Monday, June 28, 2010

Musical Inspiration & Gig Posters

"I've got the music in me, sweet music in me; I've got the muuuuu-sic in MEEEEE!" Ok, enough of that...

These words could very well be my life's theme, as I have always loved or been involved with music in one way or another. From the ear-splitting screeches of violin in grade school, to the constant banging on the piano through middle school and the musicals through out high school. I have been attempting to play or sing since I was a youngster.

So naturally you ask yourself, "Why haven't I heard of her on Broadway, or seen her name on the Billboard charts?" Well, let's just say that while the music may be IN me, what comes OUT of me doesn't even remotely resemble music. Heaven knows it's not something you'd ever pay to hear! I can remember Sister Corinne (our grade school music teacher) saying to us "God asks us to make a joyful NOISE unto the Lord." Thankfully, He doesn't say anything about it being in tune, on tempo, or in perfect harmony.

That is why I pay to hear others who are in tune, that play magnificently, or can actually dance while singing brilliantly. Concerts are a huge source of joy for me. Whether it be rock, classical or anything in between, I have always ponied up to hear musical acts that inspire me.

So here's where I'm going with all of this. Over the years I've amassed an extraordinary collection of concert t-shirts and gig posters. The shirts haven't fared so well over time but a few of the gig posters have. Here are some of my favorites...

Designed by Nate Duval and Jen Skelley.

Also, Nate Duval.

Designed by Jason Munn.

Again, Jason Munn.

Designed by The Heads of State.

Dan Stiles.

Mikey Burton.

Jaimes Cervantes.

Designed by, The Small Stakes.

Designed by, Strawberry Luna.

Robert Lee.

So, what do you think... should I resurrect a couple of my besties, frame them and make them a part of a gallery wall?

Thursday, June 24, 2010


I just returned from the Gastroenterologist and this latest Crohn's flare-up seems to be improving. He advanced my diet from liquids only to a low fiber/soft diet. HURRAY, no more soup and Jello! The CT Enterography is tomorrow. That should tell us definitively whether surgery needs to be scheduled ASAP or if we can hold off for a while and really prepare properly for it. I am so relieved.

Thank you all for the prayers, well wishes, and encouraging
e-mails! It really means the world to me! xo!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

My 5 Summer Must Haves

Rene, over at Cottage and Vine is having a linky party! She wants us to share our five "must haves" for a weekend at the beach. And being a girl who loves spending a lot of time at the beach, this one is pretty fun and easy for me. Here are my 5 must haves...

1. Givenchy Mascara. I love this applicator. It sort of grabs your lashes and applies the product from the roots to the ends. It's waterproof and it does a great job of separating and curling your lashes. It doesn't get clumpy or cakey. Totally worth the price!

2. Frederic Fekkai Wave Spray. Don't you love the nice curl/wave that your hair gets after a day on the beach? This product is great because it encourages the "pretty waves" and subdues the "frizz bomb". Which is huge for me and my ginormous head of un-ruly hair. (Bonus: it smells great too!)

3. Outlast Lipstain. I am such a fan of this stuff. It really does last for a long time and the "Nude Kiss" and "Everbloom Kiss" are my favorite summer shades. My only complaint is that it's not really moisturizing. So I put the lipstain on in the morning and apply a little Burt's Bees Lip Balm throughout the day. Perfect!

4. Essie Nail Polish. I really think Essie makes a great nail polish. And if you haven't seen the 2010 Resort Collection, you should... here. This color is called "Turquoise & Caicos" and it looks great with sun kissed skin.

5. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock. This sunscreen, with Helioplex technology... blah, blah, blah! I have no idea what that means, all I know for sure is that it's super sheer and drys almost instantly. There's nothing I hate more than sticky or greasy lotions. Blech!!!

What are the 5 things you can't leave home without?

Decorating Style in One Picture

From the Right Bank has thrown down a challenge... Define your decorating style in one picture. This was difficult for me. My design crushes change frequently. But for right this minute, this is mine. Can you hear that? (Boom, boom, boom... That's my heart pounding!) I love the super high ceiling, the exposed beams and the wall of windows flanking the room. I think the neutral walls and furniture is nothing short of dreamy! What you can't see is the view of the ocean out the right side windows. Let me explain my obsession a little... I am a girl who grew up right on The Great Lakes in Michigan and spent a great deal of time vacationing in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This is where my never ending love affair with large bodies of water and great rooms with a view began.

SO DARN BEAUTIFUL! Don't you think?

Image via Costal Living.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Man Cave

Does the guy in your life have a "man cave"? You know, that sacred spot he's carved out for himself in your home, the one outfitted with the ugly recliner he can't live without and the other dubious furnishings you've banned from the rest of the house? Yeah, I know. Well, this post is in honor of our guys on Father's Day.

All righty then... let's just get right to it. Men are not your "typical" decorators. (At least the ones I know!) They don't care about window treatments, paint colors or nice accessories. But if you give them a little of their own turf.... they will come up with decorating ideas galore. These "manctuaries" come in all shapes, sizes and themes. The one thing they all have in common is tons of testosterone.

