Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bulletin Board: Katie Ridder

Elle Decor

Sorry for not posting this yesterday as I had promised, but it was another zombie-like day for me - total body fatigue. But I am with it today and I wanted to share with you a designer that clearly loves using color and pattern in her designs - Katie Ridder. I think Katie Ridder is just the cat's meow. I love her use of color combinations and I especially love her wallpaper choices. You all know how much I love wallpaper (can't believe I haven't wallpapered anything yet!). To see her wallpapered spaces done in a way that I can totally appreciate and love provides me with so much inspiration and viewing pleasure.

I'll be gone (til next week Monday) to Steve's dad's house to celebrate a belated Christmas and the New Year. So I thought that ending 2011 and starting 2012 with Katie Ridder would be a great way to usher in the new year. What do you think? Can you dig her designs?

Have a fabulous & safe New Year's celebration!

My Design Chic

{All images from Katie Ridder unless otherwise noted.}

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

What a Wonderful Christmas!

Pink Coffee Inspirations and Creative Thoughts

I have to tell you, every year Christmas somehow just keeps getting better and better. And this Christmas was no exception. Because of the news of our little girl arriving next year, this Christmas has been particularly special to us. It has been full of so much love and excitement from our families and it just doesn't get any better than that. As if that wasn't enough, Santa must've thought I was a good girl this year because I got gifts for the nursery that I've been dying to get! More on that later though!

And with that said, I just want to take the time to thank you all for being such amazing and supportive readers of this blog! This year, Proper Hunt has seen a growth in its readership and I know that it's because you all support and share it with friends. I love sharing with you what I find, what I think about things, and just the little tidbits about my life. And honestly it amazes me that you all enjoy reading about it! But I just want to thank you all for an incredible year.

I hope that you all had loads of fun with family and friends over the Christmas weekend and that there was lots of eating involved. For some reason, I can't seem to eat as much as I'd like - this might be the first Christmas where I couldn't gorge myself completely. So I hope you all ate a lot, for my sake at least! I'll be back tomorrow with a new Bulletin Board of a designer that I just have to share with you all. Stay tuned for tomorrow!
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Working Through My Christmas Checklist

The Lovely Cupboard

What a busy week it's been so far and it's only going to get busier! But, I'm so excited about Christmas, and the chance to spend time with family, that I don't care how busy I've been. My apologies for being MIA until now; I was getting some great Christmas shopping done on Tuesday and that left me pooped out yesterday (I was a total zombie from fatigue). Even with that shopping done, I still have a huge to-do list: cleaning, dressing the table, grocery shopping, and a few last minute DIY projects that I need to tackle to complete our Christmas decorations (including printing out my DIY gift tags, eek!). Speaking of DIY projects, I had to share with you the site, The Lovely Cupboard, because it is chock-full-of great DIY projects including the one in the photo above. I secretly want to create something like the lighted board for the nursery... Hopefully you are all done with most of your preparations and are not last minute like I am!
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Monday, December 19, 2011

Setting the Christmas Table

Martha Stewart

You'll have to forgive me for a post so late in the day, but this past weekend really pooped me out. In a good way of course! It was filled with holiday get-togethers with friends new and old and it was just really, really fun. Of course both nights I didn't go to bed until 1am (super late for me), which is why I woke up this morning much later than I should have. And I still have loads to do before Sunday, but the thing on my mind is how I'm going to dress the table for Christmas dinner. Keeping it somewhat simple and colorful is definitely the direction I want to go in, but I came across the images below and just couldn't help but share them with you all. They're all quite different from one another, but each is festive in it's own way. Which tablescape is your favorite?

Grey Likes Weddings

Desde My Ventana

Taste of Home

Heavenly Blooms

Desde My Ventana

Martha Stewart

Eddie Ross via Casa Sugar

Better Homes and Gardens

Conspicuous Style

Gotta have a table for the kids...
How Does She

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Friday, December 16, 2011

All-Day Christmas Cookie Baking

Glazed Spritz Cookie (Martha Stewart)

Guess what I'm doing today? Yup, you guessed it! I'll be in the kitchen all day baking up a storm. On the menu for today is: Peanut Butter Cookie Cups, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge (I'm really excited about this one), Peanut Butter Fudge, Pralines & Cream Fudge, and hopefully Gingerbread cookies as well as Spritz cookies. We'll see how much I get through today, but that's the plan.

Oh, and totally random but I'm super excited about tomorrow morning because the contractor is coming to give us an estimate for a potential home reno that we want to do before the baby arrives. I'll have more details as soon as we learn of the quote he gives us, so fingers crossed!

