Monday, May 17, 2010

Little Plans

Mr. C and I don't have kids yet, but we have several friends who are preggers and the baby bug has bit me big time! So, although we aren't preggers ourselves, I spent a little time thinking about nursery ideas and baby furniture. Here's what I came up with:

It's a pretty simple plan...I realize I haven't included things like linens and art, but it's a start. At least I know how much money I need to save!
Looking at what budget nurseries can cost -like this Young House Love nursery, or this one at withTWOcats- I think $600 is a pretty conservative sum.

The best thing about the furniture choices is that the dresser will grow up with the baby, as will the crib which converts into a headboard.

Well, I'm back to day dreaming about babies...

Thursday, May 13, 2010

It's hot (pink) in here

Being the wonderful guy he is, Mr. C recently bought me a gorgeous Cyclamen plant with hot pink flowers. It's a fresh pop of color in our otherwise neutral home, perfect for this time of year.

Now, I'm not typically one to look a gift horse in the mouth, so to speak. However, I do have one small gripe with houseplants -their containers are often rather ugly. Do you know the kind I mean? Green or black plastic planters often covered with decorative paper or plastic.

Since the plant is so beautiful, she deserves a place in full view -but the tacky planter she came in? not so much. So, I tried to give her a more delicate and elegant outfit -using things I already had in my design closet. Here's what I came up with: I used a fabulous vintage handkerchief from my generous mother-in-law, and a curvy glass vase I bought on clearance a few months ago at Target.

I lined the vase with the kerchief, allowing the design to flow over the edge, and plopped the plant -plastic pot and all- right into the vase.

Ain't she purty?! I feel a lot better setting her on my mantle now that she's had a makeover.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

To Summerize

The weather where I live has been teasing me lately...switching between cool rainy days and warm almost-summer-but-not-quite days. In protest of the change to cold, I've done three things (that's my story, and I'm stickin' to it):
First, I painted my toes and fingers this FABULOUS's creamy and dreamy and oh-so-summery!
The second thing I did was freshen my wardrobe with some summer pieces, including this peasant style top. Ain't it cute?! I wore it with some strappy flat sandals and navy shorts yesterday, and felt light and fluttery all day.

And best of all! I switched up my mantle decor...I added some limes, orange roses, and candles...voila! energetic and happy living room mantle.


Happy colors :)