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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Ina Garten's Fantastic NYC Apartment

As most of you have read I am a fan of the Barefoot Contessa. I recently saw on Town and Country that she purchased an apartment in New York. She and her husband Jeffrey paid $4.65 million for a 2 bedroom apartment on Park Avenue and 62nd Street.

Ina has such good taste in decor and cooking. I could not resist taking a small tour of her new pad and I believe you will enjoy it too....

To read the original article from Town and County see here. And to read about more of my Ina blog entries see here and here.

(photos via Town and Country)

Monday, August 29, 2016

Inspiration on Pinterest...

Pinterest is such an inspiring place. I wish it existed in high school but everything is beautiful in it's time. Maybe it's a good thing it wasn't around. I would have been too distracted to finish my studies. I have about 29 boards on Pinterest that I love!

For the most part it is my giant wish list. It's full of places I want to visit, eat, how I want to dress and live. I wanted to share a couple of my favorite pins from some of my boards. If you wish to see my boards it is here. I hope you enjoy them...

Well, this would be fun for a wedding shower!

Magnificent fireplace

I can not get enough of Aerin Lauder's chinoiserie wallpaper.

Outdoor dinning by Carolyn Roehm, wonderful isn't it? 
She said this chandelier weighted about 200 lbs!

Inside a Beauty Maven's Stunning Home – One Kings Lane — Our Style Blog: .


Begagnat skrivbord, stol Louis Ghost av Philippe Starck. Spegel av Jacques Adnet från Gubi. Vas och lampa Tine K. Billybokhyllor och handv�:

House Tour: A Vibrant Urban Jungle Paradise DTLA Loft:

French-Inspired Interior Design:

{décor inspiration | at home with : maggie betts, west village, new york}:

In Good Taste: Sam Allen - Design Chic - nothing quite like a fresh flower…: $755 panels:

I hope to find some of these one day!

This Ivy House:

Me at Restoration Hardware. I loved this store.
If you wish to see my tour visit here.

Of course I could keep adding photos but it would go on for eternity. All I can say is I love beautiful living. 

(Photos via Pinterest and Mrs. Shockley)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Principles of A Gracious Life ~ Appreciation

When we have a quick recognition of excellence, when we're able to value someone or something, fully aware of the magnitude of their qualities, our illumination leads to being thankful, increasing the value of esteem. Being aware of the worth of appreciation is key to a gracious life. Whenever we esteem highly, we are validating life, its merit and worth.

When we are thankful, we ourselves increase in value, transcending time and place, becoming one with eternity. Of all the qualities of a gracious life, appreciation is the most essential. When we're conscious of all the good and beautiful things and people in our lives, not judging, but living in continuous gratitude, we're free to connect with the great, timeless truths. When we show appreciation, we're recognizing the divinity within us, our true identity. 

~The Principles of a Gracious Life
by Alexandra Stoddard

(photo via Pinterest)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Details of Home ~ 2

Small details around one's home are everything. I love going to visit a friend or going to a home show and viewing all the "small details". I look at everything. I look at the paint colors, plates, towels, carpets, the floors, bed linens, I mean you name it I pay attention to all the details of home.

Home can be a wonderful place. It is a place of safety and serenity. I wrote a post about 2 years ago called "Small Details Around the Home".  This post is a continuation of the details around my home. I have made some changes and have added some things. I do enjoy my home and I am very grateful for what I have.

My black and white chairs that I picked up at Costco.

My sitting room. To get the details on my pillows see here.

Our bedroom. I love my wing~back bed. To get the details on the bed see here.

My home office

Fresh flowers in the bedroom

My kitchen chandelier. I still love it! To see the details click here.

A new chandelier in my closet. 

My elegant arm candy.

Fresh flowers everywhere in my home...

My art on my wall in the office.

My favorite body spritz perfume (Amazing Grace).
The bottle says:
Philosophy: how you climb up the mountain is just as important as how you get 
down the mountain. and so it is with life, which for many of us becomes one big
gigantic test followed by one big gigantic lesson. in the end, it all comes down to one word.
grace. it's how you accept winning and losing, good luck and bad luck,
the darkness and the light. 

Roses in my home office. To see more of the candles click here.
The scent in this photo is called "Garden". 

The new dinner plates I found at T.J. Maxx. I love blue and white dinnerware. 

Lilies in my blue and white vase in the family room.

