buffet from above…

I’m not a big fan of circus entertainment, but this hanging buffet inspired by Cirque De Soleil is fantastic! It’s featured in Nesting Newbies magazine, and befitting of a swanky fete!

photo courtesy Nesting Newbies magazine

The concept was developed by caterers, La Bonne Cuisine Fine French Catering, in San Francisco. They drew inspiration from Cirque De Soleil and events in France where surprise “food stations” descend from the ceiling. Why don’t I ever get invited to events with magical food appearing from the heavens?!

photo courtesy Nesting Newbies magazine

The Nesting Newbie article even provides instructions on how to construct your own hanging buffet and where to get the materials needed. Worth a perusal, folks.

clutter madness…

Now that it’s Spring I’m noticing everything that lay hidden in Winter’s shadows (not the least of which is the grimy film on the living room windows…yikes). My latest pet peeve (I’m riddled with them) is electronic clutter. I detest it. TV’s, computers, earphones, telephones, stereos…anything with a cable! I’m considering “accidentally” vacuuming them up–I did it to Lego and I can do it again!

My hubbie, Mark, is a doll. Love him. Admire him. Respect him. Will divorce him if he puts one more electronic cable where I can SEE it!!! He grew up on a farm and everything had a purpose, not a style!

My desk is really well equipped with laptop, stationery screen & keyboard, phone, lights, fax, printer, scanner and about 2 million cables all intertwined under my desk.

My lovely, bright bedroom with romantic turret and fireplace is scarred by the existence of a big black flat screen TV on top of the white mantle. It’s not the TV itself that disturbs me (’cause I have to confess that I love a TV in my bedroom), it’s all the acoutrements that are plunked right up there with it: the DVD player, the surround sound speakers, and the miles of cable snaking arcoss the mantle that drives me absolutely nuts! I suggested a professional installation, but apparently that went over about as well as suggesting that we stop and ask for directions at a firehall (hey…don’t judge me…firemen are hunky).

So, it’s time to take things into my own hands. Here are some things that might work. If anyone out there has any suggestions, I’m begging you…please save my marriage!

Style at Home’s blog posted a great little article on camouflaging your electronics. I think the collage is a great idea.

photo courtesy Style At Home magazine

This is a really great idea. It’s the Muro Media Storage frame from Design Within Reach. It comes unfinished and you can paint it or wallpaper it to match your wall. It’s a load-baring frame that allows you to hide all the wires between the frame and the wall.

photo courtesy Design Within Reach

photo courtesy Design Within Reach

photo courtesy Design Within Reach

This is such a adorable little charging station designed by Kikkerland (available at Organize.com). It hides cords and keeps all your gadgets neetly stored in one place (until your kids enter your office and “borrow” stuff that never returns–it’s impossible to keep Scotch tape anywhere in my office).

photo courtesy Organize.com

And then there’s the master of organization…IKEA. This is a great little cable organizer, and I’m going to hop in my Swedish Volvo and whip over to the land of Swiss innovation and pick one up (don’t mind their cinnamon buns either).

photo courtesy IKEA

photo courtesy IKEA

Another clever camouflage idea by Style At Home. That is fabulous wallpaper, and definitely a bold statement.

photo courtesy Style At Home

wowie zowie faucet…

This is one of the coolest faucets I’ve ever seen. Patricia Gray featured it on her blog in February. I just wish I had come up with the concept. I’d be sitting beside an infinity pool in St. Lucia while typing this post and counting my money!

photo via Patricia Gray| Interior Desing

Design Davide Vercelli for Hego Water Design Italy

laundry room lust…

I admit it, I’m a laundry room loser! It’s the one room where I figure I can just let it all hang out, and oh, does it hang out. It’s an undulating sea of clothes, ski equipment, wrapping paper and unmatched socks (I can hear my neat-freak sister shouting out “amen”, ’cause she snuck in to the forbidden room a few months ago and nearly fainted).

At least I know the error of my ways. I recognize my weakness, and I own it. In therapy circles, they’d laud me for my courage and self-awareness…for about a week…and then they’d tell me to get over myself and just do something about it (I believe that’s a direct quote from my mother).

I covet my friends’ beautiful laundry rooms, and dream about walking in to my own sparkly laundry room some day.

This dreamy laundry room is just waiting for me to float in wearing chiffon and to drape myself over the table.

photo via Houzz

I’m planning my next Oscar’s party in this shiny righteous laundry room!

Oooh. Stainless steel, quilted backsplash, blue appliances…be mine!

photo courtesy of Sarah Richardson's Design Inc.

From Marriage to Motherhood describes this room as a “laundry retreat”, which made me laugh out loud. She’s right! I’d be sitting in that little striped chair calling room service for an in-room massage and glass of chardonnay (to which Mark would probably reply with a cynical “bah ha ha ha”).

photo via From Marriage to Motherhood

My dream laundry room is going to be state-of-the-art. I won’t settle for any more stupid “listening for the buzzer” to alert me when the laundry is finished ’cause according to MSNBC, Microsoft is working on a prototype that links the laundry room with wireless technology. Now I can sit in front of my computer or TV and be alerted to the fact that the wash needs to go in to the dryer. Hallelujia.

My dream laundry room will also have a trouser steamer. Trend Hunter magazine calls this the “Trouser Ironing Robot” and advises, “Stay lazy and look good”–now that’s advice I can embrace!

photo via Trend Hunter Magazine

I’ll also have a U-Button iron, a button-evading iron (why didn’t I think of this). Trend Hunter magazine calls this the “Neat freak’s BFF”. LOL.

photo via Trend Hunter Magazine

Forget everything else…I’m gettin’ me one of these baby’s! (imagine a light shining down heaven and a choir of angels singing) The WashDryLaundry machine!!!!!!

photo via InventorSpot

This little piece of manna from heaven washes and dries your clothes while they hang in the machine. They hang, therefore, they’re not wrinkled. It can handle 16 pieces of clothing at a time, and according to InventorSpot, the inventor, Oliver Blackwell, claims that his device will save 10 days of ironing a year. Did I mention…Hallelujia???

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