Last week I finally got around to hosting a dinner in my new backyard! Much thought went into creating an intimate space for my friends to dine a la fresh air. I wanted each place setting to feel formal in terms of the set up, while keeping the vibe casual and comfortable.
Whenever I receive flowers (or buy them for myself because — why not?) I always wish they’d last longer, especially if they hold sentimental value. Of course the only option for forever flowers is to dry them, but I never seem to get it right. Often they start to stink or fall apart; I have yet to dry a perfect batch.
It wasn’t until I found this simple trick that I was able to simplify the process. And wouldn’t you know, the solution was right under my nose all along! All you’ll need is a sizable amount of silica gel. You know, those tiny white baggies that come in the box with your new shoes and most other items? They say, “Silica Gel: Do not eat. Throw away.” Those are silica gel!
Their purpose is to suck the moisture from the air keeping those new products dry and fresh. (Light bulb moment, right?!) You can either start collecting these little guys or buy them in bulk — but please remember to keep them out of reach from pets and small children.
4 Steps To Perfectly-Dried Flowers
• Silica Gel
• A jar, bowl or container that has a tightly-fitting lid.
Who says sponges have to be boring? Why should all kitchen knives be black? I say go bold or go home with splashes of bright hues in unexpected places! It’s a small but special touch that gives something ordinary an exciting appeal.
Which kitchen accessory are you most into?
I am especially proud of this pretty DIY tree I decorated at home last week. It was surprisingly simple to do! All you need are a few easy-to-find items. You can use the ones I list here, or get creative and go with your own ideas.
Start with clear, round and heart-shaped globes that feature openings near the top.
Place twirled pieces of yarn inside, using the same shade of string as ties to hang from the tree. I chose to use hues of cream and brown because I wanted a natural color scheme but obviously the options are endless! I also used a rose gold wire in some of the globes for a touch of sparkle.
You guys emailed me so many great questions about your home décor! Below I gave you my two cents and in addition, brought in my super talented interior designer Jake Arnold.
So I have been seriously dating a mountain man and with all of the fun outdoor adventures comes the (icky) manly decor. Think: deer and elk skulls, bull riding pics, mounted fish, hodgepodge furniture and spurs. I am trying to slowly introduce him to better style (my style is more vintage chic- rustic wood, mirrors, black, white, grey with pops of color). I bought him a log bed for Christmas and need your help with how to blend our styles while still making him comfortable — he asked me to move in.
One of my favorite holidays is almost here! I LOVE Thanksgiving. Not only for the scrumptious feast and the opportunity to surround ourselves with loved ones, but also because it’s another chance to take a step back and truly think about all there is to be thankful for.
When it comes to decorating this year, I want to do something special that goes beyond being decorative. I want to create décor that evokes thought and gratitude. I did some digital digging and found some impressive inspirations. Thought I’d share them here with you!
Piles of crispy, colorful leaves make me want to do two things: 1) dive into them and 2) do something crafty! I searched the Internet for home decor inspirations using fallen leaves and found some seriously stunning ideas.
I love all these projects and I can’t wait to try them out. Just click the link under the photo and it will take you to the full tutorial!
When it comes to Halloween decorations the first images which come to mind are of giant spider webs, creepy skeletons, ugly witches and more fear-inducing paraphernalia. Some people go all out on the scary factor by incorporating dry ice for an eerie fog effect or play recordings of disturbing screams or ghoulish cackles. While I am all for this type of freaky décor, this year I’ve been in search of something a little different. Something, dare I say, more chic? Is it possible to do Halloween-chic? Turns out it is!
This DIY from Mr. Kate transforms pretty lace into ethereal looking ghosts. The hint of glam was exactly what I had in mind. These are going to look perfect in my new back yard!
You guys know how much I love changing things up around the house based on the holiday or season. Since the temperature in LA is finally starting to feel more like fall, I’ve been inspired to follow suit. Getting crafty with the decor is definitely on my to-do list, but first I want to get into the spirit by changing up the scent. Out go the summery florals and in come the chai, vanilla and pine.
I don’t think I’m the only girl who has a stash of jewelry that sits hidden somewhere and rarely if ever sees the light of day. These pieces weren’t necessarily expensive investments but they were purchased nonetheless because at the time, I figured I’d definitely don them at some point. I keep them around because for one, they’re pretty, and two, perhaps just maybe one day I’ll take them out for a twirl. Maybe. Maybe not.