I know I did a pasta post before, but we eat a lot of pasta, so here is another one. :) Artichokes, Kalamata Olives, and Capers are staples in our house. We usually always have them on hand and if we don’t it’s because we just recently ate them. For a quick, easy dinner we usually throw these items together with pasta and it tastes delish!
Saute some chopped red onion with olive oil in a pan and then throw in a jar of artichokes, 4 or 5 tablespoons of artichokes, and about 20 kalamata olives cut up. Add some ground pepper to bring out the flavors more. Do this all while your choice of pasta is boiling.
Combine this with the pasta and add a little more olive oil, ground pepper, and fresh grated Parmesan cheese if you wish. Be careful if you add salt, as you don’t need much since the olives and capers are super salty.
Oh, and don’t forget the wine, cheese, and dark chocolate. xR
Guess what came yesterday?! This beauty of a sofa from Crate and Barrel.
Rochelle Apartment Sofa in Cognac
What may the ugliest color for some, is a beautiful cognac, caramel color for me. Pictures do not do it justice. If you like the design but the color does not match your decor, there are some other colors offered. Check out this beautiful blue.
Getting a new couch got me in the mood to decorate/rearrange anything I could. It didn’t take long as there is not much to work with, but it got my decorating “bug” it’s fix. I rearranged a side table with some coffee table books, an antique Czech tea set my mom gave me, a crystal dish from a wedding gift, a bronze bowl full of matches and a candle.
I had Mark hang a picture we had in our last place.
I turned a side table into a mini bar.
..and I poured us some drinks to sit for a moment and look around at our progress. Our place has come along way from when we moved in, and even though we are anxious to get it done, we have to keep in mind we have done so much already and it’s good to sit and relax. Well, for 5 minutes at least.
While I like so many decors, I have to stay focused on the vibe I want for our place. A good way for me is to group together items that I know I want. For example, I carry these two sofa fabric swatches with me when I am out shopping. This way if I would find a throw, rug, or accessory, I could tell if I would like it with the two sofas I have. While most people prefer either gold or silver, I absolutely love both. Actually all metals. Having the stainless silver next to the bronze bowl reminds me of how I want to intertwine different metals in my house.
I need some pops of color here and there, and love all the European blues as I call them. It was the perfect timing for the Anthropology magazine to get delivered. It had the beautiful blues I had in mind. I ripped some pages out and taped them to the wall to remind myself I want something in these colors somewhere. Maybe a fun throw pillow for spring. We shall see!
Progress is being made in our entry way half bathroom. The flooring is done, the vanity is somewhat in, the painting is in process, and the lighting is done.
This is what the bathroom looked like for about 8 hours while Mark rewired. He made holes in the wall for the new lighting, and patched up and put drywall where the old lighting was.
We want all of our lighting in the house to have a dimmer. I was happy to see such a huge selection at Lowe’s. We ended up going with an all white face plate and switch since I couldn’t make up my mind, however, I can always switch out the plate in the future. Either way it looks more updated and modern.
Once the lighting was in, Mark cut out a cardboard piece the size of the mirror and taped it on the wall. The mirror weighs a ton and there was no room for error when he put anchors in the wall. He measured and re-measured where the mirror hooks on the back of the mirror would be hung and then drilled through the cardboard in those two areas. Once that was done, he hung the actual mirror.
When we were on the hunt for the perfect space for my business, Glamour Girl Airbrush Tan, we found it when we ran into this space. Ugly as can be, but the location was 5 star. Instead of seeing the cramped space, gross carpet and ugly ceiling tiles, I saw what could be a beautiful space. Although it took some work, and of course I will add and change things up forever more, the space has come a long way. From the flooring to the ornate ceiling tiles and light fixtures, everything was replaced.
Take a look at the Before: (Sorry for the blurry photos)
Here are the after pics! (Pictures were taken over the past couple of years)
As you can see it is very girly with lavender walls, crystal chandeliers, clear ghost chairs, mirrored furniture, ornate ceiling tiles, and touches of bling here and there. What I love the most are the floors. The floors we had professionally done and they turned out amazing. Concrete with two different color grays and epoxy coating to give it a marbled look.
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“Celebritized in Chicago”
As you can see, I am always staying busy. I tell my girlfriends I am going to have so much free time after my house is all done. They know darn well I will keep redecorating both work and home.