Thursday, April 28, 2011

Porches and yummy!

Hi Friends! You have probably been wondering where I have been? So sorry I have not posted anything this week. I have been working quite a bit....and have just been being a mommy and wife to the boys and to my Super Tall Mr. Fix-It Accountant Husband. I have not had a lot of time to sit down at my computer. have 45 minutes until I meet my next client. We will be looking at homes on the West side of Norman under $150K......let me know if you know of anything that is not on the market yet.

So...I think my boys have 21 more days of school left. Which means that it is almost time for barefeet...lemonade stands....playing in the sandbox...running through the sprinkler and spending a ton of time on our back porch. We recently had a pergola built over our back porch....and I am super excited about spending my free time hanging out watching the boys play. celebration that there are only 21 days left of school...I am giving you some fun photos of porches and patios to view. They are just fabulous. Enjoy......

Debra Campbell Design traditional porch

Jamie Snavley traditional porch

Puako 1 tropical porch

Sleeping Porch traditional porch
Front Porch Makeover Summer 2010 traditional porch

a front porch in N. Carolina traditional porch

User-Friendly Cabin - Cabin Life Magazine traditional porch

Between Naps on the Porch traditional porch

Marielle  porch

Comfortable Outdoor Living  porch

Music Barn traditional porch

Sleeping Porch traditional porch

screened in porch traditional porch

Dining Alfresco traditional porch

JMA eclectic porch

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Weekend

 Happy Easter!!!!!

I have been using my weekend to organize my junk closet and really think about the meaning of Easter. I watched the movie...."Passion of Christ" last night . And.... Wow...this is an amazing movie. It really spoke directly to my heart. I would highly recommend it to everyone.....children and adults.  So..I will be playing this weekend and will be checking in next week. Enjoy your family!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ideas for Hanging your Photos!

I love photos...professional and just the snapshots that I take at home. In family likes to call me the paparazzi. There are so many memories of my children that I just don't want to forget. The challenge is printing all the photos that I have taken and hanging the professional photos on the wall. I have a ton in my junk closet that I need to hang up and a ton of photos that I have taken that I want to have enlarged and printed.

I was browsing the internet and found these great ideas for all of my photos. What about you? Are sorting through your photos and displaying them on your wall a project on your to do list? I hope these pics give you some fun inspiration for your HouseLove.

DUMICAN MOSEY Architects - Fillmore Street contemporary staircase
family photo wall eclectic staircase
Mid-Century Mod Playroom contemporary family room

show house dining room eclectic dining room
|| C O B U R N - A R C H I T E C T U R E || contemporary dining room
Makeover For Mom traditional living room
Photo Wall modern home office

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ideas For Your Home Entry

I hope you are having a nice relaxing Sunday today. I am at my office today for a few hours and thought I would give you a few things to browse through while you are sipping that hot coffee or chai tea (my favorite).

What does the entry of your HouseLove look like? are a few ideas for you!

Entry contemporary entry
I sooo love that dark gray on the walls...and that not the cutest rug? That mirror looks fabulous against the dark walls.

Pottery Barn eclectic entry
Pottery Barn always makes things look so cute and pulled together!
Photo by Pottery Barn

Laurie Jones from House to your Home eclectic entry
Simple and Classic

summer eclectic entry
This entry design could be created in any type of home. It is inexpensive and pulled together nicely. I love the large S.
eclectic entry design: Designer Unknown

Anyone know source of this photo? Lovely entry. eclectic entry
I like how the door matches the frames! Do you think this might be a back door rather than a front door?
eclectic entry design: Designer Unknown

Washington Park Residence 08 traditional entry
Ok...this is the most PERFECT design for a family. Each child could have their own chalkboard and cubby!

Life in the Fun Lane Blog eclectic entry
I would never think of putting the wood on the walls..but it looks just darling!

Entry traditional entry
Simple and Elegant!

Mudroom traditional entry

Noe Valley Entry contemporary entry

Foyer eclectic entry
This designer took photos from a book and created them into a wall of photos!

Mudroom contemporary entry
I like how this entry has a small room to the side where children can leave their shoes and backpacks so that they are not strung throughout the house! I will have to remember that for my next home.

Home Farm 1 traditional entry

Entryway. modern entry
What a great way to make a statement for your family! I love how it is the first thing that someone sees when they walk into this just puts you at ease with the fun little quote!

Friday, April 15, 2011

My Favorite Soup!'s Friday! Fridays just make me feel happy. Even though I work a lot on the weekends....I still feel the happiness around me.

So...yesterday....the weather was all springy and warm....and kinda feels like Fall! So..I am bringing out my favorite fall soup today. It is sooooooo yummy and super healthy. I have to admit that my Super Tall Mr. Fix-It Husband and boys will not eat it...which means I get to eat the entire batch.

I first made this soup for a baby shower about 5 or so years ago when one of my very best life-long friends Sara had her son, Josh. was a hit. I found it on the Martha Stewart website. is the super duper yummolicious recipe! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Butternut Apple Soup

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 medium onion, diced
1 butternut squash (about 2 pounds), peeled, seeded, and chopped
4 red or golden apples, peeled, cored, and chopped, plus 1 apple, finely diced and tossed in lemon juice, for garnish (optional)
2 teaspoons coarse salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
2 1/2 cups water, plus more if needed

1.Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to soften, about 4 minutes. Add squash, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 10 minutes.

2.Add apples, salt, cumin, coriander, ginger, cayenne, black pepper, stock, and the water (just enough to cover). Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook until vegetables are very soft, about 30 minutes.

3.Puree in batches in a food processor or blender until smooth, and return to saucepan. Heat over low, thinning with more water if necessary. To serve, ladle into shallow bowls; garnish with diced apples, jalapeno slices, and sour cream if desired

Hint: make sure that the ginger is completely cooked. If it is not well cooked..the soup will not taste as yummy.

(Picture from Martha Stewart Website)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

It's Flower Time!

It's Thursday.....are you ready for the weekend? I am...we are going to be pretty busy this weekend. I have a lot of property showings..."T" has a birthday party to go husband is finalizing all the end of tax season stuff ......and.....WE ARE PLANTING FLOWERS! Woo...hoo..I love flowers. I don't think you could ever have too many flowers decorating your house.

I bought 120 tulip bulbs from Home Depot about 5 months ago and had big plans to plant them in my front yard. But..are they blooming making my front yard super beautiful? That is a BIG FAT NO! They are sitting somwehere in my garage rotting. Don't you just love it when you do things like that?

So..this weekend....we are planting flowers. My mom bought my  Super Tall Mr. FIX-IT/Accountant Husband a ton of flowers for his we are planning on planting them as a family. The kids love playing in the dirt and spending time with mommy and daddy together...especially daddy! ;)

So...if you are kinda catching on to what I do in my free time....I am guessing you already know that I have found some great landscaping ideas for your HOUSELOVE! Check them out! Oh..and send me some photos of your flowers or garden! I would love to see them!

Bocce Ball court modern landscape
Cape Cod Outside Spaces traditional landscape

Childrens Play modern landscape

Exteriorscapes contemporary landscape

Garden eclectic landscape

Carolyn Aiken traditional landscape

Outdoor Living with Water Gardens traditional landscape

Cutting Garden traditional landscape

Garden Bench eclectic landscape

Clinton & Associates | Landscape Architects in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virg traditional landscape
Cape Cod Outside Spaces traditional landscape
Cape Cod Outside Spaces traditional landscape

Cape Cod Outside Spaces traditional landscape