Archive for September 2010

Fabulous Kitchen Designs

We had a dinner party the other day and we found that everyone just gravitated toward the kitchen, and stayed there! If you think about it, the kitchen is probably one of the most used rooms in the house. Well, in our house anyway.

Since we're feeling lazy this week, we thought we just lift material from other sources and show you some amazing kitchen designs.  Hope you'll enjoy them!













Source:  myhomeideas.com, elledecor.com.

Designer To Watch-Stephen Gambrel

You probably have seen Stephen Gambrel's work before, as he has been featured in several magazines. We thought we'd do a quick show of his portolio--Just so you'd have some eye candy for the day...













Images from Stephen Gambrel

Fabulous American Style!

People always talk about how chic the French are and how sexy the Latinas are, but you know what, we think American style is so incredibly chic and sexy.  We invented American sportswear, which is so sexy in the most effortless way.

Take a look at the Michael Kors RTW Spring show:





Images from Style.com

Now, if we can only find an easy way to get that gap between the thighs, we'll be all set!

Modern Home Decorating Ideas

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Modern home decorating does not have to be complicated, and you can make some beautiful improvements in your home without 'breaking the bank', so to speak. All you need is a few simple ideas and a little imagination to turn the inside of your home into a cozy, cottage-like atmosphere.

Like many families, you probably live in a house that has very large, open-spaced rooms and desire to turn them into something more snug. If so, then the trick is to find ways to make the rooms of your house more cozy, while at the same time appealing to the eye, which of course is a prerequisite when it comes to decorating your home.

Below are a few decorating ideas that will help you transform your big and empty rooms into cozy, warm, and pleasant surroundings:
1. Increase the size of your furniture. One of the first things you should do in terms of taking up more space and producing a warm cozy environment is to purchase furniture that is larger-than-normal in size. This is a great way to take up a lot of empty space. The best type of furniture would be fabric-covered. You can opt for leather and similar furniture coverings, but this new home decorating tip is best with furniture pieces that create a warm feeling in the air, which of course is soft fabric.
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2. A second home decorating tip that will help increase the coziness of your large rooms is to add plenty of floral designs and plants. There is just something so serene and tropical when it comes to having nice full plants throughout your house. Palm trees make an excellent choice for filling up those empty corners. However, be careful not to go overboard on your greenery, as it may take up too much space and create a suffocating effect.
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3. A third fashionable home decorating idea that will help create a warmer and snug atmosphere in your room is to lay down a large and nicely designed area rug
. Choose one that is big enough to connect all of your furniture pieces together while at the same time complimenting the rest of the colors in your room. And be sure to avoid colors that clash.
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4. Last but not least, decorating your home in a modern way should always entail making the most of your walls. In fact, designing your walls appropriately is one of the most important aspects of creating the atmosphere you desire. There are many ways to do this, as you can hang a large paintings and other works of art, display fabric designs, or organize portraits and other pieces into patterns, such as circles or triangles.
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Latest Home Decorating Ideas

Native American decor is a fantastic theme to work with. It is not as popular as other themes, but see below for some great ideas.....

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If you love the Native American decor and would like to incorporate it into you decor. This decor is not as popular as you would think it would be and there is no real reason for that however, it should be and if you want to find a decor that provides balance and peaceful serenity then the Native American decor is it.

The Native Americans believed that if you take from the earth, you put it back. They didn’t destroy and take away never intending to replace. The earth was their lifeline and they believed that true happiness was not found in material things. While you begin decorating with this theme, learn about the Native Americans and their reason for decorating the way that they do.

This decor uses nature as the color to choose. Bringing the elements of the earth into the home is the main goal in this type of decor. The Native Americans respected the earth and all it provided and that is why the decor is suppose to honor the earth. Never destroy it and keep in bare. The Native Americans used this decor because it had a positive feel to it.

There are several different ways to obtain decorations for your Native American decor. You can shop on reservations where you will see first hand how things are made and buy from the individual who made them. You can select from many different types of decor. You can also visit festivals that occur once a year at least. Here you will see a wide selection of pottery, artwork, baskets, dolls, weapons, sculptures, instruments, and more.

