Revising a Dream/Wish List

Greetings to all!

I know it has been a while, but while I was away, I noticed that eSaleRugs has a “New Arrival” List you need to visit. In fact, Here:

New Arrivals! <– The lovely link. My favorites start about the 5th page, but I also love the 1st and 2nd page!

Here are a few of my favorites.

Love the coloring and just the overall design. So hard to find!~

Now you cannot tell me that that is an easy purple to find! Beautiful beautiful! I would LOVE this for my daughter’s room! (You know, when we finally fix it up and have her all set up in there. *laughs*)

In LOVE with this rug~! And it’s Glittery! (Look! Again, loving this rug!)

Such an interesting look. I was so surprised that they got the  coloring on this to all work together. I would have never been able to think this up! Still a beautiful rug.

Another glitter rug! ()

And my new list would not be complete without:

Have I expressed my love for the New Arrivals yet?

 

Another Way of Creativity….

Now, we know I like Decor. I like design. And guess what? That takes a whole other level of creativity. Or a different mind of creativity.

And, since you get to see the many designs for designers, I am going to post just some items I like and how I would like to place it one day… or dream of at least. ;D

Growing up on Video Games, I have always had a love for Mario and Mario themed items. I will probably not get this, but IF I ever do, I would most definitetly put this in a game room. (DREAM OF! If I get a game room, this may be one of the first things I buy to decorate it!).

It works very well in any age group I think. As a young mom, I love it. But it also can be something my nieces and nephew will enjoy because they get the reference as well. “Kid friendly” this lamp is.

If I had a more formal living room, this is what I would use. Then again, I may have this once my daughter is older and I would not fear for the destruction of it.

Simple. Elegant. I like it. At first I didn’t like the chairs, but I see they do have padding on it. I can live with that… maybe. I need to re-think about the backs of the chairs. But I love the overall look of it.

LOVE this as well! A bit more modern. Such a fantastic look!

I don’t do glass tables. I am too scared to even look at them. *laughs*

Love the covers! Now that I am pretty sure my husband would be okay with as well. Love it.

I could see this in a room for my husband. Subtle colors, easy to work with, and it has a nice plush so he could enjoy it.

This is a nice room that can add some “class” or more traditional feel to a room. I would definitely make room for this.

Isn’t Dreaming fun?

Creative Week!

Gasp! Where is the Deisgner of the Week?!? you may ask.

Well, I am currently doing some research and having to take another break. (Designers are busy people, so I don’t push for answers, I just ask questions. ;D)

So I thought about it, and decided, this is a good week to talk about being creative and letting it shine in your own way! And I came up with it because I am starting this new task that I decided I wanted to be done. Changes are being made people, and sometimes, we just need inspiration and to see that others go through the same creative struggles as we do.

Now I know when he have this new project/new idea/etc we  get all excited and just want to start right away. And a lot of times, that’s actually the right thing to do. (If you don’t start, you might never.) But there are somethings you need to stop and think about before hand.

Now, this can fit to many different things. (Weight loss can fit into this very easily. No Joke.) You need to realistically think about how you are going to approach it and how to make sure you can keep it going.

Now, while you think about that for a second, here is a peaceful picture that actually helps me at times (oddly enough).

Now, you may wonder why I did that. It’s because it caused you to think did it not? It may have not been about what I had talked about thinking about, but it did start a thinking process (or so I hope.)

And proves a point:

When thinking about a project, try not to have distractions and just fully think about it. When you want something to be done, you need to focus. (there is a difference between setting time aside to focus to only thinking about one thing. You need breaks too!)

These days, we can get distracted WAY too easily. Just go online to do something may turn out like this:

“Oh, I want to get that blog entry written! But I can’t think about what to write about. Well… since I need to think let me check my email. I am supposed to be getting a message from work.”
“Oh look! I have some friends with birthdays this week! In fact, she has one today! Let’s go wish her happy birthday on her facebook wall.”
“Oh wow, that’s a cute picture. Where did they get it from?
*leads to another site*
“Oh that is just too perfect! I must pin this!” (Pinterest anyone?)
“That is such a beautiful dress… what site is that from?”

