Thursday, April 3, 2014

Time to Pack my Travel Bag…

This week I am busy getting ready for my trip to Milan, Italy! I will be leaving on Friday morning, so today I am gathering all the necessities for my travel bag.
Itnerary – check.
My friend Jackie typed up our plans for the week…it is going to be amazing! First stop Milan, for the International Interior Design Expo. We are then taking the train to Venice for a couple of days…and hope to take another day trip to Lake Como, and Belaggio.
Magazines – check.
Always good to have a little reading material. I will also bring my i-pad that has several books already loaded. However, nothing beats a good rag mag like People and my all time favorite Vanity Fair!
Travel Pillow – check.
I recently purchased this oh so cute leopard print neck pillow for the 12+ hour flight. I have never used one before. If this helps me get some sleep on the overnight flight I will be happy!
Passport & Euros – check & check.
I will not get very far without either of these!
Umbrella – check.
It is Spring in Italy right now and there is a chance of showers. I bought this little plaid travel umbrella at the Gap several years ago on another trip. It is the perfect size to carry in my bag and will come in handy when needed.
Snack – check.
I like to pack a couple of bars to nibble on. These Nature Valley Salty Sweet Peanut bars are one of my favorites!
Journal & Pen – check.
I will try my best to keep some notes about the trip in this travel size journal. I am not very good about journaling, and always regret it.
i-phone Earbuds – check.
Currently working on my i-tunes library to be sure to have plenty of music for  the plane ride.
Lip Balm, Hair Band, Glasses – check, check, check.
I always have these items in my bag. Not pictured but also included are some hand lotion and travel tissue. These are all necessities for every day!
I will be away for my computer and posting while I am gone. I will do my best to share some photos on Instagram. Follow along here. Looking forward to an amazing week and sharing with you all the details when I return.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Travel State of Mind…

A very stylish vintage travel look from June 1956. Yes, please!
It has been a couple of weeks since my last post. I shared my DIY Sunburst Light project…which I still LOVE every time I walk down my hallway. Now, DIY projects are far from my mind.
world traveler
I am currently in a travel state of mind! I have a couple of trips coming up and wont be DIY’ing or posting much in the next few weeks.  First trip…beautiful, sunny, warm, Palm Springs, CA.
The Aestate: palm springs style
I am so looking forward to traveling to Palm Springs! I have never been before…and have heard such wonderful things about it. This trip will be with my husband, and is hosted by his company, Sherwin Williams Paint. We have some fun activities planned…and lots of rest and relaxation on the itinerary! Details and photos when I return.
La Quinta Resort & Club, Palm Springs California
Next destination…Italy! Yes. I am traveling to Italy in April..and I am VERY excited about it!
mailand -Milan, Italy
Milan, Italy ~ via
Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy ~ via
On this dream trip, I will be traveling with my friend Jackie Jordan. We are going to Milan for the Salone del Mobile Milano… the international interior design exhibit and fair, featuring the latest in kitchen, bath, furniture, and accessory design. This is the same show that Jackie and I attended in Paris back in January, 2013.
The show is based in Milan, so we will start there. Then plan to travel to Venice and hopefully a day trip to Lake Como.
Bellagio, Lake Como Italy
Bellagio, Lake Como Italy ~ via
Eeek!! Did I say that I am EXCITED!?! I will be sharing snippets of my trips on my Instagram…if you would like to follow along. Full details and lots of photos to come!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

DIY Sunburst Light ~ Inspiration to Installation in 24 hours…


It all started with a Facebook post from Janell at House of Fifty featuring a fabulous DIY from Pam at Simple Details

I love this flush mount light fixture!
I instantly wanted to re-create Pam’s fabulous idea…and knew exactly where to start. My striped hallway has 2 plain, boring, white globe ceiling lights that I have been wanting to replace for a long time…
I was already taking one apart when I snapped the photo above…as I was walking out the door to Home Depot. Luckily they had 2 Martha Stewart Wales Circle Mirrors…the last 2 on the shelf!
Following Pam’s simple directions…see her step by step here…I was done in just a couple of hours!
Simple, inexpensive, and fabulous looking….I love them!
From Before to After…in about 24 hours. That has to be a record around here!
Thank You to Pam over at Simple Details for coming up with this gorgeous DIY! And thanks to Janell for featuring it on her House of Fifty Facebook page!
I love my happy hallway!