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Monday, December 21, 2015

diy: snowglobes

Merry Christmas Week!  

I've always loved hand-crafted Christmas decorations.  Truly, crafting at Christmas was part of my childhood experience.  My sister and I were all about decorating.  Little did we know, we would both end up designing for a living.  

With holiday festivities in full swing, I wanted to share a short + sweet post of a simple snow-inspired DIY project.  I have always loved  handmade snowglobes. I found some ornaments that were perfect for making a snowglobe wonderland (The little pink house + some bottle-brush trees found at Target were the starting point).  I spray-painted some trees + ornaments white just because I love white at Christmas time (well, let's be honest...I love white any time of year).  If you follow me on instagram, you may have already seen some of the results of an afternoon of crafting...

I used glass pastry stands I already had (one of the perks of being a photo stylist)...and also used some mason jars + vases + glass candle dishes (it's amazing all the resources you can find in your own home). I then added some faux  snow + iridescent glitter.  I shook the snow + glitter around the glass containers to make sure some of the magical shimmer stuck to the insides of the glass bell jars.

I have played around with placing our creations in a collection, as well as along with other holiday decor... 

It was a fun + simple afternoon craft that adds some hand-made magic to our home for the holidays.

Wishing you + yours a wonderful week of magical, memory-making moments.



Monday, December 7, 2015

holiday home tour

I recently strolled through the Blogger Stylin' Home Tour Christmas 2015 (If you haven't yet, head on over to the White Buffalo Styling Co to begin the tour for lots of Christmas decorating inspiration)! It's always somehow reassuring that there are others out there equally obsessed with styling down to the details.  I love seeing the wide variety of styles.  I always walk away with a new idea or a new take on an old idea...and new motivation to decorate (as if I needed more).

So, I thought I'd share a look at my holiday home as well.  I worked with what I had + added just a little new.  I always love designing with lots of white in the winter ...and this year I added touches of pink + rose gold, a new fav color combo.

As of late I have spent more time on instagram than on this blog. I blame it on Life.  You know, the real stuff, like parenting, working  + doing my best to balance all my roles.  Scrolling through pretty images is like therapy.  Life is messy sometimes.  And somehow in the midst of the chaos, taking a photo of a perfect little vignette makes me happy.  It sounds crazy, but I'm thinking there just might be someone who can relate. Are you with me?

So, in hopes of sharing maybe just a bit of inspiration of my own, here is my holiday home tour 2015...

It all starts with the tree + twinkle lights. And for me, lots of layers of white...

... including my newly found white porcelain pineapple, white cocktail table books, an Anthro white pom-pom from a gift of year's past and sweet white bottlebrush trees from my fav gift shop Patina in Minneapolis.

In addition to white, I love adding unexpected, non-traditional color...

I have collected ornaments over the years.  My shades of matte + shiny pink balls were a find at Urban Outfitters several years ago.  The pretty icicles, from Pier 1.  I also tie ribbon on white seashells we've collected from spring + summer trips to the beach...

My Collection of Candles are always on my cocktail table and look instantly holiday-ish in the light of the Christmas tree.  The silver tray + some of the glass votives are from World Market. To create the bohemian-inspired look, it's all about the mix...mixing colors, textures + different heights.

For my winter interiors, adding warm + cozy textures is a must (like this fur from Hobby Lobby).

...And just because I love a good barcart, I put together this mini one. I'm getting ready for some Holiday Moscow Mule-making ASAP.  I scored these groovy copper mugs at Home Goods
Since no holiday styling is complete without a DIY project.  I painted these pinecones for one of my tablescapes.  I tried to get away with simple spray paint, but had to ultimately go for the paint-dipped pinecones.  I love the depth of frosty color on the organic shapes.

I also dressed up my built-in bookshelf with a few holiday accents + a few West Elm favorites...

...and added some paper snowflakes to my mantel...

There's something about paper snowflakesThey make instant magic! I keep re-cycling these creations year-after-year. {see my post here for some how-to sources.}

 My two small purchases for the season were these sweet pastel bottlebrush trees + white pom-pom garland from Target. Who could resist?
 I decked my miniature white tree with the snow-white pom-poms + added some gift packages wrapped in blush + white tissue paper, gold wrapping + white feathers. 

