Color Block Kitchen Cabinets

“Color block you say”?  Yeah, I said it!  Straight from the runways of Paris and Milan color blocking is the big trend. Some crazy homeowners are even color blocking their kitchens!! Oh the horror! Well, actually, it’s kinda cool.

Okay, maybe that’s a little crazy. But, this isn’t…

If Katy Perry can color block her whole self, then why can’t you color block your kitchen?  Your kitchen will be like a cool pop star!

Come to think of it, I painted my kitchen island a yummy blue last year (really should post about that) and against the dark wood cabinets, I too have color blocked (kinda sorta).  Pictures of kitchen coming soon! Pinkie promise!!

Thanks for stopping in today.  I’ve made some major changes to the blog and I hope you like them!
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Stylish Friday Finds #8

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Another week has flown by and Halloween is fast approaching.  I was really surprised to learn that Houzz featured my article, Ghoulish Goods for a Spooky House, this month on their home page.  So, in the spirit of the spooky holiday, I’m excited to share some Halloween features from last weeks party with you!
Katelyn showed us how to make these cute Pumpkin Rice Krispies.

Crafty Lumberjack made these creepy Terror-iums!

Vel from Life & Home at 2012 shared these spooky Halloween Apothecary Jars!

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Glamorous Teen Bedroom Makeover Update

Last month I wrote about my blogging break and the new project I was slowly working on for my daughter’s teen bedroom makeover.  Read that post here.  Well, it has been very slow going…starting with re-purposing our guest room furniture and painting it for her new room.  This is what it looked like before…

And, now thanks to Kathy and her brilliant Van Gogh Chalk Paint it turned out like this…

I mixed two colors together (mascara & chivalry) for the body and then glazed the top and the drawer with Kathy’s furniture makeup glamour glaze, Moon Glow.  The glaze gave it a gorgeous reflective finish.  After adding new knobs, this originally shaker style dresser is now contemporary and glam!


More updates to come as we put the finishing touches on the room!
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Valentine’s Grown-up Hot Chocolate Recipe

Love is in the air today!  I know I lot of you are dealing with the recent winter storm.  What better time to snuggle up next to your honey with a steaming mug of Grown-up Hot Chocolate?!  Recipe at the end of post.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Grown-Up Hot Chocolate for Valentine’s Day️

2 C milk
2 C half & half
1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
Pinnacle Choc Whip Vodka

Warm milk & half and half in a pot on medium low heat. Careful not to scald milk.
Then add chocolate chips, stirring constantly until chocolate is melted and mixture looks well combined. Pour into mugs.
Add Pinnacle Chocolate Whip Vodka to taste. Garnish with a heart marshmallow

I was not compensated by Pinnacle Vodka for this post/recipe.  I just happen to enjoy their products!
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Holiday Window Displays

It’s always fun to visit a big city like NYC during the holiday season and walk by all the beautifully decorated department store holiday windows.  It takes teams of talented visual merchandising designers, window stylists and worker bees to create something new and different every year. Take a look at a sneak peek at one of the windows this year and some from past years in a variety of cities.

Lord & Taylor on 5th Avenue in New York City unveiled their vintage themed holiday window this weekend.

Photo credit: Peter Serling/Barney’s New York

Photo credit:  Ralph Lauren London

Kinda gets you in the holiday decorating mood, huh?

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Halloween Decor


The house is ready for Halloween night!  Here’s a little tour to get you in the spirit…












Have a spectacular Halloween and don’t forget to come back by later this evening to link up to Stylish Friday Finds!
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Stylish Friday Finds #9

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Tonight is Halloween night and I am so excited!  My kids are too old for trick-or-treat, but that doesn’t stop me from decorating the house all spooky! See my post on Spooky Halloween Decor!  Tonight my daughter is one of the actresses in our local haunted house and my husband and I are going to go into the house (hope we make it out!).  I had a lot of fun doing her makeup!

On to the party!  Here are the features from last week…

Calypso In The Country shared a lovely neutral Fall table setting.

Thrifty Treasures showed us how to makeover an upholstered chair.  Great tutorial!


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Tuscan Beef Stew

Craving comfort food?  I made my version of beef stew for the family last weekend and everyone loved it! Heart and satisfying beef stew is the perfect cozy meal on a cold day!  True comfort food with an Italian twist…complete recipe at end of post.

Assemble all of your ingredients

Brown beef and set aside.  Saute veggies in pot that beef was browned in until lightly browned and caramelized.


Balsamic vinegar, red wine and fresh thyme added to the mix.

Serve over mashed potatoes.

Tuscan Beef Stew
2 pounds good quality stew beef
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons red onion, diced
3 carrots peeled & rough chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 cups dry red wine (the kind you like to drink, not the “cooking wine”)
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
6 sprigs fresh thyme (fresh makes all the difference)
1 can Italian style stewed tomatoes
Kosher salt and pepper to taste

In large saucepan on medium high heat, heat olive oil until hot.  Add the vegetables and saute 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove veggies and set aside.  In same pot cook beef til brown on all sides.  Add back veggies to pot.

Add the tomatoes, thyme, salt, pepper, wine and balsamic vinegar.

Stir and simmer on low/simmer for about 2 hours or until beef is tender. Stirring every 15 minutes.

Serve over mashed potatoes.  Enjoy!
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Christian Grey’s Penthouse Apartment

Are you a fan of the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy?  If you are, then I’m sure you’ve imagined what the fictional character’s (Christian Grey) apartment looks like.  In the book, the billionaire’s penthouse is in Escala, a luxury apartment complex in Seattle, Washington.  Would you be surprised to know that Escala very much exists? That the existing penthouse was the author’s inspiration for the description of Christian’s home in the books?  Now, that I’ve got your attention…here it is!!  Your first stop is the “foyer”, complete with elevator.



With floor-to-ceiling and wrap-around windows. How many times has Ana wandered out into the living room after a night of fun with Christian to find him staring despondently out the windows?

Christian’s bedroom, a place he forbade women to spend full night before Anna.  Check out the view of the space needle!


The huge white marble bathroom with his/hers sinks looks just like it’s literary description and, of course, is “all white” just like everything else in the house.

Is the breakfast bar with its high bar stools just like you pictured? The only thing missing is Christian’s dutiful housekeeper, Mrs. Jones.

A marketing campaign that positioned Escala as Seattle’s top living experience may have caught author E.L. James’ eye. The penthouse apartment is almost identical to the description of Christian’s abode in the book!
Photos courtesy of Escala and

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