A few weeks back I was at one of my local thrift shop stops picking up a few accessories for the nursery. While perusing the store, I spied a glass punch bowl and cocktail glasses sitting, unassumingly, amongst the everyday kitchenware. The sleek lines beckoned me to come a little closer. Upon further inspection, I noted several things:
#1 - This nicely shaped punch bowl came with 12 matching glasses. Hmmm...not bad.
#2 - What? The bowl and glass rims have a silver plated band? I'm a sucker for silver. I can't help it. I just am.
#3 - What's that you say? The punch bowl and 12 silver plated glasses are how much? They are $10? For all of it?
I picked it up and put it down. I walked to the back of the store to browse the books and magazines. I peeked back to the kitchenware section; the bowl was still there. What's wrong with it? Something must be wrong with this bowl. My gut is wrong. It's a has-been. I should leave now while I'm still ahead. I was satisfied with my finds: a Norman Rockwell "Man in Boat" lithograph, a picture frame the perfect size for the print, as well as a globe that was going to make itself right at home in the nursery.
Just check out now. You will certainly leave this store ahead.
So I left.
Three hours later, while at home, I was still thinking about this punch bowl.
While I was ready to say goodbye to the summer heat this year and was highly anticipating fall - I love the crisp weather and all the fun activities, clothes, and decoration that fall has to offer - I was just not ready to say goodbye to fresh herbs just a few footsteps outside my door.
This year, I decided to try and grow two of my favorites inside:
The fresh thyme I moved inside from outdoors, I purchased fresh basil from a local nursery, and the third plant is a little random. It's just a succulent that grabbed my eye while at Home Depot.
I was so happy to see a lot of new growth on the basil and thyme when I came home from our weekend road trip. We used both tonight on our green beans - delicious!
via Simply Recipes
This is my favorite recipe for dressing up green beans with fresh herbs. Except I add garlic (to pretty much everything), use basil instead of tarragon, and substitute shallots for red onion when I have them on hand............
Where do you find your inspiration? For me, nature is a great place to start.
This past weekend, my family and I took our second annual weekend road trip to Iowa. My husbands step-dad owns land there in South English. The view above is what you see from the kitchen window of his house. I so much enjoy taking a walk outside of his home on a crisp morning and taking in the surrounding beauty of the fall landscape.
While driving through Iowa, I loved looking out my car window at the old weathered barns, cattle, and rolling hills of corn:
I stopped at the local Goodwill yesterday hoping to find a few items for around the house. While I didn't know specifically what I wanted, I have ongoing home projects that need additional pieces:
Master Bedroom - I purchased frames/matting for above our bedroom nightstands several months back that need art. Until now, I threw some old sheet music in the frame, to fill the mat; not a permanent solution.
Nursery - While the main elements are complete, I keep putting off hanging art and picking up some finishing accessories I have on my mind. Considering Baby Boy #2 is now almost 8 months, I need to get a move on that.............
I kept this in the back of my mind as I rummaged.
Here is the pile of stuff I came home with:
I honestly have no real need for a silver platter and glass /silver plated bowl. I just really like silver. When I see it for a good price, I buy it. :)
In February of this year, my husband and I welcomed Baby Boy #2 into our family:
We moved Baby Boy #1 into his new Big Boy Room on Christmas day (inspiration board and pictures will follow); and then it hit me, I had yet to think about the nursery design. Initially I thought we would simply move the new guy into the old nursery. But...the nesting instinct was strong in me this time around. With only a month left to go, I decided I must update the nursery.
I found a lot of great inspiration for the bedroom around the web (see below). With all of these rooms in mind, I put together this inspiration board: