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I was recently introduced to a lovely French company called Teo Jasmin, who specializes in digital prints on canvas, cushions, and furniture, and I just had to share some of my favorites from their newest collections!  How fun are these products?  I especially love the pink union jack prints – I seem to see them everywhere these days.

201-UnionJackRose_300x430I’ve noticed that, in my personal design preferences, I like a little unexpected quirkiness.  For example, have you met Bob?  He lives on our living room wall:

Bob Marley Wall Decal
It’s Bob Marley, singing into a microphone, if you can’t tell. We always have to explain it – but we still like him!  I think something like this (below) would be right at home in my house!  I actually have that Beatles record…I should find a way to display it.  I also love the settee – and the combination of the traditional lines and the graphic print.  It’s unexpected, in a good way.


And who wouldn’t love to bring a little European memorabilia into their home with some fun throw pillows and prints?  I’ve never been to Europe, but these might make people think I have, ha!


How cute is that Fiat??  I’d drive one if I didn’t have to cart 2 large dogs around…or have a car-seat in my ride.  Four doors are essential for moms, but it’s fun to dream!

This one is a little wild (even for me), but look at that face!!  And he/she is wearing a crown…quirky and adorable.  I’d put it in Harper’s room.  She loves “bops” – her word for dogs.


I have to have this one…gotta love Abbey Road.  And the Beatles.  This image does remind me of the movie “Vanilla Sky,” though…anyone else??


Don’t you just love window shopping?  I left the credit card in the iceblock in the freezer for now, so window shopping helps me satisfy my cravings to be a good American and spend, spend, spend!  Except this company is in France… 🙂

Don’t forget to visit TeoJamin at their website and check out the goods!!  There is lots more to see!  Have a great week!!




Glenn and I love sushi.  We started going out for it when I was in college, and every time Glenn came to visit me he had to go out for sushi!  And we always try to find some when we go out of town.  No fun when I was pregnant, but going out for sushi is still fun even if you can’t eat any!!  Well…no sushi bars in Likely, or anywhere for 100 miles.  Before we moved here, we actually bought a book on making sushi, as well as a nice set, and we haven’t gotten to use any until now!!  We saw they had fresh sushi grade tuna at our local grocery store, so we tracked down all the ingredients (we had to go to 2 different stores for all of the pieces!) and decided to have a sushi lunch the other day!  It was fun…a lot more prep work than we anticipated, but we weren’t in a hurry and we enjoyed the whole process!  Especially eating it!

The mini cookbook that we have is simply called “Sushi” and it’s by Ryuichi Toshii, Brigid Treloar, and Hideo Dekura (find it here).  We bought our sushi set at Cost Plus World Market, and our rice cooker was a wedding gift!  I really won’t go into details on how to make it, we’re not pros (yet, hee hee!) but I had to share the pictures of our yummy lunch!!

1st attempt -- not too shabby!!

We made some Classic Thin Tuna Rolls (Tekkamaki), but we added some avocado. Mmmm…
Sushi chef

Along with some pink lemonade…that’s Japanese, right?? 🙂
Our homemade sushi lunch

Mmm...I wish it was in focus

We’re definitely going to have to do this again soon! Maybe we’ll make a night of it with some friends!!

I wanted to title this post “Harper’s Nursery,” but I really don’t feel like she is a baby with a nursery anymore.  It is turning into a little girl’s room.  She just turned 1 last Friday, and I can’t believe how fast she’s growing.  I guess it’s technically a nursery — she still needs her crib and changing table, but she is rapidly turning into a little girl right before our eyes.  She plays in her room, with her toys.  It is her very own room.  She is getting more and more independent every day, plus she’s mobile and has a hilarious little personality starting to shine through.  I think her birthday gave me the little motivation I needed to finish her room like I wanted it, and I finally got it all set up and photographed today.  Enjoy!!

If you’ve been reading, you’d know that I’ve been busy painting things for her room – including her changing table, a side/magazine table, a wall shelf, and her dresser. Here are some “before” photos, and you can see the finished product in her room photos!!

Changing table with cloth diapers

Shelf for painting

Old dresser

Here is the entire room from the doorway:

Harper's Room Panorama

So as a refresher, here is what it looked like when we first moved in:

Harper's Room

And here’s a shot of it that I took today (at almost the same angle):

Harper's Room

Lots of new details!
Harper's Room

Harper's Room

Harper's Room

New mobile

New shelf

Little shoes -- and a John Deere tractor

Harper's Room

So here’s the breakdown on Harper’s room:
Crib: IKEA
Crib bedding: Olivia by Dwell Studio for Target
Recliner: La-Z-Boy
Blinds: Home Depot
Rug: Target
Bookshelf: Way Basics
Dandelion Wall Decal: Etsy
Pom-poms: Michael’s by Martha Stewart
Changing table: Hand-me-down
Baskets: Wal-Mart
Dresser: Thrift Store
Side table: Hand-me-down
“H-A-R-P-E-R” Wallpaper Letters: Land of Nod
Lamp Set: Fred Meyer
Wall Shelf: Hand-me-down
LOVE Print: Oh Brooke

This is my new favorite room in the house! What do you think of Harper’s room??

As my daughter’s first birthday is coming up, I’m in a hurry to try to finally finish her room!  She was born 6 weeks early, so I feel like I didn’t get a chance to properly put it all together like most nesting moms-to-be would.  It is a very cute room, but with a newborn I didn’t get to finish all of the projects that I had in mind!  The paint on the upper half of the room was all that was done when I left for the hospital, so it has been a slow project, but I finally got a few projects done this week so here I am to share what I’ve been up to!!

Harper's shelf

First of all, I am no way being compensated to promote this product.  I just found something that interested me and I wanted to share!  I discovered the company “Way Basics” a couple months ago, and have been going back to their site all the time ever since, but I haven’t bought anything until now.  They sell modular storage furniture, which is made of recycled paper in the form of “Z Boards” that you can put together how they intend, or you can be creative and have fun with them!  They are having an awesome Summer Sale, and I saw their Rectangle Plus 3 in pink on sale for 50% off (for $33!! As of today…), so I decided that it was such a bargain I would try it for Harper’s room.  I would love the white, or even the “Kraft” series for my office, but I wanted to try it before I make a bigger commitment.  The cool thing about Way Basics furniture, is that it is held together with peel-and-stick industrial strength tape!  No screws or nails, just peel the strip off and stick it together — sooo simple!!  And it is super strong, plus the way it is put together keeps it strong; it rests on the horizontal boards, and there is a backing board to keep it all together.  Anyway, I love Harper’s new shelf.

I taped a little video of me putting the shelf together so you can see how easy or difficult it would be, which took less than 10 minutes.  The video, though, is only 43 seconds long because I used Gawker, which is in timelapse.  🙂  Enjoy!!

And here is the shelf, put together and filled with some of Harper’s stuff, except when she decides to play with the toys I carefully placed on it. That is why the books and breakables are on the top 2 shelves!!

New shelf in Harper's room

Taking her toys!

And there she goes…

Little crawler

By the way, Way Basics is holding a “Messy Room Contest” on Facebook, and I submitted a photo of my office/craft room — a room that I haven’t gotten to organizing yet — and guess what?!?!?! They picked me as one of the contestants!!!!!! Come to think of it, I don’t know if that is good or bad, ha! But anyway, I need lots more votes to win so I need your help! You have to become a fan of Way Basics, but as you can see from the video, they make some pretty cool products, and they don’t post a lot so come on, help a girl out!! The prize is $250, which I could put to really good use for shelving in my office…and by shopping at Way Basics, I could buy a ton of organizing products!!

I hope you enjoyed my video — have a good week!!!

A dinnertime staple around here in Likely is a Christensen family dish called Tater Tot Casserole.  Now who doesn’t love tater tots?  Tater Tot Casserole is an easy-to-make, quick all-in-one casserole dinner, which happens to have foods from every food group (except fruits!).  We have the recipe hand-written in the front of a recipe book, but we actually rarely even look at it because we make it so often.  Everyone we know loves it, so I thought I’d share it with all of you!


  • 1 pound ground beef (the leaner, the better, and I’m sure you could substitute whatever type of ground meat you like to use, i.e. turkey, etc.)
  • 1/2 medium white onion (diced)
  • 1 can cut green beans (drained) – we actually use 2 cans sometimes to get some extra veggies in!
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 2-pound bag of frozen tater tots
  • cheddar cheese (grated) – we’ve also used pepper jack, yum!

Tater Tot Casserole
Step 1:  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Brown the ground beef with the onion and sautee until the onions are clear and the beef is browned.  Drain the fat from the mixture.

Tater Tot Casserole

Step 2: Spray a 9″x13″ casserole dish (we use glass ones) with some cooking spray, and then add the ground beef mixture to the bottom of the dish.

Step 3: Add a layer of green beans on top of the meat.

Tater Tot Casserole

Step 4:  In a medium bowl, mix the 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup with a little milk to thin the soup.  Add that to the top of the green beans.

Tater Tot Casserole

Step 5:  Lay the tater tots on top of the soup as shown.  Pop it in the oven for 35 minutes.  During this time, my husband will be busy washing the other dishes as he is a PRO at simultaneously cooking and cleaning!

Tater Tot Casserole
Tater Tot Casserole

Step 6: Take the casserole out of the oven.  Grate enough cheese to cover the tater tots.  Pop it back in the oven for about 10 minutes, until all of the cheese is melted.

Tater Tot Casserole

Step 7: Enjoy!  It’s also great as a leftover for lunch!

Do you have any great (quick, easy and yummy!) recipes you’d like to share?  And don’t forget to let me know if you try our tater tot casserole!  I promise you it will be a family favorite very soon!

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This always happens!  I just put in a HUGE paint swatch order and then I run across something like this and I need to start a new list!  This San Francisco bedroom is from the decor8 feature called “How Much For This Room?” and it’s owned by a woman named Christiana.  As a designer (and homeowner or love of decor in general!), it’s always so helpful to see something put out there like this.  Plus you get a great list of resources and ideas.

I LOVE this color palette.  Totally me – dark grey and white with some red, yellow and black accents!!  I’m trying to phase out the green in my living room because I keep finding myself drawn to a more monochromatic palette with one (maybe two) accent colors.  I’m moving all of the green stuff to my kitchen/dining room.

This color is called “Iron Mountain” by Benjamin Moore.  I definitely have a color crush here…mmm…

I think when something thinks of a dark grey bedroom, this is not the type of look you’d have in mind – totally unexpected!

How amazing is that wallpaper?  A perfect example of how wallpaper can lighten up a dark room, or act as an accent wall without the huge commitment of wallpapering an entire room.  Very contemporary.  I love wallpaper.

I also love how she used her necklaces as art.  That is what I need to do – if it’s not out where I can see it, I won’t wear it!  Out of sight, out of mind…

Gotta love the “high hiding white” trim and doors!  Nice and glossy!

Functional art – plus it’s using things you already own!  Such a great idea – now I need to find out what those are on the walls…any links or DIY’s that you know of?

As someone with two large dogs (both with black fur) and a growing baby, I’m a little scared of white, but I love the aesthetic!  When in doubt, I choose dark or black colors, but I’m trying to not be so scared of stains!  My husband can clean up anything or get out any stain, so maybe I will go for that light-colored slipcover I’ve been eyeing for the loveseat in the dining room…

What do you think of the color palette?  Are you drawn to dark colors?  A lighter and airier palette?  A mix of both?  Do you have a “when in doubt, choose (dark/light/white/black/wood)” mantra?

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Yes, I took 3 quarters of French in college! Can’t you tell?  Anyhoo – I have noticed a trend out there which I am really drawn to – faux bois (aka fake wood) and I had to catalog my finds! Lighting, pillows, clothing, fabrics – anything having to do with trees, twigs or wood grain – it’s so rustic meets modern and graphic. All of the things and looks that I love! Anything with trees printed on it is okay in my book! So here are a few woodsy treats for the indoors! Enjoy!!

Calvin Pendant | Pottery Barn

Calvin Pendant | Pottery Barn

Storytime Fox Card

Storytime Fox Card


Look close at the grainy-detail – so dainty and cute!! 

Fairy Twig Stack Rings by KateJewelry

Fairy Twig Stack Rings by KateJewelry


Tree Ghost by PearsonMaron

Tree Ghost by PearsonMaron


If you know me, you know how much I love wall decals!  They are a great way to add some interest to your walls for a great price!  These ones aren’t as woodsy as other finds on this page, but I think they are a great idea for a modern nursery!  How cute!


Boodalee White Trees Wall Stickers

Boodalee White Trees Wall Stickers



These are so cute…I would love to use them on a magnet board in my office or give them as gifts! 

Would You Love Me Magnet Set by blockpartypress

Would You Love Me Magnet Set by blockpartypress


These cushion covers are shipped over from the UK, but are worth the wait!  I get tons of compliments on mine, plus they are a great deal! 

Funky Tree Cushion Covers by Maries Cosy Cushions

Funky Tree Cushion Covers by Marie's Cosy Cushions


Faux Bois Journal by Heather Lea

Faux Bois Journal by Heather Lea

Giclee Print by Jenn Ski

Giclee Print by Jenn Ski



I just got this alarm clock (as a belated Christmas gift…long story!) and it looks so great in person!  Plus the sound is amazing and it has a lot of handy features!   Much better than a big, chunky, shiny plastic clock radio.

Crosley iPod Dock Clock | Target

Crosley iPod Dock Clock | Target

wood wedges | west elm

wood wedges | west elm

Faux Bois Jar | Martha Stewart Collection

Faux Bois Jar | Martha Stewart Collection

wood slice | west elm

wood slice | west elm

Faux Bois Birdbath

Faux Bois Birdbath | Ballard Designs


This console table needs to be seen “in a room” to be appreciated!  I would love to use this in an entryway or outdoors!  Click the link to head on over to Crate and Barrel:

Faux Bois Console Table | Crate and Barrel

Faux Bois Console Table | Crate and Barrel

Birch Bark Candle | Cottage Surroundings

Birch Bark Candle | Cottage Surroundings


 This bed is amazing – like something out of a fairytale!  If you’ve got an extra $15K to spend on a bed…

Tree Bed | Shawn Lovell Metalworks

Tree Bed | Shawn Lovell Metalworks


These are pretty fun.  Functional and quirky for tech geeks like me!


Wooden Memory Stick

Wooden Memory Stick


Okay, I better stop…but I think with this category I could just keep going and going and going!  Faux bois is everywhere and so fun!  I hope you enjoyed all of the grainy goodness I’ve brought you today!!  Check back soon for more “Likely Favorites!”

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