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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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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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