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Wonderful Window Treatments

by Katie on March 30, 2013

I adore windows. They let in the sunshine and cool breezes on warm days. Sometimes they offer beautiful views (unless you’re looking out our bedroom window, which is about three feet from a huge wooden fence – not my idea of a great view). But what I love the most about windows is that you can dress them up head to toe, er, I mean ceiling to floor with amazing window treatments that can really turn a room around.

When we moved into our current place, all of the windows had curtains or window blinds, or both. Most of the curtains blended in well with the rest of the apartment, but two particular pairs were hideous beyond belief (so we replaced them with super inexpensive grey ones from IKEA). But, as I’m falling more and more in love with design and the graphic arts, I am itching to try something new – something bold and colorful, and, just different.

I’d really love to consider some new options – something other than panels on rods. Not sure which would work best for our spaces, but here are three of my favorite ideas…for now. 😉

Roman Shades
I LOVE what you can do with Roman shades. Our bedroom window (the one overlooking that ugly fence) actually has bamboo Roman shades, for when you want to block out the sun (and the rest of the world), but it’s really not our style. I’d love to replace them with something of the fabric variety to help soften up our room!

I love these – so preppy.

Pleated Panels
These might be a good option, but they aren’t that much different than what we already have. I like the gathered/pleated element up top – draws your eyes up and looks more pulled together than rings with clips hanging off of them. I’m loving that bedspread too…plaid is all the rage right now (at least on one of my Pinterest boards ;)).

Roller Shades
These days roller shades seem more utilitarian than decorative, but I think they can be both. Wouldn’t something like this be wonderful for a craft room/home office? Especially if you like to get creative – I could buy a simple, single color shade and paint it up with fabric paint!

Now I just need to decide which treatment will work with each window! 😀

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Cowls

by Katie on August 20, 2012

Even though it’s blistering hot back home and far too hot for southern California (shorts – I’m not a fan), I am obsessing over a fall and winter favorite – cowls!

They are such a fun (and practical) accessory. Well, for cold weather, anyway. Perfect for skinnies, boots, and a fitted long-sleeve T.

Clockwise from top left: Cowl in Oatmeal by Vital Temptation | Wasabi Cowl via Knit The Hell Out | Whit’s Knits Striped Cotton Cowl on Pearl Bee | Accidental Cowl via Crochet in Color

Aren’t they just lovely? You can buy the first and find patterns for the rest by following their respective links. Enjoy, all you yarn people (I am envious of your talents)! And for those of you who are, like me, not yarn people, bribe your yarn friends to make one for you (ahem, Shelly, Amber, I’m looking at you). 😉

What fall or winter accessory are you most looking forward to sporting during the upcoming season? My favorites, as usual, are boots closely followed by scarves and a mug o’ spiced cider. Cheers!

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Kitchen Essentials

by Katie on August 7, 2012

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Most of the time, I enjoy it. :)

After a recent move and going from a nice, spacious kitchen to one about half the size, I realized how many kitchen gadgets I have (and just how spoiled I had gotten with our last two kitchens). We have a spare room off the kitchen that I’ve turned into a craft room (weeee!!) that has a closet, where a good 1/4th of my old kitchen currently resides.

There are a few things I discovered I just can’t live without/ Please, let me profess my love for a few of my favorite, most useful kitchen bits!

1. Mrs. Meyer’s Liquid Hand Soap in Basil – The first time I smelled this heavenly scent, it was at a friend’s place. It was love at first sniff. I would never have guessed basil would make such a superb soap scent but IT DOES. Mrs. Meyer’s makes a plethora of wonderful products, all earth-friendly and cruelty-free. Plus, their products “do not contain ammonia, chlorine, glycol solvents, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, artificial colorants, phosphates or petroleum distillates.” YES!

