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Style Inspiration ~ Outdoor Patios


I hope you're having a great week!  Monday and Tuesday were incredibly beautiful with temperatures in the low 80's, a reminder that spring is almost upon us.  I'm dreaming of warm, sunny days and moonlit evenings on the patio.  After the long, cold winter we have had this year, I can hardly wait!     

I love outdoor spaces with panels.  There are so many wonderful options available today.

I would love to have a cozy evening dinner on this patio.  The archways are another favourite.

I love everything about this patio - the oversize range hood, the concrete table and wicker chairs... however, I would opt for a chandelier rather than a ceiling fan. 

 Dining al fresco, stargazing above, or watching a beautiful sunset would be better on this beach side patio.

I love this Mediterranean style patio.  The ceiling, floor, and chandelier has me swooning.

A Mid-Century Modern patio in Carmel, Ca (one of my favourite towns!).  The iconic Bertoia makes this space so much cooler, don't you think?

What is a patio without a fire pit?  Our kids love making s'mores and sitting around ours as much as we do.

I love Nanawalls!  They seamlessly bring the outdoors in, creating one large space.  However, the terribly hot and humid summers in the Midwest would make it impossible to enjoy this very long.

What is your favourite outdoor patio style?

xoxo, B

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Glamorous Bedrooms, Plus One More


Bonjour, mes amis!  Last week as an incredibly busy week as I wrapped up a new project.  I am hoping this week slows down just a bit... as well as the incredibly cold temps and snow.  I'm over winter and have been for quite some time.

The project was a "glamorous" bedroom design.  This is definitely a style I am on board with!  To begin the project, we built the foundation with the "anchor" pieces such as the bed and desk that she knew she wanted.

We poured over each inspirational photo and talked about what she liked and didn't like in each.  All of the colours in her photos were neutral and serene.  This will be her sanctuary.

Neutral doesn't have to be boring.  Various patterns and mirrored furniture lend a layered, luxurious feel.

This bedroom receives an extra dose of glamour with being enveloped in floral, metallic wallpaper.

Ambient lighting allows you to create an atmosphere for an appropriate mood. 

Create an elegant, understated look with crisp lines in a soft palette and monograms.  Lately, I have incorporated monograms into everything from bath towels to bed lines.

Chic accessories are a must.  Various materials add texture and interest...  I especially love to incorporate fresh flowers, abstract art, lucite/acrylic furniture, and faux fur.

I will be donating a 2 Hour Design Consultation to the French Bulldog Rescue Network's "Bring On Spring" benefit auction beginning March 16th-20th.

It's a cause close to my heart.  As most of you know, we are currently fostering Mac, who has had a growing vet bill since October.  They have not hesitated a moment with paying for anything and everything he needs, whether it be the hospitalization and many vet appointments he required due to meningitis or the surgeries (dental, neuter, and nares) to get him on his way to his forever family.  Your support is much needed and deeply appreciated.  I would love for one of my reader's to win!

xoxo, B

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DIY Inspiration ~ A Chic Agate Box


I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day and holiday weekend!  We had icy, frigid temps followed by a balmy 67 degrees today.  I spent the day running errands and shopping with my sunroof open.  It was bliss!

I'm smitten with these chic black and gold wooden boxes adorned with agate and stumbled upon this DIY that recreates them at a fraction of the cost.

First, select a wooden box and a slice of agate in any size and colour that you like.  You can source the agate online or perhaps at a local craft store.  You will also need: 

Acrylic black paint
High gloss varnish
Mod podge
Painter's tape
Gilding wax to gild and patinate
Extra fine sandpaper
Black felt
Gold leaves
Transparent glue

Lightly sand your wooden box to make it perfectly smooth. Clean with a damp cloth and paint. Sand again slightly and put a second coat of black paint for a perfect finish.

Put the painter's tape around the edge of the lid and the upper contour of the other part of the box to delineate the area to be covered by gold. Then simply using a brush, or if you prefer a soft cloth, cover the inside of the box and the top of the lid with the golden patinating wax. Once the wax has dried, you can apply the high gloss varnish with a brush. You will need two to three coats.

You can paint the inside of the box and adhere black felt to the bottom to keep it from scratching your furniture.

For the agate slice, apply mod podge over the contour and gently adhere gold leaf along the edge.  Next, secure the agate on your box with transparent glue.

The final result ~ a chic, agate box for your treasures!  I would love this box in white and gold also.

xoxo, B


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Happy Valentine's Day


"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams." ― Dr. Seuss

Wishing you a very happy Valentine's Day, no matter how you celebrate, or not at all..., may your day be filled with love, laughter, and happiness.

Bisous, B

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Delightful Inspiration ~ Homemade Rose Petal and Pistachio Ice Cream


Roses are one of my favourite things. I love them in just about everything and when I spotted this recipe, I knew I had to make it.  This wonderfully decadent recipe won't disappoint.

Homemade Rose Petal and Pistachio Ice Cream


2 cups heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
4 large egg yolks
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons rose water
5 tablespoons rose petal jam
¼ cup crushed, raw, unsalted pistachios
2 tablespoons dried rose petals, without stems or leaves, just petals

Heat the cream and milk over medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes, until the mixture is just below the boil. In a small bowl beat together the egg yolks, sugar and vanilla until the mixture is smooth. Add about ¼ cup of the hot cream mixture to the yolks stirring vigorously so the eggs won’t scramble. Add warmed yolk mixture back to the heated cream, whisking constantly over low heat until the mixture thickens slightly, about 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the rose water and rose jam. Cool the mixture completely in ice water bath (my preferred method) or in the refrigerator.
Pour the cooled custard into your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s directions. When finished churning , remove the ice cream and fold in the pistachios and rose petals if using, mixing well to distribute evenly. Freeze ice cream until ready to serve.

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Bisous, B

recipe via here.



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