Monday, January 31, 2011

Laundry Room Inspiration

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I've had this little idea book on for my laundry room inspiration - the project that began in April of 2010!  Aren't those gorgeous? Mine is not that large but I can still take some ideas from the photos.

It's slowly getting done and I'm just trying to decide on the cabinets right now.  
The tile is dark, the counters are going to be dark wood. 

For the cabinets, at first I thought white.
Now, I'm thinking grey. I'm seeing a lot of grey cabinetry lately and loving it. 

What do you think? 

Friday, January 28, 2011

Pretty Snow - lots of it! and Greek Chicken...

Yesterday we woke up to another snow day! I guess wearing our pajamas inside out really works - we never see this much snow on LI. But we've been getting hit weekly. So this is what it looked like out my door yesterday morning. So pretty when everything is covered in white fluff!

So, the fire was lit and my husband worked at home all day. I also worked on some new shelves for the shop and the kids (and dog) had a great time in the snow all day. Well, all except for the oldest one - she spent the day in her pjs studying.

We ended the day with a great recipe from Rachel Ray - Lazy Baked Greek Chicken and my own creamy tomato orzo.

Recipe Link  

Click on the link to go directly to the recipe. You might need to click the print button to see the steps since the show hasn't aired yet (as of today).

As far as the orzo, I don't use a recipe but I can tell you I sauteed some sliced scallions in a little olive oil, added a can of diced tomatoes with the juice and cooked for about 8 minutes - until the tomatoes break down nicely. Then I added about 1 cup of heavy cream and simmered for a few more minutes and toss with cooked orzo. Right before serving, I added some crumbled feta.  A delicious creamy side dish!

Monday, January 24, 2011

I'm back...

And so inspired. So many creative women at the Martha Stewart conference. It was so nice to see all of the women from last year and meet some new ones too. Wish I had time to meet them all!
Lisa (my roommate)  from Polka Dot Pound Cake and me!

Debbie from Calico Carriage and Tasha from My Story Inc.

We had some really great speakers..

Gael Towey
Chief Creative and Editorial Director MSLO

Martha herself during a workshop with Susan Soloman about Starting and Running a Foundation
Did they say photo op? 

Food Demo (yummy crepes)  by Sarah Casey - Food Editor Martha Stewart Living

There were also informative speakers from MSLO on blogging, Health by Terri Trespicio - Whole Living Senior Editor. Danielle from Etsy was there to speak on Etsy Selling and Terri Shapiro from Deluxe spoke to us about Public Relations.

A great time at the show...Click HERE to see Martha giving us a shout out!

Gorgeous flower set
500 Stems of Sweet Peas

Gorgeous Kitchen Set

Annette - Biscuits by Lambchop and Lisa - Polka Dot Pound Cake
Martha taking audience questions. 

And really great food too! But of course - we were at Martha's!

The event has really had me thinking about what I want for my business this year. The timing was perfect! Looking forward to seeing all of the Dreamers and their business's grow or begin!

Leaving that office FULL of creativity was hard!

Can't wait until next year to do it again.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Off to Martha Stewart!!

It's been one year since the last event and Martha is having another event for her Dreamer's into Doers group. If you have a business or are thinking of starting one - you need to check out the site!
This year's event will include 2 days of workshops, show taping and food demos.

Looks like some great info will be shared with us and I'm so looking forward to seeing the other members of the group again as well as meeting new ones!!

I know I'll be back with tons of inspiration and energy - just what I need for Hydrangea Home!

So, all orders placed between now and Thursday will be shipped on Friday the 21st.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Check back for a full report at the end of the week!

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Baby's Breath Love

Not long ago, I would take all of the baby's breath out of the rose bouquets my husband would bring home - and throw it away!
Now, I just love this delicate flower.
After all the Christmas was put away, I needed something. And I think baby's breath is the perfect flower for all seasons...reminds me of snow, in a way.
And its beautiful in the spring and summer too.
It's just what my home needed to get through the rest of the dreary winter.
And it's inexpensive too, look for some in your supermarket.

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