Bundling Up for Snow in the Sierras


After a dry spell, there are lots of happy faces everywhere in Mammoth
the premier ski resort in the Sierra mountains.  
Precarious self photo on chair lift.

This is our bed's layered winter cabin look, very different from our bedroom in Newport Beach.
The upholstered head board and base came from Williams Sonoma Home.  
The bed frame used to be in our son's room at the beach with navy and white bedding for a nautical theme.  The velvet pillows were bought in Paris and I had them embroidered.

The other linens came from the Ralph Lauren outlet store here in Mammoth. 
When I bought these at the outlet they were discounted but still regular price in the retail stores.
In the summer, just the reversible coverlet with different pillows (by Carleton V) is used.  

So, how cute is this tiny, tabletop snowman with rosemary twig arms?
My kind of snow building effort. 
Marianne from Style for Living made it.

Hey, has anyone gotten this message on their computer screen lately?

I think I'll go check out the Ralph Lauren outlet now....
OH NO!  Shoot (not what I am really thinking).
Would you look at my car?!!!
This will delay me a bit.
Not much there to photograph this time, but I did buy this candle for 75% off.

Don't forget to enter the give-away by 1/29 for these.

Good night.

Participating in
Inspiration Friday


Valentine Ideas and Sweet Giveaways!

home-made cookies, love notes & bouquets
Each year, Susie bakes and decorates Valentine cookies for family members. 
How do I get one? 
Susie in baking mode.  Am I really this short?
She hangs them on branches in her living room.  
Tips from Susie:  
Make plenty of extra cookies - they get eaten up quickly! Any rolled sugar cookie recipe will do - I think I usually use a Martha Stewart version
Use a straw to "punch" holes in the unbaked cookie so you have a place to tie your ribbons. I have been collecting ribbons for the tree for years - I clean and reuse them every year. The quince branches are usually purchased from Urban Gardener (local florist).
The icing is a royal icing recipe - egg whites and powdered sugar - 
again from a Martha Stewart recipe. I use red food coloring in different amounts to achieve different shades of pink/red. Sometimes I use a purplish color to mix it up!
Thanks, Susie...may I have this one?

We need these to copy Susie's designs...
People you care about will appreciate a 
simple statement card from REDSTAR Ink
 The cards are hand-made on heavy stock  (set of eight). 
My friend, Claire has the one I gave her on her bulletin board.
My husband knows that I like all white flowers 
(love that guy and his Costco flowers)
but this simple arrangement makes me happy, too, OR
these dark pink dahlias with a touch of dark purple are pretty Valentine's Day bouquets.

WANT  to WIN two darling box sets 
of note cards and the cookie cutters?

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(open to US and Canadian residents until 1/29).

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Happy, Colorful Bedrooms and Stella + Sadie

Isn't Debbie's daughter's room pretty?  
Debbie found the lamps in a consignment store and spray painted them white and
added the raffia shade.  Brilliant!
I love how Debbie trimmed the drapes.  This is something that you can do to store
bought curtains for a custom look.
Fun poster!

Speaking of colorful bedrooms, I was just at Room & Board and 
noticed these joyful colors for kids' rooms.

Lindsay and Lindsay at Stella + Sadie have a fun blog named after their cute dogs.
Please go visit them and check out 
"My Favorite Room" (at the moment since its warm and cosy).  
Here's a hint: 
Best wishes! 

Participating in


Coastal Closet Makeover

A little trip to Home Goods inspired the organization of
our closet in a neutral, coastal cottage style.
The table lamp gives off more ambient lighting than just the over head recessed lights.
These woven linen baskets are holding baseball caps on the left and 
keys, wallet, cell phone and charger on the right.  
Here is the closet before we moved in to the house.
And after...We added shelving, rods and repainted the built in cedar lined dresser.
Clothing is organized by type of garment and then color.
The fluffy wool rug is from Target is nice on bare feet.  
I have seen similar rugs at three times the price!
The idea to add framed photos came from an Interior Design Musings post.
Note:  We wore dark colors when we lived in New York and Paris and added lots of color during our
time spent in South Florida.  Anything sort of goes here in southern California.
This little bench is also a convenient chute to the laundry room. 

I am not much of a  "clothes horse" but I really appreciate this Chanel suit 
my husband gave me as an anniversary gift.  
When we lived in Paris, he took our two kids (and Rocky--dogs are welcome practically everywhere) over to Rue Cambon.  The three of them picked out this suit and surprised me that afternoon.  
Later, I went back to the shop for a perfectly tailored fitting.  I usually wear the pieces separately.
In the process of organizing, I edited and I dropped off five bags of clothing to the Salvation Army.
Leading into the closet...these shallow shelves are good for accessories...

  The key hooks are from Target and
the mirror below was a good deal from IKEA.

 The idea for the flip flop basket came from Cote de Texas
(Joni's friends' over the top, fun Texan closets).
Looking for this basket is what started the makeover in the first place!

How decadent is this closet below?
Some people scanning this post are going to think these are MY shoes :)
Check out more from The Zhush.

Here's a sweet way to store jewelry in vintage tea cups from Martha Stewart via Sadie + Stella.

How is your closet looking these days?