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A stay-at-home mother of three with a creative edge. Always looking for great diy design ideas that won't stretch the pocketbook. My MO: "keep it simple, stay true to yourself, and enjoy what the world has to offer!"

Un Automne Guirlande Facile

I love decorating for Fall. But with three busy kids, it is difficult to find the time. I came up with an easy diy Fall garland that I just love! It only requires a string of mini white lights, a hole punch and artificial leaves.


Punch a hole in the center of each leaf. Attach one leaf to each individual light, carefully pulling the leaf onto the stem of the light (not on the bulb).


It is so easy and beautiful. It really brings the outside colors of Fall in.


At night, we love turning on the lights.


Un automne guirlande facile!


Tee-se-itse TUESDAY! (Do-it-yourself) décoration d’automne

After a very long hiatus, I am finally back to my blog. I can never get anything done during the summer when my kids are off school. Then, tragically, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer that had aggressively metastasized to her lungs, kidney, lymph nodes, spine and liver. We quickly moved her from Ohio to New Jersey to live with us and receive treatment. Sadly, she died a month later. I am just now regrouping enough to be creative. The beautiful Fall foliage around me here in Princeton, NJ has helped!

I came across this very easy Tee-se-itse (do-it-yourself) autumn decoration on Dea Vita. It has inspired me to once again be creative! I came up with my own twist to this unique and beautiful  design.


I bought a little burlap bag instead of using the cone element. Then, I bought artificial floral pieces.


I inserted a few pieces of cardboard to stiffen it up and filled the bottom with bunched up plastic bags. I also cut off one of the handles and made a bow. I then arranged the floral pieces.


I love it! It is both simple and festive.

automn decor

I hope you’ll try this simple and inexpensive tee-se-itse décoration d’automne project!


Simply Scandinavian

I found a lovely book called Simply Scandinavian by Sara Normann, Magnus Englund and Caroline Clifton-Mogg. It features inspiring homes that reflect the simplicity and elegance of the Scandinavian style, a style that originates in the Nordic countries of Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland.


The Scandinavian style is simple, relaxed and unpretentious. It focuses on pale and muted colors, especially white. The color palette is light and airy focusing on bringing the outside in.

Simply Scandinavian

The Scandinavian style encompasses many aesthetics from vintage-inspired to modern and contemporary rustic.


I love the collection of small wall reliefs (above) displayed within the calm Nordic interior. Many Scandinavian interiors bear traces of journeys and collected treasures from exotic lands.

While much of the Scandinavian style emphasizes a calm quiet, accessories can often be loud and colorful.

Rustic accessories compliment simple and clean geometric backdrops.

Simply Scandinavian

I love the metal wire picture holder above the natural wood table (pictured above). The whole room is airy and open reflecting the outside light.


Nature is the main inspiration in Nordic homes. Wool rugs, wooden floors, natural stones, pewter and animal hides are prevalent in the Scandinavian style.


Modern and rustic elements sit side by side in the Scandinavian design style. I especially love the bobbed wire pendant hanging from the ceiling (below).


Natural textiles like linen and wool are common elements. Wicker baskets and light wooden furniture are characteristic of the Scandinavian aesthetic.


Modern items like the vertical bookshelf and interlocking stools used as a coffee table (below) are typical of the Scandinavian style:  using old materials and techniques in a new way.


The simplicity of the Scandinavian style can be replicated easily and affordably. Mixing rustic, vintage, modern or contemporary elements within a light, airy and always white space is easy to emulate. It is a relaxed way of living that is timeless.

Tee-se-itse TUESDAY! (Do-it-yourself) Wall Clock

I came across a very cute and creative tee-se-itse idea for a wall clock! A personalized wall clock using picture frames! I will definitely be doing this myself once our basement renovation is finished.

I love the idea of using different colored frames (above).

The frames can be placed in a circle, or not! And I love the idea of using phrases to emphasize the importance of the people in the frames (below).

If you’d like to follow very easy tee-se-itse (do-it-yourself) instructions, check out Homemaker’s Challenge. They list exactly what you’ll need and how-to directions.

Check back to see my own attempt at making a tee-se-itse (do-it-yourself) personalized wall clock!

Grey and White

Whether warm or cool, charcoal or pewter, gray is one of the hottest go-to colors for designers. Contrasted with white, it is sophisticated and sleek.



The latest decorating trend is painting the spaces in your home in varying shades of gray. It’s a fabulous elegant neutral backdrop to set off any color, adding depth to subtle hues and making bold tones pop. 1


As grey doesn’t have a ‘personality’ of its own, paired with any other colour, it allows that colour to be visible whilst grey takes a back seat. 2

Refer to nature when choosing colors to mix with grey. Tans, taupes and subtle neutrals blend well with grey. The combinations are reminiscent of mushrooms.

1. 51 Modern and fresh interiors showcasing gray paint @ www.onekindesign.com

2.Colour Psychology:  Using Grey in Interiors @ www.thedesignsheppard.com

Che Figata FRIDAY! (That’s cool, in Italian!)

