February 25, 2010

My Productivity Depends On It..

It's almost a sin how much I have coveted this desk from Restoration Hardware. I have a picture of it on my iphone and on every computer I own, and sometimes I just stare at it when I am feeling blue. Britt has a little nook in his living room that this little beauty would fit perfectly in, and my Mac would look so good sitting right on top of the thick glass top. It is the perfect mix of modern and rustic and so unique. The corbel is made of hand carved reclaimed teak wood (drool). I can only imagine for now how amazingly productive I would be if I could work from this very desk. Now I have to mention the only bad thing about this beauty - and you probably guessed it - the price is ummm ouch. Hope you all enjoy!!!

Here is a picture of the desk all installed and decorated - get out of that picture and into my house!!!

February 23, 2010

Because SNOW is in the Forecast...

And I am so over this cold weather.

Pink Sands Beach in the Bahamas and fingers crossed this could quite possibly be our destination spot come August. Yes, the sand on the beach really is pink and its 75 degrees and sunny right now.

February 18, 2010

A Sixpence Richer

I have never been satisfied with simply doing something for tradition sake. While I love tradition and consider myself a traditional girl I always have to know the reason behind the tradition before I step out and just do it. Weddings are steeped in tradition, and I have done my research on just about each tradition. So when my stepmother said she would let me "borrow" the lucky sixpence that has been in her family, I began to question just what and why I needed a coin in my shoe.
So I think just about anyone on the planet has heard "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" and I, just like most of you, though the poem stopped there but they have a part that is often left out ".......a lucky sixpence in her shoe!!" This coin symbolizes the promise of a lifetime of good fortune for the bride and a lifetime of good health, happiness, and wealth for the newlywed couple. Don't get me wrong I am marring Britt for true love sake, but what sane person would not want to beckon wealth on her wedding day?

Something old represents the link with the bride's family and past. Something new represents good fortune and success in the bride's new life. Something borrowed is to remind the bride that friends and family will be there for her when help is needed long after the wedding is over. Something blue is the symbol of faithfulness and loyalty. A sixpence in her shoe is to wish the bride and groom wealth.

My something old - my mother's diamond from her engagement ring
My something new - a new pendant neckless to put the diamond in to wear for the big day
My something borrowed - the sixpence coin in a lace envelope
My something blue - ribbon on the coin
And I now have a lucky sixpence for my left shoe!!!

Here are a few random facts that I found very interesting:
In 1775 a law was passed that a wedding was not legal if the bride wore any make-up during the ceremony. It was considered entrapment and so the groom would be trapped by the illusion.
Brides stand to the left of the groom because long ago the groom needed to keep his sword hand free to defend his bride from attack.
Bridal veil were first used when arranged marriages were common, the bride would keep the blusher covering her face till after the vows so the groom could not back out.

Stay tuned for more traditions to come.

February 15, 2010

Thinking Outside the Box

For all my fellow wine snobs I completely understand if you hit the little red x button on the top of your browser and never visit me again. Yes, it's true, today I am going to do the unimaginable and blog about wine out of a BOX.

Boxed Wine? Ewee

But times have changed from the cheap boxes I used to buy in my college years. It's time to move on, put the bottle behind us and experience the future. The collapsing bag-in-box, fresher than ever premium boxed wine. My go to label is "Black Box" and while I always keep a box on my cabinet I must admit to not yet having the courage of bring it to a dinner party or a nice restaurant for fear of being banished, shunned, and shamed.

Advantages: Stays fresh longer (an open box can last up to six weeks), better for the environment, less expensive than bottled wine, safer to carry around, great for trips on the beach or anywhere glass is forbidden, etc.

Tell me bloggers are you jaws wide open in disgust and disbelief or you willing to give it a try. Cheers from my box to yours!!!

