Thursday, March 22, 2012

Take a Seat

I was cleaning out the pictures on my phone and ran across this chair. Oh, how I love this chair! I think I took this at Calico Corners last year. I have a Bergere chair in need of a makeover and this is calling my name. This would be a happy, bold addition to our den. I may wait a bit to pull the trigger though. This may be my serious case of spring fever talkin'. For some reason, this time of year, everything that I love is bright and green and fresh; a little more bold than I would normally be drawn to at other times of the year. Does spring fever sway your decisions or am I the only one suffering from this ailment?



Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Entry Table Before and After

Sweet Pea made it home safely from Paris and it was back to school for the mini-pearls today. I will catch you up on our Spring Break later, but for now, I wanted to share a project that I completed over the break.

The entry table - BEFORE

The table in our entry used to be our breakfast table. At our home, that means it was the main eating/gathering place, homework desk, art table and general work surface for the Pearl household. This poor thing has taken a lot of abuse and it was shabby but not chic. The new position as greeter of our new digs meant that a makeover was in order. I used this opportunity to break-out the Annie Sloan chalk paints that I purchased in Roundtop. These paints are all over the blog world and have quite a reputation for fabulousness. They do not disappoint! I love to work on projects but I want instant gratification and get impatient to finish. These paints are the bomb! No prep-work needed! Just clean your surface and paint and then a top coat of wax. The result was exactly what I wanted and it looks like we have a new table. See what you think!

The entry table - AFTER

Happy First Day of Spring!


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Top 'o the morning to you!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Today is the day when the wee bit of me that is Irish comes out! (Yes, McClendon, on my mother's side) I must admit that I am a sucker for the color green. (I consider it a neutral.) I think that God must love the color, too. He uses it a lot to color His universe and I think Ireland is one of His best works. I love a rousing folk tune by the Chieftains. I think Irish Wolfhounds are wonderful. (My Crockett, at ninety-four pounds, looks like one at half the size!) I have been a fan of U2 since Party Girl. (That is before the War album, so it's old, like me.) And, I love a good Irish accent.

Irish countryside

Look at all of the amazing color!

This poor thing is not Irish, but how cute is he?

Bells of Ireland - one of my favorite flowers.


Yes, it is a masterpiece.

Irish Wolfhounds

Stunning green interiors

We don't have any special plans today, but I can say that some beer and corned beef might be on tap. How about you? Any special plans? Don't forget to wear your green!

Luck o' the Irish be with you,


All photos via: Pinterest

Friday, March 16, 2012

Flashback Friday - 1980's U2

Bono and the gang

Since tomorrow is St. Patty's day and a day to honor all things Irish, I thought I would honor one of my favorite Irish exports...U2. Yes, I am a fan and have been for a long time. Like since before the War album longtime. (Like how I used "like" in my sentence? The whole 80's thing just brought it out, like totally.) Anywho, I have seen U2 in concert, twice. The second time I saw them, one of my friends made it onto the stage! Bono asked him if he wanted to play the guitar with the band. (We were so freaking out!) My friend could not play and that made Bono mad and he kicked him off the stage! We were so proud! Bono kicked my friend off the stage at a U2 concert!

This is me circa The Unforgettable Fire in Jams and a Polo with two of my BFF's at a dance!

This is me (far right) with some friends headed to a concert. Yes, we were trying to look like this. We thought it was cool. And yes, we put eyeliner on the guys.

Happy Friday!


U2 photos via Google

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Happy Wednesday!

A sweet little image to wish you a wonderful day!


Monday, March 12, 2012

Spring Break

I am home this week having a little "stay-cation" with my boys. Mr. Pearl has business that couldn't wait. Sweet Pea is having a ball in the City of Lights and I am home. With my boys. I am trying to have a good attitude. I mean, they are perfectly happy, so I should be. Right? We are going to spend lots of time outside: riding bikes, fishing, maybe I can sneak in some gardening? So far, we have been to Bass Pro, Cabella's and Academy and we have watched the movie Jack and Jill three or four times. Good times. Anyone would enjoy this, right?

I have been pinning away on Pinterest, spending some quality "me" time. It can't all be about my boys. Oh how I miss Sweet Pea! Hope you all are enjoying your spring break. I found these pictures that said "spring" to me. Enjoy!



Friday, March 9, 2012

Au Revoir Sweet Pea!

Sweet Pea is going to Paris for Spring Break with my mother-in-law. Am I jealous, insanely, but I am so happy for my girl. This is one of her "bucket list" places and she could not be more excited. I know that she is in more than capable hands, but sending my baby girl abroad gives me a little catch in my throat.

But then I think of her taking in a scene like this...

And how excited she is about going to the Louvre.

And sharing a moment like this with her grandmother.

And macaroons from Laduree.

And strolling the Champs Elysees

And climbing the Eiffel Tower...

Well, the catch in my throat is still there, but I am so happy for her. Talk about living vicariously through your children... guilty!

Au Revoir and safe travels,


All photos via Pinterest

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Al Fresco

This weekend, we officially christened the back patio. It is now the season of al fresco dinners and a glass of wine enjoyed in the outdoors. My patio doesn't look like this and never mind that there is still some construction debris that we haven't cleaned-up yet. I still love it and treasure time spent there with family and friends.



photo via Pinterest

Monday, March 5, 2012

Not So Mellow Yellow

We haven't really had any winter weather to speak of around here, so all of the plants and trees are already bursting with color. Even for Texas, it is a tad early! For me, Spring begins when the daffodils show their sunny faces and everything else follows suit.

Subtle yellow from House Beautiful

Yellow is a happy color, yet it is one that evokes strong opinions in most people, especially when it comes to using yellow in interiors. You either love it, or you hate it. I don't think there is really a middle ground here. What do you all think? Grandmother's floral or modern and fresh? Whatever your opinion, perhaps you can find one picture among these that will put a smile on your face and spring in your heart.

Traditional yellow from Alexa Hampton

Retro yellow and still so chic!

Yellow tile

Modern and fresh from HGTV's Color Splash

Soft and cozy from Sarah Richardson

Happy Monday!


Unless noted, all photos from Pinterest.