Friday, August 28, 2015

the first apartment

There is nothing quite like your first apartment. It's the beginning of something great, which is your life, and is exciting, and scary and, most importantly, fun! I had the awesome opportunity to drive with my niece to the beginning of her new adventure. She now lives in the super cool state of Colo-RAD-o.

Believe it or not, my niece already had all of this sweet art work and the bedspread (duvet cover for the fancy folks). All we had to buy were some necessities like a bed, and dresser and night stand, etc.

The artwork is from Hailey's collection (we just had to buy some frames) and the bedspread is from Deny Designs, which is a great website to find unique artist designed home furnishings.
"kids these days" have a great thing called tapestries. In my day we had a thing call "posters" which were very easily bent and ruined. I still may or may not have many, framed, bent posters in my home. Also, if they are lucky, have talented roommates, who are artists, and make very cool paintings of libraries. This is the living room of the house she lives in. 
I have to admire the gigantic closet in her bedroom. My first apartment had a small closet, which was shared, and my second closet in my second apartment/house had the smallest closet. It could not even fit a hanger hanging perpendicular to the wall.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Mirror Art Wall

I am a fan of using random art work and items to fill a wall space. If you went to the Barnes they would call it an "ensemble." We are trying to finish the dining room on the smallest budget possible so we used what we had lying around. Admittedly I have more just "lying around" than most, but it's due to lots of hard work and picking through flea markets, yard sales and thrift stores.  ;-)

go outside

Last week we spent a few days in the Poconos with friends. We were looking for a place to hike with waterfalls nearby and landed at this place after a google search and a couple of tries with phone based maps.

Glen Onoko Falls

It starts with a graffiti covered bridge.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Dining Room Wallpaper

Remember the wallpaper that I talked about? It's installed! And it looks AMAZING!

Now what to do with the other side of the long, narrow dining room?

 Look how perfectly it matches Dave's Grandma Lucille's chair and bar.
 The wallpaper is from York Wallcoverings and is the Lotus paper. It is so gorgeous and bold. I love it!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

planting climbers

This year I am forgetting about trying to grow vegetables and sticking to easy plants. We never get enough sun for vegetable plants and I am terrible at the upkeep. I picked up some climbers so I am envisioning this being an amazing paradise this summer. It already sort of is.

Lots and lots of coleus. It is my favorite plant.

I started some moonflower and morning glory from seed and am hoping that they last and thrive. We shall see.


 The plant to the right is a very cool looking climber called Cardinal Climber. I first saw this last summer in my neighbor hood. A house had this planted along with Hyacinth Bean and it looked stunning. I picked up some of that too.

 I love this planter. I picked it up at a craft show in NYC last year (Renegade perhaps?), but can't remember the seller. Anyone know?
What did you plant this spring?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

the best thing ever

So Dave and I decided to start fostering dogs and it is the best thing ever! We are starting out as temporary fosters for the "real" fosters, but we found a family for this first guy already. I guess that makes us real fosters.

Look how cute he is!

His name is (was) Josh and now is Tucker. He was a real cutie and sweetheart.

He also was a great alarm clock and cuddle buddy. He is going to make his new family very happy.

 We get to watch THREE boxer mix puppies on Saturday for 3 hours. That is going to be amazing.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

beach quilt

I just finished a quilt as a wedding gift for my friends. It was actually many months after their wedding, but who's counting.
I went with a super simple design and used mostly linen.

I found this fabric for binding at a shop in Mt. Airy, Handcraft Workshop. It's a great shop and I didn't even realize it was there until I just so happened to find it on yelp.

 Linen is a real bitch to work with, but it looks so great once it's quilted. It has the best texture.

Monday, May 11, 2015


Spring decided to finally show up a few weeks ago. Every year just when you think you can't handle one more cold day, spring arrives and makes everything better.

Some plants that were planted last year are returning. I say some, because several of them didn't make it. But these certainly did. They are lungwort and have the prettiest flowers in the spring. I had no idea that they would look this amazing when they bloomed. They just look like spotted leaves most of the year.