Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Anderson & Andy

Hi, My name is Nicole and I am a Bravoholic! I love ALL the housewives and I LOVE the leader of them all Andy Cohen! I have read and LOVED both of his books and I swear you guys he should be my friend!
This is Anderson Cooper, super smart CNN reporter and self proclaimed "Giggler"...........


Together Anderson and Andy are BFF's and they went on Tour... so my friend Melissa and I were THERE!!!!!! It was Valentine's weekend so went on a Galentines date starting with a good meal of course!
 When we got to the theater we realized we were literally 6th ROW!! It was so neat and a complete packed house!
 We listened and laughed for over 2 hours and it was so much fun, they really make you feel like we are all just friends laughing over a drink or 3!
 I loved hearing Housewife stories and then Anderson stories from the front line mixed in with their yearly vacation shenanigan stories! It was just a great night getting dressed up and having a laugh!


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Savage House

My In-laws are moving the furniture in their living room here to their Colorado home, which means NEW stuff at home! I was so excited when my Mother-in-law asked me to design for her. They are currently repainting all the living room walls grey which flows into their kitchen. The rug in their kitchen has tans, grey and some shades of blue so that was my inspiration for the living room which is open to the Kitchen! She wanted a rug, storage ottoman and other than that was open which was fun for me to have FREE reign!

I am so excited about this and I LOVE LOVE adding blues into the living room, if I was going to ever re-do my color palette I would do Blues with shades of pink! (For real) 

I found this Restoration Hardware knock off couch and fell in love! It has gotten so many great reviews too which is a plus! It is the perfect centerpiece for the Living Room!

Garcia Deep Hand-Tufting Rolled-Arm Sofa, Beige

Let me walk you thru this board:
* On the mantle over the fire place is where those 2 Blue prints will go and not hung just set on the mantle and then the metal "S" will also go on the mantle along with a framed family photo!
* That rug is PURE perfection and I am obsessed and the ottoman is storage!
* The beautiful leather chair is a recliner but it is a bit more subdued than others and that will go to the side of the couch facing the TV (for my MIL to know)
* Those metal baskets are actual end tables! You can put magazines or books inside them but they are storage and the wood top are perfect to add some texture to the room! And that metal burst will look so cute on top!
* Lamps are a MUST and this lamp is great!
* Lastly the pillows will add in accent colors and warm up the couch along with the throw blanket!
Savage Living Room

Savage Living Room by nsavage featuring metal figurines
This is an idea in case they wanted to switch out the tv stand and I LOVE it! The boxes open in different configurations and is made to house a DVR and wires!

 Wall decor, Let me walk you thru this....
* Since they have a place in Colorado I wanted to bring a little bit of Colorado to them! The canvas of the Aspen Birches will bring in color to room and match the pillows!
* The mirror and arrow will add some fun elements mixed in with family photos that we will frame!
* Lastly the picture of the Georgetown RR is a vintage post card that will be fun to frame and then the picture of the homes along the Georgetown lake will add color to match the room! They are memories but in a vintage/artful way and I LOVE IT!
Savage Gallery Wall

Lastly, I picked out these curtains for the patio doors and they are sheer so light can come out and be seen out! Then she didn't ask me to work on her eat-in dining table but I did anyways! LOL
* She had a wooden table and 1 idea to modernize it is to switch out to these fun metal chairs!
* I picked out the blue placemats to match the kitchen rug and bring the blue from the living room into the kitchen!
* The cotton from Magnolia Market will be a great centerpiece and those metal servers will look great in the kitchen!
Savage Misc. Kitchen


If you want me to style your home shoot me an email at nsavage@live.com and we can discuss getting you a quote and how everything will work!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Equal

* Disclaimer, this is NOT a political, liberal, religious post. But what it is, it a Human post. I do not care about your negativity, K? Thanks!*

As a human and as a person who is a Christian I always remember reading that everyone is equal, you should love your neighbor has your own and there are no loop holes there. It is simple. You should treat everyone with dignity and respect even if you do not agree with them. And sadly that right there is the biggest problem today. "Christians" keep thinking there are rules they exempt to and it is so very sad. 
I have told you all before I am a believer of ALL and I love education myself and learning about things that are new to me. And I am so thankful I watched this documentary Gender Revolution. What I found the MOST interesting was the actual science in the brain and how it is different on Transgender individuals. I also learned how many people are born each year being both sexes, nothing is as black and white as people would like things to be....
Here is a clip about Gender Revolution which will explain things much better than I can.....


