Wall of Antlers

I am in the mist of putting together a collection of antlers for a wall gallery in my apartment. Being on a tight budget proves difficult sometimes but the collection is slowly growing. I have three pieces as of now and they all are part of the deer family. I picked up a huge rack this past weekend at a flea market here in Austin for a steal! I want to expand my collection to different mounts though. Gazelle, antelope, moose, steer, elk.. I could go on forever baby (Home Alone 2 reference) I have quite a bit of photo inspiration and I thought I would share some to help showcase my expectations for the completed look. I know it grosses some people out but I love it. I grew up around taxidermy mounts so for me it’s a bit of home. Also I just think it’s badass and adds a sense of masculinity, nature and history that I quite enjoy!

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Spring Retreat

So you know how you feel after the holidays.. exhausted, full of oh-so-good-but-bad-for-you food and mostly ready to get back to your daily routine? For me, all the traveling around seeing family and friends and going to parties and get togethers for 2 months can get a bit overwhelming and after the first of the year passes I am ready to get back to work, get some structure back in my day, have ‘normal’ eating habits and basically just stay put for one second! Well now that the end of February is almost here, I feel like I have caught my breath and wish I had a place like all the following photos combined to retreat to for an “Adult Spring Break”! [yeah sounds kinda scandalous, I know, but it’s not! I promise…] Anyway, I came across m. elle design via desire to inspire and damn if I didn’t fall head over heels. Each room has its own personality but inevitably answers to an overall design aesthetic that I adore. I just think it’s all rather brilliant! Perfect for a spring retreat!

AL FRESCO

As I have mentioned many times, I love a good dinner party. Delicious food and drink mixed with loved family and friends makes for my FAVORITE time ever. With the weather being somewhat warmer yet quite enjoyable this season, it had me dreaming of dining al fresco. The window of opportunity here in Texas for dining outdoors is short as the cold seems to turn directly into HOT! So you have to be on your toes and prepared to get the party started! Of course I would need a back yard (or a boat!) to pull these off, but one can dream! Some of them are actually rather romantic which seems fitting for this national day of love.

Happy Valentine’s Day Y’all!

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Oh, George…

Last night I eagerly sat in front of my TV last night waiting to get a look inside George Clooney’s Studio City home on ‘Person to Person’. I just love seeing other people’s abodes since they can say so much about a person.. I adore Mr. Clooney and was pumped to see what his place had goin’ on! Would it have a ‘bachelor pad’ vibe or would I catch ‘Rat Pack’ fever as we swayed through the house?? {Alas, none of the above.} The interview was somewhat interesting, but it just seemed all over the place and had very little to do with the home itself. {Which, from my understanding, was the whole point of this show…} We got a look at a few picture frames, a bit of JKF memorabilia and a very quick glance of the surrounding spaces.

From what I could gather though, it seemed rather cozy and could handle some fun revelry. I was just left underwhelmed. Don’t get me wrong, I think the spaces were put together well and it actually looked down to earth and ‘lived in’ which is quite a pleasant surprise. I guess I was just hoping to see a little more.. character.. personality. To be fair, we really didn’t get to see that much though because the show just didn’t do it’s job. I mean, the overall structure and architecture was lovely. There was a great flow through the spaces. The beamed ceilings and outdoor areas where badass. I think my favorite part was the outdoor dining area with the wall of enclosed wine racks. I would be damn happy to live in this home (especially with Mr. Clooney!), I just wish we were given more of an inside look rather than the same old interview they could have done on a sound stage.

Warren Buffet and Jon Bon Jovi followed George later in the show and we got more out of them. [Buffet cracked me up and Bon Jovi surprised the hell outta me with his style!] So even though there wasn’t much to see (total bummer because I wanted to have a better post to share than this!), I saved a few shots from the interview (aka pictures of my TV) to share with you guys in case you were interested to see how George lives..

I STILL ADORE YOU GEORGE.

This Weekend…

.. it’s gonna be ME! [*NSYNC anyone? HA!] But no, really, I have the whole weekend to myself and basically I just plan on hanging around the apartment, in comfy attire, as much as I can. I do need to get some groceries since it has been about 4 weeks since I last went.. oh the single life. That is about it though. Kind of exciting really. I do plan on doing a few other things though…

Make HOMEMADE ICE CREAM SANDWICHESDark Chocolate Cookie Ingredients for 12 sandwiches:
8 oz butter, room temp
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup grated or finely chopped bittersweet chocolate

Ice Cream Sandwich Ingredients:
1 quart of your favorite flavor ice cream
Toppings of your choice

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F. With a mixer, blend together the butter and sugars until pale and fluffy. Sift together the dry ingredients, and put your mixer on a low speed. Add the vanilla and chocolate, and blend until the dough becomes a rich, dark brown. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to a 1/4 inch thickness, and using a cookie cutter, cut out individual cookies. Place on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper, then top with sugar crystals if you like. Bake for 15 minutes and cool completely on a rack.

Pick your favorite flavor, scoop out about a 1/2 cup, and press onto the cookie (softened ice cream works best). Top that half with another cookie, and roll the sides in your favorite topping (sprinkles, cocaine, chocolate . . whatever!)

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Also the only thing I care about concerning the Super Bowl are the ads… I mean Kia Motors has teamed up with Adriana Lima (one of my favorites).. So that’s pretty badass. I guess I can watch that whilst scarfing down a few ice cream sandwiches!

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My NEW guilty pleasure is a TV show called “An Idiot Abroad”. It’s a travel documentary television series that follows Karl Pilkington around the globe trying new things while Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant call in and check up on his adventures. It is the funniest show I have seen in a while (to me at least!) because I just can’t tell if Pilkington is joking or not. I can’t wait to get my hands on Series 1 and have a marathon.. again whilst eating a few ice cream sandwiches.

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I am also going to be doing some inspiration hunting for various stuff and to start me off I found these. The first is a renovated 1942 air-raid bunker in Berlin. You know I love my history and adding a well designed space to it just makes my day. Second we have Keri Russell’s dining area. LOVE IT! Last is a kitchen with lovely open shelves and a perfect surface for making. . . homemade ice cream sandwiches!! HA! Yes, I quite like them all.

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Oh yeah.. In leiu of hitting the gym I’m going to learn the dance sequence from *NSYNC’s “POP”. {Mainly starting at 2:14 to the 2:57 mark.} Work it!

HAVE A FUN + SAFE WEEKEND Y’ALL.

Austin Happenings

I have stayed put in Austin more recently and it’s been quite entertaining. [Thanks mainly to my friends dragging me around.] Unfortunately one of my dearest friends is moving back to Houston tomorrow. I am excited for her new beginning but am rather sad to lose her presence here in Austin. We have tried to squeeze in as much as we can before she leaves and it has all mainly centered around food + drinks. HA! We would be GREAT food critics! I just wish I would have taken more advantage of having such a badass friend in the same city with me!

I have also been celebrating birthdays and going to a few little events. It has been really fun! But instead of babbling on about my January (which we all know I can jabber…) I have added some visual aids. So take a look and then get out there and try new things! Take advantage of what your city has to offer and share it with your favorite people! {Trust me.. the extra carbs are worth it!}