Dining In

The rumor is dining rooms are becoming obsolete. Today’s modern family lives a more casual lifestyle and our homes are a reflection of that. With our busy schedules it is sometimes hard to all sit down for dinner. Just think, all the planning involved with creating a sit down dinner where everyone in the home is present. I know…daunting. Just kidding! It’s really not that bad. I am an advocate for family time and I don’t think dining at home is going out of style. At least I hope not.

I think the stigma with formal dining rooms are they can be a bit stiff and stuffy. I disagree! Your dining room can be sophisticated and comfortable all-in-one. Whether your style is traditional, modern, contemporary, rustic or an eclectic mix you can create a dining space that everyone will love and want to eat in. I am telling you it can be possible. Just be open, be inspired and create. Take a look at these spaces that do just that.


Adding fresh flowers to your home

Bringing home fresh flowers to your home can make wonders of a difference to your living space. Fresh cut flowers add both beautiful color and fragrance to a room.
Bringing life to your space, fresh flowers are wonderful to look at and admire. The unfortunate thing is while the days progress they can begin to wilt and dry becoming an eye-soar. Well let me give you some tips on what I have learned over time. The hard way!

You could help with the longevity of your beautiful fresh cut flowers by ensuring they are maintained in the proper conditions. Your flowers should be keep in a cool, dry and fairly dark place. It can be tempting to put flowers on the window sill but doing so causes your flowers to mature much quicker. This will cause flowers to dry out and wilt faster.

Another important factor is water. Fresh water that is. We as humans like to drink fresh water throughout the day, right? You typically will not drink water that has been left over night or has been in a glass for a few days. Flowers being living things are the same. They like a fresh cup/vase of water too. Replenishing the water frequently will ensure the stems will not dry out. Changing the water also helps prevent bacteria build up in the stems.

This leads me to trimmimg the stems about 1/2 inch from the bottom. This should be done when your new flowers arrive to your home ( their new home). When transporting your flowers the ends begin to dry out immediately causing cells to die. This can make it difficult for your flowers to absorb water when being placed in their new vessel. When trimming the flower stems make sure you have a sharp pair of shears, trim stems on a diagonal and remove the access leaves before placing in the vase. This will allow for your new flowers to drink the water more efficiently.

I must say once you bring a fresh bouquet home you will be in love with how they make your home look and feel. Once you master how to maintain your fresh cut flowers…oh my you will bring them home often. Trust me!

Here’s how I incorporated a fresh cut flower arrangement in my home. My amazing husband had these delivered to me. He’s the best! I put them right on our coffee table.

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Now here are some interior design ideas with flower arrangements done beautifully.

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I came across these fashion editorials and thought what a beautiful way to add flowers to your home. Along with your fresh bouquet…why not frame one of these and place near by your vase. Absolutely gorgeous!
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I am back…

I have been away from the blogging world way to long. It seems that life happened. I got engaged, tried to balance work and planning a wedding, was offered a new job, got married and had the wedding of my dreams, moved from New York to California, left the new job and started a new job (again). All this in about a year.

It looks like what my parents always say is true, “My how the time flies.” With all these changes I definitely got caught up in the motion of things. Now it is time to get back centered and continue to create the life I am intended to live. Blogging being one of the things that keeps me balanced and focused on discovering new things and sharing those experiences.

So, I am happy to be back and hope that you my readers are excited for what is instore.

Out of the Blue

Lately, I have been obsessed with the color blue. Royal blue velvets, sapphire blue silks, peacock suede and all the variations in between. I guess you can say, I have a love affair with this calming and also energizing hue. Blue is such a classic color and can be used in so many ways. For instance, you can add a navy blue wall color to a room to create drama… or use an antiqued french blue accent piece for a soft and sophisticated addition.

Take a look at a few spaces I have fallen head over heels for and tell me what you think.

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San Francisco Japanese Tea Garden

The Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco is an amazing place and is the oldest public Japanese garden in the US. It is in the heart of Golden State Park and allows for you to take in the beauty of nature. From the moment I walked towards the entrance door I feel in love. A place that marries the aspect of architectural design and nature.

My fiancé and I enjoyed walking through all the majestic paths. There was even a tucked away space that was so tranquil we both did not want to leave the bench we were sitting on. It was as if everything around us was standing still and as we looked above the tallest tree is where we could hear the wind swirling by.  All I can say is absolutely breath-taking.

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San Francisco Botanical Garden

This place is majestic and an absolute gem. I visited San Francisco this past weekend and though my stay could have been longer I made sure to visit this place. The San Francisco Botanical Garden is located within the Golden Gate Park, which is amazing in itself. The Botanical Garden is 55 acres of amazing plants and beautifully blooming flowers from all over the world. You will find huge Redwood trees, a beautiful succlent garden and much, much more. It is truly refreshing and a great place to take a stroll or just mediate. Here are some of the beauties I was able to capture. image image image image

Loft Living

Loft living has come a long way from what they have once been known to be. Around the Industrial Revolution loft spaces were acquired by artists who were looking for a place to live and work in the city that was cheap. Nowadays, living in a loft is not so bad. Actually pretty amazing from what I have seen. These open spaces showcase the industrial roots exposing mechanical systems and plumbing. Floor to ceiling windows which allow for bright light to shine into your living space…and lastly, no walls. You have open range to create an open living space that is reflective of the occupants life-style.

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