Saturday, February 26, 2011


Nicole's Five...
Tiny bar cart for your pool side lounging moments <3

Kindel Furniture, side table/bar in one! This one's going in my bedroom!

Funky Vintage bar cart with lucite wheels!

Oh Ralph, the lifestyle brand! Who wouldn't want anything from his home collection. This bar cart's bottom portion actually swings out for better access. <3

Steph's Five...
I would love to use this bamboo stand butlers tray table as a bar.

I just love the dramatic scale of the wheels on this bar cart.

How wonderful would it be to come home to this appealing bar?

How great is this 2 tier glass and metal bar cart on wheels?

This is the bar cart I want, simple, sophisticated, and best of all gold.

Monday, February 21, 2011


So I'm sure we are all really tired of this dirty snow thats finally melting off the ground. And I for one am  really looking forward to the blooming of Spring, just for the mere color of it! No more gray days please!  On that note, let's get some inspiration for your next cocktail party. 

Gold plated silverware is on a whole new level lately

This is the happiest cake ever, permanent smile!

Black and Gold has been a current trend, but add some bright blooms and accessories to Spring it up.

I love how paper lanterns can look so fantastic, and they are completely affordable

Even though V-Day is over, I'm still loving pink, and this ombre effect here is no exception

Okay this might be borderline Summer inspiration, but hey a girl can dream

Oh Chartreuse

Saturday, February 19, 2011


The one thing I dream for someday is to have the coolest back yard on the block. A place where I can relax with loved ones on a cool summer's night with a glass of wine and a fire or a place to entertain for a huge BBQ with a pool and games. Here are some clever ideas that will have your backyard being the talk of the town!

Lap Pools are so classy and streamlined. Love how this one can be indoors or outdoors!

Modern Pool House with sleek black pool table!

Life Size Chess Game!

Bocce Ball brings back memories of my Italian grandparents!

Mini Golf anyone?

If you happen to have a huge and gorgeous tree, a custom tree house and playground will have you pushing for the neighborhood kids to go home.

By far my favorite idea! Putting the trampoline underground (with the proper drainage system of course) is so much safer and way nicer to look at!

Friday, February 18, 2011


I thought I died and went to heaven when I saw Ceaserstone’s Concetto line for the first time. Agate (one of my fave material) or semi precious stones like Tiger’s Eye, Quartz, and Hematite are cut, bound, and polished to perfection to create a one of a kind surface material. The Concetto surface is strong, heat resistance, and made to last a lifetime. But the coolest feature of all has to be its ability to be backlit. The stone itself is translucent, which gives it this beautiful glow if you decide to backlight it. I’m thinking the stunning gray or blue agate surface for my basement bar, backlit of course! However, with the heavy price tag ($400-500 per square foot supposedly) it’s going to be a small bar.
Backlit Amethyst 


Blue Agate

Gray Agate

Brown Agate

Gray Agate Countertop 

Gray Agate Countertop

Amethyst Console

Tiger's Eye

Gray Agate Concetto used on stairs!

Heaven I know!

Yellow Quartz

Smoky Quartz

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Office Makeover: Before Pictures

Even though I am horrified by the pictures I am posting of my current office, I am excited to invite all of you to be part of the makeover process. I purchased a large campaign style desk for my office, and once it was delivered it made everything look like drab (not that it looked any good before.) Please know everything in this room was handed down to us from either neighbors that were moving or family members that wanted to make space in their home. The paint color and window valances were from the previous owners.. as you can see this room is overdue for a change.

Everything in this room was either existing or hand me downs.
This window treatment was there when we moved in..

This "Rosemary Sage Green" paint color was also here when we moved in..

Well what do you think, pretty bad, no? Well, I did warn you all.
This is going to need a lot of work to get "Dalliance" ready!
I've got to start thinking of paint colors...any suggestions? 



If I know one thing I desire in my dream home, its a bright white and open kitchen......

A kitchen with big interesting windows...

Lit up glass door cabinets...

A funky backsplash...

Majorly cool pendants and counter stools...

open shelving to display my colorful glass collection...

perhaps a pop of color from a cool kitchen this 
Copper Kitchen Aid Mixer....

Architectural details...

neat little wine cubbies...

A nook for a small desk space...

Fabulous floors...

Functional island...

Fancy marble countertops...

What does your Dream Kitchen look like?