Sunday, January 29, 2012

New must-have kitchen tool

Although I do not blog about food, I am an avid cook and love trying out new recipes and of course cooking without a recipe.I received this new tool for Christmas from a close family member. If you have heard of them, you undoubtedly agree they are awesome but, if not I introduce to you the Pizza Scissors by Ricardo Larrivee host of Ricardo & Friends on the food network. I have used them a few times already for our homemade pizza sessions and they put rolling pizza cutters to shame.

The best part is they are dishwasher-able.

Thanks Jill.

Any must haves in the kitchen for you?


Friday, January 27, 2012

New non-jute rug

Well I had previously mentioned adding another rug to the basement for comfort, and had originally thought I wanted a neutral jute rug.
There are too many pictures to peruse in blog and pinterest land, let me tell you.
A good suggestion from my lovely friend spawned a hectic Persian rug search and finally, good old Ebay pulls through. My UPS man really appreciated having to lug this 65lb rug into my house for me.
I think the 3 antique rugs brings together the comfy vintagnous vibe I am going for.

love how the rug and the green velvet chairs go together.

taking the Christmas tree down left a barren lack of twinkle lights, so I put up a branch with twinkly lights over the wine press to quench that urge.

Find anything good lately?

Have a great day


Saturday, January 7, 2012

Bon voyage.
Have a great trip.
We love you and will miss you terribly.
Be nice to the sharks and kangaroos.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Back to our regularly scheduled winter program.

It is a sad time of year. The Christmas decor comes down, the Christmas movies stop playing and the cookies are all gone (thanks to someone other than me that lives here, whom is graciously known as the cookie monster at this time of year)
The sparkle and twinkles are dimmed but, with that comes the relaxing calm of our winter decor. My aversion to colour gets strong at this time of year, and I really enjoy the whites and neutrals like the outdoors. My branch fetish jumps into full swing and I just want to snuggle up in my fur blankets.

the front foyer doesn"t change too dramatically but the birds are back at their perch.

a simple vignette on the console table.

rusticity (is that a word? it should be)

return of the conks.

the birch remains nestled in its basket amongst the wood and iron pulleys.

the cats are enjoying their perch being returned after the removal of the tree.

smile pretty furball

our dining room tablescape. the barrel stave candleholder was a handmade Christmas gift from my winemaker brother. He is off to Australia to make more wine for 6 months on Saturday, and I will miss him a lot.

the bathroom gets a little nature/salvage facelist as well.

ooh I couldn't resist more tree-like branches in the bathroom. it reaches right to the ceiling. i loooove eet!

Is your Christmas decor down? How do you like to relax in your home after the holidays?
Have a great day.