Monday, August 19, 2013

Are You Hurting? Listen to this song......

Especially at the 3:20 mark.......


Friday, August 9, 2013

Cute Video - Girl Singing to Elvis


Monday, June 10, 2013

Media Room Ideas

From the beginnings of our home design experience, I have had a dream about the main great room wall and what I would love to design it.  And then I go back and forth thinking maybe I'll just incorporate all my ideas in what we do upstairs in the bonus room/media room "some day".  I've explained "stone wall" of some sort, linear gas fireplace, flush large TV screen......and when I saw this tonight, I HAD to embed it on the blog, so I can find it anytime I want AND can make this come true!

Here is a similar design with a stone wall, minus the fireplace:

What do you love in home theaters or media walls for your home?


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Inspirational Words

Hi to's been a while.  Lots going on......and I've been meaning to "get back at it" much to share in all areas...but for now, I saw this quote and loved it:

"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."

Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross

Is this true for you or someone you know?


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Flooring Inspiration - New Rugs

New rugs at our house.....when I decided to put all that hand-scraped hardwood, I didn't realize it would take me 8 months to find the rugs I liked....

But we are really happy with these and the blue undertone gray rugs go perfectly with the rug we bought for the great room.

Got these at RugsUSA for an incredible price and 50% off...yay!!


Sunday, February 24, 2013

New Eye Shadow Tutorials

This particular make up artist is Erin Ashley......Her Website.

Love Eye Shadow or other make up looks?

 Follow my board, Makeup Artistry, on Pinterest!


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Love Affair with Turquoise and Soft Blue

Here are some of my favorite photos from Pinterest:

Pinterest, CheriQuiteContrary

Pinterest, CheriQuiteContrary

Pinterest, CheriQuiteContrary

Pinterest, CheriQuiteContrary
Source: via Cheri on Pinterest

Pinterest, CheriQuiteContrary

Pinterest, CheriQuiteContrary

Pinterest, CheriQuiteContrary

I still go back and forth on whether I should have used soft blue as my accent color in the new house....may still some day.....EngineerHubby not a huge for now, I will enjoy photos!

To see more of my
"Love Affair with Turquoise and Soft Blue"
please visit me HERE.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Wow, really love the latest blog post at is Integrity.

And I LOVE this phrase:

The power of your word is in direct proportion to your self awareness.

I strongly believe that the ONLY thing we have that someone cannot take away, cannot our WORD.  If our word isn't "gold"...then what DO we have?

This is powerful.....

How do you feel about integrity... your "word"?  


Monday, January 14, 2013

New Decor

I've done some redecorating since removing Christmas decor...and wanted to share some photos:

I think I may order one more set of these hydrangea vases when they come back up on .........can you guess?????  Joss & Main!!

Have you joined Joss and Main yet?  Really??  Let me share with you all my finds......and the money I have saved is staggering....

Foyer photo:

Green Hydrangea Vase to the left
Green balls in the center
2 green wreaths hanging on outside of front doors

Great Room photo:

107" long Hooker mirrored cabinet (saved over $1000)
Green boxwood trees
6 hydrangea vases

Formal Dining room:
White floral on table

Joss and Main is a FREE online boutique....once you sign up get an email every morning at 10am.....if you see sales that interest you, great...check them out.  If not, delete.  Each sale typically lasts 3 days.  I seriously cannot tell you what a great resource this is so I encourage you to even sign up for a trial can always cancel.  Remember, it is FREE.  And if you plan to buy nothing, it is a GREAT resource to get decorating ideas....

Other items were most likely purchased at TJ Maxx, Marshalls or Home Goods.  This gal is on a budget!  No full price shopping at my home!  Did you know those stores get at least 3 trucks a week, so it is bet to run through frequently and "know" the merchandise so you can quickly grab what is new.....and as always, keep the tags on until you decide if it will work.  But if you wait to won't be there when you go back.  Learned that hard lesson!

And, just in case you have not heard of Follow Me on Pinterest or just have been slow to check it out, let me know if you would like an must have an invite to join (which put me off at first, I will admit)...but if you want an amazing resource for ideas on EVERYTHING....then you just have to check out Pinterest.  Honestly.....just check it out.

When you join, you can simply look at photos and follow other can make your own "boards"...and "pin" photos to those boards...if you click this link .Follow Me on will see my boards......"Decorating with Grey", "Makeup Artistry", "Foods to Try" and much much more.