We went to see THE KINGS SPEECH last Sunday night and absolutely loved it.
Abbe of Studio Ten 25 recently had a great post about the simplistic but beautiful set design. You can see the set design and Abbe’s post by clicking here.

I also loved the elegant fashions King George VI & Queen Elizabeth wore in the movie.

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth had 2 daughters: Elizabeth and Margaret. The current reigning Queen of England is one of the daughters and now named Queen Elizabeth II:
You know I love hats and truly wish Americans continued to wear them more, like the Brits do.

I put together a small collage of pics of Queen Elizabeth II in a few of her many beautiful outfits with hats.

Notice all her cute brooches too.

Beautiful lace detail on the hat and her collar:
One of my fave hats:
Love her lil grin here & this color combo is great:
Another great color mix:

I can’t wait to see the hats the beautiful Kate Middleton will be wearing!
She’s got great style and will be such a trendsetter!

Do you have great hats and fab coats that just beg for display?
An industrial Ballard’s coat rack would be great in an entry:

If space is a concern, this coat/hat rack is really Frenchy and cute.
If the color isn’t right for you, it could be really cute spray painted a white or a neutral grey.
You can order one HERE.

Fashion designer
Malene Birger uses a basic garment rack in her entry . Although it’s basic, it’s industrial chic with the gorgeous coats.
I’ve seen a blog post recently and could NOT remember which one. But someone took a spare bedroom and turned it into a fabulous extra dressing room. The designer painted the walls a fun color and hung a chandelier in the middle of the room. She used rolling garment racks around the perimeter of the room. Created a beautiful dressing room! If someone knows the resource for that room, please let me know!

And keeping with the English theme here, I thought I’d pass on a great idea, teacup organization!

I recently spotted this cute idea on Marcus Design. Tea cups & saucers are a great way to display your jewelry, but could also be used for any office desk drawer too.
(ie: paper clips, rubber bands, push pins, etc.)

One of my favorite old sayings from the Karate Kid movie:


(Luke’s fetish for hats)

And if you really want to read the true meaning of that saying, click

All the best!


P.S. I always wondered why I get subscribers but not many “followers” and thought maybe people just don’t click “follow” anymore? Maybe I got on the blog band wagon too late and people didn’t want to follow more blogs? But lately I received alot of “subscribers” in the last few days due to the Stylish Blogger Award post. Thanks to all those who recently signed up!! You mean alot to me!!! But still since the past few weeks, NO new followers, just subscribers. So, I really studied my blog design. I realized I had the “click here to subscribe” space up high on the right bar and people readily would see it. However the “followers” box was way low on the right bar! So, I’m thinking that’s the cause. I moved the “followers” box up to the top right also, so that maybe people WILL click follow!
If you haven’t clicked “follower”, but are a subscriber, then I’d SO appreciate it if you also clicked “follower”….it helps me know more about my “followers”!

P.S.S. Remember to check out the pillows on my Etsy site HERE. Cuz you’ll need some fresh new pillows for the Spring girls!!

Images via La Dolce Vita, Marcus Design, Angel Fire, My Royals,Indy Week,CBS News, Telegraph, UPI


  1. Rene,
    I noticed this particular post wasn't emailed to me either! cuz i have had that happen before….so i keep myself on the RSS feed to test it…probably the THIRD post i've written that doesn't get "fed" out, but it's there if you click on blog…it's weird!
    i'll have to bring you up to speed later on house stuff too girl, per our convo!

  2. I love hats. Every year my mom has a tea party for all of her daughters with a theme. We have to wear a hat that matches the theme. It is the funnest time!
    Lila Ferraro

  3. Welcome Lila!
    I actually used to have a lil girl dress up biz called PETIT CHAPEAUX (lil hats in French)…i had vintage train or suitcases filled with vintage dresses, coordinating matching hat and vintage jewelry and gloves….the lil girls adored it. Eventually I got tired of the "hunt" for new vintage stuff to create each one,etc….so it fizzled…but they were so cute when displayed!!
    thanks for joining the "jvwhome" nest!

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