Stacey Costello

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March 17, 2010


I have to thank you all for playing along and telling us all about your Easter celebrations!

Patrick as I mentioned did the honors and drew Jo.  I want to thank you all for leaving me a comment and I plan to have many more so stop by and say hello.




Please send me an email with your address Jo and I will send this right out!


Welcoming Spring with a little Giveaway just for you!

March 12, 2010

I am so happy to be seeing all the green and colors around here lately! I know for some of you that is still a ways off so I thought I would have my very first giveaway to celebrate the new season with you. In honor of the upcoming holiday that is already upon us…I have created a special keepsake box for someone to win.



Please leave me a comment about something special you do for Easter. You will have until 10.00am (west coast time) March 17th St. Paddy’s day. Since its St. Patrick’s Day, My Patrick will do the honors of selecting a random winner out of a hat.

I will announce a winner on March 18th. So check back in soon!


Enjoy your weekend!



Risotto made easy…and it is delicious!

March 10, 2010

If you are a lover of Risotto like I am, then this is a recipe for you to try. The creamy texture is produced by using traditional Arborio rice. This creamy texture is what I find the most delicious but, I rarely make it because of the constant stirring it requires. Multi-tasking in the kitchen does not come naturally to me. So here is an easy and super yummy alternative that I just tried the other night.


(Photo taken from Southern Living)

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Other Time: 40 minutes
Yield: Makes 6 servings


  • 2  tablespoons  butter
  • 2 1/2  cups  chicken broth
  • 1  cup  uncooked Arborio rice (short-grain)
  • 1/2  small onion, diced
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 2  cups  chopped deli-roasted chicken
  • 1  (8-oz.) package fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1  cup  cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4  cup  shredded fresh basil


1. Preheat oven to 400°. Place butter in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish; bake 5 minutes or until melted. Stir in broth and next 3 ingredients.

2. Bake, covered, at 400° for 35 minutes. Remove from oven. Fluff rice with a fork. Stir in chicken, mozzarella, and tomatoes; sprinkle with shredded basil. Serve immediately.

Since I like to tweak recipes a little from time to time I thought up different pairings you could do after you get you risotto in the oven.

Something like:

1. Scallops mixed with capers and Meyer lemon zest.

2. Spring vegetables (mushrooms, asparagus, spinach, tarragon and a little goat cheese.

3. Chicken, spinach, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts.

I hope you love this as much as my family did!


The studio calls

March 3, 2010

I have finished the dreaded job of getting the taxes ready for our accountant, organized my office and finally tackled my fabric samples. Fabrics are in a strange way like art to me. They inspire so much creativity, but keeping them organized is no easy feat! When I’m sleeping they multiply too.

As a result of all studio as been neglected and when that happens my soul becomes a bit out of balance as well. So I have been back at it with wedding boxes.

Some of these I have re-created although they are still original one~of~a~kind pieces. 556 546 557


Please contact me if you would like to purchase any of these or would like a special one created just for you.


{Wedding cones are next on my list! I was contacted some time ago about designing these to attach to the back of chairs at the ceremony.}


Awwww Kmart

March 1, 2010

Is it just me or do most people think stylish and Kmart are not soul sisters. Don’t get me wrong I do shop there …but not for home accessories and furniture. So was I surprised when I saw this:


It was featured in the latest issue of House Beautiful among several other "Hot List" items.. I decided this was something that would work in a variety of situations and so I was on the hunt to hopefully find it in my local very small Kmart. Oh and the price? 90.00 on sale now for 69.99. Which was also surprising if it looked as good in person as it did on the page.

It did.CIMG1157 CIMG1158


The top is mirrored which is kind of cool. It adds a chic sort of Palm Beach kinda look, but,  I have decided that I am going to cut a piece of decorative paper to fit on top of the mirror and then cover it with a  1/4" Plexiglas panel. Then I use it as a serving piece for a spring party I will host soon.


So I guess you may find me now trolling the Kmart aisles a little more frequently!


Hope your week is filled with a few surprises too!

