Monday, June 30, 2014

Hamptons Houses No 39

Sag Harbor, NY
4 Bedrooms 3.5 Baths
3,000 sq. ft.

Adorable Sag Harbor cottage with a french charm with the interior furnishings and design.  Numerous windows and natural light throughout.  Love the blue door and exterior design.  So quaint and charming that I just had to share this one!

all but first photo via Streeteasy

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Friday, June 20, 2014

And the WINNER is...

Thank you all for participating in the Rodan + Fields Giveaway!

Micro-Dermabrasion Paste Winner
Marta Rozanich

Foaming Self Tanner

This is a picture of Lindsey Fusch and her sweet family.  Lindsey is the generous donator of these fabulous Rodan + Fields products.  
Thank you so much Lindsey!!

If you want to check out more Rodan + Fields products go to Lindsey's website HERE.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014


June has been so exciting for me because I have the opportunity to offer you another giveaway.  This week I want to offer T W O readers a chance to W I N either a Rodan + Fields Micro-Dermabrasion Paste or the Foaming Sunless Tan.  My good friend and the multi-talented, Lindsey Fusch, (I've mentioned her in this post HERE) is a Rodan + Fields Representative and she has graciously allowed me to offer this G I V E A W A Y.

I have both of these products and LOVE them!  But before I tell you about my opinion of them I want to first let you know a little about Rodan + Fields.  Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields are well-educated Dermatologists helping transform women's skincare needs with their solution based products.  They decided to expand their acne formulated Proactiv and offer skin care products to everyone.  
All you have to do is google Rodan + Fields and you will see image after image of amazing results.  I know because that's what I did and it is jaw dropping what you will see!

 So they had the products at Nordstroms and decided to pull them off the shelf and take them to individuals in hopes to reach more people and change more lives.  The beauty and magazine industry is booming with raving reviews of the products.  
If you want to see a line up of the reviews then click HERE

Now I want to tell you my experience with these two products.  I am a Micro-Dermabrasion fan and have tried many different products because I just can't get enough of the scrub-like process and texture of these products that makes me feel like I'm really digging the dirt out of my skin.  Some of these products just make me feel like I'm giving my face a rub but Rodan + Fields Micro-Dermabrasion Paste felt like it actually pulled out dirt and cleaned my pores deep down.  My skin was baby soft when I washed it off. Literally it felt like my 1 year olds skin.  Not only is it amazingly reviving but it provides the perfect prep to the next product...

Oh how I love a good tan and wish I didn't have such white pale skin so I am always on the look out for a good self tanner…wait….a good smelling self tanner.  The ones I've tried in the past always have that suffocating smell to them and trying to find one that works, looks natural and smells great is a challenge.  When I put on the Foaming Sunless Tan by Rodan + Fields it was first of all easy to apply and I only had to use about 4-5 pumps to apply all over.  The color was very natural and the result was a nice subtle tan.  You can keep applying to build on the tan and get darker.  I also loved how the foam dried really quickly and I didn't have to worry about it getting on my clothes.

It's not just me.  Look at what Shape magazine said below.

How can YOU W I N these products?
Simple, just click on Lindsey Fusch's website and answer a few short questions about your skin care and boom you are entered in the drawing.  

I actually did this because I wanted to find out which products were right for me and it takes just a few minutes and then you know which line works best for your skin.  
Who doesn't love a beauty quiz?!

You have until Thursday, June 19th at midnight to enter the drawing.
On your mark, get set, GO!

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Monday, June 16, 2014

And the WINNER is...

Thank you ALL for participating in the Susie Bettenhausen art giveaway.  
Thank you Susie Bettenhausen for donating such a gorgeous work of art! 

I am happy to announce the name drawn is…
Darla Dorsey

Stay tuned…I have another exciting GIVEAWAY tomorrow!

Thought I would share more of Susie's work to brighten up your Monday.  
Her paintings make me so happy!



