Paddington (2014)

I finally had the opportunity to watch Paddington the movie on Netflix. It was a visual candy store. A mix of the colors of Amelie, the symmetry of a Wes Anderson film, and the whimsy of This Beautiful Fantastic.

The set scenes echo Paddington's color palette of red, blue, and yellow. 

The entry way mural changes as the theme of the movie does. Sadness hits, and the leaves all fall off the cherry blossom tree. 
The dollhouse in Paddington's attic, tells the story of each of the characters, in miniature.

Paddington's cozy attic bedroom.

The kitchen has a vintage feel, with modern day touches.

Attention to detail, such as the custom commissioned stained glass house number.

The cherry blossom mural, during happy times, is in full bloom.

Dad's office with a nod of whimsy (merry-go-round horse), probably at the mom's insistence.

If you have the opportunity to watch this film, I think you will enjoy it for the heart-warming story, and the colorful visuals.

Please note: these photos are sourced from my favorite movie blog: Hooked on Houses, 3 Story Magazine, Ecce Home, and Pinterest.

Kitchen Confidential (2005)

Sometimes you try a new restaurant and it stays with you: for hours, days, and even longer. This happened to me with Kitchen Table in Las Vegas, NV. 

Sadly, I'm far, far away in Kirkland, not near My Precious.

The cozy homey atmosphere, the delicious food, the approachable owner-Javier, and the smiling staff, all welcome you with such warmth and a genuine care for your happiness. 

They offer a creative and unexpected array of choices, and also take into consideration any special requests that you may have. I'm still thinking about the hot chocolate with charred marshmallows, the Monte Cristo, and the smoked salmon Benedict. So many other delicious choices for next time!

Kitchen Table
Henderson/MacDonalds Ranch
1716 Horizon Ridge Parkway, Suite 100
Henderson, NV 89012

Gilmore Girls (2016)

When Kristi Carlson mentioned that she needed recipe testers for her brand new Eat Like A Gilmore Cookbook, I signed up right away! My pick was the Patty Melt. I found all of the ingredients at my local Trader Joe's. In about 25 minutes, we had a Luke's Diner quality sandwich on the table. 

Here is more information about the cookbook, coming out on October 25th.  

Eat Like a Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls

The infamous appetites of the Gilmore Girls are given their due in this fun, unofficial cookbook inspired by the show. Fans will eat up the delicious recipes honoring the chefs who fuel the science-defying metabolisms of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. Whether you re a diehard fan or new to the scene, author Kristi Carlson invites you to pull up a chair and dig in. Luke's diner menu, Sookie's eclectic inn fare, Emily's fancy Friday Night Dinners, and town favorites are the key influences behind these tempting dishes. One hundred recipes, covering all the bases from appetizers and cocktails to entrees and desserts, invoke key episodes and daily scenes in the Gilmores lives. Prepare yourself for:
  • Salmon Puffs
  • Risotto
  • Pumpkin Pancakes
  • Rocky Road Cookies
  • The Birthday Girl Cocktail
  • And many more
With beautiful photos, helpful kitchen tips, and fun tidbits about the show, this cookbook is a must-have for any Gilmore Girls fan. Easy-to-follow recipes make it possible to cook and eat your way through Stars Hollow. So don your apron, preheat the oven, and put on your favorite episode. It's time to eat like a Gilmore! 


A Heavenly Vintage (2009)

The French Flea Market on August 27th, was hosted by Haley's Cottage and Oscar & Company (formerly Haystack Home) that showcased more than forty vendors this year! The beautiful venue was the Kirkland Marina. Lots of shoppers showed up early and found great deals.

Haley's Cottage
30 Lake Shore Plaza Suite 104
Kirkland, WA 98033
425 822-2730

Oscar & Co. (formerly Haystack Home)
702 Market Street
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 803-2121
 no website