MILIEU…{Interiors & Lifestyle Blog}

(French) [mēl yʉ′], n.: Your environment. Your social or cultural surroundings in which you live. In this blog, I share my {Milieu}. ~Enjoy!

{What’s A Girl To Do On A Rainy Day…} Look at funny pictures!




Maddie here is getting her 20/20 appointment. After Thanksgiving has {blown} through your house, you might also need a vision check ~ HA HA!

So, I’ve gone down my check list and seems all things are in order for a great Thanksgiving Week! Let’s see:

Gobble Gobble School Plays/Parties ~ Practiced For/Seen/Attended/Enjoyed – Check!

House Decor Set Out & Ready To Be Put Up After Right (AFTER) Thanksgiving – Check!

House Pet Sitter Scheduled – Check!

All Peeps Packed & Car Loaded – Check!

Kids Excited To See Family In Florida – Double Check (2 kids)!

Contacting Old (not “old”…sillies) Friends In Hopes Of Seeing While In FL – Check!

Curling up & Enjoying a Hot Cocoa On This Rainy Day B4 The Thanksgiving Craziness Begins – HECK YEAH – Check!

So, guess what? Here is an Easy & Cute idea for the kiddos at your Thanksgiving table from (yes) Martha Stewart (via Pinterest page I found)! I never thought to trim Craft Paper down to fit into my printer & yet we draw on it, like all the time! This is now done & ready for my girls to have something fun to do while the big kids enjoy each others company & conversations (you know what i’m talkin’ about y’all)!



PS ~ I printed it on 8 1/2 x 11 and reduced the size to 60% & worked GREAT!

So, Here’s To You & Your Families Enjoying Your Fun & Crazy Traditions This Thanksgiving Season!

{Be Safe, Don’t Eat Too Much & Heck, Why Not Follow Our Blog & make that a new tradition (wink)!}


{Hey-It’s Friday!} Quotes To Live By


After last weeks “Business Of Design” Seminar held by Kimberley Seldon, at InsiDesign in Atlanta, GA, I have a new vigor for implementing change into my Interior Design firm. This quote about sums up my feelings.

What do you have on your agenda for your business, your life, your family? I hope you will share your thoughts here with us!


If you would like assistance in creating an inspiring Residential or Commercial space, please contact us! We would love to hear from you.

{FYI Fridays} The White House Is 221 This Weekend!

TGIF Everyone!

I {luv} receiving my DIGG emails each day. I skim over them and find little, quick tid-bits of what is happening in the world ~ today.

Today, they posted something of historical interest and yet after watching two morning news channels, I have (not) heard this mentioned.  Well, the White House is celebrating its 221st Anniversary this weekend.  That is pretty interesting, I feel, and should be talked about in the news.  Maybe, just maybe, it would make those working in Washington, DC realize what a priveledge it is to work there and represent all of us Americans (I don’t get political but had to just say that….just sayin!).

This Yahoo article starts out with:  “On October 13, 1792, the White House’s cornerstone was put in place in a quiet ceremony. Since then, the president’s house has survived an attack, a near condemning, a second fire, and an effort to build a rival White House!”



{White House Fire in 1929 image}

Number 3. on this list is interesting as well.   “Very little of the original White House remains. Those pesky British burned the original White House in 1814 after U.S. forces set fire to Canada’s parliament. The famous Gilbert Stuart painting of George Washington was saved by a fleeing Dolley Madison and some exterior stone walls survived the fire.”

Did you know all that? I sure didn’t! Read on here and click on the DIGG/Yahoo link (via Yahoo) to read more about the White Houses 221st Anniversary and more great tid-bits news posts and factoids from around the globe!


{Design Camp} Laguna Beach! Are you signed up yet?

Happy Tuesday morning everyone!

Image - Laguna Beach

Just a quick, friendly reminder to all you Interior Designers, Space-Planners and Decorators/Stagers, and vendors that the next Design Camp is coming up really soon!  It is being held in the OC (California) October 9-11th.

Whilst I wish I could attend again, I cannot (it is my husband’s birthday so…I think I should be here (wink wink)).   Unless you have a great excuse like me, you should consider going!

