Sunday, March 8, 2015

Musings on Life

Hello Again.  It has been quite a while.  I have been busy lately, with life, and work, and whatnot (haven't we all?).   I have been doing a lot of thinking and prioritizing in terms of this blog, and really just taking a little (or not so little) break.  Quite frankly, keeping up with my blog postings was beginning to stress me out, and I had never wanted that to be the case.  The kids were complaining that I was always on the computer, work (read: actual paying job) has been becoming busier, and I have been just trying to focus more on the things that matter.  Like cleaning out the kitchen junk drawer.  No, really, the drawer was getting out of control.  What I really mean is, I have been trying to find a better balance between family, work, life, and blogging.  It can be tricky.  Also, I have been evaluating my blogging content lately, too.  My original intent had always been to provide value.  I would really like to publish a site where readers can come for ideas, inspiration, and hopefully even some help for design dilemmas.  I was starting to feel like some of my content was, well, lacking in content.  If you know what I mean.  I was beginning to just post whatever I could just to keep to my schedule, and I really was not happy with the result.   So, I am still here, and still always thinking about my little blog, and I am ready to start generating content again.  At this point it is an organic process; I am just rolling with it.  Hopefully you will decide to stick around and see what happens.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Beautiful Pieces: Decorative Chests

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Marsala for the Home

Pantone 2015 Color of the Year - Marsala 

Ikat Pillow   //  Solid Marsala Fabric  //  Drapery Finial  //  Paisley Fabric  //  Loop Fringe Trim  //  Throw  //  Ceramic Vase  //  Key Tassle

Friday, January 9, 2015

Tips for Selecting Sheets

January is a great time to do some home shopping.  There are tons of deals to be had on household items, including bedding.  Here are some helpful tips for selecting the right sheet sets for your bed.  

                                Traditional Bedroom by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Jamie Herzlinger

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

For Those Resolutions

How many of us committed to getting into better shape for the New Year?  Here is a little gym inspiration for you.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Coat Envy

I am a Florida girl.  There is no doubt about that.  That being said, I often long for colder weather, especially when I see photos on other blogs and Instagram of snowy weather, replete with over the knee boots, blanket scarves and  woolen coats.  It always makes me want to take a trip to a cold climate, just so I can justify purchasing such items.  Instead, today, I am living vicariously through those of you who layer up and enjoy your winter wonderland.

Lucky for me, since I have no true tolerance for cold weather, I can just daydream about the snow, rather than really freezing my rear off.

Florida Girl Coats- 1. Grey Trench Coat  //  2.  Wide Collar Khaki Trench  //  3. White Trench  //  4. Navy and Pink Trench

Thursday, January 1, 2015


Welcome to 2015!  I hope that everyone had a very happy New Year's Eve and Day.  In case you haven't noticed, I have not been around the past few weeks.  I decided to give myself a little unscheduled vacation.  December just managed to become so busy, and it all just seemed to happen overnight.  I really just decided that I needed to focus on spending time with my children and husband, and allow myself to enjoy Christmas, rather than stress about getting posts done.  I did miss everyone, though!

So, I am trying to get back to my usual routine, in all matters (I have got to stop sleeping in until 9!) and getting back to blogging is certainly part of that change!  So, speaking of having a restart, I have been thinking about my resolutions for the new year.  It is funny to me; people seem to have such strong opinions about New Year's resolutions.  I know that some people think that they are a total waste of time, and others think that someone shouldn't wait until New Year's to make a needed change, that it should just be done as soon as the change is realized.  I think that both these theories have merit, but I am also a firm believer that everyone is different and different things work for different people.  To me, there is just something refreshing about the New Year.  It is a clean slate of 365 days ahead of us, and what better to do, than decide how to make that 365 better than the last?  True, I don't always manage to make all of them happen, but if I don't have hope, then what do I have?

So here is what I am hoping to do better this year.

1. Cut down on frivolous shopping.  More specifically, focus on only buying things I really love, not just things that I would like to have.  There is a difference.

2.  Work on putting my phone down more.  I have really gotten used to constantly checking various social media outlets, and usually I use the excuse that it is part of maintaining this blog.  I need to be better about scheduling my blogging time and allowing myself to focus on truly being present when I am with my children.  

3.  Get rid of clutter!  This is a big one for me, and it really ties into my first resolution.  Drawers and closets need to be cleaned out around my house, and now is the perfect time to start doing it.  I know that there is no way that I use all of this stuff!

4.  Focus on family dinner time.  Around my house we really do put emphasis on sitting down together as a family and eating dinner together every night, but we have easily fallen into the routine of keeping the TV on and rushing through dinner to move on to whatever needs to be done next.  I am hoping to be better about turning off the TV, setting the table correctly (and teaching my oldest to do so) and truly engaging my girls in dinner conversation.  They are certainly old enough.  And on that note, I am also going to start emphasizing proper dinner etiquette.  They are old enough for that, too!

Good luck with any resolutions you may be making this year!

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