Wednesday, May 30, 2012


I don't have a summer vacation planned yet, but with warm weather officially here I'm ready to get on it.

What are your vacation plans this summer? 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

OUR NEW {but old} DESK

Our neighborhood was flooded with tag sales this holiday weekend, but we didn't find anything worth buying {which is very unusual for me} - however, Goodwill had just what we were looking for! Although a little rough-around-the-edges, this fabulous solid wood desk is perfect for our home office. The drawers are clean and solid, all the hardware is still intact and it's just the right size. The hard part will be deciding what color to paint it, which also means I now have to design the rest of the room. 

Here are a few freshly painted desks to inspire this new project...

Friday, May 25, 2012


I love my little 1960's ranch, but I dream of windows likes these someday...

{images via Pinterest

Thursday, May 24, 2012

{not so scary} SKULLS

My grandparent's houses were always the most fascinating places to visit when I was a kid. We had grandparents in San Francisco and New Jersey, and my brother, cousins and I would explore those houses top to bottom to see what treasures we might find. My Grandpa's study in New Jersey was truly a room of wonder. It was the first room at the beginning of a long hallway which lead to three bedrooms where we'd sleep. His study was filled with everything one would imagine a study should have; leather studded arms chairs, dark wood furniture, floor to ceiling bookcases, framed awards and certificates, golf memorabilia, college football pennants...and a real human skull! 

This skull, which I believe he acquired during medical school, kept me from snooping around at night. It was the guard of the hallway, the night's watch. It sat on top of that bookcase staring out the door at any little children who might try to sneak past. If you were brave enough to cross by the study doorway and slide open that rubber accordion door into the living room where the grownups were watching TV, the trip back down the hallway with your back to the skull was just not worth it. You could take the brave approach and slowly walk with your back pressed up against the wall as you'd watch to make sure nothing came out of that room...or you could run as fast as you could down the hallway, your heart pounding through your chest, leaping into bed...that was typically the approach I took.  

Twenty-something years later, skulls, which are not so scary anymore, will always remind me of that house, and the thrill of being young and naive. I can't wait for my house to be explored by little ones someday! 

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What spooked you as a kid that you now find comforting? 

Thursday, May 17, 2012


from blogging
{image via Shoppe Girls}

I love blogging, but it can take up a lot of my time. I usually compose my posts in the evening which can take anywhere from 1/2 hour to two hours. Lately, after a long day at work in front of the computer, I just can't bring myself to open up that laptop again. I know I'll feel motivated again soon, but for now, I'm just going to embrace this much needed mini vacation. See you soon!

Saturday, May 12, 2012


{images via Pinterest}

I'm not much of a car person. I don't get excited about new models or fast cars, but I do love the idea of owning a cute car (vintage of course). I'd love to pack a suitcase and take off in one of these today. I'd head straight to the ocean and not return until the skies turned gray. Enjoy this beautiful weather this weekend!