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…
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.
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…
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.
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!
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.
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.
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…
ONE I’ve heard great things about Martha’s new One Pot Cookbook! I might treat myself to it this weekend since it’s just $16 on Amazon! TWO these gilded stemless wine glasses from World Market would be perfect for entertaining from Thanksgiving straight through until Christmas and at just $19 for a set of four, they’d make a great gift too. THREE If you want a great live wreath that will bridge the holidays, try one made of Bay laurel. It smells awesome, but is totally appropriate for before Christmas. This one from McFadden Farms is just $34 which is a steal for a live wreath. FOUR isn’t this rust colored arrow rug gorgeous? Would you ever believe it was just $149 from Urban outfitters? I might have to snag it! FIVE I’m still on the lookout for pretty B&W patterned pillows for my bedroom makeover. These from Chanee Vijay Textiles are printed on greige hemp which makes them look more rustic and natural than start black and white can be. SIX if you’re looking for a good beverage bucket for entertaining this year, look no further than this planter from Ikea. It’s just $19, which is such a deal.
Happy Friday guys! Have you ever actually had a week where Friday gets here too soon and you’re left with a long to-do list still? I know its a little crazy, but I kind of wish I had just one more weekday to get some things done which would allow me to enjoy my weekend a little more.
This weekend, I have friends coming in from out of town and we’re going to do all of my favorite columbus things and eat at my favorite columbus restaurants. We’re starting this morning with a trip to Pistacia Vera, doing a little Short North Shopping during the day, eating tonight at 3rd & Hollywood. Tomorrow we’re heading out east to Wyandotte Winery then doing dinner at Basi Italia. Of course there’ll be a trip to Jeni’s thrown in there as well. Any suggestions to show my guests?
I was shocked to learn this week that some families don’t do a potluck Thanksgiving. This means that the hostess is cooking most of the dishes served. If you’re one of those families that makes the meal together (sisters, aunts, grandmothers unite!) then that’s amazing, but this family that I was speaking to however, just all shows up at someone’s house who has cooked the entire dinner! The hostess in question happened to be a friend who was so nervous about the quest.
I’m kind of a purist when it comes to the Thanksgiving meals, but if I had to do it all myself, I could quickly relinquish some of the dishes to store-bought (or at least help from a box). This got me thinking about which dishes I would still make and which I would fake. Of course the ‘faking it’ doesn’t have to mean straight up bought from a store in it’s complete form, it could mean anything from buying bread cubes for the stuffing instead of drying and cubing yourself. Or it could mean using a frozen pastry crust instead of going from scratch. What I’ve learned is that everyone takes help in some way or another – it all just depends on where their food allegiances lie!
So, this is pretty hypothetical because we’re having a potluck, which is what I grew up knowing. Still, however, I am making both the turkey and the stuffing for our friends giving, so I’ll still follow the exact recipes above. I’d really like to know about your family traditions, short-cuts, or long-cuts, though!
Tell me…. What do you HAVE to have homemade and what do you cut corners on? I hope we can all get some great ideas with plenty of time to implement them!!
Buckle your seat belts, guys… this dessert is off the charts. You already know I have an affinity for individualized attention when it comes to my parties, so making a sweet, after dinner treat that was single sized was my main focus when starting out here, but quickly took a backseat to the flavor explosion that happened. Layers of pound cake, Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice Liqueur, pumpkin pie filling, whipped cream, and chocolate not only make this dessert a delight for the stomach, but also a feast for the eyes! Look at those layers!
Something this seemingly intricate, however, is pretty darn easy thanks to the combination of store-bought ingredients. When I serve the dessert during our Friendsgiving, I’m going to set up a full Kahlúa ‘Bar’ with coffee, hot chocolate, cream, and a bunch of other mixers for guests to create the after-dinner-drink of their dreams. In my opinion, however, for this dessert, you can’t go wrong with a classic Kahlúa and Coffee.
It’s also a great recipe to make well in advance! You can make it up to the night before your event and just stick it in the fridge! Easy instructions after the jump! Continue Reading…
We are really putting on our boho crafty hats today. I’ve seen woven wall hangings in lots of high end shops recently and since don’t like paying hundreds of dollars for something I could make, I took the plunge. I have a ton of yarn on hand (because I keep thinking I can knit, but I can’t) so I had plenty of materials on hand to experiment with!