2. Pampered Chef’s Food Chopper – Any time I need to chop, dice, or mince, I use this little beauty. So basically, I use it just about every time I make something. It. Is. Amazing. I know there are other products out there that do the same thing. This is the only one I’ve used so it’s the only one I can speak for. And it is in one word, fabulous. It will chop big or little (or tiny) pieces. It’s easy to take apart to clean and put back together (or you can throw it in the dishwasher, which in and of itself makes it great in my book).

3. Dish Brushes – I really dislike doing dishes. Unfortunately they are a constant in my life (much like laundry). 😉 I have grown to adore these types of brushes (thanks for turning me on to them, Diane!). They making getting tough gunk off of dishes of any size relatively easy which is fabulous for manicured nails! And for the record, I value good looking nails over clean dishes any day.

4. Silicone Basting Brush – Ok, so I don’t use this one weekly, but I do use it a ton. For holiday hams, biscuits and rolls, egg glazes, etc. My favorite thing to use them for? THESE Cheddar Bay Biscuits. It does its job wonderfully and it goes in the dishwasher when you’re finished which, as we know, means it’s awesome.

5. Hold-All Tupperware Container – I don’t have all of these pieces. I have one in fact (the largest one), and it is the best piece of kitchen storage I have (thanks Aunt Jan!). It holds everything from cupcakes and cookies to bread bowls to leftovers of all kinds. Whenever I make treats to take somewhere, they travel in this. It stores well when it’s not in use (which is rarely). It’s lightweight and cleans up easily. Someday when I have more space, I might just have to invest in a few more. 😉 Tupperware brand or not, having an “everything” piece is such a lifesaver!

6. Nylon Pan Scrapers – Another PC favorite. I have a few pieces of stoneware that came with these and I use them for stoneware (of course), pots and pans, and anything with food really stuck on it. They don’t scratch the surface of your cookware, are easy to hold and scrape with, and can go in the dishwasher. They are pretty inexpensive to boot.

7. Deep Cover Baker – THIS beautiful piece of [Pampered Chef] stoneware is like a crockpot but even more awesome if you can believe it (think fresh chicken fajitas in twenty minutes). It goes in the microwave and the oven, and keeps food warm for HOURS. Well, I’ve never actually timed it, but I know even after an hour of sitting out, the dish and the food in it are still hot (I’ve learned this from many holiday gatherings and husbands coming home from soccer games later than expected). It is simply FABULOUS, just like all of the other PC stoneware pieces. Totally worth the investment in my book!

What are your favorite, just-can’t-live-without use-all-the-time kitchen pieces? Do tell!

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May 28th | Giveaway

by Katie on June 25, 2012

Happy Monday, y’all! I’m exciting to be introducing May 28th today, a completely fabulous brand of watches that are both trendy and wallet-friendly. They also just so happen to be giving one of their watches away to one of you! Woohoo!!

First, let’s enjoy some eye candy. These are some of my favorites!!

Need something bold and colorful? Love these:

Looking for something a bit different? How about these? There is just something I love about those black bands….

And this is just a small sample of May 28th’s designs!

May 28th was dreamed up by Agni Tilla (that’s her on the right), a Latvian-born designer and entrepreneur. She noticed a lack of “playfully chic, yet affordable” watches while searching for some to spice up her own everyday wardrobe. Agni designs vivid patterns and works with en vogue motifs to create fun pieces that guys and girls alike will love. They are water resistant (though not waterproof), and you can even send in your own watch face design and have it made! How awesome is that?!

These lovelies range from $28 – $39 (not bad for something so fab, am I right?!) and can be found in the US, France, the UK, Australia, Canada, and today, right here! *jumps up and down*

Want one for yourself? Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

Visit May28th.me (or May 28th’s Pinterest) and pick out your favorite watch. Pin it to your style/accessories board on Pinterest and post the link to your pin (and any additional comments you’d like to add) in the comments below. The winner will get to pick any one watch he or she desires from May 28th’s collection! We’ll pick a winner at the end of the week. :)

Note: If you don’t have Pinterest, well, I’m not sure we can be friends anymore. KIDDING! Just click over to May 28th’s website, find your favorite, and tell us which one that is in the comments below.

