Archive for June, 2011

Patchwork Quilts

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Nothing says ‘Americana’ more than a lovely patchwork quilt, and with temperatures rising I am ready to swap out the heavy duvet with a lovely and light quilt.  I think Pottery Barn has got it right mixing these traditional quilts with clean, crisp linens and a hint of industrial, LOVE!!!

These quilts are so nice and I think they look great together to create an eclectic mix.  I would love to do it in a kids room or loft.

This Cape Cod quilt could achieve a similar look for $39.99 at Kmart.

I don’t think I can resist this Coral Boho quilt for $29.99 at Kmart!!!

4th of July Decoration

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

I love my house, but I absolutely adore my kitchen (I should clean and shoot it for you to see one day), it’s layout is perfect for a regular meal, or a festive party.

Above my island counter space I have two pendant lights, and I’ve just discovered that it’s a great place to hang things from, as it doesn’t require any holes in the ceiling. The island is a great place to have the food spread at parties, as people can circulate easily without having to stand in line.

In preparation for our 4th of July bbq, I got busy hanging some decorations yesterday, and I’m pleased with the results.

The lanterns were purchased from the Dollar Tree, (one long + one circular in a pack for only $1). The stickers were also from there; I simply suck them on some thin coordinating ribbon. The paper dollies are part of the Martha Stewart party line I mentioned HERE.

It’s amazing what you can throw together for around $6. What are your cheap tricks for a big statement?

Cupcake Liner + Coffee Filter Wreath Dressed Up!

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Since the 4th of July is vast approaching I thought it was about time to put some decorations up in our home (it’s only fair since I decked out our guestroom for the royal wedding!)

I don’t care if I’m British, I love the 4th of July. Any excuse for a summer bbq, fireworks, and a holler to America and I’m in!

Do you guys remember the cupcake liner + coffee filter wreath I made last year? Today I thought I’d dress it up a little for the 4th; red, white and blue were way too bold for my neutral living room, so I kept it more shabby chicby just adding a banner I simply typed then printed, a couple of dollies and some scrap ribbon.

If you’re interested in making this basic cupcake/coffee filter wreath you can view my instructions HERE, but be warned my hybrid accent is ridiculously cringeful!

Deal of the Day: McDonald’s Smoothies

Monday, June 27th, 2011


Our air conditioner is broken. Brad and I are taking it in turns with our one fan, and taking lots of cool showers in attempts to keep cool.  Today Brad found this coupon (my couponing is rubbing off on him) for buy one get one free McDonald’s real fruit smoothies.  The heat drew us over to McD’s to try them out tonight.  I ordered the pineapple and mango smoothie:  Cool, and delicious and even better with a dollop of cream on top.

To make the deal even better we got a free Redbox rental code with purchase!  Two smoothies and a red box for $3!!!

Thanks Brad!

I Wanna Move to Texas Y’all

Friday, June 24th, 2011

I think I have been watching way too much HGTV.  They have a lot of shows featured in Texas and all of a sudden I want to move.  They say the stars shine brighter in Texas and these lovely places make me want to put on my cowboy boots and move there in a heartbeat.

pics from architectural digest & country living