Thursday, February 24, 2011


I'm loving this pool house that Jade O'Connor is designing for one of her clients!  If I ever had a pool, I would want a pool house just like this....yes, please! 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What's New?

I got home last night from work and browsed through the new Crate & Barrel catalog and I was impressed.  Here are a couple of times that are striking my fancy....

My girlfriend just purchased the above chair for her beach home.  And, it swivels!!

Me  Hope everyone is having a great week!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Breaking the Silence

Life is still moving forward, despite this blog being in a holding pattern.  Thank you for your sweet 'Get Well' comments!  I had stomach issues this past week and my poor family has had to pick up the slack.  I'm still not completely over it so bear with me.

Random tidbits from my world:  Luke loves to play superheros these days and constantly wants me to play 'Wonder Woman'...I wish I was feeling more like her these days!!  Other news, have you heard that Hillary Thomas has opened her online store?

It's very chic.  From finials (jewelry for your lamps) to pretty little things for around your home, you should check it out!

Truth be told, I have done nothing around my home as I try to get back on my feet.  I could totally relate to Kathysue's post "The In-Betweens."  That is where I am right now.  I did manage to get a haircut on Friday which was a super pick me uper!  Definitely recommend it when you're in a rut.  Here's to a new week....thanks for bearing with me!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Butler's Pantry

Kevin here; I'm Fran's husband.  Fran is still feeling poorly; and you know it's bad when I'm the one updating her on the goings-on in the interior design blog-o-sphere.  Anyway, I developed todays post.  

As many of you know, we live in a small Cape Cod house that I purchased several years before I even met Fran.  At the time, it was more than enough house for me - and a bigger house would only have meant more cleaning.  Not to mention, I was oblivious to the benefits of more storage space.  Anyway, in our first year of marriage we re-did the kitchen.  It was a complete gut job: new hardwood floors, new ceiling, new wiring, etc.  At the time, I thought, "Wow, look at all this new storage."  But those spaces quickly filled up.  And I've grown tired of having to trek down the basement to get the waffle iron on "waffle Saturdays".  And, rest assured, the waffle iron isn't the only item stored down there (have I mentioned that our house is small?).

So with the prospect of moving someday, Fran and I have discussed our "wish lists" for the next home.  Are we the only ones that do this?  Anyway, first on my list is a giant basement workroom - off limits to everyone.  But after that might be a butlers pantry.  I know, I know ... it probably seems odd for a guy to appreciate a butlers pantry.  But I actually would, simply because it would help the clean-up/storage process (wouldn't have to run downstairs to re-store certain pots and pans after dinner).

My first thoughts of the ideal butlers pantry took me back to a tour Fran and I took of The Breakers, Cornelius Vanderbilt's 130,000 square foot summer home in Newport, RI.  That pantry has a walk-in safe for the silver, a second level catwalk, and a dumbwaiter.  But maybe that was aiming just a little too high.  So here are a few more modest pantry's.

This first one is a traditional "walk through", connecting the kitchen and dining room.  It's clean, well organized and practical.  But there's no counter space.

This one also appears to be a walk-through and is way bigger with tons of counter space.  But it feels a little institutional and cold.

This one appeals to the Maxwell Smart in me.  I really like the secret passage feel to this one (pantry door is disguised as more cupboards).  From a practical perspective, I would prefer a pass-through.  But this was too cool not to include.  I like the pewter plates too.  But they seem too congested.  And is it me or are they mounted on a mirror?  I don't really like that.

Lastly, here's the mac-daddy.  Holy cow.  This is way nicer and larger than our entire kitchen.  Look at those windows.  It's almost a shame.  I don't want to store stuff in this room ... I want to live here.  This one is very white as well but the floors (pine?) warm it up as does the outdoor greenery.  I like the lights too.  Not so excited about the topiaries, but that's just me.

And now that we've settled on the pantry, we can just build the rest of the house around it.  After we win the power-ball, that is.

Have a great weekend.  And get better Frannie!!!  This blog stuff is way harder than it looks.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Giveaway Winner

Congratulations Nancy from La Borda Bleu you're the lucky giveaway winner!  And, for all of you my dear readers, Happy Valentines Day!!

Sorry, I had trouble copying and pasting the random generator image into my blog!  If anyone knows how to do it, I'm all ears!! 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Feeling Blue

and under the weather.  Sorry folks, I'm going to have to sign off for this week but I'll leave you with these beautiful island pictures - exactly where I would want to be right now (if I was feeling better, that is!) Enjoy!

All pics via Coastal Living's Daily Catch blog

And, don't forget to enter in my giveaway for a chance to win a Sandor Collection Pillow!  

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Happy Blogoversary & A Giveaway

A year ago I started this blog and am so happy I did.  It has been so rewarding in so many ways and I am very grateful.  Thank you readers for all your support!  To show my gratitude, I am doing a giveaway from a company that is known for their exquisite craftsmanship.  The Sandor Collection boasts a beautiful collection of handmade items from Christmas stockings to pillows. They are particularly know for their felt applique pillows

The Sandor Collection has been in advertised on numerous blogs (Garden & Gun, Katiedid, Blueprint Bliss, Katy Elliott) and has been featured in numerous publications such as Martha Stewart and Real Simple.  

I am offering one lucky reader the Bihar Tree (below) felt applique pillow which retails for $125.00.  

To enter: 

1) Leave a comment and make sure you're a follower.
2) For a 2nd entry, follow me on twitter and come back and leave a comment.
3) For a 3rd entry, tweet or blog about this giveaway and come back and leave a comment!

Giveaway ends Sunday, Feb. 13th at midnight and will be selected by and announced Monday, February 14th.  Good Luck!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Darling Confetti....

Have you seen the Thibaut's new fabric called Marathon?  It reminds me of confetti and I absolutely adore it.

I need to find a place in my home for this new adorable and fun fabric.  On a separate note, come back tomorrow as I have a fun giveaway planned that you won't want to miss!!  Hope you all had a lovely weekend!  Let the week begin!!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Pink Flamingos

If only I was decorating a baby girl's nursery, I would decorate the entire room around these 4 lovely flamingo prints.

Sharon Montrose's animal prints are amazing.  See here.  

High Gloss

I have to agree with Julie, I wasn't sure what to expect given the recent influx of online shelter magazines, but the ladies from High Gloss really hit this one out of the park!  The interiors were fabulous!  Congrats High Gloss and keep up the fabulous work!