I had never given labor day a whole ton of thought, but today I actually looked it up. I was pretty interested to learn that it was created to celebrate the prosperity and achievements of the U.S. workforce and everything we do to maintain the economic strength of our country.
I’ll take it.
Today, I’m taking a load off, spending time with my husband, and enjoying the fruits of our labor.
I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun way to use pretty fabric (without sewing a thing) and later this week have a BIG announcement regarding my BIG adventure. See you all there!
ONE a mini crystal orb light packs a punch for small spaces and the price is pretty small too! $80 from Super Light Deal. I just bought it for my hallway! TWO I love little personalized trinket boxes. They are great, functional decor for vignettes, dressers, and bathrooms. This one is $69 from Mark and Graham. THREE little reminders for the start of the school year – even if you’re not headed back to the classroom. Simple reminders pencil set is just $12 from AmandaCatherineDes. FOUR the shape and finish of this cane chair from World Market is perfect, and the price at $120 is pretty perfect too. FIVEkind of a jerk move, I put this on the faves today and then I bought it! It will look just perfect this fall in my kitchen, so I couldn’t resist. More great stuff from BeebeLaRue is still available, however (sorry!!). SIX hand knit geometric pillow covers give the right amount of cozy to a couch. $49 each from Arctic Apparel.
My favorite finds this week might show you that I’m amping up for autumn around here. There is this perfect sweet spot in the year where it’s still warm, the sun shines brightly, but there is an underlying cool to the air and football is on the TV. This is the time of the year where tomatoes and squash are at their perfect ripeness, farmers markets are teaming with amazing things, and I just revel in it.
My husband is off to a bachelor party this weekend, so I’m going to enjoy the weather, maybe cook a few things with my end of summer produce and work on some projects. I few of you asked about this rug and I know I’ve been holding out on you, but I’m announcing the source next week! So hold tight!
As many of us are gearing up for a holiday weekend, we’re planning our menus (I’m eyeing this taco recipe from Naturally Ella), getting buckets of beer iced, mowing the lawns and making plans with friends.
It’s easy during the whole balance of the year that doesn’t surround Thanksgiving to not only forget to be mindful about how thankful we are, but also to remember the people out there who don’t have the means to supply meals for their family. Today kicks off Schwan’s ‘Open the Door to Thankful‘ campaign which is focusing on being thankful throughout the fall season and what we can do to help others get a meal.
To launch the program, Schwan’s Home Service will donate an initial 250,000 meals to Feeding America and invite consumers nationwide to join and add to the donation with their own “thankfuls.” In addition, every Thursday during the campaign, until October 10, the meal donation for each “thankful” shared by consumers will be doubled to 10 meals to honor “Thankful Thursday.”
The great news is, it’s SO easy to participate! All you have to do is share what you’re thankful for on the campaigns facebook app and five meals will be donated to Feeding America. That’s it.
So go over, share what you’re thankful for on this #thankfulthursday and help end hunger.
I’ve had a certain project on my mind recently, and I cannot decide whether to take the plunge and DIY or to just open my pocketbook and splurge on the ‘buy’.
When talking this weekend with one of my best friends, Lacey, we were both in a similar predicament with our staircases. It seems like such an easier task than the painted herringbone walls I recently did, but really I think it’s much harder. Painting on stairs is just so much more time consuming because all of the up and down has to be done so carefully. Also, we don’t have a light in our stairwell making painting hours much reduced (no nights here!).
So I’m really stuck on this one. On one hand it’s just paint… but on the other hand, what a headache to do it on my own!
Something you may not know about me is that I was a science major in college. I spent the early years in all sorts of fun classes where we got to examine, breed, and learn about some creepy creatures. Although these days, 0% of what I do is related to that field, I still hold a vested interested in the beauty of nature.
Insects have become a major trend as of late, their likenesses appearing on upholstery fabric, in art, jewelry, and clothing. I wrote an entire round up and rundown of the trend (and how to implement into your life) in my bi-monthly posts that I write for Etsy, but I chose a few favorites to share with you today!
Happy Monday! I’ve spent the last few weeks traveling and now I’m back home, turning my attention to all of the things that will be happening in the next few months. As many of you know, I arrange flowers for events and parties, and although weddings are my absolute favorite, I only take on a couple each year to balance my workload.
