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Five Floral Favorites

Ever take stock of the patterns and items you collect over time? I realized I happen to like many things floral… Who knew?

A gift of Mor Belladonna soap from my friend Angela. I can’t seem to bring myself to open it and ruin the pretty packaging. Come to think of it, she also bought me the cute soap dish with silver flowers from Anthropologie. I hope she isn’t hinting at something…

My Great-Grandma’s vintage floral rhinestone ring placed with a white floral tray (from Target, shhh) that I use to hold my perfumes.

Another Anthropologie fav… These are almost exactly the same ones but in a brighter yellow-gold color.

White flowers from the mixed bouquet from my husband for Valentine’s Day. I always separate the colors. Does that mean something?

I gave these pretty floral candle holders a home when my mom was trying to get rid of a bunch of randoms stuck in a closet from the 80’s. I am not a huge fan of tapered candles but these tea lights work great.

What do you have multiples of without even noticing?



I’ve been working on decorating our master bedroom since well, when we moved in almost three years ago… I did a few things and let it sit because I couldn’t make any decisions. Been there? I finally took the leap in November last year and found my design style. I think I had such a hard time because I like many different styles but I realized I didn’t have to choose just one as long as everything in the room makes me happy. I would say the look mostly falls into the Hollywood Regency and Romantic Bohemian categories. I’m going to share the final room once I’m finished with the last few projects.  As we speak, I’m giving our dresser and nightstands a little face lift. I’ve never liked them but can’t spend the money right now to buy the new set I really want. So in the meantime I’m workin’ with what I got. The idea to do this came to me when I couldn’t fall asleep one night but I always like a little inspiration from finished projects to bring my imagination into focus. Here are some beautiful dressers that helped me wrangle in my thoughts.

via Emily A. Clark
via Pottery Barn
via Angie Hranowsky
via Room Service

Check back this week to see my before & after dresser update! OK, I guess that means I better finish… =)



Painted Recipe Box

Now that I’m consistently baking and trying not to poison my family with dinners, I found  it to be a pain to drag our iPad or laptop over to the kitchen for recipe ingredients and instructions. We all know I have a slight obsession with boxes… I made another just for my recipes.


– Craft box (I found this one at Michael’s)
– Painter’s tape (3M ScotchBlue™ painter’s tape works great and they were lovely enough to send complimentary samples)
– Spray paint
– Acrylic paint
– Medium and small paint brushes
– Acrylic spray
– Patterned paper
– Printed recipes sized for your box
– Glue, scissors, tape measure, pencil and screwdriver

How to:

Step 1

Remove all hardware. Apply painter’s tape to create straight lines and to avoid getting spray paint on places you don’t want to.

Step 2

Spray paint your color of choice. I used Krylon Primer in white. Once dry, remove painter’s tape.

Step 3

Paint remaining sections of the box. I chose a pretty Robin’s Egg blue and a metallic gold color.

Step 4

Choose patterned paper that will be used as the backing for your cut out recipes. Measure the inside of the box and cut the size appropriately. For this specific box, I cut 5″x2.75″ sized rectangles. Type, print and cut out your favorite recipes then glue to the patterned paper.

Step 5

I wrote out “Recipe Box” in pencil before painting then went over it in this deep pink called “Razzle Berry”. Once dried, I used an acrylic finishing spray by Mod Podge to give it that extra shine. Replace hardware.


How do you like to store your recipes?



This is the second installment a series called “Two of a Kind”. The series features the likeness of fashion accessories and interior design. Gorgeous cocktail rings and beautiful bedrooms are the focus today. Enjoy!

Ivanka Trump Black Onyx Ring with Diamond Accents | Lonny Magazine May/June 2011

Yves Saint Laurent ‘Arty Too’ Gold-Plated Swarovski Crystal Ring | Red Online Bold Colour Bedroom

Kenneth Jay Lane 22-Karat Gold-Plated Orange Resin Ring | Lonny Magazine June/July 2010

John Hardy ‘Naga’ Square Stone Silver Ring | Lonny Magazine Feb/Mar 2010

Yves Saint Laurent Multicolored Glass and Crystal Ring | Lonny Magazine December 2010

Tacori ‘Truffle’ Large Smoky Quartz Ring | Lonny Magazine July/Aug 2011

Charles Albert Agate Slice Ring in Nude | Lonny Magazine Sept/Oct 2011

Any “Zoolander” fans out there??



This week I have the pleasure of featuring the amazingly talented jewelry designer, Joe Polthakorn. Joe is the owner and designer of Vilaiwan Fine Jewelry. He took time out of his busy schedule for a Q&A with me. My first glimpse of Joe and his beautiful line was when I attended a Sue Wong event to celebrate her Spring 2012 collection with my friend and Celebrity Stylist, Kendrick Osorio. Joe designed all of the jewelry for the show. Each piece was stunning and I knew I had to meet this designer.

