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Haute Hostess Video: Planning a Picnic

I have something quite exciting to share with you today!  The video I was working on in New York two weeks ago is live!  It shows you a few tips I have on making the perfect outdoor picnic.

It was so fun to make. They flew me to Long Island to work at the most amazing location (you would have seen the drool-worthy staircase on my Instagram), and treated me like a star.  It was crazy seeing things that I do on an everyday basis here in Ohio (by myself) get taken to a whole other level by a production team, videographers, and art directors. It’s amazing what can be done with a team! We are going to start planning  few more fun videos for you guys too, so I’ll keep you on the up & up!

Until then, enjoy!


Video at Glam.com


“Iron” and Marble Side Table DIY

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Let’s get this Monday kicked off with a little Before & After action!  This project has been a long time coming.  I bought a round marble tabletop at a flea market almost four years ago knowing there would be a perfect opportunity to use it, an opportunity which didn’t come until this weekend.

I was at Matt’s mother’s house looking through her collection of entertaining gear for cutlery to use at our luau (more on that Wednesday) and this beige and gold stone faux finish table base caught my eye.  Sure, the finish was a little dated (hence why it was in her basement) but I loved the shape.  If you squint your eye and look at just the shape, you can tell it would make a great candidate for a paint project.

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I had initially wanted to do a fun pop color in a high lacquer finish, but after closely investigating the texture on the table, I thought the stone texture in a bright color would look odd, so I went the total opposite way.  Plus, you guys know how I am with color…

While at the hardware store, I found this soft, slightly metallic iron finish by Rust-Oleum® Universal® .  I’ve used Rust-Oleum® Universal® Gloss & Flat Enamel Sprays on pretty much every spray paint project that I’ve ever done since the inception of this blog.  The metal paints have a wonderful realistic look and they have primer in them.

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Funny story – I started buying the Rust-Oleum® Universal® paints way back when firstly because of the trigger nozzle, then the preference for the paint stuck.

After it dried and I got my marble top on it, I knew the color and finish were the right decision.  It looks like something you’d get at Restoration Hardware! I was so happy with the result and all for just the price of a bit of spray paint. The whole thing took under 15 minutes.  How’s that for instant gratification?

How do you like the outcome?  I have the table in my stairway landing, the perfect sunny spot for my orchid plant and now it has the perfect table to sit on.


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Friday Faves 5.30

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ONE This has got to be the prettiest bridal shower idea I’ve seen in a long time… bright colors, lots of gorgeous details and a flamingo cake, what else could a girl want?  The whole party was the brainchild of Brittany from The House That Lars Built.  Pop over here to see all of the amazing photos.  TWO when the weather gets warmer, my drinks get colder.  Since I’m not a huge white wine person, I usually stick to prosecco all summer long… mixed with other things or plain, it’s the perfect summer sparkler.  La Marca mini bottles work perfectly for a little here and there without opening a large one. THREE I don’t know why I like this golden glittery horseshoe, I just do.  It would be a really darling little object d’art for the home. $24 from Cast and Crew. FOUR I love this sculptural and modern side chair and guess what?? It’s only $89… believe it! FIVE the most adorable picnic basket ever. That’s all. $52 from Provisions. SIX wow! You guys really like some handwoven rugs!  All of my geometric pink rugs sold out and I only have one of every other color left. crazy town!  $32 from Grandiflora Home + Decor.


Yay!  It’s Friday!  This week was a busy one! Lots of work and play was crammed into a four day work week.  I’m working feverishly on the Luau party (shopping details to come next week) and getting ready for a few business trips that are coming up as well.

This weekend we are hanging around Columbus, chilling with friends and enjoying our patio! I hope you all have a relaxing weekend in store as well!




Grandiflora Summer

grandiflora summer rugs

I’ve been feverishly working behind the scenes on an amazing new line for Grandiflora Fall 2014, but in the meantime, I have a couple of fun updates coming along here and there for a little summer flair.  I am just obsessed with this marigold color mixed with levels of hot pint.  While hot pink normally isn’t my thing, I like what the yellow does to it – making it look like a perfect summer sunset.

While I was traveling last month, I had just the smallest quantity of these gorgeous summer rugs made for you guys.  These are handwoven in 100% cotton and small in size (2′ x 3′), perfect for bathrooms, in front of the kitchen sink, or anywhere your little heart desires.

I hope you love them as much as I do!



Better Handwriting in Three Steps

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When it comes to living in this digital age, handwriting is stressed less and less, but to me, I still think of it as  a vital importance to master.  I remember being very young and wanting so badly to know how to write in cursive.  I’d pluck little notes or reminders from my moms desk and use them as guides, trying so hard to write so neatly. I like to think that you can tell a lot about a person by their handwriting. My husband’s handwriting is small and precise, like he’s deep in concentration and purpose. My mother-in-law’s handwriting is large and full of flourishes.  It’s got loads of personality and flair – just like her. My mother writes in neat consistent half cursive half print – it’s clean and young at heart.

