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Bright and Bold

Today I am feeling a bit on the citrus side.  I’ve been craving something with a hint of lemon or lime…

1.  Gemini Citron Pillow 2.   Chevron Rug 3.   Doily Print Dress 4.  Upcycled Frames 5.   When Life Hands You Lemons Print

Maybe I’m craving a mojito…

Images:  See Individual Links


February 23, 2012   1 Comment

I Have No Words

I am feeling ever so sad so if you are not in the mood to be brought down, avoid reading this post.  You may remember me mentioning that my very good friend’s dad wasn’t doing so well.  A few years ago he had suffered a heart attack and then later found out he had a tumor on his lung.  After 3 years of battling and hoping and trying it all ended Sunday evening.  I want to tell my friend that it will get better, but my own experience doesn’t prove that – at least not yet.  For me, it seems that as time goes by I miss my dad more and more and carry him everywhere I go.  In my mind I keep a file of all that he has missed and wonder how big this file will grow over time.  Yes, people tell me that he is watching down on us, but that doesn’t seem to help me any.  And so right now I have no words for my friend.  Instead, I plan to hold his hand and let him know that I’m here for him.

Images: sisterspock


February 21, 2012   No Comments

Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week

Happy Friday my peeps!  I hope you have lots of good things in store for the weekend.  We will be continuing to put our main floor back together from the work that was done on our floors earlier this week.  As we put things back, I want to think about what we really need to keep.  It’s always good to keep the clutter in check – how does it collect so fast?

I will close out the week with some scene’s from the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week which just ended yesterday.  BTW, they use to televise this event and I can’t seem to find a schedule.  Does anyone know if they still put this on Style Network? or E! ?

Should anyone from New York Fashion Week ever read this, please, please send the House of Many Hues a ticket for one of those seats!  I’ve tried for years to get one with no success.  Not even cash will get me one.  I would be forever indebted to you!

Have a fabulous weekend and we’ll see each other back here next week.

Images:  Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week


February 17, 2012   No Comments

Linnestaden, Sweden Apartment

Today we will be traveling to Linnestaden, Sweden where we will take a look at a spacious apartment for sale.  The area of Linnestaden is situated on the west coast of Sweden and is less than 5 miles from the North Sea.

The apartment we will be looking at boasts 3 fireplaces and is on the 3rd floor with a balcony (great view!).  It measures approx. 1,072 sq. ft. – which really is sizable not only for European standards, but even here in the US.  Asking price is about $512,000 US which is typical when located in a large European city.

Let’s have a look, shall we?

The window hardware is just wonderful.  I wonder if they are original to the building.  It wouldn’t surprise me since the building was constructed 1905.  Oh, and yes, I would love a jellybean.

Well, any thoughts?  I think my two favorite spots would be the balcony and near anyone of the fireplaces.

Images:  Stadshem


February 16, 2012   No Comments

Artist Amy Borrell, Cake with Giants

I am so glad that we can now go back to using our kitchen!  Aside for being sick the last 4 days, our kitchen was not accessible for 2 days due to some work on our floors; may not sound like a big deal, but with two little ones things were becoming a challenge.  Between the kids and the use of a steam cleaner (which I will never use on a wood floor again!) the kitchen floor was starting to lose its sparkle*.  So a new layer of clear coat was in order and now it shines again!  Next is to get all of the furniture back in place.  Ugh!

I will close this post off with some wonderful watercolor and pencil prints by Amy Borrell.  If you are interested in purchasing some of her work, you can check it out here.

I think I will go and curl up in my bed for some much needed rest.

Images:  Amy Burrell, Cake with Giants


February 15, 2012   1 Comment

My Secondhand Finds

I don’t believe I’ve shared with you any finds in quite some time and they are starting to add up so I’ll share just a few as to not overwhelm you (or make me look like I need a shopping intervention)!

Forgive me if I’ve shared my chair before  – although, I don’t think I have.  I bought this sturdy chair last summer for my computer desk (I gave up on the Mod one) and just loved it.  I went to a sample sale a few weeks ago and bought fabric for $1 each.  I used one of the fabrics (normally priced at $155 per yard – that was on the tag) to reupholster my chair.  The fabric is a charcoal  tweed with some wool made by  Pollack.  Here is how it came out…

Next, I came across some little finds, but nevertheless just made me happy!  I’m trying to decide which photo to put in the frame (the one in the photo is stock).  But I did find a spot for it – right on my nightstand.

You may feel that my next find is a little more on the pricey side (comparing to the one’s above).  BUT, I could not walk away from this one (actually, I did and then ran back the next morning).  It’s as close to brand new as can be and when I found out that this velvety chair normally retails online for almost $400, the asking price seemed reasonable.

I’ve spent a few Saturday mornings sitting here with kids as I read a story book.  Oh, and get this, the seat cushion lifts up and has built in storage!

BTW, I’m working on my newsletter publication and plan to send it out in the next few weeks.  If  you’ve never received one and are interested, sign up with your email address (top right side of the site).  Have a great evening!

Images:  House of Many Hues


February 14, 2012   No Comments

Happy Valentine’s Day

How will you be spending your Valentine’s Day?  Will it be with someone special?  Or is it just another day?  Would love to hear from you.

Images:  House of Many Hues


February 14, 2012   No Comments

Formland Trade Show

Sometime it feels like there is a price to pay when the weather during winter goes from being cold to warm and back to cold – namely getting sick.  My Grandmother and Mother (both from the old country) always warned us to take extra caution during those warm winter days and not let ourselves get carried away by hanging up the cold gear or going outside soon after a shower.  “You’ll get sick”, is what they would say.  Whether this is true I’m not sure but the fact is that I’m now sick.  Yep.  I’ve got chills, a sore throat, and feeling oh so very tired.  Last weekend we were at the park in sunny warm weather and today we have about 5″ of snow.  Gotta love Michigan!

On the other hand, I’ve been hearing rumors that in Europe the winter has been difficult and very cold.  I’m especially curious as to the weather in Denmark.  Why Denmark?  That’s where Formland, the Scandinavian Trade show, took place (you may have noticed the ad that was up on the right for last few months).  I’ve never actually been, but would love to.  Formland’s Spring 2012 show took place in January and focuses on home furnishings, accessories, gifts, art, interior design, and more.  Here are some snapshots from the event…

The show happens twice a year with the next one happening August 9-12 – Formland Autumn.

Images:  Formland

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February 11, 2012   No Comments