Beautiful & Quiet.

It’s a cloudy Saturday here in Los Angeles today, and it’s after 12 noon already, but I’m still in my pajamas, enjoying the last of my coffee and some quiet time (for once).  It’s amazing.

Since the holidays have everyone scrambling, planning, wrapping, cleaning, sweating, and everything in between… I wanted to bring a little serenity to your day and mine with just some prettiness ~ inspiring images that will hopefully bring a smile, an idea, or some quiet beauty to your day.  Enjoy!!

New Mexico winter snow road trip vintage gas station
{pictory}
tired cat sleeping door cute
{patagonia gifts}
romantic dinner party table setting shabby chic
{brabourne farm}
red lips lipstick vintage retro fashion style
{miss moss}
jimmy choo shoes heels pumps gold glitter holiday party d'orsay
{lou, boos and shoes}
party decor holiday outdoor shabby chic festive lighting
{brabourne farm}
home decor photos montage collage framed
{plush palate}
miniature garden mini petite indoor kitchen potted plants
{apartment therapy}
paris winter snow eiffel tower photo
{this is glamorous}
chiffon dress dresses neutral beige peach closet french laduree
{this is glamorous}
do all things with love words to live by wise quote
{lou, boos and shoes}
home decor shabby chic color wall paint
{the diversion project}
entryway closet home decor rennovation removed closet doors
{apartment therapy}
bedroom decor bold colors black white shabby chic chandelier
{the diversion project}
home decor shabby chic storage boxes
{brabourne farm}
baking cookies holiday party recipe shortbread
{danielle marie}
vintage luggage suitcases leather nightstand
{design*sponge: Honor & Folly}

I hope you have a beautiful and relaxing weekend, and if not relaxing, well at least productive!!!

bonjour, bon ami!!

LBH

 

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Owl La Mode!

Have you noticed lately??!!

owls popular facebook christmas ornamentHibous are very ‘owl’ la mode!  I personally have always loved owls.  Ever since I was young, I was fascinated by the birds who I would hear on occasion late at night, who seemed to fear nothing, especially the dark, and who I never saw sleeping.  So mysterious, fascinating and so belle!!

Currently, owls are enjoying a bit of celebrity.  They are now Christmas ornaments (like the cute ornament shared on Facebook above), they are made into candles, tea cups and tea pots, and they accessorize hair products, storage cases, jewelry, and anything and everything possible.

owl tea pot tea cup Swarovski crystal clutch magnifying glass candle sewing box christmas ornament candle pin ringclockwise from top left: Japanese tea set from Japantown/San Francisco ~ Swarovski crystal clutch from Butler & Wilson UK ~ LBH‘s personal sewing storage from Joann Fabrics ~ owl rings on Pinterest ~ ceramic candle from Cost Plus World Market ~ owl pins on hats ~ owl ornament ~ magnifying glass from Etsy

If you, like moi, love hibous, here are a few great links for all things owls (and one that is just kinda hilarious and true…)

♣  DIY owl Christmas ornament from Camille Styles

DIY owl christmas ornament by camille styles♣  design*sponge lists a number of delightful owl ornaments for your belle hibou holiday!

♣ apparently Hippogriffhugger is not happy about the recent owl heyday…

♣ regardless, I want my own pet hibou who is just as adorable and delightful as this little guy!

lovely owl video youtube

Have a great Tuesday, bon ami!

♥ LBH

Sweet Inspirations & Laughter ~ Weekend Wrap

Bonjour, bon ami!!

linens sugar cookies baking sugar coffee table decor glass jug vintage lenses monocles industrial lighting candles birdcage luggageI hope you enjoyed a fantastic weekend!  Mine was filled with busy errands, antique and reimagined inspirations at the Remodelista Holiday Market, lots of baking and cooking, discovering a delightful new lighting solution for my light-deprived living room, and christening a friend’s new beautiful loft apartment.  You know, a quiet weekend.

antique market Remodelista Holiday Market boston terrier statue vintage louis vuitton linens industrial lighting There are a few pictures above from the Remodelista event, where I met the lovely Christine and Stacey!  The handcrafted goods and local craftspeople provided ideas galore, and I now have a new task for creating my own lighting!  (I couldn’t take my eyes off the various gorgeous intricate ‘Edison’ bulb light fixtures hanging high above.)  And the delightful live doves and finches in the many birdcages brought a certain serenity to the lovely event.  I could have spent all day with Remodelista!

light fixture loft apartment tutu dress tulle spiral staircase flame candlesMy lovely friend Andrea moved into a gorgeous loft apartment in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles, and I was fortunate enough to capture a few beautiful pictures of the details in her loft.  I can’t wait to take more during the daylight, especially the details found in her outside patio area and back garden!

