Friday, July 30, 2010

My New Love

I have a new love--While on a quickie beach vacay earlier this week, I was able to hit a flea market with my mom. I was immediately drawn to this vase.

The shape, the detailed print--It''s so not me, but so me at the same time. I am always drawn to interiors that are sleek and modern and I really want that to be my house, but it just isn't me. There are aspects of it that hint of me, but overall, I am much more bohemian and a little over the top. I think this vase is one of those things that I can work into my decor because it has gold on it, it's intricate and busy enough for me but it's pattern is somehow simple.

The marking on the bottom is "Rosenthal studio-linie" I did a little research on the line when I got home and found that this is a German company who makes amazing vases, dinnerware and other porcelain goods. This vase is most likely from the 50's or 60's....Anyone know anything else about it?? Can't you see it full of wooden spoons in the kitchen, or some funky flowers on a side table? It's on my desk right now, with nothing it in...I love a vase that can stand alone! So Stylish! I can't stop staring at it.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Bohemian Travels.

I am busy packing for travels today. The trip will be very laid back and casual, tres bohemian. I have managed to list a few new bags in the shop. This one is my fave--
And if you need something to wear with it for your travels-

Happy. Bohemian.Weekend.



Friday, July 23, 2010


Miss A is a walking tornado and keeping up with her room cleaning (or lack there of) has So-- we made a deal. We make over her room and she has to keep it clean. We'll see how that goes.....

make.over., originally uploaded by gardenhouse.

I really pared everything down as far as how much schtuff she has in her room. She was at camp while I was doing the tear down and has noticed that much is missing-- love that! I did have a great time making drapes, moving furniture and making some new silhouettes for her walls. We'll be adding a Coco Chanel quote to her walls when the decal gets here. "A girl should be two things....classy and fabulous." Her room is all fun with a little fashion undertone...a few dress forms, a little glam and lots of Amy Butler Love!

I had a really hard time photographing her room, mostly because the light was not great and I wanted to get the photos right the end of the day. Oh well. And if you are wondering what a 7 year old has on her dresser, here ya go-- loads of lip gloss, "pretty" eyeshadow and a bedazzled i-pod of course! All corraled nicelyin an acyylic tray lined with a little sisboom!

Her big sister is now on the prowl for a room make-over. I had loads of great ideas for her but her input-- "I really like peace signs."

Please someone, shoot me!



Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Funky Bags. Funky Blog.

Funky, vintage, beaded bags are a perfect little accessory to any outfit, don't you think? I have adorned a few of them with fabric and ribbon roses and of course a little vintage sparkle. I will be listing a few of them in the shop this morning.

This white beaded bag would be fab to dress up a cute pencil skirt and army jacket- a la J. Crew. I tell you I am still obsessed with that fall look book!

On a completely different subject-- A different "Brooch the Subject" What do you all think of this. I am baffled and not sure what to think.....

No posts, nothing. Just a little blurb saying handcrafted accessories. Is someone playing games with me?? Or am I being self absorbed.... I know there are other "Brooch the Subject's" out there-- it's the "Handcrafted accessories" that makes me wonder.... Anyone know how I figure out more about this?? I'm baffled...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Everything Fabulous

Perusing a few of my fave blogs this morning because the kids are at camp (aaaahhhhhhh) and I don't have ANY interruptions! None! Sasha's blog, Everything Fabulous is one of my fave's. It IS Everything, decor, shopping, crafts-- It should be a daily read for you if it is not already. Today's post highlighted the The J.Crew Fall Lookbook. I.Die. Seriously.

I think this stuff is designed to taunt and tease ME. Yes, specifically me. And to drain my bank account. Ya know what,though...Why should J.Crew get to have all the fun?

sparkles, originally uploaded by gardenhouse.

I'm going to start offering some of my vintage jewelry finds in the shop along side my bags and clothing. All vintage brooches are amazing-- for the most part- but some are just beyond and need to be offered as solo pieces. So if you need something to spruce up your tweed jacket worn over your chambray button down, and I'm assuming some sort of sparkly heel, (thanks Jenna, for the inspiration) check the shop this evening. And please, buy one of everything because I don't think I can live another day without this jacket!

