Top 5 bargains of the week...

I have had a very busy day as I prepare for a trip to Canada on Wednesday...however, I did have time to scour the web for some great bargains and holiday presents for those already shopping for Christmas.  Enjoy...

Etsy cartoonist Dustin Harbin has this lovely little print for Halloween called 'Deep in the Heart of the Forest' - it is only $15.00 plus shipping...how cute would this be in a kids room??

The IKEA Fillsta pendant for $49.99 though there are 3 different sizes and prices...love this pendant...($29.99 & $39.99); at amazon.com -

Possibly my favorite Kohler faucet - long, lean and simple lines, the Simplice in classic chrome for just $265.00 -

I saw this in the new Pottery Barn catalog and want this duvet cover - I LOVE, LOVE it! Available in Twin to King sizes for $69-$99 - isn't it gorgeous???

How cool is this? What a great gift from the MOMAstore - designed by Ricardo St. Clair, you can draw your own vase for $40 (members $36.00) -

Hope you have had a great day and are looking forward to a restful evening - thanks for stopping by!!

(images etsy.com, amazon.com, kohler.com, potterybarn.com and momastore.org)

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Sunday brunch...

Today's menu is very easy and healthy.  I love recipes that are calorie-conscious and start the day off right. So without further adieu...

The Yogurt Parfait:

Layer 6 oz. cup of 2% honey flavored Greek yogurt
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries or blueberries
1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean cereal in a glass

352 cals.  5g fat  9g fiber


Have a great week and thanks for visiting with me, I appreciate the support and comments!!

(image familycircle.com)

For information about my design services, please email me at monacointeriors76@yahoo.com.


Saturday in the kitchen...before & after...

And now for something a little different...I finally have some photos of the kitchen I redesigned and refreshed with new cabinets, counters and faucet. The enamel sink stayed and there is still work to be done as you will see, but, for the most part, a fantastic improvement on the old metal cabinets.


An old lake house built before the turn of the century...

DURING above, taking out the dishwasher...

Upper cabs will be taken off the wall...


The Enamel sink and Kohler Fairfax faucet in chrome...

New counters, pulls and cabinets...

We took out the upper cabs where you see the plate on the wall - they took up a lot of space and really weren't very useful...

There are still details and accessories to add, but the homeowner is thrilled with the results...so am I!! Have a great Saturday!

(images by Monaco Interiors)

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New lampshade...

I have finally replaced my red lampshade in my bedroom, which I liked, but, since painting a couple of tables a spa blue color and putting 'Urban Walls' decals up, it was time for a color change. What do you think?


Sorry, you can only just see it here, but...


Voila! the new shade...very pretty! It was a steal at Target for $10.00!!

I love it!

Have a great Friday!!

(images by me)

For information and pricing for my decorating services and VirtualDecor, please email me at monacointeriors76@yahoo.com.


The fabulous Parsons...

I am so excited to finally show you my new desk - the before and after, only the before desk was so hideous I covered it with some beautiful fabric from Israel.  I love the look, but my new desk is super comfortable and a good size, not to mention stylish! See for yourself...

The Before...

I will find another use for my beautiful fabric...

The After...

My little blogging HQ looks a little dull in the pic, not as 'dressed up' as before, but, it is a great desk...(boy do I need to clean out some stuff!!)

Hope you are having a great week!

(images by me)

For information about my decorating services, check out my VirtualDecor and/or email me at monacointeriors76@yahoo.com.


Top 5 bargains of the week...

I found some great items at low cost for you - I hope you all have a terrific week and be sure to visit me this week for some before and afters on a kitchen project and a couple of new items I bought.  I mentioned it last week, but haven't had a chance to post yet. Check out these items below -

Add a little Jonathan Adler to your life with these pillows on sale now - Positano Diamonds for just $39.00 each -

I love his salt and pepper shakers - Cat for $48.00

I love featuring an Etsy artist and this particular one - Paintingwell is offering this beauty called 'Turquoise'  for $55.00 - ALL THE PROCEEDS GO TO A CANCER CHARITY!!!

A beautiful banana leaf hamper made in Vietnam will surely brighten your bath for $49.99 from World Market (go here)

From World Market again, the Natural/Ivory Nomad Towels from $6.99 to $7.98

(images jonathanadler.com, etsy.com, worldmarket.com)

Have a great week!

For information and pricing for my decorating services, please contact me at monacointeriors76@yahoo.com.


Sunday brunch...

Ok, I am very late again posting, so I hope you don't mind...here is one of my all time favorites for brunch, lunch or even dinner! Blueberry pancakes - who doesn't love 'em?? Here is a fab recipe from scratch to try next Sunday!

