Mar 30, 2011

~ hello, spring?

There are no green buds on any trees in my yard.  The sky is not blue. The sun is not shining and it is not warm.  My front pots have no pansies or ivy.  
I'm pretending I live here...

 or here
or here

I have just discovered Pinterest and I love it!  My pretend homes were found there...

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Mar 29, 2011

~ mackenzie-childs

I love MacKenzie-Childs, LOVE!  I first became obsessed with the fish series back when Victoria and Richard were running the show.  I was just married and wanted the fish chairs for my kitchen table, the knobs for my kitchen cabinets, the dishes, the ceramic tea pot, and the list goes on... I opted for a few smaller pieces including these trivets and the fish knob which I transferred from my old kitchen to my new laundry room.  It was just the beginning...

Many of my first M-C pieces were pastel in color which were perfect in my first kitchen.  As my taste evolved, my daughter's room inherited a few pieces including this tassel hanging on her lamp.

 One of my favorite collections is now discontinued and I'm thrilled to have 16 of these plates.  Christmas shopping for me was easy for a few years.

Another favorite of mine is the Maclachlan series, named after the father of a college friend of mine.  (Hi Bissy!)

Mackenzie-Childs pieces make great gifts.  I love the check teapot or platter for a housewarming gift.  The fluted heart plate is also a great gift idea. I can't resist the coasters...

I received this little vase as a birthday gift one year filled with flowers. It's actually a finial.

 And then came the Courtly Check obsession...
(Hello Pretty Pink Tulips)

 The poppy napkin rings are also MacKenzie-Childs.  

(Tucker got a little hungry during the M-C photo shoot)

Most of my Courtly Check pieces are metal which are quite affordable.  I received this ceramic ruffled platter as a gift and adore it. I use it for anything from asparagus or sliced tenderloin to chocolate covered strawberries or cookies.  
 My mom got me this awesome tree for Christmas this year~ what a work of art and a beautiful addition to my kitchen.  I couldn't bear to put it away after the holidays... so I didn't. Each one is completely different.  I loved this one because it looks like a teapot!  
Don't miss the salt and pepper shakers.

 I took off the hot pink bow that came on this vase and added my own. 

The Omaha Symphony Guild has organized a lunch and presentation this week ~Table Art 2011~ and Mark Bergadon is the speaker.  He is the current Director of Sales at MacKenzie-Childs in Aurora, New York. This event inspired me to look through my own MacKenzie-Childs collection. I am looking forward to the presentation and plan to share inspiring ideas following the event.

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Mar 27, 2011

~ anthropologie inspiration

Anthropologie never ceases to amaze... 
I have experienced the Anthropologie store in Boulder, Chicago, Naples, NYC, Orlando, Omaha, San Francisco, St. Louis and most recently Las Vegas... 

Love that green color on the wall... and the egg cartons used to create the cactus looking structure.... brilliant.
Anthropologie is all about being current and I am in awe of their spectacular window displays using elements like pop tabs, plastic bottles, egg cartons, newspapers, books and the like. These "green" resources are used with such imagination and skill, the materials are virtually unrecognizable and quite charming.  
Anthropologie has a definite look and they do an excellent job of exhibiting their style ~ feminine, clean, fresh, modern, happy...  In fact, one of their core philosophies is creating an exceptional store experience rather than spending big bucks on marketing.  They "invest in execution" as they say, and it seems to be working for them beautifully....

More memorable spring displays...

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Mar 19, 2011

~ inspired home... kelly

What an absolutely charming Inspired Home!  Kelly has a flair for the french and fabulous without a doubt.  What a treat to see her beautiful inspiration in every room... and a surprise bonus... seeing her beautiful daughter!

I am overcome with excitement when I enter Kelly's home... it's easy to see that this photo shoot will be a successful one.

I've admired Kelly's collection of Mauricio Lasansky of Iowa City for years ~ I remember admiring a handful of these unique pieces at least twenty years ago when she was doing PK Designs shows for our daughters.  This collection has absolutely developed into quite an extensive and impressive one.  I believe it's safe to say that Mauricio Lasansky is represented in almost every room in the house.
Here are some examples...

This photo draws us into the dining room... a real show stopper. The incredible backyard and patio are appreciated through the beautiful bay window and french doors.  (more later about her Inspired Garden coming this summer)
This Goldsmith Philadelphia piano has been a fixture in Kelly's home for years and dates to 1857.  This wonderful collectible piece with a story was inherited from a family friend.  

 Love the silver tea service... it belonged to the same friend the piano came from... In fact, most of the dining room furniture came from her estate sale!
 Is this dining room not brilliant?

Love, LOVE the cherub lamps, and the silver, beautifully polished and displayed throughout... The built-in cabinet above houses extra wide drawers for storing tablecloths (to accommodate minimal folding, duh) and the appropriately silver-cloth lined walk in closet behind the door is a dream for an avid silver collector such as Kelly... complete with shelves and slots for trays.

Beautiful vignettes are everywhere!

Kelly obviously has an eye for french finds.  She has added to her collection by way of estate sales, antique shops, and has inherited family heirlooms from both sides of the family tree.

Love this chair!

Take a gander at this living room ~ definitely my favorite room in the house...


 Beautiful window treatment..
 Love this coffee table and everything on it...
 The wine bottle is a candle!
 Every detail is exquisite...
This is where I began to realize my dear friend Kelly is a pampered little woman... (and when I say little, I say it with a smidgen of jealousy, and am referring to her teen-like figure!) Check out this personal space!  No wonder she's always dressed to a T and in a marvelous mood.... surrounded by this kind of luxury... who knew?

Upstairs... more special finds abound...
Only Kelly would have this fabulously French double caned chair in her son's room as a desk chair... I wouldn't allow either of my sons anywhere near this chair!  I imagine she found it, had to have it, and consequently had to find a place for it... it's wonderful!

 So disappointing that thanks to the gorgeous sunshine pouring through the windows, a couple of these photos of Kelly's precious daughter's room were dark... I am including them anyway to show the wonderful space and charming placement of furniture.

There's the beautiful color!  I adore this wallpaper and the settee and armoire...
 and the chandelier and the bed!

 and this painting with an example of the PK Designs clothing I spoke of earlier.

 One of my favorite things about Kelly...
Can I please tell you that Kelly has a special closet to store her gowns...  I mean, how many people do you know who are in need of a special closet for gown storage?  Reminds me of the movie 27 Dresses!  Love it.

I couldn't be happier about this first edition of Inspired Home.  Kelly was and is a very gracious hostess, and inspires friends and visitors with her charm and flair for french formal.  Her lovely french home is formal but certainly not stuffy, much like she is... an accomplished hostess, experienced entertainer and capable volunteer, yet totally relaxed with an infectious wit putting those around her at ease in an instant.  I am thrilled to call her my friend and thank her for agreeing to be my first guest.  She has been a great support during these first weeks/months of sharing my blog, and I truly appreciate her friendship and encouragement.
I couldn't stop snapping photos as I was leaving.. I assure you, the Inspired Garden series due this summer will not be complete without Kelly's backyard!  Anyone who is a friend of Kelly knows that in this family, July 4th is a holiday celebrated with a distinct passion and exceptional enthusiasm.  Each year, summer brings  red impatiens and twinkle lights that invite and welcome visitors into a quaint and festive backyard, a lush wooded retreat not unlike a resort. I look forward to my next visit, always.

 Thank you Kelly!
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