Saturday, July 31, 2010

Little girl's dream bedroom

I saw these pictures on Apartment therapy and I had to share them. Such a nice little nook for a 8 yrs old.
Location: Louisville, Kentucky

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Super funny bookmarks to download

These bookmarks are so funny! and even better you can download them for free!

You can visit:


Sunday, July 25, 2010

New items in stock and freebie

Good morning,
despite the 40°C temperature here, I've been a busy bee. These are my new items in stock!
Because it's my birthday, and I'm turning 30 next week, I've decided to give 1 free pony tail holder (1,80 Euros value) on every purse holder sold. They all come in a nice box!

More in store...check the out! MAD ABOUT PINK STORE

Please write MAD ABOUT PINK BLOG on the comments when checking out to have the free gift.


Friday, July 23, 2010

5 ideas for decorating a rental - ish and chi

What inspired me this morning?
Well, apart from my son telling me not to go to work and offering me his piggy bank instead (he’s 2 and a half!), on my daily reading I came across this helpful post from Ish & Chi.
Hope you like it as much as I did.It happens to all of us to move to a rental at some stage and my first one was a disaster because I didn’t feel it was MY PLACE! This post might give you some ideas.

So what inspired you today? Leave a comment or email me!

1. Wallpapered panels

Just because you live in a rental, doesn't mean you can't enjoy wallpaper on a large scale. My suggestion is to use large pieces of plywood/MDF, paper it with your favourite pattern and then frame with a thin border. The panels would look great on any bare walls or as a bed head.

If you prefer not to display wallpaper in this way and on a large scale, perhaps you might like to add a hint of pattern to your home by lining drawers with any type of decorative paper that will make you smile when you open them.

2. Large leaning mirrors

Lean large ornate mirrors against walls for extra glam and to open up spaces. Perfectly suited for a bedroom or bathroom. Just be sure it is safe and won't topple, especially if you have curious kids. You can fix the mirror to the wall and still have it leaning but please check if you can make holes in the wall before attempting this.

3. Swap out the pendant lights or shades

Make sure you keep the old ones to replace again when you leave. Do check that this too won't cause issues.

4. Window covering for privacy

If your kitchen window stares straight into another person's home try covering with decorative film for a little extra privacy. Just be sure the film doesn't leave behind a sticky residue.

5. Storage solutions

Storage can sometimes be an issue in rentals. A bookcase filled with pretty boxes can be used as storage. Try kikki-k for a nice selection of cloth storage boxes.

A study desk can also double as storage and hide computer wires by covering with a bold fabric to hide away the contents underneath.

(1. Apartment Therapy, ish and chi; 2. Real Living, avante garde design; 3. Shade of Light; 4. The Happy Home Blog {it is a painted stencil but gives an idea of what decorative film can look like with the right pattern}, Brume; 5. ish and chi, Absolutely Beautiful Things)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Refreshing white interiors

Just a little eye candy from Style-Files...

These beautiful white interiors are brightened up with colourful accessories and pieces of art.

(images by Rachel Whiting)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

SWAP available..tiny beads for anything crafty!

Dear readers and friends,

I've just realized that my house is invaded with tiny beads of any colour. I'm looking to give them to a good home that could make a better use of them. I love the idea of swapping, no waste, recycling and make someone and yourself happy with things you don't need any more.

Is anyone interested in a swap for other craft material like fancy fabric scrap, felt, ribbons, brads, charms, kawaii items...basically anything than beads? Contact me if you are or leave a comment and I'll contact you back. Let's say I could prepare kits of 10 tubes each (I usually pack them in little bags for better posting) of different colours ( the photos are only examples).

To give you some ideas, I started using them for necklaces and I ended up making any kind of animal like those:

If you have another swap you'd like me to host for you, just contact me and I'll help you to find a new owner for your goods and at the same time we'll help reduce the waste or why not, introduce you to a new activity.
Looking forward to see your items!
For more swaps from all over the world, have a look at this great website Be careful, It's contagious!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Printable weekly menu: free download

I dream about having a well organized kitchen... I repeat I dream as I can never manage to have it tidy as in a magazine. I'm so messy and I can only cook what I like! Cakes and Rice are my speciality.

Reading the blogosphere I came across to OLLIBIRD the Blog that offers these great printables.... I don't know about keeping the house tidy but they look great.

The best use would be to frame one of them and use a non permanent marker on the glass frame.... a quick wipe and it's ready to be used again!

and another one ...

Friday, July 16, 2010

DIY Projects - must give it a go

Aren't they beautiful ideas? I had to share them with you...

All via How About Orange or directy go to Country Living for more.

I wish you all a great week end!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Thanks to Whimsy Love

What a surprise this morning!!!

A big parcel was waiting for me. I quickly rushed myself to the postman forgetting about what I was doing and here it was. My first  prize that I've ever won.
Thanks Nikki for sending me the Klutz Glossy band book. It's such a nice way to start your day!
Nikki has a great blog  called Whimsy love, full of ideas. Visit her here! I'm sure you'll love it.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Hunting cabin turned into a cottage...on a budget

THE most magical things in life are the ones that spring up where you least expect them — the rosebush in the abandoned lot, for example, or in the case of Sandra Foster, the tiny Victorian cottage in the Catskills that shares space with a 1971 mobile home, two aged trucks, a pen full of chickens and a hand-lettered sign advertising “Farm Fresh Eggs, $2 a Dozen.”

The chickens and their eggs are the remnants of a restaurant that Ms. Foster’s husband, Todd, a great bear of man, tried to run in this sleepy college town last summer; like the landscape business he started a few years earlier, it failed. Mr. Foster, who is working at a local poultry farm, is still recovering from back troubles, making Ms. Foster, a fiscal administrator at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, the primary wage earner.

No matter. Ms. Foster has her own shabby-chic retreat. It may not have a bathroom or a kitchen, but it is a dream of Victoriana: stacks of Limoges china with tiny rosebud patterns; chandeliers dripping crystal; billows of tissue-paper garlands.

This is all the more impressive because she renovated the 9-by-14-foot cottage, an old hunting cabin, herself. The cost of renovating and furnishing it: $3,000.

It’s really true, you don’t need a lot of money to create your own home. This woman did it! And it looks fantastic!

Sandra Foster turned a Catskills hunting cabin into the romantic Victorian cottage she had always wanted, using vintage columns, flooring and wavy glass windows, and doing the carpentry herself.

The cottage fulfills a dream for Ms. Foster, whose middle-class family lost their home when she was a teenager on Long Island.

The shabby-chic retreat doesn't have a bathroom or a kitchen, but it is a dream of Victoriana: stacks of Limoges china with tiny rosebud patterns; chandeliers dripping crystal; billows of tissue-paper garlands. Many of the furnishings, like the $15 chandelier hanging over the sitting area, were flea market finds.

The china closet is a study of woodworking improvisation: Ms. Foster built the shelves, then added arched French doors that she found at a yard sale for $15 each. She has been collecting Limoges china for years.

The mirror was "a strange Band-Aid color — sort of pinky orange," Ms. Foster said, when she found it at a yard sale. She bought it for $22 and painted it with Ralph Lauren's Cove Point in flat white, the same color she used on the cottage walls. For the floors, she used Benjamin Moore's China White paint.

A stream runs between Ms. Foster's cottage and the trailer that she and her husband, Todd, live in. Furnishings must be lightweight enough to carry across.

More photos and stories here (via New York Times)


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