Thursday, December 29, 2011

Color Palette No. 10 - Navy Blue and Crisp White

There is nothing more classic then the navy blue and crisp white color palette. It never loses its refreshing welcome.

Do you spy the leopard carpet? Told ya animal print is classic!

I usually give you a few of my paint picks for a color palette but this is one you just don't mess with.  This is the perfect navy blue paint color of choice:

Sherwin Williams SW6244 Naval

That is until they can duplicate the shade of this guy's eyes...

Image Sources: Barclay Butera, Decor Pad, House Beautiful, Veranda, Sherwin Williams

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Be Inspired No. 24 - Design Bust

It started out of envy, this head bust love of mine. A dear friend invited me over to his new place and as it goes when you move to a new environment, there were some accessories on display he had packed (hidden) away at his old place.

I feel in love with this Phrenology Head gazing at me from his living room console. It was love at first sight. And since this dear friend didn't think we belonged together, this bust and I, I was on the hunt for one of my own. I now have 2. This first one I stumbled upon was a darling little six inch high one. And the second one is twice the size.

Some of the most stunning pieces of art are in bust form.

Bringing a bust home to your space is one of the most fun finds you will experience! And you don't need a pedestal to display it.

Image Sources: House Beautiful, Veranda, Running Into Myself, Captmondo, Elle Decor

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

RSVP Collection No. 27 - Serving Trays

I love research, for I have to share that when working on this blog post I searched for an image of a butler and had to smile when images of Gerard Butler came up. (heehee). Okay so back to the subject! I love serving trays for their versatility.

Hors d'oeurves taste better, a cup of tea is sweeter, after dinner drinks smoother on the palette, a beautifully written message holds the importance it deserves, and a display of little trinkets becomes the center of attention all when served up on a platter.

Love this Christian Dior monogrammed platter!

Trays of copper seem to go hand and hand with fresh baked breads.

Trays are art forms of their own. And I love this painted "Bernardo" tray.

Oh hello there my vintage Chanel serving tray. Won't you look just perfect in my bedroom?

I have a set of two of these faux python trays. Love them!

And don't forget to raid Grandma's vintage silver!

And just so you can appreciate all my hard work doing research for the blog.....

Image Sources: Wordpress, Powerstone, Global Views, Ibride, Patisserie Beatrix Ball,

Saturday, December 24, 2011

RSVP Collection No. 29 - Tequila Bars

Tequila Bars

1-12 oz. box vanilla wafers
3/4 c. unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), melted
1/2 c. fresh lime juice
1-14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
honey for drizzling (optional)
1/2 c. pine nuts
1/3 c. tequila
5 large egg yolks, plus 2 egg whites
1 T. sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pulse the wafers and pine nuts in a food processor until ground up well. Add the butter and blend until evenly mixed. Set aside 1/4 c. crumbs; press the rest evenly into a 9" x 13" baking pan. Bake until golden brown, 15-18 minutes. Cool. 

In medium bowl, thoroughly whisk together the tequila, lime juice, egg yolks, and condensed milk. In another medium bowl, beat the egg whites and sugar with an electric mixer until they hold soft peaks.

Gently fold the egg whites into the tequila mixture. Spread the filling evenly over the crust and bake for 25 minutes; cool. Sprinkle the reserved crumbs on top. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight before cutting. Drizzle with honey, if desired.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Welcome Home No. 1 - Artwork

I'm back! Thank you for your patience during my move to a new home. I am still getting settled in. Having fun finding new homes for many of my favorites.

 And I have to tell you that I knew the importance of artwork prior to this transition, but it has moved up on my must-haves when your place in life changes.  Artwork offers something familiar and comforting, yet creates a quiet newness to a unfamiliar home.  So choose your artwork with care - let it move you, make you smile, draw you in, and remind you of those moments when happiness is at its highest point.  Because when you surround yourself with artwork selected this way - it will never stop giving you that emotion.

I'm excited to be back to the blog!
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