What’s New?

So readers, you may (or may not) have asked yourself what happened to Roxanne? It’s been since September since she’s taken the time to write anything at all?

WELL let me tell you. I’ve been super busy but I’ve also wanted to share it with you. Promise.

I’ve wanted to take Verbena and transform it into more of a lifestyle blog. I know it already is, but more of a ‘personal adventure’ blog. I mean. I was in Europe for 12 days in August. 3 countries in 12 days! I helped plan a Halloween party for the Red Cross. I went through heart break and mending that heart, a couple times. Read some books, learned some lessons. Busted my arm in the middle of the street after an Octoberfest celebration. (Welcome adventures in cast land.) Saw the live Rocky Horror Picture Show. Won tickets to the Green Bay film festival. Had a birthday on Daylight Savings day that ended with a bottle of pink champagne in the local dance club. Had a radical late night Thanksgiving adventure that includes the Rotary Lights and a 20′ tall reindeer. Joined a dating site. Went on a bunch of first dates… Canceled my dating accounts. Had a great New Year’s Eve with some great friends.

And here we are… 2017. Oh the stories!

Where to start? So my question to you, readers, is would you be interested in more of an adventure / photo / life and times and thoughts / musings of Roxanne blog? I’ll take your input into consideration and just do what I want anyways but I like advice and constructive criticism.

Looking forward to hearing from you!


Verbena – The Café and Boutique?

Lately the fiancée and I have been tossing the idea around about opening a Café and Boutique. We would love to blend our passions and create a place that we can both work, and do what we love. He’s a chef / gardener and I’m a DIY enthusiast with years of Interior Design and service industry experience. After many a talk, we created the hybrid for a café where you can also shop for antiques.

The ONLY reason I’m not keeping this idea totally secret, is that I’ve started a Kickstarter for our project and need YOU my loyal readers to spread the word and help raise funding! Check out the page for full info on what kind of a magical place Verbena would be.

What would Verbena be?

  • A place with locally grown produce.
  • A place to get a fresh breakfast or lunch, and know that your food is free from GMO’s, hormones, and other harsh chemicals.
  • A place with locally roasted coffee and amazing teas.
  • A place with mismatched furniture, all second hand, but delightfully vintage.
  • A place where you can learn DIY lessons like painting, sewing, herb growing, making your own cleaning products, and other sustainable basics.
  • A place where you can go for coffee, and stay for the atmosphere.
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So check out the page, and help us make this dream a reality!

Thank you, and happy day dreaming!

On the Set Design : Because I Said So – Milly’s Loft

So I realize that all of these posts I do on movie houses and apartments don’t have to do with living frugal and fun and simple. But I’m an Interior Designer, and I LOVE movie sets that move me. I will watch a bad movie over and over if the houses are beautiful. True story. So every now and then I’ll do a post on set design, and that’s that. It makes me happy. This one will be about the industrial, colorful loft in Milly’s Loft in “Because I Said So.” The movie with the bossy mom played by Diane Keaton and her 3 daughters (Mandy Moore, Lauren Graham, Piper Perabo.) Milly lives alone in a loft in LA that I’m thinking would be too expensive for someone running a catering company, but she makes it work.

Entry Way

Milly's Lockers

There aren’t many shots of the entry out there. I will have to take some more screen shots to get better ones. I love the vintage lockers, that must be her closet, since I didn’t see a closet in her bedroom.

 You get a good idea of her entry hall in this scene where Milly is shooing her mom out the back door.

Living Room

Living Room 2

Upon entering the loft and looking left, you see the large living room, with brick walls, a burgundy velvet chesterfield sofa, and bright bohemian accents.

living room 4

Here’s another shot of the living room.

Living Room 3

Here you see Milly and her mom Daphne (Diane Keaton) re-arranging the living room.

Living Room


Kitchen 2

I LOVE the chalkboard fridge. What a great idea for a Chef, and most other people that need reminders.



Here you see a LOT of open shelving. I wish I had this because then I would never have to dig for anything. And a commercial grade dishwashing sprayer? That would make cleaning easier.

kitchen 5

Behind Milly you see her taste in dishes, her fiesta wear and her warm, orange walls.

kitchen 4

That island! It’s so grand. Her cooktop and sink are both in there.

kitchen 6

This is a great shot of half of the loft. You can see all of the vintage and retro colors that Milly likes so much.

milly kitchen  dining

You can see the formal dining table back behind Milly, and the door to her bedroom. I bet she has some killer dinner parties!

