Monday Musings and Addictions

Happy Monday and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!!


March, 2011

Kinda stinks it’s a Monday this year, but in honor of my Irish peeps here are some of my favorite pictures from my family’s trip to Ireland in 2011 (my kids met all my family there, including my dad’s brother who lives on the farm my dad grew up on):

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Kesh Caves, County Sligo, Ireland, August 2011

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Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland, August 2011

So I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! It was Micheal’s 12th birthday here on Friday, so we celebrated all weekend. But in between celebrations I found a new addiction. Thanks to Linda, at Calling it Home, I spent a good part of my weekend designing a tropical, coastal home and tried my darnedest to win $500 to One Kings Lane. It really is so easy to use Polyvore and it is a great tool to curate your favorite interior and fashion items into rooms and outfits.  So I decided to build each room using only items for sale at One Kings Lane, since that is where I will be spending my winnings. 🙂

Here are my rooms:
Living Room

willow interiors tropical living room with OKL

willow interiors tropical living room with OKL by katemonroe featuring a column lamp

Dining Room

willow interiors tropical dining with OKL

willow interiors tropical dining with OKL by katemonroe featuring handmade home decor

Family Room

willow interiors tropical family room with OKL

willow interiors tropical family room with OKL by katemonroe featuring mid century modern furniture

Master Bedroom

willow interiors tropical master with OKL

willow interiors tropical master with OKL by katemonroe featuring a rose vase

Boys Room

willow interiors tropical boys room with OKL

willow interiors tropical boys room with OKL by katemonroe featuring abstract wall art

and finally the Girls Room

willow interiors tropical teen room with OKL

willow interiors tropical teen room with OKL by katemonroe featuring a lacquer desk

So I guess Tropical Coastal Decor, for me, means tons of earth colors and textures: greens, bamboo, natural fiber rugs, wood, blues, rattan, oranges and reds.  Also tons of pattern and nature in fabrics and artwork.  The teen girls room (of course with pink) and the family room have more of a coastal than the tropical feel with pops of turquoise.

You can see all the details at my Polyvore account and if you want to feed the addiction and keep the fun going, join me as I start making sets for a new contest Jennifer from The Pink Pagoda is hosting this week.  The theme is “Art-filled and Feminine” and you can win $500 to Horchow…ummm okay!!

And, last but not least, I wanted to tell all my local folk about an awesome new store that opened on Friday in Midland Park.  I stopped in on opening day at Town Home & Garden and it did not disappoint!  Opened by a fellow Ridgewood mom, it is a beautifully-curated mix of vintage furniture, lighting and accessories.  She also plans to carry new gift items as well.  Here are a couple of pictures I snapped with my phone:

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Awesome mid-century chandelier.                    Another great light fixture and a Mastercraft brass cabinet!!

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Zoological posters                                                               great mirrors and lamps

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Yes, please to the coffee table, botanical screens………and a pair of bamboo étagères!!!!!!

I’m definitely adding Town Home & Garden to my rounds.

Have a great week everyone and thanks for stopping by! – kate

Tropical Dreaming with Polyvore

My daughter, Anna, has been using Polyvore for awhile to find her favorite fashions.  Now thanks to Linda at Calling it Home, who likes to feed my addictions to all things design, I have been playing around with it in regards to interiors.  She is hosting a contest where you design a room with a Tropical Coastal Look.  Here is my first attempt.  You can enter as many times as you like and it really is quite easy to get started!
willow interiors tropical dreaming

Ballard stripe area rug
ballarddesigns.com

Blue and white jar
thepinkpagoda.biz

Slim Aarons round wall art
jonathanadler.com

Throw pillow
furbishstudio.com

Home decor
furbishstudio.com

Throw pillow
furbishstudio.com

Lumbar throw pillow
amberinteriordesign.com

Black mirror
1stdibs.com

Home decor
deluxeflorist.com

Pottery barn sofa
potterybarn.com

Cymbidium Orchids Cube
deluxeflorist.com

Pasha
amberinteriordesign.com
Okay, are you ready for this???  You can win $500 on One Kings Lane (one of my favorite websites)!!!!
I think I may have to practice my Polyvore skills and enter a couple of more times!!
While I practice, here are somethings I’m dreaming about spending my winnings on:
Click on my Polyvore page to find out more about each of my winning possibilities from One Kings Lane and then get started on your chances to enter here (I believe the contest ends Sunday night).
Thanks for stopping by! – kate

Blue and White at the Oscars

Okay, Happy Monday y’all!!

Now, I don’t fashion myself a fashion blogger (Hahahaha get it!  I crack myself up), but I thought I would note that my favorite home color combination was also a hit on the red carpet last night.  You can’t go wrong with blue and white in your home or on your body…or can you?  Keep scrolling for some questionables…

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Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

blue and white at the oscars/willow interiors
Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

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Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

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Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
Update:  I meant to comment that once Kate came out on stage without the 80’s shoulder pads and cape thing, I liked this dress much better.  Okay, now I feel better that I got that off my chest…I didn’t want you to think I was into shoulder pads. 🙂

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Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

blue and white at the oscars/willow interiors
Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
Okay, maybe Cate’s dress isn’t white, but it’s close enough…and I like it!

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Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

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JASON MERRITT/GETTY IMAGES

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Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

blue and white beach house/willow interiors
Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

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Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

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Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
OKAY, Jennifer Lawrence is not wearing blue or white, but I like it…
and it’s my blog and I can do whatever I want! 🙂

I’m not one to talk about anyone’s fashion misses, just wanted to show you some more blue and white…  What??  I didn’t say anything…

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GETTY IMAGES


Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP                                                           Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

And my favorite shot of the night (and Ellen wore a white tuxedo)!!!!

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Ellen’s twitter

For blue and white inspiration for your home, head on over to Pink Pagoda’s Blue and White Bash today where I am linked up.

Okay, back to work everyone!  Happy Monday!

– kate