Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
I'm usually not a big fan of the Spanish style, but this one caught my eye because of its unique entry and interesting nooks.
What I want you to see is the Loggia. I looked this word up because I've never heard of it before. It's an Italian design element and it basically means a portico or area open to the elements on one side, with some sort of support beaming, and closed in by an interior space on the other. I really really like it. This is how you enter the house, the living room is on one side - accessible through a series of french doors - and the court yard is on the other side.
Here's a photo of it:
Isn't she lovely?
I also love the grand hall and the dining room overlooking the courtyard. The little wine cellar is a nice touch. The master suite is situated on its own, private little courtyard. The only downside I can see to that is: where would you let the dogs out? Surely you don't want them roughing up your glam front court yard - not to mention the kids.
I know. These photos are excruciatingly small. So, if you're really into delving into the home plans, click here for a larger view.
What do you rate this home? I give it a solid 4. There are some quirky elements and...well...it's Spanish and I don't love that. But all in all, it is really pretty fab.
Friday, January 29, 2010
I sorta don't care. But I'll watch.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
So what if it's almost gone and I've been the only one privy to it's whereabouts?
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
This one highlights our favorite children's literature. So, if you're stumped or your bookshelf is lacking and you have chickies between the ages of 0-5 years old, peek in at The Petit Bookshelf and see what books we're curled up with.
For the more mature tastes in the crowd, stop by The Insatiable Reader.
What can I say? I love my books.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Every Monday night I come to the couch and settle in expectantly with a chocolate peanut butter smoothie (I have to share this recipe with you) or cupcake or massive cup of steamy hot chocolate and convince myself that tonight's episode will surely be better than last week's; how can it not be?
And...it never is. It's always worse.
These chicks are miserable. They're not intriguing or winsome or intelligent or anything a desirable woman should be.
The only one I can sorta stomach is Tenley. And then I remember...her name annoys me so I don't like her either.
Vienna is a silly, unsophisticated mess.
Ali is a bossy, control freak disguised as Apple Pie.
Gia is a toddler wannabe with her "carry me through the vineyards" date.
Corey is a wall-flower. (I had to look her up to even remember she is still in the running.)
Tenley is cute, but a little fakey-smile and glassy-eyed. Although, Jake can be that way too, so maybe they're a good fit.
I'm not going to quit watching or blogging about this train-wreck but I have to stop blogging about this tonight. I just hit "play" on my DVR recording of The Barefoot Contessa - watching this in an effort to calm myself before bed time. Ina is so not lame.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
I'm not sure if it's the strange girls that are involved or the intensity of Jake on this journey. But things are definitely hard to watch and much less care free than the Jillian days of The Bachelorette. It's kinda not fun to watch. Am I allowed to say that?
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Today, I'm thinking of Haiti. In my prayers last night I was at a complete loss as to how to pray for such a massive tragedy. How will my one, little prayer impact a country devastated? I got a crazy pull to go. I just wanted to go. Give them food, water, a blanket; help one desperate soul...
But I can't. There's no way I can.
So I prayed instead for those who can. I prayed that God would multiply their efforts. That one pair of hands helping there would be exponentially more help than we could imagine.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
1. Sweet Evie as a brand new 2 year old. January.
2. A trip to The London Tea room for tea & scones. February.
3. Dyed my hair red. Short-lived. March.
4. Missouri Botanical Gardens gorgeous tulips. April.
5. Mr. B. and Mrs. B. take a vacation to Jamaica. May.
6. Beck plays brook-side at the Missouri Bot. Gardens. June.
7. Celebrating our freedom as Americans. I find out I'm expecting Baby B. July.
8. Apple picking and eating in late August.
9. Beck turns four September 1st.
10. A fairy-girl named Evie on Halloween. October. (Photo taken by my friend, Ashley.)
11. Leaf-jumping in November.
12. Get-away to South Carolina's Hilton Head Island. Evie turns three on December 17th.
Monday, January 11, 2010
There were a few twilight zone moments. I was squirming with discomfort through most of the show.
From the strange one-on-one time in the pool cabana with a giggling, drunk bachelorette, to weirdo Michelle flipping her lid every 14 minutes, to the Fanny Nanny requesting no kisses and then taunting Jake...
I mean really, this poor, unassuming, good boy has to deal with all these imbeciles?
Need a breath of fresh air after all the weirdness? Let's move to the adorable date between Jake and Ali...
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Total Living Area: 3912
Sq. Ft.First Floor: 2612
Sq. Ft.Second Floor: 1300
Full Baths: 3
Half Baths: 1
And a lovely master suite.
Great bedroom layout on the 2nd floor and even a little nook for an office. I approve.
A theatre and rec room and media room in the basement. Because we all need those...separately, please.
A few photos of the house finished & decorated:
Have to say, these photos look like a bad interior designer had a heyday all over this joint. Icky. Icky. Icky. It's all very contrived and straight out of the warehouse. But now you can see the bones of the place.
I do quite like the massive stone fireplace in the library though.
Rate it! I give it a 4 out of 5...with some touch ups. It's got potential. You?