Some people find them creepy, some find them plain tacky — some, like me, find garden gnomes absolutely charming. I think having a gnome or two nestled subtly in your yard or garden adds a touch of whimsy to your landscape. Having a little fellow with a pointy cap keeping watch over things is sweetly exciting.
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So, you get where I’m coming from, yes? I. Like. Garden. Gnomes. With that in mind — these garden gnome doors from Nothin’ But Wood on Etsy are making my Monday. You can attach them to the bottom of a tree (or whatever else suits your little dude). This is an overload of cuteness! Can’t you just see a kid stumbling across one of these doors — and, how fascinated they would be with it? Their imaginations would run wild!
Your Monday’s icy heart is beginning to melt, isn’t it?
Amy Howard at Home has a very exciting product out — High Performance Furniture Lacquer (in a spray can!).
If you’ve ever wished for a thick, rich, hard-high-gloss finish of actual lacquer on a piece of furniture, frame or home decor — Amy’s paint is for you. Just prime your piece, spray it on — and a pale, faded piece of furniture transforms into an edgy, chic high-fashion statement piece set in lacquer. And did I mention it’s in an easy-to-use SPRAY CAN?!
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Red has always been the color associated with sexy lips — but this week on Yahoo!, searches for “luscious blue lipstick” are spiking 106%! What has caused this sudden interest in navy kissers? Got me?! All I know about blue lips is that they are oftentimes a result of being too cold.
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But, what I do know about is blue rooms. And, to bring the two together, my fellow blogger (thanks, Kayla) helped me find a blue pucker that is the exact color as this stunning tonal blue (almost dip-dyed) dining room.
Don’t you love how we took something that’s trending and very popular right now (but not really HGTVish) and slanted it towards home design? It’s a talent, people.
**Yahoo! stats from Web Trend Expert Carolyn Clark**
And they’re off! Well, not just yet — but Saturday, the Kentucky Derby will be run and that means there’s another excuse to throw a shindig. And, of course, you’re going to need a dessert for your party. Bridget from Bake at 350 has the perfect sweet for you to serve — Kentucky Derby Cookies!
Head to the Races:
Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe
Jockey Table Lamp
I’ve always been a news junkie. I take time out every morning to read the headlines to learn what’s going on in the world. Frankly, I have no patience for anyone who isn’t up-to-date with world events. In my reading this morning, this “Trash Made Into Homes” story from CNN.com caught my eye. It’s a story that captures human ingenuity at its best!
Waste — what to do with it? It’s a worldwide problem that’s mounting. The city of Karachi, Pakistan produces ten thousand tons of waste every day. Much of that is non biodegradable and is burned or goes to landfills. But one local environmentalist thinks she has found the answer.
Nargis Latif is devoting her life to protecting the environment in the most over-populated city in Pakistan (Karachi). Her project, Gul Bahao, deals with two major issues — reducing waste and an increasing need for housing.
Gul Bahao works in conjunction with local factories to collect clean waste that they simply don’t need. The waste is then used to fill up large sacks (or bricks), which are then bound together to form structures. The homes are low in cost and put up in a matter of hours.
Of course there’s something to sleek, modern design — but for me, I can’t get enough of homes where there’s something spectacular in every corner — where your eyes are full of wonder everywhere you look. A warm, rich and welcoming atmosphere just gets me excited. That’s the look I aspire to have in my house, and it’s the look I’m drooling over in this picture made at Designer Scot Meacham Wood’s home.
Scot is one of fifty designers featured in the new book, Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living. The book takes readers on a guided tour through the homes of renowned designers, who share their thoughts on gracious living and how they bring their professional philosophies home.
Even though I graduated from high school several years back (OK, maybe more than “several”), I still get very excited every late April/early May as students prepare for their own graduations. This time of year is when invitations go flying out, gifts/checks start coming back and if you’re really lucky, your family begins planning a celebration for you because, well — they’re just so darn proud. It’s an all-round happy-go-lucky time. It all makes me want to be a kid, er — “young adult” again.
So, yes — this is why I’m focusing so much on graduation party ideas — I’m looking on with nostalgic envy at the students who will be having them. And, look at what I’ve found today for your 2013 graduate. Who wouldn’t be out-of-this-world thrilled over these adorable candy cup caps from Bakerella?
Itty-bitty candy cup graduation caps from Bakerella
Did you have a party when you graduated from high school (or even college)? Tell me about it in the Comments.
Ever tire of just getting the baby down to sleep when, suddenly — someone in the house slams a door and well — you know what happens next (the baby cries and you have the urge to murder that door slammer)? Here is your clever solution!
The Latchy Catchy allows you to open or close any interior door silently! Made of durable fabric and stretchy elastic straps, this little handy dandy item conveniently fits all door shapes and sizes (including lever or french handles).
Simple and brilliant all at the same time, yes?
Hats off to all of the 2013 graduates! Celebrate your student’s big day with a party complete with cupcakes and these festive graduation cupcake wrappers from Beau-coup Favors.
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Photos From Beau-coup Favors
Tell us how you will be celebrating your graduate! Are you throwing him or her a party? Taking them somewhere special?