Hight Five, It’s Friday!

one-union-of-the-senses-mural-at-one-world-trade-center-1Hello All,

I hope you are pleasantly full of Turkey and had a very happy Thanksgiving. I am in Dresden today seeing one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. I will hopefully have lots to share when I return. But for now it’s Friday so you know that means…friday1. Artist José Parlá’s mural in the lobby of One World Trade Center is just beautiful, Wish I could get this printed on fabric…

2. A lovely green kitchen by Bestor Architecture.

3. Colorful sheep entertaining motorists driving past in West Lothian, Scotland. What a great way to make people smile

4. Maybe they made a fabric out of that mural after all, Premier Prints Ikat Craze Birch Frost

5. This article from Little Green Notebook on vintage rugs that encouraged me to take the plunge this week.

For all my locals: The Christmas season is upon us so that means Christmas markets are gearing up. This week Ansbach and Nurnberg opened their Christmas markets so check one out. If you can’t make it this weekend don’t worry they run until Christmas Eve.

Where I am I headed this weekend? I’m taking a drive to Leipzig (about a 3 hrs.) for what I am told is one of the best flea markets in Germany. It takes place on the last weekend of every month so if you can’t make it this month, maybe next time. I will let you know how it goes…

New (Old) Rug for the Master Bedroom

Thrift Store Rug Bargain EEEEERRT! Totally have a plan for your next interior update only to slam on the breaks for an awesome bargain even though it may take the project in a whole new direction. Does this happen to you? Well this is pretty much how I operate so it happens to me all the time. This week it was this amazing hand-knotted rug I found at the thrift store for 50€ ($70.) Yes you read that correctly a 10′-6″x 6′-6″ Persian rug in almost perfect condition for under $100. How could I pass that up? Now comes the EEEEERRT.

Thrift Store Rug BargainYou may remember I am pondering an update for the master bedroom since it is (badly) in need of a new paint job. I originally planned to work around the existing black and white rug using rich coral accents and grey walls. Well, scratch that, the rug is already in my master bedroom. The new rug is so much larger and nicer than the I I am glad to change the plan but direction is going to have to be altered slightly. The bright coral is not going to work with the new rug so the new plan is more muted shades of coral and blush pink. I think the grey wall are still a go but probably in more of a warm tone.  So I guess it is not a total EEEEERRT but more of a squeal as I veer quickly to the left.  la right new fabric swatches ordered, paint samples selected, and bedding on the shopping list. I will keep you posted on what comes next…

Thrift Store Rug BargainOh and by the way the new (old) rug goes perfectly with this little chair I bought at the same thrift shop last year (15€ ($22.50) in case you wanted to know.) It was meant to be!

Thanksgiving Bounty Centerpieces

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Count down to Turkey Day, are you prepared? Since we plan to travel this Thanksgiving  I will not be setting a table of my own but I have not missed all the lovely table settings being shared across the internet.   Thanksgiving is about food, family and blessings so I am particularly fond of the table setting and centerpieces that celebrate natures bounty. From Artichokes to zucchini natures fruits and vegetables provide a beautiful range of colors and textures that are just as lovely as any flower. The best part is they can be used at the next meal when your done. Have a look at some of my favorite tables using fruits and vegetables as part of the display. Don’t they look yummy!

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The Amado – Mid Century Makeover

The_Amado02As far back as I can remember I have always loved the old motor inns you see littering the now neglected back highways of the U.S. Because I am always intrigued by the social aspects of how architecture was used in the past, I love the idea of reinventing these spaces for re-use today. I remember as a girl dreaming up how these little multi-unit complexes could be redesigned, each room having its own flare, giving these architectural gems new life. In these old motels I see so much untapped potential and I am always sorry so many are overlooked.

A few weeks ago I ran across the most amazing oasis, The Amado, featured on Apartment Therapy. You can imagine my excitement when I saw what the owner, Canadian photographer Jaime Kowal, had created in Palm Springs, Ca. From a run down 1955 mid-century modern building, which had operated for nearly 60 years as an apartment complex, she created boutique hotel suites perfect for a relaxing get away . Just what I had always dreamed of.

When I wrote Jaime to ask if she would mind if I shared her lovely hotel and to ask a few questions she was so gracious, she even dug up a few before photos for me. Surprisingly she said no one else had ever asked to see the before shots. Who doesn’t love a good before and after?

Jaime started her six month renovation with the building in the condition you see below.

