31 October 2011

spookifying decor

I don't normally decorate my house any differently for Halloween, but here are some of my fav decor finds for the season. By no means limited to October use only!  These things would find a place in my home anytime of the year, now if only my bank account would agree with that statement.

Industrial Chain Pulley at Restoration Hardware

'Haunted' glicee print by Samantha Carlisle

Cloche with Babies at Restoration Hardware

Eclipse Chandelier at Z Gallerie

Saber Tooth Tiger Skull at Z Gallerie

Orange Wool Blanket by Hermes

Taxidermied White-Naped Raven at The Evolution Store

Slate Coasters at West Elm


Little Birch Jewelry Stand at Urban Outfitters


Owl on Bike Cushion - Urban Barn

Fir Tree wallpaper by Ferm Living

'The Cat' print by Rabi Khan

Castillo Black Leather Wing Back Chair & Demi Lune Ottoman at Chintz & Company

Be safe out there tonight, kids.  And probably don't visit my house because there's been two cougar sightings this week.  That and I'd like the leftover Reese's.

27 October 2011


Since mentioning my new lens last week, I realized I haven't shared any details or photos yet.  It's definitely no fancy pro wildlife telephoto lens, but the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 USM lens is exactly what I needed to get started in this area of photography.

Here are some sample birdie shots I've captured within the last week.

A curious Dark-eyed Junco...we get a ton of these guys every Fall and Winter.

A female Anna's Hummingbird.  The bright pink 'gorget' is not actually the feather color, but it's iridescence when angled certain ways to catch the light. You can tell it's a female because of the small iridescent throat and head patch.  The male's gorget is much larger and appears as more of a balaclava than the small bib of the female.

A Northern Red-Shafted Flicker.  It's hard to tell from this photo if it is a male or female.  The males have bright red cheeks, although both sexes have amazing plumage.

These are American Robins.  They travel in huge flocks (up to a quarter million birds) this time of year to roost and eat berries.

This is a shot of a Pileated Woodpecker that I spotted through the window.  You already know from this post whether it is a female or male, right?

So that's all of the bird photos that I've really had time to take since getting this lens.  I heard three Barred Owls this morning so I'm hoping to get some good shots of them this weekend.  I am very much a fair-weather birder, meaning most of these were taken through my living room windows while I sat in front of a blaring fireplace.  I need to venture outside in some warm clothes and try to be patient for more than ten minutes to try and get some worthwhile shots!

26 October 2011

island hopping

Stayed on Pender Island this past weekend.  I haven't spent much time on this Gulf Island, which is strange considering it is only a 30 minute ferry ride (or 15 min boat ride) away.  It was a good opportunity for some camera practice and drop-shots-in-the-hottub practice, too.  Gotta have these ladies nights every once in a while!

This was the house that we rented...

Hope you're all having a great week! 

21 October 2011

mod-trad with a masculine touch

That's how interior designer Ron Marvin describes his style in a New York City home he recently designed which is showcased in the Spring 2011 issue of Trad Home (by the same online publishers as Lonny Magazine).  This home definitely deserves a spot on my list of favorite house tours of all time.  There are so many elements that work so well, particularly the neutral colors of the primary pieces of furniture and the rich, masculine touches of leather, chrome, and cowhide.  Each room seems to have a different feeling, but everything works together so well.  This would never work in my own home but someday when I purchase my New York brownstone, I will have to pull out these images for decor inspiration.


Either way, remember to wipe that drool off your keyboard when you're done here.

20 October 2011

10/20 top ten

  1. Florence and the Machine - You've Got The Love (The XX Remix)
  2. my new Canon telephoto lens (from a particularly generous pro photographer friend!)
  3. 'pico' cocktail table by Oly Studio
  4. the Beverly Hills home of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi (just listed for $49M)
  5. PassiveAggressiveNotes.com (a good way to waste an afternoon)
  6. the Varied Thrush's first calls of the season
  7. LMFAO's new music video <--avert your eyes if you are easily offended, lol
  8. this knit cowl in baby alpaca and silk
  9. $390 return flights to Maui (yup, I was naughty)
  10. framed fan coral

18 October 2011

canvas kicks

So I jumped on the bandwagon and bought my first pair of Toms last week.  And I haven't taken them off since.  In the house, at work, at the beach, grocery shopping, walking the dog; you can pretty well get away with sporting these bad boys anywhere.

 I picked up just the classic black canvas style to start with, just because they go with everything and they hide the dirt.  I was originally inspired by this little getup which you may or may not have already seen as my latest Pinterest 'pin'...

How fab is this outfit?  So comfortable, and without sacrificing an ounce of style.  Add the Roots bag that I mentioned here, and I'm set for the season.  Well, not quite, but a girl can never have too many fall outfits.

They come in hundreds of different colors, patterns, and styles; you can check out the full line here.


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