Joe grew up in the jewelry business. He was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand and learned the ropes from his mother who developed a successful diamond business. In fact, Vilaiwan is his mother’s name. What a lovely tribute to her. I also found out that Joe is a fellow Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising alumnus. Go team FIDM! While in school studying Interior Design, he honed his design skills and envisioned jewelry that is more than an accessory but art that makes a statement. I think it’s safe to say that he made his vision a reality.

Now let’s hear from Joe.

Love and Rosen:  Tell us a little about yourself and jewelry line. What materials do you use?

Joe: My name is Joe Polthakorn; I am a jewelry designer, retail designer, colors consultant, nice, passionate, creative and ambitious guy. 🙂 My jewelry line is called “ VILAIWAN FINE JEWELRY” which is my mother’s name, which means “Beautiful” in Thai. She is my inspiration and I grew up designing in her diamond business. My pieces are all handmade with precious and semi-precious stones. We also have some mixed media collections like measuring tapes, leather and pincushions.

L&R: Your designs are all truly wearable works of art. I think I have a tendency to be attracted to statement jewelry because I prefer to simple clothes and bold accessories. What is it that you love about the type of jewelry you create?

Joe: Exactly. We are from the same planet; I also love simple clothes with bold accessories. I believe that accessories reflect your inner soul, passion and energy. They are like the extra substance that you put on your body to compliment your appearance and that’s how you choose to tell the world who you are in a way.

L&R: What do you look to for inspiration when working on a piece or collection?

Joe: Much of my inspiration comes from nature: flowers, leaves, dirt, etc. Also, textures. I love textures of things. Of course colors. Coming from my interior design background, architectural shapes and graphics all inspire me. Basically anything that is beautiful. Beauty and inspiration is everywhere, just depends on if you see it, recognize it and appreciate it.

L&R: Do you have a muse or type of woman that you design for?

Joe: I love strong, creative, passionate ladies who have their own style, know what they want and go for it!

L&R: What has been the most exciting moment of your career so far?

Joe: I have many exciting moments and feel very blessed that my line has come this far and has been honored by a lot of press and clients. But I must say that the most exciting moments for me are when I put the right piece of jewelry on the right person. It is like Aha! moment, that person shines and becomes radiant. To witness those smiles and sparkling eyes are my best moments. I get goose bumps.

L&R: What is your favorite accessories trend of the moment?

Joe: Hard to say as my trend changes everyday, mostly depends on my moods or what inspires me. My best accessories trend would be that you wear what makes you feel and look good. The most important thing is that you wear them and not let the accessories wear you.

L&R: What are you working on now?

Joe: Many things and they all exciting. I am working on my new jewelry collections and Vilaiwan evening bags, scarves and home accessories, which are coming out later this Fall. Mostly are one of a kind…. The special kind.

I can’t wait to see the new jewelry and product lines! 

A few of my favorites from his new collection…

Photography by Matt Sillapasoontorn

For more, visit: Vilaiwan.com and “like” on Facebook here.

Thanks, Joe!



Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to show you care than with cookies? After getting comfortable with my cookie press last week I decided to use the heart-shaped disk and make larger sized cookies with an adorable pink heart-shaped cookie cutter.

I went with this recipe from my cookie press for Vanilla Spritz Cookies and used store bought vanilla frosting. I did add some red food coloring to half of the dough and half of the frosting to make it pink.

Just add one to two drops of red food coloring to take make white frosting pink.

I learned this great technique for frosting cookies from Emily at Cupcakes and Cashmere. Here are her adorable Conversation Heart Cookies for V-Day.

I frosted the white cookies with pink frosting and dipped with pink and white sugar crystals. Sparkling pink!

For the pink cookies, I frosted them white and dipped in white sugar crystals and Williams and Sonoma Luster Decorating Pearls.

Next, onto the treat bags.


– Liquid cement

– Double-sided tape

– Hand drawn heart cutout

– Rhinestones

– Scissors

– Heart cookie cuter

– Pencil

– Treat bags

– Glitter and flat paper

Step 1

Trace the large size heart cookie cutter onto the backside of the glitter paper with a pencil.

Step 2

Trace the hand drawn heart cutout and trace onto flat pink paper with a pencil.

Step 3

Cut out all heart shapes from the glitter and flat paper and tape together with small piece of double-sided tape. Dab a small amount of rubber cement to the back of a rhinestone and stick to center of the two hearts.

Step 4

Glue to treat bag with rubber cement.

Happy Valentine’s Day!



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