“The condition was dire – there were decades of deferred maintenance. I literally renovated every aspect of the property including re-finishing the original concrete floors and patio around the pool, renovating the kitchens and bathrooms, re-doing the roof, plumbing and electric, re-designing the landscaping, and fully painting the interior and exterior of the building. I also designed and decorated all the interiors.” Jaime wrote me.

Well the conditions today are anything but dire…

From the original 5 unit apartment complex Jamie created  (4) one bedroom suites and (1) 2 bedroom suite nestled around a beautiful private courtyard including a heated pool and Weber BBQ. The boutique accommodations rent either as individual suites or you can rent the entire property. What an amazing place to have a get together or reunion!

The_Amado_Web-23 The_Amado_Web-50The_Amado_Web-9 The_Amado03It’s hard to believe that the beautiful interiors you see today began as the dark dingy spaces you see below.

Now the suites are bright and airy with just the right amount of color. Even better, because the suites where originally apartment units, each includes a private kitchen, bathroom, dining room and living room.

The_Amado26  The_Amado37The two bedroom unit even boasts a chef’s kitchen and a vintage gas fireplace.

The_Amado_Web-32 The_Amado36The results of all Jaime’s hard work are breathtaking. What a beautiful save and a job well done!


Oh yes and don’t forget the view…

Anyone ready for a trip to Palm Springs? ( I just raised my hand.)  If so you can make reservations online or contact Jaime personally with questions.

Learn more about The Amado HERE.

It’s Friday, High Five

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It has been a busy week getting ready for winter, snow tires and heating oil on the to do list but I have to say this week I was feeling pretty glad I live in Germany rather than the U.S. While feet of snow where falling in the northeast and the entire country was under 32º I have enjoyed our toasty 48º. I shall not brag though because I know the cold is coming so I will enjoy it while it last and prepare for the worst. For now though it is Friday so for all you snuggled in for the weekend here are my High Five.

1. I was super stoked to read that IKEA is launching a limited edition collection called ARGANG, this collection will feature their “greatest hits”of furniture and accessories from their 70 years of design.

2. Mandi at Vintage Revivals is almost done with “The Nugget” and is gearing up for the final reveal. I love a travel trailer remodel…

3. This article on How to Mix Vintage and Contemporary Decor by Lonny Magazine

4. Illy container café created in one of  Adam Kalkin’s Quick Houses  gives a whole  new meaning to “Pop Up Shop.” You can see it in action HERE.

5. A supper yummy BHG recipe for Shrimp and Roasted Red Pepper Pasta that I tested out this week.  It was so good there was not one bite left after dinner.

For my locals: This Saturday, November 22nd I am excited to be headed to Schwabach for an antique market at the Huma shopping center. This is an indoor antique market that takes place in the open area of the mall,  so rain or shine it’s a great event to attend.  Plus you can stop by Toys ‘R Us while you are there and get a head start on your Christmas shopping.

Postage Stamp Art

Postage Stamp ArtI am a total flea market junkie and I share with you lots of things I “found at the market, ” I’m sure you guys think I am a total hoarder. I guess I am, kind of, but they really do find a home somewhere. Just to prove it I figured I should share with you what I have done with one of my recent finds. You may remember these vintage stamps I bought not too long ago.

DSC05968 Well they were turned into a piece of art for less than $20. It started with a print I saw at a shop on Etsy of arranged postage stamps, unfortunately this store is no longer open. I thought the print was great and I loved the idea so when I ran across this bunch at the flea market I knew exactly what I could do with them.

I started with and Ikea RIBBA frame which is about 20″ square and comes with a nice wide matte, but any size or shape you like would work. I wanted the art area to be larger than the pre-cut matte size so using and Exacto knife I cut the matte opening a little wider.

Then came the sort. First by color then by laying them out in an arrangement I liked. Using a piece of white foam core as my back ground I laid out an ombré sort of effect. Don’t be limited by my idea though, you could do all one color or even lay them out into a shape.

TIPS: When you are doing your layout, if you’re opting to just fill a square matte draw a line that will be just outside of where the matte will fall to guide you (see photo below.) Once you apply the matte it will be hidden and not one will be the wiser. Just remember how far the stamps should be from this line so they don’t get hidden by the matte.

For my adhesive I went back to my days at the School of Architecture, I remembered doing a paper piecing project that had a lot of small pieces and I remembered using rubber cement (super cheap.) The great thing about rubber cement is it rubs right off once it dries. That means if it gets on the front of the stamp or on your foam core you can rub off the extra later. Just remember to wait until it dries before you try to get it off. Once it dries just give it a rub with a clean finger and it will ball right up and you can brush it off with a clean paint brush.

