June 30, 2011

before & after / tacky lamp

First things first--I have a deep love for all things tacky.  The quirkiness of something that's so hideous makes me love it just a little more; it's sort of like a pug or a hairless cat.  (No offense to those of you out there that own either animal.)

I found this gloriously ugly lamp at Goodwill for $6.  It sat in my basement, waiting for a spot to shine its gaudy little self for a year or so until I realized how badly I needed more light on my desk.  A few coats of spray paint and a $30 lamp shade later, and I've got a one-of-a-kind lamp that could almost pass as pretty.  

June 27, 2011

father time

My sweet pops.

I feel awful that I didn't have a post up for him in regards to father's day.  We had a terrible family situation come up suddenly and everything was put on hold.  So here I am, a week or so late, with my Father's Day entry.  XO

My dad was the first man I ever loved and who loved me in return.  His love for me, my sister, my mom and our family paved the way for my future as a wife.  

His example taught me to expect respect from men,
feel prized and beautiful in all situations,
laugh hard often,
be tender towards all
and to never take yourself too seriously.

He walked me down the aisle (and yes, I know I look like I'm about to explode in the picture above, but the emotion is just so sweet), but he'll still clean my car or fill it up with gas when I come home for a visit.  As Salt N' Pepa would say, "What a man, what a man, what a man, what a mighty good man."

June 7, 2011

t h r e e

Image: Jose Villa

Happy  t h r e e  y e a r s  of learning to
live together
say sorry together
laugh together
give and take together
love together.

June 4, 2011

saturday sipping

It's another scorcher here in the south, so why not bring back the ol' Magic Juice we posted on Design Sponge last year?  I mean, nothing says summer like fresh fruit, juice and a bit of gin.  Don't drink?  Omit the gin and replace it with seltzer water or Sprite for a refreshing spritzer!

Dice, then muddle fruits and mint
Pour gin into fruit mixture and let sit for 10-15 minutes
Strain over lemonade and ice
Garnish with fruit slice or mint leaf

June 2, 2011

home lust

Photo credit: Tec Petaja

Tec recently photographed this beautifully charming home of designer Sara Hicks Malone.  The images are featured in this season's Anthology Magazine which is being sold online and in Anthropologie stores in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

I love the juxtaposition of the bright white and the simple lines of the furniture with the bold patterns and colors of her accessories and artwork.  It's true.  I'm having a lust affair with this home.