and we're off....

3.25.2009 Sun Valley, Idaho for a week of skiing, fishing, and just hanging out. To tell you I am excited is an understatement. Heading to the airport in just a couple of hours... I haven't been to Sun Valley in several years and I can't wait to get back out there.

See you next week!

a little project


In college I majored in Interior Design with a minor in Art. I loved all of my art classes and often find myself wondering why I didn't major in graphic design. Anywho.... on the weekends I like to play around and design stationery, invitations, birth announcements, etc.

Here are some that I did this past weekend... I printed them and then hand painted each one with watercolors... some were still wet when I was taking their picture.


And this one I scanned in:
I am working on a little project that I can't wait to share with you... but it's moving at a snail's pace because of my full time job! But hopefully I can post something soon!

Letterpress Bliss

I have had a thing for paper for as long as I can remember. I love stationery and invitations and everything that falls into that category. I especially love letterpress. I have a few different designs and find myself not using them because I don't want to run out. Silly, I know. I am loving these designs... maybe I can add some to my collection so I will actually use them to write notes.

from invitedink on etsy:

*if I had $179 extra dollars, i would order some of these calling cards!

from eggpress:

from sugar-paper:

Palmer Weiss


How cute is Palmer Weiss... and how great is her work?

I know that many of us were introduced to her in The Domino 10: decorators on the verge in Domino's April 2008 issue. I was flipping through that issue this past weekend and decided to look up her website. So many fabulous images.
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*all photos via Palmer Weiss

Enjoying the Weekend


Have been spending much of the weekend reading and relaxing.... The weather has been perfect!
I would love a book cart like this... where I could roll from the living room.... to the bedroom... and then outside to the deck!
.*photo via Brown Turtleneck Sweater via BHG

Happy Weekend!


Loving this kitchen from Country Living.

Aidan Gray


Loving so many things from Aidan Gray. Unfortunately, my budget isn't.

. Modern Garden Urn Table Lamp

*would love one (or two) of these


Stewart Lamp

Wire Nesting Baskets

Chase Bookcase

Chandler Arm Chair in Linen

Aged Wood Spire with Base

Antique Mirror/Tray
*all photos via Aiden Gray

How Swede It Is

Sorry- I saw the the title of the post on the link of the article and it made me laugh. Had to use it! I had never seen this house in Country Home (or on the site)... and I thought it was great. Here is what CH had to say:
The location on historic North Broadway in Saratoga Springs, New York, was ideal. But when Bryan Browne and Lisa Bates first peeked into the aging split-level, the prospects were problematic.
Designed as a kit home, the house was built in 1959 from preassembled components; yet when Lisa and Bryan bought it, its modern elements were at odds with the neighborhood. To bring in more light and add living space, they bumped up and out the rear of the house to nearly double its size to about 3,000 square feet, which gave the house more scale and sense for its surroundings.
Key finishing details came next, and here the influence of Scandinavian design came to the forefront. Bryan and Lisa tapped into the style’s penchant for blonde woods, ambient light, a white palette, and the use of natural materials both as exterior elements and indoor backdrops. Brick, stone, board-and-batten walls, and even windows themselves all migrated to the interiors. Maple woodwork and cabinetry and fresh white walls were laid down to give the spaces a clean, and clean-lined, canvas for Lisa’s design work. “I think the interior of the house lends itself to almost any kind of furnishing,” says Lisa, who is fond of antiques and flea-market finds but likes to use them with a spare hand. I tried really hard in the design to not do something that’s going to be dated in a few years,” Lisa says.

*all photos via Country Home

First Love


Okay, as you know from this post and this post... it's quite obvious I am a little obsessed with Haskell Harris' Birmingham Cottage....

And while I am not a big fan of Southern Living- I was so excited last night to see more photos of her cottage in the article "First Love".

This is the only photo that I could find on the SL website:

And the Sources:
Contractor: John Harrelson, Rocket Restoration; (843) 460-0879 or e-mail Main exterior paint: Cliffside Gray (RME-74) by Benjamin Moore; or 1-800-672-4686. Exterior trim paint: Swiss Coffee (5012) by Behr; or 1-800-854-0133, ext. 2. Living room wall paint: Riff (C2-358) by C2 Paint; or 1-888-989-4888. Bedroom wall paint: Secret (C2-048), also by C2 Paint. Fabric on wingback chair: Tucker Resist from Lewis & Sheron Textile Co.; or 1-800-835-4833. Decoupage project paper: Italy Map Wrap (415695) by Cavallini & Co., available through Paper Source; or 1-888-727-3711. Kitchen shelves: Tony/Bjarnum Wall Shelf (painted a custom-mixed gray) from IKEA; or 1-800-434-4532. Honed-granite countertops: Architectural Stone Accents (ASA); or (205) 956-6090. Kitchen cabinets: Kraftmaid ( or 1-888-562-7744), available through The Home Depot; or 1-800-553-3199. Subway tile: Daltile (, also available through The Home Depot. Wire basket shelves (in kitchen): Peddler’s Home Design; or 1-800-391-4927. Apron-front sink: Herbeau; or 1-800-547-1608 for dealers. Plumbing fixtures throughout: Vintage Tub & Bath; or 1-877-868-1369. Mirror distressing solution: Antique Mirror Patina Solution by AMPS Industries Inc.; or (646) 825-5541. Quilt on bed: discontinued; for a similar look, try Grace Damask Chocolate Quilt by Pine Cone Hill, or 1-800-442-8157 for retailers. Fabric on porch swing and rockers: Sunbrella; or (336) 221-2211 for retailers.
Ever since I came across this photo of her kitchen- I have been trying to find some wire baskets similar to hers:
Under "Sources"... it listed the website and they are from here. I have now added MANY items to my wish list thanks to this new found love!

I was hoping to find more photos online- but couldn't find them. So I decided to scan the article in. Sorry for the quality.

Here are a couple of extra photos that I had on file of her house:
*speaking of LOVE... happy fourth anniversary to my wonderful husband. although, i don't know why i am putting this on here... bc I know he doesn't read this blog. for some reason- he thinks it is funny to call my blog "blueprint blues"... not "blueprint bliss"!!!!