Friday, June 27, 2014

Hooray for Etsy: Apples and Oats

Looking for additions to my gallery wall made me stumble across this fabulous photographer on Etsy.   Apples and Oats, based in Utah, has beautiful horse and farm picturesque scenes.  Since I am a country girl in disguise, I was raised in Utah but not the rural part, I immediately fell for the black and white poetry in motion of a horse on the move.

Framed and centered on my wall it accomplishes a few design functions.  It is a fantastic black and white photo that makes my gallery wall more sophisticated.  It also meets Feng Shui standards of both running horses and black and white in the career area.  But the most important function of all is that I truly adore this photography print.  It touches my heart.  And THAT is the most important part of design and art collecting.  


Apples and Oats
Apples and Oats

Apples and Oats

Apples and Oats


Apples and Oats

Apples and Oats

Apples and Oats


Apples and Oats

Apples and Oats

Apples and Oats
I can almost feel the calming country air, can't you?

Don't forget to support your favorite artists.  Hooray for Etsy.

xoxo
~Shelby

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sonoma ~ Cows ♥ Cheese ♥ Hot Springs


This past weekend, I received an unexpected surprise.  My Mom decided to pop into our area and requested a visit.  Since she was staying at one of my favorite places of all time, of course I had to rush to meet her.



She stayed at the Fairmont Mission, which is gorgeous.  Built on a hot spring and dated back to early 1900's, this hotel is a perfect example of Nor-Cal Mission style. 

 




 
The hotel also had wine barrel Adirondack chairs that I am completely obsessing over.  I am going to see if Rob can be persuaded into giving them a try.  They would look amazing in my yard.
 
 


We had so much fun at the hotel, even though only there for the day.  And getting a few minutes exploring one of my favorite cities was a bonus.

We ate at the Cheese Factory, practically a landmark.  Dating back to the 1930's this  adorable deli had the best Panini that I have eaten in a while.  We also hit up Harvest Home and I scored a double dose of bovine.  Harvest Home is a must stop while exploring.  It has such clever, country finds.  Just the perfect dose of wine country rural.  I had an amazing day and that says a lot considering we didn't even stop at a vineyard for a tasting.



 

 
 
Doesn't my cow painting look great?
And look, there is a small peek at my buffet that I need to unveil and also my gorgeous amethyst from the Gem Faire.   Ignore the light, it still needs to be hung and then I can do the reveal.  You'll love it, the room is coming along so nicely.
 
xoxo
~Shelby
 
 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Animals and Cupcakes... *yum*

Because I like cupcakes, *yum*. And also because I love doodling silly child-like sketches, I came up with this whimsical little series.  I hope to add to it with some great confection inspired characters.  Any suggestions?
 
While I mull other additions over, please enjoy these!
 
 


 
Did you guess them? Red velvet, carrot cake and banana split.  Again...*yum*.
 
 
Happy Weekend.  xoxo
~Shelby


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Custom Hood/Pot Rack Update, An Engineer's View

 
As previously mentioned, see post here, I have been disappointed with island range hoods and decided to design/have Rob design my own.  He is amazing.  I give him a picture and he brings it to life.  Being married to a man who knows how to turn my crazy schemes into realities is a BIG bonus! ♥
 
 

This baby is still in design phase, but I wanted to share with you the idea coming to fruition.   The box will be powder-coated white, the large bar will be an combo of oil rubbed bronze and brass.  The pots are there purely for your viewing pleasure, tee hee.
As you can see, from the doodle on my idea post, we decided not to go with the country look and take the more clean lined approach to the design.  For our home, we ditched the bolted industrial look on the box, allowing the brass and bronze to take center stage on the rack. 
I'm so excited.  It will house a working light and vent system for all of my cooking needs...bring on the stinky food.  Bacon, fish, spinach anyone?!

What do you think?

xoxo
~Shelby

Thursday, June 12, 2014

How to Display Big Boy Knick Knacks: Bronco Jar

I love collections.  When put together they tell a story, they are cohesive and add interest both at the same time.  I've posted a few collection on this blog but today the collection that I'm posting is different.  It is not a collection of beautiful things or even expensive things.  In fact it is a collection that has far more worth to some.  I'm talking about little knick knacks that wouldn't normally be allowed in or around display shelves. 

With Rob, that collection is Bronco toy cars.  He has been collecting them for a while now and to be honest, I have been helping him along...best stocking stuffer ever.  But I have really been dreading having them out on display and he really is too old to be playing with them.  Yes, seriously.

So, I devised a plan.  If I can have seashells in glass jars and flowers or fruit.  Why not toy cars?  It makes a fun conversation piece on the coffee table and adds some color and youth  even masculinity  to a mom approved room.

 
So out of the sock drawer and into the light.  I love the way it turned out.  These Hot Wheels truly look like a piece of art.  So cool.  The only thing that I have to warn you about is little hands wanting to take the new coffee table display out for a test drive.
 
xoxo
~Shelby
 



Monday, June 9, 2014

Engineered With Love: Pot Rack with Hidden Hood Vent

I dropped a hint a few weeks ago and was sidetracked with "Crazy May".  In our house, May is a crunch between baseball season in full mode and school festivus wrap-up events.  Throw in a weekend trip and time has gone before you knew it.

I wanted to share with you the project that we were working on for the kitchen.  We are sooo close to being done and checking the "kitchen" box, but this is one element that anchors the room so it is a biggie when it comes to getting it done.




hood and pot rack combo ideas
Since we have an island range, we need a range hood.  Being so frustrated with all the designs that are available, I decided to use my secret engineer weapon (Rob) and come up with a fun one of our own. 
   
Here are some sketches that I created.  They are a little raw and still in the preliminary doughy phase, but I thought I would share what we had in the works.  The idea is to keep the vent hidden and utilize the vent as a rack. 

I am definitely leaning towards the country rack for our home in powder-coated white for the vent and a dark steel for the rack and chain.  I do believe that the bottom one would be awesome in color with brass accents.  Oooh, the possibility. 

The other idea that I had was to make some more industrial racks but powder coat them to add color.  Hence the color chart on the left, I was thinking a little more modern design with the color racks.  My brain is still rolling around the best design for the modern racks.

Ideas?  Thoughts?  Please share, I would love ANY input!

xoxo
~Shelby