Monday, September 27, 2010

white halloween

I was browsing through the new Sweet Paul magazine,
and fell in love with the white halloween spread.
I love this idea!
(we all know how much I love white)
I thought he did a great job of putting together something different, beautiful and whimsical!

Good News!

Ashlee Raubach has moved to Southern California!
And is now booking regular sessions in Orange County.
Check her out, she is amazing!

(see some shots from out shoot with Ashlee here and here)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Before + After: Living Room

I have been so anxious to get some window coverings in our living room to warm up the space
and to give added privacy!
I found fabric at Home Fabrics for $5/yd!
I was hoping that you wouldn't be able to tell the fabric was so cheap if I got them made nicely.
I found a great seamstress for a good price and had her sew long drapes with a french pleat.
I am really happy with how it turned out! I feel like it adds a lot of warmth to the room,
even though they are white on white.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

our weekend in photos

I partied like a rockstar with some of my girlfriends at True Food.
It is seriously so good, you have to go!

We had an amazing weekend spent with great friends and family.
My "German brother" came to visit with his beautiful new bride.
Barteck was our foreign exchange student who lived with us for year.
It was so fun to visit with them again and have them at my parents for a long stay.

We spent an afternoon at the Montage getting spoiled in honor of their wedding that we sadly missed.
and ended the day fine dining at Javier's.

We got our carpets cleaned, again times two.
(I don't recommend renting out your place for three years unless you plan on changing the carpet!)

I loved walking through the new look of Restoration Hardware retail stores, they are so moody and beautiful.
I was hoping they would change the store to look like their new collection.

ran errands in style

Had Barteck and Frederike over for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

and Dan helped me hang our drapes ... pictures to come!
It was a great weekend!

Monday, September 20, 2010


As much as I love being done with school,
I do miss my time and friends at Rolling Greens!
We had a great group and had a lot of fun transitioning the store.
I am so glad that I took the internship, I learned so much!

Me, the team of interns, and Angela (who is holding the store's mascot, Sophie)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Camilla contacted me to be featured in an article for HGTV on mixing styles.
I just got word that it is up.
Check out photo number 8!

think play create

Last Saturday I took Presley to the New Children's Art Museum in San Diego.
Dan was at the Giants game, so we decided to do something different.
It was a great day, with a lot of fun arts and crafts for Presley to do.
We enjoyed our day together.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

family photos

Here is the second post of our family photos by Ashlee Raubach.
My last day as a college student is tomorrow, and I am finally getting around to my house to do list ....
like picking out which photos we want to order that were taken months ago.
Thought I'd share a few more of our favorites.

both of Presley's bows are Sprinkles on Top.
Find them here.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

roasted vegetables

Last night I made one of my favorite meals my mom makes.
It is so delicious.
It was perfect for the cold weather we had.
And, each ingredient is so good for you!

Balsamic Roasted Vegetables
from the cookbook Foster's Market

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup mixed chopped fresh herbs - I used rosemary, thyme and parsley
2 sweet potatoes
1 butternut squash
1 red onion
2 red bell peppers
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 head broccoli, stems removed, cut into florets
1 pound green beans, trimmed
garlic, peeled
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Fresh Herbs to garnish. optional

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Whisk the vinegar, oil and herbs together in a large bowl. peel the sweet potatoes, squash (remove the seeds) and onion and cut into 2-inch wedges and add to the bowl. Remove the vegetables with a slotted spoon (reserving the marinade) and place on a rimmed baking sheet and put in the oven to bake 40 to 45 minutes. Stir several times during the cooking process. Make sure the vegetables are in one even layer and not piled on top of each other. You want them to roast, not steam. They will be golden in color and tender when done.

3. Meanwhile, seed the pepper and cut into 2- inch wedges and add to the same bowl with tomatoes, broccoli and beans. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet and place in the oven to bake 25 to 30 minutes.

4. Gently toss all of the vegetables in the bowl with any remaining cooking liquid, salt and pepper to mix. Serve hot or room temperature.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

the long weekend

it was just us two, presley and me.
i had so much school work to do in this final week
(one more week!)
but i was so glad that i was forced to put it all aside and play with my girl.
it was time much needed together.

we headed to the farmers market early in the morning,
after a stop at zinc cafe.
it was still cold and overcast so presley sported her winter coat.

the produce is so much tastier here.

we can't stop eating the tomatoes. I should have bought way more.
we also hit a small local flea market.
that is one good thing when presley wakes up at 6 am...

and i have loved the bunch of clovers spread throughout our place from the market.
what did you do over the weekend?
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