Wednesday, December 30, 2009

And the Nominees Are???

I want to thank my dear friend Melanie author of Scout for giving me a Best Blog award, I am truly touched and not in a bad way!!! LOL  I am so pleased that people enjoy reading The Huntress Lives as much as I enjoy writing it.  

So in the spirit of paying it forward and passing this award on here are my top ten "Must Reads"

Monday, December 28, 2009

A Snake Charmer...

I think I might NEED this darling vintage python vanity stool???  It would look amazing in my master bathroom perhaps with a few books perch on top.  I spied it today at Heritage Trail in one of my new favorite stalls.  Excuse the poor images I had to take with my phone.  

Friday, December 25, 2009

Table for Seven...and a baby

Here are some pics of my first ever hosted Christmas dinner!!!  Shout out to the Brooklier family catering service, dinner was perfect (per usual).  Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.  

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Loving Me Some Pagoda...

After some drama during the hanging process the pagoda mirror is up! It really looks FAB, I got it at a friends garage sale (can you believe that) I have such amazing friends--thx Monica!!!

Special thanks to my husband for putting the table together and hanging the mirror :0

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Quickie Christmas Update...

Here is a quick pic of my new dining room serving table from CB2 and HomeGoods lamps!!! Snagged the lamps today for $39.99 a piece including the shades!!!  Still a work in progress but LOVING the way it is turning out, now Brad just needs to hang my pagoda mirror.  

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Simply Shabby Chic Rug...

Saw this Simply Shabby Chic rug at Target the other day and LOVED it!!!  Amazing in person, very thick and looks expensive.  5X8 is still available online for $129.99 (great deal).  Would look great in any room, I am thinking about it for our office.  

Image from Target website

Friday, December 18, 2009

Modern Art...

I am thinking I would like a piece of modern art for my house to contrast the many vintage pieces I have.  

Perhaps something like this.....

Or this....

Now this could be PERFECT...

Totally digging the 80's vibe.  This piece is entitled Push Art by jkl designs, check out all her work on etsy--it is really fabulous!!! 

Images from Apartment Therapy and Black and Spiro

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

MAJOR House Crush...

Ok, I am dying over Winsdor Smith's stunning home.  I absolutely LOVE everything about it!!! Take a look for yourself and be prepared to be wowed...

Loving the black door against her turquoise dress

Entryway--amazing tile and round leather settee

Family room--basically my DREAM room.  Fabric on sofas, punches of pink, and jute rug.

Zebra layered with jute simply stunning!!!

Living room-again perfect colors and the wall shelves inspired mine in my living room.

Kitchen gorgeous clean lines...

Game room--love the use of black paint and the polar bear painting is killer!

Music room--super hip and chic

Accent table--love it all!

Son's room-love that it does not scream kids room

Master Bedroom literally takes my breath away...

Obsessed with the fabric on walls and duvet, the pink velvet chaise and of course the Hermes blanket :0

Ok, the sink skirt could be my favorite yet!

The closet is even FAB

Just to recap I would not change anything about this home!!!

All images from House Beautiful  

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Back In The Saddle Again...

But exhausted!!!  A couple images that speak for themselves...

Love the color on the walls, hint of yellow and the chandelier

Adore the aqua and gold walls and FAB rug!!!

Images from Elle Decor

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Out Of Town Till Tuesday....

Be back with some FAB finds!!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?

My latest obsession is Foo Dogs, I can't get enough!  I started with one pair then my sister-in-law gave me another fabulous pair and this week I bought another!!!  So I have decided I am going to start a collection, my husband could not be happier :0  They come in a variety of colors and sizes and add such drama to any space.   How amazing are these, the dining room overall is to DIE for and the foo dogs are the icing on the cake...

p.s. I ADORE those chairs!!!

Here is my dog collection...

1st pair who greet you at the door

Second pair given to me by my sister-in-law are perched  upon vintage french bed canopies I use as shelves in my living room

My new babies who are pale blue by the way in my powder room!

Want some of your very own?  Then look no further than this striking white pair on Etsy from rwalsh111 for ONLY $38, great price for a pair!!!  Click on store name to purchase.  

Dining room images from House of Turquoise

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Window Dressing...

Next project, new kitchen window treatment--I am liking these so far...

My kitchen below....

Love the sheerness and color of this one

Fabulous fabric and trim

Oh did I forget to mention my new chandelier I got antiquing at Heritage Trail that will go above my kitchen sink to accompany my new shade.  Umm yes, those are baby rhinestones you see how cute is that!?  

First image from Pink Wallpaper

Monday, December 7, 2009


These pillows and throws from West Elm!!!  

How glamorous are these Mongolian lamb pillows, several together or just one for a splash of drama.  Priced from only $59-$129 they look super expensive and very plush.  All three colors are great but the Platinum is my FAV!  

Also, loving the pillows paired with this super cozy Lutz and Patmos honeycomb throw on special for $79!  Look at the amazing braided detail, I want one for Christmas :0  

All images from West Elm website

Friday, December 4, 2009

Wallpaper Before and Afters...

The wait is FINALLY are the much anticipated pictures of my entryway and powder room wallpaper makeover!!!  LOL  

Entryway Before....

Entryway After...

*please excuse the shadeless lamp I am still hunting for the perfect one

*Staircase in pale gray paint to match the paper 

Powder Room Before...

Powder Room After...

In the end it was worth waiting 9 mths to find my paper and am so THRILLED with the outcome!!!

Special thanks to the entire team at Epco Paint Wallpaper and Blinds in Wilmette for helping me with this project. Claudia helped me to find the perfect paper and the paint department matched my paint to my paper and got it exactly right!  They are wonderful to work with and true professionals, thanks guys :)