Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Welcome Guest Blogger Arcadian Lighting

Hi there! I'm Jessica, a writer for Arcadian Lighting, where I write about lighting fixtures and the latest in interior design trends. I also get to share my finds with lovely bloggers, like Melissa. Thank you for having me as your guest today! Throughout history, gold has been a symbol of wealth, power and love, and it's no surpise that it's also popular in home décor. Whether you favor the brilliant metal or the beautiful, warm color, these rooms are for you! I hope you enjoy!
Golden Hues
This striking entryway is perfect for making first impressions. The golden wallpaper and gold accents on the door are so chic, and the pagoda shaped pendant light is a fun addition.
Golden Hues
Pops of gold and navy make this all-white bedroom feel fresh and airy. The starburst mirror and framed butterflies are lovely natural touches.
Golden Hues
A matching pair of golden lamps and a beautiful gilded branches give this room a luxurious feel. The golden colored chair and piping on the foot rest are fitting accents.
Golden Hues
This swanky living room is filled with style and a definite golden glow. The warm gold wall color and matching arm chair are beautiful together.
Golden Hues
The very minimal décor and vibrant golden wall and ceilings make this bedroom feel like a warm haven. The sheer curtains surrounding the bed add a relaxing, romantic vibe.
Golden Hues
Gold and dark blue are positively stunning together and it's no wonder that this color combo is associate with royalty. The petite wall sconce is sure to provide a lovely bit of lighting for this cozy corner.
Golden Hues
The golden velvet sofa practically radiates its own light in this regal living room. The golden accents in the next room reflect light brilliantly, as well.
Golden Hues
The brilliant Asian art panel in this room is positively gorgeous. The rich tones and intricate pastoral scene is a wonderful focal point for any room. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

What do you think of golden interiors? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to stop by Arcadian Lighting for more colorful inspirations and brilliant light fixtures!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Flea Market Weekend Recap

The weekend started bright and early Friday morning standing in line freezing for an estate sale in a senior community. They would only let 40 people in at one time and Brandy and I were #33 and 34. When the door opened I was shocked. We had heard rumors of what was inside because this was Phase 2 of the sale, but nothing prepared me for the country of Japan vomiting everything it had into this woman's home. Asian overload to say the least. The place was so packed in with "items" and 40 people that I couldn't get a good picture of the chaos.

Then our friend  Kathy, who bailed out of the estate sale line, said she was going to a clothing sale at Gen Sohr's home who is also a Nashville blogger. Her home and clothing did not disappoint, not to mention she was the nicest person ever. If you haven't seen her blog, check it out  because she is truly talented and adorable.

Saturday was Flea Market day and treasures were everywhere:

I should have bought these tables!

2 lamps went home and will be seen later.

Next weekend is Phase 3 of the "oriental" estate sale and my mother and sister in law will be in town so I will try and get pics. Until then enjoy some Asian ininfluenced rooms:

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wednesday Pottery Class

Well I got back 3 pieces that were fired last week and they look like an elementary school project. My family was supportive but they thought my spoon rest was an ashtray...I quit smoking 5 yrs. ago. So here they are...don't laugh:

Just wait, because I have some amazing ones coming. Anyway happy Ash Wednesday. What vices did ya"ll give up? I'm still deciding...maybe pottery.

Source: google.com via Miss D on Pinterest

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Happy Mardi Gras!

Today is the day of all days in South Louisiana and the way I choose to celebrate in blog world is to interpret a typical day of eating in New Orleans into a room. Here goes:




May your day be spicy, colorful, and full of fun.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Missing My Krewe

This time of year always makes me homesick because it's Mardi Gras season and I am not participating. Yesterday I was in Publix with Mom, because Wednesday is senior citizen discount day, and you can actually order a king cake here but you have to insert the baby yourself. WTF? What is wrong with these people?
Anyway, our BFF's back home are gearing up for Krewe of Endymion this weekend and they promised drunken ball pics so let's cross our fingers. Here are some pics that remind me of that insane part of the world that I call home:

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Anniversary Weekend Recap

We are back from South Florida and are armed with pics, memories, and rested bodies, minds, and souls. Our trip began Friday on a flight full of senior citizens. I kid you not we were the youngest people on the whole plane and this theme continued through the whole trip. This area is the playground for the over 65 crowd but they don't sit around, these folks are biking, walking, and enjoying retirement to the fullest.
We arrive at the hotel, drop our bags, and ask the concierge where we can find a restaurant that is not a chain, casual, and that has local flavor. They direct us to Little Bar in a fishing village called Goodland. Their motto is "a drinking village with a fishing problem"...perfect.

you gotta love a drum covered in leopard fur
The food was amazing, the crowd was seasoned, and the band rocked

this guy might have been having a heart attack

Saturday we decide to do some exploring so armed with a full tank of gas and a map we set out for Naples. This area is breathtaking. The colors and architecture were stunning.

It is definitely the playground for those who own a Ferrari because we saw one every few minutes

After a day of drooling over homes, cars, and elite shops we head back to the hotel. We decide to eat at an Irish pub across the street from the hotel which had live music and an interesting group of waitresses:

this chick was at least 70...I am not kidding!
We did step on the beach for about 30 minutes but with it being about 40 with a wind of 30 miles an hour, that's about all we could do. The amount of shells are amazing! These pics don't do it justice:

Sunday we decide to go to Everglade City to hunt some gators. We were worried because it's so cold we wouldn't see any but fear not because we did:

this is taken on the side of the road
I felt like I was in episode of Swamp People because Brian kept on yelling "shoot Troy!"

We find the smallest post office in the US

From there we explore Sanibel Island which is heaven. No traffic lights, no Walmarts or chains of any kind, people, aka senior citizens, on bikes everywhere. Just beautiful nature and peace and quiet. We happened upon a group of art galleries and there was a band playing with this woman singing "My Funny Valentine"

this is a typical crowd we hung with

Sunday was exploing Marco Island and having one last grouper sandwich.

We had such a great time but glad to be home with my babies and my dogs. I am blessed to have found a wonderful man that is my friend, love of my life, and captain explorer.