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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Breakfast with the B.G. Girls at Brooke's

Monday morning meetings get a little cozier! This past week we got to have our weekly Monday morning meeting at Brooke's house. She made the yummiest 'Egg Nog Cinnamon Bread Pudding'. If you would like the recipe, she posted it on her blog. What a treat! Thanks again Brooke!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Dear Cottage Living...Tell Me It Isn't So

One of my favorite blogs to read is that of talented Interior Designer Erika (not sure her last name) whose darling blog you can find here. She also happens to be close friends with Anne Turner Carroll who is the Assistant Decorating Editor at Cottage Living (or should I say was....lucky for her she is incredibly talented and I am sure will find another amazing job)....Anywho, if you haven't picked up the November/December issue of CL, you best be heading to the bookstore for two reasons... First and foremost: Cottage Living is no more... I know, I know... it is just about the worse news in magazine-land. The Birmingham News reported that Time Inc. is "killing Cottage Living magazine." Must they use the word "kill"?? I think I might shed a tear... And for the other reason why you need this issue: There is a spread on Anne Turner Carroll herself, or rather her home; a delightful kitchen remodel and a little peek at her "Vintage Casual Christmas."

I absolutely love her Glass Paned French Doors that separate her laundry closet from her kitchen. I have been wanting to replace my pantry door with a similar look for a couple of months now and have been to George's (a.k.a. old door heaven) to look, but I haven't settled in on exactly what I want. Perhaps I will visit George again this Saturday...

Also, notice her adorable chairs in her family room. I would be willing to bet they are the LEE 3905-41 in Hunt Club Stone. Love this look too?? Come in to The Black Goose Design and purchase them for your home! Lucky for you, our Friends and Family sale is coming up Tuesday and Wednesday and custom upholstery is on SALE!

In case you are just silly and don't buy your own issue, I will scan and post the pictures from mine soon...

Here are the pics!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Lets Help!

I was skimming through the October issue of Marie Claire the other day and came across an article that reminded me of how truly blessed I am...

The article, "F.Y.I. The Worst Places on Earth for Women," by Jihan Thompson states that although some of the world's 3.3 billion females are running governments and Fortune 500 companies, there are still places where women are systematically repressed and tortured. Thompson asked that we visit here and bring it to our congressional representatives' attention. Please read below and then copy and paste the facts in an email to your local congressperson. It will take five minutes of our time and it is the least we can do to help these women.

HAITI: Nearly 50% of women in the Cite Soleil, the capital, have been sexually assaulted--rape was criminalized only 3 years ago.
GUATEMALA: Since 2002, 2,900 women and girls have been murdered, 590 last year alone. The cases are rarely solved thanks to a corrupt and negligent legal system.
NIGER: Only 4% of women have access to contraceptives and 67% of births happen without a health professional on hand.
SIERRA LEONE: According to the article and the Human Development Report, this is the worst place to be a woman. Only 24% of women are literate, and one in eight die during pregnancy or childbirth. The life expectancy of a woman in Sierra Leone is 43.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO: In the country's decade-long civil war, gang rape, often involving the creative use of guns and machetes, is a common weapon.
AFGHANISTAN: Afghanistan has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world--every half hour a woman dies during childbirth. On top of that, domestic violence is endemic--87% of women have been assaulted by a family member.
NEPAL: The female literacy rate is at 35%. If girls aren't married off in their teens, there's a good chance they'll be sold by their families to sex traffickers.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Girls get just 5 years of formal education before going to work. They are also 4 times more likely than men to contract HIV.

Lets try to help! Take a minute and send an email...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Girly and Glam...

I love this look. Perhaps a little Shabby Chic, but a tiny bit more tailored and a tiny bit more formal. I am going to call it Girly Glamorous.

I have a little obsession right now with the following colors... Taupy greys, aqua, mustard and a splash of pink just for fun. If I could create my fantasy bedroom, it would look like this. A mirrored chest, a french-provincial set of drawers (the style of the white one above but I would prefer it to be blue like the other one), an iron bed (of course and LOVE the one above--but if I had to choose an alternative to iron it would be the wood one below), a chandelier (I have this exact one and it was super cheap and (I think) super cute). There would be a tufted chair, a crystal lamp (isn't this blue one fun--look at it up close below--ADORABLE!), lots of damask fabrics, white hydrangeas, and an ecclectic mix of pillows.

Now for the bath... how about white honeycomb tile, a claw foot tub and a Louis accent chair.

