Domestic God(ish), Recipes

Spooky Hike | domestic god(ish)

spooky halloween domestic god(ish) cecyj

It’s Halloween weekend and my boys are very excited to go trick or treating.  But first, we’ve planned an evening hike up on Mt. Diablo which is sure to be spooky because it’s mating season for the tarantula spider!

To prepare, my sis helped me make some crispy chocolate peanut butter balls, bat sprinkle cookies and hot chocolate to help us stay warm.

Happy Halloween everyone, be safe and have fun with your loved ones.

Halloween Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients:

1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter

1/8 cup salted butter, softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 cup Rice Krispies Cereal

3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels +

1/8 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels chopped to a shaved texture

1 tablespoon vegetable shortening

2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

27 mini-muffin paper cups

Prep:

1. In large electric mixer bowl, mix peanut butter, margarine, sugar and shaved chocolate morsels on medium speed until thoroughly combined.  Add Kellog’s Rice Krispies cereal, mixing thoroughly.  Using rounded teaspoon, divide mixture into peanut butter balls and place each ball in a paper cup.  Refrigerate.

2. Melt chocolate morsels, whipping cream and shortening in small saucepan, over low heat, stirring constantly.  Spoon melted chocolate over each peanut butter ball to top. Refrigerate until firm.  Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Sources Bat Candy | Thermos | Skull & Crossbone Cupcake Paper |

Accessories, Decor, Living Spaces

Floor Cushions | decor

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I’ve had floor cushions on my mind and I’m loving the concept and ease of the extra seating.  In addition to adding a cozy element, they can really add texture and another layer of color to a room.  There is something about a floor cushion that instantly tells guests to grab a bowl of popcorn or a cocktail (whichever) and get comfortable.

Some inspiring photos my design partner & I found.

 

{sources gutseylulu | domino magazine| american gypsy living| the Purl bee | restoration hardware}

 

Share my love of easy elegance and finds from around the globe that are simply fabulous?  Ready to make your place a space that you adore?  I’d love to help make your house a home.  cecy j is currently accepting new interior projects.  Let’s chat info@cecyj.com

Accessories, Decor

HOUSE & HOLD | decor

HOUSE & HOME, home accessories, home design, home decor, pottery barn

I love this new online home store I just found called HOUSE & HOLD.  They’re a one-stop shop for some of the most fresh, hip and original retail design companies.  Hosting the likes of Dwell Studio, Oeuf and Jennifer Deloge to name a few.

Some products you can purchase at HOUSE & HOLD I love (1, 2, 3, 4, 5  above).

 

Share my love of easy elegance and finds from around the globe that are simply fabulous?  Ready to make your place a space that you adore?  I’d love to help make your house a home.  cecy j is currently accepting new interior projects.  Let’s chat info@cecyj.com

Celebrities, Life + Style, Twitter Tuesday

Twitter Tuesday | life + style

Martha Stewart twitter celebrities cecyj

Celebrity Twitter Tuesday gives us a little peek into how our favorite stylish stars make it a splendid life.  Martha Stewart tweeted this photo while planning a trip to Israel.

Thank you, Martha, for indulging us in your life + style while away from the spotlight.

 

Travel

Our Lady of Mount Carmel | travel

decor, design, inspiration, Montecito, cecyj.com  traveldecor, design, inspiration, Montecito, beautiful church

I was in Santa Barbara this weekend and decided to visit this beautiful little church nestled amongst the estates of Montecito.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church immediately brought back memories for me as one of my nearest and dearest friends was married there almost 7 years ago.  It took my breath away then and it still does now.  Such a peaceful and loving location with endless inspiration.

The Church was established on July 16, 1856 and celebrated its 150 anniversary in 2006.  The Architect of the present Church was Ross Montgomery.  If you have the opportunity to stop and visit, it’s a truly beautiful part of California history.