So pleased with the results and I have lots of stamps left so maybe another will be in the works soon…

Postage Stamp Art

Found it at the Market – November 2014

DSC062841. Composition sawdust and glue animals 3€ ($3.75) They may be deer or moose but they have holes in the top where antlers should go, I have a little project planned for them.

2. 1958 Dress pattern catalog 5€ ($6.25)

3. Fox Beer Stein (or maybe root beer since I bought it for my son) with boars hair whiskers 5€ ($6.25)

4. Ceramic pups 2€ ($2.50) These guys had a matching Momma dog that went with them but I had a klutz incident and she was the unfortunate victim.

5. Miniature portrait 10€($12.50) I think he is probably a reproduction but he will still look good with Chuck’s military portrait collection.

6. Framed paper cut silhouette 4€ ($5) When I started my collection it seamed like I saw these everywhere but lately they have become a little scarce so I am always glad to find one to add to my collection.

7. As always a few pieces of West German pottery or “Fat Lava” 2€($2.50),  .50€ ($.63), 3€ ($3.75)

Today I am starting a new addition to my “Found it at the Market” posts, sharing what I DIDN’T buy at the market. Every week I see some things that just make me say WOW! I will leave it at that and let you be the judge. This week it was this amazing piece of taxidermy, I think it may be a dog but really, WOW.

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It’s Friday , High Five!


1. Emily A. Clark’s DIY fabric wall in Robert Allen Neo Toile.  I  just bought a few yards myself thanks to her, love what she’s done with her’s.

2. This week I also found out I’m totally a Hustler and I didn’t even know it. Are you?

3. Saw the coolest doll houses ever in 41 Dollhouses That Will Make Wish You Were A Tiny Doll. I think the one above by Jess at Craftiness is not Optional is one of my favorites for sure.

4. Repetto a ballet store in Paris with the most beautiful window displays and full length tutus and ballet slippers in every color. A must see for our trip this Christmas.

5. The Sophia Webster 2014 Butterfly Shoes that make me happy because they are so amazing. You can see the full collection HERE

Have a great weekend,




Onesie Cupcake Tutorial

Onesie Cupcake TutorialTomorrow one of the groups I belong to is putting on a brunch for expectant mothers.  The group wanted to give each new mom a small gift to take home with them, so I offered to come up with an idea. I love cute little favors but I hate when it is something I can’t really use or just isn’t my style. My goal was to come up with a gift that was practical, that could be done quickly, on a tight budget, and was super cute. So of course I began my search on Pinterest, aaahh baby shower overload. The options are endless and many are quite elaborate, fortunately I ran across an idea for cute little cupcakes, I was sold.

Onesie Cupcake TutorialOnly problem was they had all kinds of cupcakes made of socks, onesies,wash clothes, and even blankets. The cherry on top varied too, some used socks, some used little fuzzy pom-poms, one even used a lollypop.  Almost all of then had the whole bundle tied together with ribbon. You know how much fun tying something with one hand you are trying to hold in the other can be. There had to be a better way.  Since my socks were colorful and I was using plain white onesies I knew I wold see more color if I could use the socks to hold everything together.  If you have every paired socks you know how this idea works. After about ten tries rolling and unrolling I came up with the technique below. Onsie Cupcake TutorialYou may have to practice a few times to get the process down but once you have the hang of it each cupcake takes only a few minutes to make. The best part, by buying multi-packs of 12 month size socks and good quality newborn onesies from a discount store, I was able to make each cupcake for under $2.50.

For this brunch I decided to add a colorful baking cup and wrap each cupcake in cellophane candy bags tied off with a colorful ribbon. I will put a cupcake on each guests plate as part of the table setting, but these cuties can be presented in all kinds of ways. Display them on a cupcake stand (as shown in the first photo) as part of the shower decor. For larger gifts they could be presented together in bakery bakery box tied up in string. Any way you might see a cupcake. The more creative the better.

I am so pleased with the results of this super easy project and I sure hope the new moms love these guys too!

Onsie Cupcake Tutorial

Splash of Coral – Master Bedroom

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Last month I shared my inspiration for some change in my master bedroom, well this week has me doing some serious online shopping. I want to change it up a bit but I don’t have the budget for a full remodel so I have gathered some accents that I think could make the transition.  I am seriously coveting the studded storage boxes from Z Gallerie. These may have to be a “Merry Christmas to Me”gift!