Monday, July 28, 2014

A Summer Street Festival

A summer evening spent with two of my favorite people, 50 gourmet food trucks and live entertainment. It doesn't get much better than that. Yes, it was hot. And it was crowded. The lines were ridiculous. But it was so much fun. It's nights like these that make me feel alive. I forget about work. Forget my never ending to-do list and just live in the moment. Discover new food. New music. Observe urban life in its full glory. Well done Oklahoma City, well done.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My Vintage Chandelier

When I moved into the doll house I wasn't crazy about the chandelier in the dining room and decided to replace it.

My mother had several of my late grandmother's vintage chandeliers and offered one of them to me.

I chose this one:

My grandparents had the most charming yellow house. It was such a special place, it was my mom's childhood home and it'd been in our family since it was built in 1923.

The chandelier hung in their dining room. My great, great Grandmother Welch bought it for my grandparents from Sears in 1974 -making it 40 years old this year!

We painted it dark oiled bronze and changed out the candle sleeves for these white ones.

You can't tell in the photo above but it's covered in tiny holes meant for hanging crystals. We searched all over my mother's house for the crystals but never found them...until last month.

I was going through the attic looking for the boxes containing my high school trinkets and there they were!

I brought them home, cleaned them up a bit and voila!

It looks stunning!

It was a small update with a big impact, my dining room feels much more put together.

And I can't help but think that my Grammy would be thrilled to know I have it. I miss her so much sometimes. It's comforting to look up at the crystals and know that I have a little piece of her in my home.

Do any of you incorporate family heirlooms into your decorating? Do you mix vintage pieces with modern items?

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Jane Austen Picnic

There's something to be said about lying atop a patchwork quilt under a giant tree in the middle of a vineyard.

Add to that: croissants, strawberry preserves, fresh lemonade, cheese, olives, grapes, Stratford peaches, strawberries and whipped cream...well it was heaven. 

Something right out of a Jane Austen novel.

The only thing missing was Mr. Darcy or Mr. Knightly. 

We sat there for hours talking about our favorite books and the characters that bring them to life.

We felt like British aristocrats from the early 1900's.

It was absolutely perfect.

Monday, July 7, 2014

4th of July at Grand Lake!

My mom and step-dad recently bought a new lake house. This was our first family get-together and it was a weekend I will never forget.

Afternoons by the pool
Sunset boat rides
Scrumptious dinner on the patio
Blackberry cobbler
Fireworks every night
Tube rides
Kosmo in his yellow life jacket
Early mornings
Late nights
Cold beer
Red, White & Blue.

It doesn't get better than that!