Category Archives: Books

Book Walls!!!

Forget just one book shelf! These wall and walls of books are amazing!!!

Photo from Pinterest
Personal library
(photo from Mi Casa Es Su Casa)
 Dining room book walls! 
(photo from Elements of Style)
Just beautiful by the stairs!
(photo from Apartment Therapy)
In the bedroom
(photo from Tiny White Daisies)
(photo from Pinterest)
Fabulous in the kitchen!!
(photo from The Kitchn)
(photo from Favim)
Book walls AND a book wall/door!!
(photo from Pinterest)

Digital-Only Textbook for Kids

Let me start of by professing my love for the Kindle.  E-readers are definitely the future, and it looks like the future is finally about to descend upon our public school systems.  McGraw-Hill just launched it’s first digital only textbook.

There are numerous advantages of the digital only format.  When publishers need to make minor updates, they won’t have to print thousands of these heavy text books to schools around the country.  It saves paper, saves gas, and most importantly, saves money.  Each paper book costs roughly $50-80 dollars to our school systems (Let’s not talk about the budget shortfalls that most public entities are facing).  Now they can send a quick update so that students will have instant access to the right information.

With the price of e-readers dropping quickly, our kids might be able to get their hands on one sooner than later.  Worst case, parents should buy their kids an e-reader instead of a phone or video game system.

I love my Kindle!

My Big Finale!

Well, this is it.  My final farewell.  Today is my last day at High Fashion Home.  I’m leaving to pursue a career as a stay-at-home mom.  See?

Yep, I’m ready to pop!  All our bags are packed, we’re ready to go.  Except we’ll be leaving in a Prius, not a jetplane, and we’ll be back home from the hospital in a couple of days.

My pretty new Vera Bradley diaper bag, all packed and ready!

 Welcome to Baby James’ little nursery!
 Here’s hoping he’s a good sleeper!  I made all of the bedding with fabrics I got from High Fashion Home and High Fashion Fabrics.  It was a lot of work, but I’m happy with the result!  We got the crib (probably the simplest one we could find without being ultra-modern) at Babies R Us.
 I surprised my husband with an LSU mobile… Geaux Tigers!
 A little corner in which to rock the little guy to sleep.  We ordered the rocking chair from Pottery Barn Kids.
 I also made these book slings with a fabric I got at High Fashion Fabrics.  They’re filled with the classics- Goodnight Moon, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, and so on…  I found the tutorial to make them here!
 A yellow vintage buffet became our changing table.  We filled the inside with baskets to hold all of his stuff!  He has a lot and he hasn’t even been born yet!

 I fell in love with a book of Eric Carle‘s famous pictures.  I framed a few of my favorites to add some (more) color to the room.
 My friend Cynthia painted this for Baby James!  Isn’t it perfect?  Baby’s first piece of art!

 I think our dog, Kola, is practicing being a guard dog.  Or maybe she thinks the nursery is her room.  Whatever floats her boat!

It’s been a lot of fun blogging for High Fashion over the past few years!  Maybe I’ll make an appearance from time to time, but for now it’s going to be all about preparing for, and taking care of, our new baby!

Apt. Therapy + A Big Book = Small, Cool Places

Okay!!….I have to admit it, I have not been to Apartment Therapy’s blog lately and I know you guys want to hurt me bad! (GASP!!) While I was over at one of my new favorite blogs, Cool Hunting, I stumbled onto something that I should have known about ages ago!!

Apartment Therapy has just released a book, named Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small, Cool Places, by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, founder of blog. I checked out the preview on their blog and I’m so excited that I’m going to check to see if we can receive in the store, so keep your fingers crossed.

What’s Your Passion?

Moleskine has a very cool new product out for those of you with passion. They are (appropriately) called Moleskine Passions– journals to record the things you love.

My dad would probably be into the Book Journal, where he can make lists of books he’d like to read, make notes about books he’s currently perusing, and jot down good quotes.

My in-laws would like the Wine Journal where they can write down their favorite wines and vineyards, learn new wine lingo, and keep a list of what they currently have in their wine refrigerators. Yes, plural refrigerators.

I would love the the Recipe Journal since I’m always looking for new recipes and getting opinions from the husband on what he likes, what I could change, what could go with that chicken we had last night, and so on and so forth.

They also have music, film, and wellness journals for those who love music, film, and themselves. Their words, not mine!

Click here to find out where to purchase these little bad boys.


I Love Macarons by Hisako Ogita at Amazon

Do you remember when I blogged about this book? Well, I got it! And now I am dying to try my hand at creating my own macaron masterpiece. The recipes are far from easy. They’re time consuming and tricky, so why would I want to do that? Because I CAN! So, rather than wanted to lose weight or quit doing this or that, I resolve to make macarons in 2010. It’s going to be quite a sweet year!

Chestnut Macarons with Pink Champagne from Mowielicious via Tastespotting.
P.S. Did you notice the Daily Drop Cap I used by Jessica Hische? Quite useful, eh?

All I Want For Christmas…

Give me books, books, and more books. If I had a drug of choice, it would be books. What a clean, legal addiction to have. Three are topping my list currently…

I’ve been into Tord Boontje’s whimsical designs for a while. It would be nice to have all wrapped up neatly in a book where I could look at them any time I need inspiration. Tord Boontje by Martina Margetts, $47.25 @ Amazon.

Every since I read an interview with Carrie McCarthy on Coco + Kelley, I’ve been obsessed with getting my hands on her book! What is my style statement and how can I put it to work in my life? Style Statement: Live By Your Own Design by Carrie McCarthy & Danielle LaPorte, $7.80 @ Amazon.
Macarons are a rather recent obsession. I didn’t taste one until this past summer. I can’t believe what I was missing! They’re delicious! I want to make a trip to Paris just to savor some, but until then, I can look at pictures of them and drool. I Love Macarons by Hisako Ogita, $10.17 @ Amazon.