Les Tutorial

A little tutorial on some French terms when looking for food. I just love using these words, well, except “Cafe” is also cafe in English, ugh! Oh & adore using “les” with everything which means “the.” Let’s go to the les movies, have some les popcorn, well, I can go on & on until the les husband gives me the “eye” which is cue for “stop it.” So, let’s start shall we?

Boulangerie[boo-lanzhuhree]well, dears, this is the Les Bakery where bread & baked goods are sold
[ka-fey]you guessed it right, a coffee shop, well, strictly speaking. It can also be a small bistro or restaurant Patisserie[pah-teesuhree] of course, a pastry shop! Brasserie[brasuhree] a small restaurant where you can have cocktails & beersWhatever they are, they all have some grub! Do not expect much seating, if there’s any at all in a Patisserie or Boulangerie though. But expect some quaint awnings, bistro chairs & French Marble tables to complete the charm they all evoke.
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Antlered: The Office Desk

l always complain about being out of town but really, I think I’m nomadic at heart. So, I’ve been out of town for a combined 2 weeks this month and terribly miss my home office desk. It’s small in a small corner desk but it has lots of my favorite finds. Case in point, this pair of antler horns is probably not the most functional to place on my desk. It does get move around a lot, but on my down time {or recharging time} as I call it, I just look and hold it for a minute or so… instant de-stressor! Call me weird but it really works!

home office deskantlers
Happy weekend everyone! I’m on my way back home tomorrow…woohoo!

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The Week’s Lowdown

Was in Vegas and beyond for a week folks and I’m extremely tired. The hubs participated in the WSOP [for those of you not into gambling, that’s the World Series of Poker]. I’ll give a recap of the trip soon.Anyway, here’s  few things happening:

* Check out [better yet buy and support the magazine industry] the Jul-August issue of Cottages & Bungalow to see some of our items featured,like the Sepia pillows & Arboretum trays.

* The wedding I helped style was featured in Style Me Pretty. It stated “Event Styling: The Inglenook Decor.” That’s pretty cool! Here’s our post about it too!

* I had some epiphany about the shop and will roll out *amazing* changes soon!

* The fabulous Deborah Main is making exclusive pillows for us. How sweet is that?

* I have a few items at Plain Ivey Jane on Second Street displayed and more to come…thanks Sarah!

* I just found Raina’s blog through Jessica and she is amazing. You should totally follow her!

Happy, happy weekend!


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A Poem for J

Ok folks! It’s Jason’s birthday today. We are celebrating in Viva Las Vegas and having steak tonight at Prime overlooking the Bellagio fountains. He’s the reason why I’m now Mrs. Stevens. Just last year, we were planning the wedding.

To be a little cheesy {by the way, he receives my blog posts in his inbox}, here’s a poem for him.

Just a few years ago, I didn’t think this was possible.
To have A life that’s full of adventure and smiles.
You gave me a new leaSe on life and told me I’m totally able.
To fOllow my dreams even though I may stumble.
As corny as it sounds, the journey is what really couNts.
And to have you by my side, well, it’s the most fabulous ride!
Happy Birthday babe!

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Scene at Our Loo

Just a little post today folks. When you think of that little space in your home called your loo aka the bathroom or restroom. Do you keep it sterile and think of it as just a place to do your “business?” Or do you actually adorn it and think of it as a room to escape the mundane world of the living room? Our little loo is not a posh area with a bidet to boot but I didn’t even realize how I put so many of my favorite things here. Case in point, favorite pattern in favorite color as the wallpaper, lime green candle birds, apothecary bottles + pink flowers, branch jewelry holder + necklaces | bracelets, favorite picture and cashmere.

Oh, and to answer your question {well, even if you didn’t ask but have always been curious}, wallpaper is totally a DO in the bathroom!


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Larry’s Old Time Trade Days

When in Southeast Texas and it’s the weekend after the first Monday of the month, you’ll likely find me at Larry’s Old Time Trade Days [aka Winnie Trade Days]. Why? Well, because I love flea market & vintage shopping! So, this trip was March of this year. Let’s see what caught my eye this time…

Now, I wanna start this collection! Vintage salt & pepper shakers!
This pair is a beaute!
White milkglass is always adorable. Too bad I only needed compotes which I of course forgot to take pictures of. I got a pair of gorgeous ones!
And I bought both of these. Need a place for lovely trinkets anyone?
And beveled vintage mirrors are just classic!
Here’s a bad picture of me thinking…Where can I put this vintage furnace?
And my daughter wearing her coffee cup necklace & pondering on who knows what.
I think these cast iron hooks are lovely. Paint or decoupage them to add your unique touch.
What’s a flea market without some greasy but scrumptious grub? Presenting the funnel cake.
So, my take on this place:

Location: So easy to get to! Exit 829 on I-10 in Southeast Texas in Winnie.

