Archive | May, 2011

Sights in the City: Grass Stools & Furniture Made From Stacked Wood

31 May

Sights in the City: Grass Stools & Furniture Made From Stacked Wood

I hope everyone had a great weekend and Memorial Day!  We spent it relaxing and also celebrating my husband’s birthday.  His birthday is actually today but might as well celebrate for several days and have an entire birthday weekend right?  :)

We also spent part of the weekend in beautiful Santa Monica checking out the The Market located above Santa Monica’s open air Third Street Promenade.

Santa Monica Third Street Promenade View From Above


The Market is a new (just opened last week!) gourmet showroom that houses and impressive array of artisan shops, restaurants and boutiques.

The market is designed to feel like a conventional farmer’s market.  And…the best part is everything is LOCAL.  All locally made food and home goods. No Starbucks here.  Just wonderful creations made by artists and companies that live in the area.  It’s quite an impressive contrast compared to typical mall food court concepts.



We tasted lots of amazing locally made food (especially coffee, chocolate and cheese! )….BUT the wanna be interior designer in me couldn’t help but focus in on the decor and furniture.

Like these stools made from artificial grass.  It is funky but fun!


The Market 3rd Street Promenade Artificial Grass Stools in a row

This would be a great concept for a children’s room!  There are so many creative things that could be done with this. It would be easy to keep clean and durable!  Do you have a worn out chair?  Maybe an old Papasan chair from college sitting in your garage? Cover the cushion with grass!

And check out these counters made from stacked wood.  This would be great as a desk utilizing reclaimed wood.  The different colors of wood and the varying lengths really capture attention.

They also had some coffee bag shopping totes!  Oh how I still love love love coffee bags….

What did you think of The Market?

Peeping in My Neighbor’s New House

27 May

Peeping in My Neighbor’s New House

Well…they used to be my neighbors…  Now they have a new home.

I’ve been gawking at the beautiful pictures.

I’ll start with one of my favorite rooms.

Take a close look at this black wall.  See the TV!??!   Isn’t it interesting how the wall camouflages it?

This sun room is perfection surrounded with glass and folding track doors.

Jealous of this rustic table and dark ceiling…

The acrylic see through chairs help make the room have a more open feel.  The white paint with a hint of gray is a good fit.



Don’t you love all the windows?

I have a special fondness for corner windows.

The tile is gorgeous.  I have always wished for shaker doors…maybe one day!

Look at the length of this cabinet hardware.  Want!

Do you like?

What is your favorite part?

Blog Hop :: SAS Interiors

26 May

Today Angie and I are sharing our favorite spray painting tips with Jenna at SAS Interiors.  We first met Jenna a few months ago and our blog friendship has grown.  SAS Interiors is based in Saratoga Springs, New York…which is where my parents live, and I adore Saratoga Springs.  It is a beautiful place to visit and to live so I was instantly drawn to SAS Interiors.

SAS Interiors

When Jenna asked Angie and I to give our best tips, we were so excited and loved sharing our different points of view on spray paint techniques.  That’s the joy of writing this blog together…getting two tips for the price of one!

You can check out all of Jenna’s tips from different bloggers here…and tell Jenna hi too!


Carrie & Angie

What’s for Breakfast Wednesday : : Green Matcha

24 May

What’s for Breakfast Wednesday : : Green Matcha

I’ll admit when Carrie introduced the Ninja and tried to motivate us into drinking juices and smoothies, I wasn’t interested.  Juices and smoothies just didn’t seem appealing.  Well thank goodness my husband listened.  He immediately went out and bought a Ninja and I now hear that little motor buzzing in the kitchen at least once if not twice a day.

He whoops up breakfast smoothies of all types and throws in ingredients that sound gross – spinach, kale, chard…. yuck.  I reluctantly tried one and it was —- amazing.  Tasty, sweet and refreshing.  The magical thing is – you can’t taste the vegetables at all!

Now I am hooked.  I have gone Ninja crazy and drink at least one fruit & veggie blended drink a day. My vegetable intake has increased from 1-2 servings to a 3-5 servings a day.  (Carrie, I should have listened to you sooner– I love my smoothies and feel so healthy and great!)

The process is pretty simple.  Load in fruits of your choice and then throw in healthy things you would never usually eat like rough leafy green vegetables.  It is virtually impossible to make a smoothie that tastes bad!  They all taste delicious. Somehow the fruit overpowers the less tasty healthy stuff and blends it into a frosty sweet goodness.

My husband and Carrie love to drink them in the morning.   I have found that my favorite time of the day to drink them is in the afternoon.  It is great afternoon snack or after work out recovery supplement.  Depending on the ingredients, some smoothies can even be used as a meal replacement.

We have played with a huge array of ingredients: protein powders, vegetables and greek yogurt.

Our newest love is Green Matcha Powder.

