Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Gray Built-In Bookshelves

Joni, of Cote de Texas, is famous for bring us gorgeous home tours and I came across this West University home she featured back in December 2009, as decorated by Sally Wheat.  Although the entire home is beautiful, what really caught my attention was the gray built-in bookcases in the family room.  Ms. Wheat is definitely ahead of the trends as gray is as relevant as ever, four years later. 

I scoured the entire post for the name of the paint color and found that Joni graciously shared it in the comments. 

Here's another darker gray built-in from Home & Design.

Laura at Bright, Bold, and Beautiful featured a home office remodel by Niki and Bradely Davidson that has the same dark gray built-in look.

I'm in love with just about every design from M.E. Beck Design, Inc. including her use of dark gray in this living room.

All of this gorgeous gray is making me want to paint our living room media cabinet/bookshelves gray.  Here's what they look like now.  Who has photoshop and can give me a rendering?? :) 

I painted a white door gray and love the look, so I'm thinking I'd love the look in the living room too.  It's more interesting and dramatic. 

I'm just not sure how dark I want to go.  The door is painted Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams.  

What medium to dark gray paint do you like?  I'd love to hear. 

Monday, April 29, 2013

Impromptu Picnic

This weekend, in between thunderstorms, we had a pocketful of really nice weather.  The kind of mild weather that is perfect for an impromptu picnic, and just the excuse I needed to bust out my new picnic basket I found at HomeGoods.   They are designed by Cynthia Rowley and come is several different colors and patterns.

The padded handle is nice and inside, they are insulated.  I was able to fit a small cutting board, 4 tupperware containers, 2 boxes of crackers, a juice box, hand towel and ice bag. 

A small pocket on the outside is great for napkins and cutlery. 

You don't need to get all fancy for a picnic, just a few light snacks are perfect.  

I showed my son that, on a picnic, you can take off your shoes and enjoy bare feet:) 

But then he was off to the playground. 

Have you enjoyed a picnic lately?  Next time I'm bringing the wine.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Our Living Room Sectional (Pottery Barn Pearce) - A Review

Our sectional is from, the Pearce Chaise Sectional to be precise and I wanted to let you know the pros and cons in case you are considering this sofa for your home.  Overall, I would buy this couch again, but I wish the back cushions held their shape better.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


I got the new Wisteria catalog the other day and pretty much flagged every page for items I liked.  I have never ordered from Wisteria, have you?  I'm surprised I haven't at least gotten this x-base stool.  I've admired it for years.  I could be sitting on it instead of the floor when I bathe my son.

I'm crazy over this Reclaimed Pine Bookcase.  I envision it in a dining room - it would be great storage for linens/serve ware with all those different sized drawers.

And this French Directoire Dresser is definitely on my list.

I like seeing the different ways they style it.

And those chairs.  They come in a variety of soothing colors.  

Wisteria's mirror collection is amazing.

If you don't mind a desk without drawers, this glass desk is pretty cool.  

Have you ordered furniture from an online retailer where you haven't gotten to see the furniture in person first?  How was your experience? 

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Monday, April 22, 2013

HomeGoods Blogger Party

We had a great time at the HomeGoods Blogger Access Party on Saturday morning.  The store associates were so friendly and put out a wonderful spread of breakfast pastries, fruit, and drinks for us to enjoy before we shopped.  The store generously gave away five $50 gift certificates and also $10 gift certificates to everyone who came.  THANK YOU HomeGoods and to all the beautiful ladies who attended!

Here are a couple items that came home with me on Saturday:  This global/geometric dark gray and white flat weave rug.  It was a steal at $49.99 for a 5x7.  They had several sizes and lots of different patterns and colors.

Since I moved the cowhide rug back downstairs to the living room, this new rug is perfect for my office. 

And I got a huge bottle of hand soap in a fun, striped bottle for $3.99.  I like how it goes with our kitchen rugs.  

Then, on Sunday, I visited the HomeGoods by my house and fell in love with these Drexel Heritage lamps.  They were only $80 each and so vibrant.  They really "wake up" the dining room.  

I adore the lucite base.

Have you been to HomeGoods lately?  What's your favorite thing you've found there?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Kitchen & Breakfast Room LOVE

Happy Friday y'all!  I'm looking forward to the HomeGoods event in Saturday morning- I'll be there bright and shiny at 8:00 a.m.!  If you're in Houston, I can't wait to see you there!

What I have to show you today is nothing short of breathtaking.  It is a kitchen/breakfast room remodel by the incredibly talented Emily Hewitt of A Well Dressed Home.  She is an interior designer in Dallas and she recently worked this magic.  Take a peek.

I love it all and would happily move in in an instant.  I know the homeowners must be thrilled. Especially considering their kitchen previously looked like this . . . 

It doesn't even look like the same home right?!  To read all about Emily's redesign, visit A Well Dressed Home.  

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Chocolate Protein Brownies

I posted this protein brownie recipe on Honey We're Healthy awhile ago and it's been such a hit, that I wanted to share it here too.  I make these all the time and eat them as snacks and my son loves them too.  The consistency is actually more like a cake, but you don't have to feel guilty about eating this cake.  The recipe comes from Jamie Eason and I put in italics how I tweaked it.  

  • 1 cup Oat Flour (I ground oats finely in a food processor)
  • 2 scoops Vanilla Whey Protein Powder (I used chocolate protein powder)
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 3 tbsp Baking Cocoa 
  • 4 Egg Whites
  • ½ cup Splenda (I leave out the sugar and add 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips)
  • 8oz Berry flavored Baby Food (I used 8oz applesauce)
  • 4oz Water

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix dry ingredients (oat flour, vanilla whey protein, baking soda, salt, baking cocoa) together in a large bowl.
  • Mix wet ingredients (egg whites, applesauce, water) together in a medium sized bowl.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together.
  • Spray cooking dish (I used an 8x8 glass pan) with a non stick butter spray or olive oil spray and add batter to dish.
  • Bake for about 25-30 minutes


2 Bars = Calories 96;  Fat 1.4 g; Carbs 12 g;  Protein 10 g

I store mine in the fridge.  Hope you like!!

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Office Accessories & New Chrome Lamp

Still playing in my home office and the latest addition is a sleek and shiny desk lamp from Z Gallerie, the Charleston.

I liked how the chrome in the lamp echoes the chrome in the West Elm curtain rod.  

And I can't seem to live without a desk calendar- I found this one at Paper Source.  

Each month is a different color and the pages are heavyweight card stock.  Since it's April, the calendar is on sale for $4.99 and it comes with the acrylic stand.  

And for fun, I put this little wooden LOVE sign up next to the owl.  I got it around Valentine's day with crafty thoughts in mind that didn't actualize.  

P.S. I'll be talking to the Homegoods folks today.  I'm so excited for our exclusive shopping event this Saturday!  Go HERE for more details. 

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