Hopping Down The Bunny Trail-Getting My Home Ready for Easter

I’m getting ready for  the Easter Holiday.

Here’s a sneak peak of what’s happening at my house.

I love my foil wrapped rabbits and chicks on the fire place mantle.  Adorable right?  They look exactly like the chocolate covered ones we all got as kids (I always bit the ears off and worked my way down) but this version is foil over wood so they are good to go year after year.

I added some pastel colored egg candles and baby blue painted mercury glass votives from Pottery Barn.The flower strand is a Target special from years back.  The brass vase is from Little India in Artesia.

When Spring is around the corner, I race to Trader Joes’s to buy them out of all their lavender Hydrangeas.  I find that Trader Joe’s has the best price in town on these beauties, $6.50 which is a steal compared to the $19.99 price at Whole Foods.

 I have two huge terra cotta planters on either side of my front porch, each containing 5 plants.  I also have pots lining my driveway way and in the car port.  Even with 16 and counting planters I still want more, more, more.

Add some pastel roses or any spring time colored flower to a table and viola’ you are in the Springtime mood.

I love my alabaster eggs, the colors inside of my malachite bowl are amazing.  It’s like I left them in the  green and blue Paz egg coloring for 6 months.  I also love how they look in front of my gorgeous new lamp from Nickey Kehoe.

I got this wreath at Rolling Greens, my go to store for garden and holiday decor.

They have two locations now, so it is easier to support my “must decorate for every holiday habit”.

I would love to see or hear about your  Spring/Easter decorating ideas!

xoxo carrie

Top Photo: Peeps & Company

Rocky Mountain High

I was in Colorado last week skiing and visiting my Mom who has a house there.  She and her husband Bill have a place on Buffalo Mountain in Summit County.  This above photo is of the view driving down into town from her house.

I am a big fan of  Summit County.  You can ski Keystone, Copper, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Vail, Beaver Creek and Loveland. All accessible, close by and hard wired to accommodate all the visitors. I love all the ski options and every place is super kid friendly, especially Keystone (that’s where our family cut out ski teeth because my parents bought a place there in the early 80’s). As a Mother of a 5 year old, kid friendly places are paramount when planning a vacation. Days of skiing past I was in search of the best happy hour with the cutest boys.  Now I am figuring out ice skating rink hours and making ski school reservations.   I have to be honest, now a day of skiing wears me out and I end up collapsing on the sofa under a big blanket instead of dolling up and hitting some hipster establishment for a night out.

We did however, make it out for dinner one night.  We bundled up ourselves and the kids and headed to Keystone Ranch for a sleigh ride dinner.

I was sceptical, it seemed kind of touristy and a smidge cheesy, but the ride through snow covered Soda Creek Valley was so breathtaking and beautiful I didn’t mind the bad jokes our guide was telling us.  It was actually all quite charming and I quickly got into the mood.

 We were pulled by 2,000 pound draft horses named Bert and Ernie and given warm plaid wool blanket lined in shearling. We snuggled in close for the 20 minute ride to the historic ranch homestead where we were to have dinner.

It was a rather chilly excursion,  but the promise of home made Hot Chocolate, Beef Barley Stew and piping hot biscuits with honey butter waiting for us when we arrived made me muscle through it.

The meal continued with steak, potatoes, veggies and finished with a warm slice of apple pie a la mode.  They had a great musician with an awesome voice playing the guitar and singing.

The ranch was indeed beautiful.

The sky crystal clear and  the air crisp and clean.

There is nothing better than spending an evening with family, singing and dancing to some knee slapping guitar music.  It warmed me up for a long time.  That and the shot of Peppermint Schnapps they handed out right before we got back on the sled for our ride home.

xoxo Carrie

My Two Cents about Scents

I walked by the perfume counter today and got a whiff of my former favorite perfume, Herve Leger for Women.  It was the scent I wore when I met my husband.  I promptly bought a bottle.

The smell brought back so many memories and feelings and it got me to thinking about what scents I love and remember.  It’s such a personal thing this scent business.  They evoke moods and memories, one whiff and the visions and feelings come flooding back.

 I remember my Mom’s Youth Dew perfume in the blue bottle. I would try it it out and get caught because I was a little heavy on the spray.  I would breath it in when she kissed me good night before going out with my Dad, it made it easier to fall asleep.

I saved my allowance in 5th grade so I could buy a bottle of Loves Baby Soft.  I peddled my bike to Osco Drug Store with my best friend Gail to make the purchase.  We then treated ourselves to lunch at McDonald’s with the left over money. That was living large in Central Illinois.

Junior High was all about Charlie.

To look like this model was what I strived for. That and a pair of Calvin Klein Jeans.

 

When the Prep in me came out, I was devoted to Lauren, by Ralph Lauren. A flipped up Polo collar,  monogrammed Papagallo sweater and coordinating Bermuda Bag (monogrammed of course) and I was good to go.

In college I was in love with Calvin Klein’s Obsession.  Brat Pack and Sorority Days.