Matcha is finely milled tea ground from Japanese green tea leaves.  The health benefits of matcha tea exceed those of green tea because when you drink matcha you ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water.

One glass of matcha is supposed to be the the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content. I am not a nutritionist but for maximum nutritional benefit, matcha tea seems unparalleled.

And tastes great in blended smoothies and drinks!

Here is more specific information from Tufts University: Green teas contain a high amount of antioxidants, chemically compounds known to forestall aging. Antioxidants are found in many fruits and vegetables – even chocolate. A testing method known as ORAC – short for oxygen radical absorbance capacity, evaluates the antioxidant levels found in food. The ORAC capacity of matcha green tea is exponentially higher than other foods known for their high antioxidants levels such as blueberries and spinach.  The ORAC rating of matcha is 1300 units/g, compared to 105 units/g for pomegranates and 91 units/g for wild blueberries.

We have been using a delicious green matcha powder recipe :: Green Tea Watermelon Super Punch.

It is a new recipe out of Rocco Dispirito’s new cookbook Now Eat This!

Rocco Dispirito Now Eat This Diet


2 cups ice
4 cups cubed seedless watermelon
1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, such as 0% Fage Total
¼ cup fresh lime juice

¼ cup agave nectar
1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
4 teaspoons unsweetened matcha green tea powder

TIPS: The ingredients listed above are the original quantities listed in Rocco’s recipe. I cut these ingredients in half because the original recipe makes a full blender full which is at least 4 drinks.  I also throw in a little extra matcha (about a teaspoon).

And…unlike the recipe, we used sweet Matcha Powder because it what we found available in the store. Rishi Sweet Matcha was purchased at Whole Foods and came highly recommended.

Toss all ingredients into a blender and blend for 5 minutes to increase volume. (I also sometimes add more ice to make it thicker).

After it’s well blended, it doesn’t actually look like much – or green for that matter – but it tastes great!

Also, since we are on the subject of smoothies, I have a few extra tips to share with you:

1) We bought the larger Ninja that can be used as a blender.  My blender was a piece of junk so we paid a little more so we could have the benefit of having a smoothie maker and a complete blender. You might want to shop around because we spent $99 at Target and later saw it for $89 at Walmart. There are a lot of blenders and smoothie makers on the market but the Ninja is tops in my book because of one main reason – it has 3 separate blades spread out on the shaft. Ever have to stop the blender and push the ingredients around with spatula because the food was jammed in a lump at the bottom?  That won’t happen with the Ninja – the two upper level blades will help ensure everything in the blender has blade exposure.

2) I am new to the whole protein smoothie craze but I have heard there are a lot of protein powders out there that are disgusting.  Some have a horrible taste and others are course and grainy like sand.  The protein powder my husband uses tastes like vanilla ice cream :: Nu-Tek Pro MRP Vanilla.  I love it and throw it in most of my smoothies.

Nu Tek Pro MRP Vanilla

3) Cleaning out the blender or smoothie maker can be a pain and the blades are fiercely sharp.  It is important to clean immediately because fruit and vegetable pulp quickly turn to cement. A fantastic trick I learned was to run the blender filled with water after using.  Just a few quick pulses really help clean that sucker out!

Happy Juice & Smoothie Making!

…and let me know what you think about the Green Matcha! :)


23 May


Pinterest is everywhere right now.  And once again, I thought to myself ‘whats the big deal?’  Angie and I found several sites who have ‘pinned’ our projects and we thought it was pretty fun seeing them somewhere other than our blog.

Well, I took the plunge…asked for an invite…and about a week later, received my invitation to join Pinterest.

And it’s fabulous!

It’s fabulous because it catalogs all different images, ideas, people, places…anything my heart desires.


I love that Pinterest is quick visual stimulation…just what I need to keep my juices following…and waste time I really don’t need to waste, but oh well.

On a different note…Angie and I both use Evernote…which is another fabulous place to bookmark web pages, images, and everything in between.

Personally, I love Evernote because it saves the entire page I am looking at…and is a fast reference if I am looking for a recipe, paint color, or searching for a specific receipt I’ve scanned in.

Pinterest is an entirely different beast…one that I am learning and loving at the same.

Our sweet friends Jenna, Jenn, and Allison have started following us on Pinterest…so if you pin too, follow me at Carrie@221vision and I’ll follow you!

Happy pinning!

Introducing :: Petals and Farmhouse Windows

23 May

Introducing :: Petals and Farmhouse Windows

This project is one of the very first crafty DIY household projects I’ve created.  At least 10 years ago, I was visiting my parents one weekend when my mom and I had the impulse to do something “crafty”.

So we drove to Michael’s late one night and picked up heavy mat board that was at least 1/4″ (so that it could hold the flower weight).  Then we and hustled back to my parent’s house to get working.  We only need mat boards because my mom has a library of craft supplies that would make Martha Stewart jealous. She dries and collects flowers and has an entire room of dried flowers.  An entire room.  No joke.  Some are organized in boxes and others are hung in sweater hangers for easy access.

