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Friday Faves 11.21

Friday Faves 11.21

ONE vintage mid century handlebars make the coolest faux antler art – and a bonus is that it also functions as a set of wall hooks, $260.  The brilliant idea came from Hilary at Flea Market RX who is as creative as she is kind!  I had the pleasure of talking shop with her last week!  TWO aren’t these little vintage napkins the cutest?  They would be perfect for a vintage inspired holiday table! $30 for a set of 4 from EthanOllie.  If you like mid century vintage, you have to check out their whole shop. THREE this herringbone throw is darling on it’s own, but then throw in pom pom fringe and you have a winner!! $55 from Waiting on Martha. FOUR I absolutely love the sentiment communicated on this enamel mug… To the Mountains! Just $13 from Meriweather of Montana. FIVE the natural linen monogram cushion is a versatile way to add custom touch to your home.  $48 from Grandiflora Home + Decor. SIX I really love a good apron and think they’re underutilized. When preparing for a dinner party, I always wear one when I’m putting finishing touches on a meal, but after I’m dressed for guests. This one is a beautiful buffalo check linen from Kanorado Shop.

 

Happy Friday guys!  Our Thanksgiving holiday is getting a kick start this weekend with our Friendsgiving tomorrow.  I’ll be planning and cleaning all day today, so I’ll be excited to get a break from the planning and cleaning to have a nice dinner out with my Brother-in-law and Sister-in-law tonight.

Tomorrow, we’ve got a wide array of meals coming from all of our friends and we are managing the Turkey (which we’re smoking in the green egg) and the stuffing (because I’m a control freak and need to make the stuffing). Aside from that, I’ll be creating a Kahlua bar for after dinner sweet drinks (photos on Monday) and serving this layered dessert.  The table will be mostly white with hints of natural linen and plaid (inspiration here).

I’m excited to decorate the table and will share complete photos on Tuesday so you can be inspired for your Thanksgiving!

Have a wonderful weekend, guys!

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Holiday 2014 Theme: A Colonial Christmas

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It’s that time!  I know we still haven’t had Thanksgiving and I’m usually very very strict about posting Christmas ideas until after Turkey day, but I just can’t resist this year.  Partially because I’m so excited about my theme and partially because I may have already decorated some (guilty!) and am just too excited to wait.

You all know that I have a somewhat historic home.  It’s historic in the sense that it was built forever ago, but with all of the generations of updates and upgrades, it can hardly be considered in historic shape.  I’ve always had a bit of a struggle to decorate the nineteenth century home in a way that doesn’t feel, well, old.  For this reason, I’ve always stuck with a neutral and sparkly decor palette.  There is something about the neutral palette at Christmas, however, that can seem underwhelming.  When ‘Good King Wenceslas’ or ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ wafts over the speakers, I wish my home was decked with everything decedent and richly colored with bountiful cakes and sugared fruits adorning my table and mulled wine drunk from pewter.  Isn’t it funny how just a song can put you in a certain frame of mind?

So, this year, I’ve decided to succumb to the deep rooted desire of my home to be dressed in old world holiday cheer.  And where else would I look for inspiration that to Colonial Williamsburg.  You know how I absolutely loved my trip there this fall and I was so intrigued by their holiday traditions, that I wanted to use the colonial decor as my framework.

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I had a general idea for how I wanted to take the decorations, but I wanted more information on the how and why behind style, so I reached out to Liza Gusler, the licensing manger for Colonial Williamsburg’s product line, who was so welcoming and informative during our trip in October. I am using her guidance and advice as the basis for our decor, and I was shocked by some of her insights!  We asked her some of the burning questions we had about the history of the holiday in Colonial times and loved hearing her insights!  It’s a long-ish interview, but it will definitely frame how we decorate and give a little insight into some of our current traditions!   Continue Reading…

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Booked!

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Guys!  I am so so excited to let you all in on a new development in our lives AND to get your advice!  Matt and I have been planning to take a big trip next spring for our fifth wedding anniversary and we’ve pulled the trigger!  Right after we got married, we actually started talking about this trip… it’s been five years of considering everywhere from South Africa to Australia to Chile, but we landed on spending some time touring around Europe.

My necessary qualifications for the trip were that it must include: Culture, Wine, Beach, Food, Outdoors/Adventure. A big list, no?  So you can now see why all of our considerations were in the running!

We landed on Europe because of the few times I’ve been, I haven’t had the opportunity to wander and relax.  We wanted a place where we could leisurely explore and felt the most comfortable doing that in Europe.  With sixteen days and a rental car, we’ll be able to be flexible with our schedule and go where the wind takes us.

While we have the framework of the trip worked out, I’d love to get your take on if you’ve been to any of these place and the best things to do in each spot!  We’re starting in Paris and will be there for about three days before heading out into the french wine country to the east. After spending a few days there, we’ll continue on into the alps, traveling through Geneva, Gruyere, and whatever other place we decide to explore before landing in Lauterbrunnen.

After a few days of the outdoors, we’ll leave lauterbrunnen in the direction of Rome, stopping in the Cinque Terre for a couple of nights and possibly drinking our way through Tuscany.  We’ve both already been to Florence, so we’re going to bypass on this trip for some of the other Tuscan treasures. Once we get to Rome, we’ll spend a few days there trying our hardest to immerse ourselves in roman culture.  After all of that traveling around, we’ll train to Positano to get a little time by the sea before heading home.

It’s going to be jam-packed, there is no way around that, but we’re excited that it will be a little ‘fly by the seat of our pants’ and we’ll be able to make a lot of decisions on the go.

Ok, so NOW I want your thoughts!  I’d love any sightseeing recommendations, restaurant recommendations, or favorite places you’ve stayed.  We’re still looking for lodging in a few of the cities, so any of your suggestions are highly appreciated!

Now, I’ve got to go do some work and try my hardest not to spend the next four months scouring Trip Advisor!

 

photo sources: 1 | 2 – Riel Photography | 3 | 4 | 5

 

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Party Beverage Bucket DIY

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My favorite part of entertaining has always been finding my own way to do things that is cool and low cost.  This particular project is one that I’ve done a few times before for other parties and just love how customizable it is.  Beverage tubs and champagne buckets tend to be one of those things that are weirdly expensive.  I saw an iron one last year that I like and it was over $100! Really, it’s just a tub!

So, I have started using small (bathroom sized) trashcans as a stand-in to keep bottles cold during our parties.  They’re inexpensive enough to not be a big blow to your party budget and with a couple of drawer pulls or knobs from the hardware store and a quick customization they also turn out way more cute than the run of the mill version.

 

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It’s an easy three step process and rolls in at under $20.  Want to make your own?   Continue Reading…

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Grandiflora Holiday Collection!

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Happy Monday to you!  We’ve been feverishly working all weekend to release our Grandiflora Holiday update!  It’s a smaller update than our Fall one, but we’ve got 10 new items which we think you’ll really love!  There are things to decorate with, entertain with, and of course gift with!

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We’re split between favorites (the lacquer boxes and the mugs are top faves) and we hope you love our new additions as much as we do!  We’ll have more holiday decor (ornaments and other giftable whatnot coming around soon), so be sure to check back ofter or sign up for emails to be alerted when we add new things to the shop!

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In the meantime, have fun exploring!

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Friday Faves 11.14

Friday Faves 11.14

ONE what a tease!  This cute little lacquered box with resin knob is one of the Grandiflora holiday products that is coming to the shop on Monday!  Get excited! TWO oversized matches from Illume are my favorite for lighting the fireplace without burning my little fingers, $5. THREE this navy blue nordic wool blanket is the perfect decor element for my living room this winter, and $119 isn’t bad for all all wool blanket! FOUR quick like a fox!  These laser cut fox bookends are stylish but neutral.  $64 from Design Atelier Article. FIVE the perfect Thanksgiving platter is just $10 at World Market right now (down from $20!) run, don’t walk! SIX nailhead detail on this black ‘X’ table is a great way to jazz up your neutrals. $125 from Target.

 

Happy weekend, friends!  This week has just flown by for me and has been chalk full of action.  I’m going to really hit the ground running this morning and try to get as much done as humanly possible so that I can relax a bit this weekend.   Matt and I have the best strategy this weekend – we have no concrete plans, but are just going to go where the wind takes us.  That might be a cool bar or that might be our warm couch.  We’ll see!

Do you have anything on your weekend agenda?

 

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ONE YEAR + 25% OFF EVERYTHING IN THE SHOP

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It’s such a fabulous day!  It is the one year anniversary for Grandiflora Home + Decor and one year since I left my day job to pursue my dream of designing my own home products.

The year has absolutely flown by and to say I’ve learned a lot along the way is an understatement.  In some ways I’ve come to greater grips which how much is actually humanly possibly in one day while in other ways I keep thinking that I can do more, push harder, and make bigger strides.

