Thursday, October 30, 2008

Things I love right now...non-baby related

Pumpkin Soup, or anything pumpkin for that matter, bread, ravioli, cheesecake, pasta creme sauce, infused butter, jam, ice cream, candles, decor....I am in autumnal heaven.

Longchamp's Le Pliage Navy Medium Tote. It is only about $100-$130 and I don't know why I don't already own it. Pennies are being pinched these days, however, and every time I go to get one for myself I think of a thousand other things I should be spending money on before this...but I love it!!! Maybe this could be on my Christmas list.

Gap's Cozy Sweater from last year---I have it in Black and one in Ivory, but they are are ratty because I wore them so often. I was hoping to get new ones this year- BUT I CAN"T FIND THEM AT GAP!!!!!!!!!!! KIKI WHERE ARE THEY---PLEASE HELP!!! Tell Gap to bring them back!!! I need a LONG BLACK TURTLENECK SWEATER!!!! Trust me- I do! Every morning when I wake up and it is freezing in Chicago (well... now, the suburbs of Chicago) all I want to put on is a fresh Gap Cozy Sweater! They were long enough to be comfy and so so soft. They are heaven, and I need more. Kiki- are there any versions of this slated for this year???

Thanksgiving centerpieces. I love Autumn and Thanksgiving and I love decorating for the holiday. I can wait to think of creative ideas to dress the table and spruce up the house now that I am hosting Thanksgiving this year.

I know....So cliche, but I am wearing them right now and they are so cozy that they almost make me forget that I don't have a new Gap Cozy sweater....

Fresh flowers...and this vase. I love this look-- Even though it is a bit off season, I think it is still OK to say one last good bye to nice weather and have a bright floral arrangement in the house- You needn't stick to just browns and golds and oranges just because it is cold outside. I was at the store the other day and saw a gorgeous spread in the floral section of Blue hydrangea, bright yellow callas, purple Iris, and happy white fluffy spider mums. I wanted to go nuts and get a whole slew of beauties, but again....penny pinching.....

Belted sweaters. How cute are these? I really wish I wasn't getting too fat for my skinny jeans because this sort of sweater would look so cute with my riding boots and jeans....and maybe a matching tam and a bright scarf.

Hotel-like guest rooms. I love the soothing, calm and posh look of this room. I think it is from one of Gwyneth Paltrow's houses. I get to decorate the guest room in our new house since we just bought a new bed and we are moving ours to the guest room. This means new curtains, maybe some fabric on the walls, new bedding...maybe a basket for guest toiletries??? Ohhh- I hate penny pinching! Maybe this is worth a little spending.....

Fun fabrics and furniture. I love that I can finally start picking things out for my home. It all costs a pretty penny, but it becomes more permanent and real when you can pick things out for a home that you know you are going to be in for a while. I am loving this bench for my porch or entryway!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Nursery Details: Questions answered

Paint Color: Restoration Hardware: Atmosphere Blue-- I also really like the Seafoam color --sounds green but isn't- seems light a lighter version of Atmosphere blue.

Glider: Storytime Series by Best Chair. We looked everywhere and plush gliders seemed to be $1200 or more! We went to Lazar's in Lincolnwood and bought one out of their showroom so we got a great deal- but usually you can find them for a few hundred less than any others I have seen-- (not including crappy ones) plus the brand got an A in the baby bargains book!

Bedding is from Restoration Hardware in the color Cloud.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Let's Tidy up the Nursery

Big Guy started painting the nursery this weekend and I am so excited to see how it all comes together. He will put on the final coat tomorrow, and then this weekend we are putting up some frame moulding (large squares) in white.
Then we have a big brown plush glider- I have included a picture of what it looks like- except that ours is brown with small blue polka dots and the piping isn't solid. We have a dark wood crib

with a dresser/changer that I don't have a picture of- but it is rather simple. I am still thinking about the curtains and bedding- but I am pretty sure I like the look of this bed skirt--in blue.