Friday, July 18, 2014

Rustic Coffee Table

Just wanted  to update that the rustic coffee table arrived yesterday.

I could not be more happier with this coffee table. I have been imagining this kind of coffee table even before we moved into this new home. I searched high and low for this coffee table and I found it through online (here).
This home is starting to look like a real home, although it has not finished a 100%.  It is a little bit overwhelming for both of us since this home is almost 4 times larger than our previous home. We changed everything in side the house. The only thing we did not change is the structure. So it took us almost 6 months to do it and still there are things need to be done.

Anyways, let's see the coffee table!

  I am very excited for the new chairs bought through Ebay a long time a go. Last seen, here.  The chairs are so old that when pulled out the nails, the cover and the lining material; they were crumbled like a powder. And it was a lot of dust. I can't believe that I finished demolished the cover out of the wooden frame. Tomorrow I am going to take the chairs to be repaired. It needs to be tightened, then I am going to paint it the frame then I am thinking to do the  reupholster myself. They are going to be put where those two chairs are.

I found this picture from the old archive, a picture of the new home when we just bought it. It was still a lot of snow outside. It was last February. As you can see the old home has a beautiful white marble floor but my husband 'Steven' did not like it so we put a hard wood floor on top of it. We have not put the mantel on as you can see from picture on the right. And I am looking for ideas on Pinterest on how to decorate a mantel. Should I put a large mirror, a sun burst mirror or a painting. I have not decided yet. I am waiting for the mantel to be installed first.

I really love the rustic coffee table. In the beginning I wanted a rustic dining table just like the coffee table's surface. But it is way over our budget so we found this one within our budget and we love our dining table now. So what do you think about the rustic coffee table?  I know it is not everyone's favorite coffee table. As for me, I love mixing rustic and luxury like mixing it with a golden picture frame mirror and it sits on top of Hollywood style area rug that that in a certain angle the pattern of the rug is shiny. So I love the play of rich and rustic.

Will re post the whole living room when the two chairs are finished. And oh, with the mantel also.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Strawberry Amaretti

Need a quick recipe for a delicious desert? This is the one. Not only that this is very healthy but also delicious. You only need a few ingredients that mostly are in your kitchen. Since I found the recipe; I eat this almost every morning until I am out of Amaretti cookies.  Thank God it is easy to get and  available at Marshall which I almost go to everyday. You can also alternate the fruit with others like blueberry or raspberry.


Strawberry Amaretti

- 2-1/2 cups fresh strawberries
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 3 tbsp honey
- 2-1/2 oz. /70 g amaretti cookies, plus extra to serve
- 1-3/4 cups strained plain yogurt

1. Put 1-3/4 cups of the strawberries into a bowl with the almond extract and 1 tbsp of the honey. Mash lightly with a fork. (I cut the strawberry into a small pieces)
2. Crumble the amaretti with you fingers to break up coarsely.
3. Lightly stir together the mashed strawberries, amaretti and yogurt, then spoon into 4 small glasses or dishes
4. Top with the remaining strawberries and drizzle over the remaining honey.


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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Little Miss Sunshine; Emma.

I never had so much fun and excitement as I was photographing Emma and her brother Lucas. One word only for Emma; photogenicallyummy. (Is there such a term, if you know what I mean?)  No matter what she did, her picture turned to be the cutest and pretty as Emma herself in person.

Beside taking picture of them, I also love playing with them. Brother Lucas reminds me a lot to my son when he was  that age. He had dinosaurus plastic toys in his hand, instantly my mind went to my son when he used to play and carried them all over with him. 

There is something about photographing children or toddlers; you do not need to direct them. I love the candied expression of young kids. They are the cutest and so adorable to capture in the camera. Although in general it is hard to pose them like you want them to be, like I wanted them to sit still next to their mother. They just won't do that.  Perhaps I should have one of those little toys stick to the top of my camera to get their attention to be sitting still. 

Anyways,  take a look at Emma's pictures. She surely is Little Miss Sunshine. Thank God, it was bright and sunny that day. And she loves playing with the little flower  tiara I brought for her to wear.  

Thank you Ilana for bringing such pretty outfit for Emma to wear! I love all of her sundresses. And her tutu dress was so pretty on her.  Just like what  I wanted for my little girl model to wear. 

Thank you so much for reading?

Black Urn Planters Turned White (DIY)

I was looking for a few  white urn planters  to put on the entrance on our new home, but could not find any.  There were some but urns can be very costly.  I found black urns half price when I got home with them my husband did not like it. So I sprayed painted them white.

Here is what I did.

What you need.
- Rust-oleum Stone textured finish spray paint
(for 4 medium size urns I used 8 cans)
- Behr Ultra Lagoon Moss sample
- Behr Ultra Potting Mix sample
- Brush
- A pair of gardener's glove
- A mask

Clean the urns with damp cloth. Then spray each of them two coats evenly.
Let it dry for a couple of hours under the sun.

Take a brush and deep it in Potting Mix paint and wipe the brush gently as we do not want a blob of paint on the urns. Gently brush it over the crevices of the urns. Do not press the brush. Do it all over the urns. Then do the same with the Lagoon Moss paint color. Paying extra attention on the crevices. Let it dry for a few hours or over night and do not put them out door in case it rains.