To complete the Native American decor, you will need to paint your walls. Use a neutral color. Earth tone colors include the colors you see in nature; green grass, blue sky, red fruit, orange pumpkins, orange and yellow sunset, pink skies in the evening, brown dirt, and more. You want to make sure that you include all the natural shades and nothing more. Color is very important to the Native Americans and should be to you too.

Area rugs are also a part of the decor. Native Americans use a southwestern pattern in their rugs or they use rustic decor like pine trees, pinecones, or animals. You can find the perfect area rug for your home based on your likes and dislikes in color.

Study the tribe that is inspiring your decor. You want to learn their beliefs, recipes, healing beliefs, and more. Incorporate everything you learned into your decor. Wall art should tell as story of what you have learned.

Celebrate your new Native American decor by inviting the family and maybe some friends over for a night of Native American celebration. Include dances that you have learned, recipes that you have prepared, and music. This will set your theme so that everyone will get the feel of it and know why you chose the Native American theme to kick off your new decor.

What Do You Do With The Yolks?

This is the first of a series of local author spotlights we're going to feature on this blog. To begin, we'll write about authors from the Foothills & Vicinity Writes Group. They came to Read, Write & Brew on September 11th for a meet and greet. For those of you who were not able to attend, read on for information about the writers living in your neighbourhood, and the books they've published.

Carol Devlin

What Do You Do With The Yolks?

A Happy Childhood on the Prairie of Western Kansas



Carol Devlin started her journey as a storyteller by making up stories to tell her sisters after they’d gone to bed at night. Many of the stories became often-requested favorites, and her sisters still have fond memories of the peace the stories and the sound of her voice brought them at the end of the day. Devlin brings those stories to life in What Do You Do With The Yolks?
This collection of personal memories portrays what life was like in rural Kansas in the 1940s. The stories travel from Devlin’s first memories of choking on a nickel to the final years spent on the family farm before moving to the city. One of five daughters, Devlin tells of surviving nature’s threats such as a devastating tornado, ferocious blizzards, the pestilence of grasshoppers, and the fury of dust storms. From starting kindergarten to getting her first job at an ice cream shop, Devlin shares her fondest memories.


Here is an excerpt from the book:


Does Rubber Burn? Virginia age 5 Carol (me) age 3 1946

I don’t know where that old tire beside the chicken house came from. It just appeared one day or maybe it had been there all along, and Virginia and I suddenly noticed it. It wasn’t on a rim, and if memory serves me, was bigger than a car tire. Standing it up, we looked it over but it was too big to roll around, pretty dirty, and we had to keep wiping our hands on our clothes. We got on top of it and walked around. A little bit fun. Then we jumped up and down, but it was thick and not very springy. Not much excitement in that. We studied the tire like two scientists analyzing a moon rock; there just had to be more to this rubber wonder than met the eye. Several pieces of lumber stacked beside the chicken house made good seats, so we found a comfy piece to sit on and watch the tire. I found a lath long enough to reach the tire from where I sat, and bounced it off of the side a few times, then poked it in the tread knocking chunks of dirt on the ground. Sort of interesting. That’s when Virginia came up with her great idea. “I wonder if rubber burns.” “Let’s find out.” I loved watching things burn. Virginia went in the house for matches. Dried husks in the cornfield behind the chicken house provided nice dry tinder to get the fire started. We stuffed the tire full; Virginia struck the match on the scratchy side of the little box, and held it under a husk. Hot, smoky flames spread rapidly around the circumference, and black smoke boiled high into the sky. Now that I’m thinking about it, I'll bet someone called Dad to tell him they could see a column of smoke near our house. The first pangs of alarm set in as we tried to figure out how to make it stop burning. We hadn’t bargained for the ferocity of the blaze. Using a piece of lumber, we pushed the blazing tire next to the chicken house. Then we found several boards nailed together, so we scooted one end up to the tire, struggled to stand them up, and pushed them like a lean-to over the tire hoping to hide the smoke. Just as the boards made contact with the side of the chicken house, we heard a car door slam; Daddy was home! Thick, black smoke rolled out from both sides of the lean-to, billowing high into the sky. Surely he would notice it, and we were headed for trouble. Dad shot around the corner of the house at an all-out pumping run. “Get back!” he yelled, taking in the situation. He threw our camouflage boards out of the way, grabbed the board we used to move the tire—since he didn’t have time to get a shovel—and used it to throw dirt on the fire until it was out. Thank goodness he knew what to do. We would never have thought of putting dirt on it. Breathing hard, he wiped sweat from his face with his forearm and turned to us. “What’s going on here? How did this fire get started?” It didn’t take a genius to see he was upset, and it looked like we were going to be blamed. I had the feeling this prank might warrant more than a swat, and someone had better come up with a quick answer. Virginia said, “We saw Joey running down the hill. “Yeah, we saw Joey running,” I chimed in bobbing my head up and down. Whew, good idea. “Was he in the yard? Now, are you sure it was him because I’m going to talk to his parents about this, and he’ll be in big trouble? This is very serious. Was it Joey?” “Yes, it was him, and he ran that way.” Virginia pointed in the direction of his house. “Yeah, he ran that way.” I pointed in the same direction, then twisted my fingers together and looked at Dad to see if he bought any of this. He looked me in the eye, and I scooted closer to Virginia. Joey, several years older, maybe eleven, and often in trouble, might as well take the rap for this since he had experience, and we didn’t have time to come up with anything better, like the truth. Dad started down the hill, and boy, was he mad. Both of us stood there watching him go, not knowing what to do or how this might turn out. I remember being relieved that Dad put the fire out. We had a good chance now that we might not get in trouble, but I felt very anxious and huddled next to Virginia. “Are you sure it was Joey?” Dad asked when he returned a few short minutes later. “Yes, it was him,” we answered in unison, nodding vigorously, holding hands. “That’s odd. Joey’s been out of town all week visiting his grandmother. I think you girls had better get in the house. We’re going to get to the bottom of this.” I truly don’t remember what happened after that, and I would remember a spanking since they were so rare. And, after all, the folks never told us not to set a tire on fire. Rubber really does burn, but it’s not a good idea.