Milly dining area

Here’s a shot of the dining area.

kitchen 3

Behind Milly and her mother you can see a cute vintage little seating area for coffee and breakfast. And here’s that area:



There’s only one shot of the bedroom in the whole movie:


Here’s my plan for Milly’s apartment:

  floor plan Milly's Loft

Image Credits, thanks to Hooked On Houses, Reflections from a Coffee Mug, Deliciously Noted, for already having great screen shots of this amazing movie set! Happy Movie Watching!

On the Set Design: 27 Dresses

Ok, so (almost) every girl loves a good Rom-Com. But (almost) every designer girl loves a good Rom Com with a great setting and good design. One of my favorites is the apartment in 27 Dresses. It’s tiny, it’s chic, and it’s got great design.


The apartment (and the filming) takes place in New York city. Image credit.

27 dresses foyer

Upon entering the apartment you see great Greek columns, a dark sage green wall, and black and white vintage tile floors.

27 entry way

Here’s a better shot of the entry way.  Look how sassy they both are!

27 dresses kitchen

The kitchen. I love the vintage white cabinets, and open shelving.

27 living room

Here you see a camel back velvet sofa, vintage Chippendale style in the living room. Image Credit.

27 bath

Here is a shot of the gorgeous robin’s egg blue bathroom. Image Credit.

27 closet 2

A shot of the apartment leading into the closet. She has so many cute little antique tables. Image Credit.

The infamous dress closet. Again you see the sage green wall, wainscoting and great molding, and a wooden panel wall going into the bedroom. Image Credit.

27 living room 2

This shot taken from the living room shows a peek of the bedroom behind. It’s got an urban white painted brick wall, and upholstered headboard bed.

27 james

Image Credit.

27 desk

The workstation for the workaholic is located right in the living room too.

27 living room 4

And behind a happy Jane you see the rest of the workstation and pin up board. Image Credit.

27 living room 3

In the living room you also see the colorful sheer roman shades, the long window seat, and all of the great and stylish furniture and accessories. Image Credit.

27 living room 5

Look at this great behind the scenes shot! And those pink bedroom walls!

And since I’m obsessed with floor plans, here’s my plan for Jane’s apartment.

27 Dresses Floor plan

Happy movie watching!

My Name is Roxanne, and I am a Francophile

a person who is fond of or greatly admires France or the French

It has come to my attention over the years that I have a slight obsession with the French culture. Some of my favorite movies are Amelie, Midnight in Paris, and A Good Year. I loved Ratatouille, (the film about the mouse chef in Paris), so much so that I own the movie and soundtrack. I listen to French Jazz stations on Spotify all the time, and even took French in High School, remembering very little after 15+ years.

As a women who has to dress herself, I’m drawn to the simple French Street Style of jeans, flats, and a plain T-Shirt. Half of my wardrobe is Black because it goes with everything, and my favorite accessory is my gold necklace with two little feathers, one gold and one ivory.

French Wardrobe

This pretty much IS my closet.  This collection was inspired by Parisian Street Styles. It’s all about comfort, and timeless simplicity. These women do a LOT of walking, so shoes need to be comfortable.

Now as an Interior Designer, I realize I am always drawn to French design, the look and feel of a countryside Chateau, and dream of visiting Paris and the southern French lavender fields. What about this culture is so exciting to someone from Wisconsin, that doesn’t even have a passport?


It’s the feeling you get when you imagine bundles of dried lavender, ratty wicker baskets filled with striped linens, wooden chairs on a stone patio surrounded by friends, fresh foods, and bottles of wine.

flea markets

I would be in heaven, and bankruptcy if I went to these French Flea Markets. I try to re-create these looks here, with trips to the Antique store, craft fairs, and thrift shops. The best part about the French look, it’s not brand new, and that look can save you money!

French Window View

Every photo of Parisian apartments I find look like this. Wood floors, iron rails on the windows, wood, shutters, views of vintage apartments, and or / the Eiffel Tower.

My favorite French Blogs:

Manger Kitchen

This photo is from Mimi Thorisson, the blog writer and owner for Manger. A blog about cooking, french food, and family. I’m in love with her kitchen, and her photographs of food!

Chateau De gougans

This photo is from Chateau de Gudanes, and the Australian couple that bought the 17th century French chateau and have slowly been remodeling. I have dreams of doing this someday.

And then there’s the architecture! France is much older than the United States, and the architecture has been around much longer, and is much more detailed.

Architecture of Paris

Clockwise: Paris Opera House, Elysee Palace, Notre Dame, the Louvre Museum.

So of course I’ve romanticized my love of France, and Paris, but I think that’s ok. I live in Wisconsin, and dreaming of a vacation to another country is something I’ve wanted for a long time. Where would you go if you could choose anywhere in the world?