So...what do you think?  

And just for fun, here's a shot of a real-life scenario during a rare peaceful moment at my house...
I hope you enjoyed the tour.  I would love to hear from you.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you + yours!



Monday, November 16, 2015

berry crush

I don't know about you, but I go through phases of being drawn to certain color palettes.  I'm always + forever drawn to white-on-white, with hints of seaglass tones (call it my love for the ocean) or blush (what girl doesn't love a little pink from time to time)...but lately I'm crushing on that beautiful plum-kissed shade of burgundy.  We design-y types always like to come up with new names for nuances of color, but for now, I'll just call this a crush on tones of berry (think rich, deep mulberry). 

My quest for all things berry led me to creating this design concept (featuring furnishings + accessories from Ethan Allen).  I started with a neutral backdrop... a great gray, clean-line sofa, and then added layers of ivory textures...mixed in some metallics + finally some berry patterns + velvet.

Perhaps my crush was inspired by this dahlia mix my daughter + I created on a recent farmer's market Saturday morning...

 This rich berry shade has also been in a lot of my "pins" 
+ "likes" lately... 

 ...and in my instagram snaps...

{this one features a hand-dyed linen from West Elm Charlotte, candle from World Market and vase from TargetStyle with white peacock feathers from Etsy KimonosFeathers}

With the changing of the seasons, I've also been in that mode of adding cozy layers to my interiors + closet. 

So...what colors + cozy details are calling your name these days? Do tell. 

Wishing you a beautiful November, full of rich moments with friends + family.


Monday, September 21, 2015

pineapples + burlap

The pineapple is having a moment.
Have you noticed?

Whether it's the real deal starring in instagram snaps...

{via instagram}

or pretty porcelain versions serving as home accents...

{via hodi home}

or painted pinas featured in watercolor prints... 

{via made by girl}

the Pineapple is having its time in the sun. 

...and on bar carts around the design scene...

{via instagram}

{via the everygirl}
You can even get a digital download on Etsy, like this one...

{Etsy link here}
Link here to see all things pineapple at Etsy.

If you follow me on pinterest or instagram, you know I've been slightly obsessed with the design trend.  So, when I hosted a party recently, I found an excuse to decorate with pineapples too. 

A little gold + white spray paint transforms an ordinary pineapple into a work of art.

My daughter made this sweet little pineapple mosaic.  It worked perfectly for the occasion. (so cute, right?)

...And thanks to a pop-up shop by mintwood home, I found a pretty ceramic pineapple for my cocktail table too...

And there's nothing like a party to kick-start a diy project you've been putting off.  I had wanted to re-invent my very beat-up Ikea lack coffee table and finally made the time for a quick update.  The table was the perfect size + scale for my living room, but was frankly a hot mess (think peeling veneer).  With the help of a little burlap fabric + nailheads (and a little measuring + pressing)...the table is transformed.  You've gotta love a renovation that only costs $16 at the fabric store + a little bit of time and effort.

...Here's the finished renewed result...

What do you think of my refreshed table? 

Tell me, what trends are you obsessing about lately?

I hope you're having an incredible Autumn.



Monday, January 5, 2015

fresh start

January is like a re-set button, at the very least a re-fresh key. It's time again for goal-setting + mood boards. Honing in on new + fresh ideas.

What new ideas are stirring for you?

I've been obsessed with natural light...

{#silver #pom #stirsticks + @anthropologie #candlestick in the #morning #light}


{my quick-and-easy #DIY #painted + #glittered #pink #pinecones}

{a holiday centerpiece with @worldmarket #silver #tray, @anthropologie #candlesticks
+ #pink #votive, #painted + #glittered #pink #pinecones, plus #driftwood}


{my go-to #pink #pompom #scarf from @oldnavy}

...white peacock feathers...
+ cozy details...

{some of my fave personal props... @jonathanadler #vase, @targetstyle #journal + #gold #bowl, @westelm side table + box, @etsy #peacock #feathers, white #cowhide #rug + #candles}

How about you...what's your obsession for the new year?