October 31, 2013

Hutton Home Office {ORC week five}

Coming down to the wire!  Week five of the One Room Challenge.  Thanks to Linda for opening it up to all!

My progress to date: Week One, Week Two, Week Three, Week Four.

Here we go...

My blind solution.  As my budget waned, I found these paper blinds from Lowe's for $6.  The gray, room-darkening shades actually look okay and will work nicely until I order my wood blinds after Christmas.

Still need to steam the curtains.

Homework station has remained the same since the beginning.  I added the stencil to the closet doors temporarily.  I plan to chalkboard wall them after the holidays, as well as hunt for a low-profile bookcase.

Simple, but elegant chair from Homegoods.

Family artwork almost ready to hang.  I brought the stencil into the larger canvas to tie the room together.

Shopping my home for accents.  Moving these from the living room, my grandfathers antique binoculars will work perfectly.

Some more accents borrowed from the boys bathroom and family room. 

Still to do...hang EVERYTHING!  Waiting til' the midnight hour to hang the wall decor.  I am going to give the room a final cleaning, lay the carpet, arrange the furniture, and add some fresh elements for final photos.

After all of this and that, I'm not going to want my husband and boys in there!

Final look at my inspiration photos:

I'm really humbled to be a part of this challenge, I'm in amazing company!

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October 30, 2013

Ups and downs {wiw}

Autumn manicure and my grandmothers ring.
(Sam Edelman boots, Hue jeggings, Anthropologie top, JCrew cardi)

Painting projects = hissy fit.
(Sweet Tea tee, Roxy shorts, Reef flops)

Down for the count #backprobs #toughtobe40.  No choice but to lay on floor, comfy in Vineyard Vines.

Navy, plaid & pearls.
Lands End vest, JCrew popover, Hue jeggings, Sam Edelman boots)

It's totally Fall.  Getting crispy...
(525 America sweater, Joes jeans, vintage mules)

(JCrew sweater, jeans and flats)

^^^^^Home for sale in my area. This is someone's 2-story closet. Really?!^^^^^

(Lilly Elsa, Old Navy rockstar skinnies, Nordy BP Boots)


Last day of the Kate Spade Surprise sale 75%

Picked up a couple of necessities... 

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pleated poppy

Perfectly Coutured

October 29, 2013

What you should be buying at the Dollar Store {right now} and Hurricane Sandy anniversary

Glassware for your holiday gift-giving and crafts.

Case in point...XL beer mugs.  Put a holiday craft beer in a mug, tie with a festive bow and a custom label and you have the perfect gift or party favor.

Holiday tins for your homemade cookies or candies.

Cupcake transport.  If you leave them with the hostess or at school, who cares? It was a buck.

Some stores have decorative glassware that isn't too cheesy.  Go ahead and splurge on that Yankee Candle, the accessory is only $1 and looks vintage. 

Baking tins and disposable hot beverage cups.  I actually prefer these coffee cups to the Chinet brand at Costco.  They are sturdier and rinse well for even further use...

Flash cards for toddlers.  Buy a few and stick them in your car for a little surprise on a long car ride with the kids.

Not really cheaper, but this sort of stuff will get you at the register and it is runny-nose season.

Gag gifts for tweens.  Throw some of these extras into a bag with a gift card.  I also pick up "beauty products" in the HBA section to enhance a young girls gift.  Hair scrunchies and head bands, mirrors, hand lotions, etc...

Because, really, with kids it's quantity over quality.

Chips.  For the husband that complains that you don't have enough junk in the house. 

All items and some photos courtesy of the Dollar Tree stores.

On another note....

Today is a year since Hurricane Sandy affected our area so terribly.  Our family that was affected are all back home.  I still have friends who are not back home and who don't have homes to return to.  Here is my last post before the storm.  And here is my post when I returned to blogging in January.

Prayers to those who are still struggling.

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October 28, 2013

Ghostini's {recipe swap}


1/2 Cup small ice cubes or shaved ice
1/2 Cup of vanilla vodka
1/2 Cup of whipping cream
1/4 Cup of white chocolate-flavored liquor (we used Godiva)
1/4 Cup hazelnut-flavored liquer (we use Frangelico)
Chocolate syrup
Black & orange sprinkles or rimming sugar

Place ice in martini shaker or pitcher. Add remaining ingredients; shake or stir until blended. Dip your rims lightly into chocolate syrup and dip into sprinkles or rimming sugar. Pour cocktail into rimmed, chilled stemmed glasses, straining out ice.  

Tip:  Williams-Sonoma sells rimming sugar in 3 flavors.  They can be found here, and make a great Christmas/Hanukkah gift!

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Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

October 26, 2013



Chill in the air

Early soccer 

Trip to toys r us and a visit to grandmas.

I've dropped the ball on her dining room. We need window treatments, lighting and accessories. After....the one room challenge.  I've got a lot to work with though...

Trying my hand at braising short ribs. With red wine, onions and fresh rosemary.

And lots and lots of play-doh.

Disclaimer: the beer is mine.

Thanks for visiting ~ enjoy your weekend!