Home and Garden

please don’t take my sunshine away

I want to know – does anyone actually like when the clocks move back?   I most certainly loved the “extra” hour of sleep the other night, but now that the sun sets at 5pm I just want to throw on some pj’s and go comatose after dinner.  In memory of Daylight Savings Time, here’s my tribute to the sun – well, in the form of sun rooms.

My dream home would most definitely have a sun room in it.   Let’s think about this…It’s a room completely devoted to the big, bright ball of light in the sky.  You can soak up that Vitamin D without even going outdoors.  Perfection.  If you’re lucky enough to have one, here’s some really cool designs I’ve come across.

Curbly Sunroom by Emily Henderson

I know Emily just posted this like a day ago but I saw this and instantly felt myself 8th grade style crushing this room.   I’m just so in love I can’t look away.   Every single room in that Curbly house is pure gold.  I love that the wall color (Sherwin Williams Sea Salt) enhances the room so much, and makes it feel so light and airy.

Rustic Modern SunroomThis next one is more neutral, but the warm tones, rich natural textures, and fireplace make it feel so cozy, even though the furniture is very streamlined.


Sunroom - Elle Decor

Caption this one?  Okay.  Cozy, yet stylish and chic.  I’m digging the “lived in” feel to it.  I really like how they made a somewhat small space seem larger and more interesting.


vintage inspired sunroom

Retro approach to the modern sun room.  I’m loving that white wall and all those windows!


Sophisticated Sunroom

Classic and sophisticated all in one pretty package.


Sunroom for dinner partiesThis last one shows that these rooms can function for more than just a lounge area or reading nook.  This little dining area would be great for a candlelit dinner for 2 or a small get together with friends.

Which one is your dream sun room?


(all photos link back to their source, if known)

home renovation: before pics

I’ve soon realized that our new home is turning into quite the project!  We began ripping things up this weekend.  Saying goodbye to all the outdated and somewhat generic features is very exciting, but also a little unsettling.  Watching our home turn into a construction site makes me realize just how much blood, sweat, tears, money, & wine that will go into this home, not just now, but in the years to come!   This has been a life long dream that is now becoming a reality.

So let me give you the grand tour.  Here is a pic of the exterior.  (You may have seen this on Instagram/Facebook – if so sorry for the repeat 🙂 )

exterior home

When you first walk in, you come into the Living Room area.  For an older home, it has a pretty open layout, which I’m totally a fan of.  You can see the lovely laminate floor – it actually doesn’t look too bad and was in decent condition, but we want to put in hardwood before we move in.  So adios.


Then you walk right into the Dining area.


The Dining area flows into the Kitchen.  The kitchen was updated in the recent past.  Aside from the hole in the vinyl floor, it is definitely very photogenic.  Up close, it’s another story.  Honestly, the previous owners kinda half-assed their updating efforts.  The countertops, cabinets, backsplash – all items that I want to replace, but the kitchen project is years down the road.  I’m sure the new hardwood will warm it up, and we will make little additions to make it more presentable.  (first purchase: A FRIDGE!!)



That doorway you see in between the Kitchen and Dining Area leads to the 2nd Living Area/Bonus Room. Lots of wood paneling you see!


Here’s the hallway that leads to the bedrooms.


In that hallway is the smallest Powder Bath of life! I kid you not – all 3.5 x 4ft of it!


Then you come to the Master Bedroom.  (Awesome shot isn’t it?? Can’t see anything – we clearly need better lighting)


A cute little bath suite is attached to the Master.  Pineapple frame mirrors – oh boy.


I love the fact that it has a jacuzzi tub, but eventually we will be tearing this up too.   Some have told us this is cray cray, but there is no shower in the Master or a shower/tub combo in the whole house, and we want to put one in for functionality and resale value.


Bedroom #2… complete with built-in drawers and desk!



…And Bedroom #3



(There’s a jack-and-jill bath that connects to Bed #2 & #3 that I didn’t take a picture of!)

