Saturday, October 30, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Today is the big day where we find out who won these stunning handmade earrings from the great Etsy store Beaded Embellishments. This giveaway was a lot of fun and I got a ton of entries (so many of you took advantage of those bonus entries which I love!) Today’s lucky winner of these beauties is:
Jesselyn (Salleefur) Anderson!
“I’ve added MANY of Denise's designs/creations to my Etsy Favorite Items list - my most favorite FAVORITE right now is the "Purple Jasper Amethyst Howlite Jade Beaded Silver Necklace AND the matching earrings "Purple Jade and Howlite Silver Swirl Drop Earrings" Aside: the "Pink & Gold Crystal Necklace & Earring Set is Exquisite!”
Sounds like quite a fan so a big congrats on your win and thanks so much to everyone who entered! Please don’t go far because I have MANY more awesome giveaways already lined up and waiting to come home to live with you!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Let me just preface this exciting new post by saying Richard Berg is a visionary. Berg is the production designer on several shows including the much loved Modern Family and after researching his work I have found him to be absolutely amazing. The fabulous Modern Family sets are the tip of the iceberg when looking at this man’s portfolio. He has worked on music videos including No Doubt, Mariah Carey and Jewel as well as movies like The Cleaner and countless commercials that are just stunning. You can tell Berg loves his job and eats, breathes and sleeps design. I highly recommend checking his work out for yourselves by visiting his website. There you will find an array of drool worthy photos like the following shots from the Modern Family set:
Please Click This Link For A Compilation Of Up To Date Modern Family Decor Information: http://recklessbliss.blogspot.com/p/modern-family-homes.html
Monday, October 18, 2010
It’s giveaway time again here at Reckless Bliss. Today I’ve got quite a sparkly treat for you all to get a shot at knabbing. Denise from the lovely Etsy store Beaded Embellishments has kindly offered up one of her fabulous pieces of jewelery to award to one lucky person. First we need to take a look at just what makes this jewelery so darn nice.
Beaded Embellishments specializes in handcrafting unique pieces of beaded jewerly using high quality materials.
Along with gemstones and pearls, Denise uses 925 Sterling Silver in her designs as opposed to silver plated or base metals which do not hold up well over time. Also used is Swarovski Crystals as opposed to Czech glass beads because of their outstanding quality, brilliance and reputation, so you know you are getting a fine piece of jewlery to proudly display.
As Denise says, “A jewelry purchase is an investment in ones self and ones appearance and because of that I prefer to use quality materials and timeless designs so that you may enjoy your purchases for years to come,” and I couldn’t agree more!
And because Beaded Embellishments wants to make sure that everyone can afford a beautiful creation from the store Denise is generously offering a discount of 10% on any pair of earrings in the Etsy shop for the duration of this giveaway (One Week). You can use the Code: “Olivia” in the message to seller or send a direct message when you purchase your item to receive a refund of the 10% via paypal. And speaking of earrings, here’s the fabulous giveaway item featured today!:
You have a chance at winning this pair of stunning Olivine and Fire Opal swirl earrings made from Swarovski crystal and sterling silver. These beauties are valued at $22 and are the absolute perfect addition to the season. There’s tons of entry possibilities so find out how to enter here:
SORRY CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
OR NOT! I stumbled across this Quebec monster of a real estate listing today while doing my routine “dream of homes I’ll never have” hunt and wanted to share it with all you pretty little readers of mine. Usually homes of this size just have my attention because of the exterior architecture since the interiors are typically a little to la-di-da for my somewhat modest (and cheapskate) tastes but this had me impressed from beginning to end. It felt a lot more homey than the average gold trimmed highfalutin’ decor I’m use to seeing in these types of abodes. It’s still a touch on the extravagant side but it’s easy to see how it could be made into a warm cozy place to come home to. Try to guess-timate the listing price while you peruse the pictures and read what this French puppy is sporting under the hood. I’ll tell you the actual price at the end but first we’ll have some fun racking it up.
First we’ll start with a tour of the exterior. This French Canadian home is a behemoth standing at 41,684 square feet. Built in 2004, it has 9 bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms. Add at least another million to whatever number you had in your head for all that excess space and because it’s French and let’s face it, they’re fancy, non? And let’s keep going.
With Halloween approaching I can’t help but wonder, how do rich kids go trick or treating with all those gates and insanely long drive ways? Or is it too beneath them to take part in? If it feels like a triathlon to go trick or treating then you should add another million to your guess.
Add this to your price consideration too: buying this house gets you mountain and water views, electronic gated entry, automatic sprinklers, landscaped gardens, a swimming pool and hot tub, a guest house, a workshop, 3-car garage and underground parking. Yes, I said underground parking. And that’s just the exterior features! Throw a couple more million on that fire would ya?
Looks more like an eight car garage to me. I wonder which one takes you underground. I’d feel like Batman living in this house. I just need to hire my Alfred or at least someone open to the idea of me calling them Alfred. Anything that leaves you feeling like Batman deserves another million tacked on.
All I want to do when I see this staircase is race my friends down the stairs by sliding in sleeping bags and winter sleds. Home Alone anyone? Just another example of how I am more white trash then high class and should never live in this home. Add another million…
The listing tells us “the building consists of a main body and two wings. The main body features an elevator, a vast den facing the lake and the monumental staircase leading to the first floor. On the ground floor, the Western wing accommodates the immense dining room, the den, the kitchen & the dinette, and a large pool and spa with sliding doors opening onto the terraces and the lake. The Eastern wing houses an exceptional reception room with a separate entrance, a professional kitchen, a vast terrace, a garage, library, office, billiard room and the maid’s rooms. Immense tiered terraces go all the way down to the shore. Multiple terraces create a very elegant belvedere on the lake.”
The closest I’ll ever come to an elevator in my house is one of those chairs that takes you up and down the stairs when you get old. Any home that can say they have “wings” and not be talking about their pet parakeet deserves a few more million. Not to mention using the word belvedere. Sacrebleu! What are we at now? $9 million? $10? Let’s keep going.
Baguette et fromage anyone? Now that is what I call a light fixture. I hear another million calling in the distance...
The reading I could get done in a stunner like this I tell you! Libraries with ladders and spiral stairs=more $$$
Two way fish tanks are so neat. My rather pudgey cat would spend the better portion of her day brewing schemes as to how to get to these slippery suckers for lunch.
Where we at now? $17 mil? $18 mil? Don’t get too comfortable.
You can also expect to see a golf room, an exercise room, painting room (whatever that means!), a massage room, a nanny suite, a dressing room and a laundry room with 3 washers, 2 dryers and a chute. Did I mention this house comes fully furnished? Cha-ching $$$
Here’s a peak at the gourmet eat-in kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances.
The games room complete with gas fireplace and swanky wood accents. The ceiling looks like le chocolat! $20….$25mil?
Of course there’s a wine cellar in a French home. Can you pass the cabernet sauvignon si vous plait? When will these random French words stop spewing from my mouth?
Nowhere in the listing did I read the words “ballroom” but I’m assuming that’s what this is. Or at least some form of party room. I guess you have carte blanche on this room. (Ok I admit I just wanted to work in one more French reference) May as well stick a few more million on that price tag.
So you think you got anywhere close to what this beast is gonna cost ya? I was actually surprised after reading all the crazy features that this house was only listed at $27 million dollars. It certainly isn’t pocket change but it still seemed reasonable considering. What do you think of this home? Share your likes, dislikes and general opinions, I love hearing them. If you would like to see more of this listing you can check it out on the Canadian MLS website. Au revoir! (last one, I promise!)