Hope you all have a lovely Friday!
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Design Board for Our Little Girl's Nursery

{1) Bufta BIG Light - definite DIY project, 2) "Little Dresses" Print, 3) Elephant Print by Caitlin McGauley, 4) Modern Brass Elephant Coin Bank, 5) Brigitte Single Drawer Oval Table, 6) Ektorp Jennylund Armchair with Putty/White Pirput Parput Printed Cotton Slipcover, 7) Berry Fleur Chinoise Fabric - I'm thinking of a roman shade with this fabric, 8) Mint Fret Fabric - I think this fabric would make a cute fitted sheet for the crib, 9) Queen Anne Mirror, 10) Our Greek Key Dresser, 11) Yellow Cachepot from One Kings Lane that I picked up earlier this year, 12) Rens Sheepskin Rug, 13) Oeuf Sparrow Crib in White, and 14) "Ascending" by Jen Ramos. Wall Color is Whisper Violet by Benjamin Moore.}

Ever since we found out we're having a little girl, all I can think about is how I'm going to decorate her nursery. I'm really excited about creating a sophisticated-yet-whimsical space for her. At first, I was very indecisive and had a ton of ideas floating around in my head, but now I think I have a clearer picture of what I want to achieve. I figured if I created a design board with all of the items I bookmarked (along with pieces we already own), then I would know whether or not they will all go together.

So far I think I'm on the right track, although I suppose since I still have awhiles to go I might change my mind about a few things. Actually, I'm thinking at this moment that the mirror might change since I can't decide between a modern mirror, a vintage gold one, or a vintage Venetian mirror. A vintage gold mirror would add some warmth, glitz, and history to the room while a vintage Venetian mirror would add history and femininity. Ahh, the choices one must make. I think in the end it'll all come down to the price, so we'll see how my search for the perfect mirror goes. And there will need to be more accessories and storage pieces in the room, but for now, I'm starting out with the basics. How'd I do so far?
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

New Favorite Gift Wrapping Idea

Brunch at Saks

My new favorite way of wrapping gifts. Check out Annemarie's DIY on creating this gorgeously simple wrapping job. Must go to Michael's now to find glitter ribbon...
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday Wish List 2011: Stocking Stuffer Edition

{1) Ladurée Macarons, 2) Kate Spade Double Exposure Earrings, 3) Brass Horse Envelope Knife, 4) Bonne Mère Soap - Honeysuckle, 5) Alphabet Mug, 6) Color-banded Dessert Plates, 7) Gold Wishbone Keychain, 8) Lady Like, and 9) Lollipop.}

Somehow, I've lost track of the days this month. I mean I think my heart literally did a somersault when I realized today was the 13th (less than 2 weeks 'till Christmas!). I should've realized it sooner too, since the past couple of times I've gone shopping (during the day mind you) there's been a ton of shoppers out.

Hopefully, you've all got your shopping lists whittled down to just a few last gifts, but if you're still having some trouble, then I hope my stocking stuffer holiday wish list helps you out. #6 might seem a bit difficult to get into a stocking, but they were just so pretty and inexpensive that I couldn't leave them out! I know that if any of the items above made it to my stocking, I'd be one very happy girl, hint hint.
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Thursday, December 8, 2011

More Gift Tags for the Holidays

Red and White Embossed Gift Tags

We've got a few more weeks to go before Christmas, which means there's still plenty of time to get these gift tags for those lovely presents filling up under your tree. All but one of these gift tags must be purchased but like I said before, you've got the time. And for these pretty little things, why not splurge a little? I especially love the calligraphy personalized gift tags. They are pretty fancy as far as gift tags go, but you really can't beat calligraphy. They are just so lovely, no?

Speaking of lovely presents filling up under the tree, we're a tad behind... I mean we've purchased a few gifts but I still need to wrap them and add gift tags to them. Plus, it doesn't help that most of the gifts we're giving this year are "experiences" rather than material goods. Most of our family members really enjoy "experiences" (e.g. tickets to a show, gift cards to the movies, etc.) so that's the route we're taking this year. But, that's not to say little things won't appear under the tree for our family members...

If there's one thing I've learned regarding Christmas morning, it is that there's nothing like opening a lot of gifts, whether they're big or small, and I'm pretty sure lots of people feel the same way. And to see presents get the royal treatment with how they're wrapped and tagged is just the cherry on top!

Jones Design Company

Calligraphy Personalized Gift Tags

Round Knit Gift Tags

Chalkboard Wine Glass Tags/Gift Tags

Love, Santa Holiday Gift Tags

Vintage Doilies Gift Tags

Assorted Gift Tags
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Monday, December 5, 2011

A Pretty in Pink Christmas

luxe + lilies

Have I got news for you today. We have been awaiting this day for the past month and I am just over-the-moon to share with you the exciting news: we are having a little girl! I cannot tell you how happy I am right now. Even the fact that I have jury duty tomorrow at 8am doesn't bring me down. Okay, maybe it does just a tad but I'm still grinning like a cheshire cat over my happiness.

I feel like I can finally start planning properly for her nursery since knowing that our baby is a girl makes it that much more real. It's funny, the whole first trimester and even up until earlier this morning, I was still like, "am I really pregnant?" But after seeing our little girl in the ultrasound and seeing her move around like a little acrobat, it really hit both of us how very 'real' she is.

I was going to save this Pink Christmas post for a bit later, but since we just found out we're having a little girl, I figured it was only appropriate to share these Pink Christmas images with you in honor of our news. Enjoy and Happy Monday!

Sugar Paper

Making it Lovely

Country Living

Better Homes and Gardens


D Home Magazine

Better Homes and Gardens

Eddie Ross

Country Living

Home Klondike

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