Sunday, January 15, 2012

nature themed jewelry ~ BandScapes

I fell in love with this designer's pieces - organic and beautiful.  I especially love the wedding ring/band combinations.  Visit their Etsy shop for more....




Monday, January 9, 2012

SEHD Unveils Awesome New House Plan

Today at Simply Elegant Home Designs we unveiled an awesome new house plan - The Willowbrook!  Check it out and let us know what you think.

Birdseye view of front entry

Front View

Rear View
This house plan would be suitable for the shorelines of lakes, rivers and oceans; but would be equally at home in the country, or on a large wide lot with beautiful views!  You can obtain more information on this fresh new country house plan at Simply Elegant Home Designs website by following:  The Willowbrook

DIY ~ vintage french coffee table


My Francophile self fell in love with this table as soon as I saw it.  I was even more amazed when I read that it was a DIY project!  I wouldn't have the patience to attempt it, but if you think you might, here's the link.  I'd like it to just show up in my living room. :)


the "before" photo:

Friday, January 6, 2012

vintage boho updo

During winter, the dry air makes my hair all static-y, so I usually end up putting it in a twist.  I really like this cute variation - it's more "styled" than a plain bun, but still looks relaxed (although, I definitely wouldn't go through the process of curling my hair first - too lazy!).

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Steve Tyler takes Oprah on a tour of Lake Sunapee

Steve Tyler is this area's local celebrity.  He grew up here, met Joe Perry here, and one of the first things you're told when you move here is that "you might see Steve and Liv once in a while".   I did meet him briefly a couple of times, and he was down to earth and friendly, quick to laugh.  I worked with Joe Perry's mom for a while, and she loved to wear her Aerosmith leather jacket everywhere.  At first I thought she was just a hip older lady into rock music, until someone informed me of the connection.  Duh.
 Anyway, I came across this clip of Steve and Oprah touring around the lake (just a few minutes from my house), and thought you might get a kick out of it.  Love the car.

Steven Tyler's Tour of Lake

Monday, January 2, 2012

decoupaged vintage bottles

I have a few small, decoupaged vintage bottles, and I really like them. I've been thinking about trying to make some myself - it seems like a fun and easy project.  Interested in trying it?  Find an instructional link here.

Southern Comfort!

I remember the day I turned 18 (legal drinking age back in the day) quite well.  The pint of Southern Comfort I was provided as a birthday gift led to a turn of events that my old friends will never let me forget.  The day started out normal enough.......Oops - this is a blog about home design.  Let me start over.

A few weeks ago I received a call from a wonderful couple in Alabama.  Two years ago a tornado had ripped through their property and destroyed their lake home. Since then they have been working on a new home design.  They had become pretty happy with the floor plans, but just could not get comfortable with the building exterior.  They came to the conclusion they needed some design assistance, and asked if I could help.  I said, "Absolutely!"

The original lake front elevation.  A good beginning but too tall for a  two story house (main level and lower level).  The elevation also needed a logical scheme for patterns, materials, etc.

The new lake front elevation.  I brought the roof line down and lowered the dormers to a more reasonable height.  Other changes included:  creating a dramatic window pattern at the central gable, reconfiguring the porches, developing new column and beam details and adding a material / color palette appropriate for a lake cabin.

WOW!!!  was the response when I sent the sketches to them.  That's the greatest reaction I could possibly hope to receive.  


The moral of this story is... don't be afraid to seek the help of a professional.  With their assistance you can create a design that you will be proud to call home for years to come.  Now this is what I call real Alabama Southern Comfort!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Caramelized Onion Tart with Gorgonzola and Brie

How does "crispy, pillowy puff pastry, balsamic caramelized onions, topped with sprinklings of gorgonzola, brie, and tarragon" sound to you?  Sounds like heaven to me!  I'd pair it with a nice red wine (Apothic Red is my current favorite).  Find the recipe here.