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Pumpkin Spice Kahlúa Ice Cream

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Fall is in full swing, which means pumpkin everything. I take every opportunity I humanly can to incorporate fall flavors into everything this time of year and no food or drink is off limits! In Ohio, it’s still pretty warm during the days which makes ice cream a perfect treat for basking in the weekend harvest sunlight.

You guys might remember my method for ‘making’ ice cream and how I don’t really make it at all.  I don’t have an ice cream maker, so I take a fabulous short-cut that allows for infinite customizations.  As I plan out the menu for an upcoming harvest party I’m planning, I wanted to stay away from pies and cakes since I’ll make those later in the fall season (just wait!).  I really wanted to incorporate something sweet, light, and cool – the perfect treat for after a hearty dinner.  Adding in the coffee and rum flavors of Kahlúa is perfect for our crowd too.  Who doesn’t love a little after dinner liqueur?

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What’s even better is that this recipe has a whopping four ingredients.  Roll up your sleeves and let’s make some fall ice cream!  Continue Reading…

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‘That’s My Jam’ Canning Party – Pt 1

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I think one of the things I love so much about fall is that it’s the season we seem to mingle so well with nature.  People revel in apple picking, pumpkin patches, and farmer’s markets.  I wanted to take advantage of this festive time, so I’m planning a JAM party for my girls!  I’ve divided the ‘party’ into two steps since I know canning can be pretty time consuming and tedious.

Step one is farmer’s market shopping.  Each friend lives on a different side of town and has their preferred market.  Everyone also has different preferences on food!  I armed each friend with a custom tote that reads, ‘That’s my JAM” (haha).  I made the totes last week on the iPhone app, Makr, and they arrived just in time to give one out to each girl with the challenge to return this weekend with a bag full of fall produce.

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I set out on the same assignment and picked up some Jonathon apples, pears, green beans, and tomatoes.

Step two will be this weekend! Continue Reading…

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Friday Faves 9.26

Friday Faves 9.26

ONE I love this wall sconce for the simplicity of the design and the seeded glass.  I want to use a pair in my bathroom above the mirror! $105 each from Lamps.com. TWO someone outbid me on the faux trees I wanted from EBTH.com, so I’m looking into alternate options.  I’m drawn this french market olive tree from Wayfair, although at $199, I think I also might have a way to DIY one (stay tuned!). THREE I dip, you dip, we dip! Dipped mugs are cool without being kitschy! $28 each from Poketo. FOUR I think this set of brass candleholders are very classic and could be a mainstay on the dining table. $12-$20 from Crate and Barrel. FIVE I love pretty much everything in the new Mark & Graham catalog, but these monogrammed leather gloves are topping my wish list! I love the moody aqua color!! SIX A printed melamine tray is perfect for entertaining since it’s dishwasher safe! Indian Lace tray from Nicole Porter Designs for $36.

 

Happy **FIRST FALL** Friday guys!  It’s been a long and busy week over here and I’m so excited it’s the weekend!  I have a big launch party tonight for the Thread flagship store that is opening and it’s the first store to carry my line, Grandiflora Home + Decor!  Exciting, huh?

Aside from the party, I’m going to be sticking close to home working on a couple of big upcoming projects, but will try to take some time to soak in some of the warm fall weather and eat all the honey crisp apples I can stomach.

What is on your first fall weekend agenda?

 

p.s.  I also blog at Bali Blinds!  Check out this week’s post on mixing patterns in your drapes and shades!

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It Starts with Hello

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I feel like everyone knows about the importance of networking.  It’s how we get jobs, meet spouses, make friends, and create connections that end up building the very lives we lead.  We usually talk about networking in the business sense, but how many friends did you meet through other people?  Or how many of you met a spouse through someone else’s friend group?

As we get older and more established, I’ve noticed that new connections and fostering old ones can become more of a challenge.  Especially as people move, have children, and grow into adults, we tend to forget about how way-back-when we started it all with just a ‘Hello!’

This topic actually hit pretty close to home last night when I realized my ability (or lack thereof) to foster relationships that I’ve built.  I know there are several people in my life who I should reach out to and let them know that I am thinking of them and that I treasure the relationship we have!  Additionally, there are new people every day all around me who could use a little introduction, so I though it was fitting to team up with the people over at Lindt HELLO chocolates to help me make these connections even sweeter!  They’re done their take on making connections and here is mine!

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For the new mothers in my life (there seem to be a ton of them!), the new neighbors who moved in across the street, or the the friends in my life who I’ve let too much time pass since we spoke. I have a package for everyone!

AND we have something for you too! To celebrate the launch of the trendy new line of chocolates, Lindt is doing a give-a-way each week (but you can enter every day!)

Girls Just Want to Have Fun (9/24 – 9/30) ENTER HERE
• Enjoy a shopping spree with the girls + yummy Lindt HELLO Chocolate!

Sweet Staycation (10/1 – 10/7) ENTER HERE
• Lindt HELLO treats you to a pampered night in – movies, books + chocolate!

Besties Reunion (10/8 – 10/14) ENTER HERE
• Reconnect with your bestie at the spa for a day + Lindt HELLO chocolate to sweeten the deal.

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AND that’s not all!  If you want to send a little care package like I have below, I have the labels here for you to download!! There is a special one for new mothers, fostering old connections, and greeting new neighbors.

Do you guys like this idea? Are there people in your life you could reconnect with? Or maybe someone you’d like to start connecting with (wink, wink)?

Give me your thoughts! I’d love to hear how making, fostering, and cultivating friendships has changed for you!