With accompanying photos, What Do You Do With The Yolks? is a heartwarming look at the joys and sorrows and the hard work and the rewards of growing up in rural America. Visit www.iUniverse.com to purchase a copy.

About the Author

Carol Devlin is a storyteller and author. After retiring as a computer specialist, she designed craft patterns. She established Mountain Writers in Evergreen, Colorado, to help writers share their writing and publishing knowledge. Devlin is a volunteer, featured speaker, and panelist in Evergreen where she lives with her Lhasa Apso.


Information for this post, and the excerpt from the book 'What Do You Do With The Yolks' were taken from the website http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000110833

Victorian Decorating Ideas

The Victorian era refers to the time when Queen Victoria reigned over England. The years between 1837 to 1901 were when England was gaining in terms of wealth and prosperity owing to industrialization. This increase in wealth began to be demonstrated quite well in Victorian decorating and lifestyle. People in the Victorian era were all for class, sophistication and elegance. They were extremely fashion conscious and loved to display their wealth through their clothes, houses and living. Victorian style home decorating is a reflection of all the things mentioned here ie richness and high society living. So all those people who are considering introducing some Victorian elements in their house or are planning on interior decorating their entire house on Victorian lines, here are some useful Victorian decorating ideas.

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One of the easiest ways to get lots of home interior decoration ideas is to simply surf the internet. On the internet almost everything is free and in these days every single day more and more new content is uploaded, so if you want to feed your home interiors inspiration the internet is the best place. Now if you want a little more help before you start I would like to suggest two articles that might give you some useful informations 7 Most Important Interior Design Principles and Room Color and How it Affects your Mood. After you have the basic idea, you can start to search for pictures with home interiors to feed your imagination. Now I know that most people have their problems, and I’ve decided to post from time to time a collection of home interiors from different designers. For today I’ve selected Timothy Corrigan a man who started designing houses for himself in his free time, and when he started getting requests for his help from friends, Corrigan recalls, “I decided to follow my heart and moved into that world.”. If you want to see more home interiors by Timothy you can check his portofolio.

Decorating in Neutral Colors

We love, love Reed Krakoff clothes.  Have you seen it? He does amazing American sportswear.  Classic, comfortable, and sooo classy...

What strikes us most about the below ad is how pretty the neutral room looks though. It's classic, modern and timeless.  Like a perfect black dress.


For neutral, classic furniture like this, we like Bolier upholstery. Really pricey, but they are beautiful in person.

Here are some examples:


To see more of the collection, check out Bolier's web site.