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Outdoor Buffet

My outdoor space is a little lacking, so I jumped on the opportunity to take a fun outdoor bar/buffet piece that my mother in law was giving away.  It’s make from teak and is bar height.  I think it will make a wonderful addition to our patio (or what patio exists).

It has room to house a few bottles, some wine glasses and any other extras for an outdoor gathering. I placed it right next to the grill to serve as a spot for a little extra workspace as well. I think it definitely adds some character to my otherwise bland outdoor entertaining area.

What did you all do this weekend? Any fun finds?

Have a fantastic Monday!



Friday Faves 6.22

ONE large colorblock utility basket $138 at terrain; TWO jonna saarinen printed breakfast trays $43 each from leif; THREE retro yellow vintage desk lamp with a neon orange cord $165 from Earth Sea Warrior; FOUR pretty maps by Aaron Straup Cope starting at $24 (this one is dc/baltimore). FIVE circles porcelain votive holders $8 ea from west elm; SIX lasalle bistro set – just $86 and comes in 5 colors (even a bright yellow!) from Target.

Pretty brights and neutrals are on my wish list this Friday (along with a few more hours in the day)!  I’ve mentioned it a few times, but I’m doing the floral and table designs for two upcoming weddings – the first is next Saturday and then the second is the following Saturday.  It’s going to be a busy few weeks getting vases cleaned and prepped, ribbons, candles, table numbers, and placesettings all ready.  I’m curious if you guys are interested in seeing any of the progress?  Or just the finished products?

Aside from all of my crazy – what are you doing this weekend?

Have a FAB Friday and Weekend!



Pretty Patterned Paper


Say that three times fast – Pretty Patterned Paper!  I came across this wedding on Green Wedding Shoes and was really lured in by the paper kites floating from a string with the guests names attached. Once you get past the name cards, however, it turned out that the amazing thing wasn’t just the pretty paper, but the many beautiful uses for it.  Giant paper alter flowers, pinwheels and kites all adorned the fabulous outdoor space.

One of the things I like about it, is that the paper pieces make a big impact, and their scale is perfect for an outdoor event.  Usually whether it’s a backyard barbecue, or birthday, sometimes handmade details get lost.  These certainly do not.

How do you feel about all of the fun uses and patterns? Do you like it? Chime in!

*all photos from Green Wedding Shoes, photography by Ashley Rose Photography


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Details With // Jeanne of Shop Sweet Things

ONE This is a chinoise bowl I just received from my husband for my mother’s day gift. I actually featured it in one of my “Sweet Things Under $20″ series and he surprised me with this gift. Now it’s sitting nicely on our kitchen buffet cabinet. TWO I have a thing for collecting knick-knacks, especially empty jars with nice labels. I like to display them on the top shelf in my kitchen along with some cooking books. THREE Since I don’t have an office space and my desk is placed behind my sofa, I don’t have a wall where I can pin pretty things or inspirations. So I use my refrigerator to serve as my inspiration board – gotta work everything you have when living in a small space!

I’m really happy to have Jeanne from Shop Sweet Things on House of Earnest to share with you some special details of her home.  I met Jeanne this past January at Alt and I was smitten with her at the first lunch!  She is fabulously stylish and insightful. She really blew me away with how she held herself – very calm and graceful; I began to wonder if she ever has an ‘off’ day!

Jeanne has been featured in Glitter Guide, Matchbook Magazine, Refinery 29 and much more. Her style and taste is totally enviable, and she serves up a dose of it daily on her blog, Shop Sweet Things.



Little Soldiers

I had asked you guys a week ago what your favorite part of summer was, and I’ve received so many amazing responses.  Everything from going to a family lakehouse to sipping something sweet to the festivities that surround the 4th of July.

I wanted to share with you my favorite part of summer, which is breakfast outdoors.  I don’t get to do this but every so often, and it may not be elaborate, but my ideal summer morning is drinking coffee and eating egg-soaked crusty bread outside.

The whole thing seems very European to me, so I put together a perfect scenario for my summer outdoor breakfast complete with a group of friends, and some fresh coffee.

photo 1/ collage 1/ecology pitcher and juicer 2/John Lewis oak egg holder 3/egg cup 4/dipped spreaders 5/egg top cutter 6/dundee marmalade 7/toast rack

Doesn’t it just seem like the perfect summer morning?

