5/30/11

pinterest

I am addicted.  Slowly but surely I knew I would join and I knew I would be addicted…and its happened.  AND now they have an app for the iPhone to make it even easier!  So what is it?  Pinterest is this online gallery of your images that you “pin” into categories or however best helps you organize.  It saves you from having to store all those inspiration photos on your desktop – it is genius.  You can take any image from the web and pin it to your gallery which will include the link of where it came from.  The only lame thing about it is it takes 3 days to sign up and get into the “club” otherwise you can have a member invite you.  I was in the process of signing up for it because I didn’t think any of my friends were in to this when I had a high school girlfriend asking if I was on board becuse she could  "get me in" – I am now in and I am hooked.  So for all you photo hoarders out there –
get. on. it!

These are some of my current pins :)








See now you want to do it?! 
Cheers!
Jess

5/26/11

Hurry Up!!

can't. wait. for. the. weekend.

Overcoming this bronchitis while not missing work because of INSANE deadlines has me running thin to the point where all I can think about is the weekend.  I hate feeling that way and hate being one of "those" people but this week has been stressful and I just need to relax and get better.

So I am leaving behind my sickness for....


 Hilton Head Island

 I really can't think of anything else.  I even went to the doctor ONLY because I wanted to be better for my precious beach weekend.

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So I can drink plenty of these...

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And I can't wait to bike ride to get our traditional cup of coffee + bagel at Java Joe's in Coligny


Or {AND!!!} bike to Marley's and get a ice cream cone.

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All I can say is this girl needs a tan with a drink in her hand stat!
~Jess

5/24/11

Gallery Walls

I haven't been blogging as much as I'd like for two reasons.  First I am overcoming a head cold.  I haven't been sick in years and to get sick this time of year is just bizarre to me.  And second, our home computer is the one I had in college {circa 2003...yep} and it has to be the slowest thing on the planet.  What ends up happening is me trying to surf the net, it then freaks out, and I have to walk away...if not it will end up being thrown from the second story window.  My husband lets me use his work laptop {I was supposed to have my own work laptop like months ago} but his is currently broken.  So you get the idea...we need a new home computer.

What I have been trying to look at on this ancient computer before it has a meltdown is gallery walls.  I like to see examples of spacing {like the more random spacing myself} and the different frames.  I personally like the random sizes and mixture of golds & woods for frames and I want to start collecting these when I go to Sleepy Poet {our local antique place}.  I want to have a gallery wall leading up our stairs...we got lucky and have chair rail leading all the way so at least it has some interest currently.  But I also want to fill the frames with art and pictures that mean something so I have a feeling that this is going to be something I work slowly on for months to collect.

Hey, I do have all my art from my general art classes in college that I could hang?   My mother would be delighted if that finally left her house.


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Here is a great tutorial on how to figure out how to hang your own from Ann Turner.  I would start from the center and work your way out...but no need to measure or overthink it either.

Cheers!  ~ Jess


5/21/11

Inspiration from Charleston

Instead of going on my morning run I laid in bed Friday morning {being lazy + sick with a head cold...but mostly being lazy} and finally checked out the latest edition of Lonny on my IPhone.  I came across this house designed by Angie Hranowsky from Charleston, SC and loved it.  It is so inspiring and so different from the traditional Charleston homes.  Plus I always like seeing designers from my home state being published.  My favorite room has to be the pink dining room and I am not even a pink person.  The whole space has so much texture and looks so livable {which is huge in my opinion}- not too fancy schmancy.










How cool is this kids room?

To check the whole article out click here.

Happy Saturday!

5/18/11

couples's shower {backyard cookout}

If you read this blog then you know that we co-hosted a casual couple's shower last weekend at our casa.  I went to design school with Michael Lindsey and actually sit next to her at my big girl job so needless to say we are good friends.  If you read this blog you also know that I spent the day prior feverishly stenciling the only downstairs restroom {can you say procrastinator?}.  I have been REALLY busy at work so this got put on the back burner for umm a few weeks {big fat lie it has been more like month}.

So the day of the shower I was frantically baking, cleaning, running errands and really didn't have the time I thought I would to (a) make the coolest cupcakes ever and (b) take better before pictures.  I didn't stop that whole weekend and I ALWAYS do this to myself...so that is something I will work on with time.  Luckily I have I really helpful husband who stenciled with me in the final hours who also picked up the rentals, food, made the playlist {he is awesome with tunes} and grilled for everyone.  He's a keeper. 

So this photo is only a portion of the food tables for the burger + hot dog set up {the empty platters were for the grilled food}.  I didn't take pictures of the other side because guests were arriving.  I love having bottled soda at little parties like this.  We did it at my sister's shower and it is just a cute touch...plus this bride has a soda a day so she loved it.
*excuse my miller lite in the photo..keepin it classy
Kirsten, the MOH, picked up peonies at the farmers market that morning...they are a fav.
She had ikea tea lights allover the place so it looked amazing at night.
We lucked out that the rain held off till the end of the party so cornhole was a hit. 
Since cupcakes were something that I didn't get to spend as much time as I'd like I just made strawberry cake with vanilla icing and put the grooms on them and then these with the ladies are white cake with chocolate icing.  I bought these liners + people at Sur Le Table.

Happy Couple!
MOH, Bride, and myself

These are crownies aka crack.  My Sister-in Law {who is only 21 and the best cook I have ever met} introduced me to them and they have been a hit every time I make them.  You really can't go wrong putting a cookie on top of a brownie.

We ended up having around 35ish guests and the couple left with a ton of gifts!
I can't wait till September to be a part of their big day!
Cheers~
Jess

5/17/11

not yo' mama's stencil

This is a progress photo of the powder room.  I spent around 15 hours {you heard that correct} stenciling on Friday.   Literally ALL freggin day and I am still not done but managed to make the restroom look presentable for the shower last Saturday night.  I have like 75% done and hope to tackle it Saturday morning before we head to a wedding.  I love it so it was worth the labor :)

5/16/11

chevron rugs for any budget

The chevron pattern has been around for years but now I am seeing it EVERYWHERE and
still drool over it.  I mean who could but not love a little zigzag pattern?  It adds instant graphic
personality to your space.  I even have it as my current blog header so you can tell that I am a fan. 
I especially like it on accessories.  So for this post I have found chevron rugs at different price
points.  I mean we all have budgets…so I like to see how I can achieve the look for less. 
 I don’t know about your household but money does not flow like water ours so I am
 really digging the Urban Outfitters version.

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Madeline Weinrib rugs which come in an assortment of colors.  They can be
found here and they are "price upon request" which is code for $$$$.

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This is from West Elm and runs under $250 for an 5 x 8 so this is
really a steal...but they can get even lower!
*also comes in red and black

This rug is only $165 for a 5'-4" x 7'-8"

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These beauties are only $69 for a 5 x 7.

get. on. it.
happy monday!
jess