Eight Ways to Welcome Spring

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Happy first day of Spring friends! I can’t believe Easter is eleven days away and the kids have Spring break the week after. This time of year my clients begin planning for their Summer construction projects; I have add-a-levels, additions, pool houses and even sheds to design. Add to that; my daughter’s high school lacrosse games and social schedule, keeping my middle schooler happy and my sweet three year old. Wow, my juggling skills are going to be put to the test as I am sure yours will be. For today, I want to share a few of my favorite ways to welcome the season of projects, planning and Spring fever. Read more

Valentines Day Styling

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Wrapping up the Week of Accessories I wanted to share some simple ways to style your home for a holiday. Today we’re talking about Valentines Day but these simple tips can be applied to just about any holiday. Here are some Tips for Holiday Decorating;

1. Remove and pack up the existing mantel accessories and various accessories around the house to make room for the holiday decor. Starting with a clean slate makes this task much easier. Jump out of that box, we create when decorating, take down those pictures that never get changed and replace with a fun DIY project like above, learn how here. Read more

The Hippest of Hearts

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Happy weekend friends, with Valentines Day right around the corner I have hearts on my mind. I wanted to share some of my hip heart finds that I will be making, wearing and decorating with. Above, these sweet little trousers can be found on Esty or you could create them on your own. Below, a simple heart pillow created by Noodlehead can add just the right amount of Valentines Day wow factor you are looking for. If you sew the tutorial walks you through each step here, my daughter Sarah is making one for me shhhh it’s a surprise. She sews way better than me. Read more

Ready, Set, Entertain: Valentines Day

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I just adore Valentines Day, even when I didn’t have so many little Valentines in my life, there is just something about LOVE being in the air that makes me happy. After finally putting away all of those holiday decorations the thought of decorating for Valentines Day is not high on the priority list for most of us. Today I want to share some simple touches that will create just the right amount of Valentines Day cheer. Let’s start outside; the first impression sets the mood, I like to hang a heart outside on our front door or on a garden gate for some holiday curb appeal. Makes everyone smile when they pass by it, they can’t fool me LOL.

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Ikea Meets Yardsale Minimalist

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Every Wednesday I help readers solve design dilemmas in my Just Ask category, one of my favorite categories on the blog. I woke up to over a hundred design questions from readers, wow. I was inspired by this question to share ideas for designing on a budget using lower price furniture and re-purposed yard sale pieces. Ikea came right to mind; great design, in stock and well priced. This table can be found at Ikea, The Docksta Dining Table ($199.00). Combine it with dining chairs found at yard sales or re-purposed chairs from Grandma’s old dining set for a chic eclectic look. Read more

Ready, Set, Happy New Year!

New Year's Wedding, St. Clair Centre for the Arts in Windsor Ontario

I can’t believe tomorrow is New Years Eve! Today I am taking some time to finalize the plans for the big night. Watching the ball drop in Time Square is a given and this year my brothers band is playing out so we will be there and then the after party! On the list; decor with bling, fabulous appetizers, a champagne display and something fabulous to wear.

I personally love the kitchy hats and and noise makers so these are a must. I also love the shimmer of candles and seeing 2013 spelled out adds to the excitement. I found this fabulous DIY at See Vanessa Craft and couldn’t resist, it was just what my mantel needed. We found all the supplies at Micheal’s Craft Store. From start to finish this DIY took us thirty minutes and we were moving pretty slow, LOL. I also made a set for a hostess gift.

Now that the house is feeling ready before I move on to the menu, what to wear? I love sequins for New Years Eve and this dress looks like a walking party, perfect.

I love a festive display of champagne on New years Eve, looks like an instant party.

Now on to the part we all adore, the food. We are having dinner out so the after party needs some appetizers and sweets. My husband works for an international cheese company so brie is a must and President Cheese is the very best. This prosciutto wrapped brie with figs is always a hit, recipe here. Stuffed mushrooms with pecans provide a touch of comfort food, recipe here.  And a fabulous shrimp recipe, Shrimp Mojo de Ajo.

I find after dinner, cocktails, after party food and champagne there is not much room for dessert. I like to keep things simple and this year I chose a scrumptious carrot cake cupcake with maple cream cheese frosting, recipe here. The recipe is from my friend Dawn at The Kitchen of Mama Harris. My family loves fresh fruit and this serving idea of fruit in the champagne flute is just perfect for the occasion. I hope some of these ideas inspire you to add some festive bling and yum to your New Years Eve celebration!

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