Friday, April 16, 2010


Yesterday, Apartment Therapy featured this fantastic 1959 trailer as part of their Small, Cool 2010 Home Contest. And I have to say....I'm in LOVE.

I'm obsessed with the hues of blue and gray with little pops of texture (like their zebra print storage ottomans) and I have a crush on their dark wood furniture. The whole thing looks relaxing, while still being modern and fun.

Oh, and did I mention how light and airy it is??? Speaking of lights, check out the sweet LED lighting overhead.

Love, LOVE the farmhouse sink. And how the wood flooring throughout make everything look seamless and larger.

My favorite thing here? I love the dark grey accent wall. I also really like the dresser/sink combo you can see through the door there into their bathroom. Dark wood always looks so sophisticated to me.

The use of mirrors in this space is great. Keeps everything nice and light and makes things look larger. Can you believe this home is only 360 square feet????

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Pretty Green

Green is quickly becoming one of my favorite colors. I love the freshness it brings to mind and all of the other color combos you can create with it.

Target has a boxed set of invites as shown below that would be great for any number of weddings. They would work well for a garden or vintage theme. They would also be really neat as non traditional birthday party or cookout invitations. In person they are just as nice. They cream paper is reasonably thick and the dandelions imprinted upon it are sort of embossed into it so they have a letterpress feel to them.

I love these touches of green and white nestled amongst these branches. This would also make a really easy DIY project. You could gather your own tree branches, spray paint them your preferred color, and add tissue paper (or real, of course) flowers, and then cluster them in a large vase or container.

This is another super easy green idea. You could use this as a wedding centerpiece, cookout or party centerpiece, or as part of your regular dining room tablescape. I love this idea for a wedding. You could add a little sign or notecard at the bottom of the table encouraging guests to take an apple.

These limes make cheap, creative place cards as seen at real simple. Easy!!

I am kind of in love with these green shoes. There is just something so effortless and organic about them that just calls out to me. I can't explain it. But I can definitely think of more than a couple of my outfits that would benefit from a such a cheerful pop of color.

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Purple is my favorite color. Look how well it matches up with fresh, crisp green. The lime accents bring the darker, more formal purples back into spring while looking fresh and modern rather than Easter eggish.


Okay really, is there ANYTHING more fun and green than a flirty margarita with fresh squeezed lime??

Mellow Yellow

It’s that time of year again! Everything is coming back to life! Trees are green, the sky is blue, everything else is….yellow! Yep. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. While the world is looking pretty and tempting us to come out and play, many of us are stuck inside, slaves to our kleenex.

Did you know that popular allergy medications like Claritin, Allegra, and Singular have some surprising side effects? Take a look at reviews done by actual patients on about some of these medications. There seem to be a large number of people reporting to have experienced depression, anxiety, irritability, moodiness, and even nightmares. I can honestly say that I was more depressed than is usual for me, as well as more easily agitated in general while taking Claritin D. To me it’s kind of scary that a medicine can just take over your psyche like that.

Within the past few months I’ve become more involved in trying to clean up and “Green” up my life. I’ve eliminated toxic household cleaners for more eco friendly Method and Mrs. Meyer’s products, started using an air purifier, and have continuously sought out ways to take the toxins out of my life. So naturally (pun intended), I started looking for some relief that did not contain nasty mind altering chemicals.

Recently I began taking Quercetin. It’s an antioxidant found in apple peels and onions. Taken in theraputic amounts, it has been found to be a great natural antihistamine. It is also used in treatment of Cancer patients and for prostate health issues. The supplement I use contains Bromelain. Bromelain comes from pineapples and aids absorption.

After two yellow, pollen infused weeks, I can say with conviction that I LOVE Quercetin. It has helped me feel so much better that I almost feel as though I don’t have allergies. I am also not experiencing any adverse side effects and am just as happy as can be that I’m not adding anything funky to my system.
My allergy symptoms are about ninety five percent better than what they were last year at this time. I still sneeze every once in a while, and some nights my eyes will itch, but the vast majority of the time I’m symptom free and loving it.