06 Apr

Scenes from my weekend…

Hi All,

Hope you had an enjoyable weekend. We celebrated Easter on Sunday so our weekend was full of Easter celebrations. We started our Saturday morning up bright and early with an Easter egg hunt!

It was at a park and it was super windy so all of the eggs went to one area and Hudson and his pal Stella had a blast finding their eggs very easily.

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We decided to warm up afterwards with breakfast at a local diner where I indulged in some hot chocolate.

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Hudson enjoyed some sweet time with Stella’s older sister Kaitlyn who he is obsessed with.

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When we got home we spent most of the playing and this Easter bunny got started filling eggs and making baskets.

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I popped into Target for some last minute supplies where it was madness. People must be stepping up their Easter game, because all of the toy aisles were insanely packed.

I did spy something new in my Target. A craft aisle! Now you really can get everything at Target.

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Also loved this jade milk looking lamp:

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The rest of my day was spent getting my nails done and getting a massage with my sisters and mom! So much fun that I never even took out my phone to snap a photo!

On Sunday morning Hudson woke up to trail of cottontails aka cotton balls leading him to his Easter basket and some carrot crumbs since we had left the Easter bunny carrots last night before we went to bed.

After baskets we had to do a little baking because we were in charge of desserts for Easter.

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The rest of the day was spent with Easter celebrations but we did try and take a family photo. We took a million shots and this was the best one! Oh well!

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I tried!

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03 Apr

Friday Finds…

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This week I got hit with quite the cold and wish I could spend today snuggling in this cozy nook in my office. Here is what caught my eye this week:

-In love with all of the prints available at Read Between The Lines.I think someone needs to gift me this one for mother’s day.

-How amazing are these metal lilac chairs! I know people love the industrial trend going on and while I like it in small doses I find it overall way too masculine. Love the color on these babies. A feminine yet masculine chair option.

-Are you going to Haven this year? If you are then I will see you there! Surprise! I’m going to be doing one of the decorating sessions!!!! Can’t wait to see everyone!!!! Can ya tell I’m excited. :)

-Have you seen Society Socials new lookbook ! It’s beautiful. Go check it out. I swear you will love every page and want to start decorating a new room in your house filled with their products.

-I never thought you would see me type the words, “I want an anklet”, but guess what I want an anklet. Just any anklet, but this beauty from Loren Hope. Her latest collection was inspired by mermaids and from a girl who loves the movie Splash I’m ready to accessorize like I’m from under the sea. Her latest lookbook is equally swoon worthy.

Happy Passover and Easter to those of you that celebrate.

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02 Apr

ORC: Guest Room Week 1

For the past couple of weeks okay let’s be honest it’s probably been a couple of months now I have promised my mom that would work on fixing one of the bedrooms in her house. Years ago I designed it for my sister.This was right when I first started decorating professionally and didn’t even have a DSLR for my blog photos.

The room has worked pretty nicely for the past 6 plus years, but my sister moved out and took some things, let some of the older things and it now needs a refresh. So to keep me honest with my promise to my mom to give it a new look I decided to take part in Linda from Calling it Home’sOne Room Challenge linking event.It will go on for 6 weeks and take place on Thursdays.

Here is my starting point:

The bed now has some ornate yet neutral bedding that was gifted to my mom and she didn’t know what to do for it so on it went. First then I want to do is strip the bed! I also think a DIY headboard is in order.
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The desk/vanity is now gone so we just have a floating mirror and a giant elephant that my sister decided should live on L.I. instead of the Upper West Side.

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The wall opposite the TV never got much love. That dresser is original from the house. When we first moved in the previous home owners left their teen daughters bedroom set complete green shag carpeting. We kept the dresser and it’s been painted numerous times. I think it’s time to kick it to the curb.

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The windows will also need a re-vamp with new window treatments and styling.

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I really have no idea what direction I’m going to in so we will see what sort of magic I can make happen in the next 5 weeks. I really don’t to have to paint so we will be staying with the blue/green paint color.

I’m leaning towards working with a navy, white and pink color story like this beautiful space designed by Caitlin Wilson:

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Are you taking part in the challenge? Let me know in the comments. I would love to follow along on your adventure!

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02 Apr

DIY Flower Pot Cupcakes

When I was planning my Easter tablescape I knew I wanted to use some mini terra cotta I picked up at Dollar Tree. I knew I wanted to use them, but wasn’t sure with what. Then it hit me! CUPCAKES!

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This was a super easy project. Here is what you will need to make them yourself:

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Supplies:

-Mini Terra Cotta Pots
-Foil Cupcake Liners
-Chocolate Frosting
-Betty Crocker Super Moist Cake Mix( I find this to be the best out of all of the boxed mixes. Whenever I use it people think I made the cake from scratch.)
-Paper Straws
-Fresh Flowers – I went with carnations because they are a hardy flower and would be okay without water.

Step 1: Now you can bake the cupcakes directly into the terra cotta pots, but you need to bake the pots separately before hand for 30 mins and then let them cool for 30 mins and then go back in the oven again. Ugh. Who has time for that? I simply placed my foil cupcake liners directly into the pots and filled them three fourths of the way up. I left them in the pots and baked them per the boxed mix directions.

*Make sure you use foil. They are a bit stiffer and help keep the liner once you pour the mixture in. I did some with paper and they came out horribly. *

diy flower pot cupcakesStep 2: Once your cupcakes are cool it’s time to get to work. Cut your straw to size and place in the center of the cupcake.

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Step 3: Cut your flower to size.

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Tip: You may need to trim some of the width of the stem in order to slide it into the straw easily.

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Step 4: Then frost away! I love using a frosting knife for a nicer finish, but use what you have at home.

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So pretty and just as yummy!

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Enjoy! Super easy to do and Hudson loved helping me out during the whole process.

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01 Apr

DIY Carrot Napkins

One of my favorite parts from my English Garden tablescape are my carrot napkins!

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Aren’t they adorable? When I decided to make the tablescape I didn’t want to pick up a lot of new items. The only items I actually bought were the orange napkins (shockingly I didn’t already own a set) and the blue/white ticking table runner. I liked where everything was going, but the ticking kept reminding me of seersucker and pairing it with the orange was just reminding me of summer. I wanted to do something to make it more Easter friendly and then it hit me…..CARROTS! If you have been reading this blog for awhile you know that I love a good tassel. Especially since they are such an easy DIY project. I picked up some embroidery thread and got to work. Once my tassels were complete I simply stitched them to the corners.

The best part of the napkins though was in how they were displayed. They actually looked like little bunches of carrots. Here is how you can create the look yourself.

Step 1: Lay out your napkin.
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Step 2: Fold in half like a triangle.
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Step 3: Fold the sides up to the center of the napkin.
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Step 4: Fold the napkin like an accordion to get the bunches  and then tie with raffia ribbon.
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Voila! You are all finished.

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31 Mar

English Garden Inspired Tablescape

Easter is this coming Sunday and while I am not hosting it I thought it would be nice to share a tablescape design that can be used as inspiration for Easter or any get together.

For my fake Easter celebration I will be hosting a brunch. I love brunch food and it’s easier to host because a lot of food prep can be done before hand and a good amount of it can be ready made. Hosting is hard enough so making the food a bit easier is great.

My inspiration point was this beautiful floral chintz I found during one of my fabric shopping trips.

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Out came the blue ginger jars, blue and white ticking and kraft paper!

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I kept the floral centerpiece simple and got big blue hydrangeas. They work perfectly with my garden theme and I only needed 6 stems to fill my ginger jar.

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Instead of a tablecloth I used kraft wrapping paper to cover the table instead. Namecards? Not needed I just took a white paint pen and wrote the names right on the kraft paper.

