Entries Tagged as 'A Few Things…'

Friday Favorites {things that are black} + our backyard potting area {Behind our black garage}. A detached garage was added to our property years after our home was originally built in 1900.  It basically sits in the back of our property and is quite visible. This is why we painted it black.  If you’re going to have a garage in your backyard, you kind of have to make it look cool. Behind the garage is an area that was long forgotten for many years.  At some point there were some plantings that just needed a little attention. We edged and weeded the beds and made a half circle at the back of the garage and added pea gravel.  I found an old table that I use for a potting bench.  For the shelves we used inexpensive brackets and wood for shelves that we found after Hurricane Sandy.  It had washed up in Red Hook Brooklyn and we used some for a coat rack in our entry and this was the left over.  It keeps stacks of pots and tools organized.   The galvanized trash can holds bags of potting soil.

Backyard Potting Area behind Black Garage

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Cinnamon Baked Mini Donuts are super easy to make and you can prep the night before and have them ready to go on Easter morning.  I’ll make them for my kids who will both be home for Easter.  Mostly because I love the house to smell yummy just as everyone is waking up.  I use Ina Garten’s recipe that you can find right here.  I accidentally ordered a mini doughnut pan so I cut the recipe in half and the baking time down to about 6 minutes.  Do not over fill like I did the first time.  They come out looking like mini bundt cakes which is fine, but not if you’re telling your kids that you’re making them home-made doughnuts!

Cinnamon Baked Mini Doughtnuts

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Friday Link Love + Painted Stone Fireplace

My most popular post on this blog and on my Pinterest has to do with painting our stone fireplace.  I have loved getting all your emails and photos of your stone fireplaces.  And know that any advice given is with a lot of consideration.   Painting brick or stone is fairly permanent and of course I don’t want to steer any one in the wrong direction.  I have seen some pretty terrible before photos and and have loved seeing your photos after you tackled the project.  Keep them coming—one day I would love to share everyone’s before and after fireplaces.  Send me your photos and permission if you want to share!  See our before at the bottom of this post.  (it’s from the real estate brochure).

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Friday Link Love

Friday, January 27, 2017

It’s time for Friday Link Love.  I cannot believe how fast the weeks are going by.  It’s almost February and we’ve barely had Winter.  This weeks cover of The New Yorker makes me want snow!

The New Yorker and Coffee

1. I was intrigued (as I often am) with the cover art of The New Yorker.  It has this wonderful timeless feel to it.  And here’s an animated version which is utterly charming.  When I researched the artist, Gayle Kabaker, I discovered her collaborative Women’s March poster which is so cool.

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Favorite Dining Room Chandeliers

Thursday, January 26, 2017

When it comes to dining room chandeliers, less is more is my approach.  I’ve learned my lesson with glass chandeliers.  We have a very simple one in our entry and it takes a lot of work to keep it sparkling.  I love the look of lanterns for the kitchen and dining room, but keeping them clean would drive me crazy.  For the dining room I wanted something big, but super simple.  Serena & Lily has a few of my favorites.  The best part is that they range in price from about $250 to $500.

Serena & Lily Chandeliers

  1. Hermosa Pendant 2.  Capiz Scalloped Chandelier  3.  Capiz Honeycomb Chandelier  4.  Santa Barbara Pendant  5.  Yountville Woven Abaca Pendant

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Friday Link Love

Friday, January 20, 2017

Most Lovely Things Kitchen

Friday Link Love – Here are a few of my favorite new things I discovered this week or have been meaning to share for a while now.  And when I say new, I mean like I discovered it on instagram a few hours ago.

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JORD Wood Watches

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

I’ve talked about JORD Wood Watches before and, you know what, we still love them.  Madeline and I have the Fieldcrest Series in Maple.  Mine is slightly larger and Madeline’s is a small watch, perfect for women.  I tend to like to wear a larger watch.  Both watches have held up beautifully.  This time I decided to let my son choose one.  He was actually way more interested that I thought.  I guess I don’t give him enough credit.  He chose the Reece Series in Walnut and Navy.  And to make them even better– Jord is offering engraving on the back of the watch or on the really cool wood box.  We went with the engraving on the back of  the watch.  It makes it a great gift.  It arrived just in time to wear to a few college interviews and I think it gave him a little extra confidence.  There’s something old school about a watch and an interview.  This watch looks great with a nice starched shirt–or with t-shirt.  So here’s your chance for a gift card towards the purchase of a Jord Timepiece.  And–there’s still time to have it engraved.  Not a lot of time remaining, so hurry!  Check it our here!

Jord Wood Watches

Jord Wood Watches

JORD Wood Watches

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Connecticut Christmas Cottage

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Jennifer Rizzo Linky Party

I’m linking up to Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday House Walk.  Pop over for a visit!  I’m sharing our Connecticut Christmas Cottage– I think you’ll recognize my little square–it’s our front porch!

Decorating for Christmas brings back so many memories.  I’ll always mix in a few new things, but mostly I use decorations that we’ve had for years.  I buy fresh greenery and wreaths and snip a few branches for vases throughout the house.  This year I loaded up on pine cones.  You would be hard pressed to find a single pine cone in New Canaan, Connecticut! 

Connecticut Christmas Cottage + Home Tour

There’s a few of those New Canaan pine cones covering the soil on our front porch topiaries.  I added a little Christmas wish and some snowflakes with a water-based Sharpie paint pen.  How did I live without a glass front door before moving into this house?  It might be my favorite thing.

Connecticut Christmas Cottage + Home Tour

My favorite room at Christmas is the kitchen.  Really, anytime of year, but especially at Christmas.

