Decor

Copper Crush- My Favorites For The Home

04.05.17

It’s no secret that Copper accents are everywhere this year! From Kitchens to Bathrooms and everywhere in between. It’s the metal of the moment and I’m definitely CRUSHING!

Copper Kitchen- Crate and Barrel Blog
LOVE THE LIGHT BRIGHT KITCHEN WITH A POP OF COPPER!  PHOTO: SCOTT CLARK PHOTO

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Decor / DIY

DIY Modern Easter Eggs

04.03.17

As Easter approaches, I can’t help but get caught up in all the adorable Easter Eggs on Pinterest. I don’t typically decorate for Easter, but this year I couldn’t resist and decided to try a couple of fun techniques.

I love hard boiled eggs, but some of the techniques I wanted to try wouldn’t allow me to eat them afterward, not to mention I wouldn’t be able to display them for long. I don’t like to be wasteful, so I decided to try them on some wodden craft eggs. This way I can keep them for display for years to come.

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Decor / Lifestyle

Ikea Lust List-My Current Must Haves!

03.31.17

Who doesn’t LOVE Ikea?!?! I mean, you can find just about anything there. If you have never had the pleasure of shopping this Mega store in person, you should add that to your Bucket List. It’s a must see to appreciate kind of deal!

I have to admit though, I don’t shop here often, but in my most recent trip I found a few things that are definitely Lustworthy and made it to my Wishlist!

As we get closer to Spring, I’m loving fresh, clean lines and color palates. I also have a thing for Scandinavian design, so here are my Top Picks for Spring!

Ikea Lust List 3-2017
1. PS 2017 3 Pc Vase Set– $24.99  2. Vardagen Measuring Cup– $4.49  3. Intagande Carafe and Glass– $7.99 and $1.99  4. Fladis Basket– $12.99  5. Bittergurka Watering Can– $9.99  6. Rundlig Bowl– $12.99  7. Tvilling Poster Set of 2– $9.99  8. Satsumas Plant Stand– $29.99  9. Senap Pot– $3.99 10. Bjorksnas Bench with Pad– $79.99

Ikea is also known for their basic pieces just waiting to be re-purposed. I can image the Bjorksnas bench with a bit of paint and a recovered cushion at the end of my bed. I sense a possible future project in the making!

What are your favorite Ikea picks for Spring?

Lifestyle

Shop Local-The Spice House!

03.29.17

I don’t know how many times I drove past The Spice House on my way to and from my destinations, never realizing just how amazing it is! In fact, my sister would come into town and make a stop and I never did join her. What was I thinking!?!?! It wasn’t until I had a recipe I wanted to try for a Thansgiving  side dish that required spices I couldn’t find in the traditional grocery store, that I decided to pay a visit. WOW! Again, I’ve never thought of myself as being a good cook, but I do enjoy baking and over time I have found some recipes that have inspired me to be a little more daring, and I can tell you that fresh spices really do make a difference!

Just a few pics to show you how amazing this place is! If only you could smell the aroma, it’s incredible! You can find just about any spice your recipe requires, but they also sell local neighborhood spice blends that are fun, not to mention incredible tasting! So, enjoy the pics and try to control the drool, but you should know that you can also indulge online, because they have a website with an online shop!

I have been many times, and I have found that the staff is not only friendly, but very knowledgeable, and love to give tips on spices to try based on your palate. They even throw in a few free samples every once in awhile! If nothing else, it’s a great place to stock on up some of your basic spices and then grab a few small bags of spice blends to try. If you don’t have The Spice House in your area, look for a local option, or buy online here!

PS… I don’t get anything for promoting The Spice House, I just really love it! 🙂

Spice House entrance
Outside the quaint exterior of the Evanston, IL location

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Decor / DIY

DIY Ombre Dip-Dye Napkins For Under $10!

03.27.17

One of the most relaxing things for me is to browse Pinterest for new ideas, anything from DIY projects to home decor, fashion, you name it! Needless to say, I have about 242 (and counting) Pins on my DIY/Craft board, just waiting to be tried. One project I have been wanting to try for awhile now is a set of DIY Ombre, Dip-Dye napkins. It looks fairly easy, and I do love me some ombre! Although I did have one pinned, I decided it would be best to do some research to check out the best technique to achieve the result I was looking for. I found quite a few articles and decided on the best steps for me, so here’s me step-by step.

