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Entertainment Faves + Best of Jan & Feb

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Did you watch the Academy Awards last night? We don’t have cable so I had to wait for the updates and videos online and get snippets via social media, but I love love love Oscar fashion (all those starving stars in beautiful designer gowns!) and Ellen’s Twitter feed cracked me up because she instigates selfies like this (the most retweeted ever) which was amusing because the celebrities, you know, they are “just like us”. And Ellen delivered pizza, awesome.

I decided instead of being productive over the weekend that I would be a complete couch potato and catch up on my entertainment. We watched Gravity  which was good but gave me strange dreams of floating through space, and also 12 Years a Slave and I bawled all the way through, but I’m happy Lupita Nynog’o won Best Supporting Actress (her acceptance speech was so lovely) and that it also totally deserved Best Picture (says the girl who has seen 2 of the 10 nominated films).

I though Chiwetel Ejiofor’s performance in that film was incredible, but I’m also happy Matthew McConaughey won for Best Actor – I secretly fell in love with him 18 years ago when he played Jake Brigance in A Time to Kill and I’ve been a fan ever since, I loved his heartfelt acceptance speech too.

There is always a connection between fashion and interior design, and the Oscars are the height of glamour when every detail is so exquisite. There were so many pale gowns this year, some embellished with sequins or glitz. I love a neutral + sparkle combo in fashion and interiors, these were my favorites.

cate kristin kate gowns

Best Actress Cate in Armani Prive / Kristin Chenoweth in Cavalli / Kate Hudson in Attelier Versace.

meryl jenna portia gowns

Meryl in Lanvin / Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra / Portia de Rossi in Naeem Kahn

In the bold category, these were very glamorous.

sandra olga charlize gowns

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen / Olga Kurylenko in Suzy Amis-Cameron / Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture.

But I think the win for Best Dressed lady award goes to Lupita Nynog’o in her pale blue Prada, it had tiny crystals running down the flowing pleated skirt, so so gorgeous.

lupita nynogo oscar gown

See so much more up close of the red carpet fashion here.

Late Saturday night, I got caught up on House of Cards on Netflix, tell me you are watching this show! Kevin Spacey is perfect in the role of Francis Underwood and it is so good. His cufflink initials are not to be ignored, am I right? 

francis underwood quote

I’m halfway through Season 2 and I can’t stop watching. I appreciate that Netflix releases the entire season at once because I can sit and get completely absorbed and avoid the world without interruption until the end of the last episode, and then shut it off and return to my normal can’t sit still self.

And since I did nothing productive all weekend, here’s a look back on the top projects and posts from January and February when I was not being quite as lazy.

best of jan feb 1

We added some tailored touches to the master bedroom; and a DIY lined shower curtain to the hall bathroom. I released a few winter fabrics in pale hues and neutral colorways, and here is a formula for a fabulous foyer.

best of jan feb 2

We added a weathered gray wood top to a plain IKEA coffee table; and these are ten kitchen trends here to stay, plus how to sew an easy zippered pillow cover. Yes you can mismatch your nightstands; a fantastic dialogue in the comments about vinyl versus laminate plank flooring, also don’t miss this list of sources for affordable rugs.

What have you been watching lately and who do you think was best dressed last night?  .

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In Search of the Perfect Quilt

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

When it comes to bedding (especially in the master where you sleep each night) you have to love your bedding, really love it, the look and the feel. It’s like picking an outfit you will wear over and over, it has to look good and feel great day after day, night after night.

We’ve enjoyed the same set of bedding for almost three years, neutral and lovely, but we’re ready for a change. We used to sleep with the flat sheet + quilt + duvet on top for extra warmth setup but I found switching them works better. Now I prefer the feeling of a flat sheet + duvet with down comforter next to skin and a quilt layer on top for pattern and warmth.

So, I’m on the hunt for a new patterned quilt to layer on top of a plain white duvet, stylish, elegant, and somewhat similar to these looks below. 

duvet and quilt

 

blue and green bedding bhg

 

I’m crushing on this Varkala quilt by Pine Cone Hill with a geometric pattern on top and a different motif on the reverse, a splurge for sure but I can’t get it out of my mind, it’s definitely a top contender.

Varkala quilt

 

The Ava block print quilts at Ballard Designs are fresh – they caught my eye in the recent catalogue and I have a code for 20% off, tempting!

block print ballard designs

If you spy anything similar in a block print or geometric motif, send me the link! I’m sticking with pale blue or green or gray colorway.

And if any of you are on the hunt for a cozy bedroom blanket, this Berkshire blanket is my favorite. I bought it last fall and now I carry it around the house with me like Linus. I must have it near me at all times in winter, it’s lightweight but so so soft and I can’t live without it, especially on a rainy day like today. Yay, it’s raining in California!   berkshire blanket

 

bedroom images via better homes & gardens 1 / 2

 

Stay warm everyone!

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