Friday, August 26, 2011

Bright Lights, Big City and..EMILY HENDERSON!!!!

So, as you all know I was doing some top secret, fun stuff last night!! Well here are the juicy deet's! I know you are all on the EDGE of your chairs waiting to find out! ;)

Last night, I was invited to a bloggers meet and greet hosted by Emily Henderson, of HGTV's Secrets From A Stylist, (and last years winner of Design Star)!!  HOW FUN IS THAT!!! The night did NOT disappoint! Not only did Emily and her crew, pick a great little intimate venue, ( perfect for actually getting to know people) but Emily was an absolute delight! She is A "Salt of the Earth" type of person, one that vibrates at a very high frequency, and makes everyone around her feel comfortable. After talking to her for even a minute, I felt like I knew her forever, she just has that comfortable way about her. Also, she is a hugger...that says a lot about someone..don't you think :)

   I had a blast meeting people like Beckie Stravers from the hilarious blog, cubicle57 and Emily Anderson author of  Eco Chic Weddings and Eco Chic Home.   The night just kept getting better as I met artist, Duane Hosein, and laughed with Tyler Wisler ( of this seasons Design Star)  about our kids, and how much we love the crap out of them! I totally left there thinking I was bff's with all of these people!! ( I'm kookie like that) THEN, right as I was about to leave, I met Lindsay of  LC Vintage and company,  imagine how excited I got,  when I commented on how great her bracelet was ,and she told me there was one in the gift bag!! YAAY!! I also finally got meet Lana Migliore, a friend of Emily Henderson's, but also, author of the great design blog
"Making A house A home"  ahhh I was so happy :) such a great night~~
Here are a few pics from the night~

Emily, and Beckie, and I am so sorry I don't remember the other two :( I suck.
they were SUPER nice though, and told us about the movie they are taking to The Toronto Film festival.

Tyler and Duane

Duane, me, Tyler

Meeting Lana

One of the best parts of the night, other than, of course, meeting Emily, having good wine, talking to great people, and making new friends, oh, and an actual night OUT...was the GIFT BAG!! that's right, I'm saying what all of you are thinking!! don't deny are dying to know what was in that gift bag!! So here it is:

This gift bag was PACKED FULL of great goodies!! Here is a list of everything included!!

Soy candle by Naturally me
Lavender Artisan Hand made soap by Century Farmhouse
A cute compact Mirror, awesome hand Cream and A $50 Gift Cert by Verve
The above mentioned SUPER AWESOME handmade bracelet by: LCVintage and Company
Sweet Riot Chocolate Nibs
YUM! Sea Salt Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies for Wine Pairing by: Cookie zen
*Peeled* organic Snacks
Kind Fruit and nut bars
A VIO light Toothbrush
A Leather notebook by Poppin
and finally, A can of Tuscan seasoning that i can NOT wait to use by: Stacey Hawkins(Stacey gave me a great Brussel Sprout and Bacon recipe! YUM!!)

It was a great night!! Thank you to Emily for inviting me to take part :)

Happy Friday!!


Monday, August 22, 2011

My bulb is no longer naked! Yay!

To all of you that guessed what I would be doing this weekend, you were RIGHT!! "Painting the inside" and "lighting something" is exactly what I did!! I took a large pillar candle holder, and turned it into our hallway light fixture!! I'm so excited!!

A little back story....We moved in to this house seven years ago, and since the day we moved in, the hallway light has been naked!(um..embarassing!!) It made me crazy every time I turned it on, but alas, when I turned off the naked little bulb, I quickly forgot about it.  In the last month, my friend, Rebecca, ( of belle & beanzer) had told me she has been looking for a perfect light fixture for her Entry, so I have been a pinning fool trying to find something that might fit her space,( see boards here) seeing all of the DIY choices, totally inspired me.  THEN,  I went into Home Goods, and spotted the coolest Pillar Candle holder, my immediate thought was" this would be amazing in our hall, as a light!!!" (I felt like it was too small for Rebecca's Entry. I won't bore you with the details of how I didn't buy it then, and ended up a week later driving to every Home Goods Store just to find the exact one!!) So here it is, the process, the sanding, the setbacks, the drilling and the finished product!! along with some horrible videos!!

Here is where I started..A naked light, and a large pillar candle holder..

My first task was to cut a hole in the bottom of the candle holder, which would eventually be the top of my light fixture, here is where my first set back happened..G didn't have a hole saw, so we tried to do it with his dremmel tool, terrible!! so with in the very first 1/2 hour, I had to run to Home Depot JUST to get the hole saw for G's drill, I was NOT happy..I just wanted to PAINT already!      


I am so excited to get started :) can you tell?? below, I had to mark the bottom of the Candle holder, so I knew where I was going to cut the hole.

 Here is Grant, ever so sweetly trying his dremmel tool after saying, "This isn't going to work, we need a hole saw" and I said..pllleeeaasee lets just try it" didn't work..insert first trip to Home Depot here..Grrr..

I didn't get any pictures because I was still annoyed, but I did go to Home Depot, I did get the hole saw, and it did work beautifully!