This fall, I have the honor and pleasure of designing and arranging wedding flowers for one of my good friends, Amanda and her soon-to-be-husband, Daniel. They are getting married in Savannah, a place I’ve never been but have been itching to visit, and I could not be more excited to dig into this gorgeous wedding.
The mood is natural, slightly vintage with a bit of southern charm. I wanted to share with you my mood board that I have hung above my desk to infuse me with the spirit of the event as I’m doing my planning. We’re using lots of baby’s breath (which adds an air of delicacy to everything) mixed with some other bolder blooms like hydrangeas, garden roses, lavender, and snapdragons. I couldn’t be more excited to have the opportunity to travel to Savannah for this beautiful event and will share the preparation and final details with you as they happen!
ONEStockholm cabinet from Ikea is a nice modern and airy design. If you think china cabinets are too fussy, this might be the one for you, $399. TWOcopper mugs are something we recently acquired and they’re not just for moscow mules! Even beer tastes frosty and delicious out of them! They’re a bit of an investment at $25-$30 a piece from Mark and Graham, but will be one of those things you pass down. THREEI just loved the design on this grey pillow cover from a new (to me) store, Spartan, $110. FOUR these purl baskets are big enough to store pillows and blankets and are soft and dimensional as well. £69 for the set of three from Made. FIVE a cafeteria style acacia partition plate would be so cute for little canapés. The sleek wooden design certainly is an upgrade to those plastic things we used back in school. $23 from Muji.
So, I’ve been at home for less than 24 hours and I’m taking off again (this time with Matt) for a lake weekend with my girlfriends and their husbands in Tennessee. I am hoping to catch up with some of by best friends, relax a bit, and hopefully catch a little sun. I didn’t see the sun for the past 10 days in Hong Kong and I am feeling the sans-sunray blues.
I’ll be back on Monday with a few snapshots from my recent travels and a really fun giveaway!
There is so much fun to be had on the side of the main (and usually plain) dinner plate. Vibrant patterns, quirky sayings, or just a little something unique will make a table setting really pop. My favorite thing about mixing and matching dessert, salad, or appetizer plates is that you don’t have to make a big investment to make a big impact. The plates above range from $3 up to $48, so everyone can find a little something to add some pop to their plates!
Do you employ this idea for dinner parties? What other dimensional drama do you add to your tables?
After a jam-packed and exhausting 10 days in Hong Kong and China, I’m heading home. I currently type this out from the seat that I’ll spend the next fifteen hours in… Thank goodness there is champagne…
I had four back to back meetings before getting to this point, so the post I had planned just didn’t get finished. In the meantime, you can read about me, my travel (including my fave destination) on Channeling Contessa today! Clara and her blog are phenomenal, so hop on over! You will love her recipes, especially!
X-stools come in all shapes and sizes, but you don’t have to stress about finding the right one for your space – just make it! I used the base of a directors chair that I had sitting in a closet to create this little perch in my entryway and love it! I had a table runner on hand that I bought just because I liked the metallic natural weave, but had only used probably once, which made for the perfect seat and was quite easy to put together. The best part is, you could use any fabric you want as long as it’s upholstery weight. Since mine was already at a 16 inch width, I didn’t have to hem any edges, but that wouldn’t be to difficult either.
ONE unscrew the arms from the base of the directors chair and discard. TWO unscrew the brace that stabilizes the top of the legs and put aside – you’ll reattach this piece later. THREE measure the open width of the base going all of the way around the underside of the horizontal supports. FOUR cut your fabric to width (or just a touch shorter) and wrap it very tightly around the sidebars, cutting a little notch out for the diagonal legs.
Staple one side of the fabric to the underneath of the side bars. Move to the other side and repeat, cutting the notches for the legs and pulling very tightly before stapling. The, re-attach the braces that you removed in step two.
Presto! You’ve got a brand new stool that folds right up and tucks away when not in use. I’d make a pair of these and bring them out to flank my coffee table when guests come over!
Will you give it a try? If you don’t have an old director’s chair sitting around, I’m sure it wouldn’t be a hard thing to find at an end-of-summer garage sale!
Hi, I'm Erin!
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