Monday, June 23, 2014

How I'd Like to Live Today

I love the simplicity of black frames with white mates...

I have been holding onto this image for soooo long.  It's just a simple little DIY that I'd love to do to a piece of wood I have hanging around my livingroom.


A cool casual Boho outfit...

I loves this man jewelry.

The symmetry of this room makes me happy.  The black wall doesn't hurt.

Outdoor fireplace...yes...I'll take it.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Fathers Day Dinner - Seafood Mac & Cheese


Mini made dinner for her dad for fathers day...and it was sooo good I promised to share the receipe.

Emerald's 
SEAFOOD MAC AND CHEESE

salt and peper
1 pound of elbow macaroni
6 tablespoons butter
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove
1/3 cup all purpose flour
3 cups whole milk
1 pound coarsely chopped cooked lobster, shrimp, crawfish, or crabmeat or a combination
4 cups mixed grated cheeses, such as parmesean, cheddar, swiss and fontina
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon old bay seasoning

  1. STEP 1

    Preheat oven to 400. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook macaroni 2 minutes less than al dente. Drain; rinse with cold water. Set aside.
  2. STEP 2

    While pasta is cooking, melt butter over medium in a large saucepan. Transfer 2 tablespoons melted butter to a medium bowl, and reserve. Add onion and garlic to pan; cook until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add flour; cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add milk; whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer, and cook until sauce has thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and nutmeg.
  3. STEP 3

    Remove pan from heat. Fold in seafood, macaroni, and cheese; transfer to a shallow 4-quart baking dish. To bowl with reserved melted butter, add breadcrumbs and Creole seasoning; toss, and scatter over macaroni mixture. Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until topping is golden and sauce is bubbling, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

ENJOY!

Friday, May 2, 2014

It's a spring cleaning bedroom makeover....

I have been spring cleaning...move a couple of thing around in the bedroom.  Made a couple of trips to Home goods, IKEA, Burlington coat factory and the thrift store...and this is where I am...loving the boho look of my room.



This was my inspiration...I just love this headboard...and I'm still looking for just the right one to DIY. And just look at that huge pillow. Sigh.  I ordered a couple of euro pillow inserts from Walmart.com ...can't wait for them to arrive.

 I made a little dressing area and painted my thrifted dresser black.  Love.

I picked up this thrifted silhouette pillow... 


This image inspired me to paint my dresser.  It was so easy to DIY.

View from my bed...sigh.  I'm happy, bring on spring.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Another edition of how I'd Like to Live - Today

As most of you already know, I put up a horizontal privacy wall on my terrace last year.  This is not it.  If you want to read all about it click here.  This is an image of how I would love to decorate my terrace this year.  I recently purchased very similar furniture from IKEA.  Now if I can just get the terrace cleaned off...

Oh, sigh...I would love to vacation here...not live here...just vacation.  Too white.  

This is perfection.  A hammock.  I have wanted a hammock since I was a little girl...someday.
My current terrace situation is not big enough for this...one day.

Now this is more like my terrace in size and furniture...I could do this.

Okay.  Yes.  I'll talk it all.  The stone floors...the stone pots for plants...and don't even get me started on that bench and table...I will leave it up to the thrift gods.

The wall we built on my terrace is similar to this one...How cute.

Okay...Yes.  Now we are thinking.  Can you image a retractable terrace.  Well of course you can I just showed you one...lol.  Genius.

Okay...where do i begin?  The vertical garden...trendy, but I don't care...I love it.  Painted furniture on the terrace...yes, yes, and yes...I will have it.

More painted furniture...this isn't technically a terrace...more of a sunroom...but, I love the eclectic, collected feel of the space.

Trees on the terrace.  It's a yes.  And NYC is giving away free trees...and I got too.  Granted they are small...more like bushes...but, they grow really fast...and I'm patient.
Here is the link to get your own free tree.  Don't say I never gave you guys anything...lol.

Yes. Zen, Ethnic, Glam...that's me.  I'll take it.


...and last but not least...I know some of you are wishing you had an outdoor space.  Well, I'm posting this pic to inspire you.  No matter how small...your space can be beautiful.  Who wouldn't want to sit out here and talk on the phone, check their instagram or just read blogs...I know I would.  It's not the size of your space...it's the size of your imagination.

There you have it.  How I'd like to live today...If I could just clear all the clutter from my terrace.  Stay tuned.

Live the life you dream about.  I dare you.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Another edition of How I'd Like to Live...

Hi guys.  It's been a minute.  I'm back.  I'm really all over INSTAGRAM.  This blogger format is too much work now... too many steps to link and upload photos...hopefully blogger will fix their platform and make it more user friendly, like INSTAGRAM... 

So if you want to know what I'm up to and what's inspiring me day to day or hour to hour...follow me on Instagram.  

I'll post here when the spirit hits me...like to day.

I'm working hard to change my diet...and this salad looks soooo good.  If I could have extra help in one area of life...like a housekeeper, chauffeur, personal assistant, trainer or cook...I'll take a cook...

I'm sure I posted this before...LOVE everything about it.  If I had a small guest bathroom the walls would look like this...

More painted furniture.  My love.  I purchased paint to use on my bedroom dresser and mirror...over a month ago...yet to use it...this is my inspiration.  I need to purchase new knobs...maybe today.  ...And I want that stool...I will find it in the thrift store...

Spring is almost here...and this is my favorite spring look.  White shirt...shorts.  Simple and classic.

 ...again.  It's time for my terrace transformation...this is my inspiration.  NYC is giving away FREE trees and I got two... Redbush Trees...and yes, I will grow them on my terrace...

Go here if you are interested in getting free trees for your yard.

 The most beautiful piece of jewelry I've seen in forever...Don't give me diamonds...give me this.

 Inspiration for my new "spring" furniture arrangement.

I love, love, love this easy to make...towel rack for the bathroom.

Sigh.  round rug...pink accents...standing buddha...yes, yes, and yes.

 I want to vacation with a view like this...

I know this tie-dyed trend is a few seasons old...but, it will never bee too old for me...love.

There you have it...be inspired.

"Live the life you dream about, I dare you."
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