Monthly Archives: August 2011



I’m not one for routines but when you work a 9-5 your life seems to become consumed by them. 5:30am alarm, check. Daily commute with coffee, check. Daily work routine (whatever that may be), check. Within this daily grind however, there is one routine I will happily keep long beyond my desk job days: my daily wine ritual. There is nothing more rewarding than coming home to that first glass of wine. Instant relaxation. And since a big glass of Cab Sav on my porch seems to take me to my happy place, why not incorporate this hobby into as much of my life as possible? I’m in love with some of these creative ways to use wine glasses in your decor….Salud!

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The Unknown Story of Margi and Joe


Over the past year, I  have frequented New Orleans quite a few times.  It has become one of my favorite U.S. cities, probably because it reminds me of being in France.  As you walk down the cobblestone streets, listening to the most soulful Jazz you have ever heard, you pass dozens of antique stores and galleries filled to the brim with rare finds.  I usually spend my days eating and  strolling through the streets. I make sure to stop by my favorite gallery, Photo Works, which is conveniently located just a few store fronts away from Cafe Du Monde! The first time I walked into Photo Works I was absolutely captivated by a display of 5 black and white photos featuring Marjorie and Joe.  As I read the artists notes beside them, I found out that Joe was 98  and frequently attended The Napolean House for lunch.  The photographer, Louis Sahuc, was having lunch next to Joe when he witnessed AND captured this unexpected rendezvous between Joe and his friend Marjorie, who he has known since the 1930’s!  Their wrinkled faces and toothless grins make this photographed reunion that much more beautiful.  I am dying to know their story but I guess there are some things that will forever remain a secret to the audience.

The industrial side of things.


I have found myself becoming more and more drawn to antique industrial furnishings lately. What I like about this style is the combination of natural elements, such as refurbished wood and recycled leather, with an industrial accent such as brass a handle, or big metal wheels. These accents are so masculine, like you can literally visualize a strong burly man building each piece in his shed out back working into the wee hours of the morning. Am I more intrigued by the piece of furniture or my idea of the man that built it? Ha, probably both…

I am always curious as to what the original purpose of each piece was. Was it a gift for someone special, a creation resulting from a woodworking hobby, or something used in a barn to store tools?  I guess that’s part of the mystery and why there is so much character in each structure.










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My mother is a lot like Mabel in that she loves flowers, gardening, creating–using nature as a way to express herself. As a result, my childhood was filled with long hours at flower shops, spending time in the yard, and watching my dad carefully follow my mom’s instructions as she expanded her garden empire in the backyard. Growing up I resented having to participate in these weekend yard work rituals. Putting sticks in a bag and raking leaves is not fun when you’re 10. But now I appreciate her talent and the hard work she put into these wonderful creations and I’ve enjoyed having her teach me how to create my own secret garden. She’s teaching me to turn this:

The Backyard

…Into This!

The Terrarium!

Here are some more shots from the garden and the resulting terrariums.

My Dads back patio

The backyard in a jar!

That chair is calling my name. Better than my desk chair!

Just a few for summer inspiration.

The inside:)

More patio because it is oh so beautiful!

More terrariums. Soon to be for sale!

Remember Ted&Mabel will always be cat friends.

Sneak peak of our fall line!

To get the ball rolling on Theodore and Mabel, mom and I are collaborating. In the next month or so, we’ll be coming out with OUR VERY FIRST LINE OF TERRARIUMS…our FALL line.  So keep watching this space for some sneak peaks. In the meantime, if you have any requests, suggestions, tips, comments, or compliments (these are my favorite), then send them my way:  I’d love to hear from you. 

DIY – Refurbishing a Desk


My roommate had an old desk that he was going to give away. After staring at it for quite some time as it sat in our hallway, I decided it would be my mission of the day to refurbish it. Now, if you had to describe me in 5 words ‘handy’ would definitely not be one them. I wanted to take on this challenge though because I fet like this would be a practical skill to learn. If I want to make Ted&Mabel happen I am going to need to know how to refurbish and restore (well at least until I can hire my own handy man!).  So I turned my kitchen into a work zone, made a quick trip to good ol’ Home Depot, called me dad for a few ‘helping tips’ and got down to business.

Taking the desk apart to wash, sand, and paint.

Sanding is a pain. Period. My friend and I had this brilliant idea to craft together sandpaper and an electric saw (minus the blade) to make our own sander. Lets just say it did not work out well.

Check out the original hardware! Isn't it amazing!

Two coats later....

The worst part was waiting for the paint to dry because these nats kept committing suicide by landing in the paint and I could not save them all. It was horrible to watch.

Final Product!

 For my first project, I think it turned out well!

Last of the Summer Sun


With the summer unfortunately coming to an end, I am trying to spend as much time outside soaking up the last of the sun and warmth. If I could ditch work today I would be having a picnic with my closest friends indulging in cheese, wine and conversation. Just a few of my favorite things.



Hope you can enjoy the rest of your summer doing something that makes you love!