I hope you enjoyed the small details of my home. I hope to do another post soon showing other details of my home that I enjoy. Remember celebrate you life and do not let toxic people stop you from seeing the wonder in your life because they can't see theirs. 

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Are Flowers Good for You?

I had the biggest smile on my face when I saw this article Can Flower Bouquets Actually Make You Healthier? As most of you know I LOVE flowers! I buy 2 to 3 bouquets a week.

I love having a bouquet at work and at least two at home. There is just something about waking up and seeing fresh roses on my nightstand or coming home and opening my mail on my kitchen island and having a big vase full of white lilies.

The scent and the beauty just takes me away for a moment. Then I look over and see my daughter smiling at me. She loves red roses so I buy her a bouquet twice a month for her bedroom.

But reading this article about some of the benefits to having flowers and plants around is just another reason why I celebrate beauty. Here are some of the reasons....

"Some plants can really help us, while others can be a trigger for patients with lung disease such as asthma," says Raj Dasgupta, MD, a pulmonary sleep doctor and professor at the Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California.
Most plants, however, will help you breathe better, says Dr. Dasgupta. (It's probably best to talk to your doctor about potential triggers or allergens if you do have any lung conditions, though.) On a cellular level, plants give the human body the oxygen it needs to create food, while humans exhale carbon dioxide—grub for plants. In case you're rusty on 7th grade science, that healthy relationship is called symbiosis.

My peony bouquet at the office

"Little things can go a long way," he says. "Research has found that patients who have flowers and plants in their hospital rooms take less pain medication and have less anxiety."

Plants can also reintroduce humidity into the air by releasing water, helping lubricate the nasal passages and the back of the throat.
"Lack of humidity creates an environment in your body that breeds infections," says Dr. Dasgupta. "That's why in the dry wintertime you see so many people getting the cold and flu. Water released naturally by plants will help with sore throats, dry skin, and heavy dry cough."

WHAT A PSYCHOLOGIST SAYS: Bouquets can help you reach your goals.

On a more primal level, flowers appeal to our two most important senses: sight and smell.
"Smell is one of the most primal of our senses, and sight is our primary sensation," says Kopec. "Combining our primary sensation with our primal sensation evokes strong feelings, happiness, and brings about a lot of positive moods."

Barnard's advice: Strategically place a bouquet where you'll see it when you open your eyes in the morning. "If the first thing you see every morning is natural and beautiful, rather than, say, a turned-off television screen, it's going to give you a more positive start to your day."

I really enjoyed this article of course. I absolutely adore flowers. If you wish to read more about my flowers at home see here, here, and here.

(photos via Pinterst and Mrs. Shockley)
text via Town and Country 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Principles of a Gracious Life ~ Elegance

My photo of the greenhouse at the Biltmore.
If you would like to read about my visit to the Biltmore Gardens see here.

"When we are sensitive to beauty in simplicity and mildness in manners, and choose to conduct ourselves in this consciousness, elegance results. Being refined in appearance, form, and style indicates that we not only respect and care for ourselves, but that we take others seriously as well. Showing interest and concern for and being receptive and responsive to those we come into contact with makes us examples of grace."

~The Principles of a Gracious Life
by Alexandra Stoddard

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fav Dresses at Banana Republic

I have had a LOT of posts about Banana Republic! I just love the clothes, accessories, everything they have for the most part is very chic.

While we were in Savannah in June they had several beautiful dresses that I wanted. But the prices were a little too steep. So I do what I always do.... wait patiently and pray that if it is meant to be then it will be.

Well I am happy to report that I purchased 2 out of the 4 dresses that I wanted. I think that is pretty good and I got them for fantastic prices! Here are my favs...

Oh my gosh I so wanted this but could not get my hands on it fast enough!

Some how I managed to get this for $20! I don't know but my store here in my city had it 
marked for that price. Fantastic right! I have worn it twice already! I paired it with a light cardigan and it was office chic!

Stunning dress but sold out already.

I hope I can find this one! Oh I would love it with a nude pump and long gray sweater, paired with some pearls. Oh tres chic!

Now here are both of my dresses. I can't seem to find the one on the left online. Sorry, but I paid about $20 for that one also. I am hoping to catch some of the other ones but I won't hold my breathe! Their dresses always sell out and I can see why they are very beautiful. 

(photos via Banana Republic and Mrs. Shockley)