Friday, July 27, 2012

A Villa in Greece Beckons….

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When we lived in Vicenza Italy, a visit to Greece was on our wishlist since it was almost a stone throw away. However, we had way too many places that we wanted to visit and not enough time, so we never made it to Greece.

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It’s still on my wishlist though. For now, I’ll enjoy this villa that beckons to every fiber of my summer loving being…

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What are your plans for the weekend my friends? Today, we get up to 11o degrees. Yikes! So keeping myself, my boys, and Ginger(our dog) cool this weekend is my priority. However, I hope to finish some projects this weekend so I can tell you all about them next week. We’ll see. Have a fantastic weekend my friend. Also, a warm welcome to my newest readers! XX

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Gallery Walls: Keeping Them in Place.

Gallery Walls: Keeping Them in Place
I’ve always admired gallery walls and I’m currently collecting frames to start my own. I love this one above showcasing some family pics and really just an eclectic mix of pieces that the homeowners love.  I imagine that one has to have a plan before executing a gallery wall, placement and probably most importantly, hardware to hang the pieces.

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It makes sense to have a reliable gallery hanging system to ensure that your pictures or paintings stay in place. Can you imagine sleeping and having one of those hanging above the bed falling on you? Scary thought, no? So, I say just do it right even if it takes you a bit longer.

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Which gallery hanging system do you use? Where in your home do you have your gallery wall(if you have one)? I’m thinking of placing mine in my foyer.

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blogged about this here before but had to share again(one of my faves)
Have a fabulous Thursday everyone! XX

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sitting Pretty: Before & After.

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     Ok, y’all I’m going to put my best face forward and do what I do best; talk about design and stuffSmile.  Let’s cheer up and have some fun, shall we? I am blessed to have each of you as a reader and friend and I appreciate all of your support from the bottom of my heart.
     O.K. so, I always wonder why great design has to be so out of reach for folks like myself who actually have a budget. Do you ever have that thought? For e.g., I am smitten with DWR but cannot afford most of the things I love there. So far, I’ve bought only 3 or 4 pieces from them, BUT, I really cannot make it a habit to shop there; way to exorbitant, plus, I. have. children to. clothe. and. feed.
     What’s the alternative; shopping smartly with a sharp eye and seeing the potential in pieces. The beauty above is a vintage Adrian Pearsall.  It caught the hubby’s eyes a couple months ago when we were visiting a store called hipsteriamodern in Raleigh. If you’re in Raleigh, N.C., they are worth a trip!  He got it home, chose the fabric and dropped it off at the same gentleman who reupholstered my rocker and ottoman.  Now that it’s home, I think the hubby is going to have to go hunting for another chair for himself when he returns. This is MINE!!Smile.  Do you notice the depth and the height; sheer comfort I tell you! DWR “ain’t got nothing on me”!!:-
Here’s the Before:


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Pretty fabric and colour but it  was worn and the frame of the chair though very sturdy needed just a bit of work

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I think all that is needed now is a tiny ottoman and  one of Jill’s throw pillows from her Live Like You store(another must stop to shop!).  The hubby did great didn’t he? Of course, the chair is not in its desired location in the house because Baby Ian and his things have taken over all the prime real estate in the house. XX

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Broken Hearted.

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Barely home, and now he’s off again. The hubby is being whisked off to war again for another deployment and I’ve been an emotional wreck. We’re close to the ten times mark for the number of times that he’s left and I’d say that’s way too many for just one family. Enough is enough, don’t you think?  Wearing the title of army wife, military spouse is usually a great honour.  However,  it’s become quite burdensome and emotionally draining… XX


P.S. On another note, most of you have been on a couple deployment journey with me, given me virtual hugs etc. Thank you. That makes y'all family:-)

P. P.S. That’s my new wall paper in the background(in the powder room). When I’m in a better mood, I’ll show you the bathroom makeover.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Psst. Up Here.


Sometimes one just needs the comfort of a tree, to be enveloped amongst its branches and forget about everything else…
See what inside looks like here.  Have a lovely day my friends. XX

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Colour Your Sunday + Giveaway Winner!

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Stunningly gorgeous!  I’m loving how the colours contrast against her skin. O.K, so the very lucky person who won the giveaway is…

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Danielle Blech! Congratulations Danielle! I will be contacting you shortly! Thanks for entering everyone. I sure wish I could’ve entered this one myself! XX

Friday, July 13, 2012

A Cottage in Arkansas.


I. LOVE. THIS. COTTAGE. Even more so because the exterior colour(s) remind me a lot of my own home.

A loft above the kitchen. How cool!






A platform bed with lots of storage beneath. Yes please!

Hens Mary Jean and Virginia seem right at home in the back. Does anyone have hens in their back yard? I have been seriously thinking about getting a couple hens. I think we’re allowed to have at least four here in NC. Anyway, charming cottage, is it not? Happy weekend everyone! XX

P.S. The giveaway winner will be announced on Sunday. Thank you all for participating!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Tea Party in Paris.


I happened upon this lovely tea party photographed in Paris. It has a fascinating story behind it and involves the ever rich imagination of children; in this case two very beautiful girls. So enchanting…









These adorable photographs were taken by the talented Caroline of Caroline Dreams.
Beautiful, no? Happy Tuesday everyone! XX

Friday, July 6, 2012

Take off your shoes…


For some reason the thought of wearing shoes in this magical space makes me cringe.  Aptly called the Royal Penthouse and located in Newcastle Australia,  this oh so beautiful penthouse doesn’t only have me oohing and aahing, but also obsessing how I wouldn’t want to wear shoes or bring in any kind of germs into such an almost ethereal space…








Have a relaxing weekend everyone! XX

P.S. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below if you haven’t already.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Fifty Dollar Gift Card Giveaway via UrbanWall!

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This could be on your wall! Express yourself on your wall; how clever is that?

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Urbanwalls is the Company behind these marvelous creations. Guess what? They ARE offering Design Addict Mom readers a Fifty Dollar Gift Certificate to purchase a design from the numerous designs that they offer here! 

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How beautiful is this? If only I had a girl, but I’m sure many of you do!  This could be yours too!  

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It’s super easy to enter! Just follow the steps below:
  • Click here and tell me in your comment below which design you’d get with your $50 gift card. It’s that easy! If you don't have a Blogger or Google Account, just leave your email address in your comment so that I can find you if you win!
Extra Entries:
  • You can follow me on Google Friend Connect to get another chance to win.
  • You can also post this giveaway on facebook for yet another chance!
Giveaway ends Thursday, July 12th and the winner will be chosen using random.org. Good luck! XX