Thursday, June 30, 2011

Red White and Blue Indulgence

These images alone are mouth-watering! Click on each link for the recipe.
 Picture of Flag Cake Recipe
Flag Cake via Food Network

Watermelon, Lemonade, and Blueberry Ice Pops

Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream Cake

Cherry-Topped Almond Panna Cotta

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Red White & Blue for Kids

Touches of red, white and blue in spaces for kids come in different forms. Whether sitting atop a shelf  or dresser or displayed prominently on a wall, or being played with, these are an easy way to add a splash of color. Here are a few favorites.
Oingo Bongo 
Oingo Bongo from Land of Nod

This has been one of our favorite books
Olivia from Pottery Barn Kids

Haba Rattle Collection 
Haba Rattle from Pottery Barn Kids

Newport Rug
Newport Rug from Company Kids

Wolfgang Amadeus Jr. Piano 
Piano from Land of Nod

A great Discovery Kids find, something different, educational and fun! We have yet to install ours. The phases of the moon look so authentic.
Remote Control Moon In My Room
Remote Control Moon in My Room from Discovery Kids

I Can't Believe It's Not Gutter Bowling Set 
Bowling Set from Land of Nod

Red Retro Kitchen Collection
Red Retro Kitchen from Pottery Barn Kids

Humpty Dumpty 
Humpty Dumpty from Land of Nod

Safe at Home Baseball Bank 
Baseball Bank from Land of Nod

Picture of Petit Collage Ladybug Collage 

Meet Me in the Teepee 
Teepee from Land of Nod

Picture of Kid O Go Car - Aqua Blue
Go Car from Oompa

For a child to own a puzzle like this one is a must.
From the Mountains to the Prairies Puzzle 

For the aspiring cook
Playful Chef Kit with Red Apron
Playful Chef Kit with Red Apron from Mindware

Nodical Nautical Flag Banner
Nautical Flag Banner from Land of Nod

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Red White Blue Interiors

Leading up to the 4th of July I thought I would dedicate my posts to red, white and blue. These are classic colors, popular in decor because they create an aesthetic, together are stylish and appealing. Here are some pictures of interior spaces where red, white and blue have been used in some places in obvious ways and for more dramatic effect, or with other colors. In other instances these colors have been used as accents. The effects are obvious.

Source Photo Francesco Lagnese

Source photo Victoria Pearson

via House Beautiful photo Robert Trachtenberg

via House Beautiful photo Victoria Pearson

via House Beautiful photo Victoria Pearson

via House Beautiful photo Tria Giovan
Photo William Abranowicz

via House Beautiful photoTria Giovan

via House Beautiful photo Laura Moss

via House Beautiful photo Simon Upton

via House Beautiful photo Ngoc Minh Ngo

Our 25 Prettiest Island Rooms: Outdoor Living Room
via Coastal Living Photo Sandra Allen Lynn, Photographer Jean Allsopp

Do any of these interiors grab you?

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Mannequin Hunt

I have been looking for a mannequin for my thirteen-year-old, Isabel. She has been scouring magazines, looking at ideas for her room (a work in progress), and we discussed a few. One of the items she thought would be fun was a mannequin. The functionality of such a piece is obvious. With that in mind, we decided that I would look for one that was also decorative and that would suit the decor of her room as well as be age-appropriate now and one she could keep for a very long time.

I soon discovered there are some fabulous choices available. This first picture is what started it all...
Dress Form, Black Dottie
                        Pottery Barn Teen, one of my kids' favorite "picture books."

I love the look of this one with the interesting base.
via Pinterest from Amazon (UK)

I also came across this antique metal figure.

While on Pinterest, I discovered Corset Laced Mannequin, a shop on Etsy. Take a look at Lucy's jaw-dropping creations..
NEW Quirky Fun Crochet Mannequin Dressform - Yarn
Crochet Mannequin

A stunning Union Jack figure, and take a look at the vintage-styled lace in the back!
Vintage Style Corset Laced Mannequin UNION JACK Dressform

Yet another beautiful piece. I love the turquoise print fabric.
Vibrant Turquoise Damask Display Mannequin Dressform - Sophie

This dress form has been tailored using recycled burlap coffee sacks. Found here.
OOAK Coffee Sack Recycled Display Mannequin Dressform

 Photographic Tailored Vintage Mannequin Dress Bust Form - Snap

Stunning retro fabric. This item found here
Retro Orange Chrome Mannequin Dressform Display Form - Orla

One can find more of Lucy's amazing work on as well.

By chance, while searching for another item on ebay I came across a mannequin that fit our budget and that Isabel loved, so we ordered it. It arrived a few days ago and the both of us set to work putting it together immediately (no tools necessary).

Although the pieces had screws to hold them together I decided to use the black ties which came with the packaging to secure the torso to the base even more and give it further stability.

Dressing "her" up is sure to be a fun, almost-daily event!

One of the reasons we picked this particular piece was because we liked how it tied in with the Bungee Office Chair in the room.

You may go here to read my post on the chair, one of my favorite purchases.

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