House Tour | E&P |

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Images Elle Decor

My guess is that this isn't the first time that you are seeing photos of this beautiful home but I just can't seem to stop revisiting them. My stack of magazines keeps growing but when my copy of Elle Decor came in the mail last week I knew I needed to take a few minutes to look at Ellen and Portia's house tour, I had been hearing quite the buzz about it.

I saw Ellen DeGeneres first apparence late one night on Johnny Carson. I remember laying on a bed my bff and I made on the floor staying up late, eating snacks, drinking chocolate milk (I was 10:)) and watching Johnny. For whatever reason she made an impression on me to remember that moment so clearly. At first I didn't know why I kept thinking about that "one comedian lady" forever (maybe there weren't very many female comedians at the time?) but as I watched her become Ellen Degeneres I figured out that she just makes an impression. Apparently some people are good and amazing and funny and also have some serious talent for renovation and design. Is there nothing she can't do?! I guess not. I am so in love with this house.

PS If you didn't notice - in the first photo the sign on the easel says "I'm glad I married you." So. sweet.

Favorite Finds | 22 | For The Sun

Monday, April 29, 2013

Swimwear: 1 | 2 | 3 Sandals: 1 | 2 | 3 Bag / Cover-up / Hat

The end of April is already here and so is the sunshine around these parts. Over the weekend I actually got a sunburn and this week we are suppose to be in the 80's. I am wondering if this is a sign that we may actually get a hot summer this year. While I am hoping we do I am also realizing that my wardrobe is not prepared for any weather where leggings won't work.

Don't let this round-up fool you though - I am not a swimsuit girl. I love looking at swimsuits much more than I love wearing them. We have a pool however so I am always forced to wear one, but I think my vintage one-piece saw it's last swim last summer and I need a new one. I am so happy that one-pieces and high-waist bikinis are back in fashion, I may actually find a new one this year. In fact I may even have trouble deciding on which one to buy!

Hope everyone had a great weekend. My yard sale was a success and everything that didn't sale was donated. I am so happy that the lengthy process of my purging is finally over. Which means it's time to buy new things, right?

Photo Diary | Week's End Review Part 2 |

Friday, April 26, 2013

I am calling this "Part Two" because I can't believe it's been a week since last friday. I thought last week went fast but this one went even faster. I didn't get the leisure time in I was hoping for but I did get a few things done and a few things almost done. And soon, I think, I will even have a couple projects finished to the point I can check them of my list. I have started so many things which are all in some fashion kind of dependent upon one another, so it's been go, go, go without seeing much results. Which sometimes makes me want to lay on the floor and be all dramatic like this little girl (I feel your pain little one). But I keep telling myself that glorious moment is somewhere around the corner where I start seeing things come together.

I did get a few things done this week like sewing up some of my new pillows with the fabric I made. I had been procrastinating a bit - I was nervous I would ruin the fabric. Because usually when I am nervous about something I tend to get a bit spastic and everything I ever knew takes a leave of absence from my brain. But I kept myself under control and now I have the start of my new line (which also takes care of a couple of other things on my to-do list too. But I won't bore you with every detail of my life. I promise I am leaving a few things out at least.)

We also got Luca's allergy tests back. He's allergic to wheat, oats and soy. Personally I think soy is evil so I am okay with that one, but no oatmeal?! I am seriously going to have to put my chef's hat on, or at least my apron because there is literally wheat and/or soy in everything! We all have gluten intolerance which has been easy to deal with for the most part but Luca is celiac, plus the allergies, so it's a little overwhelming to know I can't eat out spontaneously pretty much ever again. But really I am just thankful that he won't have to suffer anymore as it seems even looking at wheat makes him sick.  We are also all lactose intolerant but I need cheese I can't get all radical on that front. I need my goat cheese and my brie and my gouda and my cheddar.

I also painted my room. I don't love the color (a little more prison cell grey than the white i was going for) but it's a vast improvement and I don't have the time or the willpower to get all crazy like I usually do and end up with 4 coats of paint on my walls before I find the perfect shade. It will do for now. And to spruce it up I bought some fresh flowers and dusted off one of my throw rugs I have had in storage for awhile (years). I actually found it when I was in my purging kick, I had forgotten about it (sad). But now it's like new to me again (yay).

The weather has been perfect around here so tomorrow I am having another go at the yard sale. It is suppose to be 80 today! But of course everyone in my house ended up with 102 fevers this week, but I am just hoping that the universe will be good to me and at least not let me get sick until Sunday! Cross your fingers for me and have a happy, happy weekend!

