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Happy Fourth of July!

2 Jul

What are you doing for the 4th?

Posting will be light this week as I get in some R &R with family and friends, marvel at some fireworks and stuff my face with anything that can be cooked on a grill.

Oh, and try to look as chic as this girl in red white and blue!

Happy holiday week!

Liz Lemon, Valentine’s Day and Ikea

15 Feb

First off, I’m back baby! Sorry for the erractic posting schedule. I’ve been traveling (more on that later this week) and it’s not allowed for a lot of time to blog. But, fear not, I’m back…and with important things to discuss.

Namely, Ikea is intent on destroying our relationships.

Or, that’s at least what the 30 Rock writers want us to believe. Did you see last week’s Valentine’s episode? (I know I’m late, but Valentine’s Day was only yesterday and I’m just now catching up on the DVR!) In it, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey – duh!) and her new boyfriend Criss (the adorable James Marsden) reach a relationship milestone – their first joint furniture shopping trip.

30 Rock Ikea

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They head to Ikea for a kitchen table – Liz has the one she wants picked out beforehand – only to run into all sorts of issues. First, Criss is sidetracked in the Valentine’s aisle (heart-shaped salt and pepper shakers anyone? Um, no.) while Liz is dead set on obtaining the table and making a fast exit.

30 Rock Valentine's Ikea

Source: nbc.com

Criss isn’t crazy about the table once he sees it and quickly the piece of furniture becomes the spark for an argument (the table’s uptightness and ability to provide security are called into question). Ultimately, the shopping trip ends with the table being out of stock (naturally), Criss storming out and Liz sulking on a bench in the parking lot.

30 Rock Valentines Day

Source: nbc.com

While hilarious, it made me think. Furniture shopping really is a relationship milestone!

Buying something like a kitchen table or a couch with your significant other calls into question both of your design styles and silently confirms a commitment. You may have kept your mouth shut about your boyfriend’s ratty tweed couch before, but now that it’s time to buy a new one together, you’re going to think long-term usage. And you’re not sitting on anything long-term that his college buddies may have passed out on.

So let’s discuss…have you bought furniture with a new boyfriend or girlfriend before? How’d it work out? PS. I don’t have an IKEA near me, so is it really that stressful? (I can’t imagine shopping with James Marsden would be all that stressful.)

Watch the whole episode below!

http://www.hulu.com/watch/ad/84979

It’s (Almost) Valentine’s Day!

1 Feb

Happy February!

February means it’s Valentine’s season. I’ve always loved this time of year.

Whether you’re into the lovey-dovey or not, there’s one thing on which we can all agree: pink and red and sparkles and hearts and flowers and candy – all very good things, yes?

Yes.

If you’re looking to add a little sweetness to your surroundings this month, look no further.

This preppy argyle heart wreath is a subtle way to decorate for Valentine’s season – and it’s sweet enough to leave up well into March. Here’s my tutorial for making a yarn wreath. It’d be easy to cut heart shapes out of felt and hot glue them to the base.

This one is old-school, but I think old-school is the charm of Valentine’s Day. Get out the pretty paper and the stapler and have at it. How cute would this garland be draped over a kitchen window or in a kid’s room?

And, last but certainly not least, it wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a sweet treat (at least not for me).

Brilliant. Add a marble into cupcake tins for heart-shaped cupcakes or muffins. YUM.

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Are you adding a little red and pink into your decor?

What’s Your New Year’s Eve Decor Style?

28 Dec

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I did, and I’m still enjoying some time off.

Now it’s time to start thinking about the next holiday – New Year’s Eve!

Are you hosting a New Year’s Eve party?

New Year’s Eve decorating is really an excuse to douse everything in glitter and bling. And who doesn’t want in on that?

If you’re looking for some inspiration, look no further than Pinterest. My picks:

How cute is this?

Source: lisastorms.typepad.com via Julia on Pinterest

Lisa Storms used craft store materials to punch up New Year’s Eve. I especially love the numbered corks.

