Sunday, December 9, 2012

These are a Few of My Favorite Things: {Christmas Trees}

Its not the holidays without a Christmas Tree. The tradition of going to a tree farm, hunting & cutting it down, bringing it home and decorating it. Then my favorite thing to do is to lay underneath the tree with the lights on and looking up into the tree while pillow talking. Seriously, try it. Its so fun and its especially fun to see my little boy do it. I love the different trees they have out there though. I gathered a few of my favorites below that you could add to your Christmas Decor. They are so fun and all made out of different things.

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Double Chocolate & Toffee Brownie Bites

I am not a baker by any means. You can ask anyone who knows me well, especially my husband. I have to work at it. So I like to stick to simple recipes that are very forgiving. Like brownies. I saw this recipe for Toffee Brownie Cookies and thought..."mmmm, two of my favorite things wrapped in one!".  So I started with that recipe and tweaked it a little to my liking and doubled it so I could give it to families for Christmas. I love how chocolatey and moist they came out but still had the flakey brownie outside with a little toffee crunch! So Yummy!

Double Chocolate & Toffee Brownie Bites

Makes about 8 dozen (you can half it if you are not planning on giving them as gifts)

8 oz of semi-sweet chocolate chips
8 oz of milk chocolate chips
8 tbsp of butter
2 cups of suger
6 eggs
2 tsp of vanilla
3 cups of flour
6 tbsp of cocoa powder
1 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 - 8 oz bag of toffee bits
  1. Pre-heat oven to 325*. Spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Carefully melt chocolate chips and butter in the microwave or on the stove until well blended.
  3. Beat sugar and eggs with a mixer. Add vanilla and beat again.
  4. Next, add melted chocolate, baking powder, cocoa, and flour into the bowl until well mixed.
  5. Stir in toffee chips reserving 1/2 cup for topping the brownies.
  6. Fill the cups 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 10 min.
  7. Pull out of oven and immediately top with bits of toffee and let sit for 5 min.
  8. Place on baking rack and let cooler for 15 min longer before packaging.

I just got these Chinese-take-out boxes on clearance last year after Christmas and packaged them in those. My kinda gift...simple, homemade and easy.

As you can tell my son enjoyed them a lot too!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Pantone Color of the Year: EMERALD

I can't even tell you how excited I am about the Pantone Color of the Year for 2013. It is EMERALD! EEEEK! I love this color. I am pretty sure this color became uber popular after the Wizard of Oz and the famous Emerald City. I mean...its the first thing that pops into my head when I hear the word emerald.

My Uncle would always call the refineries at night, down here in the south, Emerald Cities so that is the next thing I think of when I hear the word. =) Anyway...its a beautiful color. I am a lover of all greens, especially this one. Here is what Pantone has to say about the color chosen to set trends for 2013...

"PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green, is the Color of the Year for 2013.
The 2012 color of the year, PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango, a spirited reddish orange, provided the energy boost we needed to recharge and move forward. Emerald, a vivid verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight as well as promoting balance and harmony."

"Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. Also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity."

"The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. "As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today's complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors."

I have put together some of my favorite emerald items from around the web for you below. Here's to seeing more of this fabulous color in fashion, interiors and design.
RugPlush Pillow, Retro Pillow, Sequin Dress, Earrings
Wallpaper, Pillow, Heels, Jeans, Pouf

What do you think?!

Monday, December 3, 2012

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things {Christmas Advent Calendars}

I love advent calendars for any holiday but especially at Christmas time. What a great way to make sure you are doing something Christmas-y with your kids and family everyday until the 25th. I have been slightly obsessed with them this year since my little boy is getting old enough to understand it. Below are some of my favorite ones! I am gathering inspiration to make my own in the next day or two.
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Which one is your favorite?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Give Thanks for Interior Design: Our Nations Capital

Our Nations Capital, Washington, DC. Since it is voting time and the focus is on our Great Nation I though it might be fun to highlight some of my favorite government buildings. In design school my favorite class was Historic Architecture & Design. I fell in love with the classical design of buildings and I love to implement those timeless basics in my interiors as well. Washington DC has some of my favorite buildings and I am so grateful for their beauty and the way they represent our country. I have not been to DC yet but it is definitely on my bucket list. {Source for all the pictures came from}

Supreme Court Building

Union Station

The White House

The Washington Memorial

Capitol Building

Jefferson Memorial Building

Library of Congress

The Lincoln Memorial
National Cathedral
Are they not beautiful?! My favorite one would have to be the Library of Congress.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Give Thanks for Interior Design - Vases

Since its Thanksgiving and we are all in the "Thankful For..." mood I have decided to start a little blog tradition/series. I love this time of year and I dare say that it is my favorite. I really am so grateful for Interior Design and I know that might sound a little sappy but I love the joy it brings me and the creative outlet it is.

So this series is going to focus on Quotes about Design, Interiors, and Products that I am grateful for and love. Hopefully you will notice some things that spark your interest and realize how important good design is and how it affects our every day lives. So if you want to follow along grab the button down below & keep up with the series up until Thanksgiving Day.

Today I want to give thanks to Vases! You see them in almost every room. They come in so many styles, shapes, textures, colors, materials and sizes that almost no two are alike. I love the way that they can bring a little added form, history and shape into a room even without it holding flowers. I use them a ton when styling and decorating a room. I have put together some of my favorite vases that are unique in texture, form, and color.
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{ 9  -  10  -  11  -  12 }

Below are some room views of different ways to use vases & different styles.
(You can click on the picture and it will take you to the source)

Oversized & Clear

Added Color & Knick Knacks on the Coffee table

Rustic Gardening Can

Added Height

Modern & Rustic on Mantel
Centerpiece Full of Color

Metallic & Streamlined

Bright & Cheery on top of Neutrals

Simple, White & Functional

What do you like to do with Vases?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mavrick Turns 2 & A Goldfish Brithday Party

 My little boy turned 2 this past week. Hard to believe I have a 2 year old crazy boy. We love him so much and everyday is a new adventure. We decided to go with a Goldfish theme since he loves fish and we had a lot of stuff left over from his party last year.