 It was a wonderful experience when I attended it in Atlanta in January 2013 (btw ~ that is mean with the aqua scarf around my neck).  I went back to Atlanta for this event, the city where I had just moved from less than a year prior,  via All The Best Blog.  Ronda Rice Carman, the creator of the ATB Blog, held a giveaway and I won! Yup! I won! I was so happy! Ronda was also a speaker at the event and did a wonderful job!

To boot, she also brought the amazing Gerardo Jaconelli (the hot Scott Photographer) to share his tips at taking great images of your design work.  He specializes in Architecture/Interiors and more. Follow him on Twitter as he travels the globe shooting for Ronda’s blog post and so many other great projects!

[OK had to share the picture of Jerardo…enough to sign up for Design Camp alone, right?]

All in all,  I made so many new business connections, a new UF friend (Sarah Cain) along with loads of new insight and refreshers where it was needed.

So, I hope see some of the fun (& perks) of attending Design Camp in Laguna Beach. Better yet, why don’t you jump over to their website [here] and take a look at all the info for yourself?  I promise, it is worth it!

{Delish!} “Flourishing Foodie” Blog


I am OTM {that is over the moon in my world}!  I just found this great food blog started back in 2010.  Heather and her husband are from Canada & reside in Seattle, WA with their dog.  I love her blog! The gorgeous images, the thought behind each post, and just a tinge of cheeky humor to keep me there.  I luv it! I wish her continued success with her blog!

I think it was Thursday night that my friend Deedra FB posted pics, from NOLO, of the last summer moon and that fall is upon us.  That clicked for me when I read this blog this morning.  I thought to myself,  “I still have tomato’s to use and a basil plant (bought from Trader Joe’s) that is always making me think it is its last day w/us.  So, I better use both up, quickly!”

Every so often I get the itch to jump into a new recipe and give it a go. Today I will go buy the items we are missing for this recipe and I will try making this tomorrow afternoon ~ with my girls! So, hey, why don’t you jump over to her blog [Flourishing Foodie] to see the whole post.  And guess what, she makes it SOOOO easy to print the recipe. Yes, she makes something easy on a blog!

 Wishing you all a happy weekend!


{FYI Friday’s} September Is “National Library Card Sign-Up Month”

Luol Deng, Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month 2012


Last fall, my then Kindergartner’s class took a field trip to downtown Charleston’s main library. This was a lot of fun for her as it was her first school bus ride. Oh, did she have fun (till the heat set in…ha ha). But the best part of it was she got her own {libary card}. Well, having lunch at the Waterfront Park after might have been the best part (but shhh….).

Flash forward, two weeks ago, my kids and I were doing their homework at the Mt. Pleasant main libary and my oldest (9 in 4th grade now) and I signed up for our cards finally.  I think this is one of the last things I held onto doing as we went the Atlanta libraries around town so much….this really mean “we live here now.”  A year-and-a-half in, I say we do but my heart is in the ATL.  Anyway, the point here is we did it! We are official SC Libary card holders!

Below is from the “The Campaign For America’s Libraries.”

“Library Card Sign-up Month is a celebration held at the beginning of the new school year during which librarians across the country remind parents and caregivers that a library card is the most important school supply of all. This year, Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls joins us as Honorary Chair. Deng is a two-time All-Star  and noted for his humanitarian work in Africa.”

“Visit your local library with your children and teens today and sign up for a library card!”

Not sure how to get a library card?Check out: How to get a library card.

Maybe you are asking, “What’s at the Library Today?” Take a peek at just some of what a library offers its customers in today’s digital world!

“A library card is a key resource in achieving academic success, and the library is the perfect place to spend quality family time together.”

Sounds great right? I think many of us have forgotten just how important our libraries were to us as kids. My mom took us there every week so we could do our homework then we would get to rummage the kids section and just sit on the floor and “read!” She would be in the adults section and we would meet at the check out counter. We would have two or three books and maybe one would get read before next weeks visit, but that is one more book I read! My brother would read all his like my mom, HUGE readers! With that said, we simply must pass this on to our kids and their kids.  Libraries are digital now too, so you won’t miss a beat with what you need to search for!  Bookstores are great but the library is the {ORIGINAL} bookstore in my humble opinion! So, won’t you take the time to go visit your local library?