 

 

Disclosure:  A BIG thanks to Lindt for sponsoring this post and enabling me to have some fun with crafts at their expense :) Definitely pop over and show them some love for helping to spark this project!

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Copper Rimmed Glass Candleholder

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Who doesn’t love copper?  It’s a close second to rose gold, but I particularly love it because it ages into such a nice patina.  I had some copper tape sitting around for about 8 months and hadn’t earmarked what I’d do with it until last weekend.  Usually, there are two reasons why I’ll undertake a project.  Either what I’ve seen out and about just isn’t quite what I want or I’m being frugal and feel like I could make something just as good – but cheaper.  Usually, I’m on the fence about whether my love for an item will outweigh the cost.

I saw a copper rimmed candle holder the other day at a nice home decor store for about $70 and although I was drawn to it, I wasn’t quite sure if I’d actually get a lot of use out of it.  I had some copper tape at home and thought that I’d give a DIY a try.  I’m glad I did because this project cost under $20 and was quite easy!

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It’s obviously not the same as a store bought (welded) version, but I really like how it turned out and for the cost it was totally worth the project.  If you’re worried about your capabilities, you shouldn’t!  This took me about 15 minutes total and don’t shy away from a project because it has cut glass.  I just read off my dimensions to the guy at Lowes and he cut them up for me. Easy as pie.  Continue Reading…

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Flea Market Find: Brass & Bamboo

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It’s kind of a weekend tradition for Me and Matt to sit in bed drinking coffee and watching HGTV until we’re both inspired enough to get off our buns and do something productive.  This past sunday, we were recovering from a rather exhausting Saturday night of eating take-out Chinese and binge-watching Scandal, so we stayed in bed a little later than usual watching Flea Market Flip.  I’m not gonna lie, I had never seen the show before, but I was hooked.  I loved the competition aspect of the show and was immediately inspired to head to our yearly flea market in town which just happened to be that day (coincidence?).

Anyway, at the very first tent, there were tables of random old-lady things and I spotted this brass bamboo detailed tray right away.  Armed with the new bartering tactics I’d learned from a morning of flea market watching, I asked how much it was and she said, “one dollar”.  I was so shocked I just yelled, “sold!”

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It was a bit tarnished and dirty, so I brought it home, scrubbed it with my secret weapon. Continue Reading…

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Your Ultimate Fall Pumpkin Guide

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It’s officially fall tomorrow, so let’s get ready in the best way humanly possible starting today with a pumpkin education.  I am so absolutely obsessed with fall that I usually just dive right into pumpkin purchases willie nilly without any forethought, but that is the exact reason why I’ve had some interesting (not in a good way) pumpkin experiences.

Sure, pumpkins are beautiful and tasty, but we’re gonna give you a little more info on some of our favorite varieties and what they’re good for!  Have you ever wondered why the seeds you roasted weren’t awesome?  Or why that pie wasn’t as sweet as you’d hoped?  The variety of the pumpkin might have not been ideal, but you won’t run into those problems again! I hope you’re ready!

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Friday Faves 9.19

Friday Faves 9.19

ONE vintage Indian chopping bowls are new in the shop and I’ve loved styling mine up (because I had to keep one!) $148 from Grandiflora Home + Decor. TWO antique porcelain tea set looks precious for fall tea!  $48 from Milly’s Collection. THREE Nate Berkus’ new collection for Target has wonderful stylish neutrals, including this ‘peaks’ throw for $29. FOUR Deep indigo is a beautifully natural way to get navy into your decor scheme!  I love this batik-like pillow from Serena & Lily for $68. FIVE I love elephants, so these cute Jonathan Adler for JCPenny elephant bookends are right up my alley!  They’re subtle but stylish and are on sale for $38.

 

Happy Friday! It’s been a busy and wonderful week for us!  Today we’re taking our entire Grandiflora line to the first store that will be selling our designs here in Columbus!  It’s an exciting day and a big step for our business!

I have TWO wedding flower consultations tomorrow and a wedding on Sunday, so it will be a busy and fun weekend!!

Have a great one, guys!

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Must-See in Mill Valley

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I was first attracted to the bathroom floor tile in this home, pinned the photo, and didn’t think much more about it.  But then, I clicked through to the main site because I wanted to see if the article mentioned the tile manufacturer and saw that the rest of the home was just as breathtaking as that bathroom tile. Maybe even more so.

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The home was originally a 1930’s church that was renovated into this amazingly stylish living space by HSH Interiors.  I think it’s the perfect mixture of luxury and raw craftsmanship. I can honestly say this is one of my most favorite homes that I’ve seen in a long long time.  Keep reading for loads more photos and my favorite part of the home – the butler’s pantry!  No, wait!  The bathroom tile! No, the exterior! Ok, so I love it all! Continue Reading…

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Styling + New in Shop!

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Yesterday, instead of doing the post I originally had planned for today, I instead got to playing with the new Indian chopping bowls that I got in the store.  I wanted to make myself an impactful centerpiece for fall – of course using the colors I’d shared on Monday.  I think I could put anything in this bowl and it would look good, but I used a few things I had lying around the house – a big candle, some twigs, a couple of antlers, and some harvest vegetables and we’ve got ourselves a nice centerpiece!

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Here is the best part about it, once Christmas rolls around, this bowl will be filled with evergreen branches, cranberries, pinecones, what-have-you.  Can you see it? I’ll probably get our styled photos up and running in a couple of weeks for our holiday product and I can’t wait to style these bowls!

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But, until then, we have fall and I’m loving every minute of it!

 

How do you feel about the bowls? Love them as much as I do? You can snag your own here!

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