Catalog Challenge: Restoration Hardware.

It's time for another Catalog Challenge, where Paige from Little Nostalgia and I take on one room and one catalog and come up with our dream collection. This time we wanted to go super high-end, so we decided to take a wander through Restoration Hardware to see what we could come up with for a dining room.

I have to admit that this one was hard for me!  I love Restoration Hardware and have spent much time drooling over their catalogs, but I've been trying to stretch myself and add some color to the rooms I pick out and RH is really strongly industrial now and is filled with (gorgeous) neutrals so there aren't little splashes of color like you find in most places.  However, it didn't take me long to pick out some strong contenders. 

First, I like a simple table and chairs.  I love these higher-back ones, but they had so many different complimentary styles, I could see doing a mix-and-match chair thing with this classic table.  The sideboard is everything and more with the storage underneath and the ability to display things on top of it, plus I would hang the mirror the horizontal way right over it.  I thought the settee would be a fun touch along a wall somewhere, and since it's my room, I can do what I want.  I love all of RH's lighting, and it was really hard to pick just one but I think one of these pendants would be lovely, and a row of them would be even lovelier.

As for the tableware, I chose the white square dishes which would enhance the look of any meal I prepared, and I love the riveted flatware.  I have always wanted a set of stemless wine glasses, even though I don't drink wine- I just love the look of them.  The linens have a metallic sheen to them, and the color would go nicely with the thick silver gray rug.  Then I got lost in the decor section but ultimately decided on the wooden trays, cloches, and the amazing book press, all of which would look fancy on that sideboard.

Overall, I think this collection would do well in the imaginary New York City brownstone I've picked out for myself.  The whole thing screams modern old world, and I love it all.  I honestly lost track of the tab for this one, but I know the print is $1200 so just add on from there.  Totally worth every imaginary penny.

Make sure an hop on over and see Paige and drool over what she's picked out.  I'm always impressed with the way she styles her rooms.  Looking for more?  Check out my previous rooms here.

TGIF (whoops. T): Pinterest Style.

Hey, it's Tuesday!  I totally wrote this post for last Friday, but because I am super awesome, I forgot to publish it.  So how about some lovely Pinterest picks to brighten up this gray, gray morning?  (It's super gray and on the verge of rain here- anyone have sun??)

This is so me, it's almost embarrassing.  My poor husband and children get tired grumpy mom who does not like being woken from a sound sleep.  At all.  Ever.

You know those really, really good cookies that are cakey and have the icing on top that all grocery stores carry?  Yea.  Here's a copycat recipe, which we may have to make today since I'm on dessert duty for Easter.  (edited to add: I did make these, and they are really easy, but the cookie itself was missing something- more sugar or butter, I think.  I'll make them again, but I'm going to experiment.)

Can we just ogle??  One of my dream ideas is to finish the space over the garage, and this is just giving me all kinds of ideas.  The windows!  The triple desk!  The pendant!  The bead board!   *swoon*

I know peanut butter-banana isn't for everyone, but it is for me, and I'm really interested in it in grilled cheese form.  I actually want to try this with cashew butter, plus it's got honey and cinnamon.  Hello, breakfast!

While I might not mount them this way (though I love the overall look), I would love to plant some herbs in Mason jars like this, just because some of them are floppy!  (Here's looking at you, dill.)  The skinny neck looks like it would add some support.  Since I want to expand the garden anyway, it may be a good time to give it a try.

Which one of this week's picks is your favorite?  Anyone else working on garden plans?  I just planted some seeds in pots with the kids- we'll see how that turns out.  

Local Finds: Connecticut Love.

One of the most fun parts about being a part of a local group is the chance to see what other people around me are making, but also getting to hear about their process of making things, and also getting to see their products at events.  There is so much talent around me, and I really love connecting with local makers.

Each month our group makes curated collections through Etsy called treasuries.  Each member is asked to make one per month, but when I get going I tend to make a few at a time.  I love looking through what's new in everyone's shops online, plus I stretch my search to other Connecticut makers.  Here's what I came up with for March:

Every item shown is care of a Connecticut maker, and I'm always in awe of all the amazing products that are out there from both the makers and the vintage collectors.  See more with live links here, here, and here.

Looking to shop local on Etsy?  It's easy.  When you go to Etsy homepage, scroll down a little and look on the right of your screen and look for the "Shop Local" link:

From there you can type in any location and have fun looking, or search a particular item locally.  It's a great way to see who's making in your community.

Want to vote for your favorite Connecticut collection this month?  Hop on over to the Nutmeg Collective's blog and scroll the top 5.  Everyone's vote is welcome!

Do you shop local on Etsy?  Have you connected with other makers?  Do you have resources for connecting with others nearby?

Thursday Thought: Let's Go to the Beach.

This has been on my mind so much lately, particularly over the recent school vacations when everyone was posting their travel photos.  The envy and the travel itch set in - and I am not a good traveler.  I hate to be in a place I don't know, where I don't know where to go or what to visit or just how to be.  But I really have been craving warm weather and sunshine and the beach, to the point where I was researching plane tickets to both Florida - hoping maybe we could just make a quick trip to see Nana - and to Turks and Caicos - our honeymoon spot, which we loved so much.

Alas, the airlines clearly didn't want us to fly because the prices were insane, so here we sit, excited over a 45 degree day.  I still would love to get away and do nothing but sit on the beach and read and watch the kids play.  One day we'll be there.

Who else needs beach?  (or mountains, or desert, or what have you)  Who's got the travel bug?

April 2015 Photo Challenge.

If you haven't been over to the Nutmeg Collective's blog lately, I highly suggest that you do just because we have some amazing posts coming out, especially for Nutmeggers.  But today starts something that we can all do: a monthly photo challenge.

My dear friend Patti from Easton Place Designs decided we could all use a little kick of inspiration, so she developed a guide for us the month of April, and we're challenging the members of our group, as well as all our friends, to join in.  The topics are geared toward makers, but they can also be generic.  I would be thrilled if you'd join us.  Post your pics to Instagram and Twitter and tag them #nutmegdailypic so we can see what you've come up with.  This will be my first time trying to keep up with a photo challenge, so I'll be interested to see how it goes.  Wish me luck!

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