 

Share my love of easy elegance and finds from around the globe that are simply fabulous?  Ready to make your place a space that you adore?  I’d love to help make your house a home.  cecy j is currently accepting new interior projects.  Let’s chat info@cecyj.com

 

 

Decor, Interviews

Hooked on Houses | blog to love

hooked on houses, interior design, somethings gotta give house cecyj

Hooked on Houses was the very first blog I followed and it’s still one of my favorites.  I reached out to the founder of Hooked on Houses, Julia, before I started CECY j.  She was very kind and welcoming to the virtual community and full of great advice.

There is just something cozy and unassuming about Hooked on Houses.  Julia seems to effortlessly present her posts about celebrity homes, really cool dream houses and even some quirky & hilarious houses.  The site makes me feel like I’m curled up in her living room and just chatting with her about all these amazing “house lover” finds.

I threw some questions at Julia the other day because this gal not only loves houses, but she is also humble, fun and totally worth getting to know better.

 

Hooked on Houses, Home Decor Blogs, One Kings Lane

Julia’s Style in (almost) one word…

1. Style is…

Simple

2. Coffee or tea?

Hot choc:)

3.  How many emails do you get a day?

100+

4. Morning person or night owl?

Night owl

5. Blackberry or iPhone?

I’d live without a phone if I could

6. Favorite T.V Show?

The Dick Van Dyke Show

7.  Most popular Hooked on Houses post of all time?

The Beach House from Something’s Gotta Give (http://hookedonhouses.net/2009/05/04/the-beach-house-in-somethings-gotta-give/)

8. Favorite piece of furniture in your house?

Grandma’s piano

9. Favorite room in your house?

My sunroom (http://hookedonhouses.net/2011/08/10/decorating-my-sunroom-finally-pulling-it-all-together/)

Thank you Julia & happy Friday everyone.

 

{photo 2 is sourced from à la mode | photo 8 source | photo 3 is sourced from Minted one of my favorites for unique card designs}

 

Share my love of easy elegance and finds from around the globe that are simply fabulous?  Ready to make your place a space that you adore?  I’d love to help make your house a home.  cecy j is currently accepting new interior projects.  Let’s chat info@cecyj.com

Domestic God(ish)

Homemade Bubbles | domestic god(ish)

homemade bubbles, toddles activities, preschool cecyj

My mom slipped me this recipe for homemade bubbles the other day.  They turned out great and my kids had a blast so I thought I would share with you all.  Enjoy with your little ones…

Celebrities, Life + Style, Twitter Tuesday

Twitter Tuesday | Life + Style

Louise Roe, Twitter Tuesday celebrities cecyj

Celebrity Twitter Tuesday gives us a little peek into how our favorite stylish stars make it a splendid life.  Louise Roe tweeted this photo at the Caffe swimweek show.

Thank you, Louise, for indulging us in your life + style while away from the spotlight.

 

{photo of Louise sourced from louiseroe.com}

Art, Decor, Interviews

{COZAMIA} art + a really cool office | decor

Cozamia, art, chic office, home decor, hide ugly printer, thrift finds cecyj

Cozamia, art, chic office, home decor, hide ugly printer, thrift finds

I adore… no scratch that… I’m totally in love with Nancy Ramirez’s colorful work + style.  Nancy is a fellow blogger from Toronto and she runs a blooming company called {COZAMIA} which focuses on art, interior design and graphic design.  She is incredibly talented, creative & accomplished.  Nancy was kind enough to chat with me about her work and give me the 411 on her really cool office + some great office decor solutions.  You can visit Nancy over at {COZAMIA}.

 

1.   You started in freelance as a web designer.  How did a career in web design find you?   I’ve always enjoyed experimenting with digital software and at some point tried my hand at building a website for myself.  I picked it up fairly easily and started taking it more seriously, learning more about web standards and good design.  Eventually through friends and word of mouth I started getting clients and worked freelance for a few years.

2.   You’re a self-proclaimed creative dabbler who enjoys painting, web design, print making, photography and Interior design.  Whew, how the heck do you find inspiration for so many creative outlets?  The great thing about inspiration is that it’s all around you and can be applied in so many different ways.  Whether I’m out in nature or on a busy street downtown, I try to pay attention to the details, colors and patterns.  The peonies in the print below are actually from our front garden.  Of course I had to photograph them and then I started playing around in Photoshop to see what I could come up with.
 
