Friday, January 6, 2012

Friday Tidbits

Our first Friday of 2012! Any of you have First Friday events in your town that you attend? There is First Friday in Philadelphia and then a few of the smaller towns near me do their variation of First Friday. Shops keep later hours welcoming their visitors. Some even offer cocktails, coffee, and light snacks. I've gone a few times in the past, but usually when the weather is warmer. It's always a lot of fun.

I've gotten a lot of great feedback from these Friday posts, so I think they're a keeper. It's a good way for me to capture any fun items, articles, or happenings that I think you will all enjoy throughout the week into one post.

~Check out these sweet cups that you can find at Gretel. I just love them. One of these would make my morning coffee a huge treat.

Thank you to Beth Keim of Lucy and Company for the tip on these pretty cups. If you haven't checked out Beth and her team's work, you are in for some big-time inspiration. I was really excited about a kitchen renovation and design that Beth and her team recently completed.

Photo courtesy of Lucy and Company

I love the seating and the baby-got-back upholstery on the chairs. The pretty fabrics and the cabinetry. Then you get to see the other side of the room...that wallpaper is begging you to stay.

Photo courtesy of Lucy and Company

Great work Beth and team. 

~I've seen the cover and I've read feedback that February's House Beautiful is a great one. And my copy arrived in the mailbox yesterday! I plan on diving right in. And just a reminder, that if you're not a subscriber to House Beautiful, treat yourself or put on a wish list. You save money being a subscriber. And it's important to support the publications you truly enjoy.

I was hunting around the House Beautiful website earlier today and wandered down to the bottom links where they usually list out all of the content. Well I started hunting around the Media Kit and found some great information that I wanted to share.

I really found their Mission Statement to be special. Have you read it before?

Influential yet honest. My favorite promises are "we will inspire, not dictate" and "we will never suggest that one style fits all". 

And if you want to know what you can expect each month, they also have listed their editorial calendar (subject to change of course).

Keep doing what you're doing Newell Turner!

~A big thank you to Dana and Cathy for their recent kind tip of the hat to me and West Pear Avenue. Dana and I started blogging around the same time and we both worked with Elizabeth on our blog redesigns as well. I was scared to death to do my first guest post on Cathy's blog but it was so much fun and a huge learning experience, and I'm so grateful to her for that invite. So now I have a few random facts about me to share:

- Around the age of 7 or 8, I was involved in competitive swimming and dance (ballet, tap, and jazz). Because I was missing some dance rehearsals for swim meets, I was given the option to use my roller skates in the recital and have sort of an introduction/emcee role in the routine. Oh how I wish I had video of that right now. The song we danced (or skated) to was "Dancing in the Streets". I can still remember a little bit of the routine too. 

- I took American Sign Language in college and for my final signed the song "I Will Remember You" by Sarah MacLachlan. I still remember some of the signing of the refrain. 

- I can curl my tongue two different ways. Apparently this is hereditary.

- My husband sometimes gets that he looks like a young Jack Nicklaus. What do you think?

That's all I have for today - I hope all of you have a fantastic weekend!


  1. We love First Friday, it's a fun outing we usually do dinner then cruise through the art galleries! House Beautiful is one of my favorites, too, hopefully I'll get to check it out this weekend!

  2. Hi Holly -

    I agree with you 100% about House Beautiful. It is the only decorating magazine that I have always renewed. I think Newell Turner is the best. His first issue was so inspiring. I may be in the March issue in a teeny tiny little way. Not sure if it will happen or not. I will keep ya posted.

    Yes - your hubby looks like "Jack". My hubs is a golfer and that is how we refer to him in our house. :)

    Enjoy your weekend.

    My best- Diane

  3. Those cups are gorgeous!
    And your family is so beautiful!
    Happy friday :)

  4. Oh how I would love to see a video of your rollerskate performance! I'm not a House Beautiful subscriber, but thinking maybe I should be. Beautiful family picture. Are you guys up to anything fun this weekend? I'm up to my elbows in paint.

  5. Happy weekend Holly. My mom just subscribed me to House Beautiful for my excited. I've already heard great things about this month's issue. I would love to see your roller skating performance, I bet it is so cute!

  6. I just have to say that I'm *loving* those cups! They are so different and fun...I'm a big fan of the pastel/gold combo...And rollerskating??? Count me in!

  7. I am loving those cups! May need to get one for myself! House Beautiful is one of my favorite magazines. I have subscribed for years and look forward to every single issue. Have a great weekend!

  8. OMG those cups (I have never heard of Gretel before...have I been living in a hole or what?!? ha) they are so the simple gold trimming!
    And that wallpaper...**sigh some day some day! ha


    p.s. come check out my blog design giveaway on

  9. Happy late Friday to you, Holly! I hope you are having a great weekend! I love the House Beautiful mission statement you found- I've never read it! Very cool. We have first Friday in our little town, too, by the way : )

  10. Happy Friday...errrr, I mean Sunday :(
    Where did this weekend go???
    I'm a faithful HB subscriber and just finished up this month's issue. It IS a good one, but omg, the kitchen in your post makes me want to take a sledgehammer to mine this instant! Must. Restrain. Myself...

  11. What a great overview of House Beautiful - I don't subsribe to it, but read it when I get the chance. And the only reason I don't subscribe is I'm having such a hard time trying to read the ones I do subscribe to... and of course, these are subject to change when it's time for renewal, because I really enjoy House Beautiful!

    I do not sign, but I learned to read Braille - with my eyes, not my fingers - I was a special ed assistant for 8 years with a vision student.

    Thank you for sharing more of you with us!

    I hope you have a great week coming :-)

  12. I remember performing in a gym show at our school to "Dancing in the Streets". God Bless the 80s. The roller skates must have been a riot!

    Thanks for sharing HB's mission statement. I've never looked at it before, honestly, but I'm glad I got to see it.

    Have a great week. Clearly, I'm just catching up on my blog reading!

  13. I'm off to check out HB and see all the beautiful things I"ve been missing. I'm so glad to learn more about you Holly!!

  14. That is an awesome mission statement from one of my favorite magazines. Very fun learning a few "tidbits" about Holly! You have a beautiful family!