Daily Covet: Outdoor oasis

We had a situation this weekend.  Our back patio flooded our basement.  We know why and sheepishly my husband admitted fault.  While we relished the 50+ degree day, complete with loads of sunshine, it caused the ice and snow that had been piling  up for months to start melting.  Said snow and ice (now running water) was seeping through the brick of our patio, the ground underneath and through the foundation to our basement.

My mother-in-law, who was visiting for lunch, went to use the guest bathroom downstairs and alerted my husband of the pooling water in the nether regions of our home.  Needless to say, a small pump and much chipping and shoveling of ice and snow were needed to contain the mess for at least the foreseeable future.

We knew the day would come when the brick and stone of our back patio would need to be replaced with something a little more durable and a little less porous.  That day has come…

back patio, compliments of hgtv.com


My Paying Gig: Let’s talk about sex!

Remember the old tune, “Let’s talk about sex” by Salt ‘n Peppa?  Well, in honor of a pending Valentine’s day, I have dissected the human sexual condition in today’s Momaha.com blog.

Read it here… because there will be homework.

But I promise, you’ll enjoy it!

Daily Covet: Bright Ideas

My house was built in 1927 and while I love almost everything about it, one of the downsides is the lighting situation in the living room.  It’s a large room with two small lamps on one long wall.  There is no wiring for sconces or overhead lighting, such as a beautiful chandelier.  A contractor once told me that it would be seriously difficult (read expensive) to rewire up the walls and through to the middle of the ceiling.

However, I am now thinking that I need to succumb to the expense and the difficulty that a contractor (thankfully not me!) would  encounter to give me better light in my living room.  Not to mention, the beauty of one of these gorgeous chandeliers from Horchow.

Amber Teak Chandelier, Horchow.com $1995


Barbara Cosgrove Baroque White Chandelier, Horchow.com $1185

John-Richard Collection Silver-Plated Chandelier, Horchow.com $1985


Daily Covet: Preppy in pink & green

Not only do I love spring & summer for the sunshine and warmth, I love it because that’s when wedding, parties and miscellaneous occasions are in full swing.  I like to have a few go-to dresses in my closet so that I can be ready to celebrate… well, pretty much anything.  Here’s another fun styling idea for a summer wedding, milestone birthday party, a 20th class reunion (I’m not saying whose!) or even an anniversary dinner with my best guy.

MICHAEL KORS One-Shoulder Jersey Drape Dress, michaelkors.com $1295, Tory Burch Reva Satin Clutch, stylefind.com $295, Ted Rossi Paparazzi Flash Cuff $30 & Nicole Miller Magnolia Flower Earrings $15, renttherunway.com

Daily Covet: Spring anticipation

Burberry Leather Platform Sandal, couture.zappos.com $595

If you follow this blog, you have probably come to the realization that I adore shoes.  I know I’m not the only one out there but I feel extra passionate about shoes this year.

For the past few years, I have been non-plussed by the selections and styles from even the top designers.  But all that has changed… and today, I am coveting this amazing pair of Burberry platform sandals.  I know they are pricey but so versatile – would it really take me that long to get a return on my investment?

Daily Covet: Desert Wedding

I am attending a wedding in the California desert later this year.  And true to form, I am already on the search for my semi-formal attire.  It’s also true to form, that I started with the shoes first and you’ll know why when you see the Yves Saint Laurent shoes that I am coveting!

I’m in love the bold color of this J.Crew dress that I spotted in the Hollywood issue of the J.Crew magazine and also thought warm gold-tone jewelry would be perfectly hot for this desert fete!

J.Crew Silk organza starburst dress (ornamental pink), jcrew.com $275; Yves Saint Laurent Tribute Patent Sandal, Neiman Marcus $795; Stella & Dot Birds of Paradise Necklace $178, Pearl Bouquet Bracelet $79, Baby Flower Bangle – Gold $39, stelladot.com