Oct 30, 2014

A Marshall Halloween

Hi friends,

Hope you are well and ready for the festivities tomorrow night. Whether it is handing out candy to the neighborhood kiddos, taking your own little ones out trick or treating, or turning the lights out and pretending you're not home to avoid the whole holiday, tomorrow night will be special :)

We are headed to our friend's house for dinner and photos and then we'll all head out trick or treating followed by reminding our kids how disappointed the dentist will be if they eat all that candy. It used to be that the candy just quietly disappeared and nobody noticed. The boys are older and savvier now and I'll likely have to buy the candy from them or make it slowly disappear.

In terms of costumes, my husband I will go as ourselves and the boys will be Harry Potter and a Star Wars Clone Trooper. If I'm lucky, I'll get a few photos before the sugar induced hysteria ensures :)

In the spirit of Halloween, I've rounded up some eye candy to share. Check out these adorable carved pumpkins and squash from my friend's house. The butternut squash ghost is genius.


And how about a Hawaiian twist on Halloween?



Having trouble finding a last minute costume? How about one of these:


Breaking Bad Walt and his crystal meth:




And for your furry friends:



Happy Halloween everyone!

Thanks for stopping by :)


Oct 28, 2014

House Tour: Northern California Craftsmen Style

Hi friends,

Apologies for the silence around here. I was visiting the San Francisco area last week and things got busy. I have some fun updates to share from my trip and am happy to be back posting :)

First, I wanted to give you a tour of my friends' gorgeous house where I stayed. They are lucky to live south of San Francisco where there is lots of sunshine. The house is California Craftsmen Style and it's just gorgeous.

My favorite room was their formal living room. My friend chose an owl theme for the room and added pops of bright green




I just loved these art tiles in the room


And how adorable is this bench?


Obviously, this fig leaf plant is happy here :)


Poufs are the perfect fit for this corner of the room



What I really liked about my friend's place was the attention to detail. The millwork and floors were stunning. The front entryway shows what I am talking about:


And that impromptu art gallery. Love it.

This leather sofa and combination in their family room is simply perfect:



And there you have it - a sunny South of San Francisco home that is lovingly decorated. A big thank you to my friends for being such gracious hosts and for allowing me to share their abode on the blog. There is much to appreciate :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Oct 19, 2014

Gilded and glamorous: Dining done right

Hi everyone,

Awk....where did my weekend go? Suddenly its Sunday night again. Next week is going to be busy until Thursday when I head to San Francisco for a girls weekend. I can hardly wait. I've been many times before and each time I enjoy it more. I am looking forward to catching up with old friends, shopping and supporting my friend in the Lupus Walk San Francisco.

So since I spent most of the weekend working, packing and recovering from the previous week, I don't have a ton of home updates to share today. Instead, I've pulled together an idea board for a glamorous fall dining room. I could totally picture an elegant evening with friends, catering and cocktails in this room (it's much more glamorous when I don't have to cook).

A golden evening



I leave you today with this thought:


Thanks for stopping by!

Hot pink for everyone

Happy weekend everyone!

Hope you are enjoying this crisp fall weekend. So far I've been busy with work but things are looking up and I'm hoping to go for a run tomorrow morning and make the journey to Ikea. We did manage to sneak in a trip to Lowe's and order the countertop for our laundry room. Nothing too exciting, we just ordered a basic white laminate countertop that can serve as a folding surface. It will really take our laundry chores to the next level.

Today I am sharing a fun round up of hot pink decor items from Etsy. A pop of pink brightens up every room.  I need more pink in my life!

Hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by!