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New Blog Award

I send out a heart-filled thanks to Claudia at Where You Found Me for this incredible nod in the blog-o-sphere. We spend so much time typing and clicking away in our little corners and it’s great to know that what we do is so appreciated.

So Claudia has posted some interesting questions for her nominees, and I’d like to take a few moments to answer them.

1. What’s the first thing you do in the morning? Drink coffee.

2. Coffee or tea? Uh…coffee...

3. Which celebrity would you like to go dinner with? RobinWilliams

4. Which country would you like to scape right now to? Venice,Italy

5. How do you relax?  Yoga, reading a good book, or watching Million Dollar Listing

6. Are you addicted to something? To what?  Instagram (my iPhone actually)

7. Do you regret not having done something in your childhood? Don’t we all have something we wish we would have done when we were kids?

8. If you could chose your life job, what would you be? Travelingthe world and writing posts and articles on interiors that I find amazing. I’d get paid six figures plus for this job, of course.

9. Apple or windows? Windows PC (so far I eat Apples, I don’t type on them)

10.  What’s the thing you hate the most? When someone sees you coming but still steps out in front of you and stops right in your path. This happens in the supermarket all the time. I’ll be cruising along heading for those Chinese noodles and some woman will step right in front of my cart and stare at the duck sauce. Seriously, is she the only person in world? Would it have killed her to wait a few seconds for me to pass? Do they have cloaking devices on my Wegman’s shopping carts? Perhaps I am invisible when I shop. Anyway, I like duck sauce. Next time I’ll tell her to throw one into my invisible shopping cart!

11. If you had a super power which one would be? Superman’sstrength, speed, and agility. Then I could get everything done in the day and still have time to read a good book. (Unless, of course, I was out saving the world…one room at a time…)

Here are my nominees:

Iris Interiors, LLC

Interior Stockholm

Tresors De Luxe

Out of the Birdcage

Prana and Peaches

People, Places and Bling!

Great Gift Idea – Home Decor and Recipe Books

Great gift idea for the young traveler full of wondrous stories of the City of Light with charming recipes to boot.  Gift priced at $23.99 This book and all others featured can be found at this Anthropologie page.  All images:Anthropologie.

I must confess, I’ve always wanted to take the challenge and make these beauties for Christmas! This book is perfect for the baker in your life, uh, the baker with a lot of patience. Authors: Kathryn Gordon and Anne E. McBride.  Great gift price at $18.00 I’m ordering one!

You know I love my vintage style, and here’s the perfect book for the creative vintage spirited person in your life.  By Emily Chalmers. Great pictures. $29.95

This book has inspiring ideas for apartments and small spaces.  By Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick.  $35.00

You will find unlimited possibilities for arranging your wall art, photography, craft projects, collections, decorative plates and more.  The ideas are endless and inspiring.  By Geraldine James  $29.95

All books can be ordered here.

Happy gift giving from Apartments I Like!

 

 

Christmas Gift Ideas – From Restoration Hardware

My Christmas Gift Ideas list is stumping me…what do you give the loved one in your life who has everything and says often she doesn’t need anything?  Thankfully I searched Restoration Hardware‘s lovely site and found unique and reasonably priced gift giving ideas.  First off, I love these Faux Fur Throws, this one in Linx featured above, for $79.00

Who doesn’t need to keep their feet warm? Luxury Plush Foot Duvets – only $19.00 !

The Spa Robe, simply chic…$99.00

Winter Home Candle collection. Beautifully packaged for gift giving, for hostess gifts or for housewarming. $23.99 – $40.99

Mini Cashmere hand warmers – $10.00 and Hot Water bottles – $39.99 to keep those mitts warm during neighborhood caroling or other outdoor adventures.

Enjoy, and Happy Christmas Gift Giving!

 

The Spooky Decor Challenge

The Spooky decorating challenge is made easy when you shop at Department 56, a great online and in-store company that specialized in small decor accents for the upcoming holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Department 56 offers unique high-quality decorative accessories for Halloween that I love. Using various items you can create an entire spook village for a shelf, a credenza top, accent or coffee table sure to bring “shivers of excitement” for you kids and company alike.  The company also provides a full line of lighting accessories to bring your Halloween decor to life – or death- with style!

One of my favorite Halloween specials on TV is the Peanuts, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. Department 56 offers a great line of sculptures to bring Snoopy to life.

I love the Legends of Sleepy Hallow-een set up too.

Have fun this Halloween!! Then rest…in peace hopefully!

Unique Decor: Vases

Perhaps I’ve blogged about unique vases before…a series of heart-stopping decorative glass features to highlight your new apartment? No?

Well, one of my favorite shopping sites, Anthropologie, is loaded with fun, artistic, affordable finds in just about every area of design and fashion, and their catalog of vases in full of expressive, creative pieces of art.  Okay, some are a little pricey, but here I’ve selected one you’ll find easy on the eyes and the pocketbook, like the Mehendi Vase above for $16.  Enjoy….

Rose of Sharon Grand Vase – $28

Short Pinched Vase – $16

Curvy Chrysanthemum Vase – $28

Artistic Avian Vase, Mallard – $24

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In and around Reading, PA

It is easy to step out of your Reading apartment and see the sights, and the Reading area has quite a few sights to behold.  This picture, taken by Stinkfoot, shows a view of the downtown from a tourist attraction called the Fire Tower.  I think I can see my Reading apartment from here….(just kidding!).  But a short distance away I find the coolest attraction in the area: The Pagoda.

Love this picture by Ethan Carl.  The Pagoda was built near the turn of the century by William Abbott Witman.  He hired his friend Charles C. Matz to build this wonderous structure on 10 acres of the southern tip of Mt. Penn.

The Pagoda, when built, was intended to be a luxury hotel.  Mr. Witman was inspired by a post-card sent by Matz, and the magestic red brick and tile structure was built in the style of a Shogun Dynasty battle castle.  There is nothing else like it in the United States.  But Mr. Witman was not granted a license to serve liquor by the state, so the hotel plans never materialized.  Instead this feat of architecture stood empty, and eventually fell into the hands of a local bank.  The Pagoda then became owned by the City of Reading shortly afterward.  It was used as a signaling tower before radio became commonplace. Now it is one of Reading, Pennsylvania’s biggest attractions.  Come out of your Reading apartment for a while and drive up to see this one-of-a-kind castle.

There is so much to enjoy living in the Reading community…

Lovely waterways and recreations areas for taking a picnic.
Images by Janet Sobczak.

And in the evening, why not take a short drive north and visit The Christmas Village in Bernville.  Leaving your Reading apartment will be a treat any time of the year as this little shopping town boasts of everything with a Christmas theme.  Christmas year around – who could want more?!

Enjoy living in your Reading apartment or house and enjoy the wonderful sights in and around Reading, Pa.

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