02 December 2016

MOODBOARD | december


my December moodboard is all about decorating and making memories
I couldn't help it... I had to make two boards and well add some links for 
some really pretty gift or project ideas


I love bringing out the silver .... candy canes look so adorable in this dainty creamer

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some lovely gift + project ideas....

tis the season.... lovely vintage tablecloths turned into pillows, stockings + table-runners
find them at so into vintage blog ....   She has an etsy shop as well!

find holiday decorating inspiration on my holiday board

do you love shabby.... check out my Shabby Christmas ideas

are you Dreaming of a White Christmas ......

loving all the Santa ornaments from artist Patricia Breen

prancing and holly from patriciabreen.com:


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Orbs from the Orient, our Chinoiserie 30-piece Ornament Collection looks as if it traveled the Silk Road to get to your door.:

ornaments from Frontgate

Look at all the stitch work and details, I was so lucky to get to finish her stocking. She really did an outstanding job in her needlepoint.:

I'm wanting to try my hand at one of these gorgeous needlepoint stockings

Happy Holidays
xoxo, ande




31 October 2016

MOODBOARD | november

its time for entertaining and for handmade things
bringing out the fine china, linens, the silver and crystal
set the table with your prettiest items



fall is a great time for making pies and breads
check out a few recipes from Food and Wine Magazine

caramel and candied apples are a great fall dessert
show off your skills by making your guests some elaborate ones
recipe link from The Pioneer Woman

fall decorating is always fun .... bring in some handmade details with velvet pumpkins

create some fall atmosphere with a bonfire at dusk and marshmallows to roast

set the table for holiday entertaining.... from having a fall tea to a serious dinner party

+ some fall fashion inspiration
my fashion moodboard ..... get your wardrobe together
coco bliss
walk into ♥ the dressing room
toting some • imoshenel baggage
visit my beauty bar
 the absolute best makeup + hair looks that are so NOW

Happy Fall Musings
                      xoxo, ande



26 September 2016

MOODBOARD | october


my October moodboard 
I've been remembering lots of things that I loved about my life so far.....
a home I once had in the country... how the mist settled over the yard in the early morning...
one of my favorite kitty companions ... Monkey ... she kept me laughing 
heirlooms.... grandmother's pearls ... glass bottles collected ... roses ...wine.... 


lots of lovely things to remember.... and then contemplating the future.... 
lots of even lovelier plans to make .... 

here are some inspiring links 
I always try to find a new artist to obsess over ...and I did ♥  Irena Gasha's work is just gorgeous
it was hard to pick just one photo of her beautiful pieces .... you must visit
her website and see how she does her wonderful hand work...its amazing.

Irena Gasha

i adore Babz boards on pinterest ...she has a great eye for style ..... so dreamy


visit the ♦ style heroine ♦ for some fabulous international flair in your wardrobe 

need an adventure.... what's more perfect in fall than a day at the winery ....

i loved my grand parents home in the country 
                                   .... guess its the inspiration for my country manor board


happy October memories + contemplation
                 xoxo, ande


28 August 2016

MOODBOARD | september




♥ Chloe Pre-Fall Collection ♥

want more fall fashion inspiration .... ♦ Coco Bliss

a gorgeous place to visit .... Covet Garden London

absolute latest obsession for sewing...... The Rowdy Flat Library Quilt by Susan Smith

want more quilting inspiration, visit .... •♦○♥ my quilting cottage ♥○♦•

visit my moodboard for more fall inspiration
                               xoxo, ande




10 August 2016

DINDER MANOR | dream home design


In September of 2015 DPages blogpost covered a most amazing country manor home... 
Dinder House.  The 9 bedroom, 5 bath home is settled in a little slice of Somerset, England's countryside heaven. With its recent renovation they successfully blend the elements of traditional architectural design that are so hard to find here in the US with modern finishes.  I've enclosed the original blogpost from Dpages below as it has boocou information about previous articles and the original designers that worked on the renovation.  Yes...this has been added to my dream-home file for inspiration .... those large windows bringing the garden view into the home.... wonderful natural wood floors, the jewel box of a chandelier, the expanse of marble and shiny modern cabinets, and just through a little door off to the side of the kitchen is a working butlers pantry to die for, and of course the gorgeous wall color and trim.  Another thing that shouldn't be overlooked, that is so important to creating the atmosphere of old homes.... HIGH ceilings!  If you are trying to create a feeling of luxury you cannot overlook that element of design.  
see the original post from DPages here
there are even more photos there

Dinder House Kitchen and Scullery
want more ........