Mt. Tabor Eyebrow House | House Tour |

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I couldn't help but share this little house because it's in my stomping ground of the Mt. Tabor neighborhood here in Portland. My son Fisher actually went to Mt. Tabor middle school. I am not exactly sure how I feel about it from these photos. It's interesting but if I were just to see these photos I may say it seems a bit confused. But knowing this neighborhood and knowing Portland, it makes sense.

This is a lovely neighborhood, it's near my one of my favorite streets, Hawthorne (if you have read my blog more than twice you have probably heard me mention it. It's where my favorite book store is, as well as my favorite crêperie). There is a huge and gorgeous tree filled park on top of the dormant volcano of Mt. Tabor, which is actually quite a tiny little mountain, in fact I am not sure how it qualifies as a mountain at all. There are beautiful views of the city, a water reserve, and grand old houses nestled next to your bungalows and craftsmans. It's a traditional neighborhood in the upper end of the bustling and eclectic street of Hawthorne where people flock for shopping and breakfast on the weekends. It's probably where my doctor lives. Or at least someones doctor.

So the exterior in keeping the traditional elements while mixing in some rather space-age modern designs probably gives the home owner what they wanted in the neighborhood they wanted without offending the neighborhoods traditional vibe. It's a little business in the front and party in the back. And I have to say I have never seen bedrooms like these ones, ever.

Spring Flowers

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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I know I am not alone in flowers being one of my favorite signs of spring. This week we are suppose to be back to sunny skies and temperatures in the 70's. This makes me want to fill my home not only with the much needed sunshine but bouquets of flowers. My favorites are tulips, white tulips to be exact. I just love the simplicity of having a bouquet of tulips, no fuss or fillers needed. But I have so many others too.

Roses are a favorite of mine. My grandmother had rows and rows of rose bushes and she would pour over catalogs each each year to add to her collection. When I think of her one of my most frequent images that comes to mind is setting in the grass next to her in the hot sun as she tended to her rose bushes. My grandfather would also buy her a rose bush each year for mothers day and looking back now I love the sentiment of such a gift. Even though they are gone I know their rose bushes are still there growing and blooming each year. (Sometimes I think about going in the dark of night and digging them up and bringing them back to my house but then I realize that would make me crazy. I am kidding. Mostly.)

A few others are Peonies, ranunculus, poppies, stargazer lilies (oh they smell so good!), and I could go on but I may end up listing every flower I know the name of. What are some of your favorite flowers?

Saša | House Tour |

Monday, April 22, 2013

Via | Photographs by Jonas Ingerstedt  for Elle Decor Sweden

I think I am actually happy it's Monday. I was hoping for a relaxing weekend but with the plans I had I knew it was a shot in the dark. Because I attempted to have a yard sale at my moms house. (I haven't had a yard sale in 10 years, I forgot how much work they are!) I have been taking my no-longer wanted/needed items to my her house over the last few weeks so we could have one together. Okay, she is actually in Hawaii, so my sister and I were out to help her get her house cleared up while she was away (with permission of course). She is wanting to downsize or redecorate for some time so I figured we could help get her started (and I could contribute to my decorating fund too!). But the weather wouldn't cooperate.

Someone once told me I was tenacious and I really didn't know whether to take it as a compliment or an insult, it's one of those descriptive words that can easily be used as one or the other. Well I think my tenacity in this situation ended up not being the best thing. Despite the cold and dark, heavy rain clouds we perserved (because the weather man said it was suppose to be 65 and sunny. Nope, not even close.), as soon as we got everything set up, three hours of work later, it started drizzling, then pouring. So we spent the next three hours drying, repacking and bringing it all back inside. You win some, you lose some. So today, I am starting my week off with what I do best, admiring others people places and spaces and I think I may spend the rest of my week alternating between my book and my pinterest boards. Or I wouldn't mind hiding in this lovely little studio apartment for the week.

Photo Diary | Week's End Review |

Friday, April 19, 2013

I know I am a little late to the party today but I am here. It's just been the sort of week where you are a little behind or confused or spaced-out or down in the dumps or excited and full of spunk or learning new things or letting go of old things. . .  I have been/doing all of the above this week (for a few weeks?) on a seemingly rapid cycle. So I am not totally tip-top but I am totally fine at the same time. I guess I am just an emotionally-invested sort gal with a lot of things going on at this moment, so moving from one thing to the next seems to take me on a roller-coaster of emotion. Which I am not normally inclined to. I am a deal-with-one-thing-at-a-time kind of gal and pretty consistant in my emotions. So it's taking some readjusting and remembering the days of my youth where I happily lived on an emotional roller-coaster. I feel a lot like the weather that has been going on around here lately, crazy. (photo 7)

As most of you all know I am working towards the Fab countdown and I have been organizing (photo 1 - just look at all the stuff I got out of my house!) and working on my logo in preparation. Those are all pretty big things for me and the latter two are things I have been putting off for at least a year. I also have been creating a new line of fabric, yay! Or I should say I finally ordered the fabric I started designing almost two years ago. (photos 2) I am really excited about it - no embroidery involved. Not that I don't love embroidery but it's fun to design something once and be able to produce in larger quantities, and it's just new and that feels really refreshing.

