Culinary Colors




Color-code the contents of your cabinets and brighten counters with new appliances and kitchen ware.



Rachel Ray Stoneware and other products

available in yummy hues such as: Eggplant (shown), Red, Chocolate, Orange, Green, and Bright Blue


Paula Deen Signature Porcelain 12-pc. Cookware Set: Butter

Paula Deen Signature Porcelain Cookware and other products

available in charcoal speckled texture, solids and duo-tones like Butter (shown above), Robin’s egg blue, brown sugar, oatmeal, red, purple, rustic green and olive– just to name a few


Le Creuset Signature 11-Piece Cookware Set, Cobalt Blue

Le Creuset Signature Cookware Sets from Williams-Sonoma

Choose from variety of colors, including: Cobalt Blue (shown),  Flame Orange, Ocean Blue, Classic Red, Dune/Ivory, Lemongrass– which is a really trendy color this year. Some people are using a similar shade and calling it Grellow.

CB2 by Crate&Barell coined the term and shows it throughout their new catalog for home decor and furniture like dining room tables…


GinnyS Brand 4 Slice Toaster

Ginny’s Brand Exclusive Toaster and other kitchen/dining products

Selection of their spectrum: Denim Blue (shown), Basil, Red Delicious, Steel, Charcoal, Peacock, and White for those of you prefer classic/plain-jane/vanilla.


KitchenAid® 5-Quart Artisan™ Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixers and other delicious gadgets

found at BedBath&Beyond; a gift from my Mother-in-law

available in so many colors its scary: White, Ice Blue, Almond, Green Apple, Pistachio, Pink, Tangerine, Caviar, shades of Black, Gray, Chrome, Cobalt Blue, Empire Red, Majestic Yellow, Blue Willow, Gloss Cinnamon, and so on…

Basically all the colors of the rainbow or box of crayons. It’s like Crayola helped design and name these colorful culinary products. I wish I could be the person that comes up with new color games. I think I would be really good at it.


Add a splash of color to your kitchen or cupboard. This tonal trend is popping up everywhere. I think all cookware designers now offer items in bright colors. You can mix it up or pick one color for your entire collection.

For me, I love red… and although it doesn’t coordinate with the kitchen in the house we bought… I still love all my red appliances and how great they look. Cooking is fun and this just adds another level to it.

Spice things ups! Don’t be afraid of being bold in the kitchen. Next to the bedroom, I believe the kitchen is the second most important room in a house. Our families spend lots of time there. We spend time their while whipping up recipes– so our personalities can show through in the cookware we use.




This little pig went to market…

Pigs are one of man’s most useful and intelligent domesticated animals, but they never seem to get their due. Today is their day!

It’s National Pig Day! A time to celebrate the little oinkers. They may appear dirty but are really clean creatures. To most people they are just smelly farm animals that make great meals. But Pigs are actually really cute. Just think Charlotte’s Web!

I’ve found some images and decor that show just how adorable they can be.

Greeting card by Patience Brewster

A line of cards and prints from an illustrator/artist who is inspired by all god’s creatures that she grew up loving.


Product Image Circo® Hearts Piggy Bank 

Perfectly Patterned Piggy Banks by Circo, available at Target


Pigs and Hearts Bib

xoxo for hog lovers

Pigs and Hearts design available on all kinds of apparel and accessories like this baby bib.

Fun pig art from designer Lil’ Pig Shop listing on cafepress.

“Show off your pig loving self with this whimsical pig original by JGoode. Pig t-shirts, hoodies, stickers, novelty gifts and more. Pigs and Hearts, hog fun for every pig lovers.”


Whimsical Pig Weathervane

Domesticated decor for your home or barn from Good Directions 


Whimsical Pig Blank Art Card 

ThinkLocal esty dealer designs blank cards that are simple and sweet.

“This adorable little piggy is the perfect card for a child’s birthday card, invitations, or just a card to brighten their day. He is a pretty turquoise blue on a purple background.”


