Would you op for tile over hardwood in your home? I find the contrasts created by using tile in this renovated 19th century Italian home by Groopo Architects very alluring. Each room features a different floor of unglazed porcelain hexagonal tiles. Would you try this look?
Or, how about some of these:
I'm in love with the Urban Picnic design by Jody Kocken. This modern version of a knapsack is perfect to tote your food to the perfect spot to enjoy your meal. The tied bundle holds stackable tableware and the fabric doubles as a tablecloth.
Looking for ideas for your perfect picnic? Check-out here.
Here is a picture of the bump last Friday...
ps-I can't wait for this and this!
In a effort to cut-down on all things plastic in our home I'm trying to make a conscious effort to not introduce plastic toys to our newest arrival -- our little girl. I know this is a promise made by most new parents along with cloth diapers but I truly feel that avoiding plastic toys is feasible--perhaps more than the cloth diaper scenario! They're so many beautiful handmade products available to consumers now, you can check-out my "Kiddo"Pinterest Board for some more examples.
ps- I have falling in love with this doll for our little girl (as seen above) from jessbrowndesign.com.
Other handmade creations worth a click:
How to make a handmade doll:
For Inspiration you can watch Jean-Claude Dehix, the Marionnettiste talk about creating his dolls for Dior. Do you remember his window? It was incredible!
See more Jess Brown designs after the jump!
Perhaps I'm planning my next career move in catering and party planning. Currently I'm obsessed with gawking at table settings and floral arrangements. Don't you just love imagining yourself as a guest at one of these fabulous events, or better yet creating one of these events? Do you have a favorite event planner, share! Here some other images I've been looking at lately.
How lush is this setting?
I love the moody color of the tablecloth and the deep jewel-toned flowers.
See more after the jump!
There are not many things cuter in the world than a baby in bloomers--in my opinion. These images from La Dansla & Junkaholique are just so sweet. I've been shopping for bloomers. I love the versatility of bloomers for baby, over tights with a blouse and a cardigan or under a dress. Essentially the cutest diaper cover-ups ever! I just so happen to be obsessed with Liberty Prints, like the two examples shown here.
Want to create your own baby bloomers? Click here for how to.
Not interested? You can shop them at the follow spots online:
Liberty of London
Carmel Baby & Child
Just by adding flowers a salad can be transformed into something special. Here in France you can buy edible flowers at the super market beside the pre-bagged salads. If you're lucky enough to have a garden or green space you can grow your own. I've always loved the look of rose petals and sugared violets on sweets! You can read more about using edible flowers in your cooking via 101 Cookbooks.
Read about 43 edible flowers here
Read about 43 edible flowers here
(Photo via here)
Inspired by all things coastal this morning. Dreaming of Summer days by the sea...
1. A classic fisherman Breton stripe top
2. A Dream Location. Couldn't you imagine spending the Summer in this perfect coastal spot? (via here)
3. A Coastal Summer afternoon is never fully complete without the addition of seafood. Try making "Cockles and Mussels"
4. A sun-hat with a wide-brim is perfect for lounging about under the sun. Shop J.Crew here
5. Cool and refreshing homemade lemonade. Try Paula Deen's Southern Lemonade
6. Creating the perfect outdoor dinning table, to eat, to drink, to be merry.
Images compiled via here
I came across the work of Mister Finch this morning and thought here is something a little different, aren't his creations magical? You can buy Mister Finch here (or try to)!
"Wraps of thread, fabric and paper are stitched and pulled into fairytale creatures looking for new owners and worlds to inhabit."-- Mister Finch.com
Textile bees made from fake fur
More after the jump!
I resisted for years buying Toms. The shoe inspired by the original flat fishing espadrilles. I have always loved their business philosophy, buy a pair and they give a pair but I suppose I saw too many "hipsters" wearing them and soon enough I couldn't stand the look. They're actually not that popular here in this region of France. I'm sure they have some success in France as they pretty much have global domination!
My mother insisted when I was home in Canada last month that she buy me a pair, my sister her cheerleader. She explained that in my last months of pregnancy and in the heat of summer I would thank her...
Yesterday, we went to the cabin in the mountains of Alsace. After what is always an amazing meal made with fresh ingredients, often locally sourced by his father and a stunning dessert by his mother we walk it off in the mountains. Yesterday it was thirty-degrees here! We went for a two hour walk. I wore my Toms thinking I would regret the decision, second time out of the box. Nope, no regrets! No blisters, no pain today, nothing! My eight month pregnant body says thank you!
The lesson here is always listen to your mother and Toms really aren't so bad!
You can shop Toms here.
Other Summer shoes I love year-after-year:
Every year summer rolls around and I pull out my floral silk scarf collection. I want to play. The goal, to create the perfect head scarf look. Inevitably I end up struggling with it with long enough to give-up in a huff with nothing more than frizzy hair and a wrinkled scarf as a result. I tried yesterday and got somewhere with the help of this tutorial! Here are other looks I would like to try this year.
I love the idea of matching your lip color to a vibrant turban. So chic and fresh!
See more examples after the jump!