And on and on. Eventually you forget what you originally wanted to do. OR it makes it even HARDER to write something because you have so much on your mind now.

And boy do I know how that goes.

POINT OF THIS ENTRY:


Projects take time, and though we are excited about them, think about how you will realistically ACHIEVE THEM. Make a plan and figure a time that you can set aside to work on it. It will get done. Sometimes it’s slow, but the feeling of accomplishment is grand.

Now go work on those projects!

Pure Random

I can’t quite figure out what I wanted to blog about today, so I will talk about different subjects, and give you a peek at what is going on in my mind…

Warning, it is quite diverse and a few different subjects at one time.

Food:

(Not my picture. XD)

I did it! I actually tried baking with the fresh strawberries, and let me say, it was delicious! Let’s just say the cake didn’t last long enough to take a picture. My family (aka: Me, my husband and my daughter) LOVED it and it was eaten pretty quickly.

My daughter’s 2nd birthday is coming up, so I may try something like this again for her cake (I am baking it for her this year to try to save money for the zoo!) so this is definitely an idea that will be shelved and saved for future reference.

Design:

Have you seen this picture going around?

You know what I’m going to point out, right? ….

I hope you answered THE RUG! *laughs* LOOK!

It’s an older style more traditional rug but it fits in this room VERY well! I would have never thought of placing this rug in this room, but look how beautiful it looks? Isn’t it fantastic? So I tried to see if I can find a rug similar to this on eSaleRugs.com

I think I found some close ones… what do you think?

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Then I found a colorful version. ;P

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Now, the colorful one isn’t exactly the same, but I thought it was interesting!

Kids/Family:

And I am really excited! My baby is turning 2!! It’s amazing how fast time goes by! And we know what we’re doing for her birthday. She isn’t going to get many presents, but she is going to visit…..

*trumpets*

THE ZOO!

We have been wanting to take her to the zoo since the first time she watched We Bought A Zoo! She loved that movie and it was her favorite for the longest time. And now, she gets to see a zoo! We figured that she is old enough now to actually enjoy it and have fun, so it’s the great “First Trip” (besides the cross country drive… but all she saw then was the backseat while wrapped in a blanket. *laughs*)

This is where we are going!

Riverbanks zoo and garden in Columbia, SC! I am truly excited. I will probably be taking a lot of pictures. My facebook friends are going to get a lot of new photos in a new album pop up on their feed soon after this. *wink*

I have been trying to plan this, but I think, in the end, winging it will just be the best thing. See what she wants to do and where she wants to go. Should be a blast.

And….

That is a look at what goes on in my brain at one time. It is quite… amusing how it jumps so quickly to all of it and bounces back between them.

What is going on in your mind today?

Designer of the Week is….

Linton Kwok from Fixonic Design and Production hailing from Hong Kong! (We are international folks here on this blog!)

And I must admit, I LOVE what I’ve seen on his site. Classy chic with a modern hint without being extreme. Now here is what we talked about:

The Beginning:

Graduated from Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design/Interior Design at RMIT Melbourne, Australia, he started working for some of the biggest local architectural firms in Hong Kong. (For example: Wong & Ouyang and Rocco Design.) Then Linton started the business Fixonic in 2008.
(Here’s the site for the business!: fixonic.wordpress.com/)

Design Favorites:

And this makes so much sense. When I asked what was the favorite style design, he answered “Minimal or modern contemporary with lighting also being an integral part of the overall design.”

Does that NOT sound like what I was complimenting earlier? I love it. I completely agree with this and it fits so well.

Trends

When I asked about trends or that he prefers, he answered “Personally, I don’t believe in trends, and prefer to design interiors that are “timeless” so it at least lasts 10-15 years and still looks “fresh”. I do favor environmentally friendly materials and products.”