Well, before I finish up this last batch of cookies (yup, late-night bakefest 2011 is in full effect!), I wanted to share a few inspirational posts from this week:

beautiful: dustjacket takes a look back at 1969 in these amazing nostalgic photos.

delicious: tickets are now available for the 2012 Food & Wine Aspen Classic – get yours now!

delightful: in case you didn’t hear about it (although that may have been impossible!), the new Rue Magazine Holiday Edition is out!  And it is GORGEOUS.

delightful: daniella marie’s little miley enjoys playing with an empty cardboard box – all while maintaining her gorgeous looks in tact!

delightful: centsational girl gives some great tips for better home photography.

and just in case you missed LBH last week:

** Only 19 days left in 2011! **

Here’s to a beautiful Monday and a delightful week!!!

LBH

End-of-Year Events Not to Be Missed!

Bonjour!

The end of 2011 is fast approaching, and I’m sure you, like most, are nearing the “frantic mode” in preparation for the holidays.  But don’t fret, my pet!  There are a few fantastic events happening in LA, NY, Portland and SF in the next few days with some great buys, ideas and inspiration to get you through the last few days of 2011.  Check them out!!

antiques, los angeles antiques, big daddys antiques, vintageThis Saturday December 10th, a LBH favorite, Remodelista, is partnering with Big Daddy’s Antiques to bring a number of great buys from local designers for the Remodelista Holiday Market.  The event is free, the parking is plentiful (and free), and the inspiration is endless!!  You can find more details here!

portland bazaar, bazaar

For those in the Portland area this weekend, the Portland Bazaar is going to be a BLAST!!  This Saturday and Sunday only, you can peruse, buy and even join a workshop to learn how to make some of the amazing crafts and handmade designs made by local artisans in Portland.  I can only imagine all of the awesome clothing, accessories, vintage items, delicious food and drinks and more!!  One of my favorite bloggers (Design*Sponge!!) helped produce the Bazaar, and will be there handing out free coffee and tasty Pine Street Biscuits.  Please say hi from LBH!!

apartment therapy, holiday party, kiosk, evening partyApartment Therapy is hosting another Apartment Therapy Design Evenings event with the founders of Kiosk, featuring a design presentation to kick off the evening, pieces from various world travels and an evening of design delight!  Be sure to RSVP on Meetup.com, AND if you are a designer or student and would like to feature one of your works, make sure you email Herma (herma@apartmenttherapy.com) for details.

Oh, and did I mention there will be a LiveStream of the event for us who can’t make it in person?  (Don’t you just love the internet??)

There’s a new West Elm store in LA!!  A few other favorite bloggers, D E S I G N L O V E F E S T, Cupcakes and Cashmere, and Mrs. Lilien will be there hosting this lovely little party next Thursday!!  Check out West Elm’s chic-but-bank-friendly pieces, enjoy some tunes and cocktails, and meet a few lovely people!!

Be sure to RSVP at westelmRSPV@gmail.com by December 11th!!

renegade craft fair, san francisco, handmade crafts, holiday fairNot to be left out is San Francisco and the Bay Area, which is hosting a number of events in December.  One of the biggest is the Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale happening next weekend December 17th and 18th, a giant showcase of all things indie-craft.  Find tons of handmade and independent designs and goods (perfect to help ease the “frantic” in your holiday planning!), enjoy a number of activities and of course great food and drinks.

Well, I obviously have a lot of prepping to do with all of these great events happening!!  What other not-to-be-missed events are happening near you??  Do share!!

Have a belle weekend, bon ami!!

LBH

Cold Weather Survival Tips

Bonjour, bon ami!!

It’s actually getting quite chilly here in Los Angeles!  And as the temperatures drop in this late autumn season, this means it’s time to gear up to face the cold weather challenges.  Here are some of my favorite ways to combat and survive the cold weather:

top: flickr/rubyblossom | bottom: thebeautydepartment.com

My skin is typically combination to oily during the majority of the year here in Los Angeles.  However, the colder dryer than usual autumn and winter days wreaks havoc on my skin.  But one of the best ways I’ve found to fight the flaky-itchy-scaly-skin-look is to combine my moisturizer (using the same amount I would normally), and adding two to three drops of Vitamin E oil.  You can find Vitamin E oil (in liquid form) at nearly any drug store or health food store.  Just the two to three drops of oil will give your moisturizer the additional boost it needs to give your skin a healthy glow – after all, crack is whack.

tumblr: kroketta

If your lovely home is sans a functioning fireplace, well, I feel your pain.  During the cool weather, there is nothing like the smell of a burning fireplace in the air from a nearby chimney.

voluspa

But you can still capture the scent of the season with delightful candles like Voluspa’s Frost Pinecone, or grab one of the many great and inexpensive candles from Target.

