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Wooden Leaf Fall Wreath

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We’re getting deep into the fall posts these next several weeks and I couldn’t be more excited about it!  I love fall decor touches around my home and especially love to jazz up my front porch a bit.  What I don’t love are most of the wreaths I see out there. Of what I see in stores most wreaths are either too crafty, too fake, or too dated for my taste.  I want something natural and simple, but with a bit of uniqueness.

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You may have seen the little wooden leaves in my fall color palette post yesterday, and if you wondered what they were or what I’d be doing with them, you’re in luck!  Today I’m using leaf shaped wooden veneer that I found at Paper Source last weekend. Immediately when I saw them I thought of making a stacked leaf wreath out of them.  I didn’t know how the exact mechanics were going to work, I just knew I wanted to use them.  I’ve devised a way to get them into a beautiful wreath with just a few household items!  Continue Reading…

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Colors of My Fall

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The shift from summer into fall is always a little bitter-sweet.  We love summer (right?!) but fall is just so fabulous. You guys know that fall is my absolute favorite time of the year, but I don’t like to jump all in.  Especially this year, because the fall seems to be coming pretty early.

I have several methods for the seasonal transitions, but it always starts with a color scheme.  Some of my favorite summer colors – sea green and rich berry hues – look so beautiful when toned down into a duller version for the cooler weather.

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In my fall decor (and fashion!) palette, I’ve dulled down green, pink, and fuchsia and added in some rustic grey and brown.  I love the addition of worn brass (instead of gold) for fall as well. I gathered some of the decor I’ve started to collect for this fall and photoed it all together above.  Doesn’t it work well together?

You can tell this was also the direction I followed for the fall Grandiflora collection! The colors that I worked with Hillary Butler on for this piece is derived from the same summer into fall palette and the worn whitewashed woods I used for this piece mirrors (haha) the same dull grey/brown as we have in our color scheme. When it comes to fashion, I am loving this coat right now which is a great example of using light pink into fall!

Of course, to design into the fall Grandiflora season, I had to come up with my palette almost a year ago (no kidding), so I am happy that these colors are still pretty on-point months later!  That is always a big challenge when it comes to designing into the future!

How do you guys feel about the palette?  Do you have any favorite colors that you’re loving for the summer-fall transition?

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Friday Faves 9.12

Friday Faves 9.12

ONE  The Citizenry is a new-to-me shop which has lovely neutral pieces from around the world.  This grey geo wool pillow is calling my name!  $95. TWO It’s funny that I like dressers so much, because we don’t even have one in our house. I think this metal rimmed chest from World Market would make a great addition to a family room or dining room for additional storage, and I love that little shelf on the bottom!  $549. THREE bees please!  the cutest bee print dopp kit is just $24(ish) from Jenna Rose Handmade. FOUR I hate when super specific seasonal decor is expensive, so these pretty ‘dia de los muertos’ plates from Crate and Barrel had me sold at their $4 price tag. FIVE another one from the Citizenry!  I love this simple black and white wool rug made by artisans in Argentina!  It’s a bit pricey at $475 for a 3 x 5, but looks like it would be a wonderful quality piece to add style for years to come! SIX if anyone is as obsessed with the fall or with Harry Potter as I am, you’re gonna love a little butter beer!  This recipe calls for Rum extract, which I will most definitely sub out for actual Rum. Wouldn’t this be so fun for a Harry Potter movie night?

Fall is totally in the air and I am ushering it in with open arms!  We are in Chicago this weekend where it is forecasted to be around 60 the whole time – perfect in my mind.  I can’t wait to really amp up the fall posts and get you all ready for the season of harvests, apples, pumpkins, leaves, and spice!

This week we have a $250 GIVEAWAY going on!  Enter at the bottom of yesterday’s post!

 

Have a fabulous September weekend, guys!

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Everything But the House – A Giveaway!

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It’s a wonderful Thursday, guys! I have a really fascinating giveaway to bring to you from Everything But the House.  I wanted to share this one with you guys because it’s new, unique, and it’s heavily concentrated in my area, although they do ship nationwide.

People always ask me where I shop for antique or unique odds and ends around Columbus, but truth be told, I don’t go to many stores, I mostly scour estate sales and garage sales.  Here is where Everything But the House comes in.  It’s an online estate sale with bidding/auction type style which I’ve found very fun. You can place your starting bid and the highest you’re willing to pay and then their system bids for you – within your price range.

So, onto the fun part!  Here are the items I’ve either recently won (Eee!) or am currently bidding on (fingers crossed!). Sometimes it’s hard to envision someone else’s stuff in a more modern or cool way when it’s surrounded but other pieces that aren’t your cup of tea, but just like at a real estate sale, you’ve got to look past the life the item used to have and look at how it could be.

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How do you guys like my picks!?  Entry is just a click away: Continue Reading…

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Moroccan Wedding Blanket Pillow

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Today, I am bursting at the seams to share this DIY. I feel like I say this every time, but this project has been looming in my mind for a while now.  Ok, so maybe just around 2 months, but still. I doubted whether I could do it with the resources I have in my town and searched online for fringes, trims, sequins, and whatnot.  At the end of the day, I bought one hundred percent of the materials in this project from my local JoAnn’s. Go figure!

Moroccan wedding blankets have been on the design scene for a few years now and are just starting to go more mainstream with offerings at West Elm, Urban Outfitters, and Pottery Barn. They are all still pretty pricey, however, and the cream pillow from Pottery Barn is still close to $80. Not my version, though.  This beauty came in at just $29 for all the fabrics and trims. It’s a tad pricier than most of my DIYs, but I definitely think it’s worth the cash, sweat, and tears.

