Dining Chair Love

December 27, 2011 at 10:47 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Browsing some gorgeous photos today I came across two dining room photos that I just loved.  The first is so bright and fun with its mismatched chairs. I wish I was bold enough to pull this off!

The next is something I’d absolutely love to try someday, with a bench being used on one side of the dining table.  This bench is no regular bench, rather, a gorgeous antique bench!

I absolutely adore that bench! Enjoy!

Oh, and I want to share a peak at my Christmas holiday decor with you, but I’m running a bit behind.  Still to come! Hope you all had a great holiday!

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Table and Chair Love

December 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

It has been forever and a day since a new post… I know!  But the new house is keeping me busy! 

Here is a table and chairs “set” that I love, mostly because it isn’t a set at all.  I like how the chairs are different colors, yet look so good together!

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Wedding Date And Location Set!

July 27, 2009 at 1:46 pm (Wedding Plans) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Its official!  We finally set a date and picked a location!  Are you ready?  Our wedding will be August 28th, 2010, in Negril Jamaica at the Couples resort!  Yay!

After meeting with a travel agent last week we were almost immediately sold on Negril and the Couples resort.  We are now so excited that we wish we could push the date ahead!  How did we decide?  Well, the travel agent loves Negril and told us how amazing and gorgeous it is.  And, who wouldn’t be sold by a few of these pictures!? :

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So, what do you think?  These aren’t exact pictures of the Couples resort, just the Negril area.  But, to check out our exact resort, go here: http://www.couples.com/13cn/index.html

The trip includes everything imaginable, from flights, to drinks and food, to sports and massages.  The wedding itself, with a planner, is even free! 

My question for all of you is, what colors should we use for the wedding?  I want something more tropical than we had planned before.  I am thinking a teal and yellow or berry pink… or?  Help!

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Wedding Decisions and Last Minute Changes

May 27, 2009 at 1:37 pm (Wedding Plans) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Well, it’s getting to be that time… the time when we need to start making actual decisions and booking things for the wedding.  We had a plan.  Small church wedding, outdoor reception, simple, vintage, black and white, and elegant.  I had a book full of clippings and notes.  And what happens?  We get a new, completely opposite idea and are making some last minute changes.

We are now contemplating the idea of a destination wedding.  A beach, sand, sun, bright colors.  We are meeting with a travel agent and looking at the possibilities.  It doesn’t sound like what I (thought) I had always wanted.  But, oh, how it does sound amazing.  Maybe it sounds so perfect because it’s what WE want and not what I had imagined as a little girl.  Well…we are pretty serious, although not yet booked, about the idea of a tropical getaway wedding with the closest of family and friends. 

 So, in my new planning stages I have been searching for new inspiration. I don’t like themes, and cheesey matchy-matchy decor, but would like to have bright, elegant flowers…not sure what else? 🙂  I thought I would share a bit with you:

This peach and teal combo looks so fresh and beach-y.

 

These centerpieces look beachy and summery, but not too frilly. 

 

Lilies are my favorite flower, and they work well for an island escape wedding.

 

Red and yellow would be a bright, fun combo of color.

 

 

As would teal and yellow!

Yup, I’d have to do this.  Or write my new name for the first time in sand.  Aw. 

Any tropical ideas for us?  Suggestions?  I will keep you all updated on what we decide!

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My Office and Easy Tips

April 6, 2009 at 12:14 pm (Inspiration, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We did do work at home over the weekend, really.  But, the snow on Sunday (snow!?) hindered us from accomplishing too much.  I will have a few things to show you later on in the week, but for today I am going to show you my work office. 

When I started at this job one of the first I thought about was how to dress up my first personal office.  I wanted to create a fun and unique work space without spending a bunch of money.  Of course I was not about to go out and buy new furniture, but I do have a few simple and very cheap ideas for dressing up the drab office.  Although you may not be able to produce your dream office with a space that you don’t own, you can make it a comfortable and productive space!

