March 28, 2012

Wednesday Home Tour: A Light filled Colonial style home

This adorable home was found within the pages of the March issue of “This Old House”. It is picture perfect with the white window trim and white picked fence located in California’s Silicon Valley. While the facade evokes traditional Colonial style, the interior suggest late 1980s McMansion. The pallet is the house is light with a pop of color.


exterior of this remodeled, light-filled colonial home


The homeowner, Emily Kelly, had a pretty clear idea of what she wanted. “I’m a total decision-maker” she says and is no amateur when it comes to Googling home accessories or searching sites like Pinterest. To accomplish her mission she hired interior designer Carolyn Woods.


opened-up and modernized kitchen  in this remodeled, light-filled colonial home


the butler's pantry in this remodeled, light-filled colonial home

a study with a bar in this remodeled, light-filled colonial home

Traditional dining room gray walls salvage details

the family room in this remodeled, light-filled colonial home

the master bedroom in this remodeled, light-filled colonial home

the master bath in this remodeled, light-filled colonial home


To see more photos of this home click here and to see the rest of the article click here.




March 24, 2012


I was in a funk for the past month. I haven’t had a chance to get on the computer for the past few weeks other than to check Facebook and Pinterest occasionally. I am so behind on getting things done for this blog. I am so behind on leaving comments on other blogs. I am so behind on working on my new business design. I am so behind on finishing a couple of my projects. Why? Because life with my family comes first. Because I do not have anyone living close to us that can help us. Mom, if you are reading this could you please come over.


Okay bitterness, whining is over. I took an unintentional hiatus for a month. My daughter is growing up so fast. She will be 3 in August and will start preschool in the fall. Although I am very excited about her starting school I am also getting very anxious. I decided that I will spend as much as I can with her to enjoy this time. Of course as always we spend time going to the park, the local kids museum, Disney, the beach,the library, the book store but now we have added arts and crafts, music, cooking/baking, dress up. As much as I love my kid she is not the easiest ---she is a very picky eater which makes breakfast, lunch, and dinner an event; she doesn’t go to bed until 10pm every night no matter how tired she is and no matter how much we want her to go to sleep prior to then…I guess that’s the European in her.




As much as I love blogging I realized that it was taking me about 30 hours a week to do anything blogging related. That’s on top of my business and other activities I have committed to. I know that success doesn’t come to those who sit on their bums and without hard work but I realized that at this stage I do not want my daughter to constantly keep on seeing the back of my head or me not enjoying outing with my family because I am feeling guilty that I am not blogging.


I am not quitting blogging by any means. I just need to take a brake or two once in the while after all I am not a professional blogger. I do have to admit I did miss it at one point and I knew that I was in a funk but I felt that I really needed that brake to spend time with my family.


Now while I took this this time off my husband and I decided to start spring cleaning (another reason why I stayed away from the computer).  We tackled a lot of projects on our to-do list yet we have so much more to get done.  Hopefully it will be all done one day.


We worked on our little patio



We worked on putting photo frames up



We worked on organizing our garage and kitchen pantries




I can’t believe that I just showed you how messy our garage is. I should have follow up photos in a the next few weeks or so if you want to come back and take a look.

Happy Monday everyone.



March 2, 2012

Decorate with Dr. Seuss

Today is Dr. Seuss birthday and it’s also National Read Across America day.  Everyone is celebrating…PBS kids has a Cat in the Hat marathon today…Pottery Barn Kids is having a Dr. Seuss day in their stores all weekend…”The Lorax” is opening in theaters today…We will be having a small celebration of our own by reading our favorite Dr. Seuss book, some crafts and maybe some yummy snacks.
I am yet to meet a person who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss books. Dr. Seuss is an American classic. Did you know that Dr. Seuss real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel? The pen names that he used were Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSieg (his last name spelled backwards) even Rosetta Stone.
My daughter loves hanging out at Pottery Barn Kids. After all there is pretty decor there. There are lots of toys. The store always has a holiday section. To be quite honest I am not sure when this collection came to the store but I love it. Madison and I had so much fun looking at the pictures on the sheets and naming each item.
For your room 

Dr. Seuss decor room

Dr. Seuss™ Cat in the Hat Nursery Bedding 

Dr. Seuss™ Artwork Inserts
Dr. Seuss™ Alphabet Prints

For your bathroom
Dr. Seuss™ Shower Curtain
Dr. Seuss™ Bath Towels
Dr. Seuss™ Bath Wraps
For your lunch
Dr. Seuss™ Tabletop Set

Dr. Seuss™ Lunch Bagsource

Now how cute are this pajamas?
Dr. Seuss™ Applique Pajamas
Now let’s move on from Pottery Barn and see what other inspiration I found online




Let’s not forget the crafts, accessories and treats
Dr. Seuss blocks – made from the pages of an old Dr. Seuss book
Cat in the Hat bunting – made from old Cat in the hat book

A quote decal
Dr. Seuss Wall Decal 'Today YOU are YOU, that is truer than true...' Quote (multi color design)
A cute little dress
Dr. Seuss Knot Petal Dress
Green eggs and ham
Cat in the hat pops
Food from Kids Books: Cat in the Hat Pops
Some cupcakes of course
dr seuss party thing 1 thing 2 cupcakes
A cute place setting
Now if you lived in Florida how cool would be to visit Seuss Landing in Orlando
The Cat in the Hat
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My daughter has a such fondness for Dr. Seuss books. We have been reading them to her since she was 6 months old. Her favorites are “Cat in the Hat” and “One fish Two fish Red fish Blue Fish” (she also loves watching “Cat in Hat knows all about that on PBS).  While browsing for ideas on how to celebrate Dr. Seuss day Madison kept on looking over my shoulder saying “is it for my birthday?” so we decided that the theme for her birthday this year will be ….
Cat in the Hat.
I am very excited. The planning has already begun!
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