EXTREME Cupcakes and LOVE!

 Cupcake girls! Cupcakes! Crazy Cupcakes! Cupcake Heaven! 

To illustrate the fact that the cupcake craze is still alive and well, today’s Valentine blog will showcase some cupcake specialties. I will include, not only the expected yummy, fancy decorated cupcakes, but.. .  

Cupcake furniture – a table that retails for about

$900.00 smackers 

 at neatorama.com



Ready for some more cupcake extreme?



These cars are really on the market and may be purchased for $25 thousand smackers!


 Here they are again: cupcakes on the beach!


Moving on. . .

Valentines Day Decor wouldn’t be complete without our heart pillows, now would it?

Conversation Hearts are just so garden variety, so past tense. . .


Here is a much more 2010 Valentine pillow

 OMG – it is covered in fabric roses and it LIGHTS up! You can buy this

from Yanko Design:  UrHeart d light

Sorry, I don’t remember how many smackers this will set you back.



 Have a happy Valentine’s weekend. . .

Eat some cupcakes (or drive some)

feel the love

toss a pillow!

Funky Love pillow available at Cafe press


Dianne Ross

Interior Designer/Phelan’s Interiors


PS. Oh, I forgot to mention that if you buy the Cupcake Car you get the cute little, matching hat FREE! Come on people, how can you pass on this deal?!

What does the Price of Tulips in Iowa have to do with an Eco-friendly house?



Eco-friendly home products are being marketed like there’s no tomorrow!

 Clever, indeed.

  But that doesn’t alter the fact that more and more rational people are interested in doing their part. Little tiny baby (carbon) footprints are quite desirable. Awwww!

babyIf you find yourself wanting more information and less smoke and mirrors, tune into HGTV’s Green Home 2009 Special. It premiers Sunday, April 19 at 8 o’clock and looks to be informative, fun, and very down to earth.

If incentives sound attractive, don’t overlook the fact that the government is at the ready with rewards! Many green home improvements come with tax breaks. That puts more green in your pocket! Check out all the possibilities!


This magnificent tulip variety is called angelique.

Naturally,  my personal favorite green home, eco-friendly, make your neighbors green with envy, green idea is older than the hills.

Simply stated: Plant a garden.

Flowers are cheap. Mother Nature is generous. If perennials are selected you get the added bonus of blooms (for free!) year after year after year.

If you haven’t started some type of garden you are missing one of life’s deepest blessings! It’s eco friendly, leaves a lovely oxygen footprint, and gives you bragging rights about having a green thumb.


Dianne Ross

Interior Designer / Phelans Interiors


PS For your reading pleasure, all cliches have been italicized.



SPECTRUM: 1. a band of colors, as seen in a rainbow, 2. a range of ideas or thoughts.




Today’s blog will be devoted to color – but from a different angle.


The dazzling neon colors in the photo above show the depth, the sensitivity, and the creativity of a boy with Asperger Syndrome. On the autistic spectrum this is just one diagnosis, just one of the colors in the spectrum.


The Autism Society of America (ASA) has chosen the rainbow to represent the range of symptoms seen in autistics kids. Colors! Additionally, brightly colored puzzle pieces symbolize the struggle to understand and help these kids. SPECTRUM.


Westdale Mall will be the place to meet and gather to support this cause on Saturday morning (April12) at 8:30. The goal, of course, is to raise awareness as well as funds. The money collected will stay in our community to help local children diagnosed with autism.


Not a day goes by, I realize, that someone doesn’t ask for a donation for a worthy cause, but because April is National Autism Awareness Month I emailed my co-workers asking for sponsors. The result was immediate and overwhelming! WoW!


It was then that I was overwhelmed. What color would you call humble? What hue is gratitude? Can you name a shade for generosity? Probably not.


I like the idea of SPECTRUM – a band of colors and/or a range of ideas. So, I will simply say thank you for and from Lachlan. He is the glowing little guy in the photo – and he is my beloved grandson.


Walk with me on Saturday – and (along with your snow boots) wear something colorful!





Dianne Ross / Interior Designer

Phelan’s Interiors