Wednesday, April 25, 2012

One Fabulous DIY Dresser Redo

Have you seen this latest DIY project by Jenny Komenda? 
She always takes her projects to the next level! 

This time, painting a dresser with an "inlay" pattern. See how she did it here.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Rediscovering A Lost Love

Just what am I talking about? Reading. And of the book variety.

For years, with the arrival of kids and then getting back to work...and the blog, I found little time for reading anything but other blogs and a magazine here and there.

But now that I'm working on House of Fifty, leading the Books On Our Shelves articles, I've put reading back into my week and it has been like rediscovering a lost love!

The above is one of the several read for the latest issue which is coming very soon, and I'm sharing it here because this book is fantastic! It's rare, I think, when a book actually changes your outlook on how you are living your life. A definite must-read recommendation, if you haven't already.

The latest I've just finished won't be making any favorite lists, 'something blue.' While overall it was a pleasant read, the main character irritated me beyond belief for the first 180 plus pages. Maybe that was the point, but seriously?

Look for the list of all the books that did make my summer reading list, in the Anniversary issue of House of Fifty coming May 7th.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hungry For A Delicious Treat? My Latest Discovery

Always on the lookout for healthy food options that taste fantastic while satisfying, I was over the moon upon sampling a slice of Sin Dawg made by Dave's Killer Bread at Costco this past weekend. In the cart it went! I'd heard about Dave's Bread, but hadn't yet partaken. Well...what a wonderful bit of deliciousness I have been missing out on!

Like the most yummy cinnamon roll, but better, and with not one ounce of guilt.

{Plus it's a local business based here in Portland, with an inspiring story behind the products made of organic, healthy ingredients and a big focus on giving back to the community. Gotta love that.}

But back to my plate...

Yep. Empty.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Busy Working On...

Busy wrapping up the next issue of House of Fifty!
(though not quite with this style...)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Busy Working On...

House of Fifty's Anniversary issue...

Celebrating May 7th!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Book Review: Vintage Remix The Interiors of Kishani Perera

I was excited to receive a package yesterday, delivering a copy of the soon to be released book:

I've been a fan of her work for awhile and how wonderful to now have a collection of her designs wrapped up in one lovely book!

The book is full of advice for decorating your home on any budget, 
with each chapter devoted to one element of the design process.

A sampling of how the book is organized and the topics covered:

Kishani writes, "I'm no minimalist," and I can appreciate and enjoy this approach to pulling together rich spaces when paging through these interiors.

Visit Adrams Books to learn more and order a copy, to be released April 15th.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Designer Crush, And This One Is Serious

Today I just have to share a designer crush, and I've had this one for awhile. So it's serious.
Jessica Helgerson, a local designer in the town I live in, Portland.

This particular project calls out to me, especially at this time of year. With the arrival of spring, summer plans are in the making. Will we go to the beach, the mountains, what camps will the kids go to? This cabin just screams lazy days of summer with family and friends!

A green roof.

Rustic simplicity that remains chic. Notice the one simple pull on the closet?

Open windows and doors, everyone coming in and out. Fresh fruit and vegetables. 
What deliciousness will we cook up for tonight's feast?

I could do an entire week of posts on Jessica's projects, so I'm not sharing them all here today. 
But see for yourself if you wish.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Have We Really Become This Rude?!

One of the absolute best parts of working on House of Fifty mag is how I've had the opportunity to work with a lot of fantastic people! One of them is Mindy Lockard, of the Gracious Girl, a talented columnist and speaker on the topic of etiquette. I met her when we were both scheduled to do a segment for a local TV station one morning. When she introduced herself I immediately knew I just had to work with her. Stopping by her blog recently I saw her post below and she graciously has let me share it with you today.

Seriously, have we really become this rude? From what I see on a daily basis I suspect we have. Read on and tell me what your take on the topic is in a comment if you will...

From Mindy:

"This was sent to me last week by It kind of makes me want to cry. You know, the ugly cry."

Courtesy of:

"How is this happening and why is it that it’s the twenty-somethings that are bringing it back? I work with a lot of them, I am proud to say so. So let’s light a fire, people! Take back our honor and show the young ones and little ones what we are made of. We are so much better than this! I know it."