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I'm Lauren & I'm so glad you stopped by!
This is a collection of musings on design,
art, craftiness, fashion, food, decorating,
weddings and other things that make
life lovely. I hope you enjoy!




Entries from April 1, 2010 - April 30, 2010


My little contribution

Happy Earth Day! Man, this day has been hyped up all over the place, and rightfully so-going green has never been more important. But, I figure you are getting your composting and recycling information elsewhere (I'm not exactly CNN over here...) so I will contribute to earth day by doing what I do best: shopping. One thing I do to go green, as well as support independant artists, is shopping on etsy for all my gift giving needs. Not only is this place chock-full of goodies you can't find anywhere else, it is not mass produced, and many items are made from found or recycled materials- green indeed. Please have a look at some lust-worthy Etsy picks for your Earth Day enjoyment.

Oh, and don't forget to recycle.


1. Five Sparrows Print by Gennine on Etsy
2. Love Birds Print by Gennine on Etsy
3. Don Matias Print by Gennine on Etsy
4. Peacock Print by Gennine on Etsy

5. Handmade Commuter Bags by CalviRee on Etsy
6. Creamsicle Handmade Tote by CalviRee on Etsy (Must have beach bag for the honeymoon!!!)

7. Sunshine Antique Silverware Garden Marker by MonkeysAlwaysLook on Etsy
8. True Love Antique Silverware Garden Marker by MonkeysAlwaysLook on Etsy
9. Antique Silverware Garden Marker by
MonkeysAlwaysLook on Etsy

10. Orange Silhouette Portrait by HappyThought on Etsy
11. Silhouette Double Portrait by HappyThought on Etsy
These are so sweet for a Mother's Day gift!


Boutonniere is hard to spell

But hopefully they are easy to make because I've decided to make them myself for our wedding. The top one with the green fabric pinwheels is my fave-I love the unconventional materials and whimsy!

(Sorry for the short post, a bit of wedding stress is zapping my sleep...a little worn out today.
On that note, any girl who says wedding planning never stressed her out is lying-haha!)

Have a lovely Wednesday all!


LOVE the fabric idea!!!! So cute.
Image by Ellie Grover via Elizabeth Ann Designs

I'm kinda obsessed with the little yellow billy balls.
Image by Leo Patrone via Ruffled

Image & DIY Instructions via Event Essentials

I adore how the Orange Dahlia matches his tie!
Image via Bon Mariage

Image via Wish Special Events


Weekend Wrap Up, Junk Finds, & Loving Patty

Good Monday morning all! I hope you all had a beautiful weekend. Mine was lovely-
it has been really rainy in Dallas, but that didn't keep me from running all over the place.
Patty Griffin at the House of Blues on Friday was aaaaaammmmaaaazing! She is so talented.

Then Saturday, after a big waffle breakfast, we ventured to Granview, Texas for
Antique Alley, 25 miles of antiques, garage sales and junk. Sweet! On our way down, we were
all making "wish lists" of things we wanted to find there. On my list was a working vintage fan for our guest/workout room and a ceramic owl. Random right? But I found them both!! I couldn't believe it! I got an awesome vintage fan-its a gorgeous turquoise color and it works perfectly. And I couldn't believe I found an owl pitcher. Ever since this post, I have been obsessed with anything owl. Laine found some a cool green glass piece, a beautiful blue jar, and a boho turquiose necklace!

Then Sunday morning was spent driving to 4 (yes, 4) Targets to find these shoes
(so glad I did-they are already all sold out online). It was so worth it- I adore them!
Check out pics of my finds below, along with the most delicious peach fried pie ever,
and the lovely Patty Griffin.

Have a lovely day!



The incomparable Patty Griffin.

Junk goodies as far as the eye could see...

Fresh peach fried pie- so not on the bride diet.
And so worth it!

This thing works! And was a steal for $25!

Cutest Owl Pitcher ever- for $10!

My new Cynthia Vincent for Target wedges!


Patty Griffin & Fashion Fix Friday 

Happy Friday! I'm so glad its here! Tonight I get to go see Patty Griffin at the House of Blues with one of my favorite people in the world- my friend Laine. We both have loved Patty forever, so tonight is going to be a blast!

Above image from a very cool Patty Griffin fan site here.


On a completely random, non-musical note, here are some yummy fashion treats
that are on my radar. Happy Fashion Fix Friday!


1. Favorite Crew Neck Cardi in Leopard from Boden
2. Mosaic Festival Ruffle Dress from Ruche
3. Max & Chloe Initial Necklace available here
4. Cynthia Vincent for Target Gladiator Wedge at Target
5. Stella Fedora from Alloy
6. Zinfandel Braided Belt from Ruche
7. Acute Triangle Heel in Teal from Mod Cloth
8. Striped Linen Cover-Up Sweater from Victorias Secret (MUST have this for the honeymoon!)


Lonny Loveliness

EEEEK! Its back again- the online shelter publication sensation Lonny. And this newest issue does not disappoint! I have been trying to work on our house bit by bit. Right now I'm a little obsessed with little tableaus- clusters of knick-knacks, book, art, etc on table tops. This issue is chock-full of great ideas for groupings. Check it out here. Have a beautiful day!


Love the Rhino head- I have been seeing faux taxidermy everywhere. So cute for a kids room!
Can't wait to try Katie Lee's yummy pea soup recipe- she's darling! 

Loving all these little shots of clustered objects. I really love the crisp white desk against the dark wall- so fresh. And the leaning pictures- I prefer to lean artwork rather than hang it- that way, I can move it around on a whim and layer it. And I am going to try some groupings of objects on our bedroom dresser to create a Lonny-inspired look.

The mix of textures here is perfect- the rugged leather chair paired with the modern glass and feminine charm of the patterned rug and soft gray sofa-LOVE!

Westies! Like my baby Calvin!!

Loving the pops of color with the crisp black and white accents. Totally gorgeous. I'm definitely going to copy the little grouping on the top left.

So eclectic and worldly.

All images via Lonny Magazine.