August 28, 2013

summer's end and cool ades

On the last of these summer days, why settle for the usual? Fruity concoctions, unlikely mixtures with a splash of the unexpected. here are a few my faves to end our summer sojourn.


Lime Strawberryade 

Makes about 6 cups.

1 lb. fresh strawberries, hulled
juice from 2 limes (about 1/3 cup)
1/3 c. sugar
4 c. water
ice
2 cups Chilled Sparkling Rose (optional)

Add strawberries, lime juice, sugar, and water to a blender and blend until completely pureed and smooth. Pour through a strainer into a large pitcher, pressing the fruit pulp to get as much juice out if it as possible. Skim the foam off the top of the pitcher and discard. Taste the juice and add more lime or sugar to taste if necessary. Cover the pitcher and refrigerate until chilled. Stir before serving, then serve over ice, with a slice of lime and a fresh strawberry for garnish.




Limeade Punch

INGREDIENTS
1 (12 ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate.
5-6 crushed mint leaves
1 (2 liter) bottle Sprite.
frozen raspberries or sliced limes for garnish 
ice.



Grapefruitade




INGREDIENTS:

Cayenne Simple Syrup -
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or more if you’re adventurous)


The Drink
4 oz grapefruit juice (fresh squeezed if you can – takes about 2 grapefruits)
1 oz cayenne simple syrup
ice
lime wedge



XX



August 26, 2013

decor inspiration: home offices



Hello everyone,  I do have some much needed inspiration this fine Monday, check out these home offices that are also giving me ideas; for my redesign of my own little home office.






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August 16, 2013

what's playing in my ear


Hello Everyone, Cheers to a wonderful weekend. I'm hoping for some rest and relaxation this weekend, even with a few chores to boot. 

I am leaving you with this song that I know you have heard before but not quite like this. Jahmene Douglas from X-Factor sings 'Titanium'.
Bye for now and stay tuned for more my Luvs.

August 14, 2013

walking on the dark side with Abigail Ahern


I was reading the latest issue of Rue August 2013 and it felt like I fell into Wonderland with Alice. Abigail Ahern shops all over the world and makes a statement in every room of her home in London.  It seems like there is so much to look at all at once, but I absolutely adore the dark walls and the ceiling. 





Playing with texture is always a big pay off as here in the bedroom above.



With splashes of turquoise and red and a zebra print rug, just where could you go wrong in this decor. It's alive, vibrant with a touch of wonderland to make it all interesting.

xx





August 13, 2013

the glorious powder room


What a glamorous "powder room" this is. I adore the marble tiles in grey and white tones with the black lacquered tones. Of course, it's very witty how they have used the tiles in a chevron pattern on the floor, while horizontal on the walls.  Lighting here is also just right, not too dark and not too bright  due to half the room painted smoky, charcoal grey. Also don't get me started on that mirror. What do you think? Do you have a powder room in your home?


The term powder room dates back to the early 18th century, when it was used to refer to a closet-sized room where people went to have their wigs re-powdered. The expression carried through to Victorian times, when any reference to personal bodily functions was considered indelicate. Ladies of the era were embarrassed to speak of such things and would excuse themselves from mixed company to go to "powder their noses." In fact, many women still use refer to a public ladies’ room with this term.


Loving this so much, my daughter wants her bathroom to look like this.


I love this mirror and how well it blended with this graphic wallpaper and that sink is just to die for.


Now this wallpaper is spectacular, giving a very country rustic feel to this powder room.



XX

August 12, 2013

decor trend: exotic home plants







Don"t you adore potted plants, I do but I kill cacti. So for the desired effect I go into my garden and pick tropical leaves to display in vases. This much cheaper and most florist carry them which you can purchase for that summer soiree you've been planning. 
xx






August 09, 2013

happy weekend in the sun.



Here's to a weekend of getting some rest and relaxation. I am heading to the beach with the kids with a picnic lunch and I hope there will be lots of sun and warm breezes. 


Cheers my Lovelies.

August 02, 2013

happy weekend and sushi cravings


Happy Weekend everyone. Where will  you go to fulfill your sushi cravings?
See you all next week as I'm currently taking some vacay time.
I'll be back with some pics at a later date.
Love you all.

xx






Happy Thanksgiving and a last minute dessert.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and may their be happy memoirs made as we gather with family and friends . Take time to be grateful for the...