Thursday, July 28, 2011


In a shocking twist of events, I actually made a decision and followed through with it.

After looking at this lovely blog earlier this week, I was completely smitten with their living room rug. I scrolled through the comment section, and luckily found the link to the exact rug. I showed the photos to John and he gave it his stamp of approval. Never have I been so sure of a thing at first glance.

It was a splurge. But I realized we've been in this house for almost 2 years now and have yet to purchase a piece of brand new furniture besides a mattress and a desk chair. I also realize that a rug is not a piece of furniture, but it may prompt me to make our home a little more inviting and cozy.

One month til delivery!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Dining Room conundrum

Up to my usual indecision.

So, the dining room. What are we doing in there?

Ideally we would like a Parsons table with mix and match chairs...

But maybe something lighter than the dark wood. A limed finish?

But the lack of limed Parsons tables on the internet has me paralyzed. Especially since I could basically get everything in that photo with a quick click over at West Elm. But I kind of want to hold out for something cooler, like the limed finish... or a zinc table top.

Then we have the light. I found these options which maybe could be cool:

What I like is the non-chandelier-y element of these fixtures. No fake candles, no leggy branches. They are all pretty affordable and statement-making pieces. Which I think will compliment the plain look of the Parsons table.

What do you think?

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Villa...

Our vacation in Tuscany included a week-long stay at Villa il Leccio...

This place was just too gorgeous - I had to take photos of everything!

It was basically everything you would expect to find in a villa in the Tuscan countryside, in your wildest dreams!

I have narrowed it down to my favorites right here...

foyer and staircase


living room

living room

living room

formal dining room

chandelier in formal dining room

breakfast nook (would you like some fresco with your eggs?)

our bedroom

view from the villa


butterfly and lavender

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Just about back to normal... almost...

Um, yeah... 3 continents spanning 18 time zones over these past 3 weeks. China, New Jersey, Italy, now back in New Jersey.

So excuse the lack of posts!

I am deep into editing about 800 photos from Italy, but in the meantime I leave you with these:

Salame e Formaggi

Biscotti (per la mamma mia!)

Will definitely be updating soon!