We have also had a plethora of doctor and dentist visits the last couple weeks. (photo 3) Okay, maybe not a plethora but a couple a week, and that feels like a lot. My little Luca has been kind of sickly since I started giving him solid food. So you know like 3 years ago. Sickly is probably not the right word choice but emotionally not quite as well adjusted, psoriasis, belly issues, stuff like that. So we all went gluten-free awhile back because I have suffered very similar issues all my life as well as a lot of joint pain. We all started feeling so much better, and while Luca did as well, he seems to be extremely sensitive to the point we are thinking he probably has celiac disease. We are also wanting to rule out other food allergies as well because sometimes the little guy just seems miserable and is constantly dealing with his body. And at four, um, he should just be having fun.

And as if I didn't have enough on my plate I am undertaking another painting project. (I can't pass up a good sale!) Anyone who knows me knows I am terribly indecisive, as in the debilitating sort of way. Or in the way where I get the urge to call people in the middle of the night and ask them their opinion for the umpteenth time.

And last but certainly not least I am looking to try to create my own store front (photo 5) and not use Etsy as my main squeeze if you will. I am ready to break up, or maybe date other people, or just be friends, or have an open relationship. Remember that part above where I said I was indecisive, that definitely isn't helping in this process nor is my super-basic technical skills. But now is the time so forward I must go.

Hope everyone has a great weekend and the world is a calm and filled with peace. I am hoping to get a little downtime and read some of my book. My older son, Fisher, insisted I read Game Of Thrones (photo 4), I was quite unconvinced that I would like them. I was wrong. He was right. Check point for Fisher.

**the photo of pillows in photo 5 are not mine. i was just too lazy to go through all my photos to get a preview shot while working on a design. that image was found here. grazie.

Of Perception

Thursday, April 18, 2013

In college I took a lot of philosophy classes, in fact I ended up with a minor in philosophy (and english and women's studies and sociology) so this campaign by Dove resonates with me on a few different levels. One of the classes I took was philosophy of marketing which mostly focused on commercial advertising and overall marketing campaigns. What I learned in that class is that companies seek to get an emotional response from potential buyers (logic is rarely helpful when selling something:)). Most of the time (read: almost always) companies focus on the negative emotional response that we aren't enough without their product. This is especially true when focusing on a female market.

We are shown how products will make us thinner, look curvier, have shiny hair or curly hair, have pale skin or dark skin, less wrinkles, fuller eye lashes - the list goes on. Marketing will always be there but how major brands choose to market has an effect on our views about ourselves and societies perceptions as a whole. It affects what kind of hair we want this year compared to last year. It's a methodical and very psychological process to sell us "stuff" and to buy their specific brand of "stuff." I don't want to sound like a debbie downer on marketing because I actually find it really interesting, not to mention just a part of the world we live in, and there's nothing wrong with it per se; I love funny commercials and witty marketing but strictly female markest just don't get those ones. With all that said, I find this video by Dove refreshing and a much needed antithesis to all the other ads we are faced with hundreds of times a day that tell us we could be better, we should be better. I much prefer this take: you are more beautiful than you think

Bedroom Inspirations | 4 | Simple and White

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


As far back as I can remember, okay maybe after I was over my wicker-canopy bedroom set dream, I have loved the look of a clean white bedroom with a big fluffy white bed as the center piece. If it weren't for my grubby little children (no offense my sweet grubby ones) I would hands down go for this look. A lovely, breezy and unencumbered space free from clutter seems like the perfect little sanctuary for slumber. It's timeless, it's low maintenance and so inviting.

Yesterday I took another load of items from my house and afterwards instead of basking in my accomplishments I found myself taping up paint chips to my bedroom wall. It appears I may have a problem. Minutes after I taped up my chips I came down stairs to find I had missed a phone call. It was a guy from my local paint store letting me know that they were having a 40% off sale on paints starting tomorrow "in case I had any more painting projects." You know it boyfriend. I told Fisher and he said, "you have a painting addiction." I say it was a magical coincidence. Now if I can just choose a color before the sale ends. I have found from my last most recent painting projects (my hallways and living room) white paint is the most difficult color to choose and I am planning on going for some sort of a muted white in my room. Right now my  bedroom walls are avocado green. I chose that color when I was pregnant with M&L and I blame it on the pregnancy hormones, all the colors I chose at that time were named after food. Not that it's not a decent color but it's not a great one for an already dark bedroom. Now if I could just have some of the architectural elements that some of these rooms have. Sigh . . .

