Saturday, February 20, 2016

Spring Fever: Fashion Pics....

Today in Cleveland, we are seeing sunny blue skies, warmer than normal temps, and green grass peeping out from under the melted snow and ice.  On days such as these, I get an itch to put away the winter coat (I know, not so fast!!) and bring out spring pieces, whether it be a lighter jacket, a colorful scarf, or a fun shoe.  Granted, if you live further south you may already be enjoying a REAL spring season.  However, if you live further north (like us), you may have to settle for fleeting spring days or perhaps an opportunity to travel for spring break.  Regardless, it is fun to start thinking about warmer temps!

I have gathered a few fun fashion pics below...

Nordstrom - Sole Society Striped Fringe Scarf

Calvin Klein Double Breasted Trench Coat
Garnet Hill Cashmere Fringe Ruana

Gap Tencel Chambray Utility Dress

Talbots Striped Top

DVF Silk Scarf

Mar Y Sol for Garnet Hill Tote

Viktoria Hayman Stretch Gold Bracelet

Boden Modern Tunic Shirt

Kenneth Jay Lane Necklace

BaubleBar Seaglass Necklace

LOFT Circle Lace Sweater (also in cream, white)
Bauble Bar Fringe Necklace

Boden Ponte Stripe Dress

Boden Jersey Maxi Dress

Echo Vintage Lily Scarf

La Fiorentina Tassel Scarf

J. Crew Straw Fedora Hat w Chevron Band

LOFT Paisley Halter Jumpsuit

Anthropologie Pieced Denim Dress
Rebecca Minkoff Mini Sofia Crossbody
Vince Camuto Anisa Tote

Barrington Gifts Savannah Monogram Stripe Tote
GapFit Racerback Tank

Boden Vienne Mid Heel

Sam Edelman Yardley Dress Sandal
Stuart Weitzman Cork Sandal (NM Last Call)

Banana Republic Fringe Sandal

Reba Baby Cutout Wedges

Vince Camuto Court Heel

Enjoy this beautiful weather! Happy soon to be spring!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Little Cabin in the Woods.....

We recently decided to build a small, budget-friendly little cabin about 1.5 hours outside Cleveland.  My husband purchased some investment property there a few years ago and has been using it for hunting and general outdoor adventures since.  We decided it would be fun to have a little home nestled in the woods for weekend getaways, (and the storage of tractors, equipment, and such) and we are now in the 'selection' process.  My husband, Bob, is the mastermind behind the design on this...He is planning an interior with a log cabin look with hardwoods, log (facade) lined walls and vaulted ceilings.  So, he wanted fixtures, lighting, and accessories to go along with this design....Incidentally, I did a blog post several months back with photos of four different log cabins that I loved...(clink below link for detail)

Collected below are some additional fun inspiration pics..I generally prefer the more restrained log cabin look (with all due respect, some of the Ralph Lauren cabin interiors are a bit over the top with cabin-y elements).  Nevertheless, they are always fun to admire for his use/mix of color and pattern...But overall, I love the look (in small doses) of the lanterns, antlers, wagon-wheel light fixtures, plaids, exposed beams, aztek or kilim rugs, animal prints, etc....

I LOVE the use of over-scaled lanterns in these rustic spaces!

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren


Lowes Delta Victorian (Bathroom) $239

Lows Delta Olmsted (Bathroom) $179

Home Depot Moen Ashville (Bathroom) $179

Home Depot Moen Branbury (Bathroom) $159

Home Depot Pfister Courant (Bathroom) $109 (high ratings despite the price)
Home Depot Delta Cassidy Pull Down (Kitchen) $374 - High Rating
Home Depot Delta Cassidy Single Handle $303 (Kitchen) - High Rating

Lowes Delta Leland Kitchen pull down $312
Lowes Delta Victorian (Kitchen) pull down $398 
Lowes Delta Victorian (Kitchen) $506

2) SINKS - For the KITCHEN, I generally prefer under-mount, double sinks (with no divider). For the BATHROOM, I could go either way....

I could not find any double kitchen sinks like this at Lowes, so I may leave up to the contractor...

I wasn't sure if we are doing cabinets in the bathroom, but I like this one from Lowes for a standalone....
Lowes Bathroom sink if we ARE doing cabinets

3) COUNTER TOPS - Throughout all of our previous homes, most have had granite counter tops.  I love the natural look of this durable material, and the price point can be reasonable.  Yet, in recent years, Quartz is becoming the hot new material in kitchens for its durability, ease of maintenance, and natural look (however it can be pricey).  As a side note, I suspect there is a wide range in price and quality for Quartz.  I did not research any higher end sources, only those from Home Depot and Lowes.  But, my only gripe is that the patterns almost seem TOO uniform and almost Terrazzo-looking....of which I'm not a big fan.  I prefer the ones that have a larger-scale pattern to minic a marble or granite.  AND, I never thought I would consider it, but after looking online, I discovered that laminate (yes, you heard me) now comes in a TON of very cool, natural looking designs, making this VERY affordable option an intriguing one (particularly for a 2nd home)! After having both light and dark kitchens, my favorite is the lighter end of the spectrum.  I particularly like the contrast of a lighter countertop and cabinet against a darker hardwood floor.

Home Depot Wilsonart  Italian White Di Pesco (Laminate)

Home Depot Wilsonart Typhoon Ice (Laminate)
Home Depot Formica Dolce Macchiato (Laminate)

Home Depot Granite in Bianco Antico

Home Depot Granite Bianco Antico

Lowes Sensa Granite 'Blanco Gabrielle' - Looks VERY similar to our current kitchen...couldn't find online however!

Home Depot Quartz 'Aria'

Home Depot Quartz 'Aria'

Home Depot Quartz Giallo Nova
Home Depot Quartz Giallo Nova

Lowes Allen & Roth - Quartz 'Angel Ash'

Lowes Allen & Roth - Quartz 'Kelsey Creek'


Bellacor Capital Lighting 8-light $424 35"H x 22"W (big lantern)

Bellacor Denmark Vintage Bronze $890 24"H x 24"W

Bellacor Golden Lighting Athena $660 27"H x 22"W

Bellacor Golden Lighting Athena $660 27"H x 22"W

Capital Lighting Alexander $368 28"W x 28"H

Cast Antlers $394 32"W x 20"H Mule Deer Cast 6 lights

Ferguson Capital Lighting Alexander $526 36"W x 36"H

Ferguson Capital Pearson 36" x 36" OR 48" x 48" $618-$772

Ferguson Minka 1730 Series $420 27"H x 27"W

Lamps Plus $399 30"W x 26"H 7C885

Lamps Plus Alexander 26" Wide $404

Lamps Plus Lyon $935 35"H x 48"W

Lighting Direct $598 Savoy House 29"W x 23"H

Lighting Direct Quoizel Bandelier $479 24"H x 26"W

Lighting Direct Trans Globe Replica Deer Antler 31" x 31" $420 (could be tricky to change these bulbs?)

Restoration Hardware 19th C English Lantern $729 16"W x 39"H

Shades of Light LG Distressed Wood Lantern $495 21"W x 21"H

Shades of Light Medieval Modern Octagon $901 24"H x 29"W

Shades of Light Modernized Rustic Iron $649 33"H x 43" W

Shades of Light Rustic Iron Rope $899 25"H x 34"W

Visual Comfort $1,259 42"H x 29"W
I love the look of a large-scale lantern in a log cabin!