Just a Splash {of Aubergine}

*photo from design sponge – Irina Graewe Sneak Peak

Okay, so maybe it is a bit more than ‘just a splash’ but aubergine is one of my favorites this time of year.  Late summer into early fall signifies the harvest of blackberries, blueberries, and well – aubergines! It is still such a fresh, outdoors time of year with a hint of cool – just like the color!

*photo by style by emily henderson

*photo from picsdecor

Interested in adding a little splash of aubergine to your home? Use pretty feathers or gourds, paint an accent wall, how about a cozy knit throw? – either way it will make such a fresh pretty addition!

 *photos from top left: sewn natural, kimono, elle interior norge, luna yarns

What are your feelings on aubergine?  Love it or hate it?

Have a PLEASANT Wednesday!


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An Inspiration Display to Inspire {Part Two}

I showed you guys my vintage wooden hangers when I posted a couple of months ago when I posted about my take on displaying information and inspiration pieces.  Then after I showed pictures of my total office redesign, I felt that the ‘organization’ area of the office was looking slightly sparse.  It needs a little something extra and something a little more user-friendly than the hangers (it is really difficult to actually hang things on those hangers).  This prompted me to use the clipboards. 

Aside from the askew one on the left, they’re so much easier to use than the hangers!  I decided to put things that are not as temporary on the hangers (photos, art) and keep my constant rotation of inspiring clips and swatches on the clipboards.

Initially I was going to do something cool to the clipboards like cover them in awesome fabric or paper, do some sort of stenciling design or painting treatment. However, when it came down to it, I just wanted something that would tie back to the hangers and not upstage them or look out-of-place. 


It sounds silly that it was actually a big decision for me to add the clipboards to the wall.  I am a sucker for simplicity and a minimalist approach so I was really afraid of cluttering up the wall.  With the addition of a little faux milk glass vessel and some dried lavender, I think the area still looks easy and natural – what do you think?

Where do you guys display your inspiration?

Have a PRODUCTIVE Tuesday!

House Tour: Exterior

Our home 2009

Last week when I told you guys about starting the house tour by doing a photo a week, I wasn’t thinking about my porch or the exterior of the house.  This is (so far) my most embarassing moment on the blog.

Our home is old.  On the auditors website, instead of saying the year it was built, it literally just says, “old”.  The age of the house shows most on its exterior.  There are so many things we need to do, but most of them are big and overwhelming… So let’s get started.

2006: Upon moving into the house in 2006 we painted the front porch and spruced up the front landscaping.

2009: The above photo was taken in 2009.  The front porch paint still looks nice. There are a couple broken window panes, from bad storms and 120 year old glass wearing out.   Since then we’ve just switched out the broken porch swing for some rockers, and fixed the broken window panes (which are hard to see from the photo).

 our house current (2011)

2011:  The house is in desparate need of several things:

  • Repainting the porch
  • Replacing lattace
  • Repainting the window trim
  • Power wash exterior siding
  • New roof (meeting with roof man tonight!)
  • New gutters
  • New house numbers and porch light
  • Thin out and spruce up landscaping (hostas can really take over!)
  • Paint front door exterior (maybe a fun color?)
  • Remove door ‘shutters’

our house current 2011

I bet you wonder why we’ve put this off so long?  In truth, this house is a rental.  We technically rent from my mother-in-law and the idea of putting tons of money into the exterior was not quite appealling to me. We’ve recently decided to buy the house from her, so now we need to get to work!  As you can see, there is a lot to do!  It is so easy to get overwhelmed, but we’re going to start digging in.

Do you guys have a long list of to-do’s for your homes exterior? Anything you’ve been putting off? I would love to hear that I’m not the only one!

Have a SMOOTH Monday out there!

Friday Faves 8.26

* all items from Trader Joe’s no. 1 multiseed corn crackers, no. 2 grassfed sheepsmilk gouda, no. 3 rosemary and olive oil parmesan cheese, no. 4 feta stuffed spanish olives, no. 5 deluxe salted mixed nuts, no. 6 sliced gala apple, no. 7 maytag blue cheese, no. 8 mini chevre (goat cheese) medallions, no. 9 honey mixed with dried apricots and cranberries. **Cheese Markers from Pottery Barn, Platter from Crate and Barrel


With so many weekends of travel this past month, I am rejoicing that I get to stay home this weekend.  I’ll have a few friends over and some house guests, so my faves this week are a few of my favorite go-to items to keep on stock for just such an occasion.  Packaged cheese will keep in the refrigerator for a few weeks, so I buy several varieties in advance and have them on hand. When stored properly, nuts, olives, honey, and dried fruit can keep in the pantry or freezer for several weeks.  Keep them on hand so that you can look awesomely prepared next time guests stop by.


Have a DELICIOUSLY wonderful weekend!


Greenhouse Galley Kitchen

* photo: from greenwich

I was originally planning on posting some cool new office organization today, but I was cruising through some photos last night and when I came across this one I almost fell off my chair.  There is no other way to describe it.

The amount of windows, natural light and greenery speak volumes in this beautiful kitchen.  I’m in love.  There are a few elements I would do a tad different to make the space slightly more industrial/modern but overall it takes the cake – put it on the top of my list.

I’m very clearly smitten… what about you?

Have a TREMENDOUS Thursday!