Saturday, January 30, 2010
And that Eucalyptus tree? So fantastic. And romantic. Imagine it draped with dangling white lights for an evening soiree. Then reality set in pretty quickly. Isn't it a little close to the pool?
This could very quickly turn from a romantic backyard to one filled with strife. "We bought the house for the beautiful tree. Now we're ripping it out and building a whole new pool". Isn't home ownership fun?
Monday, January 18, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
With a window display full of Designer's Guild fabrics and colerful pottery, they had me at hello. Inside, they introduce you to a perfectly styled mixture of morrocan, asian, english, french, and everything-else-good-that-I-could-ever-imagine design.
They carry Mateus pottery, which is designed in Sweden, produced in Portugal, and soon to be enjoyed in our house...at least in the form of espresso cups anyway (sans the lacy saucer). Without the handle, they can easily be stacked and tucked away. We had been looking for something unique for a while and these perfectly fit the bill.
Their pillow selection, presumably mainly from Designer's Guild, was top notch. Their furniture was unique without being too "out there". They had great morrocan and other motif tray tables that could fit many places in a home. The shelves were filled with all sorts of other goodies, from reasonably priced porcelin bowls to decorative stands to beautiful morrocan lights.
Overall, it was unique to find a small shop that carried off so many different styles so successfully. And of course, they were as nice as you can image. If you are ever in Zurich in search of a fun design store, perhaps a stroll through the street will lead you to DecoDomo.
- Put items used regularly at eye level, items used less at lower levels and items used rarely at high levels.
- Make sure that the space is well lit
- Color coding can make things easier to find
- Consider good looking and coordinated storage boxes
- Use coordinated hangers for a clean look
When we moved into the house, we ditched the 10+ different types of plastic and wire hangers. Through an ebay seller, I was able to get a great deal on loads (and I mean loads) of hangers. It's sort of a silly little thing, but the fact that everything hangs at the same level in the same fashion just makes my closet feel more coordinated. Perhaps it reminds me of a shop...who knows. I've also gone the color coordination route and find it easy to manage.
Organizationquest.com is another great resource as it's author, Anne-Marie works through organizing her home and life. The best part is that she's a normal gal just like most of us, as opposed to a professional. That makes her posts just that much more realistic. And if for nothing else, you should pop over there to take a peek at her craft closet.
While our closet is in fairly decent shape, I have a particularly poor habit of discarding my worn outfits daily on our closet countertop. Who am I kidding? Sometimes I'll go 2-3 days (wink wink). I think this will be my New Year's resolution...to have everything put away by the time I go to bed each night.
Does anyone else out there have organization-related resolutions?
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Actually, it's a bit of a coincidence. You see, there is a quaint, rustic, and yet much loved hotel that will soon be shutting it's doors in Cayman. We were there recently for a party and their iron outdoor seating really caught my eye.
In a possible stroke of luck, they recently announced that they are selling all of their furniture. While a bit "frilly", I was thinking that they could be made a bit more modern with a good coat of paint. In particular, I l-o-v-e the alternating round and square tables. And because they are quite heavy, they would work really well on our dock, where we get a lot of breeze.
I'll certainly be keeping my fingers crossed that these might be included in their sale. Wish me luck!
It's even more stunning in citron, but the white could go in any house with any decor. If my grandmother was still with us, I can imagine her getting giddy right next to me over this piece.
I can completely imagine it at the entrance to our master bedroom right here...so fun!
Saturday, January 2, 2010
(the price would certainly follow shortly thereafter). We'll stick with "ottoman" around here and maybe it could stand a chance. :)
Nevertheless, I just wanted to take a moment to admire this pretty....
They are so easy to make and certainly pack a punch in the flavor department. I used dried rosemary instead of fresh (that's what happens when you don't get to the store until noon on Christmas Eve) and they still were very fragrant. Although the recipe indicates only 2 servings, we fed at least 5.
Let me know if you try them. And of course, enjoy!