Monday, March 2, 2015

Robert Allen Chinoiserie High Low

Oh hey, y'all! I'm still here! I didn't plan to take all of February but there you go. Baby Mac is doing great and the adjustment to being a family of four is going well - not without its bumps, but I can't complain. Mac is 2 months old today! Where is the time going?

But enough about me, let's talk about some fantastic Chinoiserie fabric I came across recently. Both by Robert Allen - one budget-friendly, one not.

First, the lovely Neo Toile. So many colors - I love a good, colorful Chinoiserie toile:

Love the coral red. And it comes in a bunch of other colorways that skew quite modern.

Next, the bananas Hidden Temple:

 ^^ Eddie Ross ^^

LOVE the pink + aqua + green combination. 

Now, if you haven't clicked the links, guess which is high and which is be honest, I would think both of these were high, but Neo Toile will only set you back $22 for a yard! That's pretty good, folks. And Hidden Temple is $96/yard which is pricey, but perfect in small doses (like pillows).

Missed you!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Meet Mac

He finnnnaaalllyyy arrived!

Alexander McIver (pronounced McKeever) Shuffler was born on January 2! The baby I swore was going to arrive before Christmas ended up being the first shiny object of 2015. And he is shiny and gorgeous and just sweet as can be.

And we're calling him Mac. He's named for Carter's grandfather (Alexander McIver Bowen, Jr.) and nicknamed for C's great grandfather ("Daddy Mac") and my grandmother (Meca).

So far, Mac is super chill...just like his sister was (emphasis on was) as a newborn. We've been enjoying being home and having Carter around on paternity leave. Hence why I haven't opened my computer to update y'all...

But Mac is here. I'm here. And we're all doing great! Already have my eye on some posts so stay tuned...don't think I'll stay away too much longer.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, folks. This is our annual stocking picture (Carter's fantastic idea) and I think I got Ana Claire to stand still with the promise of applesauce. Thought you might enjoy the cuteness.

I think this wraps me up for 2014! Baby boy has yet to make his debut but I'm ready to check out, enjoy Christmas, and wait for his arrival.

Not sure when I'll be back with full posts but I'll definitely post once he's here. From there, let's play it by ear, shall we? I didn't stay away too, too long with Ana Claire and I expect it will be the same with this baby.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones and that 2015 brings you nothing but the absolute best.


Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Crush

A perfect Greenbrier moment. This Chinoiserie cabinet was larger than life and set against the most beautiful green wall and was a showstopper in person! And of course, I was completely smitten with the blue and white porcelain collection it displayed.

I even turned it into a fun watercolor via the Waterlogue app on my phone:


So, I'm just waiting for a baby. I've had daily conversations with him letting him know that, oh, i don't know, THIS WEEKEND would be a perfect time for his arrival. I'm getting a tad anxious...but, alas. Out of my hands, right? Best to relax and enjoy a final weekend before Christmas to cram in lots of Christmas movies and present-wrapping. Hope the hustle and bustle is keeping you happy and busy (in a good way). Have a great weekend...see you next week! (Actually, hope I don't!)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Greenbrier Christmas

The weekend we visited The Greenbrier was the first weekend they had their Christmas decorations out. Let's be clear that I planned our trip to coincide with this. And despite my terrible camera phone pictures, I did capture some of the Greenbrier Glee.

^ Terrible picture that I tried to make "vintage-y" via Instagram filters ^

Impossible to think that the already festive decor of The Greenbrier could get any more festive for a holiday, but they manage. And seeing all the traditional Christmas colors against the juicy tones of The Greenbrier's aesthetic was just a treat for the eyes. I think we visited at the perfect time of year.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Catalog Pick: Labra Candle Holders

Looking for an inexpensive gift with a wow factor? Or maybe some last-minute zhush for your Christmas table? I am loving these incredible candelabras from CB2:

The 5-candle situation is $25 and the 3-candle is $20. I think that's a fantastic deal for the presence these guys have. Would look amazing with gold or red tapers for the holiday. I would personally LOVE a set at each flanking a big buffet table. The silhouette is definitely traditional but CB2 renders them in such a modern way. Win, win.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Happy Birthday, Ana Claire

I blinked and she's two.

