Wednesday, March 30, 2011


If you've been reading any decor blogs at all lately you are aware that Holly Becker's book is finally available.  Holly is the designer behind the popular blog decor 8. One of my personal favorite haunts.

The book is currently out in limited release. I picked mine up at Anthropologie this weekend. I was a little hesitant to drop $35 on a design book until I opened it. And it didn't take but a moment before I was sold. All 271 pages are truly inspirational.  Beautiful from start to finish. 

Two very discriminating thumbs up.

images via decor 8

Monday, March 28, 2011

sliding into april...

March 28th. It's almost April. I love April. It's one of my two favorite months in Northern California. The sun comes out. The house heats up. And Spring is served. 

As I sit and celebrate the sunshine I'm also having so much fun looking at these indoor slide photos on ohdeedoh. Why? Nah, not because they look super fun. Which I'm sure they are. But because if we had one of these slides in my house I'm quite confident that I would use it more than either of the children. I'm just giddy over the efficiency! 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

love and surf

Most divine little beach wedding I've ever seen on film. I have to admit that I was a little sad to read that the whole thing had been staged as that stole just a smidgen of the sweet fantasy away. But it is certainly inspirational. As intended.  Shot and shared by the wedding photographers  at Tiny Water Photography as well as a host of other vendors. There are dozens of additional photos worth viewing on their website.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

diy rainbows

 pom pom garland tutorial by honestly... wtf

bird wing tutorial by Llevo el invierno

fabric covered wire clothes hanger tutorial by Between the lines 

(I definitely vote for tearing the fabric and letting it fray sligthtly. The technique I used for my charming blooms headbands.)

indoor yarn bombing photo via re-nest 

happy saturday!

Friday, March 25, 2011

ring bell please!

Apparently the tooth fairy has her own door at This Blessed Nest. My children would be quite jealous to learn this and six teeth later I'm afraid it may be too late to introduce it. (My children ask far too many questions. Skeptics. Like their mother.) But just in case your children are still hanging on to all their teeth and you want to get some paint on your hands... I think this idea is totally rad.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

diy lampshade

Love this. The original post is about two years old and I have nowhere to hang one. But I still love it. Would love to see a photo of it illuminated.

Step by step instructions on how the folks at Pickles constructed their lovely lamp here. There are a few other tutorials around the web as well if you want to contrast and compare processes. Here's one from Spain as well.

pint size.

As close to perfection as a doll house could get. In my humble opinion. Doll house belongs to Fia Igelstrom. Photographs are via Dos Family.

hula hoop rug

Use the hula hoop frame to weave old t-shirt scraps into a colorful round rug. Then cut away the jersey, tie a few knots and hula hoop away on your new rug. Super cuteness via Family Fun Magazine.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


I am absolutely in love with the home of Dabito from Old Brand New featured today on sf girl by the bay. But love does not describe how I feel about the Polaroid chandelier. I honestly don't think I took a breath for several minutes when it first glided across my screen. Genius.

back to basics

Nope. No antlers tonight. Just branches. Fabulous. Adorable. Floating branches used as a clothing rack in a new baby's room. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

erich ginder

Small obsession with antlers since this post. Faux antlers of course. I'm an anti-hunting kinda gal. Loving these completely unaffordable but dripping with style resin antlers by Erich Ginder and available at Design Public.The ghost tree coat rack in black ain't too shabby either.

gimme s'more...

Yup. These are s'mores. S'mores with chocolate drizzle and rainbow sprinkles courtesy of Alli at Love & Twenty Toes. Simply sinful.  And I'm a gonna make them...

Monday, March 21, 2011

stylizimo! and some antlers.

Yet another reason to stay in bed all day.

I'm not sure which I adore more. The DIY headboard made from two wooden pallets or the antler jewelry holder. Or the fact that I found a new design website on which to waste spend even more hours of my already late enough evenings.