Selection: lots but not all are necessarily the good kind.
Staff: Depends on the stall vendor but overall people were friendly & helpful.
Pricing: Very good. You can get good deals here, the goods are sold cheaper here & you can haggle much easier.
So according to our Mason Jar Rating system, I give it 4 Mason Jars. This flea market is good so if you’re in town & the timing is right, it’s worth a visit!


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HWY 237: The Antique Heaven Highway

Come Spring & Fall [April & September with smaller shows in the Summer & Winter], Highway 237 in Texas is busting in the seams with antique shows, dealers and buyers from all over America [if not the world folks!]. This is truly antique highway heaven & one [again, if not the biggest] that should not be missed by any antique or vintage maven.So, let me give y’all an idea as to where this place is at, it’s midway between Austin & Houston. The map states it’s a 2 hour drive from Austin but apparently I can make it in one and 15. It hits HWY 290 East in the North & HWY 71 in the South hitting the small town of La Grange. Antique shows are all over many towns close to the highways including Carmine, Shelby, Fayetteville, Burton, Bellville, Oldenburg & Rutersville and of course, the very well known shows at Warrenton, Roundtop & Marburger.

As soon as you get in the area, get yourself a copy of the Antique Show Daily Mag {this is by no means an Elle Decor or House Beautiful looking mag} but the map above {found in the center of the magazine} is only a sixth of the whole map itself with tons of information. The ads from dealers look homemade & antiquated as well {tsk!tsk! Somebody, please get them to talk to a graphic artist!}.

Anyway, I was there for 3 whole days with an antique-loving couple {I think it’s just the wife that loves it as the hubby mostly sat & patiently waited for us—-too sweet!} for their Spring show. I’ll unveil more images in the next posts but here’s a sneak peek {thanks to Tippi, budding photographer extraordinaire!}.

 {yes, that’s me pondering & making sure I’m taking mental pictures of all the vignettes}Happy Monday everyone!


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Our Italian Holiday

In Europe they call it a holiday, here we call it a vacation. Holiday just sounds sooo good! The beginning of March, me & the hubs went to Roma, Firenze & Venezia as the Italians say it [otherwise known as Rome, Florence & Venice]. We had a grand old time of course. A little chilly for me, we got drunk on Grappa & Limoncello, went carb overload on brick oven pepperoni pizzas [absolutely fresh ingredients] & drank espresso, cappucinos & lattes like it’s our last [they absolutely have the best coffee]. And no….I’m not a gelato lover so I stayed away from them.We are still using non-professional cameras so these pics are not the best. Good or not, they hold so many memories…

Clockwise from top left: Had to try a hot chocolate at Cafe Florian, it was Carnevale in Venezia, the oldest casino [it did look like Casino Royale], at the market, St. Mark’s Square.

The Duomo, David at the Accademia [it was not allowed to take pictures…oh well!], at the Arno bridge.
The Pantheon, en route to the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican Museum, Colloseum, Trevi Fountain [they totally copied the one from Caesar’s Palace in Vegas].

We can’t wait to come back. For some reason, Jason said he is open to the possibility of living in Italy, hmmm…..

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Flea Market Days

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Flea Market… by inglenookdecor
I’m at the Roundtop-Marburger show since yesterday.It’s in the high 80’s here in Texas already so I was envisioning my outfits to be cool, breezy & light. Three outfits, one pair of shoes and a &
cross-over shoulder bag {which I already have}. The others are still in my wish list…the credit card is currently on vacation.
Happy weekend everyone! I’ll come back with all the deets about the show!


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Yea, I love Urban Cottage Decor {Video Interview}

Posting this week will be {or already is very slim}, I’m out of town the whole week & being my other persona, a Physical Therapist. Anyway, I’m embedding a little interview when I was at a Texas Co-working event. I warn you it’s  a little boring & a little too long. So sorry , I have to post something somewhat narcissistic. It just amazes me how when you’re so enthusiastic about something {like I am with urban cottage decor}, you live & breathe it. I hate talking about the shop all the time & my passion for design & decor but when somebody asks me about it…I can go on & on!

Thanks to Paul of Spring.net for great questions! It’s a video blog for Austinites & all things Austin,

Paul Terry Walhus is the founder and owner of Spring.net and he is currently working on several projects, including Texas Coworking and BeJane.com.  He hosts about 250 websites including Austen.com and Firth.com, as well as AustinBlogger.com, AustinCast.com, TourofTexas.com, WorkontheWeb.com and more.

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