Simplicity

Many times the simplest of things are the best of things. Read the rest of this entry »


Read this… Why? Because it is April 2nd!

Nine months ago, I told you I had one of the best days of my life.  Do you remember? Read the rest of this entry »


A design diva named Diane

Along with wanting to be Gloria’s friend, I am currently obsessed with Read the rest of this entry »


this will be our little secret

I love a good bargain.  To me, there is nothing like the thrill of finding something you have been desiring from afar at a discount.  This is especially fun when you purchase an item that is this season’s merchandise at half the cost.  Take a peek into my closet and I will show you some of my most recent bargains.

Look at these peepers!  Prada white frames with gold and light brown gradient lens.  These are selling retail for $310.00 and I bought them for $103.99 (with an extra 20 per cent off coupon) at my local Loehmann’s store.    So holler!!!  This little gem is perfect for spring and summertime.  Put away your black darth vader shades and wear these to lighten up in every sense of the word.  Plus, you can channel your inner 1960’s diva and strut your stuff this summer when you prance about town.  I have owned these for a week and I have received about ten compliments on my Fun and Fabulous Find.

Now, during my same shopping excursion, I also happened upon this wardrobe essential:

Don’t stop believing..hold onto that feeling…Yes, that is right.  I scored this Vintage Wash Boxy Dolman  Journey T-shirt  in black by Chaser for $21.59 with my 20 percent off coupon.  This currently is selling online at designer stores for $62.00!

Now, don’t be sad if you don’t have a Loehmann’s store in your city.  You can shop online and be a part of the fun at www.loehmanns.com  Check out these cute shorts I found on their website:

Don’t these look comfy and easy to wear?  Plus the price is just right at $29.99!  Denim running shorts by Blank Jeans. I can picture myself wearing them with my rockin’ t-shirt and sunglasses.

So, go grab your wallet and get a shopping!  Let me know if you find something you want to share.  I am always waiting to hear from you!


It’s spring…feeling groovy?

Slow down, you move too fast.
You got to make the morning last.
Just kicking down the cobble stones.
Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy.
Hello lamppost,
What cha knowing?
I’ve come to watch your flowers growing.
Ain’t cha got no rhymes for me?
Doot-in’ doo-doo,
Feelin’ groovy.Got no deeds to do,
No promises to keep.
I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep.
Let the morning time drop all its petals on me.
Life, I love you,
All is groovy.
59th Street Bridge Song by Simon and Garfunkel
The lyrics to the above song is how I have been feeling every morning now that Spring has officially Sprung its lovely weather. Life is short and why not feel a bit groovy every day?  Here are a few Fun and Fabulous Finds that might make you hum the above ditty and get your groove on…
Isn’t this a lovely place to have coffee and read your Fun and Fabulous Finds blog?  Then you can go catch a wave in the ocean.  See the surfboard in the background?  Home Beautiful photograph.
This lucite tray is perfect for entertaining outdoors this Spring.  I love the classic monogram mixed with the fun retro pattern. www.rosenberryrooms.com
Carry this handwoven basket with you to the market and then go to a park to watch the spring time flowers growing!  www.jadetribe.com
I adore this soft and playful t-shirt.  I own it.  Join me and buy one too!
www.shopthetrendboutique.com
Fierce and Fabulous necklace that screams springtime!
Zurdokero shop on etsy.com
http://www.etsy.com/shop/zurdokero
Life I love you.
All is groovy.

Counting down the days until 4/25

Well, this is a lot of pressure!  I mean tick tock tick tock…I need to stop watching the clock…

So, let’s celebrate the count down to 4/25 by featuring some daily Fun and Fabulous Finds that inspire your creativity and make your heart sing.  (In the words of David Cassidy…C’mon Get Happy!)

This is one of my favorite things:

The most fabulous flower of all time-the peony

Which makes me love this room:

Yummy contrast between the dark wood floors that have a bit of a rustic vibe and the soft pale pink color on the walls

Which inspires me to try this:

Tufted barely-there pink silk padded wall adds interest and whimsy to a room, where you want to wear comfy clothes and relax

Which makes me want to wear this:

I would wear this, but not be posing like this! Let's keep going....

Which makes me want to be here:

Lounging away at the Beverly Hills Hotel pool circa 1977

Fly away with me and think about what inspires you…c’mon get happy! I would love to hear your thoughts.


