Welcoming Spring

Spring is off to a steady start in our home with amazing new work opportunities, lots of inspiration, a mix of fast and slow pace, and squeezing in as much time together as we can in the midst of all of the business.  We are hanging in there, people!

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I’ve pared down a lot of the decor in our house for now (pretty much since after Christmas) and I am loving having less out.  Usually this time of year I have so many decorations for Spring and I just felt like doing things a lot simpler this year.  I’ve become a plant lady!  We have lots of thriving plants throughout our house now and I don’t know what took me so long!  Flowers die… our plants are ALIVE!

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That fiddle leaf in the corner is fake, by the way.  I’m not that good…yet.  😉 I pull out the Limoges when my Spring mood strikes each year.  An amazing friend of mine gave this to me several years ago and I treasure it so much.  It was her mother’s.  ❤ I don’t take out all service for twelve, and I don’t take out every type of plate or bowl — just the basics.  We like to eat off of the dishes while sitting on the sofa at our coffee table.  I usually light some candles and we eat on our laps.  And with a slipcovered sofa we don’t even have to worry about pasta sauce.  🙂

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The copper pot for our stovetop scents has been put away until Fall, and out comes my Spring teapot.  😉  I’m ready for some fresh dish towels, too.  We’ll see what I find in the coming weeks.  It’s been fun to nest in this way for the season… Not feeling like I need to add eggs to every corner of our house or bunny banners.  I’ve just been decluttering, organizing, puttering…simplifying.

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This guy has my heart.  I love to see him find and enjoy all of the cozy spots around our little house.

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Sniffing the camera.  🙂

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Just a little update…  Wishing you a Happy Easter!

Springtime Color Palette Inspiration

Good morning!  I hope you had a great weekend.  I am so excited that it is officially Spring!

I love finding color palettes in all sorts of photos and experiences in real life.  Color palettes are everywhere… much like art and design inspiration is everywhere around us.  This season I am really craving pastels!  There have been plenty of Spring seasons that the bright, poppy colors are really calling my name; but this year I am all about the calm and soothing watered-down hues.

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I hope you have a great Monday!

Spring As a Feeling

Good morning!  It appears that just as swiftly as the “snow” left our valley, we have been blessed with beautifully warm Spring temperatures.  This has me feeling ready for Spring.  Bring on the peonies, outdoor coffee dates, farmer’s markets, and al fresco dining.

Each season, I like to compile a bunch of inspiration photos together to welcome and celebrate its arrival.  Looking over this Spring’s photo collection, it’s clear to me that I am feeling very drawn to soft, subtle colors in lieu of bold patterns, which is kind of new for me!  There are plenty of photos of very neat, organized cabinetry, shelves, and spaces because, well, this time of year is when I especially crave that order.  I am still trying to purge and organize some small areas of our home and then I will be getting on with my Spring cleaning, which is a process that will take me a few months.  Right into Summer!  Which is when we will officially enter into sloth-mode due to the extreme heat — ha!

If you’re living in a part of the world that is still experiencing a very cold Winter, I hope these photos make you feel warm.  😉  Spring will be here before you know it!

This is what Spring feels like to me…

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Beth Webb

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House of Jade Interiors

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Reviving Charm

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Elle Decor

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Rebecca Louise Law

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Kristen Panitch Design / Interiors

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Maddie Hughes Designs

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Anouk Yve

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Sacris Design

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Harlowe James

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Becki Owens

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My Domaine

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Sarah’s House

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CC & Mike Creative

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Brossie Belle

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Camille Styles

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A Burst of Beautiful

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G.P. Schafer Architect

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Kelley Nan

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Decor Gold Designs

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Design Seeds

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Studio McGee

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Ginger Barber

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Glitter Guide

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What Olivia Did

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Nora Murphy Country House

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Saw Nail & Paint

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I hope you have a great rest of your week!

DIY Valentine’s Day ‘Table Runner’

Happy Monday, friends!  After a busy weekend, I wasn’t quite ready for the week to start.  But here we are, ready or not!

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Welcome to our kitchen.  🙂  After last week’s post, you know that I love a good, festive garland.  Give me a mirror or a chalkboard, some scotch tape, and a cute garland and you can be sure what I am going to do with it!

