Wednesday, February 29, 2012

eye swoon

after cleaning my car out for 3 hours this morning for our rental inspection i was quite smitten when i came inside and spotted this lovely house. you should have seen all the stuff that collected under the two car seats. yuck! needless to say, i was very happy to look at this artful house instead of pieces and particles of snacks from the last three years. the home of athena calderone is what dreams are made of. that lady really does have style!

the roving home stylebook

be sure to check out the roving home's february stylebook in collaboration with photographer esther mathieu. sarah, my friend, who is the creator of the roving home has an online shop with beautiful vintage pieces as well as a blog.  i bought my very first vintage globe from her. she is a fabulous writer, fellow design enthusiast, and lives in my most favorite new england town, rockport, massachusetts. can you tell that i think she is really rad?

lake farmpark

some pics from our visit to lake metroparks farmpark in kirtland, ohio. we got to see baby lambs that were only three days old, make bird feeders and see a quilt show. oh the patience of those quilters. 

and my prayers go out to the community of chardon, ohio, where the recent school shooting occurred. this is the town right next to lake farmpark. the town where my in-laws live. such a sad, sad turn of events. my heart goes out to everyone that is experiencing pain and loss.

Monday, February 27, 2012

the cleveland museum of art

i wish i could say that the girls favorite part of the cleveland museum of art was the new rembrandt in america exhibit or the breathtaking architecture by rafael vinoly in the new portion of the museum or seeing the painting titled, "in the waves" by paul gauguin in person. but no, it was the pierre's ice cream  freezer. i swear they were ready to lick the strawberry crunchies right off the crunch bars on the picture painted on the side. hah!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

hello from ohio

hello from ohio! the girls are off from preschool next week so we decided to take a road trip to visit family. i feel like i'm pulling up to the love station instead of the gas station to get my fill of warm, sincere hugs and kisses. my heart is overflowing with love seeing all our family and friends. i love the midwest and love showing my girls the area i grew up in. we are heading to the cleveland museum of art and the cleveland botanical garden today. and can't wait to visit jeni's ice cream shop and take the girls for their first ski lesson at alpine valley. won't be posting next week, but will be back the week of feb. 27th. hope you have a great week!!

Monday, February 13, 2012

handmade valentines

it's the first year the girls have made valentine's for their friends at school. love that tradition! i wanted to get them involved so i cut out heart shapes from parchment paper and then they used watercolors to decorate them. i then taped them to some cards i had in my stationary stockpile and wrote happy valentine's day messages on the back.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

josh's birthday cake

josh's birthday was january 28th. his sweet parents were able to come and celebrate with us. we went out to eat one night and then we stayed in the following night and i made a standing rib roast, yorkshire pudding, garlic mashed potatoes, ginger carrots and a yellow cake with lemon frosting. the frosting was more like a glaze and the tartness was refreshing for a winter cake.

here is the recipe for the classic white cake
and here is the recipe for the lemon frosting.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

travelogue: arles, france. provence.

after san sebastian, spain, josh and i drove northeast to arles, france. there is so much to love about arles. romanesque architecture. wednesday and saturday antique markets where we found some oil paintings and nude drawings to bring home. lots of outdoor cafes and art galleries. vincent van gogh was so inspired with arles that he produced 300 paintings and drawings while living here. it was a very romantic city. i kissed josh in a lot of the alleys because i couldn't help myself. and he may or may not have gotten a pinch too. 

read more about our trip to spain and france here. here. here. here. here. here. and here.    

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

eye candy

hope you enjoy today's design eye candy. i'm feeling sort of springy today. pastels, whites and citrus have me dreaming of warmer seasons. 

image sources:
4. driftwood birds by osamu harihara via excavation by spoonfuls
7. kelly wearstler's malibu beach home via joslyn taylor's pin

Monday, February 6, 2012

heart shadows

unbeknownst to me, the girls put heart stickers on the window. and just look at the prettiness it displayed when the light came shining in on the curtain. it's the little things that make me happy.

Friday, February 3, 2012

hello, there

sick. sick. sick. yucko. the four members of our little family have each experienced getting sick with various viruses and bugs the last two weeks. yes, croup, pink eye, sinus infection, and a stomach bug that i thought was going to be my demise. despite all the green tea and fruits and veggies we eat at this house it wasn't enough to fight all the cooties off. i can finally raise my head off of the pillow and look at a computer screen and say that i can't wait for february and all the healthy energy it is going to bring (it better or else i'm going to punch it in the face:) hope you all are doing well and i pray you stay healthy. 

hope to get back into the blogging routine now that we are all feeling better. and you can always check out my pinterest page for a little design eye candy if i'm absent on my blog.

hope you have a restful and fun weekend!

image from harvest textiles.