I really love the black turned white urns now. After a few weeks they even look better like in the  picture below.  And my Verbena have grown on to the side and down the urns. They were very small when I just bought and planted them on the urn (picture above).

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Happy Wednesday Everyone?

Monday, June 30, 2014

Our New Living Room/Home

Just an update that we are now in our new home. And it has been a week since we are moving in.

I can't believe we are finally here. It took us 3 years to get where we are from trying to sell the old house and finding this new home. 

This house is almost 4 times larger than our previous home. We built a new kitchen, bought new appliances, remodeled the bathrooms, and changed the entire floors. We bought new furniture, some already in the house and some are still in the way or being ordered. Still we need to order a mantel, chandelier, a hood for the stove.

We have a new kitchen cabinets but the granite counter top still being made so I have not cooked since we moved in this new home. Good thing is everything is so large that we have so much space now. 

I also into  gardening these days. I have not done much with the garden but putting a small annual flowers in the urns to decorate the entrance. I also bought some geranium since most flower pots already there left by the previous owner.  I never knew that gardening can be so much fun and therapeutic. I love seeing the bud is coming out and finally blooming like my hydrengea that I planted almost 2 months a go is starting to bloom.

Well, these pictures are  the new living room and dining in one big space in the house. Some of the furniture being put there are temporarily until we order a new one  like the coffee table is on the way.

I created two inspiration boards for the living area. I bought a pair of an old chairs almost 10 years a go at Ebay for USD 40.00 and it has been sitting in the storage. I thought they deserve some make over since the cushion is very old and is really in bad shape. I always wanted a neutral beige sofas with a pop of color on this type of chairs to compliment and to brighten the room. I am thinking to re-cover the chairs with a deep teal color and repaint the wooden frame with silver or off white color. They will position on the side of the sofa and a love seat will be positioned on the other side.

These boards has two set of color of throw pillows. I love bright colors to give a punch to the neutral colors in the room. Those 3 intaglios arts were made by me a few years a go. I was going to sell them on Etsy but never get to do it. So now they will be decorating the living room.

Initially I wanted to do the the pink, grey and black color combo on my working space/studio. But now I kind a love those colors in the living room.

So what do you think about these two boards?  Which one do you like most? I really need your input. And I thank you so much for that.

And this is one of the chairs. Today I was trying to take off the whole cushion but I gave up. I did pulled out about 200 hundreds little nails out of it.

This house still need a lot of things to be done. But hey, "Rome was not built in a day" right? I have not done anything with my working space/studio yet. There are many more important things need to be done so the studio will be the last.

Thank you so much for stopping by. 
Happy Monday Everyone!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Rose Garden

My apology for I am posting Lana's pictures once more time.

I wanted to share with you pictures of roses  I took while taking picture of Lana at the Botanical Garden, Brooklyn in New York the last time. I forgot to put those pictures of roses along with Lana's pictures (here). I thought it would be nice for you to see the lovely roses they have at the garden in Brooklyn. The rose garden was just beautiful with so many different kind of roses in every direction you look. I regret now that I did not take more picture of the roses since I was completely  focus on Lana. These are pictures of roses I took when Lana went to a ladies room to change her outfit. 

It is always the case when you finished the photography session, there is always something you forget to do. I often write a note about things I am going to do on a photo shoot a night before a session. This would help me to cover all the small but equally important stuff I need to do during the photo session. It can be a technical like changing ISO or a pose I need to suggest to my client. What ever it is; a note is always helpful.

I hope you like those pictures of roses I photographed.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

30 Days Through Ellya's Photography Lenses

Although this project  is still in the back of my mind; I can not wait to share it with you what it is that I am intending to do.

I would like to challenge myself to do a 30 days project about photography. It is a "30 Days Through Ellya's Photography Lenses" project.

Each day I will take picture of anything interest me and try to capture that particular moment of object through my camera. We, including me often take picture of pretty stuff like flowers on the vase, pretty food presentation, etc. This time I would like to take picture of odd things, like puddle on the street, snow and rain.

This project would be a very good project to improve my photography skills and at the same time I would take picture of odd stuff  otherwise I would not dare to take picture out of like I mentioned above.

I do not know when this project is going to start since I am in the middle of moving a house. But I would like to do it very soon. I know I talk about moving house all the time. This process of moving house has taken us forever and this time for sure is going to happen. So I am starting to pack some stuff and our current home filled with boxes right now. You know how hectic it is about moving a house can be.

Anyway, these are the list that I am intending to take pictures on my project. If you have any more ideas to add to this list please give me a shout, I will be so grateful for you to help me. And I thank you for that.

1. Around the home;  home decor like flower, furniture, vignettes (I know this is regular items but in can be included too)

2. Vitage china. Must include this, as vintage china is one of my favorite item to take picture out of.

3. Outside the house;  people, nature, street side, etc.

4. In the city; building, on the street side.

5. Weather condition; snow, rain, fog.

6. Food styling; ice cream, egg, vegetables, popsicles.

7. Movement; cars, trains, airplanes. Anything fast.

8. Kids are playing

9. Sports action.

Okay, I am very excited now. Can't wait to start my first day picture project. In the meantime, I will let you know for sure.
Thank you so much!