Ok, so I know I’m killing you guys here by dancing around the subject of who wins the West Elm give-a-way! Using a random number generator, fate has decided that it is Angela M who will win the splash of summer!

Congratulations, Angela! I’ll be emailing you shortly to work out the details.


I hope you all have a SWEET Tuesday!


A Beautiful Specimen

I’ve always loved the look of specimen type art within a curated collection, but a part of me thought it was also a little creepy to have framed dead things on my wall. Even if you’re not creeped out, artwork made with once-live butterflies can run you a few hundred dollars.

I compromised with myself the other day after seeing some faux butterflies in my local craft store and decided to make my own butterfly ‘specimen’ art.

With a gluegun and a steady hand, this pretty and nature inspired art can be customized in so many ways.  Keep reading for more details on the making of this piece.

and don’t forget – the West Elm GIVE-A-WAY ends tonight at midnight!

Continue Reading…


Friday Faves 6.15

ONE dipped spice cellar set $45 from Leif; TWO tray and tray stand $240 from Svenskt Tenn; THREE turned wood coatrack $56 from Baxton Studio for Kmart; FOUR Tibetan embroidered quilt $147 for a queen size at abc home; FIVE set of three potted succulent candles $20 from Leif; SIX canvas pencil roll (perfect for a sunny afternoon in the park!) $10 from Anthropologie. SEVEN black and white handmade cotton pillow covers $65 each from Fine Little Day.

It’s finally Friday!  I’m excited to get my hands dirty with a couple of projects I have on my to-do list and try to get my house and self in order before a busy next couple of weeks.  Anything fun for your weekend plans?



**DON’T FORGET** You have until next Monday to enter the West Elm Summer GIVE-A-WAY!  Find entry details here!

Also, in case you missed it, this week I was over on Vmac+Cheese sharing a very fashionable Have & Make, and I was participating in a Design Duel with Rebecca from A Daily Something over on Hello, Splendor.


Wake Up on the Right Side

When I heard Gretchen Rubin, the author of The Happiness Project, speak in January at Alt Summit, a few things stuck with me, but the major idea was to make my bed.  It seems silly, but she firmly believes that ‘outer order contributes to inner calm’.

I think about this all of the time when I’m making my own bed and how it quite truly makes me happy.  It actually does leave me with an inner feeling of calm.  My house automatically feels cleaner, and I leave for the day feeling accomplished at 7am (which is a great day already).

BUT while I was researching for this post, I found an article published by BBC News quoting a Kingston University study that suggests making your bed may not be such a good idea.  The study claims that making your bed can trap moisture and warmth – an idea environment for dustmites and bedbugs to thrive, while an unmade bed helps the pests to die.

So this has me thinking (this beautiful Thursday morning)… Which route do you take? Are you a bed maker or do you leave it unkempt? Do you think you might take the other route now?

Let me know!

Have a TERRIFIC Thursday out there!


Photo via Style Conscious


**DON’T FORGET** House of Earnest is sponsoring a West Elm Summer Give-a-way! Click here for entry rules and details!


Have & Make: Summer Cooler Bowl

This ‘Have & Make’ has no DIY involved – but is just a quick entertaining idea for summer.

If you have a globe vase sitting around, fill it with ice and snuggle in a bowl that is similar in size to the vase opening.  Fill it with whatever summer dish needs to be kept chilled (shrimp cocktail anyone?) and you’re ready to go!

Alfresco dining is probably my favorite part of the summer, but dried up food is not.  I use the trick all year long for parties, but for summers, it comes in particularly handy!

Enjoy this quick tip and have a COOL Wednesday!


Summer West Elm Give-a-way

Did you like my little living room makeover from yesterday?  If so, you yourself can enter to win FIVE of the West Elm products that I used in my own home. 

House of Earnest is sponsoring a West Elm Give-a-way!  Exciting, right?? The Crewel pillow cover in yellow, Oasis silk pillow cover, Yellow West Elm favorite throw, Shane Powers opal vase, and green glass candle holder can all be yours!


Have a HAPPY Tuesday!