Source: hostessblog.com via Courtney on Pinterest

This glam New Year’s Eve idea board is from Anders Ruff. Check out her Etsy page for printables! My favorite is the vintage-style mini-champagne labels. So cute!

Source: everythingfab.com via Nicole on Pinterest

Doesn’t this make you feel like you’re floating in a glass of champagne? This decor find is my favorite – simple and classy, but still shimmery and festive! Check out the full party plan at Everything Fabulous.

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve?

Home Tour: Mom and Dad’s House

14 Dec

What’s more Christmas than Mom and Dad’s house?

My mom is just as into decorating as I am (go figure), and even though our styles differ sometimes, we love scouring antique stores together for pretty house treasures.

Mom goes all out at Christmas. Check out the house, all decked out for the family coming together in a few weeks:

dining room

Dining Room 2

The dining room is where all the good eating happens at the holidays, so it’s the logical place to start. The antique buffet is a centerpiece for decorations, with a pop of red among the lit garland.

The table is big enough to fit everyone and is dressed with a small tree (when not stuffed with yummy food).

Fireplace

Living Room

Christmas Tree

Next up, the living room. It’s a big room, right in the center of the house. The brick and wood paneling always make it a warm room, but it’s even cozier at Christmas.

The fireplace shines with garland and graceful gold reindeer and the tree lights up the opposite corner of the room. Mom makes sure every table has a bit of Christmas on it, whether it’s a manger scene or a favorite old Christmas card.

(Ignore the foot in the third photo – boys don’t understand the importance of pretty pictures.)

Kitchen Side Table

Kitchen

In the kitchen, mom’s new sideboard is decked out with burlap trees and a little DIY project (fill a glass candle holder with cranberries and a vanilla candle, then wrap the votive with some twine). Don’t you love the Victorian Santas?

Another easy DIY – if you have a pretty Christmas card, frame it! You can use a framed photo you already have and replace it after the holiday.

So, that’s end the house tour at Mom and Dad’s. How’s your Christmas decorating coming? Who hosts Christmas in your family?

Merry and Bright! Christmas Cards

9 Dec Christmas Card

So I got my first tree this year AND it’s the first time I’m sending out Christmas cards.

If I didn’t know better I might just say I’m growing up.

I’ve always loved the idea of sending Christmas cards. After all, I’m the girl who can’t pass up pretty stationary and a good pen all year long.

But sending Christmas cards has always plummeted to the bottom of the list this time of year. This year, I made a plan.

In between handing out candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween, I made Christmas cards!

Christmas Card

Christmas Lights Card

But you want to hear a secret?

If you want to make similar cards, no need to have started next to a bowl of fun-size Snickers in October. These are so easy, you can whip up a bunch during an episode of Glee. Promise.

You can probably figure it out by looking at the picture above, but here’s what I did:

Blank Christmas Card

I bought a pack of blank white cards from Michaels. They sell packs that come with matching envelopes for about $5

Christmas Card Line

I used a fine tip black Sharpie to draw a squiggly line diagonally across the card.

ChristmasCardPre

I picked five festive colors from my mason jars full of skinny Crayola markers.

Mason Jar Markers

Is there anything mason jars can’t be perfect for? I guess this is how dads must feel about duct tape.

Anyway, I picked five colors and bulbs at random spots along the line. Leave some room between the line and the ovals, and go back with your fine tip Sharpie and draw little squigglies (technical term) to finish off the bulbs.

Christmas Card

Tada! You’ve got a merry and bright Christmas card. I’m digging the simplicity of the bright colors against the white background and the retro feel of the big bulbs.

If you’re so inclined, you can add some glitter.

I did a few with “joy” stamped in the bottom right hand corner, but stuck those in the mail before I took a picture. Whoops.

Are you sending Christmas cards this year? Have you received any cool cards? Are you as enamored with mason jars as I am?