Springtime + Rain Gear

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Cottage Front Porch Spring

It’s April 1st and you know what that means?  April showers brings May flowers.  And it’s looking like it’s going to be a beautiful May!  The forecast in Connecticut and New York involves a lot of rain.   That’s okay if you’re properly dressed for it.  My favorite rain jacket is always one that is a little longer and hits just above the knee.  I like the look, but also it provides more protection.  Here’s a few ideas that includes neutrals, pastels and my personal favorite, olive green. Read More >

Easy Make Ahead Salmon

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Now that I’m working I love to get a head start on dinner in the morning.  Before I leave for work I can start my salmon baked in foil and have the mess cleaned up.  I usually have cherry tomatoes and shallots on hand.  I’ll stop and get salmon on my way home.

Easy Make Ahead Salmon

Read More >

Happy first day of Spring!  When we were in Copenhagen last week I was seeing pansies and spring plants everywhere.  I was a little concerned that I might not find any pansies today, but I didn’t have to go far.  Stew Leonard’s in Norwalk had me covered.   The sun is shining and I need pansies for my planters.

First Day of Spring + Spring Cleaning

We have tulips on our table and pansies on the porch. I don’t buy tulips all that often because I would only buy them in the Spring and they just don’t last that long.  But when I saw these I knew I had to bring them home for my new Canyon Crock from Studio McGee. Read More >

Sonny + Coffee + Copenhagen

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sonny + Coffee +Copenhagen

Sonny was our first stop after dropping our bags at the hotel upon arriving in Copenhagen.  Turns out they had only been open for a few days, but you never would have known it.  The front of the space is more of the coffee shop with a few seats and a place for take-away coffee. The rear of the shop is a cozy restaurant serving up delicious and beautiful meals all day and into the evening on Thursday & Friday.  We didn’t have the chance to enjoy a meal at Sonny, but seeing their instagram makes me think we missed out!

Read More >

Flower Shops + Copenhagen

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Flower shops are plentiful in neighborhoods all over Copenhagen.   Since it’s almost spring, the shops fill their sidewalks with beautiful fresh cut flowers and spring plants.   It makes it impossible not to stop and take a look.  Danes really have it figured out, they light candles all day into the night and apparently have spring plants and flowers filling their homes.  Pretty much a dream come true.

Flower Shops of Copenhagen

Read More >

Buzz Kaffebar + Copenhagen

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Madeline and I are in Copenhagen for a few days and of course there will be lot of coffee drinking.  Everywhere we walk we find the coolest places that have perfected the Hygge thing.  I mean this place had candles lit in the morning.

Buzz Kaffebar + Copenhagen

We set out this morning to Sankt Peders Bageri for one of their famous cinnamon buns, but they were closed.  Luckily we found Buzz Kaffebar a few doors down.  We had bread with jam and nutella and coffee which was delicious.   The atmosphere was light and cozy at the same time.  Pillows and faux sheepskins on benches, great lighting, well tended plants and votive candles everywhere.

Read More >

Make Easy Weeknight Soup

Monday, March 6, 2017

Easy Weeknight Soup is our answer to dinner in 5 minutes on a busy night. I love to cook on the weekends when we have a little extra time and then savor the benefit of a delicious bowl of soup after a long day. And no cooking involved other than re-heating. We sometimes serve with a little crusty fresh bread or on those nights when we don’t have fresh bread, I’ll take a few slices from the freezer and put them on the panini press for a couple of minutes. A little fresh grated Parmesan cheese and basil makes it seem like you’re not even eating leftovers.

Easy Weeknight Soup

Read More >

DIY Checkerboard Chalkboard Wall

Friday, February 17, 2017

We have had our chalkboard wall since we’ve owned this house.  I’ve loved the idea even before having one.  However, over the last few years I’ve sort of tired of the whole chalkboard thing.  That was until I saw Amanda’s on Perfectly Imperfect Living.  I had seen the checkerboard calendar idea on Martha Stewart for an office, but I never really thought about making our current wall into a checkerboard chalk wall.

A few Saturdays ago I mentioned it to Brent without much reaction.  Then a few hours later over lunch I showed him Amanda’s.  Well, that was it.  We went to our local paint store and chose four shades of Benjamin Moore black and gray from the paint chips.  You can actually make any color you want in chalkboard paint now, but you probably already knew that!  Of course I stuck with shades of gray and black because basically our entire house is black and white.

DIY Checkerboard Chalkboard Wall

Read More >

Dreaming + Summer Vacation

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Dreaming + Summer vacation–It’s mid February and that means one thing—It’s time to start thinking about summer travel.  It might be that’s it’s cold and dreary, but about this time of year I can’t help but thinking about a big family vacation.  Our kids are seniors– 17 and 22 so for the last several years I keep thinking this is the last one.  And if this is the last big one, it has to be great.  It’s never gonna be the last family vacation.  I’ve been told that if we keep paying, they’ll keep coming along.  Sometimes we have so much fun that we keep going back to the same place.

Tuscany, Italy

Read More >

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).

Read More >

Theme by Blogmilk   Coded by Brandi Bernoskie