05 August 2016

MOODBOARD | august



my moodboard for august is about getting stuff done
a break from classes means packing projects in.... 
things i'm trying to get done:

Learning some new techniques for punch needle embroidery
                                                       &  makeup application .... i do love makeup ♥

Painting our bedroom suite .... dressing room makeover is finally happening

re-vamping a satin bomber jacket .... i'll post pics soon
i'm using some awesome beading, applique, embroidery techniques
{really trying to do a d+g knock off because i'm obsessed...who can blame me}

i have this Tilda doll that i made a couple years ago, so now i'm finally
making an outfit for her and i'm trying to re-create some of the absolute fabness of 
Alice Mary Lynch's doll embellishments although ....i gotta say hers are so
incredible and not easily done .... someday one of her dolls will be mine ♦♥ 
I love the way she displays them in a shadow box 
check out Alice Mary Lynch ...doll maker extraordinaire 

♥ Happy August Musings ♥
              xoxo, ande

08 July 2016

MOODBOARD | july

 ○July moodboard + some lovely links ○
I'm a little late with posting July's moodboard.  Better late than never! 




an inspiring blog that is just gorgeous.... i love the flow of imagination 
you can just get carried away in this fairytale .....
elegant, lovely and the perfect touch of whimsy

an adorable little bunny applique {above} found at cat rabbit 

+ you have to see this most talented quilter on Pink Caramel
her work is just gorgeous....so delicate and the color palettes are fabulous!
♥ this little fall mini

Patchwork *Pink Caramel*:

I'm so into this nail art technique ....or any that have a 'galaxy' look
find this and other awesome beauty looks for summer on my beauty bar board

love the matte+glitter:


as always, i invite you to check out my moodboard for daily inspiration

happy July dreaming
                            xoxo, ande

08 June 2016

MOODBOARD | june + beauty finds


its my birthday and I'm sharing some lovely beauty finds ...links below!
my June moodboard is all about being mindful...determining choices.... staying on course
and ....eating some cake people!  
I've been in the process of changing my life.... 
working towards my BS in Global Business Information Systems 
and while my classes are intensifying, I've changed my eating habits and
ramped up the workout schedule...thankful that my fiance is an athlete; he helps so much! 


i was given a visit to Ulta by my sweetheart and here are my birthday beauty finds

I've been wishing for some Butter London nail polish...i decided upon
this awesome nude, ♥ 'High Tea' ♥ and a gorgeous shiny black, ♥ 'Union Jack Black' ♥

butter LONDON Nail Lacquer, Neutral & Brown Shades, High Tea:        butter LONDON Union Jack Black:


I love Urban Decay's NAKED skin foundation

and Urban Decay NAKED my favorite illuminator

absolute fav bronzer.... Laura Geller Baked

SMASHBOX  Be Legendary lip gloss in sugarcane 
is the perfect brown/nude gloss for summer

Too Faced Brow Envy shaping kit .... amazing!

but i will say....the first thing i did when i got in the car was try this mascara and....
yes its awesome.... it does what it says.... lengthens, curls upward.... gives you fluttery
gorgeous lashes.... its now my new favorite... i was looking for 
'size Queen' but they were out so immediately saw this and decided to try it ...its great!

Happy June! 
                 xoxo, ande ♥

22 May 2016

DREAM HOME | modern french flair

a little decor inspiration....