First noticed here.
Photos courtesy of her.
And new fabulous time suck design website HERE.
Oh, and here's my profile page. No pictures yet but it won't take long I'm sure!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

tech candy

The only thing wrong with this product? They've done too good a job at design and with four equally appealing choices it's nearly impossible to make up one's mind!

First seen here, I am newly obsessed with these versatile and stylish tech candy iphone covers.  For $29.99 (less than most single cases they sell at the Apple store) you get a three piece mix and match set comprised of two silicon wraps and a decorative outer shell.  Four different patterns are available for the iphone4 and two for the ipad.

Also available? Free screen patterns you can download directly to your phone. So your screen saver matches your case. Not sure I'd go quite that far... but it's nice to have the option!

I receive nothing for promoting the products I like. Except maybe the sheer satisfaction of knowing that someone else is now driving themselves crazy trying to choose between styles.

post script:
I finally settled on a design.  Three hours later.  I just ordered the Barcelona (first picture, apple green & chocolate brown).


Friday, March 18, 2011


Yup. It's Friday.
Definitely holla worthy!

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Loving this reclaimed wood vanity table. It's a DIY project that seemed rather daunting at first but the more I stared longingly at it the more accessible it became.  And hey, I might actually apply make-up if I had a cute little table like this to sit at. Or not. But it sure sounds like a good excuse for a new project. Right? And it sure would look cute in the same room as this.

the world is a playground...

...and life is pushing my swing." ~ Natalie Kocsis

Is it Thursday already?
I feel like this little girl looks. 
I might actually look like her too. 
Just with more wrinkles.

I apologize for neglecting you.
But the link to this incredible world map pillow should make it up to you.

And TGI almost F!

Friday, March 11, 2011


 Taking a deep breath before closing the week tonight. Last night I went to bed around midnight having just seen the devastating news of the tsunami in Japan. Much was still unknown at the time but we knew it was going to be bad. I woke 6.5 restless hours later with a text message on my phone. It began, "Don't want to wake you if you're still in bed. There is a tsunami warning for the west coast..." Not really the way I'd planned on beginning my day. But, as we all know now, the San Francisco Bay remains unscathed. And for that, I feel grateful.

I received two more heartbreaking electronic messages over the next few hours. But I went about my business, because, as I understand it, that is just what one does.  Now tonight I sit with a heavy heart and a deep compassion for so many different people across the world. Some that I know and love dearly. Others that I will never have the chance to know. And again. I feel grateful.

But it's Friday. And that alone is certainly worth a small celebration. And a nod to just a few of the brighter parts of my week...

Like the Martha Stewart fringe centerpiece (pictured above) and found here yesterday. Coincidentally only one day after I stripped our Thankful Tree (yes, I am aware that it is March) and left it barren by the front door. Bet you can't guess what I'm going to do to it next!

Or my dear friend, Lisa's Fat Tuesday celebration. And the oh so comical hunt for the sugar baby that ensued.

And then there was this. A spontaneous dinner theater performed for me tonight. Turns out a little tootie tata & boom de atta was just what I needed.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

howl at the moon

I just stumbled upon Spirithoods on Design Mom's Blog. There she posed the question to her readers, "Chic or strange?" Now, I don't know about you, but the only thing I find strange about this are the people that answered strange! (That exclamation point was strategically placed and dedicated to a dear friend. You know who you are.)

I am in LOVE with these hoodies. And so are my kids.  At $99.00 a pop I'm thinking Christmas... but I might have to buy them now and wear them around the house myself when the kids are at school.  Just not sure how the dog would react.

They are available for both boys and girls, are made domestically of only faux animal fur, and a portion of the proceeds are donated to several non-profit organizations dedicated to wildlife conservation.


dropping the yarn bomb

I'd never heard of the term either until I came across this post on facebook today. And I fell in love. Apparently there is an entire constituency of creative folks that make a habit of "yarn bombing" random city fixtures.  This subway work was done by the very talented ishknits.  I only wish I'd had that seat when I was riding the N & R back and forth to midtown Manhattan a dozen or so years ago. (Oh, and that she's come and yarn bomb our house next!)