I am a Taurus. What is your decor and fashion sign?

I have thought a lot about how ones fashion sense tends to translate to the decor in their home. I started to analyze this after having a conversation with my good friend, Kari, on her wardrobe choices for an upcoming vacation. After we decided on her hip and happening outfit, we began talking about a chair she has always dreamed of purchasing for her house.  I hung up the phone and it hit me that Kari’s fabulous fashion sense has the same vibe as her home’s rockin’ decor. (Stay tuned, because her home will be featured in an upcoming post)!  My point for you to ponder today:  If what you choose to wear is an outside reflection of how others view you, then shouldn’t the decor in your home also be a bit of a window to your soul?
I love the carefree elements of fashion from the 60’s and early 70’s.  I am naturally drawn to that funky vibe in my clothes and I tend to incorporate some of that style into my home.

Here are a pair of boots I covet and want to purchase:

I bet many of you can appreciate this fun and fabulous find, but wouldn’t wear them! (If you would then I would love to hear from you, because we are “soul sisters”). Here is how I would traipse around the city in the above beauties:  I would wear them with shorts on a crispy fall afternoon while running errands, I would put them on after yoga when grabbing coffee, or I would pair them with a funky skirt and white t-shirt while having dinner and a cocktail with friends.   Anyone who knows me would agree that these furry finds fit my personality to a T and I would wear them all the time!

But, as you noticed in my last post I have been dying for this piece of furniture in my family room:

So…you get where I am going with this….my fashion sense and my decor choices tend to go hand in hand!

Here is the dress my friend Kari purchased for her trip (She is an Aries):

Kari's fabulous find from Rag and Bone

Now here is the piece of furniture Kari wants to buy for her house:

Womb chair and ottoman that Kari loves

Debra is another friend who is a good example of my theory.  Below is a clothing line she likes to wear. (She is a Libra):

Debra wears tops by Roberta Roller Rabbit and it is so her style

This Serena and Lily bar cart would fit in fabulously with Debra's decor and summertime soirees!

I would love to hear if you agree that fashion and decor follow one another.  Take a chance…Let the world see who you really are with your sense of style and home furnishings! Thanks to all my friends and readers for the constant inspiration.


life is short…let loose and have a little fun!

Listen up readers!  I am going to let you know one of the biggest mistakes most people make when they are decorating their home.  (Drum roll sound inserted here….) People tend to play it safe.  But, decorating your space is similar to life.  Right?  Part of the wonder of living life fully is you don’t know what to expect tomorrow.  I like my client’s homes to have the vibe of the unexpected.  The joy of not quite knowing what the visitor will “see” when they round the corner.  Decorating is fun!  Part of the journey in designing is that there should be a little surprise that makes you stop and look.  And reflect.  And hopefully smile.  Check out these fun and fabulous finds.  They may not be your cup of tea, but maybe you can imagine how they could add a bit of whimsy to your room?  April 25th is my day, but today is your day and you only live once.  So, let loose and have a little fun!

Curly Lamb Fur and Chrome Bench. I am obsessed with this as it is both retro and modern. Imagine this placed in front of a fireplace or sofa. http://www.piecesinc.com

I love these faux fur stools with the gold painted legs. Check out Dimples and Tangles blog where she posts about these fabulous finds.
http://dimplesandtangles.blogspot.com/2012/02/funky-chairs-and-fur

This sofa is crazy cool..I mean c'mon!
Cipria Sofa at http://www.switchmodern.com

See how this bench adds a bit of whimsy to a traditional bedroom?

Share with me how you find your fun when decorating your space.  I would love to hear from you!                              


Furniture that is a work of art…

I spend a lot of time educating my clients about investing in furniture that is so well made it is destined to become  an “heirloom piece” that will be handed down for generations to come.  What a nice thought to have those cherished items in your home, that are so finely constructed that your great-grandchildren will still be enjoying them 100 years from now.   I had the fabulous experience of understanding this type of craftmanship when I attended an evening featuring Tom Moser at a reception which showcased furniture pieces that highlighted the past 40 years of his incredible career.     When you have his work in your presence, the attention to detail  is so incredible and refined that you realize you are looking at designs which are functional, comfortable and art.  And, if you think I may be exaggerating his talents, you should view some of his major installations the next time you are near Duke University’s Perkins Library, The Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas, or UCLA Law School.  (I only named a few…!!!)

