Monthly Archives: February 2012

Incredible Starbucks!!

This Starbucks location in Dazaifu, Japan (near a Shinto shrine) is the most fantastic looking Starbucks ever! Now, I am not one to hang out with my laptop at Starbucks but I probably would if the ones here looked like this one. Kengo Kuma and Associates created the design for this location and used over 2000 wood batons to make it happen. So awesome.
(all photos from Dezeen)

Love for Living Rooms!!

You watch TV there, read books there, hang out with your family there, take a nap on the couch in there…. the living room. Usually a pretty good size space, there are so many things you can do with your living room. Here are some inspiring pictures!

 I love all the prints and textures in this room!
(photo from Elle Decor)
The floors, all the windows, the colors.. yes, yes and yes!!
(photo from Hit Decors)
Very feminine and pretty! 
(photo found via Pinterest)
WOW! Lots of color in here!
(photo from freshome)
So put together. That chandelier is amazing!!
Such a cozy looking living room. I love the white slip-covered sofa and chair!
(photo from House and Home)
I love all that’s going on in here but I chose this picture because I especially love the big baskets holding all the movies. Storage does not have to be ugly and these a fabulous!!
(photo from My Home Ideas)
Don’t know that I would have the guts do this but it’s so bold and interesting!!
(photo from White Tapestry)

Diane Von Furstenberg for Gap Kids!!!!!!

I can’t tell you how EXCITED I am about the teaming up of Diane Von Furstenberg and Gap Kids/Baby Gap!!!!!! I LOVE Gap Kids already and I heart DVF too so this is magical!! Her Gap Kids/Baby line will be available on March 15, 2012! Her are some of the items you will find in her collection. So adorable!!!
(photos from Flare)

Richard McGeehan’s Getaway in Wisconsin!

Oh my goodness! How I love the Wisconsin home of interior designer, Richard McGeehan. The house used to be an actual pigpen (seriously) but you would NEVER know it now. The home is filled with lots of little touches that add so much personality. And the surrounding 1,200 acres…. Incredible! Pure beauty and calm.
(photos from Elle Decor)

Ahhhhh, looks like a super relaxing place to be.

 I like that he isn’t afraid to use color. Once upon a time, the numbers on the wall were used in horse-race results.

 The custom cabinetry is so simple and beautiful.

 The red dining chairs are FABULOUS!!

 Cozy looking bedroom.

 This 19th century dresser is gorgeous!

Pinning Is Winning Contest!!!!!!

Okay, so by now just about all of you should have a Pinterest obsession. Who’s with me?? Well, if you are not a Pin-addict now, you may be one by the end of February.

Announcing High Fashion Home’s “Pinning Is Winning” contest!!!! You have from now until 10 pm Central Time on February 29, 2012 to create your “High Fashion Home’s Pinning Is Winning” board in Pinterest. Choose your top 10-20 favorite items from the High Fashion Home website and pin it to your “High Fashion Home’s Pinning Is Winning” board. Get creative with your board. Tell us what you want to do with certain items, why you like them, how they make you feel… whatever! Winners will be judged on creativity, style, and composition.

Once you have created the board, email the link for your board to and Voila! you are entered in the running to win one of the 5 — $300 HFH gift card prizes!!! For all the official rules and details please visit HFH’s Facebook page AND we also added all details and rules in comments section below. Best of luck!!! PIN IT UP!!!

I created a board as an example and you can check it out here!! 

Official Contest Rules:

1. Eligibility – The “High Fashion Home’s Pinning Is Winning” contest is open to U.S. residents 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. There is no entry fee. The contest is void where prohibited by law, or where the registration or filing requirements of any state or local jurisdiction have not been complied with. Contest not viable in Alaska or Hawaii. Contest winnings have no cash value and are non-transferable. The contest is not open to employees, agents, or associates of High Fashion Home, nor to their family members.

2. Participation – The contest will begin on February 15, 2012. All boards that meet the requirements of the contest must be emailed to by 10 p.m. CST on Wednesday, February 29, 2012. The following rules apply to each submission:

Step 1: Be bold and create a board – Go to and create a board. Call it “High Fashion Home’s Pinning Is Winning” and categorize it under “Home Décor.”

Step 2: Show us your style with your favorite HFH products – High Fashion Home has over 3,000 amazing products on our website, and we want to know which items you can’t live without! Choose your top 10-20 favorite items and pin it to your “High Fashion Home’s Pinning Is Winning” board. Go to and pin away!

Step 3: Email your Pinterest board link to enter contest – Email a link to your “High Fashion Home’s Pinning Is Wining” board to In your email, please include your name, address, and phone number with “Pinning Is Winning” in the subject line. You will be entered for a chance win a one of five $300 gift cards to High Fashion Home.

Each entrant agrees and grants High Fashion Home permission to make available and display/perform and otherwise distribute entrants’ names and photo submission in all media in perpetuity without compensation. Except where legally prohibited, submission of an entry into this contest constitutes permission for Sponsors to use the entrants’ names, photograph, likeness, address (city and state), and testimonials, in printed media, broadcast media, or new media, in perpetuity, in any manner they deem appropriate in connection with promoting the photo submission itself or this contest, without further compensation in connection with this contest or the prize awarded. The entrant shall agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless High Fashion Home from and against all losses, damages and costs, expenses, including attorneys’ fees resulting from or related to the entrant’s participation in the contest.

3. Judging – A High Fashion Home judging panel will select the five winners of the “High Fashion Home’s Pinning Is Winning” contest. Judging will be based on creativity, a positive representation of brand message, and overall style and composition. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries submitted. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by the Official Contest Rules and final decisions of the judges.

4. Winner Notification – All winners will be notified via email by or around March 2, 2012.

Stairs and Stairs!

A lot of people hate stairs. Me? I have always loved stairs. There is something very beautiful about stairs and I have come across so many fabulous ideas for making stairs fun and different. Allow me to share the stairs with you…..

Love the designs between each step.
(photo from French by Design)
(photo found via Pinterest)
I so love these bright and cheery yellow stairs!!
(photo from Apartment Therapy)
So beautiful to look at. Gorgeous.
(photo found via Pinterest)
These are fabulous and fun!!
(photo from Designers Block)
Double duty bookshelf stairs!
(photo from Noosh Kids)
These have got to be the craziest most intimidating stairs I have ever seen!! You better be really coordinated and sober. ; )
(photo from Thriftify!)
Technically an escalator but how funny!!
(photo from Damn! LOL)