Friday, June 26, 2009
So this amazing Los Angeles home jumped out at me on LivingEtc. What's more, it's eco-friendly and is made up of natural woods, soothing colors and lots of light.
Consider these photos a visual retreat for a few minutes:
What a cool, angular exterior. And I like how the reflective glass planes are echoed in the pool.
The tidy couch, bold purple chair, cool-hued wall tiles -- love it, love it, love it!
Doesn't a room like this make you breathe a little easier?
You gotta love a sunny bedroom.
Photos from here.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Instead of swimming or playing outside, I'd eat a bowl of ice cream and watch a holiday movie.
I'm reminded of my little Christmas-in-July tradition lately when I see white objects drifting slowly through a blue sky. The cottonwood trees have gone crazy the past few weeks and their fluff is flying everywhere.
It really does look like falling snow. So now I get a dose of winter in the summer—minus the cold and snow.
Photo from here.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
That said, I've always been a bit weary of wallpaper. I know, I know, wallpaper has changed. It's cool now. Still, I haven't tried any in my home. I'll stick with paint for the time being.
But looking at these inspiring photos posted on the beautiful blog My Favorite and My Best, I must admit, it would be fun to try out some bold-patterned paper!
This deep pink floral pattern is perfectly peppy with white floors and furniture.
An ornate motif works great as an accent wall of a long bedroom.
A slightly retro yellow print make for a cheery powder room -- why not make a bathroom this much fun?
I want to rock out a hallway like this!
Photos from this My Favorite and My Best post.
Monday, June 22, 2009
With my husband out of town, the pup and I took the opportunity to spend the weekend at my parents' house. And it was blissful!
Maybe it's because my parents' house will probably always feel more like home to me than anywhere else on earth. Or because my mom and dad spoil me with good food and great conversation whenever I'm there.
But it was more this weekend, too. We enjoyed gorgeous weather, which I took as a cue to do absolutely nothing. I lounged outside, swam, read magazines and napped.
And I took in the beautiful forests and fields that spread out behind my parents' backyard. Not a bad spot to spend a few days, eh?
Photo by me.
Friday, June 19, 2009
I'm so excited for him. He gets to spend a weekend with his three best friends, guys he's known since his childhood. I hope they have the best time!
But I am going to miss him. I always sort of hate saying goodbye to him. My sister makes fun of the long goodbyes we have, even when it's just one of us running out to the store or heading in to work. But I like this little tradition of ours.
I love photos like this one—found on the lovely blog Wide Open Spaces—because there's so much emotion in them. And don't you just feel the emotions right along with them?
Photo from ffffound! via Wide Open Spaces.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
That's because my dog is one of the major loves of my life. Seriously, I cannot get enough of her.
She can be a bit of a stinker (we're still working on her barking and listening skills, but who's perfect, right?) but truth be told I dig her spunk and personality.
Photo by me.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I bet this patio is fantastic for outdoor parties.
Monday, June 15, 2009
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Friday, June 5, 2009
My boss let me take home a bouquet of peonies from the office. They look gorgeous and smell divine. I might have discovered my new favorite flower!
I have to say, I might just have the best boss in the world. No, not just because she gives me flowers. But because it is so great -- and really quite rare, I think -- to work for someone you respect and admire both in and out of work. A person you can consider both a friend and a mentor.
She's taught me, shown me and given me so much. And now I can add beautiful pink flowers to that list!
Photo from here.