If you want all May 28th news and updates, you can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr too!

UPDATE: Winner has been picked – Ali S! :) Thanks to everyone who entered!!

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Etiquette Vintage Desgins Update

by Katie on June 16, 2012

Hey y’all! Remember this post I did a while back about designer Eric Renteria and his brand, Etiquette Vintage Designs? Well, I’m excited to share some updates about what he has going on!

Between Austin Fashion Week, dressing pinup models, creating a new line of aprons, and being featured in a number of publications, Eric has been sponsoring charitable events – sock hop for a cause? YES PLEASE! – dressing the Casserole Queens, and making the world around him simply more fashionably charming. How he does all of this while in school, I have no idea. I admire his hustle and passion for bringing social etiquette back!

Take a look at some of the pieces featured in DFWStyleDaily‘s recent article on Eric and his designs. It’s vintage. It’s nautical. Need I say more?

Oh hey, Zack Morris….

[Photos by James Edward]

Lovely.

And check out these aprons (worn by the Casserole Queens, photographed by Ed Lehmann)!

*sigh* I think you need one. Or two. Am I right?

Find and follow Eric/EVD on Facebook and Twitter, and check out his website for updates and to place an order for your own custom letterman sweater, apron, blazer or dress! 😀

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Summer in [Outdoor] Style

by Katie on June 2, 2012

I love being outside when the weather is nice! I especially love lounging around reading a good book and eating…usually something that someone else has made. 😉

Perhaps I love the warmer months because the weather is more grill-friendly, which means the hubby does more cooking than usual. But as much as I love him cooking and grilled food in general, grills tend to be ugly, bulky, and impossible to hide. Well, at least the cheapy ones apartment dwellers with tiny balconies or porches (like us) tend to buy. We live in a beautiful spot and have big-enough outdoor space, but unfortunately our grill, even when covered, is an eyesore. Every. Single. Time. I look out our doors I see it and it bothers me.

SO, when I saw THIS beauty, I almost passed out from sheer happiness. And of course, when I discover a new shop online, I can’t just look at one item and leave. Oh no. The more I found at Horne, the more I fell in love with the brand and the more I felt I absolutely had to share it. There just isn’t enough stylish outdoor furniture and accessories out there!! Horne has plenty of indoor fabulousness as well, but that’s a post for another day.

Check out some of my favorites for any porch, patio, or deck this summer from Horne!

1. Hot Pot BBQ, Black + Blum – A BBQ/grill and herb planter all in one. YES! You can’t even tell it’s a grill when it’s not being used as one. No more aching eyeballs when I look out the window! Please, grill gods, put this outside my door!

2. Loll Wallbanger, Loll Designs – Outdoor bar. Hangs on wall. Made from 100% recycled high density polyethylene (plastic milk jugs). ‘Nuff said!

3. Case Study Planter w/ Plinth in White, Modernica – A large, lovely planter for something big and green!

4. Urbanfire Propane Fireplace in Avocado, Modfire – Propane fireplace, suitable for indoors and out. Available in a bunch of colors – I’ll take one of each, thanks.

5. 5 Gallon Rectangle Planter, Loll Designs – Perfect for a few colorful plants for your outdoor space.

6. Lighthouse Oil Lamps in White, Menu – Bonfire flames from table-top oil lamps. Gimmie gimmie!

7. Pin Table/Outdoor Table, Menu A/S – Brightly painted wood tables that you can poke into your grassy lawn or sandy beach!

So stylin’!

What is your summer outdoor must-have?!

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Hello Red!

by Katie on March 20, 2012

I am madly in love with RED right now. I don’t know if it’s because the vintage eras en vogue at the moment often use red in their designs (red-orange in particular), or because it’s often used in nautical themed things which I love, or if it’s just a happy color that I love to look at…who knows. Or cares. It’s just fabulous.