Anyone who has owned a business can tell you how rewarding/challenging/fulfilling it is, but today, to pair with our 25% off sale that were running shop-wide through the weekend, I am going to share with you 25 things I’ve learned this year.  Some are encouraging, some are humorous, some are stupid things I’ve done, and some are downright heartbreaking.  If you own a business or are thinking about owning one in the future… take heed!  Here we go! Continue Reading…

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Natural Maple Cinnamon Coffee Creamer

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If you’re a coffee drinker, your mind is about to be blown.  When I started doing the Whole30 challenge, I realized just how much crap was in a lot of the stuff that I ate and drank and thought were harmless.  I’ve finished the challenge and reintroduced dairy to my life (hello cheese!) and thus, milk in my morning coffee.

I love flavored creamers, but with all of the random ingredients they contain, I thought I’d take a stab at making my own creamers.  I started with a basic vanilla and worked my way to this maple cinnamon which I’ve been drinking all week and am quite happy about.

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It’s literally one of the easiest recipes you’ll see and has only four ingredients.  If you can boil water, you can make flavored creamers.  Continue Reading…

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It’s Coming + Holiday Workshop!

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Christmas is coming guys.  I have my house totally decked out right now so that I can be sure to capture ideas early enough for you guys to get some inspiration and I’m really getting into the spirit. This little bar vignette is just a little taste of what this year’s theme will be… can you guess? Maybe if you follow me on Pinterest you’ve seen some of my inspired pins? I’m going to leave you hanging for now, but will announce it next week, so check back!

In the meantime, I have a really exciting announcement today that you guys are gonna love!  I’m teaming up with a fabulous group of bloggers and The Home Depot to make this year a ‘how-to’ holiday for you all.  I’m one of a few sponsored bloggers hosting the a Do-It-Herself workshop at Home Depot stores all around the country to show you guys how to make Ana White’s ‘JOY’ marquee sign!  It’s the perfect way to deck your halls with a handmade touch.

I’ll be hosting the Columbus workshop on November 20th (Next Thursday!!) at the Grove City location from 6:30-8pm.  We are SO excited to have you all involved, so SIGN UP HERE ahead of time!  Everyone at the Grove City location will be able to build and take home their light – which is pretty amazing.

If you’re not in Columbus, check out some of these other bloggers who are hosting in their towns, or check your own Home Depot for the workshops that will be hosted by the fabulous store associates.

 

DIH Workshop Holiday Blogger Team

Ana White – Ana

Handmade Charlotte – Rachel & Addie

Décor and the Dog – Michelle

The Design Confidential – Rayan

House of Earnest – Me!

Sunshine and Sippy Cups – Meagan

Two Ellie – Paula

 

As you can see, I took a custom spin on the project, but still used the instructions originally created by Ana.  For those of you who can’t make it to the event, I’ll be sharing my step by step on the blog after the event is over, so hold tight! For those of you who CAN make it, I’ll be walking around the workshop showing you guys how to get your own spin on the project and we’ll have some fun giveaways as well!  I can’t wait to see you all there!

 

Not ready to talk Christmas yet?  I’m sharing my top five entertaining tips today on the Bali Blog which will be perfect for all of those visitors you’ll be hosting in the next few weeks!  Enjoy!

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DIY Linen Tufted Headboard

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I’m ecstatic today to finally share with you my completed headboard and transition to the king bed!  As we spoke about last week, Matty and I got a new mattress from Tuft & Needle, and were able to upgrade to a king! Previously we wouldn’t have been able to fit a King sized mattress up our bending staircase, but the mattress from Tuft & Needle came in a 12″ x 12″ x 60″ box, so it fit up the stairs just fine.

With my previous queen bed, I’d made a linen headboard with a nailhead border.  The past design took just an hour or so to complete and was under $60.  I wanted to up the ante a little bit this time and create a headboard that was inspired by the restoration hardware chesterfield style that I loved.  After we got the mattress in the room, however, I realized that a rectangular headboard would cut off way too much of the built-in bookcases, so I decided instead to create a scrolling design which allowed more of the bookcases to be visible.

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For this design, there was more work involved due to the tufting and creating covered buttons.  The majority of the cost of the entire project was actually wrapped up in the 2″ foam that I used to creating deep tufts (whereas on the last headboard, I just used batting).  None of the steps taken were very difficult, but I can certainly say that covering over 40 buttons was certainly time consuming.  All in, the total cost was $318.  I used lots of JoAnn’s coupons (60% off this weekend!).  Definitely make sure to get those coupons out of the mail (or just use their app) before buying the materials, as I saved about $250 using them.

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Aside from the actual headboard, I dressed the bed in the dotted West Elm sheets, a while West Elm duvet cover, and various throw pillows.  I still want to explore a few more pillow options to be closer to my original vision (and add it a little more brown and navy)!   Are you interested in seeing the step by step headboard tutorial?  Keep on reading for the full material list, photos of our process, and PDF with plans and measurements.   Continue Reading…

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