1. Vintage Candelabra $34 (each) / 2. Beige Pendant $57 / 3. Retro-Classic Chairs $192 (for 2) / 4. Enchanted Canvas Wall Art $199 /5. Oak Dining Table $299 / 6. Antique Pitcher $35 / 7. Dinner Plates $25 (for set of 4)  / 8. Salad Plates $20 (for set of 4) / 9. Low Bowl $14.95 / 10. Pokal Drinking Glass $0.59 / Linen Placemat for Two $14.95 / Linen Napkin $4.95 (each) TOTAL = $1724.77

For some reason I have the decorating bug lately and I’m currently trying to revamp our home office. I’m really not so good at the decorating thing but I’d like to be! I had fun with the first Get The Look featuring a stunning living room by designer Sarah Richardson. I found it incredibly fun to source items that would have a similar feel but at a fraction of the cost.

In this Get The Look, I was able to find some great pieces (at great prices) that really resemble this casual dining room originally spotted in Casa Magazine via Steph Modo. The item I’m least satisfied with are the candelabras but I’m sure a little hunting at a local thrift shop might be the right place to shop for those. Total cost: $1724.77 Not too bad for a table for eight including table, chairs and art work!

Mrs. Lilien always has the most clever combinations and playful collections when it comes to fashion. She’s a favorite that I visit for style inspiration and a dose of class.

I particularly love her recent post about setting a proper table when entertaining. If it’s one thing I absolutely love, it’s a good ol’ dinner party! But it can be a bit of a challenge to remember the approprite place for each of the flatware, glassware and dinner plates.

Thanks to Mrs. Lilien’s charming illustration, setting the perfect table is confusing no more! Read the full article here for a complete explanation of the proper Mrs. table setting. Cheers!

Are bows the new bird?! I’m of the mind that one can never have too many bows! Don’t they just make everything so much sweeter?

Napkin Bow from Martha Stewart // Bow Tie Stir Sticks as seen on JL Designs // Skinny Bow Belt from Brave Leather // Bow Tie Cake as seen on Hostess with the Mosstess // Vintage Bow Skirt by The Good Life // Green Plaid Bow Tie from Forage // Bow Cupcake by Real Simple // Honeycomb Bow Tie Collar from Silly Buddy

Be Back Soon!

June 2nd, 2011 | 55 Comments »

My little Tula being adorable and keeping me company!

I wanted to pop in again and apologize for my erratic and unpredictable posting lately. My back issues have not improved much and and after weeks of physical therapy and countless doctor appointments I was able to meet with a specialist. Unfortunately, my herniated disk is quite sever and a portion even managed to detach itself and could potentially cause even more nerve damage.

With the recommendation from my physical therapist, specialist and surgeons I am having surgery to alleviate the pain and remove the herniation. I go in for surgery this morning and am actually looking forward to waking up and feeling pain free! It’s been over six months since this all began so I am thrilled to be on the mend soon.

From what I understand, the surgery is quite common and the recovery is pretty quick. I’m not sure what to expect in the next week or so but wanted to give you all a heads up if I disappear for a few days. I hope to be back here soon and looking forward to being on a more normal schedule.

Thanks again to all of you for your support and understanding. My best to you all and see you soon! xoxo


Some pretty packaging to start off the week! Divine Dairy does an impecable job of looking modern and standing out with it’s use of bold color choices. At the same time, it stays true to it’s roots of French Style cheese with woodcut illustrations and rustic typography. A difficult balance to achieve I’m sure but designer Frank Aloi did an amazing job! See more of the cheese line on the Packaging of the World blog.