And for unscented but charming candlelight, grab one of these lovely hibou or pinecone candles from Cost Plus World Market!

One of the best ways to survive the cold is obviously turning on/up the heat in your home.  Or… you could warm the house and heart by baking these entrancing and enchanting little mini apple pies!  The aroma of cinnamon, spices and apples is sure to make you feel a lot better about being indoors.  I used Camille Styles’ great recipe as a guide to make these little guys above in ramekins.

Of course, the best way to stay warm is to first get warm on the INSIDE!  Try a bourbon, cognac or brandy cocktail by starting with a good quality grade (ie. Makers Mark, ), add simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar boiled together) and fresh squeezed lemon juice to taste, topped with a splash of ginger ale.  Muddle and add fresh blueberries, blackberries or cranberries for an even more layered cocktail.  And for those nights where you may feel a cold or cough developing, you can always trust in a Hot Toddy to help ward off germs (and evil spirits). Try The Kitchn’s Apple Ginger Hot Toddy – it will definitely warm your soul.

wendy’s lookbook | prepfection | j. crew lookbook | white + warren | goorin bros | the cherryblossom girl | anthropologie | crush cul de sac

This is the time for you to try all of those great layered cozy looks that you’ve seen since last spring (but would start sweating just as the thought of wearing them).  Pull out that cute wool hat in the corner of the closet, pick up that inviting infinity scarf, and pull out those cute sparkly cashmere gloves.  Cold weather is much more forgiving when it comes to layering, so don’t fear a mismatch – mix textures, materials and colors.

What are your cold weather tips and favorites??

Stay warm, bon ami!

LBH

Faking the Faux Funk: Easy DIY

This cute little lamp is my new successful DIY project.  It looks like a simple, safe (but funky!) lamp.  But what you don’t realize is that this lamp was the product of some creativity and handiwork, not all thanks to me but thanks also to my better half.  AND… it’s actually not a working lamp, but rather it’s a vase with a lamp shade on top.  Here’s the story:

Back in October, I spent a number of hours in one of my favorite places in LA, H.D. Buttercup.  It’s an adult’s Disneyland.  Seriously.  If you are looking for some design inspiration, just take a walk through their showroom.  I dare you to take a quick walk – it won’t happen.

h.d. buttercup

On this serendipitous October visit, H.D. was having one of their clearance sales, and I found the above striped vase for $5 – FIVE DOLLARS.  I thought the stripes would breakup the colors in my living room very well, so I snagged one and brought it home.  After realizing the vase was too tall to fit in my book shelves, I put it back into its bubble wrap and into its bag, resolved to figure out how to integrate this little piece into the living room.

The same weekend as the vase win, I happened upon a downtown import/export furniture liquidation sale (it was my lucky decor weekend!!).  I found a few more pieces, including the silk lamp shade in the photo.  In the back of the warehouse, in a small unassuming box, easily ignored, marked “water damage – $12 each,” I saw the beautiful burnt orange silk material sticking out of the top.  After picking it up and inspecting it, I saw not one water damage stain/speck/discoloration, and I happily made it my own.  I just needed to find a lamp base…

Well after both the vase and the lamp quietly sat in their bags in the corner of the living room for a month and a half, while I was doing my pre-holiday weekend cleaning, I realized I had neglected them.  I took them out of their confines, and placed them both on the floor, and realized they actually made a good match together!

disney pixar

Enter the handiest and creative better half.  I showed him the ‘glamorgains’ (my nickname for glamorous bargains), and he agreed with my pairing.  He noticed that the neck of the vase was extremely narrow, but he started tinkering through the junk drawer and with the tool box.  After one trip to the local hardware store and some creativity, we added one dowel that fit perfectly into the vase mouth, and added a metal bracket.  The last piece was using the sticky goo that comes in the mail with credit cards stuck to the paper – that would keep the lamp shade in place on the metal bracket.

Where there wasn’t a faux lamp before, there is now!!!

What do you think?  We looked into making this a REAL lamp, but then we risk breaking the porcelain of the vase, and since both pieces were originally for decor, I’m okay with the faux lamp for decor too.

Any great DIY ideas you’d like to share?  I LOVE DIY projects, big or small.  Keeps the creative juices flowing!!

Happy DIY-ing!!

LBH

Thanksgiving In Pictures

After a day of preparing, scheduling, cleaning, cooking, improvised crafting, eating, laughing, watching football, and cocktailing… I can say I am truly thankful for all of the many blessings in my life.  My family and friends, my better half, my furry children, my good health and faculties, my La Belle Hibou readers… so much for me to be grateful!  Today reminded me to be humble and to appreciate.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday weekend!

Merci, beaucoup!!

LBH