Friday, March 30, 2012

Colorful Wedges (Cheap!)

Happy Weekend guys!  I just wanted to pop in and show you these awesome wedges I just found at Target for only $29.99!  And they are super comfortable!  I needed some retail therapy after how bad I've been feeling lately- thankfully, I'm on the mend:)





 I can't believe EASTER is next weekend already!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Little Aqua Vase

As much as I love fresh flowers, it seems I'm always putting them in clear glass vases.  I don't know why it hadn't occurred to me to use a colored or more interesting vase before.   A while back, I was drawn to this little aqua vase from Crate & Barrel that I usually keep in my home office.  It has a small neck, perfect for just a couple of stems.


And I thought the aqua was pretty with some yellow flowers. 



And even my bathroom counter looks cheerier with the pop of color. 


So excited about all the possibilities- especially with what a quick coat of spray paint can do to transform my boring clear vases!  Maybe a weekend project?!

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Come back tomorrow for a great giveaway from Little Doodahs!  Here's a sneak peek:


Monday, March 26, 2012

Thank You HOUZZ!

Hi guys!  Sorry for being a little MIA last week- I've been sick, but starting to finally feel better- allergies might be getting the best of me lately.

On the bright side, I was pleasantly surprised to find an email from HOUZZ last week letting me know that Honey We're Home was a winner in the Design category for Best Of Remodeling.  I think my closet was the room that garnered the award.



To read more about how my closet was designed and organized, and to see more pictures, go HERE.

Thank you Houzz and the Houzz community!


Hope your week is off to a great start!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Summer Vacation


Maybe it's because our temperatures are rising and the sun is shining more and longer these days, but lately I'm craving a summer vacation.  A summer vacation where all I need is: a bikini, hat, sunglasses, cocktail, straw bag, and flip flops.

Sound good to you, too? 

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Good Croissants

This post could also have been called, "Impromptu Pajama Party" but it was really all about the croissants.  Croissants so good that Oprah herself declared them one of her Favorite Things in 2009.

These are the croissants that I finally ordered from Williams Sonoma, waited for about a week for them to arrive, then promptly ate the following Saturday morning.  



They arrive at your door, frozen, packed in dry ice, 15 large croissants in a box. You let them rise overnight, apply an egg wash, then bake for about 15 minutes.  


They come out looking like this.  And are seriously delicious, buttery, flakey, light addictive things. 


On Friday night, having pulled out the frozen croissants to rise, I quickly texted a couple neighbors to invite them over to help us enjoy.  Originally planning on a pajama party at 9:00 a.m., once James woke us up at 6:30, we moved the party up to 8:00 a.m.  A casual, relaxed breakfast at home on the weekend is one of my favorite things.  Even better when sleepy friends and little kids come over. 




Don't mind that little curly-haired cutie on the bench! 


Kids played.  I have a "thing" for kids in glasses.  And chubby kids. My heart just melts. 


13 croissants didn't stand a chance.  Then the grown-ups drank coffee and watched Pioneer Woman:)  Kids played until the living room looked like this. 


10:00 a.m. on Saturday. 

Hope y'all had a great weekend!   

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Tag

Today, I'm playing Blog Tag!  I was tagged by two fellow bloggers Amy (Eat. Sleep. Decorate)  & Carmel (Our Fifth House).  Read on to hear my responses to their questions and to see my questions for Shelli (A la Mode Maven).



GAME RULES:
You must post the rules.
Answer the 11 questions presented to you by your tagger.
Create 11 questions to ask the bloggers you plan to tag.
Tag the 11 people and link them in your post.
Let them know you've tagged them.

1. What is your favorite DIY project that you have accomplished?

One of my latest (and easiest) DIY projects was these little faux potted plants.  You can read about them here.



2. If you could have the skills of any designer or cook, who would it be?

One of my favorite designers is Nate Berkus.  Not only is he incredibly talented, but I can tell that he treats the people on his show so genuinely.



3. What is your favorite color scheme?

I'm still a "neutrals" girl at heart and love the look of an airy, white room.





4. One thing that we might not know about you is...

In my day job, I work as a lawyer.  

5. What do you miss most about being a child?

It was all so simple then:)  And maybe living in California- can't beat that weather.  

6. What does your ideal Friday Night look like? BE HONEST! 

Oh this one is easy, because we have the routine down pat!  Early dinner out with the family and sometimes another family will join us- usually Mexican food.  Come home, put James to bed, sit on the couch eating ice cream or drinking hot cocoa and catching up on Pinterest, blogs, and email. Rinse. Repeat. 

7. What is one beauty product you could never live without?

My eyelash curler.  And curling iron.  Okay, that's two. 

8. What is your favorite season and why?

Summer!  I love the long, sun-filled days.

9. If you could travel anywhere and money wasn't a factor, where would you go?

I've had a hankering lately to go somewhere beachy.  Hawaii comes to mind.


10. What is one design mess in your home?

Our media room.  It's still just being used as a storage space for unused furniture and things that need to go in the attic. 

