Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wednesday's wrap!

 Happy Birthday, Mom!

it's in a brown paper package with a French twist!

menu ~ photograph
the butterfly was inspired by Donna.


Monday, August 29, 2011

just a little peek!

Friday morning 6:30 am...

Monday morning 6:30 am...

kitchen FRESH white! and...deck the ledge!


Sunday, August 28, 2011

embellish the's a visiting day!

French wine with Nichole's Paris Postcards, and mr D's
LAB CAB ~made with LOVE and tagged by Jami!


~I am sending EXTRA LOVE and well wishes to my friends
on the East Coast. Please be safe! ~


Friday, August 26, 2011

i'm dreaming of a white kitchen...

i have a simple little L shaped kitchen.

today my sweet little kitchen...

 is in transition,

because mr. D took two days of his vacation,

to paint my dream.

here's to a weekend of living your dreams!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Craig's List cabinet...$200.00.

happy Thursday everyone!
lately we have found some great 
finds on Craig's List.
we needed a cabinet to hold our
dishes and serving pieces. as you know, 
we are in the midst of a "whole house
extreme make over", so the budget is tight .

mr. D found this on Craig's list for $200.00. 
we checked it out. it was a perfect fit.

it's a place for dish stacking! the top drawer holds
our most often used linens, and the bottom drawer
holds all of the dreaded cords and accessories for
 the electronics. ( yeah!)
the fan on the top of the cabinet is one of the first
antique pieces that mr. D and i purchased over 30 years ago.
 it was from an old ship. the blades are brass! it still works
and serves it's purpose on warm Summer days.

keep cool!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

time for a change, chandee... the Paris color project

most of you know that i decorated my
charming chandee with lavender and 
baseballs for July and August. it was my own little
subtle red, white and blue, and my sometimes
passion to place the ridiculous with the sublime!

the baseballs, were from my son's childhood collection.
he can tell you where each was caught,
or given to him by one of his favorite players., it's goodbye baseballs.

i removed the bundles of lavender, harvested
from the backyard. they have filled the room with fragrance
for about three weeks.

to fill in the blanks, i found these wonderful
"Postcards from Paris"


the images are from Nichole's
Paris color project. i was lucky to catch her
two for one postcard sale!

the sale is still going today at her Etsy shop


now our chandee is French chic once more,
as it reflects Nichole's Paris color green!

(i kept the little bundles that i made with Maria's lavender!)

the dining area is still in transition.
with the chandee's now all about coffee in the sunbeams
 on this perfect  PacNWest Summer day!


Monday, August 22, 2011

The Unique Bridal Boutique and Styling Salon

last Friday was HAIR DAY!

as you can see it was a perfect PacNWest day.( i drive about 15 miles north to
a place called The Unique Bridal Boutique and Styling Salon.)

the salon is near the area where i grew up, in a little community called Olde Burien.
 Friday's visit marked the two years that Glenda has been styling my hair.

Chrislyn and i met Glenda when we were shopping  for her wedding.

her boutique ~ salon is filled with exquisite handmade jewelry, headpieces
 bridal veils, and garters. many of her pieces are made with vintage materials.

if you cannot find your dream wedding accessories within this amazing selection,

Glenda will customize.

she made the most beautiful pieces for Chrislyn, her attendants, and for
Jason's mom and me.( i will talk about Chrislyn and Jason's wedding
in September, as i didn't have a blog at the time their special day.)

here is a closer view of some of  her beautiful headbands.

her garters are amazing...each has a tiny blue swarovski crystal
for the bride's "something blue"!

the shoppe is filled will sparkle and sheer romance for the beautiful bride to be.

Glenda also creates amazing one of a kind jewelry. i will photograph that part of her
 business on my next HAIR DAY.

her calling cards reflect her gracious heart!

find some sparkle on this late August Monday!


Friday, August 19, 2011

French bread and the machine!

ohhhh pleeeeeease...

don't let wine and flowers be next!

did you see this all over the news recently?


first of all if i lived in Paris, i would go 

the extra mile block to experience this...

or this!

on Saturday i'll take four ingredients...and do this.

~ i found it here~

and the cute dish towel?

seventy ~ nine cents... ~ here ~

on a different note...

~ today is a great day... because it's HAIR DAY!
i get my hair done at the coolest place by the most amazingly talented
woman. ( it's not up-ity - pricey), but very chic... i'll
tell you about it on Monday ~

have a SWEET weekend!


Thursday, August 18, 2011


the dining room accent wall is finished!

the paint needs to cure for about a month before i can
arrange the signs, platters and plates on the ledge.

in the mean time...we'll be painting the kitchen and
start on the floors!... the carpet is going!
our goal is to have the living room, dining room and kitchen
done and decked out for Thanksgiving!


it's time to change the chandie! i have some French postcards
coming! i can hardly wait to show you!

have a wonderful Thursday! i'm off  to get ready for work!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

a room with a view...there's a mountain in our backyard!

good morning, Mount Rainier!

the beauty about living in the Pacific Northwest is that you don't 
 necessarily need to live in a fancy neighborhood to have view property.

 i took quick snap of our majestic Mount Rainier as she greeted me on 
this perfect August morning.

~i apologize about the quality of the photograph
i hope to have a digital slr one day.~


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

stirring up some summer fresh!

last night's fry.
the kitchen counter looks so pretty during the prep.

summertime is "mostly" about grilling outside... 
we have a new little ritual around here.
"cut the carbs" and "stir fry fresh" twice a week!


Monday, August 15, 2011

the French Laundry...

for many years i have dreamed about a visit to

~ visit here ~

this is the time of year when we get to prepare
our daily meals fresh from the garden.
if we don't have it in our back yard, we fill in the gaps with
 produce from our local farmer's market.


here on 34th street we i call it...
(mr. d just shakes his head and smiles)

i's  not extremely creative, but it's all about
  a  cooking ritual that can be enjoyed
July though September in the PacNWest climate.


i love to collect a menu now and then. my prize menu is
 from the 2nd stage of the Tour Eiffel. 
 i plan to post about it when we redo our kitchen.

for now i wish to share a little treat FRESH from
it's a printable menu that changes daily.


...a perfect little romantic touch for a
ordinary extraordinary Monday!

[with love]

Sunday, August 14, 2011

simply stated Sunday!


~ via ~

Maria at Dreamy Whites, is giving away a $200.00
gift certificate to her beautiful shoppe!
~ here ~

bonne chance!

[with love]