Friday, August 29, 2008

Just Peachy

What better way to celebrate the final days of Summer than a party with a punch of peach!
Flowers by Art Fool, Invitation from Wiley Valentine, peach mint lemonade from Sur la Table, Cupcakes via flicker, shirt from J.Crew.

Smitten



Good Morning! I usually start my morning off with a Cup of Jo, Joanna Goddard's blog that is. Her posts and style of writing is not only charming but very refreshing. It is for this reason that I am very excited that she just launched another blog , one for Glamour Magazine about Sex and Relationships called Smitten. I am already addicted and am sure you will be too!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Nate Berkus

Along with being devilishly handsome, Nate Berkus has incredible style. A little preview of his newly renovated apartment in Chicago, as featured in Elle Decor:



I love the color combinations he uses - the crisp black and white floor covering with the lime green (above) and the periwinkle blue and mustard (below).



Here is another stunning use of the periwinkle and mustard palette (via his online portfolio):


And he doesn't just know how to combine colors flawlessly but he also can combine styles, for example this over the top chandelier works perfectly with this simple vintage style tub (also via online portfolio).

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

adelaide


I came across a beautiful announcement today and it reminded me so much of our own!

Looking at this little baby announcement is making my heart ache. Our Adelaide recently already turned one-year-and-one-half-old. Even though it still hasn't really hit me that I am a mama, i think because Addie just feels so much a part of me.

Thank you so much to everyone who has left comments regarding my feelings on names. I am so relieved to know that I am not alone in this!

I have updated Adelaide's birth announcement here to how it always should have been : ) and we will file those papers too.

thank-you.

Cute as a Button!

Check out these amazingly cute uses for embroidered buttons from Just Darling jewelery and accessories on Etsy.com.


Picnic in the Park Earrings ($7)

"Southern Belle" hair pins ($8)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

away

Lately I've been feeling so very bored and restless. Charles has been good enough to listen to me moan and groan, and then throw Addie and me in the car and whisk us away on little spontaneous roadtrips. 
Last weekend, we headed to Seattle for the night, and we had an such a lovely time. We stayed at the Watertown Hotel which was simply perfect (a knock on the door and there is a complimentary cart full of toys and art supplies for Addie!) We ate great food, visited charming Seattle neighbourhoods, and took Addie to the zoo to visit baby Uzumma!
This week I kept checking craigslist for last-minute cancelations, and found this cottage on Bowen Island available. Off we went! 
I had never been to Bowen Island before but to me it is an almost magical place. We spent our days there on the beach and swimming in the warm ocean water, eating yummy food, perusing through the artisan's and farmers markets, and finding treasures at the annual book sale. Oh, and watching a movie under the stars. Another wonderful weekend. Thanks Daddy!

at the cottage by you.

A sweet 1920's cottage became our home

in the cottage by you.

The inside of the cottage. I love the colour of this room and would like to paint our bedroom a similar colour one day, too (been considering this forever now - and the perfect shade of yellowy cream).

 welcome! by you.

Addie hanging out on the front steps. Hello!

with daddy by you.

Because we are still not settled on Adelaide's official full name, Addie doesn't yet have a passport and so we are unable to fly out of Canada with her. I am so torn on this, as Charles and I do not have the same last name and Addie and I do not have the same last name. I suppose that it may seem silly to some, but this makes me feel so very uneasy and strange - that my daughter and I are not linked in this way. Her small birth certificate has no mention of me and it makes me uncomfortable... I feel like in some ways, officially, I have no way to prove she belongs with me. Which is strange, because Addie and I are such a team - we are always together and rarely ever apart. 

We've had the papers to change Adelaide's name to include my surname (I believe as a third name, rather than her having a long and hyphenated last name). Sometimes I think, "oh forget about it", and just want to go get her passport already. But this feeling down in my heart is there and it doesn't feel right. I am not sure if I should just get over myself or if my feelings have some merit. Has anyone reading this ever struggled with this? 

Monday, August 18, 2008

coco+kelley contest

She has long been one of my favorite bloggers on the topic of style and I was so excited when I read about her wedding board contest. The basic concept is to a choose a room from the ones she selected and then create a wedding board around it--what fun, right?

