Thursday, March 17, 2011

A little goes a long way

Good news for ladies!! 
According to the information in this article obtained from a study done by the head of psychiatry at Stanford University; spending time with a female friend is as important to our overall health as jogging or going to the gym.
I just happened to have spent this past weekend with my good friend Roseanne.  We've been friends since  highschool and since we live 500 miles apart, weekends like this are special.  We talked, we laughed, we shopped, you know - the usual girl stuff.  So after reading this article, the way I look at is that we pretty much spent the entire weekend working out!! 
(That should basically off set all the wine we drank, right?)

I am actually going somewhere decorating oriented with this story so bear with me...

You see Rosie lives in a fantastic new apartment in Jersey City, but like most new homeowners sometimes a clean slate can feel somewhat daunting when it comes to decorating.  It's can be hard to know where to start.  So far she is doing a FANTASTIC job, but came to me for a few suggestions.

Here is what her TV wall looked like "before"

Nice wall, but with a few obstacles like the vents, the random light fixture, the temperature guage, smoke alarm, sconce etc.  Most of these things can't be covered up or need to remain accessible.

I sent her a few ideas and here's what she ended up with "after"

They simply added these two bookcases from Ikea, a few storage baskets and viola!
Such an easy change, but it made all the difference in the world!
She is considering some pictures over the TV as well to frame it out, but what a great start!! 
By adding a new focal point, everything else on the wall seems to blend right in.

We came up with a laundry list of other decorating ideas that she could do while I was there so hopefully she can convince her husband and will keep sending us before and after pics! 

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Little Things in Life

I was running some errands yesterday and when I pulled into a shopping center close to my house I saw something

It looked a little like this...

They are putting in a Home Goods VERY close to my house!!!!
This is bad news for my husband, fantastic news for me!!
Yes there are other Home Goods in our area, but none close to me, which is very aggravating at times.

For those of you in Raleigh it is in the Falls Village shopping center on Falls of the Neuse Rd. Same place as TJMaxx (now you know what "errands" I was running) where Fresh Market used to be.

Well, I'm leaving on a Jet plane again today to go visit one of my bestests that I never get to see enough. I also get to see this handsome guy here with her which I'm equally excited about! 

(although he's a tad bigger now)

Ok, Here's my theme song for this trip...

I have a few projects on the back burner, and since the weather is getting nicer I'll hopefully tackle them soon! 
Hope you have a great weekend!!

And to my dear friend Paige, I hope you have a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

29 is great, enjoy it!!  No need to rush to 30!