Can’t wait to see how it all progresses!  Anybody out there have any advice or past experiences with remodeling their home??? I’m welcome to your opinions 🙂

mid-century modern ranch home

This mid-century modern ranch was transformed into the perfect home for one Austin’s foremost music club owners with an extensive hot rod collection. The addition of a six-car garage and bedroom wing created the extra space and functionality needed for the home.  – Dick Clark Architecture

 Featured in this summer’s Atomic Ranch magazine, this amazing home is a eclectic mix of modern and retro.


A bridge gallery was added to connect the new addition with the existing home.


A combination of mid-century furniture with modern architectural design.



I can’t imagine having a red kitchen but I really like it in this pic!


Hello bath floor tile.  You inspire me.


(All photos from Dick Clark Architecture’s website. )


Happy Friday! xo

must have outdoor fabric & furniture just in time for summer

Hello friends!  The unofficial start to summer is officially here.  I’m ready to get outdoors this weekend…  No better way to enjoy your outdoor space then to jazz it up with colorful fabrics and comfy furniture!

First I bring you my 2 favorite collections of indoor/outdoor fabrics right now: Echo Design & Windsor Smith by Kravet. 

Not only are these fabrics gorgeous, but also durable enough to withstand the outdoor elements or toughest indoor abuse.  



Back in 1923, Echo began as a scarf company.  After 3 generations, Echo has grown into a global design company with a wide range of fashion accessories and home decorative products.  As a fusion of classic design with modern American sensibility,  Echo’s fabrics launched earlier this year are a combination of “vivid color palettes of sky blues, lime greens, rich oranges and sophisticated neutrals”.

Fabrics top to bottom: Ogee Knot in
Ocean – 31708-13, Nestled in White – 31734-101,
A Pois in Maritime – 31702-5, Torbali in Tobacco –
31700-6, Esparto Stripe in Peacock – 31701-5,
Ogee Knot in Maritime – 31708-5


This is my favorite fabric.  I love the pattern and aqua color.  I can picture lumbar pillows made from this!


Gaga over the dots!



Los Angeles designer, Windsor Smith‘s latest Kravet collection is designed for and inspired by outdoor living.   As a lover of treasures, traditions and architecture of the past, Windsor Smith has emerged as one of the leading talents in the interior design industry.  Her fabric collections, made up of simple iconic prints from around the world, are a culmination of extensive travel and eclectic talent. 


Pillows going clockwise: Kanekopa in
Gardenia -31725-130, Kura Kura in Akuatik – Kura
Kura-13, Moloko in Paradiso – 31727-135, Kapaa
in Akuatik – 31764-135; Ottoman fabric: Kanekopa
in Akuatic – 31725-13


Interesting pattern!


Love me some linen *sigh*


(All of the above images are taken from Kravet’s website).


Also have any of you saw West Elm’s new outdoor furniture?? AWESOMENESS.

I LOVE this Nest Chair!!


What’s better than a comfy outdoor lounger? A DOUBLE LARGE AND IN CHARGE OUTDOOR LOUNGER!!


I know this is neither a fabric or a piece of furniture, but this cork top drink dispenser was way too cute not to make the cut! And it’s made from recycled glass! Double points right there!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend all!  xoxoxo

contemporary ceramics by Keith Brymer Jones

While perusing One Kings Lane, this tableware caught my eye!   White and simple.  Traditional and modern at the same time.  I’m all over it.






 Keith Brymer Jones is a British ceramic designer.   His designs have graced many great US stores and boutiques, such as Barney’s NY and Habitat.  I love that his line is a work of art yet also practical:  all of the porcelain items can go in the microwave and dishwasher.


I mean I fell in love with a butter dish. How lovely is this???



Oil & Vinegar set!


Bananas over this Coffee Canister (& I don’t even DRINK coffee)


“I like to create modern pieces that are bold and simple, stylish yet traditional, pleasing to the eye, and useful in the modern home”      – Keith Brymer Jones



 Check out his website for more designs and a full catalogue.