Happy Shopping.



Friday, July 16, 2010

Inspiration Found

inspiration found, originally uploaded by gardenhouse.

Flickr is the BEST place for inspiration, no? That dress should get us all up and sewing- instead of watchg 5 episodes of Keeping up with the Kardashians (which I did yesterday- no kidding-- I NEVER sit down and watch tv during the day.)

Happy Stylish Inspired Friday.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Brain Jam.

I have been feeling completely stifled lately-- sort of like I am spinning my wheels. I feel like my brain is going in a thousand different directions-- bags, hats, home goods, patterns, fabric, blog and summer! I have way too many ideas and not enough time and I also feel like I have been in limbo for a while with business being the same. It's chaos in this noggin o'mine! Am I waiting for something to fall out of the sky to point me in the right direction? No idea....I'm frustrated and figured I a break was in order to regroup a little.

I have spent the last two days in the kitchen-- making jam, pickles and chutney. Brian, the kids and I hit the farmers market on Sunday morning and then went to pick apricots from a friends tree. We came home with probably 15 pounds of apricots and didn't even make a dent in her tree. The results are Apricot Jam, Apricot Riesling Jam, Apricot Brandy Jam, Apricot Chutney and Bread and Butter pickles from the 4lbs of Persian cucumbers we bought at the farmers market.

If you are looking for something to do with your bumber crop of cucumbers-- here's a fabulous recipe for Bread and Butter PicklesDirections:

In a bowl, gently toss the cucumber, salt and onions. Transfer to a colander set in an extra large bowl, layering cucumber mixture then ice and finishing with a layer of ice. Weight the top with a heavy plate and chill overnight.

Meanwhile, make the pickling syrup. In a large nonreactive saucepan, combine the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 3 minutes. Remove from heat, cool, cover and refrigerate until you are ready to proceed with the recipe.

After the cucumbers have chilled (which was overnight for me) remove and throw out any unmelted ice as well as the liquid that drained into the bowl then transfer cucumbers and onions to a large nonreactive pan. Pour the syrup over the cucumbers and bring the mixture to a low boil. Stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.

With a large spoon, fill hot sterilized pint canning jars with cucumbers then ladle the syrup into the jar. Fill to about 1/4 to 1/8 inch below the rim. I used wide mouth jars and a canning funnel to make things easier. Put on the lids and screw band and then invert until they are cool-- or for at least 5 minutes.

One tip-- I find it much easier to put the jars in the over to sterilize them instead of boiling them in water. Here's what I do....load up a 9x11x2 pan with canning jars and lids (not the circle rims, just the lid part) preheat oven to 200 and pop the jars in there for 10 minutes. You can then very easily use oven mitts to pull the whole pan of jars out instead of having to fumble around with pulling hot jars out of boiling water. I use tongs to pull the lids off.

My head is no more clear than it was 2 days ago but hey, at least we have preserves!



Friday, July 9, 2010

Garden Clippings.

Gardening with Mr. H this weekend I was struck by how gorgeous the flower clipping piles were. If you ask him, he will tell you I am sensitive when it comes to trimming roses and flowers. I would rather keep them all growing wild, but I know it's not the best for the plants or our garden. I have lots of "clippings" hanging around the studio~~gorgeous studio sparkles in small piles , sort of like the pile of rose heads cut from the bush after reaching the end of their bloom time.

Gardening and creative thinking always come hand in hand for me and spurred me to think about the whole idea of dirt and flowers, Beauty and the Beast of sorts (sort of like me and Mr. H in the garden lol). Deconstructed couture is where my thought process ended. Roughed up hats with polished clippings.

I love mixing styles as much as I love mixing colors and have always loved dressing up more casual styles. I would wear jeans and sparkly shoes to every event if I thought I could get away with it.

