Friday, January 28, 2011


It's Friday and snowing again! We are having a few friends over for dinner tonight, and I'm excited as I plan to play this game while enjoying our never-ending burning fireplace! Enjoy your weekend.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Real Steal

I'm a deal/bargain hunter. It's in my genes. I remember going to the grocery store with my dad and waiting as he compared the brand name cereal box with the grocery store brand cereal box. I do preface that statement with the fact that I do think money should be spent when quality is key like in a sofa or a good upholstery job, but I don't mind if my Apple Jacks are Apple Jokes.

So...when I came across these cute ballet flats from Gap that are almost identical to the ballet flats at J. Crew, I felt a wave of delight. I am a loyal J. Crew fan, but I'm usually a loyal J. Crew-on-sale fan, and these puppies are not on sale at $128. I think I may have to root for the other team and grab these Gap flats at $50!

J. Crew at $128

Gap at $50

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Worth a Re-Post!

I try and not re-post posts from other blogs, but when I came across the news via I Suwanne that Room and Board is offering the iconic Wishbone Chair by Wegner in a myriad of delicious colors, I had to post it! This is my dream chair for my dining table, however at $900 a pop, I'm looking at acquiring one every 10 years. For now, I'm just going to post this photo on my inspiration board at my office and start buying a few lottery tickets.

(via I Suwannee)

Look at all these delightful colors! I love the simple lines, and although it may look uncomfortable, I've sat in one and the chair truly embraces you.

(via Style Files)

(via Style Files)

(via Star Property)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Freshen Up

Happy New Year! I know I'm a day late and dollar short, but I've been easing into 2011. We had a fun, but crazy holiday season as we had house guests two days before we left for Oklahoma for Christmas and house guests the day we got back from OK up until a week after New Year's. Don't get me wrong, it was a blast between visiting my in-laws and opening the doors to Hotel Ivey, but it's taken me a few weeks to recuperate.

However, I'm back, refreshed and excited about this new year. I met with my book keeper the first week back to work to make sure all my books were in order, ordered new business cards, office supplies, etc. I think the start of the new year makes me reminisce about the start of the school year - a great reason for new clothes and new supplies!

And speaking of new....I've added a few fun new things around the house. Our house seemed a bit empty once we took down all the Christmas decorations, so I was excited to quickly start sprucing things up.

First off, I've been hunting all over for a sideboard/bar for our dining room. I came across this beauty on Craigslist for a steal. The previous owner is actually a dealer in the decorative arts, and he had picked up this 1960's post-modern cabinet at an auction in Baltimore.

A similar cabinet was used in a room designed by Celerie Kemble. She had the medallions gold leafed, which look spectacular. I may have to think about gold leafing mine!

My fabulous husband also surprised me with the painting you see above the bar for Christmas. I walked into one of my favorite home furnishing stores and locked eyes with the beauty as soon as I stepped through the door. Being it Christmas, and you are suppose to be shopping for others, I decided to take a picture of it and just dream about it in my house. However, the Mister snuck away one afternoon bought it for me as my Christmas gift. I look at it lovingly every day.

Last, but not least, we finally got our fireplace renovation completed! When the Mister and I were hunting for our house, a fireplace was listed as top priority. Unfortunately, when we bought the house, the fireplace had been plastered over. However, we soon discovered that we could restore it. So we pulled the plaster off to expose the beautiful brick, built up the brick so it would be a proportionate, safe opening and did a little internal chimney work. It's small, but it puts off a lot of heat and a lot of ambiance!

I'm looking forward to these next few quiet, cold months by the fire and the bar!