Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Today, I want to share with you a wedding I helped decorate a few weeks ago. If you follow me, I talked about the planning and prep work I was doing.  It was a fun project and the bride was so easy going.  She pretty much gave me full control over the design, after discussing her likes and dislikes. I was a bit nervous and excited about this.  She provided a few staple pieces she wanted to incorporate in the design (mason jars, zinc lanterns, and treasure chest).  This budget friendly affair was key and I was focused and ready to not disappoint!  I'm happy it all turned out well and the wedding was a hit. The bride and groom are such a cute couple and they truly enjoyed every moment of their day (despite the fact they were not able to get married outside). 

Barn weddings are gaining popularity and if you're looking for ideas, this particular wedding was more a rustic design.

Zinc colored lanterns decorated with soft green ribbon, were used as part of the center pieces for the barn tables.  Here's a snapshot I took, getting them ready to be boxed and shipped to the venue for setup later.


Here's the sample look I created:

 For the flowers, simple but elegant florals decorated in mason jars.  Hydrangeas, ranunculus, alstromerias and green thalspi were incorporated in the floral design. 

  An easy, little project I tried my hand at:  gold foiled a couple of mason jars to add interest.

Bridal bouquet:

Beautiful bride with her father.  I love the way her bouquet turned out.

For the escort table, manzanita branches decorated with florals and wrapped with burlap and ribbon.

Escort cards lay in a bed of moss, displayed in a silver tray, tied with white satin ribbon along with key and heart trinkets.

Table decorated!

Photo credit:  SCE Event Group

Photo credit: SCE Event Group
Thank you box designed by yours truly.

Looking forward to seeing pics from the bride's photographer. Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, April 20, 2015

DIY PROJECT: Sprucing up an Entryway Chest

Hi!  Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend.  We sure did!  We enjoyed the warm weather - Saturday hit 81 degrees!  While I enjoyed the warm weather, I actually wasn't ready for hot temperatures, so soon.  I really love the 60-70 degree weather in the Spring before Summer weather kicks in.  It was so nice to be outside, enjoying the day.  My husband spent time cleaning up the garden, wiping down the front porch and uncovering our adirondack chairs.  I'm on the hunt for new planters for our porch, since our old ones rotted out.  Stay tuned for that.

Today, I wanted to share with you a DIY project I worked on last weekend.  It was a simple little project that I have been meaning to tackle but didn't have the time until recently.  Lately, I'm all about freshening up the look in our home.

I took a two drawer chest we have in our entryway and painted the drawer fronts in a glossy white (Benjamin Moore, Chantilly Lace).  The chest was purchased from Overstock a few years ago (no longer available).  While this piece is not something I plan to have for many years to come (the quality is not the greatest), I wanted to change the look of it.  I also added new home accessories to the space.

I forgot to take a before picture but the chest was one color, in the dark wood.  The handles were black which I changed into a silver antique finish.

Before:  Black hardware.  I added an adhesive to the hardware before applying a wax metallic finish (in silver and gold).


Changing the accessories really compliments the new look of this chest.

Loving my vintage Westmoreland Milk Glass Ivy Ball vase, purchased from my sister at Design by Occasion, Etsy shop.  

The taller, white vase was purchased at IKEA.  And, the silver bowl was purchased at Target (Nate Berkus) a couple of years ago.

West Elm marble cleat box.


Luxury candle purchased at HomeGoods.  It smells amazing and is packaged in a the cutest, quilted white box.

The next project for this space, hopefully, will be to repaint the entrance area. 


Monday, April 13, 2015


Hello lovelies!  Hope you had a great weekend.  So disappointed the weekend is over because the weather was so perfect this weekend.  For the first time, I enjoyed sitting out on the patio in the sun.  I think we should have three day weekends - one day to get house chores done, one day for running errands and the other to just relax and enjoy the day.

Our dog, Monty was beyond excited to be outside: sniffing everything in sight; digging through grass and chewing on sticks.

Yea . . . that's dirt on my face but I don't care!

Now that Spring is officially here, it's the perfect time to spruce up and lighten your decor.  I enjoy the warmer weather, with brisk morning and evenings.  It's the time to do some spring cleaning inside and outside your home.

Whether it's lighter and softer linens, drapes or accessories, the choice is yours. Here are some of my favorites:

LOVE these! Faceted Ceramic Vase - Anthropologie

Collected Bottle Vases - West Elm
Askew Vases - CB2
Pretty Watercolor Vases, Aqua - Williams Sonoma
Choose between these Painted Bamboo Cachepots - Waiting on Martha

Capri Blue Constellation Candles - Anthropologie

Another way to add some Spring to your home, is with flower arrangements.  I love creating soft colored floral arrangements around the house.  Here are a few I created last weekend and yesterday: