Thank you!

Happy New Year!  Seizing the moment to say Thank you!  Thanks for reading my posts and being part of my 2012 journey as a new blogger.  Grateful to all the friendships, opportunities, and experiences that inspired me throughout the year.  Cheers and wishing you all a 2013 filled with much love, health, and prosperity.

Source: oprah.com via Meredith on Pinterest

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As we embark on 2013, it’s time to say goodbye, au revoir, arrivederci.  I hope our paths will meet again.  Until the next time, Cheers!

Thanks,

Meredith

Personalizing your desk area!

If I heard it once I heard it a million times: A clutter-free zone allows you to focus on the important things!  And that’s the TRUTH!  Keeping this phrase in mind, I created a desk area in my living room that is simple, inspiring, and a reflection of me!   In design there’s always a starting point, whether it’s a fabric, paint color, a piece of furniture, or in my case artwork.

During my last trip to Florida I experienced my first auction, it was a lot of fun.  That’s where I came accross this vibrant artwork, as soon as I saw it-I knew I had to have it!  I kept reassuring my husband that I had a vision and it would be FABULOUS…..thank God he understands and is so patient with me!

I kept the desk and the accessories simple, surrounding myself with key things that make me happy; books, flowers, and souvenirs.  I recently came across They’re Souvenirs, Not Stuff! in the NYTimes.  A great article that talks about how souvenirs have a story; reminding us of places, people, and experiences.  Two of my favorite souvenirs are the petit Eiffel Tower I purchased during my stay in Paris and the hand crafted wooden box my husband picked up for me during our honeymoon.

What souvenir/s do you treasure the most?

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

Meredith

Running Mode

A quote from Mr. Walt Disney -All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.  The count down has begun!  In 136 days what will you be doing?  If nothing comes to mind, why not join me and thousands others as we embark on the 2013 Disney Half Marathon.  Check out Disney Run, there are a variety of races the whole family can enjoy from 5K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon, to the Goofy-which one will you choose?

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With a little over 4 months to go, my training is in full gear.  To keep my discipline focused I picked up “Paula Radcliffe’s How To Run”.  The accomplished marathon and competitive runner knows a thing or two about the sport.  In addition to the book I came across a great app that helps manage my running-MapMyRun.  It logs in my mileage, overall time, average pace, and calories burned-love it!

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I run to feel GREAT and to clear my head.  I LOVE the high I get from finishing a race-what’s your reason to run?

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

Meredith

Window treatments anyone can try!

Our back porch needed much TLC when it came to window treatments, especially since it was bare-Zelch, Zero, NOTHING.  After a little research and youtube-I was inspired and up for the challenge.

 Things you’ll need to get started:

Fabric, measuring tape, wood cut to your specified dimensions, scissors, seamstress ruler, 5/8″ fusible iron on tape, iron, staple gun, glue gun, L brackets, drill and grosgrain ribbon for that punch of color.

With NO SEWING involve this project came together with little time and effort.   Here’s a sample of two different one’s created:

For this first one, I mounted the fabric on the board, stapling the sides first.  I wanted a pleated look in the center so I played around with the fabric to give the illusion, ironed the form, and stapled away.  To really bring out that detail and make the window treatment pop I reached for an orange grosgrain ribbon.

One window is slightly different from the rest, so treated it with a swag balloon look instead.  I started by stapling my sides first, since the window is not as wide as the rest it only allowed for one balloon so I calculated accordingly.

Overall it was fun to create and especially rewarding being able to sit back and enjoy the room now.

Enjoy and thanks for viewing.

Back from my HIATUS!

Reflecting on the quote “it is important from time to time to slow down, to go away by yourself, and simply BE” by Eileen Caddy, thank you Tia Sole for posting this on FB.  I am always on the go, whether it’s physically, mentally, or both.  So when I stumble on something that states ‘slow down’, I try to listen.  Looking back at my long hiatus from blogging (56 days-but who’s counting) my personal life was non-stop.  In preparation for my parent’s arrival the last couple of weeks have been spent creating, designing, and experimenting with things around the house.  Upcoming posts will dabble in some of the projects I worked on.

For now I leave you with a picture of my niece, Arielle, the cutest thing ever and the princess of the family!  My parents came to town to celebrate my lovely niece’s 1st Birthday, it was great having them home.  I savored every minute with them which I am truly thankful for.

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

Sprucing up the front porch

To kick off the Summer season with color I thought it would be fun to spruce up the front porch.  Color blocking is everywhere so why not incorporate it into your design.  My inspiration was sparked by the image below-loving the navy, teal, and chartreuse combo……it got my creative juices going!

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Tired of our traditional looking wicker furniture I spray painted it navy.  You’ll need two cans per chair, if you have a settee I would recommend at least three if not four.

  

Next, you’ll need cushions…..while at Target I pick these fun teal cushions.

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While accessory shopping at Crate & Barrel, I fell in love with the Marimekko Planet Kivet Blue 20″ x 13″ Outdoor Pillow.   Bonus-currently on SALE!

  I couldn’t resist these colorful side tables at C&B-also on SALE!

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In the end it was so much fun mix and matching!  Here’s a glimpse of the final product-what do you think?

Have a lovely Memorial Day Weekend!

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

Simple beauty

I fell in love with succulents about a year ago while reading A New Garden Design…. in the very popular blog Velvet & Linen by Brooke Giannetti.  Here’s the image I drooled over…….look at the colors, texture, and simplicity-absolutely stunning!

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Inspired by images and my local nursery I thought I would dabble in my first succulent arrangement.

What do you think?

I planted this over a week ago and placed in a location where the Sun shines brightly on it.  The low maintenance is such a bonus!

How many of you have a succulent garden?

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

Julius Shulman’s view!

I enjoy looking through photos as it stirs up memories, inspiration, and imagination. The NYTimes recently published On the Trail of a Master Photographer in Los Angeles, a story behind the talented architectural photographer Julius Shulman. Who captured modern day living of the 20th Century, forever immortalizing the works of ingenuous Architects; Frank Lloyd Wright, Pierre Koenig, Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler and many others.  The article features homes open to the public, a trail I plan to see when in California!

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Eric Bricker directed Visual Acoustics a film on Mr. Shulman’s extraordinary career.   It brilliantly snapshots the life and work of the photographer.  He produced many iconic images, here are two of my favorites: above Case House Study #22 and below the rotunda at the Guggenheim museum.

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A quote by Mr. Shulman that I love is: “Architecture affects everybody, from a hospital where you were born, to the schools, grocery stores, library, threatres-every part of a persons life is based upon an Architects presence”.

Which images of Julius Shulman do you love?

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

Beautiful Designs

Lincoln Center hosted NYC20 this past weekend.  The event showcased 20th Century designs from a handful of top 1st Dibs antique dealers.  I love seeing these unique pieces first hand and learning about their talented creators.  Here are some of my favorite:

1. John Paul Philippe | 2. Downtown-Arturo Pani | 3. Vojtech Blau-Sonia Delaunay | 4. Christopher Anthony LTD.-Charles Hollis Jones | 5. Lost City Arts | 6. Palumbo Anderssen-Tommi Parzinger | 7. Le Lampade-Arredoluce.

Which piece can’t you live without?

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

Pictures, pictures, pictures-Apps to help share those images.

Here are two great Apps you should consider owning.  With so many Apps in the market it can be daunting  figuring out what’s good or not.  No worries-I am here to help.  My two go to Apps right now are:  Montage and Postagram Postcards.

Montage: Great app to help organize and creatively  display all the pictures you may have.

Cost: $1.99.  They do offer a Montage Lite that’s free with no text.

Details: With so many pictures taken today, organizing them is key and this App helps you do just that.  Create a montage of images in any arrangement you like, plus add text, play around with fonts and color.  So much fun and a lot easier and manageable than Photoshop, anyone can do this.

Here’s a sample of what I created from a trip I took recently to Laduree.

Postagram Postcards:  Take any image you love and send it via postcard.

Cost: Free.  However to mail a postcard the cost is $0.99 YES that’s it!

Details:  Mail out a personalized postcard with any image you have.  Insert the desired image, add a profile image, type in a greeting and send off-it’s that easy.  Bonus-image pops out and can easily be frame or displayed.

Here’s a sample of a postcard I recently sent out.

Love how these two Apps offer you endless creative options.  Use these Apps to capture great memories today and send them to the ones you love!

What Apps are you digging right now?

Wishing you and your families a wonderful Easter!

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!