“There are many services offered at your local library, from courses on computers or art to book clubs and parenting groups. “


“Fun programs can always be found at your local library.”  For example, “Charlottesville’s Jefferson-Madison Regional Library in North Carolina offers a weekly program called Storytime Stew for kids ages five and under where stories, rhymes, songs and fun abound.”


“Resources available at the library, such as books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, games, computers, Internet access, microfilm, maps and more!”

   Find out about the services available by visiting your nearest library. They have a “Search Your Area” to find your closest library!  Not sure how to get a library card?Check out: How to get a library card.


{Quotes To Live By}


Well, this week has been about getting ideas together for our {NEW} Blog look & that takes time! Oh boy, does it take time! I cannot believe how I look at one website, and then realize thirty minutes later I am 12 websites deeper than the first one I started on! The internet sucks you in ~ it does! There is so much to see out there!

BTW ~ This artist does the most unique work. I had pinned this image a while ago.  I just visited her FLIKR page, and {oh my}, she is creative! Check her work out here!

So, I hope you will keep visiting us as we find our {NEW} look and share it with friends once we do!



{A Good Read} #1

Today, I am starting a new series here on the {Milieu Blog}.   I am reading/collecting/photographing/pinning articles from everywhere, everyday, and I figured that I should share them here.  Some are from newspapers, magazines, on-line sources, and some are even received via the mail from my mother (whom is a HUGE reader).  Some are recent and some are months old. No matter when, where, what or how ~ I hope you will find it all good information to ponder over (even for just a moment) in your day.


So, I thought I would start this new series with an interesting article my mother sent me in my birthday package (yes, in my birthday package).  Wall Street Journal Magazine interviewed Nadja Swarovski and her role in the Swarovski empire her “great great grandfather developed back in 1895.”   It is an interesting read that shares her influence on the company since joining it back in 1995. The 42 year old, whom is just slightly taller than me (I’m 5-10 1/2″ & she is almost 6′) is changing the playing field for the family business.

“As head of Corporate Communications and Design Services,” Nadja has taken what was once merely a novelty crystal business, and she has now “re-positioned the company with help of an editor friend,” and turned Swarovski into a creative force not to be missed!  Major fashion houses around the world use their crystals on high end fashion designs, as well as, light manufacturers adding some {bling} on all sorts of fixtures.   Now, they are involved in the film/movie industry, as Swarovski Entertainment. Their first film is about to roll out and it is an adaptation of  “Romeo & Juliet“.

Here, you can see what one day in her life is like as she was followed by the writer for WSJ.  It sure lets me know I am not the only woman in the world juggling 22 things in a day!

I hope you enjoyed the read and learned something new!


{Images via WSJ Magazine May 2013}

We Are Working On A New Blog Look!


Yes. Yes. Yes. I’ve been MIA! Yikes. It’s been, well, months since the last blog post. Yet, so much has been going on over here. Time is really flying right now for our family. So, hmmm, let’s see:  I sprained my left ankle, had summer break, lots of traveling, getting kids back to school, beginning to work out again and ah~yes, getting back to my blogging (today).

So, in all of that time, I did a lot of soul searching, thinking about my blog and more. I have decided to change the look of my blog to motivate me {not} to be MIA anymore. I think change inspires us and I needed change here.  The look today is temporary, to give me {quick satisfaction of some change} and to motivate me (remember, I need that right now)! :)  So, in the next few weeks be looking out for a whole new {Milieu} as our space, environment is going to be fresh and new.

We hope you will spread the word and enjoy it once the new look arrives in your email in-box, or seen on FaceBook and Twitter.

~Thanks and Happy Monday!


{Quotes To Live By} “Breaks Are…”

Breaks are the best part of working


Chilly, rainy & just plain YUK today in Charleston. May your afternoon be filled with a warm cup of cocoa ~ mine is now! T.G.I.F everyone!