Despite what handwriting you’ve developed over the years, however, you can improve.  It might just be a better version of your current hand, or it could change completely if you’d like it to. Here are three simple steps to improving your writing for the better.

three steps to better handwriting

With these three easy steps you can be confident to write someone a card, pass someone a hand-written recipe, or just sign your name on a check – all while letting your personality shine through in the process!



Preppy Cane Pillow DIY


I’m pretty open about the point that I am not huge on color, but I did add some navy into my decor this year and I’m loving the results. As I transition my home into the warmer months, I was looking for a way to add a summery feel while still sticking with my navy and neutral scheme.


Cane patterns just scream summer to me but, of course, finding something in my desired shade of navy wasn’t super easy.  Like so many things, I just decided to go ahead and make something instead.

This navy cane patterned pillow was so downright easy, you’d be silly not to try it.  It rolled in at under $10 too, which makes it all the more satisfying. A few strips of ScotchBlueTM Painter’s Tape Delicate Surfaces #2080EL and I was on my way. The materials needed are simple enough: Continue Reading…


Happy Memorial Day!

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It’s a lovely *Memorial Day* Monday here in Ohio.  It’s sunny, clear, and already about seventy-five degrees out.  If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ve seen that Matt and I have spend the majority of the weekend working on our patio and our garden.

The patio has finally reached completion and I couldn’t be happier.  You might remember last year when we laid the flagstone for it and got the project started, but just this year finished it up with an outdoor kitchen and lots of landscaping.  I absolutely love going out there and basking in both the sun and our hard work!

We also planted a garden this weekend with the help of Matt’s parents and grandmother. Eloise (Matt’s grandmother) watched from afar and let me know when my rows weren’t straight… She grew up a farmers wife and definitely knows a thing or two about planting a garden! We planted five different varieties of tomatoes (among other things) and I can’t wait unit we have enough to make our first batch of salsa!

I hope your weekend is filled with friends, family, and lots of sunshine!


Friday Faves 5.23

Friday Faves 5.23

ONE ‘lets do cocktails’ print is a perfect little friday reminder and one of my favorite pieces from Evelyn Henson, $20. TWO hand embroidery on black leather, this Lizzie Fortunato clutch is a beauty, $350.  THREE I bought two of these natural woven poufs today for our patio!  They make the perfect little seats or place to prop your feet. $49 each from Target. If you text patio5 to 827438 you can get a $10 for patio/outdoor purchases over $50! yay! FOUR a loved this pom pom trim summer pom pom blanket that Ashley from Sugar and Cloth made!  It is weirdly similar to project I have to show you on monday, but who cares!  There are plenty of pom poms to go around!  FIVE this decorative glass tray is perfect for holding little baubles and offering up a daily reminder.  It would be a wonderful graduation gift for a young lady! $68 from Nordstrom. SIX tortoise tumblers have just a touch of glitter and are on sale! $6 from Pier1 Imports.


Woohoo!  It’s the weekend, guys!  It was a bit of a rough week for me, but the end is in sight and I’m going to take a cue from the print above and have a few cocktails.  We have a happy hour scheduled tonight with friends, a little bit of a splurge dinner tomorrow with other friends, and of course a memorial day party or two to attend.

In between the partying we are going to do a little more work on our patio this weekend to gear up for the big luau that we’ll be having next weekend!  I couldn’t be more excited.

What is on your weekend agenda?


Calm & Collected


Get ready to fall off your chair.  This home in the greater London area is absolutely gorgeous.  It’s got a lovely balance of light filled rooms and moody neutral nooks.  The black detailing in the kitchen alone is enough to swoon over.

Rustic elements really work well with the modern clean lines of the home to make it feel fresh and natural.

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Have you ever heard of this company – light locations – that scouts homes for the media or photographic industry? I can only imagine if I was a London blogger working with the company’s amazing homes (like this one) for shooting projects or posts.  I have worked on a few campaigns for which we’ve needed to use a location and in our area its all about a friend of a friend or finding someone who will let us borrow their home… so this is a dream of an idea.  See more photos of this gorgeous home below!  Continue Reading…


Summer Party Planning: A Hawaiian Luau


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Goodness, I love planning parties. I love planning parties almost as much as I love Hawaii. If you’ve talked to me for any length of time, it’s quite likely that I’ve tried to convince you to go to Hawaii.  I’ve just been twice, but boy, do I love it. I even snoop around at the real estate here and there! The traces of plumeria that waft through the air create such a sweet and inviting smell.  The people are so nice, it’s easy to get around and the sights are out of this world.  I don’t have a Hawaiian vacation in my future, nor have a lot of my friends been, so I wanted to bring the best of Hawaii to Ohio (they kind of sound the same!!) for a big summer party. aloha luau party planning Not only do I have big plans, but I have the perfect party playlist for the event that you can download! Continue Reading…

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