Spring In Neutral

Monday, April 15, 2013

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Happy Monday! There seems to be a slight casualty that occurs with the longer days, time seems to go faster. I can't believe the weekend is already over. My weekend was a mixed bag. I couldn't seem to pull it together until Sunday. Saturday, despite my mental efforts to remove myself from my couch, my body would not follow. I am not a napper but I ended up taking three little naps throughout the day because I simply couldn't keep my eyes open. After my third narcoleptic episode I decided my body was obviously craving the sweet state of complete laziness and so I let myself to succumb to it and got myself wrapped up in another marathon of reality TV. Needed.

After my frenzy of organizing last weekend I realized that I had merely taken off the thick top layer of my house and I still had more work to do, so that's how I spent yesterday - going through closets and drawers and cupboards making sure I am getting rid of all things I don't have use for, or attachment to - let's say most that is left is due to the latter.

This winter I was all about the black and white, but this spring I find myself gravitating towards comfortable, clean and inviting neutral color palettes. Here are some of my neutral spring picks. Those shoes . . . That living room . . .

And thanks again for all your wonderful feedback on my in-progress logo design. I can't tell you how helpful all your input has been. I have three designs that I am working on narrowing down to that final one!

Process of Elimination

Friday, April 12, 2013

Okay friends, this is probably the post that is going to be most difficult for me to press that "publish" button because, oh I don't know why, deep rooted insecurities I guess. But let's pretend I don't have any for a moment. And what good is a blog if you can't poll your friends once in awhile? Especially those people that are design and font lovers and have gone through the grueling process of creating your own logos. So I have been working (and reworking) logo designs and I am in that space where I have been doing it so much I don't even know what I think anymore. I loved all your input on the font styles that you liked and I have used most of them here. And now I am back to ask for your input one more time so that I might press forward with working on a design or two, and hopefully do a little eliminating. I can say just by putting this image up there is one (maybe two) that I am already sure I don't want to use.

Over the last week I have found more than ever that designing a logo that you hope to keep is no easy task. I think doing it for yourself is even more difficult. At least for me keeping myself, my aesthetic, my product and future products as the designing force behind something that I hope to keep simple, representative and workable for all types of products that it will be used for (business cards, labels, stickers, websites, etc.), my brain starts to feel like it wants to explode, or maybe take a long nap. I am going to go for the latter and let it take a little rest and ask for your vote. I should mention the colors at this point are just "stand-ins" I haven't gotten close to the finalization phase at all. I was hoping to be in that phase a few days ago. As is I am more in the overall mood and desperately wanting to move forward in one direction phase. So if you like design one with font five . . . that's where I am at.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! Hopefully by next week I will be done with this little project and can check it off my to-do list.  Of course it's more likely I will have six more logo designs to add to my list.

Food | Cantaloupe + Prosciutto |

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A little tidbit about myself is that I get addicted to certain snacks and will eat the same thing almost everyday for months until I have a new snack that wins my favor. It might be nachos (an old standby), rice crackers and goat cheese, hummus and chips, brie with apples, greek salad with feta . . . as you can see cheese is often a main component. I also love a sweet and savory mix and right now I can't get enough cantaloupe and prosciutto with goat cheese. 

Last week I bought a cantaloupe, sliced it open and it was just perfect for this little salad and with spring in the air I found myself bringing this one back into rotation. It's so simple, which is probably the governing factor for any of my snacks of choices. There's many variations on this so feel free to add or take away if you don't have your own recipe already. For mine I use cantaloupe and prosciutto (obviously) - I prefer a crisp but sweet cantaloupe for this recipe and my prosciutto cold, straight from the refrigerator. I drizzle a little olive oil, crumble some herbed goat cheese and top it off with fresh french mint leaves. Fresh ground peppercorns can be added as well but I can't seem to add pepper to my melons. You could also use basil or feta as alternates to the mint and chèvre cheese, or add a little honeydew to the mix.

Do you have any favorite sweet & savory salads? I'll probably be in the market for a new one in a couple months : )

| House Tour | Spacious + Stockholm |

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

What I wouldn't give to have the feeling of spaciousness in my home that this flat has. I know there's a wide-angle lens involved here but it has four bedrooms, three fireplaces and a hallway that appears to be larger than my house. How about those french doors leading out from the eat-in kitchen to the balcony? It doesn't take much for me to envision mornings with my computer and a cup of coffee in that perfect little kitchen - after I awaken in that gorgeous master bedroom of course. That second from the last photo that's the hallway (the site has a few more hallway pictures from different angles). I also really love that the color palette is light but really warm as well as the playfulness and color used in the other bedrooms. And the outside of the building too, how pretty is that?
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