Mmmm, yum...below are the ingredients needed and the recipe:

1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tbs sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup frozen egg product or 1 egg slightly beaten
1 1/4 cup buttermilk or sour milk
1 tbs cooking oil
1/4 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup fresh/frozen blueberries thawed

1. In a medium bowl, stir together buckwheat whole wheat, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture; set aside.

2. In a small bowl, beat egg slightly, stir in buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Add buttermilk mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until combined but still lumpy. Then stir in blueberries.

3. Heat a lightly greased griddle or heavy skillet over medium heat until a few drops of water sprinkled on the griddle dance across the surface. Pour 1/4 cup batter on the griddle.

4. Cook over medium heat until pancakes are brown, turning to cook second sides when bubbly, and edges are slightly dry. Serve immediately. Will serve 6.

(image bhg.com)
(recipe from bhg.com)

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Saturday in the kitchen...

I am hideously late posting today but hopefully you will love this kitchen because it is designed by fellow blogger, Katie Denham who authors the fabulous 'Katiedid' blog.  She just got her website redesigned and I was seriously 'wowed' by this kitchen. Where do I start? It is perfect! For more information about Katie and her blog go here -

The blond wood, white stools, stainless steel and pendants...

The white floor and counters...quintessential California mod...

Have a great Saturday - meet me back here tomorrow for another 'Sunday Brunch' -

(images katiedenham.com)

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Fall foliage is here...

I took some pix around my town yesterday when I was out for a walk. The colors are starting to come out and pretty soon, it will be a real riot of color.  These colors are such great inspiration for home decor...some snaps below:

I love this one...didn't need any 'picniking'...;-)

The colors will really start changing in the next few days...

Have a great Wednesday!

(images by Sarah for Monaco Interiors)

For information and pricing for my decorating services, please contact me at monacointeriors76@yahoo.com.


Top 5 bargains of the week...

Welcome to another Monday edition of my design finds for the home and the beginning of another week. There is no rhyme or reason to my choices, it is whatever I like as I find it. I do try to include an Etsy or similar piece every week. It is super warm here in New England and I am enjoying it very much. I hope you have a great week and as always, thanks for stopping by -

West Elm Trellis Shower Curtain on sale for $29.99

West Elm Full/Queen Striped Duvet Set on sale for $69.00

Home Depot Art Glass Pendant Light is just $59.97

Don't panic, this isn't for a bed, it is a PET BED! Let your kitty or dog sleep in total comfort on this wooden bed and mattress for just $67.97 at PETCO...!

Papa Stour photograph 'Edinburgh Dawn' for about $95.00 which includes shipping from this online Scottish boutique...(photographer Peter) - go here for more Scottish gifts -

I have been making small changes around the house and finished a kitchen project which I will be sharing with you soon, so check back this week to see what's new!

(images west elm, home depot, petco, papastour)

For information and pricing for my decorating services, please contact me at monacointeriors76@yahoo.com.


Sunday brunch...

Welcome back to my new column, Sunday Brunch which is all about food - who doesn't love food??  I am featuring a meal I made and photographed for you.  My goal was to make the food look mouth-watering and really tasty. I think I achieved it, finally!  My little Canon isn't bad, considering its not new.  Have a fabulous Sunday!

Egg crazy! Eggs, fresh squash, tomato, peaches, toast and cheese...
(vintage 70's plate Mom gave me a few years ago)

Mmmm good...

A little salt, a little pepper...

Butter slathered on the toast...

The Egg Collage

Meet me back here tomorrow for my weekly bargains and I will unveil a kitchen project that is done this week as well...enjoy this fabulous warm weather New England!!

(images by Sarah for Monaco Interiors)

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Saturday in the kitchen...

I am so late posting today, but absolutely love this designer and her home, which I believe she has sold now. You may know Angie Hranowsky from various publications and this was featured in a mag last year. I love her use of color and zebra stripes don't you??

For more fun, visit this site and see the rest of the story!!

Have a great Saturday and Sunday, I'll be back tomorrow with another new delicious foodie item!!

(image angiehranowsky.com)

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Fabulous Fabric Friday...Lee Jofa

It finally felt like fall here today in New England, and I was thinking about fabrics to post about. I am still seeing antlers in design everywhere, so...there is something kind of seasonal about this fabric and its one of my favorites that I posted about last year so I decided to highlight it today.  I bought 3 or 4 yards of this gorgeous fabric which is a darkish green, but you can't tell from the photo. Don't you think it belongs in a home out west, a lodge, ranch or lake house?

'Antlers' by Lee Jofa

(image by me)

Enjoy your Friday!

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