Gather your supplies:

  • 1 box Rit Dye- I used Petal Pink
  • Rubber gloves
  • Set of Cloth Napkins 100% Cotton (Linen works as well) I got mine at Home Goods for $7.99 for a set of 6
  • Pant Hangers (These make it easier to dip, but not completly necessary)
  • Large Stainless Pot (or bucket, Clear plactic Tub, large bowl)
  • Metal Spoon (something that won’t stain)
  • Paper Plates
  • Small Bowl to mix dye (something old that you don’t mind possibly staining)
  • Paper or drop cloth to protect the surface you are working on

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Decor / DIY

Flea Market Finds-MidCentury To Modern

03.24.17

One of my very favorite things to do throughout the year is to hunt for treasures at Flea Markets. Now, for those who aren’t familiar with the Flea Market, you may be picturing a parking lot filled with junk, piles of tube socks and dollar store re-sellers. That’s not the kind of Flea Market I’m referring to. Instead, picture rows upon rows of vintage and antique treasures just waiting for the right person to come along to repurpose, revitalize, and create a new and purposeful place for them in their home. I know this isn’t everyone’s THING, but for me there is something really special about searching to find just the right treasure that is unique and will surely tell a great story. So, here you will find some of my favorite finds that have found their way into my home. And, hopefully you will be inspired to check out your local Flea to hunt for your own!

One of my favorite finds came from the Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market. As you can see from the before pic, it was a pretty bland, old chair that most people may have overlooked. Lucky for me, I was able to swoop it for $20! I could see the potential in the clean, modern lines. All it needed was a little TLC and some new upholstery on the seat and it would be good as new.

Chair revised
At the Flea, BEFORE!

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Lifestyle / Recipes

Homemade Honey-Blueberry Granola

03.22.17

I want to share a few of my favorite recipes from time to time. I am not a great cook, but I have found that I do enjoy trying new recipes, especially when they are simple and straight forward! There are so many recipes that taste great, and truly don’t take a lot time or ingredients.

This is one of my favorite homemade granola recipes that I have adapted over time. You can seriously make this in about 30 min from start to finsh, and it makes about a 4 cup serving which can feed me for breakfast for the entire week (or more)! WIN, WIN! I typically just eat handfuls of it on the go, but it is great as a cereal with a little milk or almond milk too!

Granola ingredients
Gather your ingredients! You probably have most of them on hand

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Decor / Lifestyle

My Favorite Things-Spring Candles For Every Budget!

03.20.17

Anyone who has been to my home has probably noticed my candle obsession. There is nothing more relaxing to me than to come home from a long day, light a candle and enjoying the evening. I have a drawer dedicated to my candle stash. It’s great to have some on hand for last minute gift ideas, housewarming, hostess and birthdays as well! Paired with a cute matchbook, you can’t go wrong with the gift of relaxation.

Since I recently stocked up on my own stash for Spring, I thought I would share some of my favorites. Now, I know that not everyone wants to spend a fortune on a candle, so I have included options for every budget.

Candle sample copy

1.Mint Julep Candle from World Market-$8   2. Angel Food by Boulangerie from Anthropologie- $18    3. Hello Sunshine Matches from Anthropologie-$6   4. Macaron by Vouluspa– $16   5. Honeycomb by Library of Flowers– $15   6. Island Moonlight from Target- $11 Read More

Decor / DIY

Creating A Statement Entryway

03.17.17

Welcome to my home!! I’m so excited to have you here and to share my ideas, and the inspiration behind them. I think you will see through my posts that I have a lot of different style inspirations. Sometimes the hardest part for me is to reel it in, and focus on what I think will best represent my personal style. Now, this can be really hard for me to do, (focus that is) but I have learned over time that personal style is just that, ones own PERSONAL flair. Personally, I don’t really believe in following the traditional, picture perfect, everything has to match in order to be pretty, design philosophy. I believe that if you really love it, you should have it in your home and find things you love that speak to you (not literally though, that could be creepy). If you follow this method, your home will tell your story, not someone else’s.

So, here we are! I thought it would be most appropriate to start with my entryway. Unfortunately, I hadn’t started this blog when I first moved in, so the before pics are few and far between (not to mention poor quality). So the Before pic is the only one I had of my really dingy, white door. My entry is a really small space, so at first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to paint the inside of the door a bright color, or leave it white, so it stayed this way for wayyyy too long. Then, one day I was “Pinspired”! (If you don’t know what that is, you will see soon enough) I kept pinning more and more “moody” entryway ideas, until one day it just happend…

Entry Front final 2

I chose the color “Cyberspace” by Sherwin Williams. I really love the color, it’s a dark charcoal with deep blue undertones, so at times it can look like a chalky, muted navy blueish color. I’m pretty sure that’s the technical description of it anyway 🙂 The process was not fun. Well the FIRST time I painted it, it was really fun! And only took about 2 hours. Not bad at all! But because I sometimes get too excited about a project and don’t think enough ahead, I can make some pretty costly mistakes. Read More