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I made carrot inspired napkins for the tablescape with solid orange napkins I picked up at TJ Maxx.*Did you know you can shop their site now? I had no idea! (DIY steps coming this week)
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To help make things come together even more I also picked up a blue and white ticking table runner during my TJ MAXX outing. You could easily do the same thing with fabric if you couldn’t find a runner. Everything else I already had at home.

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Breakfast treats got placed on white dishes.

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I make some adorable flower pot cupcakes that were super easy to make. (DIY steps coming this week)

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On the opposite side of the room I made a beverage station.

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A section for iced tea complete with mason jars and paper straws.

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Loved using my favorite DIY monogrammed cutting board to catch any spills from the tea.

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The opposite side was a tea station which is a must for an English garden inspired tablescape.

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So, are you coming over for brunch?

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If you are interested in some more Easter/Spring tablescape inspiration make sure you check out this postwith my favorite DIY fabric chandelier.

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30 Mar

Scenes from my weekend…

April is almost upon us and we woke up to snow flurries on Saturday morning. Snow flurries that continued for the entire day and left us with an inch of snow. Not a lot, but still enough to make everyone go, “Ugh! Enough already”. I don’t mind snow and typically think it’s actually really pretty, but I’m ready to say good bye to it!

Saturday we had our usual soccer outing and then spent the day prepping for our Easter tablescape post. I will be sharing it tomorrow, but here is a little sneak peek:

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Part of my set up included a little action with rub on transfer letters.I’ve never used them before, but now I’m obsessed!

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I also did a little baking with Hudson. We made a cake and decorated it with some rainbow cookies. Not sure if rainbow cookies are popular everywhere, but around N.Y. they are a super popular treat that Hudson adores.

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We finished off our day by seeing HOME! I think I was more excited than Hudson. He loved it and behaved the entire time, which was much nicer than the typical chasing him around the theater scenario.

On Sunday I ran out to pick up some flowers for the photo shoot and spied this pretty lemonade at Fairway.

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I also baked some croissants for the Easter tablescape photo shoot. My little secret? Buying the packaged mini’s from Trader Joes. They are so yummy and easy to make. You just need to leave them in the refrigerator overnight and then pop them in the oven for 15-20 mins at 350. Easy!

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In the afternoon we ran some errands around town and then wrapped up our weekend at home where I got to play around with some new fabric samples. I’m in love with this new ikat pattern.

The purple/greige colorway looks great in my living room:

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The blue/green colorway looks great with my vintage sofa in my bedroom:

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I also admired the pretty pink leopard shirt I picked up during one of my errands.

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All in all a lovely weekend filled with work, fun and family.

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27 Mar

Friday Finds…

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This week I decided…

-That a trip to LA is in order so I can stay in Jessica Alba’s guest house. Isn’t that striped sofa to die for!

-Have a complete girl crush on photographer, Rima Brindamour.I fell in love with Rima’s work on Matchbook Magazine and this past weekend I was luckily enough to work with her on two photo shoots and she is just so cool and talented! Love this portrait shoot she did. With the last season of Mad Men about to start it really got me into the mood for it.

-After cleaning up my closet I realized I have way too many striped items, but stripes are a classic, right? I say yes! So, of course that means I totally need this dress. I’m completely smitten with it.

-Like all other 16 year olds around the world I was eagerly watching the season finale of Pretty Little Liarsto find out who A was. Guess what? It’s Charles. Guess what? That’s not really spoiler, because no one has any idea who Charles is and now the internet is flooded with different theories. It’s driving me nuts. Clearly I need to stop watching shows made for teens, because my 33 year old heart can’t take it. I did find this teaser for next season and I’m still hooked and need to see what happens to my PLL’s.

-Why have I never thought about an ice cream sandwich made out of doughnuts? Mind blown. I need to make some.

