Final days of snow

Got back from Tahoe last night. It was our last ski hurrah of the season and probably the last time I'll see snow for a while! We went with some of our best friends who used to live in Dallas but now live in San Francisco, so it was great to see them. We stayed in a cute (and super cheap) house in Tahoe City. It's called Vanni House...named after the Italian immigrants that built it in 1925. It's recently been restored and updated and was a great set-up for two couples. Here's a pic...

My friend and I on a run overlooking the lake!


New Loot

Check out my cool stuff from Graphic Image. Their orange is the perfect shade so I got two items in that color:

Book - 1000 Places to See Before You Die
This title was too intriguing...had to know what made the list.

Luggage Tag (cute packaging too)


Giving away goodies

Check out the fun giveaway over at Lovely Little Nest - I love that Etsy goods are the prize! This geometric planner/notebook set is my favorite...maybe I'll win :)

Room Recipe

I've gotten lots of questions about where some of our furniture/decor comes from so I thought it might help if I break it down, starting with the master bedroom. Exact items that are still available for purchase are linked below...keep in mind that I got every single thing in this room on sale, so it pays to be patient.
1. Bed - Z Gallerie - Victoria Sleigh Bed
2. Table lamps - Restoration Hardware - Crystal Banister Lamps
3. Nightstands - Bombay Company
4. Mirrors - Ballard Designs
5. Linens - Restoration Hardware - Italian Satin Stitch Bedding
6. Bench - Ballard Designs - Simone Bench
7. Rug - Jonathan Adler
8. Vanity Mirror - Wisteria - Embossed Bone Flower Mirror
9. Floor lamp - Local store
9. Chandelier - antique
10. Vanity and Chest - antique

Some of our stuff is no longer available or is an antique/hand-me-down so I've listed budget-friendly substitution ideas as well. I went as cheap as possible, because I know that most budgets are super tight. Just keep in mind that I'm not vouching for the quality. 

I'm a big believer in high-low, however, there are certain pieces that I'm willing to pay more for. In this room, those items included the bed, crystal lamps, and linens. After I pulled the trigger on those, I filled in the gaps with cheaper finds. On bargain items, I like to see/touch before purchasing or make sure that returning the item is an easy option (for example, Target stores accept returns). The last thing you want, is to receive something that looks cheap and it ends up being too expensive to ship back. This factor is what makes thrifting/antiquing worth it...plus you can usually bargain with sellers.



If you're over the mirrored furniture thing, this would be a great alternative!
Pier 1 - Wycliff Chest

Crystal Lamps

Ballard Designs - Kenton Chain Link Mirror
(Spray paint ivory, if you don't like the mixed metals look)

Overstock.com - Hotel Collection
I really like the platinum color or black.


If you want more flexibility with the rug options, go with a solid instead of a stripe
The Company Store - Tufted Skirted Storage Bench

West Elm - Circles Rug (this one could go with the striped bench)

Vanity Mirror
Ballard Designs - D'Orsay Mirror

Overstock.com - Maria Theresa Chandelier

Floor Lamp
Target - Floor Lamp



Mercury Rising...at least in Austin

I live in Dallas, which means that today it's almost 70 degrees and yesterday there was snow on the ground. Our weather is notoriously unpredictable, but hopefully that was the last cold spell of the season. I got spoiled when we were in Austin last weekend and it was warm and sunny. I'm so ready for consistent poolside conditions!

Speaking of Austin, we stopped in the most fabulous shop during our visit. It's called Mercury and I was in heaven perusing their funky-chic merchandise. They sum up the store concept on their business card as artifacts, gifts, and design studio. Here's a sampling...

This book nook is the coolest.

Art-o-Mat (guarded by a stuffed fox) is a brilliant concept. Basically, retired cigarette machines are converted to art vending machines. There are only 82 machines in the US, most are in museums and galleries.

I'm sure you'll be shocked, but I'm obsessed with this black and white accent wall. Trying to figure out where it could work in our house.

Missoni-eque chair.

They have the Temple of Flora book! This is the source for many of the framed botanical prints around our house.

Needlepoint zebra chair + Thomas Paul pillow.

What a great centerpiece this pedestal bowl would make!

Patent, tufting, cane, Greek key, and black/white all in one pic! I would take it all aside from the skunk. I can only imagine what my dogs would do to a piece of taxidermy.

Turquoise and orange phones...so cute. After dealing with the insane amount of calls my cell phone drops, I wouldn't mind going back to the good old days of corded telephones!

For purchasing inquires, check out their website or call 512.236.0100.


Birthday Flowers

My sweet in-laws sent me this beautiful arrangement on Wednesday...thought I'd share since it's so pretty.

Looks great in our dining room, doesn't it?

Happy weekend!


Hotel Saint Cecilia

We were in Austin earlier this week for SXSW. My husband's company helped develop a super-cool iPhone app called Tabbed Out that was part of the interactive conference. I've been dying to stay at the Hotel Saint Cecilia for a while now, and was thrilled to book a room there for this trip.

The design aesthetic of this hotel is beyond amazing...it's unique, fun, stylish, and luxurious in an un-stuffy way. I was so impressed with the overall vision/concept of the hotel. It definitely effused a cool, Montmartre-meets-Austin vibe. Kudos to whomever designed the place! They masterfully mixed old, new, traditional, and modern. There were countless details that made it one of the most memorable hotels we've ever stayed in.

Suite 4 was our abode which included this private, fenced backyard and firepit. We did a little post-dinner fireside drinking on Sunday night.

This is the patio off the lounge. Black and white stripe heaven!

Some sort of vintage car...sorry, that doesn't fall into my realm of interests :)

Old house...our suite was located at the back corner of this structure.

View from the pool area.

Most amazing umbrella ever!


Suite living room complete with a turntable (they have a vinyl library for guests). The decor mix in here is pretty awesome...suzani-covered chair, Noguchi coffee table, Chesterfield sofa, huge red Chinese chest, gilded mirror, and brass chandelier.

Swanky mini bar area in the living room...they take it to the next level with fancy cheeses, caviar, booze, etc.

Dog biscuits for our girls...as with most high-end hotels, they are dog friendly so we brought the pups.

View from living room to patio.

Homemade caramels - delicious and prettily displayed in a vintage silver/crystal coaster.

I must have a black and white chair like this.

Boudoir - I took this pic as soon as the bags were set down before anything could get messed up! The headboard is a tufted peacock blue number.

Gorgeous chandelier and rockin' curtains. Note the Saarinen Tulip table too.

Close-up of the pelmet boxes. 

The black bathroom was neat but a little small. It had great fixtures, tile, and toiletries!

A parting shot of their quaint little sign.