We ( when I say, "we" I mean my husband, all I did was drill holes) fabricated a bracket to hold the fixture to the ceiling..there I am drilling the holes :) I felt so

I was so excited when I finally got to paint!! I wanted something super bright so when the light turned on it would shine brightly! I chose a Rustoleum high gloss Canary Yellow spray paint, and it worked beautifully, that is, until I pulled off all of the outside painters tape..


Just an FYI about this video, other than how completely awkward I am, Liam, is by Grants tool bench in front of me, and as I am talking, he pulls open a drawer and pulls out an exacto knife with the blade you can hear me say very calmly, "he has a Knife" and also at the very end I ask Grant what he is doing..hahaa I'm so lame. Oh and one other side note: my name, of course, is Kim, but G calls me "Dote" which is short for "Doty" which is my maiden name, he is the only person who calls me that and I love it, he even has "Dote Forever" engraved on his wedding ring..awwwww

SO here is the inside taped so I can get to work, spraying the outside, it was super humid in New York Sunday, so it took forever for this paint to dry..but when it did, I was sooo happy!!!


Side note about THIS video, Yes, that is a pirate ship AND a big shark drawn right on our front porch with sidewalk chalk. Grant and Liam worked on that this past week :)

We added the new lighting kit, and the bracket to hold the piece, next, I cleaned that GROSS ceiling,
and VOILA!!!

Finally, we got this baby up!! I WAS SO EXCITED with how it turned out!! I cant believe the beautiful design that shines as a shadow against the Bright Yellow Interior!! the best was CHEAP!!!

Candle Holder...............  $15.99
Spray Paint-Yellow....  $3.95
Spray Paint-white.......Had already
Hole Saw-Home D....    $12.95
Lighting kit- Home D.$2.95

Not to mention the satisfaction of doing it ourselves!! I am inspired!! I want to do MORE!!!

I LOVE the yellow glow that shines from it!

Enjoy your Monday!!


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sad News..

As you know, Design Thoughts has donated a 3 hour Design Consultation for a Silent Auction to raise money for Tara Kelly Kidd. I am saddened to report that Tara passed away on Friday. Here are the words of her sister ,Tammy.

 " amazing and wonderful sister went home to be with my dad today. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by my mom and her husband. In honor of Tara, the fundraiser planned on Sunday will go on. We really appreciate your support at this difficult time."

If you are the praying type, please send a prayer to Tara's family. If you arent the praying type, please just send thoughts of love and support their way.

The silent auction will go on..

Fundraising event for Tara Kelly Kidd
August 21, (today) 2011 Big Rock Chop House, Birmingham, MI
read more about her story at

Thursday, August 18, 2011

PROJECT: Get your head on straight guurl!

This week I had a minor crisis in the design world ( well, to ME it was a crisis, but next to say, losing someone special in your family, or something on that level, its hardly existent) it wasn't one of those "her deck pillows didn't arrive before the big party with the president , moments ( yes, that has happened to me) but more like, where is the closest rock I can crawl under and never come out moments (dont ask the deets, Im moving forward..right after this post..haha.) what I decided?? Get over it...move on...pick up your boot straps, make sure I learned something,  hold your head high
( cry secretly ,ahhaha just kidding) and just CARRY ON!!! ( I could very easily use the ever so popular saying that you can now get on every hanging piece in the world, but I wont) so thats what I am doing!! how am I doing that? Lots of wine..haha..again kidding!! ( I think? is three bottle a lot? in one night....) So I have decided to tackle a DIY project!! Yeeehhaaww nothing like a little DYI to pull you out of a funkolah right??  I am going to tackle it this weekend!! Here are some inspiration pics from Pinterest!! Stay tuned...I am crossing fingers it will work...I should mention, when I told my husband my plan...this was his response..."It sounds kind of...awful.." HAHAHA!! WH-WH-WHAT!!! can you imagine? my overly supportive husband has a fear that this may be an awful mistake...but guess what..if it least I took a chance right ;)
See if you can guess what I am doing!!
(Click here for sources)

P.S my project is NOT a painted bookshelf..although one day it will be..

Happy Thursday!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Recipe Design: August

Another amazing Recipe Design from guest blogger, and good friend, Jenna Rowland of

Recipe ReDesign:  All of the Yum and None of the Yuck
By: Jenna Rowland

For years, a good friend of mine (Krista) had suffered with tummy aches and other digestive troubles. Doctors had always told her that it was indigestion or Irritable Bowel Syndrome and to avoid her “trigger foods.” Having suffered with IBS myself, I felt her pain…literally.  And to identify the trigger foods was nearly impossible in that they could change from one day to the next. 

Finally, being fed up with sinus issues, Krista went to see an Allergist for testing.  It turns out that not only does she have the typical seasonal allergies, but she’s also allergic to yeast, molds and gluten.  And to put the significance of those things into perspective, here are a few things that Krista can no longer have:

Breads of any kind, vinegar or anything with vinegar in it,fermented foods like cider/beer/wine, cheese, anything that’s been cured,mushrooms, prepackaged tea, and anything sugary (it turns to a yeast in your tummy). 

