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And the Giveaway WINNER is….

Today is the day that the winner for the book giveaway is selected.  Thank you all for your emails, submissions, and kind words!  Using the random number generator, the number 6 was pulled.   Our winner for the [the nest] home design book is… (drum roll) … MaryBeth C!

Thank you for all your continued support!


March 16, 2012   No Comments

House to Home Bedrooms

Hello Peeps!  Oh my, was this weekend ever so busy and dramatic!  Not to mention, the week hasn’t been any different.  I don’t think that we’ve had one this jam packed in a long time; with activities going all the way up to late Sunday evening.  Much of our time has been spent preparing our previous home for leasing out.  While I think we’ve accomplished a lot, I don’t feel very rested.  To make matters worse, next week is also filled with tons of appointments and things to do.  Ugh.  So is life.  And so my mind has been on bedrooms and the fantasy of just laying around and doing nothing.  Here are some sleeping beauties…

Don’t forget that tomorrow is the last day to enter the House of Many Hues giveaway!  Take a look here.

Images:  House to Home


March 15, 2012   No Comments

Blog Spotlight – Hilda’s Hem

I came across one of the sweetest blog’s the other day and just had to share.  Hilda’s Hem is a fantastic inspiration blog that is invigorating and includes such topics as flea markets, crafts, cakes, and sweets.  The blogs author Sofia Brolin, is authentic in her writing and demonstrates talent in her designs and photography.  The website is named after her grandmother Hilda and so the blogs name translates to Hilda’s Home.

Sofia also runs a shop at Barntavlor where she sells personalized children’s paintings.

Images:  Hilda’s Hem


March 5, 2012   No Comments

Happy 2nd Birthday House of Many Hues + [the nest] Home Design Book Giveaway

The House of Many Hues will celebrate its 2nd birthday this month with another book giveaway!  This years birthday giveaway is a copy of [the nest] Home Design book.  If you don’t have this book in your collection, you are missing out!  It is chuck full of beautiful photos and offers a practical guide to the beginner decorator.

If you would like to enter the giveaway, the rules are as follows:

1.  Leave a comment here with your first name, the initial of your last name, and a couple words why you love House of Many Hues.

2.  Include a valid email address (don’t worry, only I will be able to see your email).

3.  One entry per person.

The winner will be announced in a new post on Friday, March 16, 2012.

Thank you for your continued support.

Good luck everyone!


March 2, 2012   8 Comments

Paper Art

Years ago while at one of my favorite art stores, I couldn’t help but notice the huge hand cut paper lace draping the front window.  It reminded me of a gorgeous vintage tablecloth that was to only be seen and never used.  It had such an intricate design that I was baffled as to how they accomplished this.  Did they use small scissors? Was the paper folded and cut?  Did it take days or weeks to make?

Paper art can take on many forms.  I haven’t tried my hand at any paper lace projects mainly because I fear that my kids curiosity would probably destroy it.  But I did come across a paper project that is just lovely, durable, and doesn’t take much time at all.  Paper stars.  Take a look at the few I started:

It took me a few tries until I was able to make some decent ones.  I mainly used 1/2″ strips of paper that were about 10″ long.  It seemed that if they were any longer, I had a hard time fluffing them out.

One suggestion that comes up often is to write positive affirmations inside each star and then put them a jar or basket at home, work, or wherever.   Each day one can be picked by you or a visitor and unraveled and read.   I love it!

Want to try your hand at making these stellar beauties?  You can find video instructions here.

Images:  House of Many Hues


March 1, 2012   No Comments

Parisian + Moroccan

The topic of strange gifts came up the other day and I really had to think about any unusual (and I don’t mean that in a good way) gifts that I’ve received.  Honestly, I can’t think of anything that falls under weird – but I have had people give me used stuff and then try to pass it off as brand new.  I’m not sure why they felt compelled to do this as I buy used items all the time!

Take a look at this Parisian home that has a Moroccan flavor.  It incorporates the old (including used items) with new and simply looks stunning!

Tooth Update:  I must say that I have the best dentist ever!  He had a huge task ahead of him last night by having to redo someone else’s poor work.  Numbing this tooth was no easy job and required lots of anesthetic which made me pass out momentarily (I’m sure the anxiety didn’t help either!).  I’m so glad that this is all over and behind me.

Images: Le Journal de la Maison


February 29, 2012   No Comments


After being sick for a few weeks, tonight I will need to endure a root canal on a very throbbing tooth.  A few years ago, I had what I believed to be an unnecessary root canal performed by a very green dentist.  Two weeks after the procedure, I felt pain in what was supposedly a dead tooth but was told it was ‘phantom’ pain.  Off and on this pain continued for nearly 4 years all along believing it was just in my head.  Tonight I will finally be addressing my ‘phantom’ pain by removing one of the nerves missed by the dentist. Sorry to be going off topic, but this has been a long time coming and am looking forward to it all being over.

One of my coping mechanisms when in pain is to seek out beautiful and inspiring things.  It works so well sometimes that I can actually forget about any aches and pains.  So I must thank Rachel Castle who kept me from thinking about my poor tooth today.  Rachel founded Australian based Castle in 2008 and sells products for the home.  According to her site, “The brand represents a love of beautiful, often handcrafted or hand printed, pieces for the home”.

Images:  Castle


February 28, 2012   No Comments

Michi Girl

I’ve been feeling a little pressure lately to finish reading my many books.  It’s a well-known fact that when spring and summer arrives, the amount of reading that I do drops off significantly.  Don’t get me wrong, magazines and books are always piled up on my nightstand!  It just seems that for me winter is the most appropriate time to go to bed early and curly up with a book.  So when I came across the book, What on Earth Are You Wearing? by Michi Girl I knew that I would be able to commit reading it regardless of the season.  It is a silly glossary type book with beautiful watercolor illustrations that describes the fashion world from the author’s perspective.

Images:  Michi Girl

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February 27, 2012   2 Comments