Friday, July 29, 2011

Aynhoe Park: Say Hello to Lots of Taxidermy and Plaster Casts.

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I was nibbling on my second Nestle mini ice cream drumsticks last night  and feeling sorry for myself ( I had to bid farewell to the hubby again this week because Uncle Sam decided to whisk him off to fight for his country)  when I came across a feature on this unique estate, located in London; Aynhoe Park. For a couple minutes, I forgot about my worries and was peering closely at every detail of this magnificent architectural head-turner and was trying to grasp the fact that this is an occupied home-someone does live here!  Quite majestic and theatrical in its impression, Aynhoe  Park has stood its ground for over 300 years.  Its current owner,  James Perkins, re-invented the home, bringing it into the twenty-first century, while acknowledging its history.  James surely didn’t skimp on the taxidermy and gothic touches. The house is available for private hire and I am sure it is the quintessential location to create an unforgettable occasion. 
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I wouldn't mind a field trip to Aynhoe Park. However, I doubt I’d be able to sleep here though; too much taxidermy perhaps…?  What do you think? Have a wonderful weekend everyone and stay cool; it’s sweltering hot in my neck of the woods! XX

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Black and White.





I love using black and white to spice up the look of a space. Adding punches of black and white into one’s home décor is a sure way to infuse interest and pack a graphic punch. Black and white is even more dramatic against light/neutral backdrops like the spaces featured above. How do you feel about black and white; is it packing a punch in your home? XX

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Embracing the Glam for the Weekend.

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I am inspired by this editorial to get really “glammed up” this weekend. I have to admit there are many weekends where I just laze around in my pajamas and refuse to go out because I don’t want to go through the ritual of getting “dolled up.” However, this weekend I shall bring the glam!  Don’t you just love the colour combination?

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she is one hot chica!

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FYI: The model is Anja Konstantinova and she is donning jewelry pieces from labels such as Gucci, Prada, Samantha Wills and Yves Saint Laurent. She is gorgeous, isn’t she? I’m feeling really inspired and I might just have to visit my MAC store for a new lip stain!  Whether you’re “glamming” or not, be sure to have a fantastic weekend everyone!  Besitos! XX

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A residence in Brazil.


“Imagination is the eye of the soul”
Joseph Joubert


This renovated loft in Sao Paulo reflects the creative imagination of its owner, Mauricio Arruda.  The living room alone indicates this. I love his mix of varying materials and how he layers his space. Of course the pop of colour everywhere enliven the spaces beautifully. Above all else are the black painted floors that allow the furniture pieces to take center stage.

Crates make perfect storage containers here. Unexpected and fun.
check out the card inspiration for the base of the table. loving the pop of green too.





a better view of the dining space.

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone! The weekend is upon us! Hurrah!:-) XX

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Guest Room.


A constant flow of guests is the norm in the Blake household.  We’ve had guests  for two weeks in a row and I have to admit that the guest room wasn’t picture perfect prior to their visits(of course, my guests couldn’t careless about that). However, if you’re like me, everything has to be just right. Needless to say, I was scurrying until the last minute to put the final touches together to my guest room.  It wasn’t like staying at the Ritz, but it was comfortable and aesthetically pleasing enough to me. Here are some lovely inspiration for guest rooms from some of my favourite places…









Have you had any house guests lately? Need some tips: The great Martha Stewart offers some invaluable tips on how to prep for houseguests here.  Happy Wednesday my friends. XX

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Zappos: More than Shoes Ad...In the Nude


According to the NYT,  Zappos' fall ad campaign features models performing tasks such as riding a scooter, jogging and hailing a cab in the nude.


The web is already abuzz with this ad that has become quite a bit of a controversy. The ads will begin running in the August issues of magazines like Lucky, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, and Harper's Bazaar. What do you think? Going too far or not? XX

Sunday, July 10, 2011

HGTV Never Looked So Good!


HGTV had lost their appeal to me because of their  continuous repetitions of episodes and just the lack of shows that oozed innovative ideas and creative wiles. However, that is no more!  I’m loving the new episodes of House Hunters International, the new series, “Room Crashers” with one of the finalists from a prior HGTV Design Stars, the new series, “ HGTV’d” which is a winner; the designs featured are out of the box and over the top.

The outdoor spaces above were designed by the talented and oh so sweet sounding Jamie Durie. Don’t you just love him? The slur of his Aussie accent is so beautiful too!


Now, besides the new HGTV Design Star series that premieres tomorrow, another great buzz that has HGTV’s appeal better than ever are these folks;


Cortney and Robert Novogratz(pictured above) will be debuting a new design show on HGTV called "Home by Novogratz”. The first episode airs July 16th and I can’t wait! I will most certainly be watching every single episode!


gorgeous space -rooms designed by the Novogratz

Will you be tuning in to HGTV too? XX

Giveaway Winners!

Apparently Blogger had screened some of the giveaway comments and had them labeled as spam. I just realized so sorry if you weren't seeing your comments and was wondering why... Anyway, BIG CONGRATS to Dawn of the Alternative Wife for winning this one! Yay Dawn!

For some reason, I thought that i had announced the winner to this Mallory Lane giveaway(case of preggo brain) already, but apparently i didn't. Sorry about that! However, another BIG CONGRATS to Peach Rainbow! I will be contacting both winners shortly! XX

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

This Toddler…

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is the reason for my absence. I’ve been spending as much time with Baby Z as possible and he’s enamored with playing outside which leaves me with no time for the computer.  I am really loving summer too, but the heat does take a toll on a pregnant ladySmile.  Baby Z also keeps me running (well in my case waddling briskly) all day.

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Yes, I know I’m huge! Smile. So, what have you all been up to? I can’t wait to find out! Also, please don’t forget to enter the Fashion + Art giveaway!  Love you all! XX