Here are a few very red things that, on their own, make a marvelous statement. I’ve always loved red nails, recently acquired red jeans, and am learning to wear red lips…without getting color everywhere. It’s no wonder I’ve always been a nude/light pink gloss girl….

1. Red Werdie colour block wallet, Marc by Marc Jacobs. [buy]
2. Kookai Slim Fit Jeans in red. [buy] (though I prefer these – cheaper and more accessible)
3. Sailor stripe red silk scarf, Kate Spade. [buy]
4. Essentiel Colly red wrap around dress. [buy]
5. Prim the Name of Love flat. [buy]
6. OPI Nail Lacquer, Big Apple Red. [buy]
7. Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Melissa Skyscraper II. [buy]
8. Trashy Diva Peony Clip. [buy]
9. NARS Lipstick, Heat Wave. [buy]
10. NARS Lip Gloss, Misbehave. [buy]

How (or where) do YOU love to wear red?

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Laundry Helpers

by Katie on February 28, 2012

My Kitchen Helpers post last week seemed to be quite a hit! Thanks to everyone who stopped by to check it out! :)

I figured a few helpers and cheat sheets for the laundry room might also be useful, so here are a few I’ve found and like (though not all of them are as adorable as the sheets made for the kitchen)!

Perhaps the prettiest of my finds, these FABULOUS (and free) printables are to help you figure out what all those little symbols on your tags actually mean. They include specifics for wash cycles, temperatures, bleaching, drying, ironing and dry cleaning. Created and shared by Torie Jayne (a lovely blog you must certainly check out whether or not you need fabric care instructions)!

Or perhaps you’re looking for something a little less frilly and all on one page? Check out this option from FlyingNeedle.ca (a great resource for machine embroidery, if that happens to be your thing)!

But what to do if you spill wine on your new shirt or a baby projectile vomits on your favorite pants (hopefully these things do not happen at or around the same time!)? Let us turn to stain removal cheat sheets!

Here is a quick reference guide that’s nice and simple. I found it via Pinterest and thanks to Jenna, know that it was crated by the lovely Live Laugh Love!

Here is another, more intense chart from Martha Stewart. View and download it here (instead of printing this image – it will look much better!)

Good Housekeeping published a similar chart which can be viewed and downloaded here. They also have a more in-depth stain removal resource that is only online. Find the Stain Buster guide right here!

Do you have any other laundry/stain cheat sheets you’d recommend? Please share with us!!

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Exposed!

by Katie on February 21, 2012

Exposed shelves that is. They are my new home obsession. And since there is no way on EARTH I could trade in our cabinets for some (we rent), I will just have to drool over pictures of other people’s shelves.

This all started on a La Jolla homes tour – one of the cottages we had the pleasure of touring had a small but fabulous kitchen with exposed shelving. The owner’s plates and serviceware pieces and other miscellaneous gadgets almost looked like art so perfectly arranged them. *sigh* T’was a dream.

Check out these great examples!

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Any [other] kitchen trends that you’re loving right now?

*Please excuse the craziness of my images recently – I’ve been having a little toooo much fun with Photoshop and I just can’t settle on a look I love…or once I decide, I try something new and I like that too. #bloggerproblems…?

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If I were a bag…

by Katie on February 5, 2012

This is what I would look like.

Buy it here!

Fun side note: I met Kate Spade’s brother-in-law on an airplane heading from SD to KC. He was telling me about his sister-in-law who had this handbag business and I asked for her name and the name of her business was, and he responded “Oh I don’t know if you’d know her. Kate Spade is her name.” My eyes about popped out of my head. I was like, “Um, YEAH I’ve heard of her! I don’t think there is a girl in the US that hasn’t!” Another, even cooler side note: Ms. Spade is a Kansas City girl, born and raised! And even though she went to school in Kansas, she still has my respect. 😉

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