Antlers in interior design

Look what we picked up from the taxidermist this weekend.


I am not a fan of hunting, but Mr. Rene is a hunter and I would like to honor that part of him in our home. I did have a slight win on this, we got a European mount instead of a full shoulder mount! 

Here are some photos of antlers used in interior design

Interior designers Bill Murphy and the late Jim Essary. via

via Autumn my design dump

I can't wait to find the perfect spot for ours!
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Master bedroom inspiration

We recently moved, and this home, like our previous home, is what I like to call a "remodel special."  There are plenty of things to fix, so decorating will have to be done as inexpensively possible. I love to keep an eye out for deals, and a great way of knowing if something will work in your home is to come up with an idea board to keep you on track!

Here are some photographs of my bedroom.

Don't look too closely at the pictures or you will see all the drywall work that needs to be done. Let's just say the previous owners really liked anchor studs...for everything.

Let's look back at the bed wall.... 

What? You don't have a headboard made of cardboard???? It looks weird in real life, but it's a great way to try out a headboard shape before committing to a shape.

Here is the inspiration board I made for the room.

I have yet to choose some of the pattern, color, art and accessories (I have plans to add trim to the leading edge of the drapes, and would not do an ikat pattern again on the side chair), but I like where it is headed.

I am so excited about the headboard wall. I will be doing my first stencil, using a pattern from cutting edge stencils. I am hoping the ikat will be forgiving of any potential mistakes. I plan to use less contrast than the board shows, but that could change of course! I plan to paint the rest of the walls in the lightest color that I use in the stencil.

I am also looking forward to having a little entry way in the room. The headboard wall isn't visible until you round the corner in the room, so this will be a great opportunity to provide a sneak peak of what one will see around the corner!

I welcome any suggestions, and I would love to know what you think!

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The latest issue of House of Fifty is up!

If you haven't heard of the e-zine House of Fifty, you are in for a treat!  My friend Janell Beals of Isabella and Max Rooms is the founding editor. You can get it via Ipad/phone, here and even in print! They even have a blog

They already have a few issues out. One of my favorite articles was on eclectic design
See step by step on pg. 52 
I am currently using the tips included to put together my living room at my new place. Hopefully, I will have an inspiration board for you soon!

  One of my favorite items in the current edition is the music mix on pg. 61.

Go and take a few minutes to check it out yourself. You will be glad you did!
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Pinterest. It's what's for dinner.

Have you heard of Pinterest? It is a wonderful online "pinboard" where you can pin anything from books read, and vacations you want to take to wedding ideas and you guessed it, ideas for dinner.

I am always on the look out for new recipes. A study recently showed that the average mother relies on just nine different meals to feed her family. I am all for keeping things simple, but sometimes you get bored of the same old thing and need something different to shake things up.

Enter pinterest! A cooking group that I am a part of on Facebook gave us the challenge to include a recipe for dinner this week that we found on pinterest.  I had already been doing this, but it was fun to see all the variety that is out there!

I recently made the Orzo Stuffed Peppers from Jessica at The Novice Chef. It was relatively inexpensive and fun to make. The kids and husband liked it too!

 Orzo Stuffed Peppers
Yield: 4 stuffed peppers

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups fresh spinach leaves, roughly chopped
1 (15 ounce can) can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for sprinkling on top
4 cups vegetable broth
1 cup orzo 
4 large yellow/orange bell peppers (I used green to save a little money)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for two more minutes. Stir in the spinach. Cook until spinach is wilted. Remove from heat.

Pour the tomatoes into a large bowl and stir in the spinach mixture. Set aside.

Meanwhile, bring the vegetable broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the orzo and cook for five minutes. The orzo should be only partially cooked because it will finish cooking in the oven. Strain the orzo pasta, making sure you save 1 cup of the vegetable broth.

Stir the orzo into the tomato spinach mixture. Stir in the cheese, oregano and season with salt and pepper.

Pour the vegetable broth into a medium sized baking dish. Slice the tops off the peppers and remove all ribs and seeds. Cut a very thin slice from the base so the peppers will stand up in the baking dish.

Place the peppers in the baking dish and spoon the orzo mixture into the peppers. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle the top of each pepper with additional Parmesan cheese and continue baking until the cheese is golden, about 5 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let peppers sit for five minutes. Serve warm.

Next time you are in a rut with dinner, try something from Pinterest!

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Neck scarfs, a great accessory!

Scarfs, who knew they were such a great accessory! I am sure we have all seen the celebs wear them. 

These beautiful pictures of  Veronica  have been shown all over blogosphere and pinterest.

I love how she combined another trend, colorblocking with the scarf. This is how I would, and have worn my scarfs. I adore this look of the two trends together!

Here is yours truly with my version of the leopard print scarf.

Here is another, using a scarf with color blocking.

Need some ideas on how to tie a scarf? Check out this great tutorial done by Wendy.

It doesn't get very cold where I live, but after seeing this it made me get out the scarfs I do wear and try them in different ways!

Have a great weekend, and try wearing a scarf... you just might like it!

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My dream entry

I found out about a great contest from Autumn! Layla Grace is having a "pin it to win it" and I decided to try it! It combined two of my loves, Pinterest and design. I had never made a design board before, it was so much fun! The contest ends tonight so I whipped this up using Olioboard.

"Dream" is certainly the keyword here but I love it anyway!

I hope this inspires you to try something new, Enjoy! Pin It
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