31 January 2012

Tuesday Treats

I'm in love (yes, yet again! haha!)  This home featured in the January 2012 issue of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles embodies vacation home chic from the rustic charcoal gray siding on the exterior to the perfectly stylish interiors.  It is  what happens when you combine the stunning architectural designs of D. Stanley Dixon with the designer accumen of Nancy Warren.  The result is the perfect marriage of architecture and design united in this romantic, yet refined, rustic, country home situated in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain town of Cashiers, North Carolina.  

Love, love, love the creamy horizontal panels in the entry along with the stone floor in the entry and mudroom.   Throughout the space muted tones are emphasized that are so peaceful and relaxing -- like a vacation home should be!

This kitchen is perfection squared!  From the beautiful lanterns hanging over that wonderful table, to the steel and glass doors leading out to an amazing screened in porch, to the white cabinetry, to the dark (soapstone?) counters, to those wonderfully dark floors.  This is just stunning!

If you know me, you know that I am crazy about pantries - especially big walk-in pantries with windows and beadboard paneling  like this one.  Reminds me of my Nanas kitchen. Besides that, I love simple curtains on lower cabinets --  such a pretty way to hide your storage!!  And check out the dark colored trim paint.  Maybe  Cast Iron by Sherwin Williams? Or Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore?


More perfection here in this sunken reading room with walls sheathed in wood paneling creating an intimate, charming and cozy spot in the home.

I love this back entryway from the garage to the kitchen.  
Those lanterns are so perfect with the rustic charm of this home.

Imagine relaxing here overlooking the stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and reading by that cozy fireplace!

That gorgeous  gilded mirror is antique and juxtaposed against the rough wood paneling, the glamorous hammered nickel sink, and those rustic bronze light fixtures, showcases the overall charm of Warren's design. Through the carefully calibrated use of rustic, old farmhouse and glamour elements, Warren crafted a comfortable and yet sophisticated design that reflects the rural mileau of the home perfectly.  Just like D. Stanley Warren's architectural design of the home.  A perfect marriage!

The master bedroom is soft and serene in ivory, taupes, and charcoal guaranteed to produce the zzzzzz's.

Hope you enjoyed the house tour! 
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Have a great day!!




INTERIOR DESIGN Nancy Warren Interiors, Inc. (404) 848-2010 

30 January 2012

Man Caves: Ralph Lauren Style

 Let's hear it for the men in our lives!  As Superball Sunday approaches (go Pats!!),  we celebrate sophisticated masculine spaces courtesy of the new Ralph Lauren Brookfield Collection.  Now these are some manly, testosterone filled rooms to watch the game in that even the most feminine women will love too!

vis ralph lauren home/Ralph Lauren Home, the Brookfield Collection

Have a wonderful day!



27 January 2012

Fantastic Friday!

via Pinterest

Wishing you each a great Friday and a phenomenol weekend!! 

It's been a great week here but busy, busy, busy!  Looking forward to a little R & R this weekend!  This kitchen by DeCaesare Design Group of Mesa, Arizona has my vote for the Best Kitchen Seating Area ever! 

all photos via DeCesare Design Group

I am so smitten with this kitchen!  Especially that seating area.  The soft ivory tones of the upholstered seating is fantastic!  It is so comfy looking that I can imagine long relaxing family meals around that uber cool table -- and think about family game nights, homework, etc.  (I hope those slipcovers are stain resistant outdoor fabric!)

Wouldn't you love to be sitting here?

In love?  Go here  for more  charming interiors by DeCesare Design Group's talented designers.

By the way, yesterday, I forgot to give Erin credit for those amazing cake balls she made for Aimee's shower.  Unfortunately, by the time I went to get one, they were all gone.  Yesterday, when I was shuttling little Mariah to ballet class, she admitted to personally eating 5 of them!! Considering how fussy she is about what she eats there isn't any better recommendation than that - so kudosto you Erin! haha!  

I am also craving this little bunny night light, Hippity Hop, from Anthropologie for Nola's nursery.  Too cute!  It will also pick up on those cute little animal prints Erin ordered for Aimee and blogged about at erineverafter.

Hoping you all have a wonderful weekend filled with fun and the people you love! We will be back on Monday with Room of the Week.  Until then!



26 January 2012

Peter Block Caseworks and Aimee's Shower

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Despite the snow, the baby shower was lots of fun!


Okay, so these flowers weren't on top of the cake at the shower, but full disclosure -- we saved the cake for Nola's first birthday and put it in a Glad container.  Someone put something on top of the container and now the top of the cake displays the Glad logo!!  Blind as I am I couldn't see the wire on these flowers until I put the photo up here! Oh well, c'est la vie!

My first experience with fondant -- love it!

invites from tinyprints.com

My eldest daughter, Missie, made the delicious fudge!

My bestie, Carol-anne, made the awesome Sangria!  I'll get the recipe and post it later for you -YUMMY!

My daughter, Aimee (left)  Erin (of Erineverafter) with her cute hubby and helper, Chuck.

Carole-anne with her sweet daughter, Sophia, (left)  Two cute baby mamas, Betsy and Aimee.

Aimee and Mike opening gifts

Erin and Aimee B.
 My daughter, Missie,with her bestie, Jill
 Missie's youngest daughter, Mariah

Nola is due in 38 days!!

Have a great day!