I LOVE these hats about as much as I love my favorite pair of jeans {featured in that polyvore below} Already patched and rugged and worn. I would live in them if it did not reach 105 here at least once a week during the summer.

Another outfit I have been dreaming of is super soft, super wide leg pants....I found some Rachel Pallys for a STEAL here..... add a sequined top, cute sandals and one of these hats {which will be in the shop by tomorrow morning} and you are good to go! Comfy. Casual. Chic. Who could ask for more on a hot summer night??


Thursday, July 8, 2010

All things vintage and FAB.

The gods of all things vintage and fab have been smiling down on me lately! Flea market trips have been crazy good- maybe because the girls are with me I feel like I have more hands to carry things?? Don't know. Either way it's been most enjoyable. I'm stocking up for I swear it's all for the shop. My mom keeps laughing at me...she is threatening to come down and do it herself if I don't get it up and running!! She knows me. I have a hard time parting with vintage stacks of plates and bowls.

Little beaded handbags......screaming for fabric flowers and vintage sparkle.

Birds...oh birds! I am OB-sessed with vintage bird anything. You see why, yes?

And sets of glass......PINK drinking glasses, 6 of them and green depression glass plates. Are you drooling yet?? Me too!

Cheers to or to my house chock full of goodies ;)

Simone (hoarder of fab vintage trappings)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Choose Shoes....and fabric.

In life, there are tough decisions to be made. Especially when one has "white" chaise lounge cushions that are almost 5 years, no longer very white. I could have shopped here for fabulous new cushions, thus breaking the bank and forfeiting these shoes that I am drooling over. And ya'll know how I love me some shoes! So, I choose shoes and fabric-- it's option B-- Making slipcovers for the existing cushions, which work perfectly, just didn't look so pretty. I used two outdoor tablecloths that I purchase at Homegoods for 16.99 each. I stayed up until 1am sewing and voila! Beauty!

Just in time for our "little 4th of July gathering." Making them was very simple. I just laid the cushion flat and measured seam to seam length and width. I made boxed corners and a slip back.

I of course didn't take pictures of the process because it was late, and I was crunching this in before heading to Palm Springs with girlfriends for a little r&r. I'd be happy to walk you through the process if you are interested, just email me.I also found this tutorial, which seems to be rather well written- the only thing I would change about it is that I used about a 6inch overlap on the back slip, 2 inches does not seem like enough when the cushion has to bend. I also added little ties to tie them onto the chair. Very easy and quick--and enough money left over for the shoes --Which I will be pairing with a tunic and tights for fall. How amazing do the shoes look with this fabric??

I'm seeing a tunic with a touch of red--either in piping or a band somewhere..maybe the sleeves. The fabric is from Amy's new line that will be out this fall...not exactly sure when but I cannot wait to get my hands on it....Soul Blossoms is her new line. It's uplifting and soulful, deep and colorful. Amy's fabrics are always a great choice.
Simone (who chooses shoes...and fabric)

Saturday, July 3, 2010


I'm home from a fun getaway with my girl friends to Palm Springs.

It's an ideal getaway for us....only about a 2 hour drive and my girlfriend has a place there, so we don't have to pay to stay. Which of course leaves more money for shopping, martini's and mojitos. The shopping is amazing as there is a fabulous outlet mall about 20 minutes out of Palm Springs-- I scored big at Splendid. We sat in the pool for hours yesterday afternoon just chatting, chatting, chatting. It is amazing how much we all have to talk about. I love these gals. We don't get away enough-- although we do get away more than most-- it's never enough for us ;) Last night we hit the town for sushi and drinks--I was crowned the cocktail warrior ...oh yes! Warrior I am... well I WAS.

White jeans, grey top, melon colored jewelry, peach patent shoes and cocktails! Today- not so much. Tylenol warrior, maybe. Now I'm home finishing up the prep for the "small, simple gathering" we're having tomorrow. Lots to do. Must warrior on!
Oh and I'm totally going to make these sparkler strawberries that one of my favorite people posted on her fun and easy and will be a huge hit with the kiddos.

Warrior Simone