Something shocking I learned that was 1/2 of all Transgender people take their own lives, how is that ok? They are put into a position to hate themselves so much that they die, it's horrible. This documentary shows the faces, the stories and emotions behind the headlines and I really really wish you all would watch it. You can catch it ONDemand and learn more about watching it HERE
And how in the name of Jesus can you shame, hate, call names to other humans and think that is ok?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Lots of Laughs

You guys here is the thing.... I just don't watch comedies on TV, movies... YES.... TV? Not really. Mostly because they are not funny to me, comedies seem to be just plain stupid. I am a Drama girl all the way on my DVR but lately I have expanded and I have to share! Lets jump right in...
Ok, surely unless you are living under a rock then you have to have heard about the new Netflix show Santa Clarita Diet! You guys this is FUNNY!! And even my parents are hooked! This is a new take on zombies and Drew Barrymore is perfection ..... just watch it. DO IT. TRUST ME and did I mention they are Realtors? Hysterical!


Next up is The Mick on Fox and although sometimes its stupid I am HOOKED! It is so funny and just watch it! You can catch up OnDemand and I insist you do!



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Great Wall

So this movie got a ton of flack for Matt Damon being the lead, he is white and this is an Asian movie. I even felt that way at first but then I saw it and it fits into the story. He is in Asia "trading" and essentially is captured by the Chinese on at the Great Wall... long story short once he finds out what they are fighting for me wants to help and joins in. Listen this movie is pure fantasy but it is beautifully shot and full of monster and action..... all things I love! Hey, I have no shame I enjoy being entertained! I would say this is defiantly a renter, maybe not a theater worthy movie but Matt and I really enjoyed this. It was a fun Saturday night movie!


Monday, February 20, 2017

New Design Client...

What a week... I have missed you guys and I AM alive! I have been GOOD busy and every moment I wasn't showing homes or at an inspection this past week I was creating and designing. About a week ago I met with a new client who wants me to design their home and I spent well over 10 hours creating these boards for my client! Tomorrow is my second consult and I will show them my designs and see if we move forward, fingers crossed for me!! 
Here I will walk you thru my designs and their wants....

* The formal living room is the first room you see and they have furniture in that room but it needs some accent pieces. They also have 2 accent chairs that are yellow and green so I used them as inspiration for this piece of art....
Client Forma Living Room Additions

Client Forma Living Room Additions by nsavage featuring a chevron bedding

* The formal dining was completely empty so they wanted more traditional furniture for that room including a buffet to house china. I gave them 2 designs to choose from using the same dining room set. Starting in the formal dining room Red is a color I am using thru out the main level of their home. 
Client Formal Dining Room

Client Formal Dining Room by nsavage featuring a red valance

* This version of the formal dining room is a little more muted but chic but any color accents can be added to constantly change up the feel!!
Client Formal Dining Room #2

Client Formal Dining Room #2 by nsavage featuring a striped table runner

* For the living room they asked for a new sectional for the family and in leather preferably. They already had a nice entertainment stand in peacock so I used that color palette as inspiration! The arrow and the J will be on the gallery wall I am going to create and that ottoman is a storage one, another request the client had!
Client Living Room

Client Living Room by nsavage featuring upholstered furniture

* In case the couch above wasn't their favorite I picked out 5 more in various price points that will all look equally great in that room!
Client Additional Couch Option

Client Additional Couch Option by nsavage featuring fabric couches

* In the eat-in kitchen there is a large dining table and these are accent for the eat in table and that runner will go in the kitchen by the sink!
Client Eat In Kitchen

Client Eat In Kitchen by nsavage featuring grommet panels

* I am going to use the blog post as my presentation for my client and this is extras for the kitchen, maybe not the most amazing board design but very functional for my clients!
Client Misc. Kitchen

Client Misc. Kitchen by nsavage featuring sheer curtains

* The half bath is right off of the kitchen so I wanted to keep the peacock color by adding the pop of color in the rug! And those prints are perfection! 
Client Half Bath

Client Half Bath by nsavage featuring an aqua bath rug

* Upstairs the clients wanted a real bedroom set which they have never have and this rustic white is amazing!! I wanted to switch up the color scheme so this room would be special and be their sanctuary and I am loving this navy and yellow combo!!
Client Bedroom

Client Bedroom by nsavage featuring a vintage bed linen

* The master bath is there perfect continuation of the master and I LOVE that hand towel!
Client Master Bath