11. One goal you have for your blog in 2012 is...

Respond to emails quicker and to comments more often.


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Our Fifth House

1. If you had a time machine, where or rather when would you go?

I want to go to a year from now.  Am I pregnant?? 

2. Diamonds or Pearls?

Diamonds.  I really need to post my wedding ring.  It is seriously gorgeous.  My favorite piece of jewelry ever!

3. What's your favorite movie? 

For fun- Sex & The City.  


4. When you were a kid, what was your favorite television show?

Who's the Boss?

5. Let's pretend you found $50 in your couch cushions, what would you run out and buy?

I'm looking for a mirror for my guest room, so I'd take that $50 bucks to Homegoods and hope it was my lucky day.

6. What is your favorite color?

White.

7. Why did you start your blog?

I had just quit my job and was a stay at home mom to my 4 month old son.  We also had just built a house and I was obsessed with the decorating process. 

8. What is your favorite home decor store?

Lately, Z Gallerie.  

9. Name one thing in your make-up bag you can not live without?

My Juicy Tubes lip gloss.  I probably apply it 20 times a day.

10. Do you watch Revenge?

What's that? :)

11. Will you still be my friend even though I made you suffer through this little game of tag? 

Of course!

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I saw that most of my friends were already tagged by Carmel, so I'm tagging Shelli (A La Mode Maven).

1.  What does your morning routine look like? i.e. Do you make your bed and/or drink coffee?? 
2.  Do you cook or eat out most of the time?
3.  What's your favorite food?
4.  Who's your celebrity crush?
5.  What's your favorite room in your house and why?
6.  What have you been wanting to change up in your house lately?
7.  Where do you score most of your decor finds?
8.  How much time do you spend on Pinterest- if any at all? 
9.  Have you met any bloggers in real life?  If so, who?
10.  What's your signature drink?
11.  What blog post are you most proud of? 

Make it a great day!







Thursday, March 15, 2012

James, Age 2 (A Photo Word Collage)



I used Picasa to edit this photo.  Picasa is a free photo editing software that is very user-friendly.  

After uploading the photo, you click on "Text" 


Then you can chose your font (whatever fonts you have on your computer), move them around, make them bigger or smaller, and choose what color you want to use.  Then just hit "Apply" and save the picture.


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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

DIY {Paint Chip Art}

What began as a Valentine craft project turned into a broader crafty art idea.  Does that happen to you?  You start out with one goal in mind and then once you get into it, the project takes a different direction?  Originally, I collected paint chip samples in varying shades of pink and used a Martha Stewart heart punch to cut out a bunch of hearts that I planned on attaching to a single square canvas.  Since Valentine's day is all about love, I thought it would be cute to hang some hearts in our kitchen or entryway.


Then I got carried away . . . 




I ended up collecting all colors of the rainbow and punching out hearts in all of them.  The punching is easy (and quite addictive), taking just a few minutes to punch out a gazillion. And since I had more canvases, I spread them out onto four squares.

To give the art dimension, I used adhesive foam circles to affix the hearts to the canvas.  I just eyeballed the placement of the hearts and tried to keep the lines straight.  



There are 90 hearts on each canvas.  It took about 2 hours to stick 360 hearts onto these canvases.  



Then I had to figure out where to put them.  James' room? Too much on the walls already.  The hallway?  No.  But my office happily welcomed them!



Who says hearts are only for Valentine's Day?!

I'm sharing this post at Somewhat Simple.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

DIY (Scrabble Word Art)

I think a lot about my home.  As in, "Where can I find the perfectly sized bench to go at the end of our bed?  One that is upholstered in the right colored fabric and has legs, so that it's not too bulky, but isn't as expensive as the Crate & Barrel Colette Bench I've been coveting?  One that isn't too short and fits the size of the bed nicely."  I can get so wrapped up in searching for the perfect item for our home that I have to slow down and remind myself that the main point is,  "How do I want this house to feel?" 

It really doesn't matter how my home looks if it isn't comfortable or doesn't emanate warmth and love.   I want James to recall the home of his youth as a safe, fun place where love was bountiful.  This is also the reason I've been making such an effort to cook more, because cooking and preparing meals to serve to others is a way of showing love.  And I thoroughly enjoy how the house smells when something yummy is brewing.  Those are the smells I want my son to recall.  And hopefully, when he's older, he'll have no memory of a time when mama didn't cook.  He'll just know that mama makes the best _____.  We're still working on that part:)  Even if he only wants to eat rice and beans, night after night, for dinner now. 


I love it when friends drop by for a quick visit and end up lounging around, forgetting about what time it is and sitting and relaxing for a leisurely while.  


I love to watch kids playing and hear them giggling with delight.




I made a simple welcome sign out of Scrabble letters and placed it near our home's entryway, as a message to everyone who enters our home.  I hope you feel welcome and comfortable here. And visit often.   


I used red nail polish to paint the heart. 



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