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I totally cheated and made a DIY Valentine’s Day ‘table runner.’  But I didn’t sew anything!  I bought the heart fabric (1.5 yards) and heart tulle on super sale at JoAnn’s (plus used a coupon) and decided to try my hand at the iron-on hemming tape.  Usually when I buy fabric for a table runner, I basically just fold it the way that I want it to lay and call it good.  But I wanted a step up this time!  😉

Like I said, I tried the iron-on hemming tape.  But it did not work for me.  Maybe my iron was too hot?  I could not figure it out.  So I used some heavy-duty fabric glue and just glued it the way that I wanted it to be.  I’m hopeful that I will get a sewing machine in 2019.  I think it’s time!  For the pom poms, I used this YouTube tutorial and then I glued them with a few strands of the pom pom yarn onto the corners of the table runner.  The pom poms were so easy to make, I have been making them like crazy and putting them all over our house.  I guess I am the nutty pom pom lady now, lol.

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The tulle was a little something extra that I found that I thought would look really cute bunched up down the center of the table.  I love it!  It adds another textural and dimensional element that I think looks really fun.

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I have a few of these small mismatched glasses that I use for all kinds of things.  These came from a local store and they are so delicate — I love them so much!  I sprinkled the table with a few for a nice nighttime glow.

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And, of course, I used a little bit of the leftover lip candy from our coffee table centerpiece to decorate the table.  Although, I must admit, these are gone now.  We got hungry.  Lol.

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I bought a big bunch of tulips from Trader Joe’s and used half of them for the coffee table and half for this centerpiece.  You just can’t go wrong with pink during the month of February!

I hope you all have a great day!

Simple Valentine’s Day Garland + Centerpiece

Hey there, friends!  I hope your week is off to a good start.  Wednesdays always kind of get the best of me.  Does that happen to you, too?

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Valentine’s Day is in full-swing over here!  I mentioned in last week’s Valentine’s Day round-up post that this is the third year I have brought this DIY wreath out of storage.  I’m thinking maybe next year I will make another one, even though it’s held up really well.  I like to switch things up sometimes.  😉  I love grapevine wreaths because there usually is no hot gluing that needs to happen if you’re using faux flowers — you literally just cut them to the size that you want and jam ’em in there.  The banner was a JoAnn’s find and that is just tied in there.  Super simple and festive.

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Come on in and grab a cup of coffee!

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…And be greeted by the world’s cutest pup.  😉 I’m not biased or anything, no way.

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I had this garland from the Target Dollar Spot from a few years ago, but this year I added the faux chalkboard labels to it.  They are just black folded name cards that I hung around the twine and then put a piece of tape in the center to hold them shut.  I used a chalkboard pen to write the ‘X’s and ‘O’s.  I’m no chalkboard artist, lol.  Striving for festive, not perfection.

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Tulips make me so happy.  🙂  They’re definitely my favorite flower.  I was at our local grocery store a few weeks ago and this adorable Valentine’s Day gummy candy stopped me in my tracks in the bulk section.  I knew that I wanted to make a centerpiece like this with it!  This was very easy, too — I just found a glass that would fit in the center of this apothecary jar, and then layered the candy around it.  I used tongs to arrange a little bit and also to grab any candy that had a mind of its own.  😉  Then I filled up the glass with water and added the flowers!  A little tip — the way that I fill this up to refresh the water is by using a little coffee creamer pourer.  So far the water has just sort of recycled itself because the flowers seem to drink up lots of it!

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I hope you have had a great day!  I’ll see you back here soon!

The Month of Love

Hey there, happy Friday!  I hope you’ve had a great week.  🙂

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Welcome to the Month of Love.  😉  I love February.  It’s short and sweet!  Over the past several years, I have posted some really simple vignettes and projects for Valentine’s Day so I thought I would kick off the month by compiling some of the photos here.  Some photos are from my in-laws’ house over the years, too (remember, we lived with them for a couple of years while we saved up for our house!).  I have a few projects in the works for V-Day so I will be sharing those soon!

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Target always has little seasonal throw pillows that are fun this time of the year.  On another note — it’s neat to look back and see how different our house looked just a couple of years ago!

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This was a kitchen table vignette that I created using just a bunch of random things that I shopped from our house right after we moved in.  The blocks were my favorite!

