Friday, September 30, 2011

Weekend Plans: Birthdays & Pumpkins

Stephen & Emma

I hadn't planned on today being a chore-day, but somehow it turned into that. Thankfully, I'm all done with the vacuuming and the dishes, cause now I can start getting excited about this weekend. To start, tomorrow is my little Emma's 6th birthday! Can't believe she's already 6. She was such a tiny little thing the day we brought her home (I'd say at most 3lbs?) and now she's this healthy 10.5lbs girl.


And since tomorrow is the 1st day of October, our little family is going to head out to get some pumpkins and mums to dress up our front stoop. I can't wait - I absolutely love Fall! Happy Friday everyone!

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

More Affordable Artwork


One of the first things I do everyday is check out Facebook to see if there is anything new and interesting that my favorite retailers might've have shared. This morning was no exception. I noticed that Kate Spade had posted something on things they love, so naturally I clicked on the link provided. Well, I won't bore you with how I got there, but I ended up on this site, Wayne Pate. If you're looking for artwork that is rather unique and a bit hipster, then this site is just for you. I love all of the art that is sold on this site, but the ones below really caught my eye. Some of these prints are so whimsical that they would make great nursery artwork too.


Rising of the Setting Sun


Flock Red/White


Central Park by Bella Foster

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Waterworks, My Kind of Eye Candy

Sarah Richardson

When it comes to tile design, I have a LOT to learn. But do you know who has absolutely mastered it? Sarah Richardson. I know I've told you all how much I admire her, but seriously, just check out any of her shows that involve a bathroom renovation (see: Design Inc, Sarah 101, or Sarah's House). It will inevitably involve some type of tile design, which I guarantee will blow you away. It takes major vision to know which tiles to choose, what kind of design you want, and then to 'see' it before it's even installed. Sarah has that vision.

Anywho, I came across the Waterworks site the other day and fell in love with many of the tiles that they have. I thought to myself - "If I had the money to redo our master bathroom, I'd definitely use these surfaces by Waterworks!" I would also use Sarah's tile designs as inspiration since they're classic but with a slight twist. I pulled a few of the surfaces that caught my eye and reminded me of the inspired designs that Sarah has shared on her shows. What do you all think?

Signet Parquet Solid Mosaic

Aqualinea Pisces Mosaic

Parramore Herringbone Mosaic

Parramore Aquarius Mosaic

Parramore Hexagon with Flower Motif

Studio Stone Avenue Border

Aqualinea Spool Border

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Big Changes 'A Coming


I've got some really excited news to share with you, that until today I've somehow managed to keep to myself. Today is the first day that I am now able to work on my blog full-time! How great is that? Last Friday was my last day at my day job, a job that I've had for 5+ years, and boy was it surreal and sad to say goodbye to friends and colleagues. BUT, I will say that I woke up today feeling absolutely elated knowing that I'd be able to devote all my time to something that I am extremely passionate about.

With the change of transitioning from a 9am-5pm job to working on Proper Hunt full-time, also comes the change of the season. Fall is hands down my favorite season. There are so many reasons why I adore Fall. Let me count the ways: great hair weather, the fashion, the food (I love me some sweet potato pie!), getting cozy by the fire, and the vividly colorful changing of the leaves. Below are some images that remind me of why I love Fall so much, I hope they bring you into the Fall spirit too!

Country Living
The way to enjoy the Fall weather - a wood fire and a comfy burnt orange throw to keep you extra cozy.

French Garden House

Eyes On Sparrow
Love that mums come in a variety of gorgeously intense colors - we need to go pick some up!

Amazing how a few autumn-colored pillows give that cozy Fall vibe.

Better Homes and Gardens
Just goes to show that you can be casual and elegant at the same time with your Fall table setting.

Rustic Wedding Chic
One of my favorite drinks during the Fall season.

Better Homes and Gardens
An absolutely perfect autumnal entrance.

Better Homes and Gardens
This is the time of year when I start making my fruit tarts and crisps. So yummy!

Habitually Chic

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Chic Jewelry Storage Found at Thrift Stores & Flea Markets

Martha Stewart

I just came across this image on Pinterest and thought, what a great idea! I've picked up so many little vintage dishes from thrift stores and flea markets that are just stored away, hidden in cabinets, but this is a great way for me to store my jewelry AND use my dishes.

Funny thing is, I did use my gorgeously ornate dishes to display my vintage jewelry at both of my trunk shows, but never thought to use it as full-time storage for my jewelry.



Now, the hard part will be cleaning out my vanity drawers to get this started...

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I've Been Feeling Sick Lately

So sorry for such a late post, but I got sick this past weekend and of course that just threw all my plans for the bathroom out the window. I did manage to buy most of the accessories, but I was hoping to get the bathroom painted at the very least. That clearly did not happen since I was just feeling so out of it and just had to go home and rest. I'm feeling a little better today, but still not my 100% self. Fingers crossed that I feel better by tomorrow.

Hope you all had a great weekend! I'll be back tomorrow with some fun stuff!
{Photo Credit: GoogliEyes}

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Labor Day Celebrations and Harry Potter

Me and my best friend on the best day of my life. Best wedding cake ever too.

I know, I know. I have been MIA yet again, but this time I have a really good reason. This past Labor Day weekend, Steve and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary (how time flies!) and I was just too caught up in celebrating to get my tush to the computer. Nothing like a long weekend to really celebrate.

Caroline Hadilaksono

Getting back to reality has been hard, especially after such a lovely, long weekend. I know that a long time ago, I was once eager with anticipation of what the new school year would bring after Labor Day, but those days are long gone now that I've "grown up." With school having recently started for so many kids, I thought it would be good to share these really neat Harry Potter posters by Caroline Hadilaksono. Just because you have watched all the movies and read all of the books doesn't mean you still can't enjoy some Harry Potter paraphernalia. If I had a kid, you had better believe I'd be hanging these posters in their room.

I'll be working on my parents' 2nd bathroom tomorrow so I'll be sure to show you some of the progress on Monday. Happy Friday!

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

It's Personal...Stationery

Paris & Vintage Ribbon

I feel like people only give thought to personalized stationery when they receive someone else's and think, "oh gosh I wish I had my own personalized stationery." I know I am that way because I don't have my own set...yet.

The other day, my girlfriend Erica reached out to me asking if I knew where she could get some good personalized stationery. I immediately thought of Etsy (I love that site), so I recommended that she check it out until I gather some specific examples for her. Erica is a very creative person who also appreciates the classics, so I knew I would have to find some examples that had the right balance between the two characteristics. I think I found some that fit the bill. What do you think?

Letterpress Calligraphy


Twine Personalized Stationery

Custom Silhouette Stationery

Women's Personalized Stationery
Love the stilettos!


Vintage Globe

Top Hat Personalized Stationery

Initial Monogram Stationery

Letterpress for a Couple

Paris + From Stripes to Chevrons

Letterpress postage stamp cards
This was too clever to leave out.

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