Friday, February 10, 2017

50 Shades Worse

Last night I decided what the hell and I went to the 7pm opening of Fifty Shades Darker, I was excited! Date night for ONE! I liked the first movie, I thought it was fun and it didn't take itself too seriously which made it really enjoyable. And for once it looks like I agree with all the reviews of this movie.......
Fast forward to this one and Mr. EL James wrote this script with a crayon. The dialogue was horrific and very childlike and stiff. The audience I watched it with laughed A LOT and it isn't a comedy. And then the crew that edited this movie ..... I am mean, I can't even. It was BEYOND choppy, no actual plot for instance....... (spoiler) Christians chopper crashes, the whole family is watching the news cover it, the news then says he has been found "Breaking News" and then a magical Mr. Grey Teleported and walked into the room with his family. People laughed so hard.
I kept looking at my watch.
And the sex scenes are just very scripted, now.... heck ya Christian is SUPER fine but thats all. I mean why turn on the shower and get in with all your clothes on? ugh
I am super easy to please, I was not expecting an Oscar-worthy movie but this was a MESS. It was like a really bad lifetime movie with boobs. Do yourself a favor and wait until you can rent this I wish I had. And the magical marriage proposal? It happened like 10 times which took away anything special about it. He says they will pick out the ring together and the next scene he has one in his pocket, STUPID. OH one more thing the scenes with his "Mrs. Robinson" are so bad and maybe it is because Kim Basinger's face literally does NOT move but her stuff got the biggest laughs.
OK, OK... I will stop.
What a disappointment







Tuesday, February 7, 2017

GOOD Reads!

 Winifred Allen needs a vacation.

Stifled by a soul-crushing job, devastated by the death of her beloved brother, and lonely after the end of a fifteen-year marriage, Wini is feeling vulnerable. So when her three best friends insist on a high-octane getaway for their annual girls’ trip, she signs on, despite her misgivings.

What starts out as an invigorating hiking and rafting excursion in the remote Allagash Wilderness soon becomes an all-too-real nightmare: A freak accident leaves the women stranded, separating them from their raft and everything they need to survive. When night descends, a fire on the mountainside lures them to a ramshackle camp that appears to be their lifeline. But as Wini and her friends grasp the true intent of their supposed saviors, long buried secrets emerge and lifelong allegiances are put to the test. To survive, Wini must reach beyond the world she knows to harness an inner strength she never knew she possessed.

With intimately observed characters, visceral prose, and pacing as ruthless as the river itself, The River at Night is a dark exploration of creatures—both friend and foe—that you won’t soon forget.
I finished The River at Night last night and I really loved this book! It was a quick thriller of a book which was just what I needed! It was The River Wild meets Misery! Each character has their own baggage and reason to need this trip and I loved how the friendships was the basis for this book! I could super easy see this as a movie starring like Blake Lively! If your looking for a FUN February book then this is the ONE!

 In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside. His fateful decision unleashes a drastic series of events. An unlikely candidate is appointed to replace him: Juliette, a mechanic with no training in law, whose special knack is fixing machines. Now Juliette is about to be entrusted with fixing her silo, and she will soon learn just how badly her world is broken. The silo is about to confront what its history has only hinted about and its inhabitants have never dared to whisper.
 Uprising.
There are several versions of this book, this started as a short story so make sure you get THIS cover!!! And this is a pretty thick book and it took me a little bit but I LOVED it! Once again this is a different take on the apocalypse and I digged it (no pun intended)! This book was very vivid I could picture the silos they live in and the world around them perfectly! And whats great is the twist has a twist, it's a reverse twist and I liked it! There are 2 more in this series and I will be starting book 2 very soon!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

I am not a member....

OK, so I love me some "Single Ladies" I enjoy watching her perform but in the past few years Beyonce has become this "THING" like people are obsessed and I don't get it! I mean I will pick up the magazines with her pregnancy on the cover but I don't really care. I don't get the obsession... someone will have to explain it to me someday.

But I am sure you all have long wondered what my pregnancy announcement would have been if I could have gotten pregnant and well folks Beyonce stole it! I was totally gonna pose in front of funeral flowers wearing a misquote net over my head. 😂😂

Are you a member of her "Bey-Hive"????

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Hasselback Brie Chicken

Hasselback Brie and Spinach Chicken
Need:
1 Cup Spinach
2 Chicken Breasts
2 Baby Brie (Trader Joe's)
S&P
Smoked Paprika
 How:
* Preheat oven to 375'
* Slice each baby Brie into 4 slices and rough chop your spinach
* Make 4 slices in each chicken breast but be careful to NOT cut thru!
* Season with Salt and Pepper
* Start by stuffing each slit with Spinach and then the Brie on top
* Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of Smoked Paprika onto each chicken
* Bake in oven for 30 minutes and then use Broiler for 5 minutes to finish off melting cheese at end!
 This went so well with Smoked Paprika Cauliflower and they both cook perfectly together in the oven on the same temp!
Cauliflower
* Dice the cauliflower up and then toss with EVOO, Salt, Pepper and a liberal amount of Smoked Paprika
* Roast in oven on same temp for 30 minutes with chicken!
This was so delish, easy and mostly healthy! I needed a way to finish up the last 2 Baby Brie's from Trader Joe's and I also had spinach that needed to be used so WHAM!!! Easy Week night dinner! I hope you enjoy this as much as Matt and I did! Share with your friends or pin on Pinterest for me!

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