Friday, November 30, 2012


Life is busy.
Here's some happenings.

My new dining chairs were delivered and I love them.
We had kids over to play today and they asked to sit in the glass chairs.

Christmas yuletide is in full force.

See all that loveliness under the tree?
That's what Black Friday looks like and it was on.

Be Merry.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Still My #1

I was surprised Lonny featured Mark D. Sikes home in their November issue.
The spread last year in House Beautiful was beyond gorgeous and was seen ad nauseam throughout the design blogosphere.
After seeing the home again, photographed by Patrick Cline, I understood why they featured it.
It's so damn beautiful.
It's still my #1.

I also loved seeing the photos of artist Jeremiah Goodman's Manhattan apartment/studio.
It's the perfect combination of masculine and sexy.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Domicile Blog on Instagram

My newest obsession is Instagram.
I can't stop.
I'm always late to the networking party, I know this has been happening for a while.
Who knew changing a filter and adding a border could make every stupid camera phone picture
look like art. 

I tried to remember to take pictures while out and about in NYC
but the thought doesn't come naturally to me.  
You'd think having three kids would make me crazy about picture taking and saving memories,
but still no.
Up in the air.

Flying in to NYC.

Madeline Weinrib rugs at ABC Carpet and Home.

I'm still thinking about the BEST meal at Jean-Georges Vongerichten's ABC Kitchen,
kale salad with lemon, serranos and mint
Akaushi cheeseburger with herbed mayo and pickled jalapenos.

Hubs told me about The Evolution Store in SoHo.
I was dumbfounded by its awesomeness.

While debating with friends at Georgetown Cupcake as to which one was best
{in my opinion, the coconut cupcake}
I glanced across the street and saw the exact gray I'm looking to paint my entryway.

I heart NYC.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New York Bound

Hubs and I are off to NYC tomorrow morning.
Can. Not. Wait.
I hope to take in The Met, maybe MOMA, get my eat on.

 I'm most excited to wander around the city.
After having kids you understand that free time is the ultimate luxury,
so to go about a day with no thought of time...well...
it doesn't get better than that.

I leave you with wise words to contemplate over the weekend.
Believe it.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Dining Room Introduction

Now that the family room is feeling 'finished'
{whatever that means}
it's on to the dining room
which lately seems to be the room where displaced stuff goes to die.

I bought two pagoda-looking bird cages from an antique mall that need to be painted.
I'd like them to flank either end of the buffet.
I'd contemplated lamps but decided I wanted something more unusual,
and I like the height they give to the room.
The main dilemma is: do I wallpaper or do I paint?
If I do wallpaper it's between this
Scalamandre Zebras

or this
Jardin Chinois by Christopher Norman.

My fear of wallpaper is its permanence.
Paint is so easy to repaint.

look what was delivered today!
Restoration Hardware French Urn Pedestal Table

Chairs aren't here yet but they look something like this.

Sunday, November 11, 2012


I'm in Madison this weekend for my grandmother's 80th birthday party.
It's a family festival.
A party's not a party in Wisconsin without
beer and laughs and red meat.
And more beer.

I spent my college age years living here,
growing into the idea of adulthood and learning how to take care of myself.
They were some of the best years of my life.

As I waited for my friend, Mallon, to meet me for breakfast
I walked to a couple apartments I lived in.
I moved to Madison with two friends from high school, Amy and Thalia.
We had the three shuttered windows on the right.
Amy's boyfriend moved in with us.
Thalia was a free spirit who liked to cook blueberry muffins in the nude at 5 am with the blinds open.

I lived with Amy {and same boyfriend} and Jill in this apartment on the second floor.
Our only living room furniture was a papasan couch,
two papasan chairs, and lots of ashtrays.
My friend Mallon lived on the first floor with Jen and Kayleen.

I can't decide who's changed more...the places or me.
The more I study interiors and begin to understand which ones speak to me and why,
the more I think about influences in the places I lived.
It's not only things--it's people, and where you are in life, and your enjoyment of life.
 These apartments were dumps,
 but they always made me feel at home.

I love them for that.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Eclectic Blue Vintage on Etsy

I recently went back to my hometown, Des Moines,
to visit one of my oldest friends and favorite people on earth, Kiki.
Kik and I used to kick it in high school
skipping class, smoking in the parking lot, trading Dave Matthews Band bootlegs--
your typical angst-filled, underage drinking, teenage rebelliousness.

In August Kiki opened  Eclectic Blue Vintage on Etsy,
a web boutique specializing in antique collectables, jewelry, art, furniture, 
and all around vintage loveliness.
We spent most of our time together shopping flea markets and estate sales.
She has a great eye and knows exactly what she wants and what people are looking for.
Eclectic Blue Vintage has been a tremendous success 
selling to clients all over the world,
but most importantly,
its been an outlet to showcase her creative side and venture into a business that she's passionate about.
Vintage geometric scarf $12

 Deer antlers with partial skull $98

 Vintage brass pelican $32

 Vintage books $35

 Vintage industrial office chair $128

 Louden's Mammouth Pulley $48

 Vintage Windsor melmac sugar bowl and creamer $10

Vintage Mexican feather art in original carved frame $20

 Vintage 8mm camera, 1962 Minolta $36

 Vintage pink bead and crystal clip on earrings $12

Glasbake handled soup bowls $36

Here are some pics of Kiki's beautiful home.


Shop here to see more of the goods.
Follow Kik on Pinterest here.