Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy 2013

Wishing all of you a happy, healthy & prosperous 2013!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Geek chic

Putting together some decor ideas for a self-proclaimed teenage "nerd"- I'm calling it geek chic! What do you think?

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Personalized pillows

What do you think of personalized pillows in your home?

Friday, December 28, 2012

Beam me up

I am still in love with the idea of installing ceiling beams in my family room. What do you think? Are ceiling beams dated or a timeless architectural detail?

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Top Shelf

What do you think of the design trend of repurposing items into shelves? Is this something you would do in your home? (images via Pinterest)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Dinner Table

Last night was the start of our Christmas celebrations. My sweet sister & her new husband are in from NYC & we celebrated with a yummy family dinner cooked by my hubby. Of course, I am in charge of table setting & I snapped a quick pic with my IPhone before everyone sat down. We are casual entertainers-we like everyone to be comfortable & cozy so we piled everyone around the kitchen table. I love how the holidays brings everyone together-life is just how it should be.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Winter white marshmallows

My girlfriend is hosting a bridal shower & she asked me to make some of my chocolate marshmallows for the shower. The theme is winter white so I dipped them in white chocolate & sprinkled with white crystal sanding sugar. I tied the cellophane wrappers with little snowball wired ribbon. I loved how they turned out-I hope our bride-to-be does too!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Pom Pom Paper

I am loving' this Pom Pom paper from Anthropologie! It's super expensive so I am going to try my own version-I will let you know how it goes!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Hostess gift

Do you need a fun hostess gift this weekend? Want to bring something other than a boring bottle of wine? Try giving your hostess a bottle of Adult Strawberry Milk or Adult Chocolate Strawberry Milk! It will be a guaranteed success!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

For your mistle"toes"

For my Bunco group, I wanted to give each girl a little something for the holidays at our Christmas Bunco. I gave all the girls Peppermint & Chocolate dipped Oreos last year & I didn't want to repeat a gift. I started looking on Pinterest & found the cutest gift idea from Supreme Courtney! She gave nail polish with a tag that read "for your mistletoes" & I knew that's what I wanted to recreate! I found these cute mini galvanized buckets & wrapped a simple ribbon around it. I hand wrote a simple tag & wrapped it around the bottle! Easy peasy & in no time at all, 16 gifts for 16 great girls!

Linked to: show & tell Saturday

How to make an entrance this holiday

How do you like to make an entrance this holiday season? (images via Pinterest)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Chalkboard Christmas Decor

Chalkboard decor for Christmas is still a popular trend for holiday decorating. Do you like the look? (images via Pinterest)

Friday, December 7, 2012

Glam contemporary lighting

Finalizing lighting selections for my fabulous contemporary/glam clients dining space & I am loving these four! Which do you like?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Peppermint Bark Oreo Milkshakes

At our house, we are slightly obsessed with peppermint bark during the holidays. One of our favorite treats are homemade peppermint bark ice cream milkshakes. This year, we added a little something extra (drumroll please) OREOS! You can make a semi-homemade version with peppermint ice cream, crumbled peppermint bark & Oreos! Add all the ingredients to the blender with a splash of milk and you have the best milkshake EVER!

(Linked to Lil'Luna, Skip to my Lou, Sunday Showcase)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas card idea

What do you do with your Christmas cards? I saw the cutest idea on Pinterest-snap a pic of the card & make that their contact photo for your phone! Love!

Bookshelf Style

I am looking for a little style inspiration this morning for my clients master bedroom shelves. What's your bookshelf style? Is it clean & minimal or collected & cluttered? (images via Pinterest)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Gingerbread House Advent Calendar

I'm excited to share the fun and easy project for a cute Gingerbread house advent calendar! I know that today is the 3rd but you can still do an advent calendar or just do the 12 days of Christmas! This year I wanted to make an advent calendar for our built in bookcases. Of course you could easily make it a garland with ribbon and hang with clothes pins. I wanted something that would easy to make, not super labor intensive and of course cute. I saw these darling gingerbread houses at Michaels by Martha Stewart and I knew they would be perfect! I bought four packs of the houses (40% off), gingerbread stickers, number stickers and ribbon. I decorated the house doors with number stickers, filled with treats and tied the boxes closed with ribbon and gingerbread man sticker. (please make sure the treats are wrapped so they stay fresh & safe to eat) I think they turned out so cute and my boys can not wait to open them each day.

