Friday, February 26, 2010

Breakfast at Tiffany's. And Neiman's. And Target...

If you hurry, you can still get in on the bidding for this 20-piece setting of the coveted yet discontinued (somebody please explain to me how and why that's so) Tiffany Bamboo sterling silver flatware on eBay. The current bid is $2495.

You could also cobble together a set at where one fork'll run you a buck 80 :

If that's out of your price range, you can find these at

Bed Bath & Beyond, $69.99 5-pc. place setting

A stop at Neiman-Marcus will get you an even better bargain (if not flatter flatware):

Neiman Marcus, 45-pc. set, $229.90 special value

Still too steep? A trip to will get you these:

Target Bamboo Flatware, 45-pc. set, $59.99

If you don't like the little sperm guys on the front, here's a photo where they appear less noticeable:

Hampton Forge, $29.99, 20-pc. set from Target

Or you can just toss aside thoughts of silver and opt for the real deal:

Cambridge Silversmiths, $19.99, 20-pc. service for four

Personally, I'm holding out for the Tiffany. Actually, that's not true - I hate polishing silver. I really love the Ricci Argentieri from Bed Bath and think it's a great version (and four prongs is a plus). What do you think?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thinking Spring (Break).

Photos J. Savage Gibson; Meg Braff, designer

This cover of the new Coastal Living and interior shot of this open-air villa in Round Hill, Jamaica is jamaking me need some sun! Especially with more winter weather on the way. So my mind is wandering toward summer spring warm weather and its trappings, and I am eyeing booty for the beach:

Target Embossed Porcelain

Ricci Argentieri Bamboo Flatware

Twos Company Sunflower Mirror

Pottery Barn Bamboo Clock is on its way

Doesn't that make you feel better already?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Once More with Feeling.

Have you had enough yet?

(this shot styled for Raina a la Lonny :)

It looks like 2009 threw up in here. I love it! (Forgive me for leaving the candle burning. I took these while working because I couldn't leave unfinished pictures of my bedroom on the interwebs.)

I plan to be finished with the sitting room by 2011. Stay tuned. Ha.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

I. T. Stencil Sneak Preview.

She is looking pretty, non? (Pretend like I tucked in that top sheet.) Yes, I have a candle going during the day because it smells so good and SOMETHING has to keep me in here. And this smells like spring (that's its name).

Aromatique Smells like Spring

I am still painting because see this?

I must now HANDPAINT every little space doohickey. It's out of control. I am also painting the other side of the room today (sitting room) with two coats of BM Linen White (the ceiling will be painted white) then I will be exhausted so maybe tomorrow or Thursday I will begin stencilling that wall. Maybe.

Meanwhile, I am looking at beds and headboards:

Colette, Crate & Barrel

York, Pottery Barn

Target Uptown

And watching this while working:

Kris Kristofferson in this movie is totally on my Free-Pass Five.

And this:
Or maybe I'll just lie here... just kidding.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Call Me Disappointed.

Julianne Moore plays Charley; headboard in Laura Ashley Tilbury in Lapis

After waiting and waiting and waiting to see A Single Man, I finally found it playing at the beach. We happened to get away for a break this weekend to find the only playing time was 9:45 pm which is something nearing my bedtime and way past my husband's snorey pre-bedtime on the couch.

Anyway, I convinced him to go with me so we went to Fins for dinner to bide some time. I had this:

Lovely Bruschetta with mucho garlic and red onion

And this:

And two of these:

Evolution Craft No. 3 IPA

Which may explain why I may or may not have fallen asleep during this:

I love Colin Firth and Julianne Moore and this movie was a beautiful thing to behold but I never really felt the sense of despair I should have and was bored and, frankly, the ending sort of pissed me off because I thought it was predictable. I expected so much more...

Did you see it? Love it? Hate it? Comments?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

World's Most Insane DIY Project: Imperial Trellis Stencil.

Here's what happens when you have had two blizzards one top of one another for a total of over 45 inches of snow and have been snowbound for one too many days...

You decide that you can't take another day in your gray bedroom and that you need to brighten it up; that you still love Imperial Trellis but do not want to commit to wallpaper, so you...

decide that it's a great idea to make an Imperial Trellis stencil so you can paint your bedroom yourself.

Closeup of my progress (difficult to see because it's a pearlescent pattern)

100 hours later, you begin to question your decision...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

VH-1 Classic: Flashdance!!

Oh, the memories this conjures... I'm embarrassed to say. (But watch it tonight!)

Saturday, February 6, 2010


My backyard at approx. 3 pm Saturday

I totally just stole that from Meg at Pigtown*Design. Shhhhh.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

I Double Dog Dare Ya...

to resist wishing my girls "Happy Birthday!" Stella is three today. At a mere 12 pounds, she is the tiniest pug ever. She enjoys (formerly) fluffy faux hamsters and luxuriating by the radiator all day when the fireplace is not available.

Ali and Shy

And my old Shy girl will be 16 on Monday. Viagra is keeping her going (seriously - she's on it for a heart condition and it's working like mad). Shy loves eating and nothing else.

I will be making these later today. Their version of cake. Although the humans love them with wine.
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