Tuesday, February 16, 2010

From My Grandmother's House

The newest treasures in our house are very special to me.  The glasses, furniture, and framed prints were all in my grandparents' house when I was a little girl.  I love having things from my grandmother's house in my house.  It makes our house cozier, and I love thinking of her whenever we use the dishes or sit on the sofa.
A picture of my Grandmother and me.
These glasses look great with our accent plates in our everyday pattern and our fine china pattern.


I added one of her cookbooks to my library... if I only had her roll recipe!  Her rolls would melt in your mouth, but she won't tell a soul the recipe. 

I almost did not get this shelf, but once painted it will be a great addition to our mudroom.

Image via MyHomeIdeas

I used to take afternoon naps on this sofa when I would visit my grandmother.  The fabric screams early 90's right now, but I see potential. See the similar sofa in the photo below.
Image via Domino

This table is great for keeping my plants off the floor right not, but once again I see more potential in the future.
These prints are great, but the really great part is the convex glass in the frames.  It does not really show up in the photos, but trust me, it is pretty groovy.

And finally one of my aunts gave me these stools.  They fit perfectly under our temporary island table.  That table is a story in itself for another day. 

Before and After: Simplicity

I have always loved "before and after" photos, but since we are in the middle of our own "before and after" project, I am even more inspired by "before and after" pictures than before.   This California cottage not only inspires me to get to the "after" point in our house, but also to simplify our our rooms. 
You can see more from the house via Sunset
Photography by Lisa Romerein

Monday, February 15, 2010

Valentine's Day Recap

In case you were thinking of asking me how the Valentine's Day movie was, here is your answer...
I don't know!  It snowed last night and is still snowing now.  Last night we had dinner with our friends Mary-Katherine and Lewis.  Bruschetta, salad, shrimp & grits and chocolate sorbet with chocolate covered strawberries were on the menu.
We were planning on going to see the movie, but with a little convincing from the guys, Mary-Katherine and I decided the late night movie was a little too late for us.  We watched a movie at Mary Katherine's house instead, and when we were leaving her house we were surprised by the snow!  It was a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Ode to Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is this Sunday!   I'm planning on cooking for my hubby and maybe convincing him to go see the movie Valentine's Day if it is not snowing.

I'm usually not drawn to shades of pink and red, but even I have been hit by cupid's arrow and I'm seeing pink and red in wonderful ways!



Images via Sunset & MyHomeIdeas