Beach Theme Cupcakes

Need a fun idea for a beach party? How about these beach theme cupcake wrappers! These latte colored wrappers feature a sand and seashell motif - elegant enough for your beach wedding or party! Wonderful intricate design on top of wrapper with shiny sold bottom make these laser cut paper wrappers perfect for banquets and special occasions. Simply bake your cupcakes and slip into wrapper after decorating.

Coffee and Flowers in bed



Oh...how I would love to sleep-in on the weekend and wake up with a cup of coffee and flowers in bed. But, back to reality. It's not up to me anymore what time to get up, it's up to a small but determined 6 month old baby boy. Have a fantastic weekend.

Surfer Dude Sign

You need something to mark your territory and proclaim your fame! How about this Surfer Dude Sign? Hang it in a bedroom, family room, outside your home, you choose.
Tropic Signs Surfer Dude Sign

Four Seasons in Nevis

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Margarita anyone? I wish I were enjoying one at The Four Seasons in Nevis.

Tropical Coconut Shell Vase

Whether you fill this coconut shell vase with flowers on display alone, either way it is stunning! The natural textures of the tropics make an intriguing and original vase. Flaring gracefully from a slender base to a voluptuous rim, the design by Ketut Sukayasa hosts a beautiful coconut shell mosaic. Purchase now from Novica.com.

Dining al Fresco

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Although today is a very rainy day here in New York, ok ok...New Jersey... I couldn't help but dream of the summer days ahead to come. I don't have a big outside space like one of these gorgeous ones above, but I have a deck and I'm determined to make it as cozy as possible. Coming from the tropical I love outdoor eating and entertaining. My favorite images above are the top three, because of their European flair. I especially love the top left picture where I can see enjoying with my family sitting on that banquette having a delicious communal paella, a chilled glass of fume blanc and lots of chocolate lava cake.

top left picture from Garden Room. others from village rentals.

Pineapple Lanterns

Having a tropical garden party? I think this set of pineapple lanterns are a festive way to set the mood. Each Latern has a small pineapple figure on the top.
Pineapple Lantern Set (Set of 3)

Scott Laslie


How beautiful is this top left room? It's sophisticated, modern, fresh and very unique. I love how Scott Laslie combined many different elements together, such as the Asian armoires, Lucite and glass table, modern painting, Murano chandelier with those one of a kind bamboo chairs. If that isn't eclecticism at its best, I don't know what is. I could live in any one of Scott's interiors happily and comfortably. His design is what I define as comfort luxury. Just my type.

I came across Scott Laslie while visiting Phillip Jeffries website.

The Desmos Armchair by Sotiris Lazou

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 The Desmos Armchair by Sotiris Lazou3

The Desmos Armchair by Sotiris Lazou2

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Urano - Modern Minimalist Bed Design by Leonardo Dainelli

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Things I love and why


The way a vintage vase holds fresh flowers is, to me, a small representation of what it is in home decor mixing antiques/vintage pieces with new ones. This beautiful Austrian vase with gorgeous and very affordable Ranunculus flowers has been in my family for more than 20 years and I never get tired of it. Even in my difficult moments back in 2007 was I able to find some time to place some flowers in a vintage vase and relax and feel hopeful just by looking at them.

And the winners are...


I never thought it was going to be so difficult to select two lucky winners among so many talented people for the Domino book giveaway. Each and every one of the contestants were so original and exited, describing how they would use the chinoiserie book cover in an original way. I picked Becky from Memphis and Joy from of Amity and Allure because I love their ideas on how they would use it. Below is what they wrote.

I had to think a lot about this one but here goes:
I would actually use the print (if I could) as upholstery on antique french dining chairs around a distressed shabby chic dining room table or I would use pieces of the wallpaper, framed in cute frames as a wall display in another room possibly. But then I would use the colors as a color scheme for the whole room.... soft cream on the walls, pale turquoise on all the trim and mouldings (usually it's the other way around but I think this would have more punch) and of course huge pink roses or poppies maybe as a centerpiece for whatever table is in the room.... oooh maybe this pattern as a huge are rug in a little girl's bedroom (also with the above color scheme!! And sheer white or lacy curtains at the windows are also a must!!!
Good luck to all and congratulations to the winners! :)
Joy

Hi,

I would love to use this wallpaper in a little girl's room. I would cover the ceiling with it and paint the walls in a light lacquered green. The room would be complete with silk pink taffeta puffy curtains and a white distressed french bed on top of a brown shag rug.

Thank you,
Becky

As you can see these two ladies had great ideas and great style. Congratulations to Joy and Becky.

Paella with the family

This is a shot of a delicious paella my father-in-law made for us yesterday. We enjoyed it with the family and built more precious moments around it to remember.
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