I personally have trouble understanding why the XY's in our lives need their own space to watch sports and drink beer or whatever it is they do in there. And I certainly don't understand why the "bro-zone" should be where the wagon wheel coffee table goes to die; after all, isn't that what craigslist is for? (I'm just sayin'!) I really think they ought to pitch the threadbare recliner and put the collection of baseball caps or hockey jerseys in the attic. Call me crazy, but clothing is meant to be put on the body, not hung on a wall... right?

(I must confess that somewhere, deep down, I secretly like the idea that men can perform all the Cro-Magnon like offensive behaviors in there and come out when they want to rejoin the civilized, 21st century. I'm a walking, talking contradiction...)

To keep it all straight, these retreats aren't ordinary recreation rooms. Au contraire. These are rooms that fall strictly under the jurisdiction of the man of the house. In other words, NO GIRLS ALLOWED! But not all man caves are created equal. They cover a huge range of themes and styles. But they all span the ingenious depths of drinking, debauchery and self-indulgence. And some include such man-tastic features that you will have to see them to believe them.

Let's start with with this hockey themed man cave. Not too bad. Huh?

How about a little virtual golf?

Or for the Harley enthusiast...

Or the NASCAR fan.

This is a little bit crazy... looks like some kind of militia weapons cache.

Or his own personal temple packed with his favorite junk. ( I mean treasures.)

There always seems to be room for just one more piece of memorabilia… or maybe not.

And now for a couple of man caves gone terribly wrong...

I have no words, no words what-so-ever...

I can practically smell this one from here... eesh!

Now, if us girls had anything to do with it, the man cave would probably look something like this...

Or this...

Or even this.
I do think men get nervous when we get involved.
I think that they think we'll want to join them in there if it's not repulsive, stinky and uber masculine.
After all, that would defeat the whole purpose... yeah guys, we get it.

Man caves are so popular now; they even have their own TV show, cleverly called "Man Caves" on the DIY channel. The Man Caves team has renovated and built some spectacular caves and any guy would drool at the prospect of getting this team into their basement or garage. Check it out here.

The bottom line... you fellas aren't cave men. You’re just guys who haven’t shaved in three days. Now, go wash off your Pleistocene funk, turn off the football game, step away from the kegorator and for heaven's sake, stop grunting.

Does the guy in your life have a dedicated space of his own? I'd love to hear all about it!

Oh, and Happy Father's Day!!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Graduation Season 2010

I'm back... feeling better and getting inspired. Thanks to all of you for asking! Well, graduation season is in full swing and that means parties, parties and more parties! And that's just fine with me because I love, love, love to see different decorating ideas and theme set-ups. This year my God-daughter, Melissa graduated from Sweet Briar College and her brother, Richie graduated from Grosse Pointe North High School. My big sis put a lovely party together this weekend for her graduates. I'm so proud of my niece and nephew! They really are awesome kids!

Little Richie

Sweet Melissa

Beautiful garden party table set up with flowers cut right out of the garden.

And another...

And a tent shot...

Congratulations Graduates!!!

BTW, did anyone see "Design Star" last night? I DVR'ed it and haven't watched yet... was it any good?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

In Search of Inspiration...

I've got nothing. I am right in the middle of a huge slump. I'm feeling uninspired and a step behind the entire world. I've been here before, and I'll snap out of it eventually. But in the mean time, I'm going for a walk down the street. This is where I live. And this is where I go for some quiet, peaceful time.
Isn't it beautiful?

The above photo was taken on Lakeshore Drive, Grosse Pointe Woods. That's the G.P. Yacht Club in the distance.

This one was taken by the lakewall on the Edsel and Eleanor Ford Estate, in Grosse Pointe Shores.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

OKL and Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Ok, let me start by saying that I don't know how I got so into One Kings Lane.... Oh wait, yes I do... Fran! This site is kind of like those potato chips that you can't eat just one of. It's addictive! (You've been warned!)

Here's a little description ripped right from OKL... I think this description of his work is absolutely lyrical! (If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it!)

Look at the color in this room... so vibrant!

How about this pair of custom drum lampshades?

Or this cobalt biscuit barrel.

Sultan Suzani pillow.... gets me every time!

Green Étagère, to die for!

And for the piece de le resistance... The MLB "Cher" Sofa!

Now, if I only had some $$$$$!
Dream on, ME! Dream on!!!

All images via OKL.

Friday, June 4, 2010

And The Winner Is...

Number 16... Erin from Skoots and Cuddles!
Who said... "oooooh! i love yummy candles!"
Erin, I couldn't agree more!

This giveaway was so much fun for me. Thanks to everyone who stopped by my little blog!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Don't Forget!

Don't forget to sign up for my first giveaway.

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-100 hour burn time.
-Paraffin-soy wax blend, fragrance.
-5" H, 4" D.
-24 oz.
-Made in the USA.

*Tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons and limes, with light notes of exotic mountian greens
I will be randomly drawing the winner on Friday, June 4th. If you're feeling lucky... leave a comment!