Gingerbread Houses with Grandma

Every year our boys make a gingerbread house with my mom. They look forward to it every year & it is something they share special with their grandma. I love that they have their own holiday traditions & know that the memories are something they will treasure always.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Teenage Chic

I am working on a teenage girls room & my client is the teenage girl! She is a girl who knows what she wants & has a wonderful sense of style. We installed her custom headboard yesterday & I can't wait to see it all together!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Wreath Style

I love wreaths for the holidays! I adore them on doors, windows, walls, mirrors, cabinets & even on car grills! There are so many styles to choose from-what's your wreath style? (images from Pinterest)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Advent Calendars

One of our children's favorite holiday traditions are advent calendars. They love waking up every morning to find a small treat to celebrate the countdown to Christmas! I found these cute advent calendars on Pinterest & I love all the different ideas! Do you have advent calendars in your home?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Table top trees

I love displaying ornament collections on table top trees. You can see the detail & every treasured ornament. My boys have a "Crabtree" with crab ornaments we have collected over the years. And this year they have informed be they would like to do a Pokemon tree, with all their favorite figurines. What type of ornaments does your family collect? (images via Pinterest)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday card display

One of my favorite things about the holidays is all the cards we receive in the mail. I love all the photos & updates of our friends & family. I used to keep our holiday cards in a big bowl on the coffee table but the past few years, I've been adding them to our stair garland. Everyone enjoys them so much more when they are out for display. I just tie them on with ribbon & it adds the perfect touch to our garland. How do you like to display your cards? (images via Pinterest)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Wall Christmas Trees

I have been finding these wall Christmas trees all over Pinterest & I'm kinda loving the idea of one. Not that I'm replacing our traditional Christmas tree but I
am thinking in addition to. What do you think? Would you put one up in your house?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Holiday decorating

Spending the day decorating for the holidays...fa la la la la la la la la la! Have you started yet?

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Tabletop trees

I am obsessed with Christmas. I love everything about it from holiday movies and music, baking, decorating-I could go on & on. If I could, I would have a tree in every room. I love table top trees! They add the perfect amount of sparkle & magic to every room. I found a few of my favorites on pinterest this morning & I thought I would share them with you.

Which is your favorite?

Friday, November 23, 2012


Have you seen this cool new elastic lacing system called Hickies? They turn sneakers into a slip on! My boys are getting a few of these in their stocking this year. What fun new products have you found?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Giving thanks

Today I am grateful & give thanks for the food before us, the friends beside us & the love between us. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Cranberry Margaritas

I love fresh cranberries during the holidays & use them in recipes & my decor. I also love them in cocktails! One of my favorite drink recipes is this Cranberry Margarita I styled for Adult Limeade. They are so fun & festive & I adore the pop of red with the sprig of rosemary.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Mummy bars

I started wrapping mummy chocolate bars tonight to get ready for Halloween! It has become one of our traditions & I love that we are known as the mummmy bar house! Just hearing that makes it worth all the extra time it takes to wrap them all!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Starburst Mirrors

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest starburst of all?

Friday, October 26, 2012

Trick OR Tini

I styled these yummy Trick OR Tini's a few weeks ago for the Adult Beverage Company. They are all made with Adult Chocolate Milk, so super yummy & a perfect way to use up some of that left over Halloween candy! One of my favorite party girls, Chris from Celebrations at Home featured them on her blog today! You can find the post here!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Glow in the dark pop sticks

I wanted a fun way to display my marshmallow pops at our friends Halloween party this weekend. The party is outside & it's fairly dark & I wanted to make my pops glow! I took a pack of paper straws, closed off one end, inserted a glow bracelet & placed the closed end into the marshmallow.

They turned out great! I haven't quite figured out how to take a good photo of them GLOWING but you get the idea! These glow pop sticks are for display only. I will be removing the glow sticks before serving-we don't want someone biting into it!
(Linked to Tip Junkie)

Halloween Cocktail Bar

Are you throwing a Halloween party? Here's a chic & easy cocktail bar idea I styled for the Adult Beverage Company. Place a candelabra in the center of your bar table. Set up the bar with your favorite adult beverages, glass & bar ware. Add a few glittered pumpkins & crystal spiders for sparkle. String cobwebs throughout the entire bar. Light candles & let the fun begin!