Wednesday, November 23, 2011

My First Wreath Experiment

So, I made a wreath.  Weird.  This isn't the type of thing I usually do.  I've never made a wreath before, so I'm not sure what came over me.  Often times, the wreaths I see are cheesy and not really my thing...

...but for some reason I went to the craft store looking for supplies to make some sort of  a Thanksgiving Wreath.  I came home with a grape vine wreath, jute fabric, a silk flower, berries, and feathers.

I struggled because I didn't really like what I was coming up with as I began arranging the wreath:

Ultimately, this is what I ended up with:


I am actually pretty happy with it.  Do you think it could also be a Christmas Wreath?  I didn't get it put on my door until about a week ago, so I'd like to leave it up through December.  What do you think?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Recipes: Great FOOD + a Beautiful ROOM

What are two things we all love??  Tasty FOOD and pretty ROOMS.  Well, because of this, I decided to start  this new series.  For the 'food' part, I have invited the talented Cassie, a food blogger from CassieCraves to share one of her awesome, melt-in-your-mouth recipes.  After wards, I will come in for the 'room' part- I'll share a 'recipe' for a room design where I could picture myself enjoying the yummy meal. 

Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese inviting, seasonal version of the classic comfort food.

1 butternut squash

1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
2 cups milk
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pound macaroni pasta
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup plain breadcrumbs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon ground sage
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1.       Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut butternut squash in half lengthwise, remove seeds, and place face-down in a large roasting pan. Add about 1 inch of water. Cook for 40 to 50 minutes, or until squash is tender. Don’t turn off the oven.
2.       While the squash is still warm, remove from peel and place in a blender. Add cream cheese and puree until mixture is smooth.
3.       Cook pasta to al dente according to directions on package in boiling salted water; drain.
4.       Meanwhile, heat milk in a large saucepan over medium heat until simmering. Stir in butternut squash/cream cheese mixture and shredded cheddar. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.
5.       Add cheese sauce to pasta. Pour into a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish.
6.       In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs, parmesan, sage, and thyme leaves; stir in butter. Sprinkle evenly over macaroni and cheese.
7.       Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until breadcrumb topping is browned. Serve immediately.


Ooh...mac & cheese with butternut squash and cream cheese - that's what I'm talking about!  I could really see myself eating this on a dreary winter day, curled up in a corner of the room in a big comfy chair with my feet tossed up. 

When I began putting this design together with butternut mac & cheese in mind, the design went masculine, but still with class and a little femininity. 

Take a look,

Recipe to create this room:

 First mix in a graphic rug, then sink into this chair, it's comfy yet still tailored and beautiful. 
Mix in a leather ottoman with all the fabrics in the space for a masculine feel.  Add a some nailhead for extra flavor.
 Sprinkle in a little bit of bling-bling with this antiqued mirror glass top & gold leafed tables.  Pull out the table underneath when extra surfaces are needed.
Make sure you can see your butternut mac & cheese with this rust finish and pebble silk shade lamp.  Turn on when eating or reading.  Turn off when sleeping:)
Next, add art, a throw, and pillows & fabrics for draperies etc. for added character.
To finish off your room, sprinkle in your favorite accessories, books, and fresh flowers.  Enjoy!


Thanks Cassie, for helping me out with this post!  Make sure you go check out her blog. I bet you won't leave it without 'pinning' at least one recipe! 

If you blog about food and would like to be apart of this series, email me!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Guest Post: Colorful Tables

Hi, I'm Susi, from the Arcadian Lighting blog, a wonderful place to find inspiration for lighting fixtures and decorating. I'm very lucky that I get to visit amazing blogs like ROOMS as a guest blogger. My guest post today is all about colorful tables that make me, and hopefully you, happy. Tables are a great way to add pops of color to a space, whether it be a kitchen, living room or bedroom. Here are eight colorful tables that are cheerful and happy. Enjoy!
Colorful Tables
A colorful table in an entry or foyer is a happy way to welcome people into your home. Bright red has a big wow feeling against a blue and white wallpaper along with this gold wall lamp!
Colorful Tables
A pretty yellow table is unexpected in a dining room. This colorful table adds a bit of cheer to this coastal style room.
Colorful Tables
For a room full of color or to add a pop of color, a colorful painted table is an easy choice. Love the turquoise color in this colorful living room.
Colorful Tables
A dark color, like indigo or navy, feels sophisticated when used on a table. This indigo table doubles as a writing desk and sets the palette for the space. I'm smitten by those amazing chunky lamps!
Colorful Tables
Mosaic can make for a colorful table in a dining room or living room. This clever colorful table top is made from paint chips...easy to customize for your color palette.
Colorful Tables
For a small accent table or nightstand, be bold in your color choice. A bright yellow table makes a happy design statement in any room.
Colorful Tables
This sunny yellow kitchen gets a pop of contrasting color in the aqua painted kitchen table. The blue really stands out against the creamy yellow. Love the look of that simple, but stunning, hanging lantern above the table!
Colorful Tables
Happy colors like bright primary colors and secondary colors make for cheerful table colors. Pretty pastels are also great choices for table colors. Really, almost any color would work to create a colorful table to make your space and you feel happy. Wondering where you can find a unique lighting fixtures for a table in your home? Check out Arcadian Lighting today to find what your looking for! Images: ( 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 )

Arcadian Lighting is the best source for lighting fixtures and accessories at discount prices. Arcadian Lighting has been in the lighting industry for over 15 years selling decorative home lighting fixtures and lamps online, and has become one of the top Internet retailers for home lighting products.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Few DIY Projects

Lately, I feel like I should start each post with - 'Sorry I haven't been around much...'

Hmm, anyway..

Here are a few of my favorite diy projects I have collected on pinterest over the last little bit.  I have not done any of them...I like to THINK about doing them, and maybe one day it will happen!

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Poster paper cut in circles, spray painted, layered into a fishscale pattern on fiberboard, trimmed out, and hung in a dining room.  source


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Someone should really try these out...and send them to me :) I wish :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Throws to Curl Up In

Today is one of those overcast days that I would love to just curl by a fireplace (if I had one...and really it's still 65 degree outside, but it would still be nice) in one of these beautiful throws and watch a good movie...

 Favorite Throw

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Jonathan Adler Nixon Throws - get out your wallets $ the colors and patterns:)

Brahms Mount Cotton Herringbone Throws

Eco Houndstooth

Coral Printed Cashmere Throws : home decor decorate color printed cashmere coral throw blankets

CocoCozy Throws $322 - a pretty penny, but sooo many cute designs & colors!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Project Peek - Boy's Room

Remember this room design I showed you awhile back?

As I mentioned, I had to make a few changes to the design.  I found out there was a blue and red race car toddler bed that would be used when 'baby boy' got to that stage.  So instead of using orange, I switched to red.  This way the red/blue toddler bed would match the room when the time came to use it.  Also, I received further clarification on the doing a race car theme - It needed to be Formula 1 race cars. 

 This is what I came up with...

The family that I am doing this design for lives in Utah where I used to live, because of modern technology (thank you)  I am still able to help them.  

Here is a sampling of the drawings I emailed to them to illustrate the design:

If you are interested in my design service, email me :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Rug Love

Before moving out to S. Carolina I worked as a designer/sales at a modern & contemporary furniture store in Salt Lake City.  My favorite rug line that we carried was Surya.

Today, I was looking though their online Fall 2011 Catalog.  Here are a few of my favorite rugs that looked like new designs added (among many) that I hadn't seen before.

They have pillows too:

Also on a completely different, non-design related subject, I rented this book from the library today...

Hilarious so far.  I love Ellen.