Monday, November 29, 2010

Black Doors

I love these black doors. Do I dare paint the insides of my doors? Comtemplating.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Department 56 Christmas Houses

I have tons of Department 56 Christmas Houses. I decided this year to only put out the truly favorites, in small vignettes. This left at least 20 in the garage. Oops. I need to stop collecting.

This group is on my main desk in the family room. The cute green row house I carried all over San Francisco pregnant. If you are reading this Lauren, yep, pregnant with you.

I like to light them with colored lights. I prefer the glow. This one was given to me by my stepmother when I was still in college. I still remember how they had it hidden lit under the tree with a pillow, and my Yorkie Sandor, pulled off the pillow. It's a favorite.

No coincidence that these are on my wine/liquor cabinet. A brew house and wine cellar.

On my front room desk.

In my daughter's old room. The Emporium changes colors. These are for her to start her collection.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving. Candle in wine bottle!!

Remember the old candle in the wine bottle? Well I am starting one for this fall. I do have to admit, it has been a bit hard to find the drippy candles, as most are non drip. But, have found a few.

Happy Thanksgiving.

My turkey, in a bag in the oven. Yum.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wow, great for watching Football

Could you imagine watching Football after your Thanksgiving meal on this? How about the fireplace, (I am sure it is gas), underneath? Wow, is all I can say. So where will you be watching your football, or your big black box? Enjoy.

I am sorry, I don't know where this picture is from. But, it is amazing.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Old Doors On Homes

I love old doors. I love the look of these on this house. They look like metal that has a great patina. I just want to touch them. Love this look.

Sorry, I don't know where this picture is from.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wine Liquor Armoire Out of Old TV Cabinet DIY

Here's the before of our old TV cabinet. It was a catch all for everything. I decided to make it into a Liquor Cabinet. I sourced some Free, love Free, wine boxes from Trader Joe's, and then went to filling it up. Simple, fun easy. I also installed some tap lights under the wine glasses, (the old cable/vcr holder). It is perfect and we love it. Best of all we can close the doors and no one knows what is behind it. What are you waiting for?


Love the Free, Trader Joe's wine boxes.

Make one for yourself. Use an old night stand, dresser, or TV cabinet.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Controlling Cord Clutter

I hate looking at cord clutter. Don't you? Well on my desk I have 2 laptops, and a monitor. All of which create clutter. So, when digging thru my garage I found this old apple crate, and decided to use it to control my clutter. I love it. Best part, FREE. Yay.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Homemade Individual Chicken Pot Pies

I am so not a cook. However, I do make a mean pot pie. Simple really. Just poach some chicken or use leftovers, add 1 can undiluted Cream of Chicken Soup, and 1/2 bag of mixed veggies, (frozen). Then pop in a small crock, and put some pie crust on top and bake until golden brown. Yum, and you can control the carbs and calories. Oh, and the yummy tomato and mozzarella salad with basil and balsamic vinaigrette is a great accompaniment.

Even more fun, the crock is from the Dollar Store, as is the Square Plate.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Wine Riddling Rack

The hubs and I are doing a wine room. Right now it is just a large space with halfway taped and textured walls in the garage. Ok, we need to get working on it, but he has been making both a red and white wine, and well, we just haven't felt like working on it. I was surfing over at, and saw this great picture from Elle Decor, and it has spurred me on. I love, want, must have a riddling rack. Look how great it looks in this dining room. Must have one. Now, to find one in budget, or to try and make? Hmmmm.