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And here’s a vignette that my mom-in-law created using blocks.  Hers was the inspiration behind mine.  😉  I love those little crystal jewels.  A lot of times you can find those in the wedding section at craft stores.

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For a little gift, I made these yummy (and versatile!) cookies for some family and packaged them up in a festive way.  I love to use doilies this time of the year.

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This is my third Valentine’s Day pulling this wreath out of storage.  I made this our first Valentine’s Day in our house and it’s still goin’ strong!  It’s just a simple grapevine wreath with the flowers tucked into it and the banner wired in.  It took all of ten minutes.  🙂  I store my wreaths in garbage bags in our garage and so far I haven’t had to re-make a single one, they’ve held up so well!

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I find myself reaching for garlands over and over again for each season.  They’re such a simple way to add a festive touch.

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Printables are a fun way to decorate for the season, too!  There are so many beautiful free ones.  I have a whole Pinterest board with my favorites that I have found and used over the years.

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This was another pretty vignette my mom-in-law created in their dining room.  A silver tray, moss, dried roses, and some candle holders.  Very simple and elegant!

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Of course festive cocktail napkins go a long way.  🙂  I like easy this time of year.  We really only go all out for Halloween and Christmas.  The rest of the year I like to acknowledge a season or holiday in our home but not go overboard.  Less to clean up — and less to dust around!

Have a great weekend, everyone!  I’ll see you back here next week!

Simple Sunday Brunch

Hey there!  I hope you have been having a great week.  🙂  I am excited for the weekend — I think I’m going to pull out some Valentine’s Day decorations.  It feels like a good time to do that — I feel ready!

A couple of Sundays ago, we had Grey’s family over for a simple brunch and we had such a great time.  Our house is pretty small, so the first challenge was to figure out a way that we could all be in the same room, sitting down, enjoying the food — I wanted everyone to have a place to sit and set their plate and coffee cups down.  Enter…the card table!

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We have a rectangular card table that I bought around Christmastime that helped us so much with our winter baking and also the dinner party we had with my parents.  I knew that this space would work so much better if we had a square card table, though, so I bought another one.  If there’s one thing I learned from my sweet Gramma it’s that these tables will always come in handy!

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Our cozy chair usually sits in this spot but I simply switched around the room for this to work for us.  The card table is essentially where our Christmas tree was this past year.  🙂  I love to dress tables up with scrap yards of fabric and I did that with this table, too.  I laid the fabric over the top and tied the ends with twine to keep them tucked.

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Kraft paper makes the best runner.  🙂  Especially when you want to be able to draw!  I knew people would have fun with this, and they did!  Funny story about these flowers, though — I bought them at Trader Joe’s and thought they were so cute, but I didn’t smell them before I purchased them.  When I was setting up the tables later that day, I realized that they smelled so bad — like feet!  I had to use them sparingly, lol.  This is a cute little tea set that my Grammie gave to me for Christmas and I put the flowers inside with a little bit of water.

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The lazy Susan is something I found at HomeGoods, and I’m so excited that I did!  I am already dreaming up other ways that I can use this.

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I set up the coffee and mimosa station in our living room on our buffet for convenience.  I love to layer, layer, layer, and cake stands are always good for that!

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The food buffet was set up on our kitchen table and I kept the brunch super simple — these quick cinnamon rolls, this egg casserole, and my sis-in-law and her family brought a yummy fruit salad.  My in-laws brought the ingredients for the mimosas.  😉

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Kraft paper made it so easy to label the different foods and kept things super casual.  I love that this table looked really elegant but also very simple.

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For this table, I layered the kraft paper with a bunching of some more scrap fabric that I have.  I found some pretty greens at Trader Joes and spread those in the middle of the table (kind of like I did with the eucalyptus leaves here), and then I weaved in some tinkle lights.  Because I think everything is better with twinkle lights.  🙂

Use what you have when you host gatherings in your home.  I don’t have a lot of things that match, I just improvise with what I do have.  I think the mismatched makes things look more casual and more fun.  When you are dealing with a tight space, try to think of easy ways that you can add seating in the room — garden stools, ottomans, cozy floor pillows.  These are all 100% acceptable in my book.  The point is to gather together and make memories!

Have a great weekend!  I took some photos of our master bedroom progress (finally!) and will be sharing those with you next week!