Thursday, May 27, 2010

Christina Rocks!

Once in awhile I will deviate from my blog purpose and today is going to be one of those days…

Did any of you catch the American Idol finale last night?  Christina Aguilera sung her new song, “You Lost Me”, off of her new album “Bionic” (due out June 8 ) and it was just incredible.  She is such an incredible singer and artist, not to mention beautiful.

For those of you who’ve been dumped, for those of you who have been hurt, for those of you who have a huge broken heart….


If you find this as incredible as I did, you can preorder it here…

Have a wonderful day everyone. 

Monday, May 10, 2010

Illinois Estate for Sale


Architectural Digest is featuring a French manor-inspired estate for sale just north of Chicago that has my absolute favorite kitchen of all time in it.  The kitchen was designed by Mick DeGiulio.  It encompasses everything that I dream about in a kitchen. 


High ceilings tower over this mastery of this kitchen.   From the professional range to the marble-topped island and breakfast table, this kitchen is the epiphany of class, French inspiration,  sophistication and airiness.  The open shelving next to the window beautifully displays their pottery, while the pot rack centers the room and reminds us that this is indeed a place where meals come together… not just a place of beauty to be admired.


Looking to the other side of the room, the floor-to-ceiling French doors span the length of the seating area and look out onto a patio that becomes part of this breakfast area.   For chillier mornings, a fireplace can be drawn while you cozy up on the slip-covered sofa with your cup of hot steaming tea.


A closer view of the kitchen shows the glass tile backsplash, the professional range and oven and the beautiful built-in cabinetry in the background.  Notice how they have the light fixtures centered in the middle of the pot rack.



Another view of the kitchen, which was taken from the real estate site.  Notice the island has been changed out to white and the window casings have been painted white.  Which do you like better?  Blue or white?



This is the exterior of the home, which is located in Lake Forest, IL.  Can you say French chateau???


Even the gate is pretty entering the estate.


I am not sure if this is the entrance or not, but it does resemble the kitchen aesthetic, with the marble floors,  beamed ceiling and white walls.


The living room with the coffered ceiling is very formal.  I love the pale blue chairs in the space, giving it some color.


The dining area  and adjacent sitting room looks a bit sparse, but it could be because the house is so expansive.


View from the other room.


I believe this is an office area.  Interesting use of the zebra rug with the more formal desk.

This home is 5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms and is 9000 square feet and sits on 2.68 acres.  It was built in 2004.

All this can be yours for the mere price of $7.999 million!  Just pick up the June copy of Architectural Digest to be wowed!




“I used to believe in forever, but forever is too good to be true.”

-Winnie the Pooh


“Poetry and Hums aren't things which you get, they're things which get you. And all you can do is go where they can find you.”

- Winnie the Pooh


Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh," he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw, "I just wanted to be sure of you."”