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i gotta have…

…all these bracelets…

via solid frog.

…this jacket…and the hair wouldn’t hurt either…

sea of shoes.

…this light fixture in my white kitchen…

impressionen via pinterest.

or these in a small grouping would also do…

camilla molders via pinterest.

…this cosy bed…i wanna wear it…

joanna rusher via pinterest.

…this house and hearth…

convoy via pinterest.

this beautiful package in my mail today…

we heart it via pinterest.

…twitter…i have happily caved and joined twitter…follow me

don’t tell me later.

this poster signed by Scott, my hubby…

…why not? go get it…don’t settle…have a happy wednesday, xocc ♥

my childhood bedroom was…

ORANGE…

Madonovan Flickr

…and a very special place.  After my single mom saved her money to buy a duplex in the expensive suburbs of Washington D.C., the room I shared with one of my sisters was my little corner to call my own.  I had lived in rental apartments that couldn’t be painted so the first thing I did was paint the room (myself with my older sister).  It was tan.  The rug was orange shag.  Yep, orange shag. My comforter was fuzzy tan on one side and orange floral on the other.  It was warm. I remember our old-fashioned record player (my kids would get a good laugh out of that one).  They are still too young to appreciate anything vintage…it was the mid 1970s…

Here’s some other images that remind me of my orange bedroom…here’s the rug…oh memories, memories…

Heather Rushforth, Flickr

I might have had this blanket, too, not sure…

Betty Bubble, Flickr

Comforter and pillow case, very similar…

Small Ritual, Flickr

Would have loved to cover one wall with this paper…

Willful Suspension of Disbelief, Flickr

This is a version of the look in red, except I didn’t have the custom headboard to match…

Decorum

The one item I wished for back then was a cool lighting fixture…this one would have been great…

Dformdesign

but it probably would have looked more like this…

Ebay

I also wanted to be either of these two people…Laurie from the Partridge Family…

Susan Dey, londonlee.com

or Dorothy Hamill, I even had the haircut and the white leather skates…

Dorothy Hamill, www.super-hair.net

Oh wow, my sister will have a good walk down memory lane…hope you guys enjoyed this…tomorrow visit  Joanna’s blog 2 days in the rain and check out her childhood bedroom…

Today is the first day of the Blog for Digs blogger event “my childhood bedroom was…” to benefit Dwell with Dignity.  Please go here for more details, join the event or see the schedule .  You can also email me at blogfordigs@aol.com or simply visit Dwell with Dignity’s site and donate what you can…thanks to all for your kindness and enthusiasm and have a great day…xocc

i gotta have…

some cool gifts for my family…

1.  this stuff for my son Kevin, 18…tall, handsome, smart, laid back, intuitive, adventurous with a wicked sense of humor…

choka. stonehouselove pinterest gift guides.

2.  this stuff for my stepson Blayne…16, who’s smart & quick, has pretty blue eyes, is the only blondie in the family and plays a mean game of tennis…

choka. earl jeans. davis cup.

3.  this stuff for my stepson Dylan…he’s 14, very funny & charming, a gifted musician & walks around our house in a beanie…

refueld magazine. tres bien.

4.  this stuff for my son Matt, 13…curly-haired & the cutest thing since he’s the baby boy, brilliant, xbox-crazed and loves to help those less fortunate…

choka. refueled magazine.

5.  this stuff for my stepdaughter Lily, 9 who’s simply adorable (with the best hair), keen, sweet, sensitive and a talented artist…

ae. stonehouselove gift guides.

6.  this stuff for my hubby…he’s youthful, cute, loving, hard-working, plays the guitar, i LOVE his style & the way he looks at me…

1, 2, 3, 4 stonehouselove pinterest giftguidesconvoy.

7.  Stuff for me too…i LOVe the color gray…

1  thomsen.j jill via melissa’s pinterest. stonehouselove pinterest gift guides.

8.  Paris…i know that’s random, but how could you not?

contributor.

Have an awesome wednesday…xocc…

road trippin’

Happy Friday! My oldest son, Kevin, is in the midst of the college application fog and he has twisted my arm to take him to visit Vermont in a couple of weeks.  I begrudgedly agreed since I hate that state so much and all of its organic farm stands, ski resorts, antique shopping and fireplaces.  It would certainly help if they could throw in a rolling hill here and there, some beautiful old homes, a barn, some cows or some Ben & Jerry’s ice cream…kidding, I can’t wait!

ER Post, Flickr

This weekend, Scott and I are sneaking away for a much needed overnight to my beloved hometown, Washington, D.C., for a homecoming reunion with my old high school friends…so excited to see them, have them meet my new hubby, and so so happy to spend some time ALONE with my honey. When I invited Scott to come along, he didn’t even let me finish my sentence! Scott’s boys live with us full-time and although we all love each other and luckily get along great as a blended family, from time to time, we loVe to get away and they loVe to see us go, so later boys…

Allison V. Smith

ok, ok so the place we stay will more likely look like this…either way, who’s complaining?…

La Tur, Flickr

Have a happy weekend…see ya next week, xocc…

no life without love…

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a great weekend–just want to take a moment and say that a month ago I married Scott, my adorable sweetheart that I met on jdate (yes it really works)…he was right under my nose with his business only one short mile away from my house (yes that stone house that I love and won’t shut up about)…

I thought I had all my senses out there combing the land (my friends & family did too) for a “cute 40-something eligible bachelor with no baggage or daddy jeans (joke, right? good luck!)”…but I was stuck kissing frogs never giving up until Scott literally walked into my kitchen one evening and simply by the way he looked at me, I was smitten…

…not bragging, just want you to hang in there when things seem insurmountable, hopeless and flat because LOVE (and tons of hard work, tenacity, devotion & respect) will conquer all, I promise…and my best advice? Never ever settle, hold out for the genuine article because the truth in your heart will always set you free…also there’s a reason I haven’t shared my wonderful wedding photos…surprise coming soon, I hope…

Now let’s focus on this thing called loVe…

creature comforts blog.

daily imprint.


saying images.

flickr.

free people.

modern motive. ~above 4 images via Amber Herring Pinterest.~

modern motive.

Scott and me…on our wedding day (ok so I cheated a little)!

Have a great day…xocc♥

jack of my trade

The year was 16o3 when Scottish King James VI inherited the English and Irish thrones…and the rest is history…the royal flag was first exclusively seen flying at sea, but it’s flooding the world of interiors now and we all seem to fancy it…lovely, isn’t it?…

bloodydug

slatersparke.com

The Brick House, tumblr

my ideal home, tumblr

my ideal home, tumblr

my ideal home, tumblr

James Merrell

stonehouselove, tumblr

Now you go on and have yourself a bloody good day now won’t you? xocc…♥

philly friday

Here’s a fun thing to think about and work on this weekend…are you happy?

I was struck by this image when I saw it…no more excuses or blaming others for not experiencing happiness, right?  I am sooo happy (life’s little things, so great) because I had chairside teeth whitening at the dentist today (sparkle sparkle), a good investment for me because when I smile, every last one of my teeth show…not sure who to thank for that one, mom or dad? Going to get my little Matty from summer camp today in Maryland and we’re gonna eat crabs! How’s that for happiness? Anyhow, goodbye to July, hello August.

Have a happy weekend…xocc

image Morgan Haines via doobybrain

Kevin choka

Time to meet the fam…with a blended family of 5 kids, this is gonna be fun! I’m gonna do one at a time over the next few weeks…there’s Kevin 17, Blayne 15, Dylan 14, Matt 13 and Lily 8. Yes, Lily is big-time outnumbered but there are perks associated with that (right Lil?), mainly my unshakable need to shop incessantly for girl’s clothes (and shoes)!

Kevin (biologically mine, cuz I know you really want to know) is a kid full of life, adventure and true-grit character. Part, only part of him, embraces the CHOKA lifestyle, not to mention he seriously choked twice in his life and I had to give him the heimlich both times (I know totally unrelated but the name made me think about it), thank G-d I was there!!! Although this is clearly not funny, he and I die laughing about it now, like tears laughing, Kev also has an amazing sense of humor)…so here goes…

Chris Brown, creative director of Refueled Mag, created CHOKA, this cool blog…

CHOKA

Jamie Watson, via CHOKA

Sneak peak at Chris Brown’s new line of boards…

CHOKA

via CHOKA

Here’s Kev, my CHOKA, he’s an in-line skater…

photo by Dan Szallasi

photo by Dan Szallasi

photo by Dan Szallasi

Kevin started his own biz, RHYTHM WAX CO., a skate wax co., when he was 14 (with his buddy Jason Benrubi)…so proud of them…gotta love his entrepreneurialism…chip off the ‘ole block (hee hee)…

photo, Dan Szallasi

photo, Dan Szallasi

awww…here’s a sweet shot of Kev with his pretty (and smart) gf Cam…like my mom always sighs…”juventud, divino tesoro”  (translation: youth, divine treasure)…yep…on second thought, I gotta make sure Cam knows the heimlich!!

Kevin & Cam, 2010

I love you, Kev!! Next up is Blayne…

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