1. Posters.   Not the priciest artwork, but good enough for a work office.  I hung the Keep Calm poster as you enter my doorway (Yup, cliche maybe, but I still love it!).  I also hung an inspirational quote from Muhammad Ali on the opposite wall.  These were so fitting as I work in a hospital as a medical case manager.  And, they give me some color, but stay in the basics I love!

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2.  Use your printer.  I made these blah magnets cute by printing a sheet of white paper with a paisley pattern.  I cut the sheets down to the size of the magnets and glued them on.  I then covered them with clear plastic tape.  I also used paper to fill the letter opener magnet.  The other side of the desk is a sheet of paper I printed with the Chinese symbol for “happiness.”  I have a few printed quotes around the office as well.  These are cheap enough to switch out once in a while too!

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3. Paper flowers.  I wanted to add some brightness to my office, but am horrible at caring for plants.  So, I made paper roses with tissue paper.  I stuck them in a thrift store vase and now have flowers all year round. (the candy is a crowd pleaser as well)

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4. Organization!  Staying organized is the simplest, cheapest way to keep an office space looking its best.  I have some open shelves that I make sure are always orderly.  This is also a good time saver.  I always know where things are and never have to hunt!

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5. Personal but professional.  A nice touch to an office space is something personal.  But, remember to keep it professional.  Too many pictures or tchochkes can make an office space cluttered and unprofessional.  I have some pictures hung and framed in my office, but only ones that I don’t mind if clients see.  I have a magic 8 ball on my desk for those real tough decisions as well ;).  My desk top is also an example of keeping organized.  And, the calendar is a free printable version from calendarsthatwork.com.  I love these, as they look cute and are simple instead of busy!  Also notice my mouse pad and pen.  Little touches that were inexpensive!

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Hope these simple ideas help you with your office.  Mine is just like my home, always changing.  Enjoy!

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Picking The Colors

January 15, 2009 at 10:40 am (Wedding Plans) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I am so full of wedding ideas right now!  I am trying to weed my way through them slowly, so I thought I would post some of my ponderings here.  If any of you out there have any suggestions, adivce, or pictures to share with me, please! 🙂

A small run down of a few of the important things we have been considering so far:

We would like the weather to be warm, not scalding, so we were considering a late August wedding, which probably means August 2010.  We are having a small ceremony at the church I grew up going to.  We would love to have a large reception with all of our friends and family.  We are on a very small budget, which means we are doing most everything ourselves.  This also led us to the idea of having our reception outside.  Our three possibilities so far are my mother’s backyard where I grew up, our county fairgrounds where Tony says he first knew he loved me (sentimental!), or a hangar at the airpark down the road from my childhood home.  I also know we do NOT want a themed wedding, but will probably take influences from vintage themes, such as the 30’s and 40’s.

Now, my first question up for help is the colors.  We want black and white.  Elegant, yet simple, especially if we are outdoors.  But, I would like an accent color.  My two favorite ideas with black and white are red or dark teal.  I love them both.  So, here are a couple pictures for inspiration, and let me know what you think!!

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Here is a black and white wedding that was also outdoors. http://snippetandink.blogspot.com/2009/01/board-329-white-barn-black.html

These are just some black and white examples.  Ours wouldn’t be quite as barnyard casual.

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Here are some examples with red as an accent color. http://justjaime28.wordpress.com/2008/09/07/a-black-white-red-wedding-shower/

This set is a little too fancy for our outdoor setting, but it does show how well red would work with black and white and that damask that we love.

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I couldn't find pictures where people actually used teal, but here is a tie. http://www.neckties.com/teal_by_elite_solid_teal_tie.apml

I think that the teal color could add to the vintage-y vibe we are looking for.

If we used teal, we might be able to incorporate peacock feathers into our flowers and centerpieces.

If we used teal, we might be able to incorporate peacock feathers into our flowers and centerpieces. http://www.curbly.com/DIY-Maven/posts/5950-Intro-to-Digital-Photography-Week-2-Messing-round-with-f-stops-

I was hoping to use some feathers, even in white, such as in my hair, but, was inspired when I saw this gorgeous picture.

What do you think?  Love it?  Hate it?  Change it up somehow?  Help me out here!? 🙂

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