“Snout for a Spout”

Babe Yi Xing Clay Teapot 


Ben's Birthday Bash

Party Piggy perfect for any Birthday Bash

This 2-piece set from Lenox will make anyone smile. It makes the happy birthday tune pop right into my head…



All these images really make we want to own a little piglet — but I don’t think Jim would like that… and I’m sure Inky the cat wouldn’t either. Guess I’ll have to pet some pigs my text trip to the petting zoo.

And I hate to say it but National Pig Day also makes me want to pig out on some BBQ. Being from the South, pork barbeque and all the fixings is like the Cheesesteak is to Philly.

Pigs really are perfect little creatures and it’s a shame more people don’t celebrate their cuteness.

Fashion Forward February

It’s Fashion Week in NYC. Feb. 10-17.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s Fall 2011 Collections to be precise.

I can’t help but wonder what fashion has in store for Fall. The essence of fashion is change. Imagine yourself transformed in the best patterns, colors and fabrics.

The forecast for our weather is great. Today and this weekend brings warmer temperatures.

The forecast for fall fashions seems to be color– but for your hair. Maybe change your hair color while updating your wardrobe.

Runways and collections show sexy silhouettes, black lace, versatile fabrics, nice tailoring and layers. Rich textiles and textures make an appearance (like leathers, feathers and furs). Hopefully nothing too harsh that will piss off PETA…

It’s all about the senses. Visual appealing elements and tactile features. Touch/feel is important to both the wearer and the audience. Crinkled, fringed, rough, smooth, shiny— words that come to mind in describing pieces found on this years runways. Texture was also found in the hair styles shown by the models.

Luxury and craftmanship isn’t just for furniture and decor. Designers pull inspiration from different places, then find the right fabrics and collections begin to tell a story.

Combinations, collaborations, connections– fall fashions are blended. Different elements come together to make a strong force for the modern woman.

The imagination may not be able to fully conceive all the possibilities and variations that 2011 Fall fashion brings.

This designer is excited to see how the trends in fashion will play out in other industries this year. Innovation is there but inspiration comes from different places. Fashion can be inspired by travel and the environment. Home decor and paint colors may be inspired by current fashion trends. Vintage elements and history also inspire. So as much as designers create new things… all design is taken from other things.

Just like the seasons and weather, these things are cyclical.

Put A Spring In Your Step!

With warmer weather approaching my wardrobe needs cleaning just like my house.

Spring cleaning isn’t just for dust bunnies…

It’s that time of year when you start packing up the winter clothes (well depending on where you live). I’m going to begin sorting thru all my clothes and shoes. Some things that I never wear need to be disposed of or donated. Clothes needs to be dry cleaned and shoes need to be shined up.

In my case I know I have a few shoes and handbags that need repairing — some style TLC.

My snow boots and coats and start making their way back to the attic. And my main winter coat needs the zipper fixed.

Our house is clean and now our closets will be updated. Jim will be fixing the coat closet door so it actually closes and then I’ll really feel like things are coming together. With only a few remodeling projects left I’m excited for Spring and Summer and being able to really enjoy our house. Maybe finally we can have the whole family over to visit.

Out with the old and making room for new!! (maybe I’ll be able to afford some new shoes for Spring)

Coco Couture

Just watched “Coco Before Chanel” the movie and LOVED IT!

It’s about the early life of the famed fashion designer.
Coco Chanel had an extraordinary influence on the world of fashion… and her style can be found in other industries and products. Her style transcends time and as they say “will never go out of fashion”.

The Elements of Coco’s Style:

  • modernist philosophy and modesty
  • elegant without the real expense
  • forms taken from menswear
  • great textiles
  • sexy simplicity
  • haute hats
  • contradictions
  • functionality
  • luxe but loose-fitting


She knew that every woman wants to look divine. She came from humble beginnings and created a fashion empire with hard work and no fear. She is an inspiration and I believe this movie depicted her well.

It turns out the goddess is in the details. Sometimes the smallest details make the biggest impact. I’m in awe of her achievements!

Some pearls of wisdom from Coco:

“Fashion is not simply a matter of clothes;
fashion is in the air, born upon the wind;
one intuits it… it comes from ideas,
manners, events…”

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”

“As long as you know men are like children, you know everything! “

“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”

“Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.”

“Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.”

“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.”

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”