On a Monday No 1

Punch Bowl

Wings of Eagles

Don't forget to check out more of Susie Bettenhausen's work HERE.
Follow Susie on tumblr HERE.
Follow Susie on Pinterest HERE.
Follow Susie on Instagram @SUSIEBETTENHAUSEN

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014


I'm super excited to announce this generous G I V E A W A Y  by Susie Bettenhausen to one of you.  I met Susie and her work when I started following her on Instagram and am always waiting to see what next piece of art she will post or what gorgeous beach image she will share.  I'm constantly looking for art that I admire and colors that inspire and Susie's work exudes both.  Born in Alabama, a previous Fort Worth resident and a Baylor and UTA graduate, Susie Bettenhausen is a southerner at heart and super talented artist.  Now living in Florida, the coastal influence breathes on her art with color, warmth and light.  I love her quote "I'm grateful for mercy, grace and forgiveness.  I'm excited about "The Great Commission" and I'm not talking about art…"  

Check out her website HERE to see more of her fabulous work! 

G I V E A W A Y   D E T A I L S
winner will receive the original 20"x20" art shown above by Susie Bettenhausen titled "Tropical Thunder"

enter the drawing by leaving your name in the comment section below by Midnight Sunday, June 15th
The winner will be announced on Monday June 16th! 

Follow Susie on tumblr HERE.
Follow Susie on Pinterest HERE.
Follow Susie on Instagram @SUSIEBETTENHAUSEN

Thank you Susie Bettenhausen!

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society Tour of Homes Part IV

Pump House
5 Willow Wood

Last stop on this fabulous tour from the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society was the Pump House.  If you didn't catch the other homes on this tour please visit Part I, II, and III.  The Pump House was originally designed by Edgar Flippen and High Prather and executed by Myers and Noyes Consulting Engineers in 1915.  In 1922, the facility was sold to the Town of Highland Park.  In 2002 the Rose family purchased the facility and commissioned Cunningham Architects to convert it to a gallery and entertainment facility.

Historic preservation, of this long-neglected site that was once used as a storage facility after Highland Park elected to purchase water from the city of Dallas and no longer used this as the pump station.  Once occupying two 100,000 gallon tanks near the dam of Turtle Creek, the old Pump House wells were plugged and the building lost its intent.

Thankfully, the Rose family that lives adjacent to the Pump House saw the potential in this building and turned it into a creative, artistic industrial style entertainment space, art facility and temporary flat.

 Working with numerous landscape architects, environmental artists and architects, Mrs. Rose sought to turn something that looks unuseable into an award winning design. 

Paying hommage to its roots the Pump House includes exposed ceilings, old paint, and pumps on display as if works of art seen by glass 

Here is a view from the flat above

In the flat the space is full of light from the glass walls and doors.

Look at the sliding metal perforated door and continual exposed beams.

A desk space with mid-century modern furnishings 

A sitting area next to the doors with a balcony overlooking the landscaping provide lots of light.

From the balcony space the geometric designed landscape pattern is truly exquisite.

Another view of the landscaping below

To the right is a remarkable view of remnants of the water tank walls.

Just look at the use of materials and design here.  Very raw and appropriate to the site.

Water still makes its mark here but in a new fashion. 

Perfect example of how preserving history can add interest, knowledge and appreciation to our modern day society and accomplishments.

 Beautifully designed ramp and stairs.  The design was a museum in and of itself.

A sculpture nestled in the grass mound on the property.

The Pump House backs up to Turtle Creek.  

A view from Turtle Creek.  Here you can see the balcony and the native Texas landscaping.  

A sculpture on the property, the art encompassed the entire site.
As someone who has designed many contemporary spaces and studied a lot of contemporary and modern Architects and their work, I have to say this space was amazing and hit the mark of perfection.

Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society Tour of Homes
Presented by Pritchett-IV

Media Sponsor
D Home Magazine

Hope you enjoyed this 2014 Tour of Homes!
Thank you Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society!

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