
Tell me you’ve seen this year’s HGTV Dream Home by now? No? Well allow me to show you around!
Every year, HGTV builds an incredible dream home from the ground up. This year’s house is a modern mountain vacation home located in the Truckee, California community of Schaffer’s Mill. A perfect blend of sleek industrial and rustic coziness, I would gladly curl up with some cocoa through the winter in this dream home.
The giant trusses with sturdy bolts can be seen from almost anywhere inside or outside the house and act as both a structural and a design element.
Just inside the front door, it’s obvious that this house was designed to bring the outdoors in with floor-to-ceiling views and nature-inspired materials. You know I’m loving the slate! I wonder why they didn’t call Jared to lay that tile?
The foyer leads you straight outside to this back eating area. Or you can take a right to the living area or a left to the bedrooms. Let’s swing to the right and into the kitchen/dining area.
Here you can really see those big beautiful trusses and the iron beams that support them. More natural elements in the countertops and rich hardwood floors.
And obviously, those views are on display!
The living area warms up with more fall colors and fantastic lighting. Hmmm… that orb sure looks familiar.
More fall colors perk up a guest room and a Muppet themed kids room!
Kermit looks right at home!
The master bedroom is quite sophisticated and I’m in love with this master bath tub and river rock shower.
And all of this could be yours! Just visit HGTV Dream Home and register to win! Tomorrow’s the last day for entries so sign up quick! Fingers crossed!
I don’t know about you but along with organizing and nutritional cleansing, the new year makes me want to stop spending money! In this Amazon Prime age where we can really buy whatever we want whenever we want and get it delivered to our doorsteps two days later, it’s easy to let your spending get away from you.
So this February, I’m in the process of a financial fast. No shoes (waah!), no home decor (eeek!), nothing but the essentials. Luckily, I love grocery shopping so maybe that will curb my desire to shop. But other than toilet paper and bananas, I’m not spending money on anything for a while.
With one small exception- donations.
I’m really not as big of a shop-a-holic as my financial fast makes me sound. I think most of us learn at some point just how much fun it is to give rather than receive. And whether you give with your time or with your money, it just feels great to contribute to a cause.
I would think most people have a cause that’s near and dear to their hearts. Even if they don’t know of a specific charity affiliated with it, most people could get behind something because let’s face it- we’ve all been affected by something be it a disease, bullying, homelessness, etc.
Well in case you’re looking for a charity to get behind, let me recommend the Ulman Cancer Fund. A leading voice in the young adult cancer movement, The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults works at a grassroots level to support, educate, connect, and empower young adult cancer survivors. And this year, my fabulous cousin Rachel is taking part in their annual 4K for Cancer- a 4,000+ mile charity bicycle ride across the United States to raise money and support communities affected by cancer.
Aside from being a great cousin, Rachel is a senior at Framingham State University and her connection to the cancer community started at a young age.
“When I was younger, I even organized neighborhood lemonade stands to raise money for the American Cancer Society! This interest unfortunately took a new form when my dad was diagnosed.”
We lost my Uncle, Rachel’s Dad in 2011.
This summer, Rachel is traveling with a group of college-aged students on a 70-day, 4,000+ mile bike ride from Baltimore to Seattle.
“Not only will this experience shape who I am and ease my own personal desire to fight against cancer, but I will be helping others along the way. I am so excited and honored to be able to make a difference in the fight against cancer.”
To find out more about the Ulman Cancer Fund, the 4K for Cancer, or to donate to Rachel’s ride, please visit http://4kforcancer.org/profiles/rachel-defronzo/. Remember, no donation is too small because every little bit helps.
I’m so proud of my little cuz and happy to contribute to her ride… even during my financial fast!
The week of snowstorms must have inspired my creamy white photo picks for this week’s Week in Review.
Last Friday’s Week in Review featured a gorgeous kitchen with white subway tile up the wall. I love this look so much, we put it in our master bath shower surround. But I’m lucky enough to see walls of beautiful white tile in another spot every day- at Tatte Bakery & Cafe.
Tatte is a lovely little place on both Broadway Street and Third Street in Cambridge and also around the corner (below my office) on Main Street with their original location in Brookline. It’s a charming bakery and cafe with yummy pastries and fresh delicious sandwiches.
I’m so in love with the look of Tatte. From the gorgeous mish-mash of bulbs chandelier to the antique front counter, it’s a gorgeous combination of sleek but tattered, bold yet understated. Dare I say rustic luxe?
It really is just a sensory overload with amazing buttery smells and something beautiful in every nook and cranny. I remember stopping at the Third Street location just a couple weeks after I started working in Cambridge. A couple of thirty-somethings lingered at a corner table munching on croissant and sipping from big frothy mugs. I couldn’t take it all in at once and obviously looked overwhelmed. A friendly “what can I get for you?” snapped me out of my wonderment.
I went home that night with a cute cardboard box of two brownies and a pear tart and had to restrain myself from gobbling them down on the ride home.
If I were to open a business, I imagine it would look a lot like this lovely little Tatte Bakery & Cafe. But luckily, I don’t need to go through the trouble- I just need to go to work and walk downstairs.
For more information on Tatte (and even more yummy food pics!) visit TatteBakery.com. Or even better, swing by and eat up! Tatte will not disappoint.