Thursday, December 23, 2010

Snowy in warsaw

More snowball love. From reader Chris on a chilly visit to Poland.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Love this beautiful glowy image from January's vogue with Natalie Portman. Can't wait to see Black Swan.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Weekend roundup

Wrapped some packages. Am loving the Marimekko for Crate & Barrel patterned paper. Am obviously also loving the wooly felt penguin ornaments as well!
Cupcake break. Sprinkles. I think they really are the best cupcake out there.
Wagamama style ramen for a cold night.
Used the left over greens from making winter flower boxes as the base for a couple of arrangements.
Hit the Holly Ball to benefit Chicago Children's Charities. Blast!
Ordered xmas cards, a little late, yikes!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

Mason jars

These are so cool! Love mason jars, love chandeliers in a tent, outdoors, anywhere they are unexpected. Not sure if these can be lit though? 100 layer cake.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Yes, please!

Fries in a cone. please.

DeCesare design

I took a closer look the design group that did the studio I posted yesterday and thought I would post some of my favorite rooms from their portfolio. The copper bathtub got me, as did the pendants in that kitchen and the chandelier over the built in bed. All three photos from different homes. DeCesare design group.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Happy weekend things

My good friend Maxine baked her daughter a kitty birthday cake. Happy 1st birthday to Delphine!!

New furry boots for me! They are the only thing getting me excited for the coming chilly weather.

Butternut squash soup. Its my new fave cuddle-up-with-a-bowl-of-soup meal. I used the following receipe from food network and added a shallot to the onion sauteeing, 3 or 4 leaves of chopped sage and 1/4 tsp cumin at the end for a little bit more spice. stir.


1 (2 to 3 pound) butternut squash, peeled and seeded

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 medium onion, chopped

6 cups chicken stock


Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Cut squash into 1-inch chunks. In large pot melt butter. Add onion (and shallot) and cook until translucent, about 8 minutes. Add squash and stock. Bring to a simmer and cook until squash is tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove squash chunks with slotted spoon and place in a blender and puree. Return blended squash to pot. Stir and season with sage, cumin, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Serves 6.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Next project- whitewashed brick

We have an exposed brick fireplace that is screaming for whitewash like the walls in this photo. Such a nice muted look, really toning down the color of the bricks. Am going to try the instructions on frugal farmhouse via apartment therapy.

Friday, November 5, 2010


Am celebrating the coming weekend with some flower arranging and quiche baking this morning!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Horse farm wedding shoot

Love this wedding shoot on 100 layer cake. Rustic, romantic, and understated. I especially like the maple wood paper goods and table made with hay bales!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

tiny dancer

She is the little ballerina who twirled around in my pink musical jewelry box, only with fabulous eyelashes and slightly scary makeup. Photographer David Eustace via the anthropologist.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

Trick or treat

Trick or treat in style and give back. The new FEED bag is super cute and UNICEF gets $3.50 from the sale of every bag to send nutritional supplements to children in developing countries.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Winnie the pooh stamps

How happy would your envelopes be with Pooh on them! From the Royal Mail (that's right, sorry, not available here).

Monday, October 11, 2010

Hello beautiful

Monique Lhuillier showed this print for spring 2011 in various shapes and fabrics, which were all lovely, but this chiffon number blows me away. gorgeous.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Wood pallets and rustic rope

I popped by West Elm on North Ave last week to visit this mirror (again) and am loving their creative visual merchandising with wood shipping pallets and rustic looking ropes. A little bit trapeze-esque!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


I need a trapeze swing in my living room! How did I not think of this?! Ever since my creative friends took me to trapeze school for a bachelorette treat, I have not been able to practice. Could be slightly dangerous, but totally awesome!