I'm still here.

And am in the mood for a good lantern!

I LOVE lanterns and have been putting them everywhere lately. I really like seeing them over an eating area or dining table. It's unexpected and sets a casual tone for an otherwise dressy room...

Picture 2
via my home ideas; photo by Matthew Gilson 


J Randall Powers viaHouse Beautiful

Picture 1
via urban electric 

Via cotedetexas_lantern1
via Things that Inspire 

  64164-quirky-touch-r-l urban grace
Erika Powell, via Southern Living, photo by Erica Georges Dines

Nancy boszhardt 

Nancy Boszhardt via House Beautiful


Jill Sharp via House Beautiful

Melanie pounds
Melanie Pounds via BHG

via Things that Inspire/ Traditional Home

TTN: When picking out a light fixture to go over your table don't forget to consider a lantern!

Is anyone doing anything fun over Memorial Day weekend?

 I'm going on a quick vacation but will be back next week!


martha, martha, martha...

I hope everyone had a good Valentines Day!! 

This "holiday" always reminds me of.... 


Martha Stewart.

(Bet you didn't think I'd say that one!)

Maybe it's because I'm always reminded of all the things I'm NOT doing for the one I love. When I grab a Hallmark card and sign my name at the bottom I should be doing things like... making customized tea bags or fortune cookies.

Martha tea bags  Martha fortune cookies

I have to constantly remind myself that Martha has an endless staff of helpers. I repeat: She. Has. Help.

With that in mind, I'd like to introduce you to her SET kitchen...  (originally spotted on remodelista -thanks to Angie for sending!)

Martha set

I guess if my 'pretend kitchen' looked half as good as this I'd be happily making custom fortune cookies too.

Martha set kitchen1

TTN: *the vintage rolling pins

*the brackets (below the upper cabinets) are such a nice detail that help make the cabinetry feel more custom

* the paint color for this cabinetry... love it. So subtle and different. If all of your bathrooms have the standard 'trim color' cabinetry consider repainting one of your bathroom vanities a soothing color like this one. According to this blog post- the paint color is, in fact, one of Martha's colors. Mourning Dove Gray (MS 151) 

*The simple, tiny knobs. I think this is a great addition!! Seriously, I'm thinking about switching out all my knobs to these:

Round cabinet knob
Baldwin Round Cabinet Knob, can be found here for $6.  

Martha set kitchen2

TTN: Notice how Marthagroups similar items together when accessorizing her kitchen. 

TTN: That marble butler sink paired with the two bridge faucets... love.

And the VIEW!! (kidding)
Set kitchen  

For a complete list of resources click here.

Martha's fabulous set kitchen is modeled after her real kitchen in Bedford, New York. I'm sure you've seen it many times before but for kicks, here is the original...

Martha kitchen 4 

Marthas kitchen2
Marthas kitchen 5 

Marthas kitchen 6
Martha's kitchen

To get this look combine all shades of white, cream and tan dishware together...  And please invite a small army over for dinner. 

Picture 3
 Crate and Barrel's classic pottery

Putty pottery
Pottery Barn's pottery in Putty

And ofcourse...

Martha's dinnerware at Macys. Can't go wrong there!
Picture 4 


Ivory pier one 

Pier One Ivory Dinnerware

*** Sidenote: I have been a bad blogger. For all of you who are everyday readers, I am sorry I have been MIA. I've been busy with work, traveling a lot, fighting off the southern snow storms (okay- just one), and haven't had much computer time this past month. I plan to be more consistent with my posts. Promise!

Now, if only I could locate my endless staff of helpers...


 all martha's images from martha stewart website


Love it or hate it?

{or as my family would correct me: Love it or strongly dislike it?}

ban·quette  (bng-kt)

n. A long upholstered bench placed against or built into a wall

Banquette MS020
Banquette MS021
Banquette MS022
all of the above from martha stewart magazine
Banquette SA029
southern accents sept. 2008

Elements of style
spotted via elements of style

Banquette table
*Im in love strongly like with this white banquette- not gonna lie.
 Practical? No
Beautiful? Most definitely. 
I'm almost certain it is a Verellen piece... aka droolworthy. This one as well..
Apt therapy banq
Banquette hb
another one from house beautiful
Domino mag
via domino mag
This old house

Ahhh.. there are so many more pictures- these are just a few! I like to see different types of seating around a table so I, for one, am a fan of the banquette.

What about you?