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Happy Easter weekend!  We’re off to my parent’s house for the long weekend.  My kids get so excited about waking up to Easter baskets and I get so excited about decorating the dinner table.  When it comes to table decor, I like to keep it simple and this year I think I will try something like this…

easter 1I love the simplicity of the glass bottles with a single flower and the branches for some height.   And to add a little fun to the table these will be perfect..

 

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These are the easiest and most delicious little treats!  Since my last name is Bird I’m pretty familiar with just about any treat that has to do with Birds!

Enjoy the long weekend!

 

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Living in Osage County

I actually had the privilege of watching a full length movie on an airplane while returning from spring break yesterday.  Some of you may not think this is a big deal but it’s a huge deal when you have three children and one  is only 19 months old.  I was dreading our flights to and from San Diego but it turned out my 19 month old decided to take a two hour nap on the way home, which left me to scroll through my movie options–(we were on one of the new American Airlines jets that have their own TV’s and you can even watch movies that are currently in theatres now). I was so excited to see that I could watch August:  Osage County.

Let’s just say I LOVED the movie…yes, it was dark, depressing, and so dysfunctional but Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts did not disappoint in their acting abilities.  I will admit that I cried several times throughout the movie (maybe it was delight because I would look over every 15 minutes and my baby would still be sleeping).  Don’t worry the other two children were so engrossed in Frozen and The Mighty Ducks that they didn’t even look to see the dysfunctional movie I was watching.

I won’t bore you with my review of the movie but I was so awestruck with the house that they used to film the movie.

I couldn’t imagine living in such a grand home. …..that wrap around porch!

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It’s located in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.  It was up for sale a few years ago but sold for $250,000 it definitely needed some TLC but it has so much potential.  It’s all in the details!

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The wrap around porch makes the house appear much larger than it really is but think of all that outdoor space to decorate with cozy furniture.

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 Love the front door and all of the molding around the windows….although, you would probably all cringe because I would paint that molding white just as fast as I walked through the front door.

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Not sure what one could do to move the huge vent in the floor…what were they thinking?

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 Check out the mural on the back dining room wall.  I’m not one for murals but the movie set made it look so interesting.

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And this is where most of the dysfunction takes place…doesn’t it always happen around the dinner table.  The chandelier was beautiful!

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The original wallpaper was left for the movie set.

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This house has five bedrooms but only one bathroom? WTH??

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  So interesting that the house had a separate screened in porch off the back of the house.

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This movie got me thinking about our deck off the back of our house and now I’m in summer mode to get it ready for some relaxing afternoons sipping ice tea and pretending to be in Osage county but without all of the dysfunction, of course!

Enjoy the weekend!

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Pendants Light the (Hall)Way

Last week, Amy featured pics from Style Me Pretty’s coverage of blogger The Doctor’s Closet home. Remember that black and white beauty? One of our favorite features was the long entry hallway with those perfect pendant lights.

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Pendant lights are the perfect way to create a statement in a hallway. A pendant is expected as a single in an entry, but matching ones down a hall are like a little unexpected surprise.

Architect Andrew Morrall

Architect Andrew Morrall

Ok, this is one hell of a hallway, but those lights would work perfectly (in a slightly smaller scale) for our layman hallways

Ryan Associates

Ryan Associates

Spinnaker Development

Spinnaker Development

Jill Litner Kaplan Interiors

Jill Litner Kaplan Interiors

Artistic Designs for Living

Artistic Designs for Living

Muskoka Living Interiors

Muskoka Living Interiors

Tim Barbour via StyleCarrot.com

Tim Barbour via StyleCarrot.com

Convinced to try ditching the cans??

Related to this only because they have great pendant lights, if you’re local to Chicagoland and haven’t tried Hoosier Mama Pie in Evanston, run there now…and seriously run, because you’ll be consuming so many calories you’ll feel almost as badly as the pie is good. The design of the place is fabulous and the pies are amazing–we had the chicken pot pie which was the best I’ve ever had (not really creamy and loaded with chicken) and the orange cream pie for dessert.  SO good.

Hoosier Mama Pie Evanston

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