This dazzling creature with more spunk than I know what to do with. Constantly keeping me and her daddy on our toes. Making our hearts burst out of our chests on a daily basis. The power this little one has. Not only to demand that she solely subsist on applesauce but to completely enchant and enthrall us every minute of every day for the past two years.

Her sparkle has overwhelmed me.

Here's to you, Ana Claire. As we celebrate your two years of life tomorrow, I will be thanking God that he brought you to us and will be looking to the future as you enter your new role as big sister any day now. May that little light of yours continue to shine bright.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Caspari Nutcracker Bar

I mentioned that my Caspari holiday inspiration wasn't quite done with my Thanksgiving coverage. The Christmas displays I saw at Caspari HQ when I visited in November were AMAZING. And none caught my attention more than this nutcracker bar!

Y'all know I'm devoted to nutcrackers and I couldn't stop staring at this gorgeous display accented with the most delicious tones of cobalt blue. I've really jumped on the blue train at Christmas as I love how it sets off the traditional red and green tones of the season and this bar captures the look exactly.

Not so great pictures but trust me that the look was ridiculously good in person. Caspari has the most incredible assortment of items with their nutcracker motif, as you can see. Like that big guy in the center? He's an advent calendar! Love, love, love.

Shop Caspari's Nutcracker Suite collection here...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Greenbrier Guest Room

I realize I've been holding out on you with my pictures from our trip to The Greenbrier...I just have so many! Thought I'd share pictures of our guest room today.

I wish I had camera skills because my photos always look pretty terrible, but let's just be clear these images don't do the room justice. The effect of walking into this room is wonderful. And we were not in a fancy room..."just" a standard situation.

Welcome to "standard" at The Greenbrier:

The wallpaper was unbelievable, obvi. Green carpet. Ruffled curtains. Chintz bedspread. I just couldn't get enough. Even Carter agreed that the exaggeration of it all just works. It's dazzling, fun and indulgent - just what a vacation spot should be!

And the bathroom, that you can see a peek of in the last picture, was a gorgeous classic black and white space with an equally pleasing wallpaper:

All eye candy, my friends. It was such a gorgeous spot to unwind for a night!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Crush

I'm really loving the sweet simplicity of this mini-tree. You know I am a nutcracker devotee so I adore seeing the little guys here...but I'm particularly enamored with the classic red and white palette - a pairing I'm really loving this Christmas (like the cover of Southern Living's December issue!). These little trees are pretty easy to put together and look great in pairs...especially if you are lacking space for a real-deal Christmas tree.

We are on baby countdown so every weekend now is part holiday cheer, part frantically trying to cross items off of my to-do list before D-Day. Hope you have a fantastic weekend - see you next week!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Herend Discount Sale This Weekend

Are you a lover of Herend, like I am? And do you live in the Northern Virginia area, like I do? Then get ready because I'm about to make your weekend...


Fun fact: Herend USA HQ is located in Sterling, VA. And every year, they have a hush-hush sale of discontinued items at their warehouse that they don't publicize...they rely on word of mouth and their customer mailing list.

Here's an inside peek at what you can expect to feast your eyes on:

You guys, the bunnies ALONE.

I'll serve as Captain Obvious that you can pick up some amazing and impressive Christmas gifts at this sale. Getting married? Knock your bridesmaids socks off with a little Herend. Know some babies coming soon? Herend figurines are the cutest. You don't need me to tell you these things.

Saturday, 12/6
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
21440 Pacific Blvd.
Sterling, VA 20166

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Catalog Pick: MacKenzie-Childs Ornaments at Horchow

Dearest Santa,

Please bring me one of each! MacKenzie-Childs (a favorite of mine) ornaments from Horchow - what Christmas tree dreams are made of:

If I was a loaded lady in the monetary sense of the word, I would for sure and for certain purchase every single one of these ornaments - actually, multiples of each - and deck out my tree in all sorts of black and white checkered ribbon, red poinsettias and otherwise festive accoutrements to bring the fun style of MacKenzie-Childs to my Christmas decorating!

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