Entries Tagged as 'A Few Things…'

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).

Here’s a few things I’ve seen this week that I thought you might like:

This article about Math has you thinking about it in maybe a whole new way.

Now that I’m working part-time I don’t always have the time to do yoga or bar method classes.  Even though a class is only 60-75 minutes, it’s the planning your schedule around it, driving to the class and then home again. I still do classes at least twice a week, but the other days I mix in strength training with resistance bands.  I bought these.  Perfect for travel too.

And while we are talking about health and fitness, is stretching the new fitness fad?  Read this article.  They talk about it in years.  As in–how old are you in flexibility years?

Clutter can really weigh us down.  I know last year the craze was all about the Tidying up Book.  But what if you’re just not ready for that?  Here’s another way looking at de-cluttering that makes a lot of sense.  And at the end the year if you follow this plan you’ll have rid yourself 1,825 items.  isn’t that crazy to think about?

So I think this weekend I’ll get rid of 10 items.  That doesn’t seem so hard.  Hope you have a lovely weekend!  xo annie

Before (from real esate brochure)

This photo shows the fireplace before it was painted.  Photo is 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.

Most Lovely Things Kitchen Banquette

2. Brooke from Nesting with Grace wrote about Banquettes and was kind of enough to include ours in her roundup of favorites. What I love about having a banquette is that there’s always room for a couple more.  Especially when kids are little, you can really pack them in!  Our kitchen in California was open under it and I liked that feel to it.  In our current kitchen it’s more like a box.  Brooke is designing hers with storage which makes a lot of sense.  Read more here.

3. I adore this sweet original art from Holly Addi.  It’s perfect for a nursery or really anywhere.  Like maybe my kitchen.

4. My sister told me about a recipe from Food52 that uses leftovers.  Everyone needs a recipe like that once in awhile.  You can find it right here.

Gallery Wall by Small Acorns Amanda

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5. You know those instagram accounts that as soon as you land on their feed, you know it has to be them?  For me that account is Small Acorns Amanda.  Amanda has a shop in Wellington, New Zealand.  She shows snippets of her home, shop, foraged finds and the beautiful landscapes of New Zealand.  She’s warm, funny and has the most incredible eye for lovely things.  If you don’t already follow her, may I suggest that you do? For your daily dose of lovely?  You can find Amanda here, here and here!

Ludlow Coffee Supply NYC

6. A favorite coffee shop this week is Ludlow Coffee Supply, Lower East Side, New York, NY

A few Sprigs from an olive tree in Tuscany

7. On Trend–Olive Trees.  Jen from City Farmhouse has an interesting post on Design Trends.  Apparently the fig tree is out and olive trees are in.  I love olive trees.  The silvery green slender leaf is always recognizable.  I tried to find one at Terrain this week, but my memory from last August in Tuscany will have to do until I can track one down.  Have a great weekend and stay cozy!  xo annie

 

 

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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

I like natural rattan, but the black Santa Barbara pendant was what we chose. Our house is old and the dining room is fairly small.  This pendant fills the space and makes it a little modern.  Having a small pendant in a small room makes the room look—well, small.  A big pendant calls for a big light bulb like this one from west elm.  And of course on a dimmer.  The Santa Barbara Pendant gives a laid back look which is perfect for our house and family.  The Yountville is quite large and would fill a two story entry or stairway in beach house in the best possible way.  I have my eye on the small Capiz Chandelier for above our white Saarinen table.  The light from a globe like the Capiz fills the room with nice soft lighting.  So what do you think of woven pendants for the dining room?  Too casual?  Or just right?

Most Lovely Things Dining Room

Yesterday I went to Terrain to look for a small olive tree or something for the dining room table.  I ended up with one tiny Maidenhair fern and then stopped at Trader Joe’s to fill a bowl with winter citrus.

Winter Citrus on the dining room table

 

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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.

Vampyrex – Esther Lee collects and sells vintage Pyrex and displays it beautifully in her Brooklyn home.  I asked her if it would be okay if I stopped by for a visit to see it in person.  She said yes!

I love The Little Book of HYGGE.  It describes perfectly every feeling I have about home and living.  Madeline has been talking about it for a while and I have to admit I had never even heard the word until last year when she came home from Study Abroad.  I’m big on cozy lighting, candle light and a roaring fire all the while a storm is raging outside.  I had no idea that this is what they call Hygee.  When Madeline went back to school after winter break I sent her a Salt Lamp to get her through the long winter.  Candles, twinkle lights and a salt lamp all seem very Hygge to me.