My mom also has a bunch of farmhouse windows.  It is a long story as to how she got them but the short version is that someone was getting rid of hundreds of them and my mom had the foresight to run over and pick up as many as she could.  At the time, everyone protested…No, mom…that’s junk! What on earth are you going to do with old windows?!?!

Well good thing she didn’t listen because her farmhouse windows and dried flower collection helped create this picture.

The colors of some of the dried flowers have faded over time but most of the colors are still vibrant.  It is surprising how well it has held up over the years. Some flowers have flaked to the bottom of the frame but most have held their form.

It is interesting how some have changed colors.  The yellow-orange colored flower third from the left used to be bright fuschia.

I don’t have any “before” or “how to” pictures because I had no idea 10 years ago I would ever have a blog.  Did blogs even exist that long ago?  :)

Making this was very easy.  All we did was use two light colored acrylic paints to paint a background and cover up the severe bright white colored mat board.  We dry brushed paint in circles to create a billowy cloud like effect.

Then it was hot glue time. We hot glued like crazy and invented our own flowers.  The flowers you see here have been pieced together to make new large flowers.   For example the large yellow-orange flower I referred to earlier was actually a bunch of little flowers that were molded into a large oval shape. The stem was created by glueing small leaves together.

It took hours to glue the flowers but we had fun at it while sipping my mom’s famous hot cafe lattes and watching movies. It was a night to remember – nothing like making crafts with my mom!  How I wish we lived in the same state so that we could spend more time together…

After hot glueing all the flowers we stapled the mat board to the back of the window frame.  The window frame didn’t need any artist work. It was already beautiful and rustic since the original paint had weather away naturally.

This was the picture I created. My mom also created her own.  I don’t have a picture of hers…it was very different but quite pretty. Maybe one of these days I can find a picture of it and share it.

I almost threw this picture out when I cleaned out our storage unit but I am so glad I kept it because now that I see it in my new house, it might fit well into the office I am going to create.

What do you think?  Do you like it?



Check out these fun blogs for amazing inspiration!

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Tip for the day…

20 May

Crazy busy day for Angie and I…so we leave you with this:

not your average ordinary blogvia via pinterest

Happy Friday, friends!

Blog Hop :: Style Your Life

19 May

Blog Hop :: Style Your Life

Hey friends!  Today we are over at Style Your Life with Jennifer giving our two cents about her new Tween/Teen Style she launched a few weeks ago.

We love Style Your Life…talked about it here…and when Tween/Teen Style came to life, I couldn’t resist putting together a few outfits with my very own tween for Jennifer.  Sweet P and I had so much fun searching for clothes she would wear and I would approve of.

Here is just one of the style boards we came up with:

style your life tween teen style fashion outfits

Click here to see the rest!

And check out Jennifer’s other amazing style boards!

What’s for Breakfast Wednesday :: Juice!

18 May

What’s for Breakfast Wednesday :: Juice!

For quite awhile, I’ve tried to make conscience decisions about what I eat and what I don’t eat.  I’m trying to listen to what my body tells me vs. what I really want to shovel down my throat.

After not feeling well earlier this year, I started reading more and more about the benefits of juicing.  You know I make Green Monster smoothies every morning for myself and my family but I wanted to take it a step further for myself by juicing.

You’ve probably heard about Crazy Sexy Life and Crazy Sexy Cancer .  Kris Carr talks about the power of juicing and the amazing benefits that go along with getting fresh nutrients on a daily basis.

Now, don’t get me wrong…you will find recipes from me that are gooey and sweet, and spicy and fried because I am human and I love food…and I also have a husband who loves steak and children who love cookies.

But…I’d like to start making better choices on what goes into my body each day while hopefully influencing my family at the same time.

Here is an interesting article from ABC news about the benefits of juicing…

A sweet friend of mine loaned me her juicer to experiment before I took the plunge and bought one.  It isn’t as messy as I thought…and actually produces enough juice for me to have a glass each morning.

I’ve juiced Golden Delicious apples and lemon…love it!  And so do my kiddos.

And this past weekend, I woke up with a scratchy throat…and thought to myself I CANNOT GET SICK NOW!

Using Kris Carr’s Make Juice Not War Green Juice recipe, I juiced up some vitamin C and a ton of anti-cancer properties.  What a way to start a Saturday!

Here’s Kris’ recipe:

Make Juice Not War Green Drink
-2 large cucumbers (peeled if not organic)

-Big fist full of kale or romaine

-Big fist full of sweet pea sprouts (if easy to find)

-4-5 stalks celery

-1-2 big broccoli stems

-1-2 pears or green apples (optional)
*Other optional greens we love: spinach

We eat fresh broccoli several times a week so instead of throwing away the stems, I save them for my juices.  I did think the celery was strong but you would not believe the nutrients in celery…crazy good for you!