February 12, 2010

Ikat It

Let me start this post with a confession: I am addicted to throw pillows. While I realize that this is not as bad as being addicted to other illegal or highly expensive things it is still a problem. The top of my closet is filled with little throw pillows that have been replaced by my habit of buying a better one. With that said I have brought my nasty little habit to Britt's house and yes one of his closets has the beginnings of being filled with pillows. So back to the reason behind this: finding throw pillows for this brown sofa has been nothing short of a thorn in my side. I have tried and tested many different styles and pillows but nothing worked like the image I had in my head. It's been almost a year and still not the perfect choice, but some good ones.....

Ikat believe it, think I may have found the solution to my design dilemma on ebay. I found this beautiful fabric that I will re-cover some of my "old" pillows with. It's Victor "Barbados" Ikat-design upholstery fabric.

Ikat is a style of weaving that uses a process kinda like tie-dye on the threads before the are woven. This process creates these amazing designs seen in the fabrics below. When used in moderation Ikat fabric can turn a boring room into something to talk about. Here are some of the professionals using this fabric in rooms.

February 10, 2010

Save The Date

One night we decided to have a little fun with the timer on my camera, this is the first time I had a reason to use the timer - so simple. I printed out some signs on my computer with our save the date information, set my camera up on a huge stack of books, and made a bunch of silly faces. It was fun. I converted the pictures to black and white, put them on a strip to make it look like we had been in a photo booth and voila.....

Is it not the cutest and cost efficient save the date idea you have ever seen. It's not an original idea, I found it on the internet (I love the internet). I had a few printed so we could hand them out to a few of the wedding guest we run into before the wedding!!! So I guess this makes everything official, I get to marry the man of my dreams on August 7th - sounds like a great day!!!

February 03, 2010

David Gray

He's coming, He's coming!! All the way to New Orleans and we just bought tickets (insert huge smiley face here!!!). I love him, I have loved him for many years and he's coming. Did I mention that he is coming and I get to go see him!!! Sit back, press play, and enjoy!

This years love had better last

This years love had better last
Heaven knows it's high time
And I've been waiting on my own too long
But when you hold me like you do
It feels so right
I start to forget
How my heart gets torn
When that hurt gets thrown
Feeling like you can't go on

Turning circles when time again
It cuts like a knife oh no
If you love me got to know for sure
Cause it takes something more this time
Than sweet sweet lies oh no
Before I open up my arms and fall
Losing all control
Every dream inside my soul
And when you kiss me
On that midnight street
Sweep me off my feet
Singing ain't this life so sweet

This years love had better last
This years love had better last

So whose to worry
If our hearts get torn
When that hurt gets thrown
Don't you know this life goes on
And won't you kiss me
On that midnight street
Sweep me off my feet
Singing ain't this life so sweet

This years love had better last
This years love had better last
This years love had better last

February 02, 2010

This I Promise

I am feeling so blessed and so in love today. All the wedding planning in going smoothly (knock on wood with me - do it!!). Our date is confirmed for a lovely Saturday afternoon in August. Missing the presence of my parents through all this is the only ache in my heart. I would love to see the look in my dad's eyes as he walked his baby girl down the aisle, and I would give my left hand to have my dad shake Britt's hand just once. And my mother, just to see her smile at the fact that I have finally found the perfect partner for my life's adventure. I am comforted by the knowledge that they will both be there in spirit watching from above. Life is so uncertain and the plans we have for our lives are not always in accordance with the plans of God. But through all the uncertainty I know that the only thing that I can promise is to love beyond measure. I found these poems/quotes I wanted to share with you. Image below are via DigiPics Photography, make sure you check out their blog, they will be with us on our wedding day taking some more amazing pictures of us!!!!!! Enjoy.

"Doubt thou the stars are fire; dount that the sun doth move; doubt truth to be a liar; but never doubt I love you. I love thee, I love but thee with a love that shall not die. Till the sun grows cold and the stars grow old." - William Shakespeare

I cannot promise you a life of sunshine;
I cannot promise riches, wealth, or gold;
I cannot promise you an easy pathway
That leads away from change or growing old.
But I can promise all my heart's devotion;
A smile to chase away your tears of sorrow;
A love that's ever true and ever growing;
A hand to hold in yours through each tomorrow.
Yes, I'll Marry You.

There are three things that last : faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love.
-1 Corinthians 13:13