September 28, 2010

Long on Style

This six-foot long Monaco credenza is a transitional piece that will work with traditional to contemporary styles from the dining room to the bedroom. Offered for $2,995.00 from WeegoHome.com in a wide variety of finishes.

September 26, 2010

Standing Ovation

Image via Elle Decor

Image via Country Living

Painted floors is a trend that dates back to the late 1700's, it was THE way to protect hardwood floors from wear. I think painting a floor is a stylish and economical way to infuse a punch of color into a room. DIY: learn how to paint a wood floor here and a concrete floor here.

September 24, 2010

Deckside Checkmate

Image via Country Living

Chess on the deck, don't you just love this idea! And I adore the beautiful hydrangeas, they are like an audience intently watching for the next move. Let the board serve double duty and keep a set of large coasters nearby for a game of checkers. Instructions on how to play chess can be found here.

September 23, 2010

Design Icon

Traditional Home named one of my favorite designers a "Design Icon" in its September 2010 issue. Congrats Kelly Wearstler! Here are a few of my favorite designs from her work, enjoy.

Viceroy Miami

September 22, 2010

Here are a few pictures from my daily travels, taken at the local Antique Mall in my town. I'm inspired and am thinking of heading to Goodwill to score an inexpensive vintage chandelier that I can paint turquoise.

September 21, 2010

Glam Kitchen

Stock photo Kraftmaid

My dream kitchen...I love everything about this space but most of all I love the sparkle of the Glam mosaic tile backsplash. Click here to find inspiration for your kitchen remodel.

Golden Girl

Image via HollywoodYesterday.com

I found these pics of the beautiful Betty White and just had to share them with you. She is truly timeless, do enjoy! Want more? Get the 411 on Betty White over at Hollywood Yesterday.com.

September 15, 2010

Listen Up Lonny Mag Fans!!

I am beside myself with excitement!!! Just found out that Lonny Magazine (my FAVE on-line mag) is now going to be available in print. Katie Armour of the NeoTraditionalist exclusively broke this great news on September 14, 2010. So without any further adieu here are the details scored by Katie...
  • Each edition will cost between $30 and $40;

  • A new more user friendly website is set to launch very soon where you will be able to order your copy of a print edition;

  • The book will be comparable to a coffee table book in size and print; and,

  • Back editions will be available for order in the future.

Image via Katie Armour - The NeoTraditionalist

I can't wait to hold Lonny in my hands!

September 11, 2010

Nice, Nice Baby

Image via Variety

This past spring Vanilla Ice (aka Robert Van Winkle) announced through his website that he was going to have his own show on the DIY Network titled "The Vanilla Ice Project". The show is to chronicle the remodel of a foreclosed home Ice had purchased in January 2010 here in Palm Beach County (in the Versailles community within the Village of Wellington to be exact).

Image via Jose Lambiet's Page 2 Live

Ice began fixing up the $419,000 home (valued at 1.5 million just 3 years ago) with plans to "flip" it for a quick buck. I'm interested to see how this show turns out. I love Ice, he is a local celeb here in South Florida who has made positive contributions to our community. For the past several years Ice has thrown some mad fun parties such as the Vanilla Ice Holiday House Party and he's been dedicated to the success of the Vanilla Ice Toys for Tots Holiday Drive.

The 10-episode series titled "The Vanilla Ice Project" is set to air October 14, 2010 at 9:00 PM ET on the DIY Network. Follow Ice along as he and his tatted friends remodel the 7,000 sq. ft. Florida home into a high-tech, sustainable, rock star pad.

I wonder if "he'll cook -GC's- like a pound of bacon"....word to your mutha!

Image via New Times Magazine

September 9, 2010

Define Your Style

What is your design style? Not sure? HGTV has compiled a helpful guide that defines a variety of popular design styles. Here are a few of my favorites.



Mid-century Modern

Images via HGTV

September 4, 2010

How-to Run a Tight Ship

Here are few sites that offer tips, instructions and all around useful information for everything domestic. Definite must reads if you are looking for tips on how-to Run a Tight Ship.

Instructables.com is a how-to site that features tons of useful projects like Make Your Own Grocery Bag or Countertop Greenhouse. All DIY projects can be made at home and include complete how-to instructions and step-by-step pictures.

Head on over to House Cleaning Channel a great resource for anything home related including tips on cleaning, maintenance, organizing, decorating and even entertaining. You can also find real product reviews on household items. My fave feature is the Stain Removal Wizard, a how-to guide to removing virtually any stain.

Want more how-to tips? Monkey See features videos about wide variety of topics including home, finances, career, parenting and lots more.

September 2, 2010

Year Round Style

The shirtdress is at the top of my must-have fashion list, I really dig the seasonless style of this wardrobe essential. Here are a few looks that can take the shirtdress from now through the winter.


This Banana Republic, silk shirtdress and skinny belt can be worn fitted or loose. Cinch the belt at the waist and get a tailored feel or wear just above the hip for a relaxed feel.

Yes...skinny jeans are still all the rage, but they don't work for everyone. A straight-leg, boot cut jean, like this pair from the Gap works well for a variety of body styles. Add a simple nude flat from Piperlime.com to transition the look from Summer to Fall.


This winter you will find lots of options in jackets. Short, long, fitted or belted you can easily warm this look up. Try a fitted tuxedo jacket, military jacket or a leather boyfriend jacket like this one from Express. Layer with a white Spiegel Sateen short vest.


Want some sparkle? Try the Sequin Embrace vest from Forever 21 and accessorize the look with a handbag in an unexpected color like the B. Makowsky Derby Multi Satchel from Nordstroms.