The Little Book of HYGGE

Homesick Candles – Everyone knows that scent is one of the most important elements in connecting to a memory.  Homesick Candles has managed to do that very well with their Southern California candle.  It smells of orange, a hint of cactus and of course, the ocean.  They are so lovely.

Homesick Candles - Southern California

Last week we were making our way to The Laundress on Prince Street to pick up a bottle of Wool & Cashmere Shampoo when we came upon The Little Prince.  It was about 5 o’clock when everything looks magical in the late afternoon light.  It was that warm day last week that felt like Spring.  We ducked into The Little Prince for a quick bite before heading home.  How could we not?  I mean, could a little bistro be more inviting?

The Little Prince - NYC

One of our favorite coffee shops last week was AP Cafe or AP A Place Creative in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  We came upon it completely by accident.  Don’t you love when that happens?  It’s a light filled cafe where you can meet with friends or get some work done while noshing on the most delicious breakfast burrito.  Are you following us @coffeeshopsofnewyork ? Where should we go next?  We love suggestions!  Have a beautiful weekend! xo annie

AP Cafe + Bushwick, Brooklyn

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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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Friday Link Love + Watermelon Salad

Friday, September 2, 2016

Friday Link Love and this watermelon salad is my fave!  I may have given up on my geraniums for mums, but we are still eating like it’s midsummer.  Ever since my friend introduced me to Steve’s Greek Market I’ve been making this salad at least once a week.  They have seven kinds of feta cheese. In my opinion…this salad goes with everything summery.  Is that even a word?

Friday Link Love + Watermelon Salad

This Black denim shirt from The Gap is super soft, relaxed and comfortable.  And it comes in tall, which I love.  I received mine on Saturday and have washed and worn it three times already!

About 10 days before leaving for Italy we decided we needed sunglasses.  Prescription sunglasses.  We stopped into the Warby Parker on Lexington Avenue and within about 15 minutes my husband and I ordered sunglasses and Madeline found a new pair of regular glasses.  At the price of only $95 for every pair purchased, a pair is given to someone in need.  I chose the Laurel and they arrived in our mailbox right before we left on our trip.  When we got home we received a cute package from Warby Parker with three beautifully designed lens cloths.  That was happy mail day!

We love these extra large (2.5 gallon) Montana Jars from Anchor Hocking.  Perfect for storing snacks along side our glass door refrigerator for our teenage son and his friends in the attic/family room.

Friday Link Love + Watermelon Salad

This Farmtable Plank from Hudson Grace has me dreaming of an Autumn dinner party in the garden with cheese, figs, pears, bread, meats, olives…

For my girl who was born in california….I kinda love this from JCrew

Terrain in Westport is a place where I always find inspiration.  I found this bandana on my last visit and at $14 I bought it, tied it to my bag and went back to work at Serena & Lily…which is also a huge source of inspiration!  Where do you find your daily dose of inspiration?

 

 

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Summer Entertaining

Monday, June 20, 2016

One of the things I love most about summer is the ease and simplicity of entertaining.  We spent our summers in California and almost every night we would pack up an assortment of cheese, meat, crackers, dip, fruit, nuts…whatever we had in the pantry and the refrigerator and arrange it on a great big platter or cheeseboard.  We would throw on a tablecloth, light a few candles in lanterns and watch the sun dip into the Pacific.  Now that our kids are older we no longer leave for the summer, but we still enjoy a beautiful feast out on the patio around sunset.

I buy a few cheeses, almost always one that goes with a fig jam, peppers, Castelvetrano Olives, salami, cashews, tomatoes, crackers and bread and when I have time, I make Ina’s marinated artichoke hearts.

Antipast with Roasted Artichokes

Antipasto with Roasted Artichokes

ingredients for Roasted Artichoke Dressing

Antipasto with Roasted Artichoke Dressing

Ina Garten’s Roasted Artichokes, you can find the recipe right here.

Dana Point Sunset

Mary Ann in San Francisco just wrote a great post on the Best Party Platter complete with a shopping list and I can’t help but miss California a little lot when seeing Elizabeth’s recent post from Big Sur. I guess I’ll always be California dreaming…  Happy first day of summer.  It’s gonna be a good one!  xo annie

 

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