Thos. Moser at Exxon Corporation, Houston, Texas

Thos. Moser’s retail line to the public is amazing.  Below are some highlights and a few of my favorites:

Vita Dining Table and Chairs

Comfy and timeless chaise that could be incorporated into most any decor

Ellipse Dining Chairs

I missed Mr. Moser’s talk during the cocktail reception, but  my tardiness became a blessing in disguise, because I was able to speak to him myself later in the evening.  I asked him for a quote for all of my fun and fabulous followers and here is what he said, “I realized the last time I spoke in Houston was in 1986 at Rice University. The morning of the talk, I had the television on in my hotel room and I watched the Challenger Space shuttle explode.  A lot of the audience members that day were associated with Houston’s space program.  It was a touching moment that I will remember forever.”  I then asked him to describe his furniture and his thoughts on what defines his company, “At Thos. Moser, we are artists who are craftsmen rather than furniture makers.  When you are buying a Thos. Moser chair you aren’t just buying a piece of furniture,  you are buying art that will be passed down for generations to come.”

I couldn’t agree more.  I encourage you to discover this lost art as well.

Michele and Mr. Moser


Our house…in the middle of our street….

I thought it would be a good idea to give my readers some practical, easy, and inexpensive ideas for their home by using my current house as an example.  But, don’t worry!  These aren’t going to be more “boring, same old same old, look what I did” postings!  So, keep on reading…I bet you will find my ideas worthwhile!  The “before” photos were given to me courtesy of Laurie Reinsmith with Prudential Gary Greene Realtors.  She was the listing agent of the house when we purchased it, and I was in such a sleep deprived state at the time with my twins, that I didn’t have the  common sense to take photos before we moved into our home. (Embarrassing tidbit to admit since I always advise my clients to take before and after shots).  Today, I am going to chat about the front exterior of a home as it is always important.  It is the first impression your guests have of “who lives here” and as the saying goes…You only have a few seconds to make a first impression!

Before:

This is how the house looked the first time I saw it. It had some interesting elements, but was in desperate need of updating and charm.

Here is what was positive and unique about the charmer you see in the above photo:  It has a tin (aluminum type) roof which resemble wooden shingles.   You  just don’t see this application that often anymore.  For me, it was love at first sight.   The house is entirely made of brick and painted a cream color that I could easily keep in place without the added expense of repainting.  The original landscaping was charming, and between that and the roof it had a “French flair” that I thought I could enhance.

View of tin tiles on roof that are exceptionally charming (love that word) and different.

The first step in achieving our current look was to take black paint and accent the moulding and iron work on the house.  You really can’t see the moulding or the iron details on the home in the “before” photo.

Raised moulding under window was painted black along with original iron scrolls that were unnoticeable when we purchased the home.

I removed all the interior blinds in the home and installed woven window coverings.  The ones in my living and dining room are not lined, so you can see the pretty material from the outside. The windows on the left of the house are bedrooms and those woven window coverings are lined with white cotton.

View of living room windows from outside.

The frames of all the exterior and interior windows were original to the home and aluminum.  We painted these black to match the trim and make the outside “pop” a bit more.  This is an inexpensive cosmetic solution to replacing windows.  (I will explain this process in another posting, but it is fair to say that my husband and Dad are both saints for humoring me and undertaking this project).

The next step was to remove the lovely (insert sarcasm here) wooden 1970’s era numbers on the front of house and repaint the door.  The door had beautiful and original brass fixtures and I just couldn’t part with them, as they add to that French charm I was trying to achieve.  Here is a before photo of the door:

Original brown mahogany wood that didn't match anything...

Below is a photo of updated front door:

We painted the door black and the trim is painted the cream color of the brick on the house.

I then replaced the wooden numbers on house with brass ones and placed them on the bottom of front door.  I added a wrought iron scrolled door mat and some flowers to entry way that were set  in “French” baskets. I completed the front entry with two charming concrete lions that were spray painted black and whimsically greet the guests when they arrive.

How can you not love my pair of fun and fabulous lions?

To complete the look, I found two antique concrete flower pots and didn’t alter their natural patina as it gave the containers some interest.  We placed these along each side of our circular driveway.

I love the gray and white patina on these containers. If you look closely the feet are a depiction of a dragon's face!

Fun “French” and Fabulous home today:

Ta Da!