So there you have it. Two weeks before her annual “Ugly Sweater Christmas Party” Krista learned that she can’t eat much of anything except meat, vegetables and fruit. 

Being a self-proclaimed-at-home-culinary-dabbler, for the party, I decided to make something that Krista could eat that was all of the yummy without feeling the yucky.  Of the three dished I made, one was a redesign of her favorite (and mine too) WholeFoods Quinoa Black Bean Salad (that’s full of vinegar).  I remade that salad over the weekend with fresh farmer’s market veggies and it was AMAZING!  Far too yummy to keep the recipe to myself!
Summery Quinoa Salad
1 cup Quinoa, rinsed
2 cups Chicken Broth
 Add quinoa to broth and bring to a boil.Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the grain has sprouted and the liquid has been absorbed. If you think it’s done but there is still liquid in the pan, it’sOK to drain the excess.
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 bunch green onions, diced
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 can drained and rinsed black beans (I like lots of beans so added an additional half a can)
3 ears of corn, husked, grilled and cutoff the cob
Juice of 2 lemons, seeds & pulp removed (don’t use fake lemon juice…it’s not the same!)
6 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste.

Add all of the veggies, cooked quinoa,oil and lemon juice to a big, pretty bowl and toss gently to combine.  Add salt to taste. If you don’t like peppers,try cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant, red onions, or any other veggie you love! Use caution with tomatoes in that they will make the salad very watery if you don’tseed them first.
On a side note, that big, pretty bowl belonged to my husband’s great-grandmother. It is used frequently in this house and I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the durability of it and the pretty green around the rim. It looks beautiful with anything in it in any season!   

Friday, August 12, 2011

A little organization!

Lately, I have been adding tiny things to our house, here and there. They have been super inexpensive, and barely time consuming, but added up, they just give me a big dose of happiness!! ( I am staying positive here, so I refuse to give you my laundry list of to do's, and I am not going to complain about having a completely bare wall above our sofa, or zero window treatments in our living room...)
Anyway, my tiny addition for today, you ask? a beautiful little green and silver shell dish!!
My goal this year has been to organize, and slowly I have been doing that, this little dish, is just another step closer to complete tidy-ness ( in case you don't know me, I am a messy person, and so is my husband, together with a 2 yr old we are a disaster, so it was time to start the journey ) the best part, other than the fact that its lime green on the inside and silver on the outside, (I LOVE THAT) it was on CLEARANCE!!! only 5 dollah!!!! WAHOOHOO
 I should mention what I am using this for..its for my jewelry...I don't have a lot, or anything expensive but I have a few things that are WORTH more money than anyone could give me :)

 This is what it looked like prior to beautiful shell dish ;) All of my stuff was just thrown on the little iron chair, I needed an intervention ( I know, this isn't a lot of stuff, but it was still a mess I looked at everyday and thought, I need to do something about this)

 By the way...notice my excitement about the clearance item at the top of this post?? I don't care if I only save $2.99, to me a sale is a SALE!!!!

I'm trying to show you how awesome the Silver back with the green inside is, this picture SUX, but I am leaving it, you get the idea..


 Here it is in ALL of its pretty little shell glory!!! No more hanging crazys that I have to un-tangle!

 And now Buddha can finally get back to his place of rest!

 It fits in perfectly with the colors on my dresser! Yay!! Can I just mention also, completely off the subject of my little shell, the picture of the three woman you see, its a picture of my gramma and her sisters, I love this picture so much, when I look at it, I feel like I am right there standing against the car with them, a true vintage piece. love....


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Mommy Post: Let's Take A Moment...

Every once in a while, an event occurs, that snaps me away from the daunting thoughts that come along with being a mommy,( these of course, are the thoughts that follow immediately behind the unconditional love thoughts)  like, "Am I feeding him the the perfect food", "Chicken fingers 3 nights in a row? yikes",  "Am I disciplining, but in a teaching way", "Is this a fight worth fighting with a
2 yr old?" , "Loving my little free spirit without saying the overly used, and pukingly cliche...
HE'S ALL BOY ( PUKE) when people look at me like I have three heads when all he is doing is getting so excited over the balloons he sees in the grocery", and  "I need to be a mommy, wife, and employee with grace and balance, all while still finding time to wear a little make up" and "I haven't given nearly enough attention to my friends who are literally my lifeline..."  in the midst of all of these thoughts, one event can stop you in your tracks, and help you focus on whats important, and how precious life is, even if the event doesn't happen to you directly...Life can literally change in an instant. I feel like I truly soak in every moment that I can with Liam...I need to soak in more, I feel like I enjoy and show gratitude for every little sneaky smile, and every milestone, every time he says Mama in his squeaky high voice,  but you can never show enough gratitude.
Here are my little instances of gratitude this week....what are yours?

Sidewalk chalk, right on the front porch


My baby is a little boy :(

Waiting patiently for the rain to stop

It didn't stop, so we played in it
Ice at the Farmers Market

Feeling the grass

Feeling the rocks

Feeling very blessed, yet very sad today..My thoughts are with you my dear friend, so much love to you.