Now, I love the pictures he has on his site. Take look through his Flickriver Photos. Some of them are SO artistic as well! And now, I share more pictures for the rest of the blog… go visit him! Because he has GREAT taste. Love it love love love it!

Delicious, Here I Come!

Can you tell? I’m HUNGRY! And so I started looking at possible recipes. And would you know that FoodNetwork.com is the WORST place to look! Want to know why? They  have lists and catagories and recommendations and GAH! I am drooling just thinking about all that I have seen. Not fair, by the way. I am STARVING now.

So we’re going to do the same to you. I am going to have a BUNCH of pictures here to show recipes I found, and I’ll post some. In fact, let me do a few entries for different themes. Maybe. But for sure, here are the photos. O.O (And if you want the recipe, CLICK ON THE PICTURE! Or just wait for my entry on the recipe. Yum…)

Main Chicken Entrees:


Seafood and Snacks:


Deserts:




And the topper to my hunger (Now I have HUGE cravings!)

Ingredients

  • 14 graham cracker squares (7 full sheets)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 2/3 cup sugar, plus 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups 1 percent low-fat milk
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray.

In a food processor, process the graham crackers until finely ground. Add butter and water and process until the crumbs clump together. Press the crumb mixture into bottom of pie plate and about 1-inch up the sides. Bake for 10 minutes, then let cool.

In the meantime, make the pudding. Put the gelatin in a small bowl, add the boiling water and stir until dissolved. Set aside.

In a medium saucean mix the 2/3 cup of sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt. Gradually add half of the milk, whisking until smooth. Whisk in the rest of the milk. Turn the heat on to medium and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil, about 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat. Add the chocolate and stir until melted. Stir in the vanilla and reserved gelatin. Pour the mixture into the pie crust and let set for 3 hours in the refrigerator.

Whip the cream and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. Before serving, garnish the pie with the whipped cream.

Designer Of The Week!

And now, I present to you, Maite Alegre from the UK!

A look that is coming up in the stylish world of Decor, Maite Alegre is one to definitely contact for her hand painted and restored furniture. It gives a “classic French rustic look or elegant Swedish country style,” as said in the Living Period magaine.

How fantastic is that?

Her Start:

She started in 2006, when she created her buisness from a lifelong passion. She handpaints each piece, creating a “vintage, shabby chic effect” and made with thought and love. She can work with just about any type of furniture and special trinkets (As you can see in some of the pictures.)

And the rest, well… I think she describes and talks about it best:

“I take one-off commissions, sourcing items to customise by request as well as restoring and giving new life to pieces brought to me by customers from across the UK. I’ve brought a touch of my striking white charm to the homes of high profile clients including the Duchess of Marlborough for her London and New York residences, as well as Julian Metcalfe the founder of Pret a Manger.

I am proud that this is an ethical business which encourages recycling, upcycling and the reuse of furniture that may not otherwise find a loving home.

I work closely with all of my customers to bring together an idea on budget and to your time-scale.

My Spanish origins influence my work, as do my very British surroundings and a passion for interior design. Like the beautiful wine region of Rioja where I was born, my pieces bring serenity and calm to a room and transform something that may be tired and dated into something truly beautiful – a real talking point.

You may not have heard of me yet, but if you love beautiful things and you are looking to add a unique touch to your home, or just want to spend an afternoon in the prettiest Oxfordshire surroundings, then do come and visit – our door is always open, the kettle boiling and the cake stand laden with delicious treats. ”

EXTRA: Not only can you visit her site, they hold cream tea events where you visit her, enjoy scones and tea and look around her showroom at your own speed! How fantastic is that? (My favorite phrasing: enjoy scones and tea from dainty French china cups and wander around the showroom at your leisure. Isn’t that such a lovely picture painted?)

I think it’s all quite lovely and so ahead of the trend~! They’re becoming BIG as we saw at High Point Show. (It’s a show where major decor places release upcoming trends for 2012 and coming seasons!) They were telling me this style was just everywhere and just working the room! So take advantage and visit Maite Alegre at her site!: http://www.maitealegre.co.uk/