On a recent vacation to the San Francisco Bay Area (my home) I came across a unique interior décor shop on College Avenue in Berkeley called Nathan & Co.


I love this very cool pendant lamp (above). With a little ingenuity, you could make this yourself using kitchen gadgets like a colander and pans. Although I love the white, it would look great in stainless steel too! Very cool.


I am planning on knocking off this very cool 3D wire initial (above). What a unique decoration this would be. You could insert clear mini lights to make it a light feature.


Lately, I am really getting into wire baskets being used as light fixtures. This one (above) is very cool! You could recreate this look yourself with a metal fishing basket. Would look great painted a bright color like red or chartreuse. Che figata!


I adore this simple hanging burlap bunny (above). It would be really easy to make. You could stuff it with herbs or potpourri.


If you like the Nordic tradition of hanging antlers on a wall but don’t want to use real ones, these iron antlers (above) would be perfect. Very cool!


I ended up buying these cute hanging candle holders (above). They could easily be copied using a simple water glass and twine. Simple but very cool!

Che figata FRIDAY! (That’s cool, in Italian)

While I was vacationing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California I visited a little town called Jamestown. It’s a quaint spot just off highway 108 in the center of California gold country. The buildings are reminiscent of the 1840s and 50s gold rush, and several antique stores take you back in time. I came across some very cool wire fishing baskets.

wire baskets

By inserting a light bulb they could easily be transformed into very cool light fixtures similar to the ones featured below.

Che figata! Very cool! 

Che Figata FRIDAY! (That’s cool, in Italian)

In the latest issue of Sköna hem magazine I came across these hanging glass lamps called Hänglykta Glas from Granit.

They are basically wine bottles with a metal hanging device for tea lights on the inside.

You just pull the wine bottle up to insert the tea light. You can purchase a chain separately. I’ve seen wine bottles up cycled into candleholders, but not like this.

hanglykta2Very cool! Che figata!

Alpine Design

On a recent vacation to the California Sierras I was admiring the rustic, natural look of the Alpine design asthetic. I love the primitive, woodsy approach that fits perfectly into a mountain setting.

Natural elements like stone and branches add a minimalistic quality.

Large planked wood can add that Alpine touch.

Creative touches using natural elements can be fun rustic additions.

Antlers are an easy way to give a mountainous feel.

I love adding a modern twist with sheepskin throws.

Flannel touches with primitive designs are a must!

Traditional rugged items like leather, reclaimed wood and trophy heads can give a chic alpine look.

Wood, wood and more wood mixed with a modern approach.

Go Alpine chic with furry throws and a white color palette.


Remembering Athens…

As summer begins, the warm weather makes me think of my travels to Athens, Greece.

Street in Athens facing Hadrian's Arch

Street in Athens facing Hadrian’s Arch

Architecture of Athens

Architecture of Athens

In spite of the hustle and bustle of tourists, wild dogs and native Athenians, the beauty of ancient Greece shines through.

Hadrian's Arch

Hadrian’s Arch

The Plaka is an open air market at the foot of the Acropolis near the ancient market area of Athens, the Agora. If you know how to haggle over prices, you can find great souvenirs without spending too much.

The Plaka (open air market)

The Plaka (open air market)

After a day spent souvenir hunting you can relax at one of the Plaka’s restaurants for a good Greek meal.

Outside restaurant near The Plaka

Outside restaurant near The Plaka

Antique/junk store at the Plaka

Antique/junk store at the Plaka

The steps are ancient and the slope is steep but the long walk up to the Parthenon offers this view (below) as an award.

The Parthenon

The Parthenon

The Pediment of the Parthenon

The Pediment of the Parthenon

Notice (below) that the columns of the Parthenon are not a single solid piece but several drums placed on top of one another and originally covered with a veneer to give the illusion of it being a single piece.

Ionic column of The Parthenon

Ionic column of The Parthenon

The Acropolis (high city) is best known as the home of the Parthenon, but it also contains the beautiful temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and the famous Propylaia (the front gate), the complex of columns and rooms at the entry to the Acropolis.

The Erechtheion with the porch of the Caryatids

The Erechtheion with the porch of the Caryatids

At the foot of the Acropolis lies the Theatre of Herodes Atticus (below) and the Theatre of Dionysus, where the famous plays of Aeschylus, Euripides and Sophocles were first performed.

The Theatre of Herodes Atticus

The Theatre of Herodes Atticus

The area around the theatre of Dionysus

The area around the theatre of Dionysus

The Acropolis is just as beautiful at night as it is during the day.

The Acropolis at night

The Acropolis at night

This wonderful restaurant (below) on the very edge of the Roman era forum in Athens had food to match the glorious setting.

The Roman Forum

The Roman Forum

Even when the sun goes down the beauty of ancient Athens shines.

Eating dinner at dusk in the shadow of the Acropolis.

Eating dinner at dusk in the shadow of the Acropolis.