 

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Most of the fun of this project was placing the lines of alternating fringe, sequins and mohair where I wanted.  Although this project is a snap with a sewing machine, you could do it all by hand if you don’t have one since it’s a whole 12 straight lines. I decided to take the help and use my machine this time even though on most projects I spend ample time trying to figure out how NOT to use the sewing machine.  You guys know I hate to sew, right? So I did it anyway for this project because I just wanted to do it that badly.  If you feel the same, keep on reading for the full instructions (and more photos)!  Continue Reading…

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup

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I promised Pumpkin Spice and today it’s here! You may have noticed that our spicy seasonal favorite started popping up in Starbucks this weekend, and usually I would flock to those green awnings to take my first fall sip.  This year however, a few things have me stopping short.

I mentioned my diet change last week, but also there have been loads of reports of the mystery additives in the original coffeehouse version. Although I certainly would have looked past the mystery and sipped anyway, the diet change really was the thing that got me thinking of a make-at-home version with all natural ingredients.

There are about a bazillion ways to customize this depending on what you drink or don’t drink.  I’ve made a version with no white sugar and no sugar substitutes that is eerily close to the original.

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So, what are we waiting for!  Let’s make this pumpkiny, syrupy goodness!  Continue Reading…

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A Whimsical Berry Wedding

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I am so excited to share last weekend’s wedding with you all today!  You can see from my pre-planning post, we were going toward levels of berry mixed together with tons of silvery green eucalyptus for a woodsy, whimsical look.  It was the perfect mix of moody and bright hues for an August wedding.  There was an earthiness to color palette even through we included a lot of purple and pink.  The wedding and reception were held at an old train station which has since been repurposed as an event space.

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Not only did we do the traditional bouquets and table arrangements, but we also constructed two thirty foot garlands for the altar area, which we then moved to the tuscan style head table for the reception.  All of the photos were done by Brad Young. Keep on reading for more and more photos of the event!

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Friday Faves 9.5

Friday Faves 9.5

ONE talk about obsessed.  I saw these raised polka dot towels in my local West Elm and although they were out, I immediately ordered online.  They’re $24 each (which is a bit pricey for towels) so I bought two and will use them as the display/hand drying towels in my bathroom. TWO holy sconce! The geo sconces are simple, gorgeous, and on sale from Wisteria!  $174 for the set of four. THREE an antique dough bowl which is (surprise!) an upcoming Grandiflora item! Get emails with our new items by signing up here! FOUR I don’t know what I love more, the color or the scent of this ‘Woods’ scented candle from Sydney Hale, $30. FIVE it’s black and white which automatically draws my attention, but the buffalo check on this plaid blanket is totally on trend for fall and would be cute throughout the entire holiday season.  It’s 100% wool, so it’s worth it’s $120 price tag. SIX put a ring on it… Moose head ring holder is a darling decor object for fall and would also be a wonderful holiday gift (let’s get ahead this year!).  It’s just $8 from Z Gallerie.

 

It was a short week, but it sure didn’t feel like it to me!  I did the flowers for a wedding this past weekend which is always a lot of work, but this one was amazing!  I made 30 feet of eucalyptus garland for the altar area and for down the center of the head table!  I’ll be sharing more photos soon, so stay tuned for those!

This weekend, I will be headed to an Ohio State football game tomorrow (I’m excited!) and will be cleaning up around the house a bit. A weekend in LA followed by a weekend doing wedding flowers means my house is a wreck.

What is on your agenda?

 

 

p.s.  I also blog for Bali Blinds!  Check out today’s post on how to make your rooms feel bigger!

p.p.s. If you want to see the cutest thing in the entire world that almost made my heart hurt from cute overload, click here.

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Gold Rimmed Faux Marble Coasters

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Like most of us, I love carrara marble. I wish every surface in my kitchen and bath could be decked out with the stuff, but then I wouldn’t have anything to look forward to in my next house (that’s what I tell myself, anyway!).  In the meantime, I am satiating my marble desires with little decorative hints of it throughout my house.

When it comes to coasters, I hate coasters that are too solid or nonporous to actually work well.  This DIY is so great because it actually uses clay instead of marble which is soft to the touch and absorbent.  Not only does it look like the real thing, but all four coasters came in at under $7 so it meets my ‘cheaper or better’ DIY requirement.

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To make all four it took me under 30 minutes, so it was fairly easy and only took three materials!  See the full tutorial below!  Continue Reading…

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Why I Whole 30

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Last week, I shared my whole salt crusted branzino recipe and let it drop that I was indulging myself with Whole30 and sure enough I start getting emails and comments asking me to elaborate.  Then I saw my friend, Clara, also thinking about taking the plunge, so I’ll elaborate, because I love you guys.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, Whole30 markets itself as a 30 day ‘reset’ of the metabolism, gut, and digestive systems. You can read all about it on their site, but basically you eat three large meals a day using only high quality meats, veggies, fruits, and nuts/seeds. You cook and you eat whole, raw foods, and you don’t eat anything processed or refined.  So, that means that all grains, dairy, legumes, alcohol and sugars are out.  Yes, that means no wine.  Or cheese.

Prior to Whole30, my five main food groups went like this: Cheese, Wine, Olives, Nuts, Tomatoes. So, I wasn’t super big on starches anyway, but I was big on snacking throughout the day on little things and living without my wine and my cheese? A world without cheese is not a world for me. But I was drawn in by the many touted benefits.  I’ll tell you about why I needed a change, what I’ve experienced (at the current 1/2 way point), and what the hardest part is. Continue Reading…

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