Glassware for Spring

February 27, 2010

I have a thing for glasses! No particular reason or style. Just lots of them. My kitchen cabinets are loaded with about 25 different colors,sizes and styles. So when I found these I sadly realized I just can’t fit them in. Maybe you can.475_colored glasses abitare


Hand blown and designed by Michael Kramer they come in 5 jewel tones and clear. Seem like a perfect addition to a spring party or all lined up as a centerpiece with just a single bloom.


Looking forward to Spring!!

Stay tuned for a giveaway soon.

silver leaf project

February 24, 2010

Here is the inspirationBLY01234_36737

I can’t get enough of One Kings Lane they always have something to get excited about! This beauty is already sold out.

My project will be one antique side chair that belonged to my Grandmother. First I will re-upholster and then add the silver leafing to the back and legs. Luckily I have done this before so I’m hoping it turns out right!


Wish me luck!

2010…Here is what I should be doing

January 11, 2010

Organizing this:CIMG1112

and working on filing this:CIMG1113


Instead I decided to do this:CIMG1109 CIMG1111



I have had this table for about 10 years. I found it in a very cheezy furniture store..Sorry Levitz. It wasn’t actually Levitz, in fact that store would have been an upgrade. It is very fair to say when we moved into our house 12 years ago we had NO money. We were moving from a house 850sq ft to our home now which is 2400sq ft. I also worried that we would never be able to pay our mortgage either. "I not going to unpack everything" was a weekly conversation I had. Sorry got sidetracked…anyway, Our Dining Room was bare for the first 2 years. I really wanted to entertain and not having a decent sized table made it rather difficult. So Paddy and I headed out for a shopping adventure. I hit the usual antique stores and was thoroughly bummed. Not only is it next to impossible to shop with a three year old..I didn’t have any real money to spend either.

When we headed out to the parking lot of the last store I spotted across the parking lot a huge sign in a ugly store. "NOT YOUR AVERAGE SALE" CHEAP STUFF.

Why not I said. The table had great lines and a finish that didn’t scream I’m Cheap!! It actually became even cheaper when the sales guy spotted Patrick had climbed on top a very high dresser. Fearing a lawsuit he said $200! That I had. SOLD!

It’s served it’s purpose being boring brown.CIMG1084CIMG1083 BERFORE:


So what do you think? I really like it with the new slipcovers I have now.

Back to my desk now…well maybe!

Hope you 2010 projects go better than mine.




Things come in pairs

January 6, 2010

I mentioned a few posts back about the special something I found while vacationing in Santa Barbara over the summer…Patrick & I were antiquing in Summerland while my husband was enjoying some solitude. I think antiquing is right up there with a dental appt in my husband’s book. Not too worry..Paddy and I have a great time browsing around and meeting all the dealers. He makes friends wherever he goes especially with the older set. They will actually remember him from year to year when we return to say Hi.

This beautiful French candelabra is what I found.CIMG1047

Well..I wouldn’t part with the money at the time so I just thought about it for a few weeks after we returned home. Then while reading a few blogs..can’t remember the exact one I saw this!vintage1

It was then fate!  I knew I had to have it. It’s long lost sister was somewhere out there and I must say it was even more irresistible in the picture.

I am very happy with just one.

Don’t forget to head over to Cococozy for her amazingly generous giveaway!!

Good Luck too!




A special giveaway

January 5, 2010

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I was checking on all my usual daily read blogs the other day and was so excited to see this giveaway. It is offered by one of my favorite blogger’s! Although I rarely comment ( my 2010 resolution) I just love all her inspiring posts about everything from renovations to great restaurants. She never ceases to disappoint! The most amazing thing to me is…She posts so regularly!! I have not been very good at this at all. I read so many and then usually feel I just don’t have anything as interesting to say. Well..I do hope to change that a bit in 2010. I say "hope" because that seems like less pressure.


Please head over to Cococozy and check out these beautiful Windsor Smith pillows. I have my fingers crossed!


Thanks for coming by.