Saturday, September 29, 2012

fabulous wallpaper

From an interior design perspective, wallpaper has been "out" for a long time, but these gorgeous designs from the French company Elitis bring it into the 21st century.  I just love their modern bohemian aesthetic.  Check out their website and Facebook page for more inspiration.





Friday, September 28, 2012

Short-Rib Beef Stew with Ale

It's an autumn weekend, and I'm in the mood for a hearty stew.  Just came across this recipe on Simply Recipes, and it looks ah-ma-zing!  I'll make it this weekend and let you know how it turns out.  Need a dessert?  Pop over to Dancing Branflakes for an Apple Pie Crescent Roll recipe!



Friday, September 14, 2012

Sunday, September 9, 2012

A House with Multiple Personalities

Yesterday I posted a new house plan that we have developed.  The "Pine Gables" design features a main floor master and one level living.  The images below illustrate how the image can be adapted to nearly any aesthetic.  I would love to hear your preferences - so please take a look and vote your favorite. 

OPTION 1 - WHITE CLAPBOARD SIDING WITH SILVER METAL ROOF.   SIMPLE YET ELEGANT.

OPTION 2 - GREEN METAL ROOF WITH WOOD TONED CLAPBOARD SIDING AND TRIM.  A LITTLE MORE "WOODSY".

OPTION 3 - CEDAR SHINGLE ROOF AND SIDING WITH OFF WHITE TRIM.  A MORE EASTERN SEABOARD BEACH HOUSE AESTHETIC.

OPTION 4 - STONE CLADDING WITH PAINTED BOARD AND BATTEN IN THE GABLES GIVE THIS THE FEELING OF A MOUNTAIN HOME.

OPTION 5 - CONTRASTING THE DARK CLAPBOARD SIDING AGAINST THE WHITE BOARD AND BATTEN  AND THE RED ROOF GIVES THIS A SOPHISTICATED LOOK.

OPTION 6 - LOG COLUMNS AND LOG SIDING BENEATH BOARD AND BATTEN GABLES.  THE GREEN METAL ROOF COMPLETES THIS CONTEMPORARY LOG CABIN.

The studies above illustrate a good point when you are looking for a new home design.  If you find a plan that you like don't discount it because the exterior does not catch your eye.  It might be possible to modify the design to reflect your own aesthetic desires.

Friday, September 7, 2012

New House Plan Unveiled

We are focusing on creating a new series of home designs featuring Main Floor Master Suites.  Here is a sneak preview of our "Pine Gables".

front elevation
features generous open front porch - alternate elevations coming soon
main level floor plan
features one level living with main floor master bedroom suite, 2 additional bedrooms and a vaulted great room space
loft level floor plan
the vaulted ceiling allows the loft to be open to the great room below


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Monday, September 3, 2012

new jewelry

Hope you all had a relaxing, long weekend...?  I had fun creating some new pieces (the green stone earrings sold quickly!).  Click on the images if you'd like more info.


miniature "mouse house"

I came across this incredible miniature tree house on Pinterest and had to share it with you.  Click here for more images and a how-to tutorial, if you're talented enough to try to make your own!



Sunday, September 2, 2012

baked apple french toast casserole

Well, it's getting to be that time of year when comfort-food cravings kick in...just had to share this yummy recipe from One Perfect Bite!

 Baked Apple French Toast Casserole...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of allrecipes.com

Ingredients:

French Toast
1 (1 pound) loaf French bread, torn into bite-size cubes
6 eggs
1-1/2 cups skim milk
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons white sugar, divided use
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 medium Golden Delicious apples - peeled, cored and cut in 1/2-inch dice
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Syrup:
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup skim milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

1) Spray or grease bottom and sides of a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
2) To make French toast: Scatter bread cubes in bottom of prepared pan. Place eggs, milk, 1/3 cup sugar and vanilla in a large bowl and beat to combine. Pour mixture over bread cubes. Mix cinnamon, nutmeg and 2 tablespoons sugar in a medium bowl. Add apple cubes and toss to coat. Spread apples over bread cubes. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Thirty minutes before baking, remove casserole from refrigerator and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake casserole for 60 to 75 minutes, or until custard is set and golden brown. Serve casserole hot with warm syrup. Yield: 8 servings.
3) To make syrup: Combine white sugar, flour, and melted butter in a small saucepan. Stir in brown sugar, skim milk, and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Cook, stirring, until thick.