-Of course if I ever want to fit into this jaw dropping polka dot bikini I should probably lay off the doughnut ice cream sandwiches and get back on WW. Ah why can’t we have our doughnuts and eat them too.

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26 Mar

DIY Lucite Tray from Home Depot

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I have loved taking part in numerous Home Depot style challenges. In the past I tackled giving my front door a life and decorated my dining room for Christmas. This time around I took part in a DIY challenge where all of the bloggers participating needed to use piping in their project. I know piping is huge right now in interior design and while I love the industrial look I don’t really love it for my own home. It just doesn’t fit in with my home. So, I needed to think of a way to glam it up. What’s better than a little lucite and a little bit of copper piping! The perfect over-sized tray that works perfectly in my living room. Check out the easy to follow steps over on The Apron Blog by Home Depot.

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25 Mar

Before & After: Master Closet

I have a little bit of a secret to share with you. In life I tend to be quite organized, very type A and sometimes a bit picky when it comes to how things should be. That is except for the state of my closet. For some reason I always try to keep things nice and organized in there, but before I know it looks and stays like this:

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When I had to brainstorm a project for the True Value DIY Squad, I knew that I needed to take control of the closet and get it clean and organized once and for all.

The first step was to remove everything. My initial thought was to repaint the closet, but the idea of having to deal with paint fumes and getting my clothes smelly didn’t really appeal to me. Once everything was out of closet I tested out a magic eraser and was happy to find that it got rid of all of the black scuff marks and made the existing paint job look brand new.

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Since the closet is on the small side I knew that my best bet in getting the most storage was using vertical space. There had been 2 shelves on left side of the closet which I knew could be revamped to work better for my needs. Out went the existing 70’s contact paper covered shelves and in went new melamine shelves. I picked up three pieces and cut them to size with a circular saw.

Now you can hang your shelves with brackets, but the closet already had side supports that the shelving could lay on. It’s so easy to recreate yourself. Simply use some spare wood and cut them into pieces 2″ tall by 3/4″ (customize the depth to however deep your shelves are) . Screw them to sides of your wall where your shelf will be and then you can simply lay your shelves on top of them. So easy and you don’t lose any space like you would with brackets.

BEFORE SIDE SHELVING:

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AFTER: 3 NEW SHELVES

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For the closet rod my first impression was to swap it out with a shiny new one, but it was built into the wall and there was not an easy way to remove it. It stayed in place, but my eclectic collection of hangers went out the window and in went new slim fit hangers to squeeze in a little more space.

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The space above the hanger rod has always been a horrible mess. The ceiling curves in that part of my closet so there is not a lot of width and the piles of clothes start falling apart the second I pull a sweater out. Storage bins to the rescue. They added a dose of pretty and helped organize my mess. I filled them with out-of-season clothes and stacked my heavier sweaters in the middle. It was a perfect fix.

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On the right side of my closet I used smaller storage baskets to store winter scarves, gloves and belts. I picked up hooks at True Value and was able to hang them on the walls and utilize more vertical space.

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I also sprinkled hooks throughout the higher wall space and hung some of my favorite handbags and hats. The rest of my handbags were stored away in a storage container with wheels. Now I can easily wheel it out when I want to switch bags.

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My closet door still houses my scarves, but it’s now much more organized. I feel like I have a little boutique in my closet now. I can easily see all of the different scarves now, and it makes picking out one on daily basis so much easier. DIY steps on my hanging system coming up tomorrow.

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In order make my closet have more of a boutique feel I also added a small 2’x3′ rug. It adds some texture and pattern to the space and helps make my little walk in closet feel a bit  grander.

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It’s so nice now that everything has it’s place and the floor is actually clutter free. You can actually walk into the closet! I spent a lot of time in the closet just admiring how pretty it came out that first weekend and now my closet door can actually stay open and not give me anxiety. Hudson is loving it too. It has become his new favorite hiding spot during  hide and seek.

I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

 

 

 

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