how not to decorate

May 26, 2009

What Nuxa learned this weekend: antler home decor really creeps her out.

Elk Antler Chandeleir

She knows that this kind of decor is quite popular, especially in cabins/cottages. And she is sure many people find antlers beautiful.

But she is not one of these people. Seeing antlers in people’s homes seriously disturb and upset her.

So for the sake of her mental and emotional well-being, do not use antlers to decorate your home.



we heart shoes

May 2, 2009

We both found this picture independently (on Desire to Inspire) and immediately saved it as perfection incarnate.


This way, we can justify any purchase as decor AND fashion. We’ll be able to buy twice as many shoes!!

We also came across this ingenious shoe storage idea on Apartment Therapy. What appears to be wall art is actually hiding a plastic shoe bin. Our mothers would love these, as they’re always nagging us about shoes being left out in the foyer.


We’re toying with the idea of trying this out ourselves in our new apartments. Of course you can count on seeing the results if we do!

And lastly, if you’re in the Toronto area (or are planning to visit sometime this summer), why not check out the Bata Shoe Museum? Go to their website to find out more about special events and exhibits there this month.


Allow me to point out that without the ellipsis, that would have read like “most testes.” I assure you that the writers of this blog are, as advertised, meninas (menina means girl in Portuguese– we never did clarify that) and do not possess any testes, let alone the most.


Anyway! Nuxa is at home baking delicious folare with her Mama while I am leisurely studying for an exam tomorrow, so I thought I’d take a little break (I haven’t started yet) and start the crafty/design portion of our blog. We’ve been planning to include lots of posts on pretty things we find, plans for decorating our new apartments, etc, but between school and everything else going on, we’ve put it on the back-burner until summer. You can look forward to seeing some nifty flea market finds, our inspiration for future homes, and a few (hopefully successful) DIY projects starting in May. Yay for fun content!



For the last two years, Nuxa and I have found ourselves forced to stay at school and study instead of being able to go home to celebrate Easter with our families. Some of our friends were in the same boat so we decided to host a potluck Easter dinner, complete with roast, asparagus, Portuguese sweetbread, and of course lots of wine. Since we’re always on a budget, our centrepieces last year consisted of wine bottles, our dishes, and our friend who was studying abroad for the semester– we set a place for my laptop and Skyped with him until he passed out due to too much cheap French wine.



It was a delicious dinner, but the table’s not all that aesthetically pleasing. Which is why, this year, in lieu of an actual dinner, I have compiled some cheap, easy, cute ideas to add some flair to your next cozy dinner party. They’re also ideal for brightening up an unused kitchen table.

Fabulous photos of centrepieces after the jump!

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