This is the room I choose, as I loved all the bright colors:



And this is my finished product:



I am especially fond of the two frogs doing yoga (from Pier 1 Imports). I thought they would set such a fun mood for the table. I am also crazy about the fondant detailing on that cake (from Brides Magazine).

Friday, August 15, 2008

climbers


This afternoon, Adelaide managed to climb up on to the top of one of my desks. You can't tell here but she is up very high!!! Of course, Elliot is never far behind her...

Isn't Elliot pretty? People constantly mistake him for a girl. : )

Thursday, August 14, 2008

special delivery

Recently, I've been very lucky to receive some very lovely treats in my mailbox from some very beautiful girls...

A package of goodness from Leslie's shop in Japan, full of beautiful fabrics! I plan on making some pillows for Addie's room with the balloon fabric, and reupholstering a chair for my workroom with the lollipop flowers fabric. And now I see that Leslie has new fabrics in stock (trouble!)
treats by mail by you.
A lovely alphabet print from Shim and Sons, which I ordered special from Sally. I love it and t will hang in Adelaide's bedroom. And I am tempted to order a set of everyday flats with the (A)delaide, (C)harles, and (S)harilyn all brightly lit up, to use as greeting cards from our little family... love them!
treats by mail by you.
A wonderful letterpressed print inspired by San Francisco, made by Lab Partners. When I saw this print I instantly fell in love with it, and it is absolutely beautiful in person, too! I will hang it in our main bath alongside our little prints by Rachel Sumpter and Julie Morstad.
treats by mail by you.
I spotted a TOGETHER collage that Dawn had made a while back, and she is such a sweetheart that she made one just for me! I plan on framing it and hanging it in our kitchen or at the entrance to our home. It makes me happy, to think of the three of us here in our little home, all cozy together for always.

Perfect Places

The picture inspired me to check my frequent flier miles to see if a vacation to a tropical paradise was in the cards. Photographer John Dolan has this beautifully relaxing and romantic picture placed in his "Perfect Places" portfolio and at the moment it is the epitome of the place I would love to be at this very moment, especially on this crisp Wyoming morning.

"Celebrating Light"

I am sorry it has been so long since I have posted but I have been bogged down with event after event. This past Saturday we hosted our annual community picnic and had the biggest hail and thunderstorm of the year. We were sure this would mean that no one would come but we actually had about 600 people show up! I spent the might ankle deep in hail ( truly!) trying to fix the tent that almost collapsed, in hay lofts and traipsing through puddles trying to keep the bands power cords from being completely submerged in water! The night did feature some sunlight in the form of an oil painting up for silent auction from a local artist, Kathy Turner's, art show called "Celebrating Light". Her show opens tonight at the Trio Fine Art Gallery and should not be missed. From what I have seen it looks like her finest work yet!

Some past works by this beautiful and vibrant young artist:

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

run!

running by you.
running by you.
Captured on our traditional pre-bedtime stroll (she's wild!)
The air up here is so clean... I forget this until I am back in the city.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

friends


Taken today after returning home from the water park with friends. Elliot and Adelaide have become such great friends... I have realised that they are almost always together. He sleeps with her every night (and every nap), eats breakfast and other meals with her, and spends much of the afternoon wandering around outside following her around. And he is ever so patient when she hugs and kisses and attempts to pick (all 16 pounds of) him up!

I love it so much that my girl is growing up with beautiful pets who adore her as much as she does them.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Natural Knots

Kim Seybert has some fabulous tabletop accessories but it was this napkin ring that recently caught my eye. I love the casual, fun, neutral and nautical feel. I think it would not only ground bright and colorful linens but add interest to neutral ones.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Not Your Everyday Enamel

I was browsing the August Town and Country and saw an interesting Hermes watch that I wanted to learn more about. Sadly it was not on their website --which I adore! Anyways, I did find this beautifully classic gold plated enamel bracelet

Friday, August 1, 2008

curtain play


This morning Adelaide was playing in the curtains. I happened to glance over at just the right moment, and in doing so I discovered a masterpiece! 

Perhaps I am odd to find joy in scribbles on my walls - but they make me happy and I don't have the heart to wash them off. To me, they are so beautiful!

discovered masterpiece by you.