Connecticut Christmas Cottage + Home Tour

Connecticut Christmas Cottage + Home Tour

Connecticut Christmas Cottage + Home Tour

Connecticut Christmas Cottage + Home Tour

Connecticut Christmas Cottage + Home Tour

One of our holiday traditions is to get our tree together as a family.  We’ve never chopped one down.  I see all those cute photos on Instagram of families picking out their tree and dragging it back to the car with little ones “helping”—no—that’s never been us.  We head to Stew Leonard’s, pick one out in about three minutes and then they put it on top of the car and we head for home.  For such outdoorsy people, we are a little lazy when it comes to getting a Christmas tree.  But, Madeline won’t be home until mid December so our container that Brooke helped me find last year is empty until then.  On top of the armoire is a galvanized bucket filled with all their ornaments just waiting….

Connecticut Christmas Cottage + Home Tour

Connecticut Christmas Cottage + Home Tour

Fresh cut pine branches and little angels.  Our Bose speaker is playing Michael Buble Holiday right this very minute.

Connecticut Christmas Cottage + Home Tour

Connecticut Christmas Cottage + Home Tour

Connecticut Christmas Cottage + Home Tour

Sources –

Front Porch- Galvanized planters from Ikea, House Numbers from Home Depot, Paint – Cloud White By Benjamin Moore.  Porch Lanterns original to the house.

Kitchen- Lighting by Schoolhouse Electric, Sink by Shaw, Faucet by Rohl, Kitchen Island from Williams Sonoma, Cake Stand by Minted, Enzo Mari The Apple & The Pear Poster, Saarinen Table by Design Within Reach, Tucker Chairs from Serena & Lily, Christmas pillows from H&M Home, Nespresso Machine, Glassybaby, Heritage Hill Jar from Anchor HockingSugar Jar from Williams Sonoma.

Dining Room- Bose Speaker, Brass Ring Lamp from Serena & Lily

Living Room- Pine Cone Garland from Terrain, Felt Garlands from Minted, Stockings from Etsy, Pillows from Pottery Barn

Stairway- Little original painting in black frame by Kiki and Polly, Dip-Dyed Stools from Serena & Lily

While decorating the house I made simmering scents.  My house looks, sounds and smells like Christmas! I used everything I had in the house–cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, whole allspice, lemon rind and bay leaves.  Hope you are enjoying the season! xo annie

Connecticut Christmas Cottage + Home Tour

 

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Vintage Photographs + Framebridge

Monday, September 12, 2016

Vintage Photographs + Framebridge

Custom framing can be complicated and expensive.  I’ve been wanting to frame some vintage photographs for years and Framebridge made it easy! Framebridge is the simple way to frame everything you love!  They combine technology and craftsmanship and get rid of the hassles.  Frames are $39 – $159 and shipping is free!

First – Upload your file or mail your original artwork.  They’ll even send you a pre-paid mailer, how easy is that?

Second – Select your frame.  Preview what your piece would look like in different frames.  Still not sure?  Work with one of their designers who will create some options.

Third – They start to work on your frame and send you updates along the way.  Like this one I received–  “Hooray!  Your art has arrived in our studio and our Design Experts are excited to get to work custom framing your piece.”

Fourth- Receive your piece ready to hang on the wall. It arrives in a beautiful box all nestled in snug and even comes with a bag that includes hanging supplies.

For our project, I chose to send in our photographs rather than sending them digitally.  When we were first married I found a box of 35mm slides of my husbands from the 1970’s and 80’s.  We were thrilled to have these photos of my husband skiing powder at Sundance where he grew up and later taught skiing during his college years.  Had it not been for Framebridge, I’m not sure when I would have found the time to actually get this done.  I will continue to use Framebridge. It’s the perfect gift for almost anyone.

Vintage Photographs + Framebridge

Vintage Photographs + Framebridge

Framebridge is offering MLT readers a 15% discount on their first order.  Use the code MOSTLOVELYTHINGS15.

*This post made possible in product trade with Framebridge.  Of course all words and opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that help give fresh content to Most Lovely Things!

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Getting Organized + Tinyprints

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Getting Organized + Tinyprints

Tinyprints helps us get organized for back to school.  When your kids are 17 and 22 that means something a little different than filling backpacks with binders, glue sticks and a box of tissues.  Madeline and Patrick are seniors and that means thank you notes.  My senior in high school is writing thank you notes to college admissions counselors.  Madeline is writing thank you notes for job interviews.  Tinyprints stationery helps them make a good impression.

Getting Organized + Tinyprints

We chose a simple Letterpress card with her initials at the top and her full name at the bottom.  There’s not a lot of room for a note, but she’s most likely sent an email before the note.  This is the perfect amount of space.  The thick card is luxurious, but the font and style says all business.

Getting Organized + Tinyprints

We chose Brilliant Statement for Patrick’s notes!  Letterpress has that old world feel, this combination is crisp and modern.

Getting Organized + Tinyprints

Of course I could not be left out on new stationery.  I chose the Twiggy Greeting foldover note and these return address labels.  Tinyprints calls them Chic Engagement, but since my last name is Diamond…

Getting Organized + Tinyprints

Getting Organized + Tinyprints

We also ordered business cards for a little project Madeline and I are working on.  I love the black and white stripes and we could personalize the card on both the back and front with all the information we needed.  I worked with a tinyprints designer to make sure everything would fit on each line.  The front of the card has our names.  You can follow us on instagram at coffeeshopsofnewyork to see where we love to have coffee in our favorite city.

Tinyprints is offering 20% off Premium Thank You and Stationery on all orders.   Use code:  20TYSEP | Ends 9/13

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