April 15th, 2011

Weekend greetings all, what are your plans?  We’ve got family coming into town so we will be cranking up the BBQ and sampling some wines, also my favorite Antique Faire is this weekend so I’ll be browsing that too. 

Congratulations to the following five individuals who won the five yards of fabric from Waverly Giveaway from last weekend.  #53 Elizabeth White; #155 Chelsea Beauchamp; #794 Madelene Leaphart; #1,114 Kristin Salazar;  #1,706 Bonnie Langenfeld.  I’ve notified the five winners via email, so check your inbox!    swirl snip

Have you heard about the arrival of Matthew Mead’s SUMMER ‘bookazine’ next month?  It’s sure to be filled with all kinds of inspiration for decorating and entertaining with style and simplicity.  I can’t wait to linger over the pages!  

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If you’re familiar with Matthew’s work with the most recent Holiday magazine, and also Flea Market Style, and Better Homes & Gardens, you are going to want to get your hands on a copy!  To purchase an advance copy, hop on over to SUMMER magazine to purchase via PayPal.  It is sold exclusively through the website and ships at the end of April.  

Here’s a two minute sneak peak of what you’ll find inside:


In addition to all the inspiration you see, there’s a feature on several bloggers inside the pages, including yours truly.  We were asked to reveal our favorite thing about summer, but you’ll have to grab a copy to hear my answer!

Be sure to watch Matthew on the Food Network on Saturday at 9 pm EST, he’s offering viewers ideas on Easter entertaining, sure to be fantastic!  

Finally, here’s some good news ~

I’m giving away two copies of SUMMER to two lucky winners this weekend, yay!

Eligibility to win 1 of 2 copies of Matthew Mead’s SUMMER mag.  Answer this question:

1) What is your favorite thing about summer?  Simply leave a comment.

2) Extra entries if you link to this giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter, but be sure to leave additional comment(s) naming where you mentioned this giveaway (FB and/or Twitter).

Two winners chosen at random.  Giveaway ends Monday April 18th at 8 p.m PST.


Good luck + happy weekend!



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Easter Link Party Highlights

April 14th, 2011

Thanks so much to the 200+ participants in the Easter Ideas Link Party from earlier this week.  Wow, you all just inspire me with your creativity time and again!  What a fantastic collection of ideas for Easter mantels, crafts and tablescapes.  I’m just amazed!  Here are a few highlights from the par-tay.

Craft a vintage spoon egg holder with Cathe from Just Something I Made.

spoon egg holder just something i made


Create beautiful book page eggs with Dear Lillie.

bookpage eggs dear lillie


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Modern Coastal Style

April 14th, 2011
I’m loving the arrival of spring, and all of the flowers and plants blooming again.  I realize that summer is around the corner and the kids will be out of school in less than two months, so it’s time to start planning ahead for those lazy days. 
I’m dreaming of the sand between my toes, gauzy sheers blowing in the breeze, and the sounds and scents of the sea.  What is it about the beach that creates such a sense of calm?  I’m thinking it’s time to plan a summer getaway and a trip to a warm sunny beach.  San Diego?  Hawaii?  Who knows, but I’m going to make it happen! 
So many of us love coastal inspired interiors, so today I have a new contributor to introduce to you.  Meet Michelle of Ten June who is here to share her tips to bring modern coastal style into your home.  Take it away Michelle!
“With summer just around the corner, so many of us are itching to bring some beach chic design into our homes.  Personally, I like to have a bit of a relaxed coastal vibe in my home year-round.  Coastal decor creates a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere that just seems to say “kick off your shoes and stay awhile.”  
Luckily, beach decor doesn’t have to be about bikini-clad starfish art or lamps shaped like dolphins.  Coastal design can be done in a modern way, and with some major style.  Yes it’s true, decorating with a coastal style can be both classic and sophisticated!  Think about using distressed wood paired with clean lines, crisp whites and woven baskets.  Also soft stripes, plus the variations of classic blue + white, and even pops of rattan, or decor as simple as the use of shell, driftwood, and coral accessories. 
Take a cue from some of these inspirational designs, and notice how these relaxed spaces include fresh modern furniture mixed with elements of the outdoors.  Present in each space is a simple decorative accessory or two that captures a coastal vibe, but doesn’t scream ‘beach house decor’.”


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