Friday, August 17, 2018

~Friday favorites~

The slate color on these towels are so pretty.


Looking for a fun new party game that gets everyone involved?

I have one of  these on my kitchen island for spices, candles, and oils.

These are super cute tennis shoes.

TJ Maxx is having a huge clearance on top of clearance sale here.

For anyone thinking about fall already {I am!} this shop has some really cute, cozy, and stylish products.

I think I want one of these in every color.

xoxo


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

~DIY faux shiplap nook~

Who doesn't love shiplap?
 Joanna Gaines made it popular, and now we are seeing it everywhere.

I recently updated our little hallway nook, which used to be a closet back in the day.
While I loved this Schumacher wallpaper, I was after a cleaner more refined look.


So I did a little research on faux shiplap and came up with this.
A trip to Home Depot, a little liquid nails, spackle, and caulk, and I created a whole new look.

This was such a simple project, one that almost any homeowner can do.

Start with these inexpensive sheets of wood.
I used 3 for my project and they were actually around $10 each in our store.

We ripped them down to 6" lengths on our table saw. 
{Home Depot will do 6 cuts for free. However, they can only go as small as 12". We had them ripped down to 12" and then ripped those in half at home}

Then I painted right over the wallpaper. You'll want to paint your wall whatever color your shiplap will be. Then after you put up your shiplap, your gaps won't show a different color underneath.

I started on the back wall at the ceiling. Make sure this piece is level, as all your other pieces to follow will go off this first row. 

Cut your board to length and put a little liquid nails on the back.


Again, use a level to make sure the board is straight. Many older homes like ours, the walls are typically a little off.
I used a cordless nail gun to secure as well.


Continue down, spacing evenly.
I used a penny to space ours, but depending on the look you want, you may want to use something thicker like a nickel.
When you get to the bottom, you might need to rip a piece down to size as it will rarely come out even.


Trim will go down at the base so I wasn't too concerned about getting it perfect at the bottom.


Once my back wall was finished, I moved onto the sides.
Once everything is up, spackle your holes and sand when dry.


Add your trim and paint!
I used Benjamin Moore Simply White to match the rest of our walls.

That is it, super simple, not even very time consuming. 

I searched for the perfect piece of furniture for this space and was super happy to find this piece on sale. It fit like a glove with about an inch to spare.

My painting from Lizzy Love looks so good against the white!







This piece is intended to be a bar, but we use it for storing books, gardening gloves, winter gloves, hand warmers, hats, and scarves. 
I love pieces that are multi functional. 
The doors on the front keep our puppy from dragging everything out. I used some baskets I had from Ikea and a couple more I got at Tj Maxx. 

The old crate on top is one of my favorite flea market finds.

I am so happy with this new look!

xoxo








Tuesday, August 14, 2018

~fresh fig bars~

I love fresh figs! 
And when you have a fig tree, you make good use of these yummy fruits.

~fresh fig bars~




I got the recipe here.

The only thing I changed was I used whole wheat flour instead of white flour. I also drizzled them with honey before serving. This recipe is a long one and a bit time consuming, but so so good!
Not only that, but your house will smell amazing as you simmer the figs in honey.



Enjoy!
xoxo





Monday, August 13, 2018

~how to charcuterie~

I love making charcuterie boards for guests. They are simple, they contain healthy food options, and there's always something for everyone. 
When I first started making them I was a little intimidated, but they really are easy to put together.


There's just a few things to remember.
You don't need to follow the exact foods in my example.
I used pistachios, but any nuts will do.
I like to use almonds and macadamia nuts as well.

Salame is always a good option, but you can also use deli meats, or a combination of both.

Some sort of fruit is always good. I like using grapes because they require no prep work other than to wash them. However, sliced pears drizzled with honey looks and tastes great. Apple slices work well too.

Cheeses- I feel like everyone loves brie, so I always try to include that cheese. The other cheeses I like to use are gouda, but pre sliced cheddars or havartis are nice too.
A combination of soft and hard cheeses are nice.

Crackers can be pita chips, sliced ciabatta, or any party crackers.
I like to buy the variety packs so I have a little of each.

Cherry tomatoes add nice color, as well as the apricots. 

Placing some items in little bowls like I did the olives and nuts adds a nice layer and keeps foods from touching and rolling off the board.

Also, you don't need to use a wooden board if you don't have one. I like to use square plates like this one, or long rectangular trays like this one.

Have fun with it! There is no science to it, just put it together until you think it looks nice and there is good variety and color!

Make sure you have cute cheese knives for your guests to use as well!

xoxo

Friday, August 10, 2018

~Friday favorites~

It's that time of the week where I post my random thoughts, link to random things I love, and get to be my weird random self!

Let's get started!

Looking for a new coffee table book? Look no further than this chic one.
This one looks amazing as well.
This gorgeous picture is from one of my favorite decorating books.



This foundation primer will keep you looking flawless all day.

When you are finished applying your makeup, spray your face with this for an instant illuminating setting spray.

I love this room redo.

We just watched this movie and it was funny and better than I thought it was going to be!

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

xoxo

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