Good Eats & Antique Shopping in Los Alamos

A few weeks ago we took a little drive a few miles up the 101 to Los Alamos. When I heard from a couple of friends that there was good food and antique shopping to be found there, I couldn’t wait to check it out.

We arrived shortly after noon, so lunch was the first thing on the agenda. I’d done a little google research and picked Bell Street Farm as our lunch stop. I was so happy with my choice…..not only was the food delicious, but the decor was just perfect!! Simple, timeless, classic. Unfortunately between only having my iPhone and having to rangel two kids on my own I didn’t get great pics.


There were so many little pieces that went together to give the whole space a timeless farmhouse feel. Notice the stack of rustic bread boards,  the simple white cake plates and dishes, mason jars filled with fresh flowers and the simple kraft paper signage.

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The painted brick wall, worn farm tables paired with black shaker chairs……gives the restaurant a warm casual vibe.

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Simple sheets of kraft paper stamped with the Bell Street mascot covered the tables.


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After lunch we wandered up and down the quiet streets, in and out of charming antique stores. I didn’t buy anything, but I’ll definitely be back.


Sherwin Williams Color of the Year 2014

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Sherwin Williams announcing their 2014 Color of the Year – Exclusive Plum. I must say I like this color so much better than Pantones Color of the Year – Radiant Orchid. My style tends to be a tad more traditional and classic and the brightness of the Radiant Orchid, was, well a bit too radiant for my liking.

It seems that “moody” is in this year and Exclusive Plum certainly fits that bill, especially when paired with dark trim and fabrics as seen below.

If moody or masculine is not your thing then consider pairing it with golds, gray and white for a more elegant and refined space.


And I love it against the white subway tile and chrome fixtures in this bathroom.


Here’s a few other spaces that use the plum color to create warm but fun spaces.

I really like this fun plum wallpaper, paired with the gorgeous blue ceiling, gold accents and beautiful wood furnishings this room is fun and full of personality but still has a very classic and elegant feel.

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This living room starts with a neutral palate which could be a little dull on its own, but with the addition of the gorgeous plum window treatments, pillows and an arm chair, this room really comes alive with style.


It seems that with both Sherwin Williams and Pantone’s color forecast, purple is going to be BIG this year. I’m getting inspired to think about plum or purple as a color choice for 2014. How about you, what do you think about purple?


On A Peda-Stool

I promised to come back and show you what I did with the black stool I picked up at World Market.

A few weeks ago I made my first trip to Marburger Farms Antique Show.  Oh my, it was amazing, so many fabulous treasures.

While there I found  these fabulous antique  boxes.

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I was especially smitten with the whisky box as Perth is a city not far from where I grew up in Australia. Although I believe this originates from the Perth in Scotland, it still reminds me of home, and I couldn’t leave without it.

This is printed on the end of the box.

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A little research found that it may truly be from 1836 or at least close to being a hundred years old, as the company changed names to “The Famous Grouse” in 1905.

Anyway, this beautiful box was promptly filled with magazines and plonked by the fireplace, like so. IMG_4037 (640x427)

It looked good, but now there was a big empty space where the old magazine basket was (just to the right of the box). I passed by, stared, day dreamed, imagined and agonized over this little arrangement for days and then, the perfect idea – I should put my magazine box on a peda-stool. And it wasn’t too long after that, that I found this stool on clearance at World Market. My original plan was for something with a pop of color, maybe teal or blue, but this was so perfect that, that plan went out the window. Who knows, maybe I’ll paint it someday.

Anyway, here it is, my antique whisky box on it’s peda-stool.

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 I’m really liking the way this looks, Do you have anything on a pedestal at your house?


A Quick Stop at World Market

So last week I headed to World Market to pick up some Nutella!! I know your thinking, WHAT,  she went to World Market for Nutella, but they had a crazy one-day 40% off sale and my kids eat this stuff faster than I can buy it. Of course that sneaky sale got me in the store and I just couldn’t resist taking a little look around.

Strangely, I didn’t find a lot I couldn’t live without. It seemed the store was transitioning from spring to summer products, with lots of patio furniture cushions and umbrellas. I did notice a number of bare shelves so I may just have to stop by again in a week or two.

I did pick up one of these glass drying racks, I’ve wanted one of these forever and when I saw Lindsay’s post over at The Pleated Poppy, I knew I had to snatch one up.


I also stumbled upon these beauties in the clearance department. I’ve been looking for just the right stool for a little rearranging I’ve got in mind, and this one and its half-off price tag are perfect!

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I’ll be back tomorrow to show you my little re-arranging project!!


10 Things About Me

I wanted to post a little about me so that you can get to know me better. So here’s 10 things;

1.  I love fabric and I dream of some day designing my own line.


2. I grew up in a small town on the coast of  Western Australia.


3. I owned and ran a gift and stationery boutique when we lived in Colorado.



4. One talent I wish I had……the ability to sing. I love to sing and it would be fabulous if I actually sounded good.

5. I love fresh bakery bread and real butter, yummo!! I could eat it all day every day.

6. I didn’t like coffee until I was pregnant with my second child. Actually the smell of coffee made me sick when I was pregnant with my first. Now I must have my Iced Latte each morning!!

7.  My dream house is a white farmhouse on a few acres, with chickens, a veggie garden and a white fence.


8. I’m absolutely terrified of mice. One evening when my husband was away I encountered a mouse in our house, it took me hours to move from the spot I was in. The next morning when my car wouldn’t start I borrowed the neighbors so that we could go adopt a cat.

9. Even though I grew up blocks from the beach, I’m definitely a pool person. I’d much rather relax by a pool than get sandy at the beach.

10. I rarely watch a movie twice, there is something about knowing whats going to happen that makes it unappealing the second time around.

I hope you enjoyed those random things about me. Thanks for visiting!!


Pink & Aqua Chic Baby Shower

These images are from a baby shower I hosted for a dear friend of mine some time ago.

I decorated with fluffy tissue poms in pink and aqua.

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I made this stylish diaper cake.

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And we ate lots of delicious treats. Including these amazing ham rolls, yummo!!

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And momma to-be was showered with gifts and love.

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Stay tuned, more coming soon!!