Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Great Outdoors

So my husband and I are starting to plan our summer vacation. Sadly, our budget won't allow us to travel too far away, at least not this year. Oh well, we can still dream... :)
Sunrise at Toroweap, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Grand Canyon
French Alps, France
The French Alps, France

Great Wall of China - 20 sights that will remind you how incredible Earth is (Part 2)
The Great Wall of China
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park

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Yucatan, Mexico


Death Valley, Nevada


Death Valley, Nevada
St Mary Lake - Glacier National Park - Montana, USA

Montana

Sorvagsvatn - lake over the ocean
Lake Sorvagsvatn, Faroe Islands (Lake above the ocean.)


Friday, March 14, 2014

She put the lime in the coconut...

"In a world full of beige, I'm not afraid to be neon."



I love that quote from Kayla. Kayla Kitts is an editor for HGTV.com. Not that I'm actually going neon, but as soon as I read it on her blog, I could definitely relate. With that said, I've been looking for a throw. The problem was, the green that I'm bringing into my living room wasn't easy to find at some of the stores I visited. I ended up going online and finally discovered the one below at Wayfair.com.




It's called the Turner Throw. It comes in a variety of colors, but I ordered it in lime... yes lime. Not a popular color for some, but it's the exact color I've been searching for and at a price of $35.64, it was also in my price range.


Online it actually has more yellow undertones, but I couldn't have been happier when I took it out of the package today. It matches perfectly with the tray on my coffee table. So here it is...


 
 
I've actually been moving the throw around to different places on the couch, but I finally decided on putting it over the armrest. I figured early on that this is what I would do, but I wanted to be sure. I think it gives the sofa a sophisticated, classic look. 




Well, the next thing on my 'to do list' is to get affordable end tables and I found just what I wanted at Target. Below is a Nolan end table in cappuccino for $62.99. In case you're interested, you won't find these tables at the store, (at least not at the store where I shop), but they are available online. I'll share pictures as soon as they arrive.




Nolan End Table - Cappuccino

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Banana Bread

I have always loved the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven. That wonderful aroma fills the house and has my mouth watering until the timer goes off. I slice into it while it's still warm and make a hot cup of tea to wash it down. It makes me forget my worries and puts an instant smile on my face.

 
 
 
Well, I made some banana bread on Thursday. My husband got two slices along with his dinner and when he was finished, he started scooping up the crumbs from his plate with his fingers. To me, that is like the greatest compliment. As soon as he came home from work Friday, the first thing he asked was if there was any bread left. I couldn't help but smile. I got the recipe from All Recipes about 2 years ago and I've been making it ever since. Try it, I just know you'll love it.
 
 
 
Banana Bread
 
 
Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cups brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas
 
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lighly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
 
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream
together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well
blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into
prepared loaf pan.
 
Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of
the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.
(I also add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and vanilla in my bread as well). Enjoy.

 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Decorating with throws

You know, there's just something about the look of a throw placed on furniture. Whether it's placed on the end of a bed to make it more cozy...
Luxury #bedroom
... Or draped over the back of a chair.
eclectic living room
Throws just add warmth and style to a room.
Get the Look: (Faux) Fur Throws and Blankets
I read on Houzz that sometimes a throw looks better messy.

So instead of folding it, simply toss it in the corner of a chair or couch.
I love grey !
Well, my plan is to eventually make everything around me beautiful so I've decided that my next purchase will be a throw for the couch.
❥ white w/ French gilt
My only problem is figuring out where I should place it on my sofa once I buy it.
Goksu Rope Factory Loft
I like the look of pulling the throw over the back of the couch and letting it hang almost to the floor. I read that this can also protect the couch from pets, kids, or even the sun if your couch is in front of a window.

According to Ehow, tucking a throw behind a side pillow gives the sofa a neat appearance. Placing it over the pillow gives it a more casual feeling.
the gallery wall... and love the peach sofa
I'm also loving the look of it folded neatly over the armrest, too.
Light couches, light throws. Would go great with wooden slab bar and forest chic theme

wallpaper

You know what? I am totally undecided.
living room
Maybe you can help me out here.
stunning living room!
Do you currently have a throw on your couch and if you do, where did you place yours?