The late 80’s and early 90’s brought on  Coco by Chanel and Paloma Picasso.   My style icon was Tina Chow.  I was sporting a Linda Evangelista haircut, red Chanel lip stick, shoulder pads, and a uniform of black turtlenecks and leather jackets.

Today I am loyal to Hermes Caleche and  Chanel #5.

I have come into my own and am comfortable in my style and taste.

I don’t follow the perfume trends anymore.  And that’s okay.

That is what is great about growing up.

Feeling comfortable in my own skin.

It’s a wonderful thing.

xoxo Carrie

Pretty Packages

Pretty Packages

We all like to get and give pretty things and there is no reason not to have pretty every day things in your house as well.

It is one of the simple things you can do to help make your house a home.

These pretty little things don’t have to be fancy at all.

A cute soap pump, a great spice container, glass bottles of milk or soda in your fridge.

Here are some of my favorite packages and packaging

for items I like to give, get and buy.

The most delicious smelling soap around and it looks great on a counter!

Claus Porto Soap 

Gorgeous Packaging and even more gorgeous looking delights are  inside.

 So excited there is one in NYC now and plan on hitting it up when we are there next month

Laudree Paris

 Photo: www.newyork.seriouseats.com

If you are an Angelino you can go to Bottega Louie for a hostess gift or party favor.

 Perfect for baby or bridal shower and your Easter Brunch Table.

  The pastel boxes will make any occasion a happy one!

Seriously Chic Toothpaste

Marvis Toothpaste

Awesome for a hostess gift.

Turquoise and Yellow are a snappy color combo.

Seattle Chocolate

Hitachino Beer  is not only great looking it is great tasting.

 A great beer option for your parties whether they are fancy or casual.

I always have a supply on hand, and it doesn’t hurt that they look cute in the fridge!

Most  Whole Foods carries the brand.

Hermes

Anything in a Hermes box is a good thing.

This is a package I like receive.

I do hope my husband is reading this.

Tiffany & Co.

Ahhh Tiffany’s.

So cute and who doesn’t like to open a blue box?

So what is your favorite packaging and why?

xoxo Carrie

Top Photo: www.houzz.com

Saturday Night Dinner Party

www.cocodot.com

Saturday Night Dinner Party

Dinner for 6

Mood

Comfortable and Casual

Roaring Fire

Backgammon and Scrabble

Dress Code

Flannel Pajama’s

Bath Robes

Slippers

Stubbs & Wooten

Menu

Comfort Food

Chicken and Dumplings

Bibb Lettuce Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Root Beer Floats

Flowers

Ranunculus in simple vases

Music

The Alabama Shakes

Table

www.barneys.com

ttp://www1.bloomingdales.com

www.fabricsandpapers.com

The Take Away

Mariebelle Hot Chocolate

Williams Sonoma

xoxo Carrie

So Colorful

Obsessing Over

Pantone

So perfect for over flow seating for dinner parties

They fold up for easy storage

Photo: www.feedgeeks.net

Coffee + Pantone Mugs = good way to start the day

Office Organization

Photo: www.utilitydesign.co.uk

Buy a gift for a friend in their favorite color

Love these limited edition stools

Photo: http://www.barberosgerby.com/work/all/79/

So much cuter than the Colgate version I have in my medicine cabinet.

 I picked some up from West Elm the other day

Photo: www.blogandbuysale.com

Such a grind

I kind of want to graffiti something

xoxo Carrie

Hello Yellow

  Hello Yellow

I am officially obsessing over the color yellow.

Maybe the daffodils did it.  So bright and cheery on my breakfast room table.

Yellow was my favorite color as a kid.

 My room was wall papered in a delicate yellow rose pattern.

 Today I’d do a little something like this

 

 Love the curtains in this room

Yellow shoes are awesome.

 I have four pairs myself.

My pal Heather is not a fan of yellow when used in home decor, but she has no problem throwing a little splash yellow goodness on her feet.

Everyone should.

  Yellow can knock on my door anytime

xoxo Carrie

 

Saturday Night Dinner Party


Saturday Night Dinner Party

The Mood

Simple/ Intimate/Casual

Dinner for 4

 The Menu

Ina Garten’s Herb Roasted Salmon

Lulu Powers Quinoa

(Her tip is to use her recipe as a base and make it your own.  I like to add roasted zucchini and toasted pine nuts.)

Apple & Onions Holiday Salad

Photo: www.applesandonions.com

Magnolia Bakery’s Banana Pudding

Photo: www.redeyechicago.com

The Music

Django Reinhardt

The Flowers

Simple Yellow in Julip Cups or Jelly Jars

Photo:prettychicky.com

The Table

Photo: Lonny Magazine

Interior Design: Michelle Adams

Photo: Heath Ceramics

Photo: John Robshaw

I think this table cloth would look great with the blue and white striped chairs

Photo: esty

The Take Away

I always try to send my guests home with a little something.

 Blueberry Scones to have with coffee in the morning.

 Photo: www.opensourcefood.com

xoxo Carrie