A few weeks ago I saw a comment on my Instagram from @nutmegandhoneybee, saying she’d love to contribute a recipe to the site. I clicked over to her profile and was absolutely blown away by how incredible her work is! Of course I had to have one of her recipes here, and I am so glad I reached out. Aren’t these cookies amazing?!
Here are all of Meghan’s baking secrets so you can make these incredible cookies, too!
Wedding season is said to be in the summer and early fall. When it comes to my wedding (and everything else in life) I like to skate a little bit outside the box. This got me thinking about winter weddings. The thought of getting married surrounded by snowcapped mountains and grey-ish white skies sounds pretty magical to me.
The wintry theme also allows for ethereal touches, like white feathers in the floral decor and hot toddies served at the bar. Below are some of the winter wedding inspirations I’ve pulled for my wedding mood board:
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!
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.
Here are some awesome autumn-inspired candles I found which will make our homes smell sweet, spiced, and feel cozy and nice!
Many of you have asked about the bus set up on our moving MOVE tour. Ask and you shall receive! There are three buses. Derek and I share one, the crew is on another and the dancers have their own. My room is in the back of D-Man’s and my bus. It’s pretty nice! I even have a cozy queen size bed. It’s where I like to snuggle up with an SVU episode or two. Okay, it’s usually a full on marathon.
Before we get started, please note how hilarious our bus is. What’s with those blue flames?! We like to pretend we’re big time rock stars from like an ’80s hair band or something. Doesn’t that seem more appropriate than just a bus full of dancers?
What’s better than decorating for a holiday soiree? Decorating with delicious food for a holiday soiree! It just so happens that some of the tastiest treats come in hues of red, white and blue. Coincidence? Nah.
For my 4th of July celebrations, rather than getting crafty with crepe paper and other non-edible centerpieces, I am all for decking out your digs with festive delicacies.
Layered jars filled with sweets are one of my favorite decorative dishes to serve (and eat!) at July 4th parties. The individual mason jarred sweets are easy to make, look beautiful, are fun for guests to indulge in and taste so good!
As I scope and poke around for decor ideas and inspirations, I’ve noticed one of the common threads in houses with a wow factor is they all treat every room like it’s a special room. Meaning, not only dining rooms and living spaces get decked out with design elements such as candles, chandeliers and accent rugs, but laundry rooms, bathrooms, and walk-in closets do, too. I appreciate and see why it makes sense to give the usually overlooked rooms some love, too. Even though we don’t lounge or entertain in there, we still spend some time in those rooms and plus, it’s still an extension of our home. And why not make the laundry room feel like a beautiful space to work in while doing something that’s anything but glamorous?
I’ve decided that over-the-top opulent chandeliers are not the way for me when it comes to dressing up these “other rooms.” I just want to give it a hint of warmth and elegance, nothing too grand. I like the idea of using capiz pendants and lights for this purpose. Capiz is the name of the translucent outer shell of oysters found mostly around the Philippines. They’re delicate and exquisite yet casual in essence. Pieces made out of Capiz range in price, so there’s an abundance of choices for every budget.
Here are some of my favorite sea-inspired fixtures that I’ve been considering:
Just in case you haven’t noticed, my love for pillows knows no bounds! Swapping out your soft squares is such an easy, inexpensive way to switch things up. I like to change mine out every couple of months to create a new vibe in the room. Sometimes I’ll even switch them out just for the day or night! If I’m having my girls over for dinner, I like creating a comfy environment where we can cozy-up and chat for hours post-food coma. If I’m hosting something a little fancier, I’ll opt for a look that’s more sophisticated and structured.
It’s really no different than when it comes to fashion and changing your look. For example, when I want to be boho chic I’ll wear a peasant top and floppy hat. Days later, I might feel like bringing out my inner biker chick with a leather jacket and studded clutch. Why not apply the same state of mind to my home? If I want my living room vibe to be earthy and neutral one week, I will toss in a few shades made by mother nature. If I’m in a goofy mood, I’ll toss in some quirky graphic prints that make me smile.
March is kind of a funny month for home decorating. And I love me some decorations. Gone are the sparkling trees, colorful lights and happy imagery that took over my house not long ago. Everything suddenly goes back to the way it was – which isn’t a bad thing, but it’s just not the same. This month, I decided to keep the festive feeling alive by turning my home into a celebration of seasons changing.
Since it’s not quite winter and not yet spring, I chose shades of sunshine yellow! You can’t even use the word yellow without adding a ! It’s yellow!