The juice was really, really good!!  And it smells so fresh and sweet…

Do you juice?  What recipes have you tried?  What’s great and what’s not so great?  I’d love to hear!

not juice not war green juice Kris Carr Crazy Sexy Life Diet

Happy juicing, friends!



Road Trip :: Malibu Lumber Yard

17 May

Road Trip :: Malibu Lumber Yard

Malibu is symbolic of mansions and celebrities with enormous amounts of wealth.  It should be known for it’s unbelievable beauty and eco-friendly designs and culture.

One of which is the Malibu Lumber Yard.

The Malibu Lumber Yard is a 2-acre shopping complex where reclaimed wood was used as cladding for building faces and walls.  75% of the site’s impervious surface was replaced with pervious materials such as decomposed granite and free draining reclaimed wood decking.

If you love reclaimed wood – this place will get the creative juices flowing!

According the The Malibu Lumber Yard website, the Lumber Yard redevelopment is a gesture towards the historic culture of Malibu overlaid with a green, sustainable, design approach that promotes the education of nature.

The Lumber Yard’s courtyard was designed from studying the surfing culture of Malibu and the surfboard form itself. The courtyard is encompassed by curved wood.

The mesh of the different colored woods used throughout the complex is beautiful!

It’s a green eco friendly oasis filled with shops and restaurants.

Speaking of shopping, check out this gorgeous skirt and the bright colored picture frames the mannequin is holding at Alice and Olivia!  LOVE!!

At the core of the courtyard are aquatic sanctuaries and fish tanks.  The Malibu Lumber Yard is home to the largest outdoor completely free standing aquariums in Los Angeles.  All three aquariums hold a total of 3200 gallons of saltwater.

I lounged in these chairs forever. I wanted to take these home with me.  Especially the large square table/bed!!

Love the SLANTED legs!!!

I not only fell in love with the reclaimed wood but a few other things…

These pots on the wall at Havana Café – a Cuban restaurant owned Rande Gerber (Cindy Crawford’s husband) in the Lumber Yard.  We ate there and the food was good! I was naughty and had a pulled pork sandwich.  I tried to justify it to myself because I went jogging that morning :)

Blue mosaic flooring also at Havana Café.

I have to admit I was a little embarrassed at Havana Café when hostess asked if I wanted her to take a picture of me because… I had to admit I was taking a picture of the floor.  I am so lame!  :)

This Scorpio loved the horoscope pillows at Kitson!

Vintage looking luggage as one of the displays at the Lumber Yard. I would love a stack of these in my house.

I was also obsessed with this round planter. It was huge and I wish I could have about 5 of these at my house.  Maybe one day I can try to make them because I am sure they are expensive to buy (if even possible to find them).

And lastly, isn’t this the cutest little store ever?

It actually wasn’t in the Lumber Yard but right next door in another complex, the Malibu Country Mart. The Malibu Country Mart is equally impressive as the Lumber Yard.  Even though the Country Mart isn’t as eco friendly, it is an interesting eclectic design concept featuring 65 unique shops in a rustic setting.

Hmmm…I’ll just have to head back to Malibu soon so I can do the Malibu Country Mart justice and share that with you too!

We live about 30-40 minutes from Malibu and drive there about once a month to enjoy the beach and beauty. Even though we go to the Lumber Yard and the Country Mart, we don’t really shop but mostly go there to walk around and take in the sights.

It’s a nice get away and a pretty drive along the ocean on the PCH (The Pacific Coast Highway).  This time however, we drove back through the country side and it was just as pretty with rolling hills and canyons.

There are so many things to do in Southern California so planning a lot in a short time frame is hard.  However if you ever do get the chance to visit the area, Malibu is a MUST!!  I love that place and feel so at peace there.  If you ever plan a trip, go in the morning because no one is usually there. Otherwise, it can be packed in the afternoons and you won’t feel so at peace.  :)

Treating Myself…

16 May

Treating Myself…

I’m making a little trip to Anthropologie today for this:

anthropology milk bottle measuring cups

and these:

anthropology spice jar

I’m always shuffling through my ‘organized’ drawers looking for measuring cups we received as a wedding gift almost 14 years ago…and I am longing for something pretty yet functional to play house with sea salt and crushed black pepper on my kitchen island.

I will confess…I shake the pepper straight out of the can…and the salt too.

And my son uses my 1/2 cup for mud pies in the backyard so I eyeball the 1 cup.

I think it is time for big girl kitchen accessories, don’t you?

Happy Monday, friends!

Just because…

13 May

Just because…

It’s friday…and I love my babies more than words…

And I am content.

Godliness with contentment is a great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6


Blessings!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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