Cozamia, art, chic office, home decor, hide ugly printer, thrift finds
 
3.  Tell us about your artwork.  You create the most stunning Giclée archival prints.  What is Giclée archival, what is the process to create this art? Why thank you!  Most of the prints start with acrylic paintings on various surfaces which I then photograph and re-work digitally to create something new.  I also have original paintings on canvas that I’d like to make available at some point but I love the endless possibilities that I can explore digitally.  It’s like taking a painting and giving it a totally new life.  Digital prints also allow me to offer art that’s more affordable to everyone, so this is a big bonus.
 
Giclée is basically a fancy name for a high quality reproduction of an original piece of art, usually on either paper or canvas. The quality of the inks and the specific process creates the most accurate reproductions.  They are also more fade resistant than standard methods of printing.
 

Cozamia, art, chic office, home decor, hide ugly printer, thrift finds

Cozamia, art, chic office, home decor, hide ugly printer, thrift finds

4.  I’m obsessed with your office.  Can you tell us where you purchased your desk, Bulletin Board and throw pillows?  I’m glad you like it!  I’m actually changing it a bit as we speak:)  The desk is from Ikea, the bulletin board I made with fabric which I wrapped and stapled onto a cork board and the throw pillows are Homesense and Ikea.  My office didn’t start from scratch with items I really liked.  I basically just tried to make use of the odds and ends that didn’t work anywhere else in the house but it still came together kinda nicely… it’s cozy and bright.
 
5.   Also, I’ve been on the hunt for a sleek and chic place to hide my gigantic (ugly) printer…any creative suggestions?  I know what you mean, I hid mine inside a closet.  I would maybe look for a second-hand cabinet with some shelving inside, a hole can be cut in the back for the wiring to go through and… Voila!  I found this little guy (below) at a thrift store.  After a good sanding and a few coats of paint it was good as new…
 
Cozamia, art, chic office, home decor, hide ugly printer, thrift finds
 
Cozamia, art, chic office, home decor, hide ugly printer, thrift finds
 
6.   Where do you shop for frames?  Any framing advice?  Should we always seek professional help with framing or is it a pretty easy job once you practice?  I definitely think you can find affordable ways to frame art and do it yourself.  Custom framing, specially for larger prints, can get expensive although a beautiful custom frame can totally take a print to a another level and completely make a room.  I usually seek out frames at places like Ikea.  They may be lower quality but once it’s up on the wall, they still look great.  With pre-made frames, I would buy one that’s a couple of inches bigger than the print in both width and height and then have a custom mat cut at any local frames or art shop.  Sometimes I’ll use a mat that’s included with a frame even if it overlaps my print a little too much… if the art still looks good than it works for me!  A couple of good online sources for framing larger prints are Frames By Mail and Custom Frame Solutions.
 
Thrift stores can also be a great a place to score some unique frames. I recently snatched up this frame below.  It’s 48 x 36 inches.  I even used the mat that it came with!  Perfect for one of my newest prints and at $40, it was a steal.  If I see a cheap, second hand frame I like, I buy it even if I don’t have the art yet.  I know eventually I will have the perfect print for it.
 
cozamia art office ikea bulletin board
 
 

Share my love of easy elegance and finds from around the globe that are simply fabulous?  Ready to make your place a space that you adore?  I’d love to help make your house a home.  cecy j is currently accepting new interior projects.  Let’s chat info@cecyj.com

 

Decor, Gift Guides, Life + Style

dapper finds via LONNY | life + style

Lonny Magazine, Well Dressed Man CecyJ decor life+style

Lonny Magazine is one of my favorite design + style magazines these days.  I love this spread they put together with men in mind.  Just click on the photo to be taken to Lonny for places to purchase these dapper finds.

 

Share my love of easy elegance and finds from around the globe that are simply fabulous?  Ready to make your place a space that you adore?  I’d love to help make your house a home.  cecy j is currently accepting new interior projects.  Let’s chat info@cecyj.com