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Summer vacation, part one

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Neil, Sewfee and I headed to NYC for the first part of our vacation. It was Sewfee first trip on an airplane, and the first time Neil and I have been away together in years. Julian and I assembled a lego truck. I was amazed at his ability to located and place those little pieces in the correct place.

We visited Victoria Gardens in Central Park and discovered that Julian doesn’t like whipped cream.We celebrated Dara’s Birthday. She has grown up to be a very special woman and a truly spectacular mother. Sloane and Sewfee developed a very close relationship, especially during mealtime. Sloane LAUNCHES any food she doesn’t like off her high chair. Unfortunately for Sewfee, she doesn’t like vegetables.

Sewfee made herself right at home.We had such a wonderful visit!

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August 12, 2018 at 8:32 pm

New Bathroom

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Another room I never revealed was our new bathroom. 

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After three weeks of work (my goodness!) in June/July (not to mention a TON of headaches!) it turned out ALMOST exactly how we planned. ALMOST.  This was the before.  Wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling subway tile that was yellowing (this was a real estate photo so of course you don’t see that).  I hated it because you couldn’t hang anything up easily.  I hated the sink cabinet – it was just one large box so you couldn’t organize efficiently.  I also HATED the marble floors and countertop.  HATED.  The medicine cabinet was chipped and old. The whole room just lacked character.


 Everything was removed except for the tub and here are the results. 

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Tons of new storage, double sinks, new light over a new medicine cabinit . . . the slate tile floors . . . the new eco toliet . . . turned out pretty nicely, right?

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September 24, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Posted in D & M New Home, Dara

Baby D’s Room

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I just remembered that I never posted pictures of Baby D’s room, finished.  Well here you go (not a ton to see – but I really love how it turned out).

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This is now Chet’s favorite room.  He told me that he is willing to share it, though.

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Pretty much everything in the room is very special . . . each book, each stuffed animal, each little outfit packed in the drawers . . . but here are some of my favorite things right now.

First off, the PINK sweater mom-mom made Baby D because she KNOWS it’s a girl.  She’s made so many of these adorable little sweaters for pretty much every baby I know.  It’s just nice to now have one of my own . . . even though its PINK and I’m 74% sure we’re having a boy (she may know something we don’t!). 🙂

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The elephant on this ring was Mike’s when he was a baby.  Ellen (Mike’s mom, of course) drove a female senator around during the Republican National Convention (which was held in St. Louis in 1976) while she was pregnant with Mike.  After the senator found out Mike was born she sent this as a gift.  And in typical, thoughtful, Ellen fashion . . . it was put in a safe place for 37 years so Baby D could play with it.

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On to these three . . . the alpaca on the left is from Vicki’s mom, Linda, who has a llama and alpaca farm (I’ve featured them many times on the blog).  She was at our “Baby D BBQ” a few weeks ago and gave us this and an AMAZING blanket made out of alpaca fir.  The smiling pig in the middle is from when you were a little girl, mom.  It’s just so cute and happy . . . I love that Aunt Kitty gave it to me.  The bear on the right was given to us by one of Mike’s co-workers.  It’s a mechanical bear that plays peek-a-boo with that blanket.  It’s seriously one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen and no one can watch it do its thing without giggling like a little school girl/boy.

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Katya gave me this the other day and it may end up being one of the most well-used items in this room.  It’s a little diaper clutch bag.  If anyone really knows me (like she does – which is so sweet) they know that I HATE purses.  I much prefer little ringlet purses and the fact that I may have to carry around a huge diaper bag, and a kid, and a stroller makes me feel a little stressed out.  This can’t be used for long journeys, of course, but I see myself strapping on the kid . . . throwing a diaper in this little clutch along with my keys and cell phone and just walking out the door.  That’s possible, right?

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Now of course to my most favorite item in Baby D’s room . . . a quilt that its grandma made for it.

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I know it killed you to make such a calm, quiet, understated baby quilt . . . but you did it.  I told you to make this quilt in greens and creams. (Little did I know that you couldn’t find the pattern of this quilt for the life of you and when you finally did you realized that the grey strips were part of the fabric – not individual strips – so you pretty much had to create the whole thing from square one).


It’s perfect because it’s a little me . . . and a little you . . . and soft and big and just kind of feels like home when you hold it. 

Of course Chet feels the same way . . . 🙂

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September 24, 2013 at 9:39 am

Posted in Baby D, D & M New Home, Dara

Done and Done

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OMG . . . did you know that pretty much EVERYTHING for Pottery Barn Kids is backordered until October and I’m having a kid (hopefully) in September and haven’t bought a single thing for it?!  Well, after figuring that out last night I went into super shopping mode and finished all the purchasing for the nursery.  What do you think?


Of course we had to build the room around the amazing mural that Kitty did a few weeks ago.  It looks just like (actually, even better than) the Beverly Hills Wallpaper that I love.  We were also given the Kendall Crib from Pottery Barn by my great friend Katie who is moving and has hardly ever used it.  I thought I would get the dresser to go along with it but NOOOO, that’s not available until freaking 2026 (jk, but it feels that way) so we went with the Land of Nod Jenny Lind Dresser (I HATE the spindal thingys on the bottom of it, so please ignore those when you see it for the first time.)  I do like that it was built for a kids room.  The drawers will only open one at a time (to make sure it will never fall over on top of a child).

