Monday, November 9, 2009

My newest home...

Welcome to a brief tour of my new home. Well, my weekday home for the next few months while in Chicago for work. :)

I've always loved the look of a nice chaise and this is only adding to that love.

You can't see much of the bedding in this photo, but take my word for it - it is very nice. And the fluffy little square pillow makes me smile. :)
Again, you can't see it very well here, but the bathroom has shutters that open up into the bedroom area. And the bathroom has a beautiful black tiled shower. Looove it.
The best part by far though, is being greeted by my very own giant sparkly monogram every time I pull up. :)
[These pictures are all from the hotel's website, but I will be taking my own picture sometime this week for a little contest...]

Mood Board Monday - Chic Monkey Nursery...

I am participating in my second Mood Board Monday today. [Check out my first one here.] Today's party is hosted by Comfort & Luxury and has some amazing mood boards linked. To participate you just had to pick between two beautiful Anthropologie chairs and go from there.
For some reason when I think of really cool chairs I always think about nurseries. [And I swear, I don't even have babies on the brain!] I just think nurseries should always have an incredible chair. Given, generally the chairs are rockers, but just go with me on this one anyways... :)

I chose the Bertram chair because I loved all the colors mixed throughout it. Mommy can snuggle up with her new baby boy and a soft throw from Anthropologie in the beautiful chair and kick up her feet on this fabulous burnt orange ottoman by Williams Sonoma. It is the perfect corner for reading books with a soft yellow rug, white floor lamp and white sleigh side table all from Pottery Barn Kids.
When it's bedtime for baby, he is put to sleep in the combo crib and changer with the mod monkey bedding set from Babies R Us. The coordinating hamper helps keep the room tidy. And to help with organization, the room is filled with a six-drawer dresser and storage unit, both from Ikea. The green and orange Ikea storage boxes hold both necessities and toys, including the adorable memory game.
The room also includes green dot panel curtains from Pottery Barn Kids, the orange tulip pendant and alphabet hooks from Anthropologie and, of course, a plush monkey from Babies R Us.
Thanks for checking out my amateur little mood board. And for some truly incredible boards, be sure to check out the rest of the mood board party! :)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

100 posts and 100 dollars...

Wow - I can't believe this is already my 100th post! I never imagined myself having a blog, but I love it! Thanks for reading and commenting. I am looking forward to the next 100 posts and continuing with the bloggy fun! :)

Blah, blah, blah...what was that about $100?!?
Wouldn't it be awesome if I said I was giving away $100 to celebrate my 100th post?!
Yep, sure would. Especially since both of you reading would have a 50% chance of winning. ;)
Unfortunately, no such luck...but I did make up a fun little game called "What Could You Buy With 100 Pretend Dollars?" [If you say it in your best Chuck Woolery game show announcing voice, it sounds a little more exciting!]
The "rules" of the game are simple:
1) Pick a store.
2) Check out the sale section.
3) Pick at least 10 different items to buy with your pretend $100.
4) Be in awe of how much cool stuff you could buy for $100. :)

What could you buy with 100 pretend dollars at Bed Bath & Beyond?
- 6 sage napkin rings for $0.99 each
- 1 recycled cotton apron for $7.99
- 2 glass candle holders for $3.24 each
- a 12-piece mix & match placemat and napkin set for $9.99
- set of 6 present placecard holders for $3.74
- 4 turquoise glass napkin rings for $0.99 each
- set of 6 glass photo coasters for $9.99
- set of 2 recycling bags for $4.99
- set of 4 glasses that are no longer available [they were $7.49 earlier today though...]
- a triangle chip and dip platter for $14.99
- 4 square bamboo placemats for $1.99 each
- a cheese and cracker set for $7.49
- set of 6 square bamboo napkin rings for $4.99
- and an accent rug for $3.99
...for a grand total of $99.99! [Oh yeah, taxes don't exist in this game.]
What could you buy with 100 pretend dollars at Brylane Home?
- 3-piece bag set for $5.99
- 6-piece baking set for $6.19
- 3-piece toile bag set for $4.99
- 2 faux silk curtain panels for $6.49 each
- 8-piece carafe and tumbler set for $7.49
- a classic oval braided rug for $7.99
- a three-tier glass tray for $12.99
- 4-piece pumpkin bowl set for $10.99
- and a mirror with a shelf for $17.99
...for a grand total of $97.58!