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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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UPDATE: there has been an update to this process based on a few readers having problems!  I’ve highlighted the changes in italics below!

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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Grandiflora Fall 14 Collection is live!

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It’s here, it’s here!!  Finally, after so much waiting and anticipation (at least from my end), the Fall 2014 Grandiflora collection is live! Of course you all have seen the ‘behind’ the scenes photos of me preparing the product for this day since I showed you my photoshoot prep, the photoshoot in action, and some peeks from the shoot just last week.

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We have TWENTY new products which are all so special to me in their own ways. We have one more which is just late to the game and will be debuting later this week (there is always a straggler, right?).

Aside from the new styles, there are a couple of other new things this season (you’ll love these):  Continue Reading…

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Friday Faves 8.29

 

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ONE our Imogene Mirror is made of white washed wood and a calm neutral accent with loads of style for $188.  TWO the Margot Globe Lantern is fabulous with both a candle inside or some flowers.  We’re gonna love using it this fall to fill with acorns and pinecones! $48 THREE our Rosey Preserved Boxwood topiaries are real, preserved greenery and will look gorgeous from fall into winter.  the small is $44 and medium is $48.  FOUR Let’s Have Another!! This simple lucite tray has a gold glitter message urging friends to, well, have another! $34.  FIVE this simple white washed stool or side table comes dipped in gorgeous silver leaf to give it an extra does of cool for $220.  SIX my absolute favorite piece from the new collection is our Claudia Silver Weave bench.  It’s perfect for an entryway, the foot of the bed, or even as a coffee table.  The price is just right at $368.

 

We keep getting closer and closer to the full launch of our Grandiflora Fall 2014 Collection with each passing day!  Today, I wanted to share with you guys a few of the things I’m really excited about!  Not only will we keep piling on more new peeks as we get closer to the launch (follow on insta @shopgrandiflora for other updates) but we’ll also continue to carry some of what I consider to be our ‘Signature Collection’ from last holiday. AND we’ll have even more new stuff coming up for this holiday.  It’s all quite exciting.

I’m gonna ask one big big favor of you guys! If you have a blog and would like to share the image above, you are definitely encouraged to do so! I have a large format image available here that you can use if you’d like!  If you do share, be sure to let us know by mentioning us on social!!

In other news. I have wedding flowers that I’ll be doing this weekend for the wedding I shared a couple of weeks ago!  It’s going to be a long weekend in more way than one over here at the H of E headquarters!!

Have a good one, guys!

 

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