Before and After with Eddie


Behind the Scenes of The Nest

One of the things I love about design blogs is the opportunity to see a “before and after” scenario. Here is a room done by Eddie Ross (eddieross.com) using flea market finds on a shoestring budget. What’s new? Everyone has a tight budget when renovating an old room, but it certainly doesn’t have to look cheap! Eddie is a master… Behind the Scenes of The Nest

Nashville gems

union_station

One of downtown Nashville’s gems is Union Station. It is located next door to the Frist Center, the Flying Saucer, and just blocks away from both the Gulch and Lower Broad. If you haven’t made a visit to the Union Station lobby, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how beautiful it is. It is fairly small so it is “cozy,” as far as elaborately detailed train stations go. They have renovated the hotel and refreshed the paint so that it looks like a modern, yet still vintage hang. A great place to take visitors for a photo opp! I love the eclectic collection of chairs.

Union_lobby

What struck me today was the hotel’s restaurant menu that was posted in the lobby. A $$$ restaurant, Prime 108, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

“The signature menu is derived from the finest products available including organic vegetables, hormone free meats, and sustainable seafood.”

Way to go, Wyndham. Maybe we’ll hit that on a future date night!

Livin’ La Vida Verde

Green! Honestly, I never realized how much I loved GREEN until I started to see things pop that match my new stuff. I chose these items as my favorites in Anthropologie as I was browsing on the last day of a visit from my friends. I didn’t know my pals were fishing for my preference for a reason!

ceramic measuring cups and magnetic timer

Maybe you can relate to, or just imagine, having friends that are so close they are family.

The lines get blurred in my family’s culture. I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard the question, “are you all related?” If you spend enough time with someone you start to look like them. Not just hair, clothing, and make-up (all of which has happened over the years)… I’m talking about expressions, mannerisms and vocal intonation. Likes, dislikes, opinion, conviction. What I’m trying to say is that there are people in my life that fit the bill, and I was SO blessed to have them for 5 wonderful days.
I certainly can’t describe the feelings of that bipolar final day together. What I CAN tell you is that I walked away with a fabulous weekend stash! Ok, I really was quite emotional, but I didn’t want to let the violins eek on for too long. 
The goods…
The Game of Things
A new Game of Things! Thanks, Matt & Lani, for introducing us to this game…and for making me laugh so much, it literally hurt.
Thanks, Trish, for the invaluable advice on the garlic olive oil. Seriously, this has totally changed our lives. Those Vinni bags were amazing, thanks for bringing the wine! I’ll look for that yummy Frascati, but I’m not holding my breath. 
My lovely husband took a trip to the superT and got me the large Green Pan skillet. Oh, sweet man… Another thing to make my experience in the kitchen even better! (Glad you got the pans, Jen & Priss. Pretty sweet, right?)

See how perfect this timer looks on my fridge, Jannell? By the way, those cute little van Gogh deals are souvenirs from my sister’s latest jaunt to Amsterdam.

Thanks, Jen, for the cute denim dress. Thanks for driving so far by yourself with the kids – and you never complained about being in that tiny room with both of them all weekend. Dude, you’re a rock star mom.

The darling “California mission tile style” measuring cups (from Lani) sit just above my sink. I can be reminded every day of my home state…and my homies.

Thanks for an amazing weekend, girls! 

Blog Favorite: Make Grow Gather by Kelly Wilkinson

There are a LOT of blogs out there to help inspire me as a new blogger, but there is one that somehow fits into a neat little gift that I can’t wait to open! When I see there is a new post I get a happy feeling and look forward to to the *click click* of my mouse. A bit nerdy for me to admit? Maybe. Maybe it’s what we have in common – the middle sister thing…or the Bay Area thing…or perhaps the “doing everything I want to be doing” thing? Whatever it is, I really recommend Make Grow Gather. Give it a whirl and you may discover what you love about Kelly’s world too.

Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the fabulous giveaway this weekend! Leave a comment for Kelly and you’ll be in the running for a pair of beautiful napkins and a gorgeous tote from Flowie (Bay Area designer, Yaling, that used to live in my old ‘hood).

Cloth napkins are a staple in our kitchen and dining room. It’s so much easier to throw them in the wash after a few uses (yes, keep yours in your own place setting everyday) than to buy paper napkins every month. Well, Yaling’s napkins would be for the weekends with our guests! Beauty oozes all over her site, so please give it a browse.

Image via MakeGrowGather via Flowie

Peep No More

Since I was a child I’ve had a “thing” about making sure that the curtains, blinds and/or shades are drawn COMPLETELY at night. I realize that during the day it is more difficult to see inside a window without being really close, so the only place I have allowed to be uncovered in our house are the three panes by the front door. Well, truth be told, I had a custom cut paper blind hanging over it for several years. I couldn’t stand it so I took it down but have waited 3 more years to solve the problem! I was not comfortable napping in the front room alone, doing yoga, and definitely NOT nursing… Until now.

Challenges/Requirements:
   * the window panes are nestled in a door frame with an inch of room on either side
   * the frame is metal so I was unable to install a traditional curtain rod or blinds
   * we need some diffused light to come through the window in the morning, but cover it in the late afternoon sun
   * we must be able to pull back the curtain or blind enough to see who is at the door
   * view from outside needs to be obstructed
   * the perfect scraps of fabric I wanted to repurpose (leftover panels cut from my sister’s place) weren’t long enough to cover all 3 panes



Solution:
   * I found a mini Levolor magnetic curtain rod that fit in the space around the panes
   * create a “roll blind” that wraps the rod to have both the white semi-transparent fabric and the solid linen beige color!

Here is what I came up with. You’ll see there are different positions that you can “set” the Roll Blind to, depending on your needs, or mood. Sorry, folks. I still have one window left before I can quit the elite group “PBLUFO5YC” (that’s Paper Blinds Left Up For Over 5 Years Club).