Last night we went to try out gliders at Room and Board and settled (well, not settled because sitting in it is a DREAM) on the Shay Swivel Chair in Doe.  See how comfy Mike (who “worked” on the golf course yesterday!) looks sitting in it?  I like the modern/cleanness (yep, I know, its CLEARLY documented that I’m an anal clean freak about everything!) of it and how we could probably put it in a different room when we’re finished with it in there.

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Of course the fabric color is special order so it probably won’t be delivered to our apartment until 9/27 (OMG! the DAY before I’m due, oh well.)

I’m having panic attacks (already, gosh) about something bad happening to the little one while its in its room so got CORDLESS white linen blackout blinds for the window and door and a ceiling fan from Lamps Plus (because did you know that having a fan in a nursery can lower SIDS by 72%?!?!?)  I finished the room off with The Big Sky Rug from West Elm which will hopefully tie in the grey from the rest of our apartment to the brown in this room.

I know it looks like a grown up room . . . sort of . . . but the one wall will be a long bookshelf (built by Dad) which is where we’ll put our millions of books and little stuffed animals . . . so hopefully that will cheer it up a little (well, and the baby will of course!)  Afterall, I kind of feel like the nursery should just be another room in your house . . . not completely different esthetically . . . especially if you have only 800 square feet of indoor space available!!!!

I’ll share a pic when its all put together!

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August 7, 2013 at 11:03 am

Posted in Baby D, D & M New Home, Dara

New Bathroom in Brooklyn

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So we’re getting our bathroom redone soon (possibly next week – eek!) . . . which means Mike and I have to come up with a design idea STAT!  That’s when I turned to good ole

I’ve admired this bathroom for a while now.  Love the deep tub and wall storage area and clean look to it.  I think, though, that we need a white vanity instead of dark brown. 


The wall tile is pretty in this one.


Love the black grout and slate floors.  Don’t like the vanity and fixtures.


This would probably not work in our space, but how amazing is this shower?


LOVE the vanity.


If we could somehow get a double sink in our bathroom I might never leave it.


Tile and vanity!


How cool is this hamper?


How perfect would this be in the Niantic Road house? (Okay . . . off topic)


This tile is awesome.


I like how clean this looks but we will need more storage under the sinks.


Ummm, how cool is this?


This tile is fun! (or is it ugly?  I can’t tell)


Nice and simple, but again we need more storage under the sink.


Ugh, can you imagine . . .


I kind of like the white tile and the dark painted walls.


Mike’s dream shower.


I could seriously do this all day . . . but I have some work to do.  What do you think?

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May 29, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Posted in D & M New Home, Dara

Butterfly Chair Obsession

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Not only did Erin Gates (of EOS) use a butterfly chair in her recent sunroom reno . . . (I want EVERYTHING in this room for our sunroom).


but The Parker also had them all over their grounds.



So, of course, now I want one.  Just which one to choose is the question . . .













I’ll most likely just copy Erin and go for the cb2 leather butterfly chair and throw some faux sheepskin or mom-mom’s knitted blanket on it.



Happy Friday!!!!

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April 5, 2013 at 10:03 am

Happy 500!!!!

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This very post is our 500th . . . half way to 1,000 . . . can you believe it?

We had a great time in Aruba (more to come on Friday). 

I  have a new obsession . . .  It’s like a Pintrest but just for home design and improvements.  We’ve been toying with the idea of redoing our (rather drab) bathroom.

I think adding a nice big soaking tub/shower combo (with a little wall closet) would be a good use of the extra space between the current shower and toilet.

We would also love to have a double sink but probably don’t have the room for it, so something like this might do the trick.

Oh . . . and I made this last night . . . so good (even without the cheese and sour cream). 

Chicken Tacos with Kale & Salsa Verde











  • 2 tomatillas, husked and rinsed
  • 1 clove garlic, unpeeled
  • Salt
  • 1 serrano chilestemmed, seeded, halved lengthwise and coarsely chopped
  • 5 sprigs cilantro, stems removed and leaves coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed chopped green or black kale
  • 1/2 cup cooked, shredded chicken
  • 4 corn or flour tortillas
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/4 cup crumbled queso fresco
  • 2 tablespoons mexican crema or sour cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees . Place the tomatillos on a rimmed baking sheet; roast for 20 minutes. Let cool.
  2. In a small skillet, roast the garlic over medium heat, turning once, until the skin is slightly blackened and the flesh is soft and fragrant. Let cool, then peel and discard the skin. Place the garlic into a large mortar and pestle or a small food processor with a pinch of salt; work into a paste. Add the roasted tomatillos and any juices from the baking sheet. Add the chile and cilantro and continue to work the mixture into a coarse-textured salsa. Adjust the seasonings.
  3. IN a medium skillet, heat the EVOO over medium heat. Add the kale, season with salt and cook until wilted. Stir in the chicken and salsa verde; cook to heat through. Lower the heat and cover to keep warm.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat a griddle or large skillet. Cook the tortillas on both sides until soft and warm. (Shortcut: Wrap the tortillas in a damp kitchen towel and mrcrowave on high for 30 seconds.)
  5. Spoon a few heaping tablespoons of the chicken mixture onto each tortilla. Sprinkle with the onion and queso fresco. Drizzle with the mexican crema.

I’m thinking of making this tonight with the leftover kale and tomatoes from Pop-pop’s garden.

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October 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Posted in D & M New Home, Food