Wednesday, June 3, 2020

French living in California

Have you watched Selling Sunset on Netflix?

The women are a bit caddy but you get to see some great bits of California reality. 

The last house they shared on season 2 was a great French inspired estate that I fell in love with.

So of course I went on a search to find it so I could look at the pictures in more detail. 

I have always been a sucker for an ivy covered facade.

And this casual room might be my favorite because of the light and the great
 frames with the oversized mats.
In fact it makes me want to redo our gallery wall in our living room with those frames.

Also, isn't that rug so great? I can imagine it would be hard to keep clean, but I imagine they have help for that. 

That chandelier reminds me of this one.

The lighting in the kitchen is phenomenal. 

Do you see that gorgeous La Cornue range? 

I suppose some people would think this kitchen is too stark, but I love all of it!

I especially love the silver champagne bowls filled with lemons and limes.

The vintage rug runner adds just a bit of color. 

The informal dining room off of the kitchen is beautiful too.

 The large scale art in both these spaces is so great, again staying in the black and white theme.

I'm not sure how I feel about that lamp, maybe in another space.

The simple white slipcovered chairs add to the casualty of this dining area. 

This home was built in 1939 and tastefully remodeled. 

Look at this bathroom!

One of the 5 bedrooms.

And another more feminine one, with that fun tasseled chandelier.

Love how it looks at dusk.

The yard does not disappoint either. 
Formal boxwood hedges with white roses.

The master bathroom is stunning in white gold and marble.

The master bedroom looks so cozy with that faux fur blanket and velvet bed.

The formal dining room has a fun wall of gold sunburst mirrors. Stacks of books on the sidebar keep the modern/traditional look.

 I hope you enjoyed this home as much I do!

xoxo, Melaine 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

the summer edition of our coffee bar

This coffee bar is one of my most favorite things to style. 

It's not hard because it is small, but I love the challenge of packing a ton of character into this small space.

We use this coffee bar daily, at least twice between all of us. It's a hardworking part of our kitchen.

I recently added this cloche because my kids like to grab muffins or pastries in the mornings before heading out the door. 

I also keep extra cutting boards here, usually the cute ones I like to look at everyday.

The coffee book is just a fun little nod to the coffee bar. I like the warm neutral color it adds to the space as well.

Since we typically use this coffee bar in the mornings, I also like to keep cereal bowls here. The pantry is behind those sliding doors so it is super handy.

A few of our favorite mugs and we are good to go!

Oh, I should mention the microwave. I love having it off the counter and this has become a great space for it. It also works well if you need your pastries warmed. 

I've rounded up everything I have used here in this picture below. To take you to the item, click on the BOLD number under this photo that corresponds with the product. 

  Today I'm joined by some of my blogging friends who are also sharing their summer mantel and summer vignette ideas. Just click the links below the images to be taken to their post...
Simple Thrifty Summer Mantel Decor at The Happy Housie Easy Summer Mantel with Peonies at Modern GlamEffortless Summer Mantel Ideas at Grace in My Space Summer Entry Way Decor Ideas at Lolly Jane Summer Shelf Styling Tips at Finding Silver Pennies Outdoor Garden Bench Vignette at Craftberry Bush

Simple Summer Living Room at House by Hoff The Summer Edition of our Coffee Bar at My Sweet Savannah Eclectic Summer Mantel at JoAnna Anastasia Simple Summer Style Kitchen Shelving at Cassie Bustamante How to Create a Summer Mantel with Character at Sincerely, Marie Designs

Summer Mantel Decor at Rambling Renovators DIY Bedroom Plant Shelf at She Gave it a Go Summer Mantel Decor at Amidst the Chaos How to Create a Fresh Summer Mantel for Free at This is Our Bliss Summer Hutch Styling at Clean & Scentsible

Bright Simple Summer Mantel at Tatertots and Jello Easy Summer Mantel Styling Ideas at Cherished Bliss Boho Summer Mantel Decor at Life is a Party Easy Breezy Modern Minimalist Shelf Styling at This is Simplicite Summer Mantel at Rooms for Rent
xoxo, Melaine

Friday, May 29, 2020

Friday favorites

Love this garden bench. It would be so cute in an entry by the door with outdoor pillows. A place to take shoes off before entering the house.

