Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Not Design Related: Broccoli Pasta

One of my biggest downfalls is my meal planning (especially during the week). It's something I've been working on and trying to improve upon. I make a lot of our old favorites (tacos, chicken and wild rice casserole, stir-fry), but I also like trying new things that I hope are a hit - meaning all 3 of us like the dish.

I came across this broccoli pasta dish recently on the Smitten Kitchen blog and had to share it because not only is it a big hit but it's really easy to make.

And the best part is you're getting a healthy dose of vegetables in this dish. It's flavorful, delicious, and every time I've made it I wish I had doubled the recipe (next time, next time).

Something else I'd like to try is doing some chicken medallions with it next time too.

So that's a favorite meal in our house recently that I thought I'd share.

Try it - you'll love it :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Living Room Wall

I realized that I don't think I ever showed you the start to our living room gallery wall. (And holy cow, I can't believe I wrote the original post about this wall almost a year ago!! We've changed up the wall color and the layout of the frames since my first post (and confession - I'm really tired of the window treatments but they will remain for the time being). Here is where we were about a year ago:

And some progress - here is the wall now:

Steve had the Van Gogh print in his old apartment and it's always been a favorite of mine. The birth photo of Sheila is from the hospital - she was wide awake when they took those photos and only a day old. The family sign at the bottom left was a wedding gift from a good friend of ours. And the Live in Awe print is by Katie Daisy.

**Important to keep in mind when doing a grouping like this is the spacing. I tried to stick to 2 inches between the frames, which really does help with the overall look and consistency of the grouping.

I love and have always admired Katie's work. I decided to order one of her holiday prints so that I could switch this one out for a month or so to give the wall a holiday twist.

I know I've said it before, but Katie's prints really are even better in person too.

So there you have it - just a quick switcharoo for the holidays. And that's the only holiday touch we've added so far - I've always liked to wait until December 1st to really decorate.

The long Thanksgiving weekend was wonderful as usual - lots of fun, food, and family - just how we like it.  Hope you had a good one.

(I was not compensated at all by Katie Daisy - just really like her work)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

New Kitchen Curtains

Ever since we had our kitchen painted over the summer, I've been wanting to switch out the curtains that we have over the sink. I wanted to bring in some warmth and really wanted to bring in more accents of red.

Here is the fabric that I chose to use. It's the Madder fabric in coral by John Robshaw for Duralee. Don't let the word coral fool you with this one. I think the photo accurately shows the true color and I would call it more of a crimson.

My Mom was over and helped me out with the new curtains. We used the original curtains as a template for the new curtains (Mom is a genius). And that is an ironing board because we used stitch witchery to bond the seams rather than a sewing machine (because I don't have one). Stitch witchery works like a charm.

One of Sheila's new favorite expressions is "Ta-Da"!!!

I love them. My Mom is so good about matching seams. Do you see how well the leading edges are matched? Thanks Mom! Here's another photo at night so you can see them completely closed.

I'm all about a quick and inexpensive update that changes the look of a room. 

Hope you had a great weekend!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

An E-Design Color Story

I'm excited to be working with a new e-design client who lives in New Orleans. This particular client is very current on design and reads a lot of shelter magazines. She's seeking my services for helping her put it all together and making the design look and feel cohesive while at the same time create flow throughout her shot-gun style home. First up is the living/dining room area.

This client is inspired by artwork and architecture. She already had ideas on a color palette and I was able to gain more of an understanding on her color preferences through discussion, sharing images, fabrics, etc.

After obtaining feedback from clients on goals for a space, likes/dislikes, I like to find images that are going to tell the color story for the space. I thought I'd share a few that have inspired me for this project.

Peter Dunham

Sue Ellen Gregory

Sue Ellen Gregory

In addition to the images above, my client has a beautiful collection of art that will also contribute to the color story for this space as well.

Oh how I'd love to see this art in person. Aren't they all so interesting and beautiful? The photos are a bit off relative to the color and detail that you would see in person, but you can get the idea.

Beautiful greens, corals, salmon, purples, browns are the colors we'll be working with as shown through her captivating artwork and the images that I've shown above.

One of the things that I love about this job is how much I also learn during each project. With this project, I've been exposed to new artists and was introduced to the Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans. I'm adding this gallery to my list of places to see if I ever have the opportunity to visit New Orleans (and a visit with my client of course). 

I'll share more of this project with you as the process evolves.

If you've ever been to New Orleans, what inspired you about the visit?