Most of the projects I make are just a few steps and I chirp on and on about how quick they are. This isn’t one of those projects. It isn’t hard to do, it’s just one of those ‘get-a-glass-of-wine-and-settle-in-for-the-longhaul’ projects. This little woven banner took me about four hours from start to finish, but since it was just mindless, it would be an awesome project to do with a group of girlfriends (over that aforementioned glass of vino).
I love the way it turned out, but I wish it were bigger… which would take even more time! I might try a macrame version as well and see how that goes, but in the meantime, let’s get started on this fun and funky project! Continue Reading…
Although I don’t host our family Thanksgiving, I do host a very special occasion in the week prior. We gather to eat and celebrate with all of those who we choose to be our nearest and dearest – our friends. Friendsgiving has been something this group has been doing for almost 13 years. Although one of our other friends used to host, as we’ve aged and our group has changed, I’ve begun hosting. This will be my third year with the honor.
In the past, these gatherings have always been pretty informal – sweats, football, and a bonfire all encouraged, but I have fancied it up a bit… why? Well, we get together all of the time for impromptu bonfires, patio drinking, and football watching, so I felt like this day should be a little more formal to show how much we cherish and celebrate some of our favorite people in our lives. I always dress up the table nicely like a sit down dinner party, but the food is potluck which allows everyone to contribute, something that I feel is so integral to the Thanksgiving spirit. I make a turkey the traditional way, but the men all gather earlier in the day our in our yard to fry a turkey as well. Meanwhile, I sit inside and pray that they don’t burn down our house (and the 100 acres of adjacent nature preserve).
This year, I was very inspired by the in-store display at my local Crate and Barrel store. Everything was white and worn wood with just a touch of iron or rust. It was so soothing and still very classic. I decided to do my own take on this very traditional look.
The formal invites are from Zazzle and although I designed them from Scratch (which is one of the main reasons I use Zazzle), you can also buy my design (and customize) if you’d prefer not to design your own! Mine are simple with a red fox (which we have here on our property) and a plaid back. I used the same plaid in a custom wrapping paper which I’ll use as a table runner. Lots of white serve ware and dinnerware will bring the light look to the table. I love the very traditional turkey bowl and the black rimmed stock pot and some simple wheat as table decor (can’t have too much table decor with a potluck!)
Last year I did these fun little ‘thankful’ booklets for name cards, but this year, I’ll use another natural. I’ve taken my inspiration from this walnut card holder. For a personal touch, I am going to ask all of our friends to submit their favorite quotes and have them printed on these wooden coasters! It will be a fun addition and something they can take home!
So far, I’m very happy with the initial plans. Of course, I’ll be sharing a few of the DIYs along the way, so stay tuned for more Friendsgiving goodness!
ONE the prettiest little plates by Nate Berkus for Target will go with anyone’s style – $20 for a set of 4. TWO coming soon to the shop! Our Grandiflora Holiday update includes a cake plate in beautiful white marble (a perfect complement to our Britta Marble Turntable which is a best-seller this season!) The cake stand will be $48. THREE I found the classic lines of this dark slate sofa to be absolutely perfect from a design perspective, and then I saw the $599 price tag and about fell over! It’s from Ikea and is part of their new Stocksund line. FOUR who doesn’t love cozy plaid blankets for fall? 100% wool is always a great investment and will last forever. $148 from Terrain. FIVE for the hip entertainer in your life, this copper pitcher is gorgeous and a good size! It’s one of those pieces that looks as good sitting out as it does in use. $88 from Terrain. SIX I know I don’t usually post shoes, but I thought this whole line of handmade flats from Spain were too good not to share. The navy blue scalloped are my fave right now, but check out the whole collection from Ele Handmade.
Happy Halloween!! It’s one of my favorite days of the year and I hope you’re enjoying the crisp fall-ness of it all! Today, I’m getting our Grandiflora holiday collection finalized and it’s a beautiful complement to the items in our fall line. I’m excited to reveal the new goodies! Tomorrow we are heading to a Halloween party where I am planning to be Maria Von Trapp. I need to find a guitar case today to complete my outfit!
Next week I have some wonderful things in store for you! An AMAZING dessert recipe for your November festivities, the new headboard DIY, and details for our upcoming Friendsgiving celebration! Can’t wait to see you back here on Monday!
Hi, I'm Erin!
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