ZsaZsa Bellagio – Like No Other: Dreamy, Dreamy Interiors:
image via cotedetexas.blogspot.com

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image via passiondecor-de-marieclaude.tumblr.com

   happy Sunday musings
                          xoxo, ande

02 May 2016

MOODBOARD | may


may is for making....
make your life stylish..... make your days memorable
make something for yourself and for those you love
grow flowers, dress up, go glam and go country ....enjoy those warmer days



i love making things.... my goal for may is to sew more
sew clothes, quilts, totes, an apron for the garden.... something useful and beautiful
my great 'granny' used to make lots of crocheted things from old clothes so when
i saw this Daniela Gregis tote (above) i thought of her resourcefulness.
so i've started keeping old tshirts and instead of tossing them i cut them into strips about
(i really mean about because i do this very hap hazzardly) 1 to 2 inches wide and wind them
 into a ball ....then i can crochet them into just about anything ....
do bigger strips for larger projects like rugs

Happy May Making!
                           xoxo, ande

15 April 2016

HOME OFFICE | Rachel Roy

i love the fresh, bright, natural light illuminating Rachel Roy's beautiful
home office. check out her site and read her story....very inspiring.
 i found these gorgeous pics on Erika Brechtel's blog {another gorgeous entrepreneuress}
  leading women everywhere to find their passion for success.
these walls remind me of some of my mother's artwork and murals

Rachel Roy home office OKL photo by Joe Schmelzer de Gournay wallpaper sputnik pendant

28 March 2016

MOODBOARD | april

my april moodboard is all about focus
its springtime....renewal is deeply ingrained into our dna
so i want to focus on what do i need to do to be living the life i want daily



start with creating a beautiful personal space
 i'm pulling from springtime colors for inspiration ......
nature's palette is amazing after all
pale shades of blue and green mixed with grey white and black

i'm adoring this little kitty incense burner from Astier de Villatte....and discovered that 
their website is pretty cool...check it out here

LOVE this makeup look from artist Theresa Francine.


°♡ pop on over to my moodboard for more...its always changing ♡°

                                                          xoxo, ande

16 March 2016

KITCHEN DESIGN CRUSH | melinda grubbs interior design


I'm crushing on white kitchens right now...specifically this is a gorgeous one
what I love about this kitchen is the {of course} white cabinets with
tiny bronze pulls + stained glass window + gas cook top + bronze sink and faucet 

DC on the Bay - Melinda Grubbs Interior Design:
DC on the Bay - Melinda Grubbs Interior Design
notice the counter top ...thankfully gone are those elaborate edges
opt for a thick clean line instead + the most moderate striation of cream and grey
 throughout gives it depth and richness without infusing too much color
just a few glass cupboard doors {lit from within}
This kitchen has the feel of modern tradition because of all these thoughtful elements.

just have to add, this outdoor space {also by Melinda Grubb} is amazing
I want to live here now!

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happy wednesday musings!
                                   xoxo, ande


06 March 2016

02 March 2016

MOODBOARD | march

my march moodboard is all about being creative
about soft, faint beginnings
and imagination

springtime is nearly here
so we begin to envision gardens, feel warm breezes, hear birds chirp, chirp chirping 
planning spring time luncheons or tea parties
gathering with friends and family to celebrate another change of season....




happy march musings!
             xoxo, ande

24 February 2016

TEA TIME | late February and some haute tea

its late February and a perfect time for early morning walks in the misty fog, 
returning to a hot cup of haute tea and pastries or tiny tea sandwiches....  

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spring is in the air and is such a great time for intimate tea parties with the bff 's
bring out your loveliest tea set and make a batch of grand-mothers sugar cookies

Blushing:

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a tray filled with tiny tea sandwiches perfectly constructed using fresh ingredients...yum

Jardine:

there's nothing better than scones with fresh cream and jam

Homemade scones.:

wishing everyone a happy early spring

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images via Mary
check out Mary's pinterest boards...so pretty!

Happy Wednesday Musings
                    xoxo, ande

17 February 2016

COUTURE CRUSH | im in love with dolce & gabbana

I have a serious crush.... but who can blame me, right
Take a look at Dolce and Gabbana's spring/summer 2016 fashion show here
but first.... peek through some of the looks up close
and you'll understand the love i have lol


08 February 2016

MOODBOARD | february


this month's moodboard is all about fairytales and love
and thinking of the future

moodboards are a place to reflect plans, hopes, dreams 
and this February moodboard is just that

hop on over to here for more inspiration and if your dreaming of a
magical fairytale wedding, check out thisthis


a few lovely links
for a wedding location that wows ...... the Biltmore Estate.

gorgeous once upon a time wedding invites

rings + rings + rings to love

a fairytale dessert table

aspire to be the prima ballerina ......makeup + hair ideas at the beauty bar

Happy February 
                      xoxo, ande