Daily Covet: Four-Seater Bench

This little four-seater bench is one of my favorite things this morning.

As you’ve probably guessed, I adore the color.  And love the shabby-chic thing it has going on too.  What’s more, the adorable “holiday” pillows in pale pinks and blues are so unexpected for Santa Season.

But at almost a grand, this little bench won’t be gracing my front porch.  Instead, I’ll search out a vintage one for about 1/20 of the price in one of my nearby antique markets.

Who shops RSH.com anyway… ridiculous prices!

Daily Covet: Classic books in cute outfits!

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.  Isn’t that how the old adage goes?

Well, you’ll want to judge these classic books by their book jackets.  Juniper Books LLC features these beautiful covers, designed by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazini.  Each Puffin classic book is wrapped in a bold new design that I would love to have in my “library!”

Love Sherlock Holmes?  They’ve got those too!
You can also judge some cook books by their covers and even my favorite, a J.D. Salinger collection.  Your bookshelves would be so cute!

Daily Covet: Personalized & Preppy Outdoor Entertaining

I love outdoor entertaining.  And it just so happens that our outdoor space happens to be the most perfect part of our living space.

Our red market umbrella and red Adirondack chairs, along with grass green iron table and dining chairs, pop against a bricked-in patio and plenty of normally lush landscaping.  Fun dishes, and of course table linens, are also imperative for great outdoor fêtes.

I decided to look for outdoor dining pieces on BoatmanGeller.com, and I couldn’t help bug oggle a few all of them!

But if you love anything personalized, check out the most amazing selection of fun prints.  The selection of stationary, melamine, desk accessories, phone accessories and more are in all in one place.

Take a gander at these scrumptious pieces and patterns…

Aaaannnd, a dear friend of mine runs a booming business called Mommy Wisdom, where you can order some of Boatman Geller’s cutest products!

Daily Covet: Bathrooms you’d love to live in

The bathroom in our basement is a hot mess.

Guests who see it for the first time always exclaim, “It must be so nice to have that big Whirlpool tub!”

First of all, we NEVER use it. It’s two floors away from our bedroom. Secondly, aren’t Whirlpool tubs kindof 80’s, like having an outdoor, free-standing jacuzzi in your back yard?

Moving on.  The tile, which covers much of the walls around the infamous Whirlpool tub, is a sortof pink-ish, beige-ish color with a sea green wash to some of the trim tile.  I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be Southwestern or Tuscan…

It’s a great-sized bathroom, but the space is wasted as it really functions as the “powder room” because there is no guestroom down there either.

The vanity is oak, and kountry with a “k.”  Think craft fairs and wooden shelves full of knickknacks and gimcracks.  Sock dolls and wooden hearts hanging on rope.  To add insult to injury, the pulls are brass.  Not cool brass – like flowery, also kountry brass.

Above the ugly vanity is a mirror that I put up because I had no other place for it.  That I like, but it does not match in any way, shape or form the “disco” sconces that hang on either side of it.  I can’t fully explain these enough, so I must include this picture…

Throw in scuffed up, pale vanilla walls and cream-colored toilet and countertops, and you’ve got yourself one fugly bathroom.

I think I’d prefer it look a little something like this… because if it did, you wouldn’t get me out of it!

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Daily Covet: New England waterfront living

Summer is going fast.  My darling husband’s job is demanding, and not allowing for much of a summer vacation this year.

More than ever, our family could use a little R & R.  A little downtime.  A little un-plugging. (Join the crowd, I know!)

I keep daydreaming of a lonely seaside home.  A place where we could breath fresh sea air, sit under the stars and bury our feet in hot sand.  A place where we could ride bikes and lazily read in beach chairs.  A place where we could just be a family — without the hustle of activities, engagements, responsibilities.

This New England waterfront home looks like as good a place as any, right?

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And since we are going to be on the beach, we’ll need great beach accessories!  How about these from OneKingsLane today?

On the edge…

There is the edge of sanity.  The edge of time.  And of course, Pink Floyd’s “Edge of Darkness.”

But this house is really on the edge!

Not to worry, it meets California’s earthquake codes and can withstand winds of up to 100 mph.  It’s also permanently attached to the rooftop of UC San Diego’s engineering building.

I’m not sure about you, but I’d be on the edge of my seat watching someone stand in it or walk under it!

Daily Covet: Westin Home Collection, Heaven on Earth

I revisited my favorite hotel bed this weekend.

My husband and I had a staycation for our 8th Anniversary, and stayed at this little hotel in Midtown.  It wasn’t the “Presidential Suite” at some swanky high-rise hotel or a European-style room at a boutique hotel downtown.  But it was the room I wanted at the Element Hotel, a cool, modern, extended-stay part of the Westin group, and home to the Westin Home Collection.

The king-sized bed has layer upon layer upon layer of white, down and high thread count Egyptian cotton.  You can’t even imagine the fantastic night’s sleep you can get in this bed.

And since I HATE my own new mattress, it is this Westin Home mattress and bedding that I dream about at night!  And it’s possible to buy them… for a price.