Color Sparks

On my way home today, the woman in the car next to me at an intersection was wearing a green sweater with a yellow scraf.  It caught my attention and she looked very spring-y.  It was a classic style-spark.

And when I got home and checked the mail I noticed this photo on the back of the new Crate & Barrel catalog… something about it just made me feel happy. Maybe it was a glimpse of the nice weather that’s not too far around the corner, or maybe it was the colors.

Lighthouse Lantern and Cleve Planters from Crate & Barrel

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Pretty Pictures

In yesterday’s paper there was an article about turning your photos into wall art, it made me think of some recent pictures that I need to frame.  There are so many options…

First, there’s the classic frame. I’m partial to frames that come with mattes, they always seem more polished and really make the photos pop. Here’s a great pic of my grandma… I found the frame at a Rite Aid for like five bucks.

Then there are companies that turn your photos into wall art, like BumbleJax that I read about in the paper yesterday.  And there are lots of places that will print your photos on canvas.

If you want to go the old fashioned route and use frames, use a design tool like the one from Pottery Barn to help you plan out a wall of photos. Art Wall offers layout ideas (and even fills in the art pieces for you if you want).

Wall Decor Tool from Pottery Barn

Art Wall

If you need to buy frames, look for an Aaron Brothers near you, twice a year (usually around the holidays and in the summer) they have a “buy one, get one for a penny” sale on all frames.  And, of course, IKEA is always a great option for frames (the catalog and Web site have good frame layout ideas too!).

IKEA frame idea from Web site.

Style Rx

I promise this will be my last post related to being sick, but I just have to share.  When you’re stuck with a nasty cough, Halls cough drops can be your best friend.  But why keep them in that ugly bag?  My hubby came up with the idea to put them in this cute little cup!  And when I asked him to pick up a of Kleenex he found this box with a pretty bamboo print.  Aren’t husbands great??

Just because you are sick doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style!

I can’t remember where the cup is from (Pier 1 maybe? A friend gave us a set of five a few years ago), but the Kleenex are from Whole Foods.

A Fluffless Morning

On a cold gray morning, nothing beats stepping out of the shower into a nice fluffy, clean towel.  Unfortunately, this is an experience that I haven’t had in a while.  Sadly, all of our towels have lost their fluff.  It’s hard to justify spending money on nice, new fluffy towels.  But I realized this morning, life is too short for non-fluffy towels.

Yay for Fluffy Towels!

My favorite are the kind of oversized ones, in white.  They just feel so clean and fresh.  Good thing my weekend isn’t too busy since I’ll be spending a good chunk of it at Target towel shopping. (From some reason I can never make it out of Target in less an hour and a 100 bucks.  Does that happen to you?)

While I’m there I’ll keep an eye out for what other hip, stylish things they have on the shelves these days and I’ll report back!

Happy Friday!

BTW.. I was looking for a picture of towels to post and came across this… what the…?

"Inventive Marketing" from AXE

Classy Glasses

This morning as I was getting ready to start my day at the office, I went to the kitchen to get a glass of water.  I grabbed a glass out of the cupboard and thought “geez this glass is ugly!” Next on my list, get myself a set of cute glasses for work.

Then I remembered… I have set of glasses from IKEA in my garage at home.  They are coming to work with me tomorrow! I’m always trying to drink more water, so maybe adding a little more style to my drinking hardware will help motivate me.

Here’s the glasses I have it home, a set of six is just $5.99 from IKEA.

SNÄLL Glass Set from IKEA

Stylish Laundry

Why keep that ugly laundry box sitting around when you can do something pretty like this…

I saw this in a model home I was in yesterday, what a great idea!!  Only problem is we use liquid detergent in our house, so I looked around and found a couple of options that might work.

How about this with a stylish measuring cup?

Primula Tea Iced Tea Dispenser from Bed Bath & Beyond

Paderno Measuring Jug from Bed Bath & Beyond

Or you could use a durable, but cute pitcher.

Quadro Jugs from Crate & Barrel

Juice Jugs from The Container Store

Mosaic Red Dinnerware from Bed Bath & Beyond

You can do this with your dish soap too, just use a pretty olive oil bottle with a spout.