 The invitations I kept pretty small and little. I saw this invitation and thought the saying was cute and cheesy so I used powerpoint to put the top of the invitation together and printed them off. Then I got scrap pieces of blue paper that I had and cut them into a modern wave and layered them on top of each other. I hot glue that to the white part of the invite and added two Goldfish Crackers and a single line of hot glue for more of a water affect. After that I just added a simple liner to the envelopes to dress them up a little bit. My new favorite trick!

The Backdrop was super easy and I got the idea from this blog. I just cut strips of white, light blue, and dark blue crape paper and hung them behind the food table. I left some twisted and then some straight to give it a wavy effect. 

The pictures of Mavrick in the shape of a two I saw done here and I absolutely loved it. I wanted to add pictures of him through out the party but instead of having 50 frames this was a simple and cute way to display them all at once. 

The fish I made to add a little texture/dimension and to keep with the goldfish theme.   
 The party was outside in our yard so I wanted to keep the food light and simple since the kids were going to be in and out of the pool and sprinklers. It was so simple and easy.

What was on the Menu?:
-Sub Sandwich Bar (ham/cheddar & turkey/provolone)
-Flavored Potato Chips
-Veggies & Dip
-Blue Berry J-ello
-Goldfish Bar

 The Goldfish Bar was a big hit. I got this serving dish from my Grandmother when I went to college and I never really used it for anything until now. It was the perfect thing for the Goldfish Bar. I filled each compartment with Sour Cream & Onion, Chocolate Chip, Original, Vanilla Cupcake, and Explosive Pizza flavored Goldfish Crackers. The bottom part is suppose to hold ice but I had rocks from our goldfish bowl so I poured the rest of them into the bottom of the container to add a little blue to the arrangement.

 And no goldfish party would be complete without actual goldfish. They were bagged and given to the kids as party favors as they were leaving.

 A picture of the birthday boy with his cake. My husband baked and shaped it the night before and then my Mom decorated it for the party. I love how it turned out.

We had a great time and at the end of the day we had a happy and tired little boy. (and Mommy)
Thanks to everyone who came and helped celebrate this special day with our little boy.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Back in Business, Baby Announcement, and Inspiring Interior of the Week!

Hello Strangers! 
I am happy to say that I am back in the blogging, consulting, and designing business. With running the store, my little boy, laundry, event planning and being pregnant I was swamped.
But the good news is a couple weeks ago we found out...

We are so excited to have another little boy join our family. My mind is turning with names, organization for my home, scheduling and a new room for our boys. My son Mavrick needs a big boy bed and room but he will be sharing with our new little one so I want to keep it friendly for both. I will keep updating you on the project as we go.

Now on to the....

This is where I will tell you why I love the interior whether it be another bloggers design, or out of a magazine.

{Southern Living}

Why I love it?

  1. Sisal Area Rug---these are not used enough. They are so kid friendly and add an instant warmth and nature feel to any room.
  2. Green Country Panel Door---I love the soft green panels on the door. 
  3. Drapery---Not only do I love the vibrant use of textiles in this room but I love the fact they hung them HIGHER than the actual frame. Very important.
  4. Neutral Furniture Pieces---Choosing the neutral bases for big ticket items such as the floor, the sofa and the lamps allows you to play and change up the accessories and fabric at your leisure for a whole different look.
  5. Cowhide Area Rug---You don't have to be redneck or have a cabin to use a cowhide rug in your room. Here they have made it look very sophisticated and the colors blend so well with the rest of the interior.

 What do you love or not love about this room?
I love hearing your comments. =)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Demo Cabinets for the Showroom

So we have been busy over here at Source 1. We are in the process of installing some small demo cabinets into the showroom. We wanted two different more traditional and then another that was more contemporary.We plan on doing a couple FULL kitchen scenarios but this was just for the time being and small little cabinet areas that we could do on a smaller budget and time frame.

This is the mood board I put together for the first set of cabinetry. As you can see some of the details have changed and some still remain but all in all we are making progress on them. My favorite detail is going to be the beautiful Green Onyx backsplash we are going to be installing.

This is what we have so far. We are planning on putting another shelf up but having issues with the corbals being sent over. They sent us the wrong ones and it has been a nightmare. Haha.

Thick hickory natural hickory wood top is probably my favorite part of the whole thing. Its such a pretty piece of wood with beautiful graining.

Celtic Weave Style Corbals. I wanted this to be crisp and antiquing which gives it a little bit more modern edge to the whole design.

I love the soft curves these posts have on them.

Mitered Panel Door Fronts (these come in so many different style and names)

This cabinetry was hard to convince but now everyone likes it the best. Southeast Texas is not a contemporary market....YET! Design styles usually filter here after a few years of being in the west and east so at first my colleagues thought that it was WAY to MODERN! Haha. =) But we are all loving it and it is coming together very nicely.
We have not gotten to putting up the trim yet but that and the inset door style are my favorite parts of this design. We have our Silestone Countertop being fabricated for it right now! EEK! So excited.
 Super simple and classic lines on these Mitered Shaker Doors. Love it. =)

 I will be updating the progress as we finish these and other projects around the store