Friday, March 29, 2013

Friendly Friday 3.29.13

I calls this my High Alertz face.  I iz waiting for Daddys to come home.  It is not to be confusedz with my Super Cute face.

Have a Happy Easter everybodyz!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Hello Hue! { Florence, Italy }

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these colors.  Our living room tries to be in this palette, but I think it has too many black and white accessories to succeed. This is just so warm and inviting and Florentine...don't you want to sit down at a lovely outdoor table with a bottle of wine and some bread and olive oil and soak in the sun? 

You are practically relaxing in beautiful Tuscany. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Friendly Friday 3.22.13

I hadz a busy week, guys. I played in the snows, I barked at the tree service men, and I dragged an empty Popov vodka bottle out of the neighborsez trash and brought it home.  Mommy said bad words when she saw it.  And then she yelled something about being real classy.  I don't think she was sewious.

I am really very tired.  Thank goodness for this patch of sunshine.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Friendly Friday 3.15.13

Oooh...the Ides of March!  

While we were in San Francisco last month, Oliver turned 1! (We didn't even get him a present - I know...worst dog parents ever.) For today's post, I found a picture from the day we brought him home in the back of Ye Olde Corolla.  So small...he has gained 60 pounds since then!

Happy Weekend, all!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Mediterranean Vacation { Florence, Italy }

Our last full day in Italy was spent in Florence.  Next time, we will spend MUCH more time was magical.  What they say about the light in Tuscany is true; even on a cloudy, drizzly day, the city seemed to glow. 

We spent a glorious hour at Il Duomo, necks craned backwards at the beautiful interior of Brunelleschi's dome, trying not to bump into too many people as we walked around. At this point of the trip, we kind of had a "It's Tuesday, this must be Belgium" feeling.  Another European city, another stunning ceiling. 

On the excellent recommendation of a friend, we visited the small museum behind the Duomo, which contains the original Ghiberti bronze doors and an unfinished Michelangelo.  It was a lovely little gallery, uncrowded and full of treasures.  As we were in Florence on a Monday and the Uffizi was closed, we had the opportunity to explore without feeling like we needed to hurry off to something bigger and better.

Then a stroll across the Ponte Vecchio and around the Oltrano.  We scoped out some great places to shop (colorful leather gloves!) and eat dinner, then returned to our hotel for a quick nap.  I was so exhausted after a solid week of travel that I walked back up the Via Calzaiuoli without setting foot in a shop. 

And for our last dinner in Italy, we walked back down to the Oltrano, finally deciding on a small bistro near the Pitti Palace.  We ate a tasty, light meal, drank a great bottle of wine, and capped off our vacation with a gelato eaten while strolling around Il Duomo under the stars.  *sigh.  Such an elegant, accessible city. 

Florence is a whole vacation unto itself.  Plan to take a week - a day just didn't cut it. 

all photos, mine


Monday, March 11, 2013

Hello Hue! { Back to Venice }

So of all the beautiful, vibrant colors of Venice, I chose a photo that is practically black and white.  Yep.  I think I was scared of a crazy-clown color scheme.  And Venice by night is a totally different beast than Venice-by-day.  Most of the tourists have gone, the streets are quieter, the alleyways more mysterious.  Plus I love gray and yellow.  I have ever since Sarah did that farmhouse bath.

But lately, gray-and-yellow have been everywhere.  Weddings, nurseries, prints, sheets, fabrics, outfits, dinnerware, and don't even get me started on the chevrons.  It can so easily skew...Pinterest-twee.

So how to capture the dark, secret, aged elegant feel of Venice-by-night in a budget-friendly grown-up bathroom kind of way?  First, paint the walls gray.

But add a nice dark vanity with a gray and white Carrara marble top. Pottery Barn sells similar styles for over $2500 - without the marble top.  I hate the whole 'buy it for less' deal, because unless it is the actual item you are looking for and you find it at a discount store, it really isn't the same thing.  And it probably doesn't have any of the features you liked about the original (e.g. heft, durability, construction, finish).  So... you'll likely be buying a new one.  Soon.  Which doesn't add up to 'less'.

However, this is not a cheap vanity - just fewer bucks than PB.  It imagine it will be serviceable.  Plus the carved detail is a little Venetian. I don't hate the mirror, but it looks a little top-heavy.  I don't want to worry about a concussion while I'm brushing my teeth.

And add in some carrara mosiac tile (maybe this is a small bathroom, and you can splurge on $10/sf), some aged brass fixtures and, since I apparently have to buy something for every room from PB, some towels. 

You're practically brushing your teeth in romantic, moonlit Venice!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Mediterranean Vacation { Back to Venice! }

After disembarking our home on the high seas, we had a couple extra days to spend in Italy and decided to stay in Venice for the night before catching a train to Florence the next day.  And extra day in Venice is never a bad there was time to get our land legs back so we wouldn't be tripping all over ourselves in Fashionable Florence. 

It rained, of course, so luggage was hauled through the soggy streets...not for the first time, we were insanely happy about our decision to only bring carry-ons.  Watching people struggle over the cobblestoned Piazzale Roma with GIANT suitcases full of cruise-wear (in the rain) was a little horrifying.  

We actually took a vaporetto from the train station - and listened to the fabulous Rick Steves audiotour I'd downloaded in the States.  We loved every second of our trip down the Grand Canal, but the water seemed...kind of high. What's that?  Record-breaking floods all across Italy while we were gone?  People swimming across St. Mark's? 

Yeah.  Our vacations and Natural Disasters.  A match made in heaven. 


Our hotel was in the Rialto area - we'd decided to try one night in a tourist hub, was fine.  We much preferred Hotel Dalla Mora and the Dosudoro, but the shopping couldn't be beat in the Rialto.  We found some real gems amongst the tourist kitsch.

Then a walk to a very soggy Saint Mark's.  At this point of the trip my poor feet had walked all over the eastern Mediterranean (having never recovered from our first day in Venice!), so I decided to just wear my Keens and go for it - everybody's feet were wet that day.  And a pair of cheap wellies cost about $25 on the street!

We shopped our way back to the hotel and then took ourselves on a walkabout before dinner.  Saint Mark's had dried out, so we were able to see it in all its glory.  We found a small restaurant near our hotel and, after having a pre-dinner cocktail (awesomely leaning against a stand-up bar in the alleyway outside), decided this was The Place.  We had to wait about 45 minutes for a table, but the staff were very friendly and accomodating, and the whole place felt very...local.  We had such a great time just sipping our cocktails and people-watching. 

 Venice was even nicer when we had time to relax and enjoy it.  Un jet-lagged.  With time to eat copious amounts of seafood pasta.  And drink lots of wine.  *sigh. 

all photos, mine

Friday, March 1, 2013

Friendly Friday 3.1.13

What?  This duvet covers isn't for me eithers?!  Seriously, Mummy, get it together.  You knows I look good in da stripes. 
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