Friday, August 29, 2008

I Heart Iron Beds

Here are a few pictures of my bedroom with a new accessory that I just got from The Black Goose Design. I have a pretty espresso wood sleigh bed, but it has straight lines and is kind of boring. I really love iron beds. When we got these new iron scrollwork accessories in at The Black Goose, I knew just what I wanted to do with it. Jiola! I feel like I have a new bed! (Now, I just need to dust off my sewing machine and work on pillows...)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Radin or Rubino??...I'm curious too

I have a few favorite blogs that I love reading each week and in my searches today, I came across a delightful post, which raises (I think) a really interesting question. We all love the movie Something's Gotta Give for the breathtaking Hamptons house. In fact, my cute friend Stacy recently admitted that she watches the movie quite frequently just to adore the beautiful design. Apparently, we are not alone! Joni states "Never before has any movie house created such adulation. Countless numbers of kitchens were built copying the movie's kitchen. Scores of newspaper and magazine articles were written about the house. Google the subject and copycat house after copycat house pops up on the screen. Architectural Digest states that their article on the Hamptons house is their subscribers' all-time favorite piece. A Victorian Hagan cover for Elle Decor that looks very similar to the movie house was one of their best sellers ever."

When The Holiday came out, I remember a conversation among the girls at Black Goose. It wasn't how striking Jude Law was or how great Jack Black and Kate Winslet are together, but rather how we LOVED the two homes. Cameron's gorgeous beach house and Kate's adorable country cottage...both stunning.

The post I found today explained that the movies had a common interest. Nancy Meyers was the director behind both and in both movies the production team was led by Jon Hutman - but Beth Rubino, the wonderful set designer of Something's Gotta Give, was absent for The Holiday. So what is the question, you might ask? Nancy Meyers' personal interior designer, James Radin, has photos of Something's Gotta Give and The Holiday houses on his web site, but he is not mentioned in the film credits. So, who is the fabulous designer responsible for these materpieces? Is it Radin or Rubino? Joni explains in more detail why this question is not so easily answered. She says...

"James Radin, the interior designer from Los Angeles is credited at the end of Something's Gotta Give with a "Thanks." There is no hint given of what he did to deserve the thanks, but savvy viewers in the know are aware of Radin's unique contribution to the movie - he is Nancy Meyers' (the writer and director) personal interior designer. While Jon Hutman is listed as Production Designer and Beth Rubino is in charge of Set Decoration, it is Beth who has been truly credited with the house's design. What was Radin's role in the house's design? Apparently, Meyers so loves her own home and it's designer that she asked Radin to help out the production team. The big question and one that will probably never be fully answered is who truly designed the Hamptons House? Who came up with the interiors of the Hamptons House? In this article in House Beautiful, here is how Radin described his contribution:"

DONNA PAUL: You've designed houses in two hit movies by director Nancy Meyers, Something's Gotta Give and The Holiday. Are you a set designer or an interior designer who also does sets?

JAMES RADIN: I'm an interior designer. I designed Nancy's own house, and she asked me to help the production design team with Diane Keaton's house in Something's Gotta Give. She wanted it to look professionally decorated, like Diane's character would have had.

"So, at this point, it doesn't sound like Radin is the mastermind behind the Hamptons House (and the house from the movie, The Holiday, too - which I will discuss at another time.) But, the question of who really designed the house becomes even more puzzling when you take a look at Radin's web site. In his portfolio, which is not especially large, he shows photos from both the Something's Gotta Give AND The Holiday house. So, by putting pictures of these two movie houses in his portfolio, does this not officially put the question of who is the true designer of the Hamptons House to rest? Is James Radin the true designer of the beautiful Hamptons House, with its blue and white dhurri, its slipcovered sofa, the dark wood furniture, the beautiful slipcovered chairs in the dining room, the ironstone collection, the gorgeous farm kitchen with the black soapstone counters, and the peaceful cream bedroom with its soft, muted tones? If Radin is NOT the true designer of the Hamptons House, should the house be in his portfolio? And if he is the true designer, of the Hamptons House - doesn't he deserve more than just a "thanks" on the credits? How does Beth Rubino feel about the Hamptons House and The Holiday house showing up in Radin's portfolio?"

"Judging from his web site, Radin's work is truly reminiscent of the Something's Gotta Give house. You can see the similarities in his other work in his portfolio. Regardless of who is the true mastermind behind the SGG house, Radin is a true talent - he has a fresh, youthful look which is always calming and serene by his choice of colors. Radin likes to use dark wood furniture, light upholstery fabrics, cushy, down filled sofas and chairs, and rattan and wicker accent pieces. Again, he uses no dark colors, no velvets or silks, or chenille's - Radin has a "look" which he stays true to, despite the architecture of the home."

"While we may never know who is the true brainchild behind the Something's Gotta Give house, one thing is certain though, Radin's name is forever tied to the home. And even more so now since the house is included in his portfolio. Judging from the overwhelming popularity of the SGG house, this will be very, very good for his business longevity."

"The good news: Nancy Meyers is working on a new screenplay about a long term marriage, divorce, and relationship which she says will be completed this August. The starring roles call for one woman and two leading men. Sounds interesting! James Radin, her personal interior designer reports he is gearing up for a new movie set - is it Meyers new movie? I hope so!!!"
Joni- Cote de Texas
Here are some DELIGHTFUL pictures of the Something's Gotta Give and Holiday houses:

Something's Gotta Give

The Holiday

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Cupcakes and Festivals

This is a random post about cupcakes and a few reasons why Summer in Salt Lake City is so fun. For those of you that haven't been to So Cupcake in Salt Lake, you need to go. It is no Dear Lizzie as far as the decor goes, but it is a fun place to meet your girlfriends and catch up while enjoying a yummy treat.

Now, some fun things about Summer in SLC...
1) The Arts Festival. The Arts Festival is coming up this weekend and I am SO excited! It is Thursday-Sunday at Library Square Downtown.
2) Sundance Outdoor Films and Twilight Concert Series at the Gallivan Center. July 10th - August 28th, the Gallivan Center hosts Sundance Outdoor Films (every Monday night) and the Twilight Concert Series (every Thursday night). So fun and best of all they are FREE!
3) Downtown Farmers Market. This is always a fun part of summer. I haven't been able to make it yet this year, but my friend Brooke went Saturday and said it was great!
4) Art Market. I didn't make it to the Art Market this past Spring and was bummed to find out the next one isn't until the Fall, so I was pleasantly surprised to find this in my email inbox today. Jewelry and tea in the park....sounds like fun!

Friday, June 6, 2008

It is that time again!

Grab your purse and your girlfriends and get ready! The June Farmer's Market at Abode is tomorrow! We are going to have a booth there selling cute home accessories, Black Goose Design's vintage jewelry line, adorable and delicious treats from 'Baking with Grace', cute purses, and 'Adelaide Pink' baby slippers. Come and see us!

Abode is located at 1720 South 900 East Salt Lake City, UT 84105 (801-486-2633)

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

a must read...and a must have

If you don't read Country Living you are missing out! It is filled with creative inspiration every month from home decor to delicious recipes and cute gift ideas. I love it (it and Cottage Living of course) and if you are a reader then surely you saw this cute ad in the April issue for these fabulous planet-friendly (yet absolutely adorable) soaps. We got them in at Black Goose about a month ago and they were all gone in just a day or two. Lucky for you we got them in again and I am telling you, you need them! Simply put, they are wonderful!

Friday, May 30, 2008

mom and dad...love you

I just have to tell you real quick how wonderful my mom and dad are and how much I love them. They are always doing things for my brother and me. Rarely does my brother golf in a tournament without my parents following along behind him, supporting him whether it's raining or 100 degrees outside and they are always doing things to help and support me too. My mom is the hardest worker I know, the best cook (although she totally lacks in the baking department and those that know her would not disagree--it's okay Mom, your vegetable medley makes up for it in and of itself). She is selfless, talented, loving, a great friend and a wonderful mom. And my dad might as well be superman. He can do just about anything and he is always the first person willing and wanting to help. He is also a great listener and always there to offer advice when you need it. My brother and I are truly blessed! We love you Mom and Dad!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

kitchen love

Came across these pics in Southern Living and had to post them because I love everything about this kitchen... The painted floors, the aqua cabinets, the taupy-grey ceiling color, the lighting...just love it!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

meet fifi lapin

So I have come across my new favorite blog of the week.... drum roll please.... http://fifi-lapin.blogspot.com/ (Kelly this post is especially for you as I know you would find great joy in it!) I mean we all know the great frog with his fancy cigar, but this bunny wears couture! I honestly wondered if fifi lapin's mamma was you...
Seriously...so cute.