Archive | April, 2012

Bits of my Weekend

30 Apr

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was very busy! my husband and I went to a barbeque at our friend’s house Saturday night. I made a delicious broccoli salad which I will give you the recipe to below. It was a great side dish to our bbq burgers. My friend made some delicious strawberry mango margaritas which I will also share the yummy recipe with you. I love enjoying the fabulous spring weather. Sunday we enjoyed walking around a beautiful rose garden here in San Jose. It was so beautiful seeing so many roses in bloom!

Broccoli Salad

4 cups of broccoli finely chopped

1 small red onion diced

6 sliced of bacon chopped

1/4 cup low fat mayonnaise

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 cup cheddar cheese cubed

3 garlic cloves minced

1 tbsp cider vinegar

1 tsp brown sugar

salt and pepper to taste

Whisk garlic, mayo, yogurt, cider vinegar, and brown sugar in a bowl. Add in all other ingredients and mix to coat with dressing.

Strawberry Mango Margaritas

2 cups Frozen Strawberries

1 Frozen Mango

2 1/2 cups crushed ice

1/2 cup tequila

2 tbsp lime juice

1/4 sugar

3 tbsp Cointreau (orange flavored liqueur)

Combine until smooth

Hope you all have a great day!

Mad About Malachite

26 Apr

I absolutely love natural stones especially when used in design and fashion. Malachite is a gorgeous rich green color that looks so amazing when used in design. You can find malachite interpreted in fabrics, china, wallpaper, and of course in the natural stone. Here are some rooms that use malachite in gorgeous ways.

via Design 2 Share

via Kelly Wearstler

via Travel for Design

via Pattern Pulp

via Pinterest

via Coco + Kelley

There are so many great ways to add malachite into your home without being over the top. Here are some great accessories to add a little malachite to your home.

Clockwise:

Rug, Ring, Placemats, Soap Dispenser, Cuff, Vintage Dish, Vintage Lamps

Hope you all enjoyed this does of beautiful malachite!

Designer Spotlight: Steven Gambrel

25 Apr

Steven Gambrel of S.R. Gambrel Incorporated uses a fresh and innovative approach to color and form. His works have been featured in many magazines such as Elle Decor, House and Garden and Interior Design Magazine. His designs have a classical sensibility that come alive with his mix of modern and traditional furnishings which he often designs himself. I think you will love his work as much as I do. It is inspiring. I love the effortless feel of all his spaces. Take a look!

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What do you think of his work? I love the way he mixes modern and classic pieces. It adds a lot of character to each space. To learn more about S.R. Gambrel visit his website.

Chew on This: Blueberry Scones

24 Apr

Happy Tuesday everyone!! Today instead of showing some designs I am going to share a super yummy recipe with you. I love scones so I found a recipe via Martha Stewart for Blueberry Scones. I changed it up a little as I often do with recipes. So here is the recipe and some pictures of the steps and finished product. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar, plus more for sprinkling tops
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries, picked over and rinsed
1/3 cup heavy cream, plus more for brushing tops
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
In a large bowl, sift together flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter mixing lightly until mixture is coarse and crumb-like.  Stir in blueberries.
Using a fork, whisk together cream and egg in a liquid measuring cup. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients, and pour in cream mixture. Stir lightly until dough comes together. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead a few times to mix well.
Pat dough into a 6-inch square about 1 inch thick. Using a floured knife, cut into four squares then into triangles. Transfer to baking sheet. Brush tops with cream, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until golden brown, 20 to 22 minutes. Transfer scones to wire racks to cool.
TA-DA!
They are so yummy! Enjoy!!

Wallpapered Bathroom

18 Apr

Wallpaper used in a bathroom adds character and personality. I love the idea of bold geometric patterns or colors used in the bathroom. Take a look at these fabulous examples.

via Inspired Design

Love this bold patterned wallpaper and those great lights!

via Bijou and Boheme

This powder room has so much character. I love the wallpaper against that great mirror and vanity.

via Houzz

This bright bold wallpaper is gorgeous. It adds personality to this bathroom.

via Signed by Tina

This charcoal and gold wallpaper is so elegant.

via Habitually Chic

I love this navy striped wallpaper. It’s such a rich color.

via House Beautiful

This bright turquoise wallpaper is perfect in this powder room. It’s so bright and fresh.

via HGTV

The accent of this wallpaper above the vanity it so elegant. It adds a great pattern without overwhelming this elegant space.

via Architectural Digest

This bathroom located in Punta Mita, Mexico gives off a great exotic vibe. This bathroom has a lot of character.

Hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration!

House Tour: Sabrina Soto

17 Apr

Sabrina Soto is an amazing designer you can find on multiple shows on HGTV. I love her style and her budget friendly ideas. Not only is she a designer, but she is also Target’s Style Expert. Sabrina mixes vintage, antique, and great Target finds for a unique look. I am going to show you pictures of her New York penthouse apartment. I think you are going to love it as much as I do!

Love that garden wall! The planters are removable.

With these wonderful views of Central Park the minimal furniture doesn’t take away from that.

I love this custom made steel coffee table.

I love this storage idea. It is a creative and organized way to keep all your supplies in one area.

She uses a faux chandelier above the bed to give the elegant look, but she didn’t need the extra light.

Sabrina drilled holes into craft wood to accommodate her makeup brushes. Such a great idea!

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Hope you enjoyed the tour! Have a great day!

Color Blocking

16 Apr

Color blocking is a huge trend in both fashion and interiors. The vibrant colors create happy spaces. I am a huge fan of color and using them in new and creative ways. By mixing the bright colors with neutrals balances the space out. Bold colors catch the eye, but the neutrals ground the space. Each of the designs I am showing you do just that.

via Glamour

via Martha Stewart

via Houzz

via Martha Stewart

via Little Moth Design

via Pinterest

via Cococozy

via Serena & Lily

Hope you enjoyed all the color! Have a great day!

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