Patiently waiting for this to come back in stock in charcoal grey.

I can't tell if this is creepy or a really good idea to have these.

I love having baskets around for storage. I store everything in them from extra shoes, to towels, to toilet paper! I really am liking the lines on this set.

This is a great home tour. If you are looking for a little earthy + modern combo.

This bench is a great option for the end of a bed.

Looking for a great neutral indoor/outdoor rug? I love this one.

The price on these modern chairs can't be beat!

These are super comfy pj's for spring/summer. 
I previously talked about how great this set was, but after wearing them to bed, they dyed my sheets! I'm super sad too because they were cute and really comfortable.

xoxo, Melaine 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

giant m and m cookie + a fun way to show them off

What is better than a warm cookie?

How about a GIANT warm cookie? 

I have always wanted to have a jar on my kitchen counter filled with giant cookies to resemble a fun bakery.

I picked up one of these jars, size small,  and ordered this label in white.

Then onto the baking, the fun part! It took quite a few times to get the exact size down to where as when they cooked and got bigger, they'd turn out really close to the circumference of the jar, which is 5 3/4"

If you want to fill the jar with them stacked on top of each other, you will need to double or even triple this recipe. I say triple because having too much cookie dough is never a problem!

Ok, so once you make the dough {and I used m and m/s instead of chocolate chips for a more colorful cookie} you will want to fill a 1/2 cup measuring cup with the dough. Pack it in firmly and them dump it out onto your cookie sheet. Repeat this 3 times so you have three cookies on the center of each sheet. Then, to get the perfectly round shape, you'll want to roll each one into a ball, pressing down lightly on the top to flatten. I then topped mine with a few more m and m/s loosely on top.

I believe I cooked these from 9-11 minutes each but 11 minutes was best. You don't want to burn them but you also don't want to have them so gooey that they break in your hands.

When they are doing cooking, place on a cooling rack to harden.

While they are cooling you can add your COOKIES sticker to the side of your jar. Then stack them up as high as you can go!

Aren't they so fun? 

Pin these images to your recipe boards so you can easily access it next time you are craving a warm ooey gooey cookie.

giant m & m cookie

Prep time: Cook time: Total time:


  • 1 Cup Plus 1  TBLS Butter Softened
  • 3/4 Cup Plus 2 Tsp White Sugar
  • 1 Cup Plus 2 TBLS  Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1  Tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2/3 Cup Plus 1 TBLS  White Flour
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 3.5  Cups M And M's Plus More For Topping


  1. In large bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well.
  2. Gradually add flour, salt, and baking soda, beating until well blended. Stir in M and M's
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for around 11 minutes. Let cool before removing from rack
Created using The Recipes Generator

I have to admit, I ate one for breakfast one day, and I am having no regrets. 

xoxo, Melaine 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Father's Day gift guide 2020

What a crazy year! I'm not sure about your man, your dad, or whoever the man is in your life, but I want to spoil mine this year!

My husband is always looking for the latest and the greatest and the coolest new invention/idea. So, while these are things I know he would love, I am sure you have someone who would love them too!

This Yeti waterproof submersible bag would definitely be one of his top picks. He loves this brand so much. It has never let us down over the years. Going boating and fishing a lot, this bag would be such peace of mind.

How about this portable charger with built in cables?It charges ultra fast and has an all in one power bank.

You know you want a frameless tv. So why not get your significant other one for a gift? Win-win!
This 65" one is the biggest the frameless tv comes. We have it and we love it!

Who wouldn't love a smartphone sanitizer? We could all benefit from one of these.

No guy ever wants to run out of carabiners. You could get clever with it and attach gift cards to them.

Need a new tool bag for your guy? This is a great size for putzing around the house.

These are my favorite sneakers my husband owns.

I love this old school Nike socks.

Google home smart speaker with Google assist would be a great gift too!

Happy shopping!

xoxo, Melaine 
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