Monday, April 19, 2021

outdoor favorites

Getting our outdoor furniture out and our deck ready for summer! 

Come back later this week and I will show you the final product.

One thing I am thinking of upgrading this year is our dining table. We didn't take good care of it over the winter and let tools sit on it and it rusted in spots. 

And while I love the chairs we have, I think if a new table is in order, that I will get the ones I have wanted forever. 

I think I've nailed it down to this table and these chairs. 

I've pulled some other outdoor favorites for you all too. These are all great options if you like this look!

 This table is so great! I love the lines and concrete finish.

This one has an option to come with chairs.

This one is very similar only a bit smaller.

I love the black base on this one!

I love the darker finish on this one. {It comes in 3 diff colors!}

I love this one but I think the wood base would compete with the color of our siding. Pretty option though!

The criss cross base on this one is fun.

We are absolutely LOVING our new fire table. It is amazing to say the least. 

And our 2 sectionals and 2 chairs will forever be my favorites. 

In between the chairs I have a white marble tulip table to set drinks on. 

I placed a concrete looking planter on top with sedums called autumn joy.

One of my favorite planters isn't a planter at all. It is technically made for indoor use but I have used these outdoors for years with no problems. 

I would like to get a bar cart or console table of some sort. This cart is a contender, nothing fancy, just super simple.

I hope this gives you some ideas on a relaxed modern {ish} deck feel!

xoxo, Melaine 

Friday, April 16, 2021

Friday favorites

 First of all, can you believe it's almost May? 

Time is flying by.

Happy Friday friends and welcome to my favorite day of the week, as well as my favorite {and yours apparently} post!

As we gear up for warmer weather, I will be bringing out the deck furniture, pillows, and planters. 

This pillow is one of my all time favorite outdoor ones. 

This is a great mirror for the price. It's a knockoff of the expensive one here.

I love this wood bowl, so versatile!

Loving these geometric earrings.

Savannah just bought this jacket  {or shacket} and it is so cute. I will definitely by stealing it.

I just "upgraded" our wine glasses to these $15 ones. The size and weight is great.

I need to find a project to make with these!

This is the cutest rug and it comes in a multitude of colors.

My hair dresser recommended this brush to me years ago and I still use it all the time. If you need a good round brush that will leave your hair silky smooth, I recommend this one!

We keep our tv remotes, chapstick, matches, and glasses in this cute box on our coffee table.

I am a sucker for a pretty vase.

Looking for a place to find graduation announcements? I am working on Cody's {how can he be a senior already?} and am going with this one. Love, love, love.

Also, looking at a couple new art pieces for our bathroom perhaps. Love this one.

And that wraps up this weeks Friday Favorites!

I hope you all have an excellent weekend and I will see you back here on Monday!

In the meantime, don't forget to follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, and Tik Tok.

xoxo, Melaine 

Thursday, April 15, 2021

how to make individual charcuterie boards

 These individual charcuterie boards are perfect for those small gatherings during Covid. 

No double dipping, no worrying that someone touched something that they didn't end up eating.

And today I am going to show you how to make these individual charcuterie boards with a fun twist.

Want to know what that fun twist is?

A salami rose!

Seriously, how cute is that?
It really is simple to make, so read on, your guests will be so impressed!

Not only are they cute and easy to make, but look at the little trays they are on. Can you guess what they are?

I went to the craft store in search of the perfect size board for an individual serving.
In the unfinished wood area there were these little picture frame/sign looking pieces about 5" square with a hook to hang. 


I found very similar ones here.

Alright, are you ready to get started. You are going to die when you see how simple these are.

Like I said, my boards came with a little gold triangle hanger on the top, which folds over to the back. If you look closely you can see them in the photo above.

I used the hanger as a place to thread through a cloth napkin! 

If yours don't come with a hanger, you can either add one, or just place the napkin on the side.

Now, don't waste any time searching the grocery store aisles for cute little things to put on these.

Don't spend hours cutting up little cubes of cheese.

Here's what you do. 

Head to the grocery store {or Starbucks} and buy the little plastic boxes that come with everything already cut up and prepared. 

While you are there grab a pack of genoa salami to make your roses, which by the way, you can make the day before.

There are many different videos out there showing you how to make your salami roses.

Many of them use a wine glass to create the shape. I found using a shot glass was easier, took less meat, and created a tighter rose.
Experiment with different size glasses.

Only use round meats. The thinner the meat the better, as it holds it's shape.


Layer the slices of salami overlapping each other on the top of your glass, with the first layer having the least amount of slices. 
Layer the second row of meat in between the pieces that were laid out before.
Continue using the same process until you have the desired size rose. You will want to press the pieces and fold them tightly on each layer.

Finally, flip the glass over onto your charcuterie board and release.
If the rose starts to lose it's shape, you can quickly put your other items around it to hold it in place, or leave the glass on it until you are ready to serve. 

Ready to make your own? 

Pin these images to easily reference back!

Curious to see how my friends created individual recipes? 
Click on any of the links below!

Also, one other announcement!
I am now on Tik Tok! Follow me here to see my home decor hacks, recipe ideas, and other ideas!

7 Delicious Individual Serving Recipes

Mini Raspberry Olive Oil Cake Recipe // My 100 Year Old Home

Mini Layer Cakes // Happy Happy Nester

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake // Twelve On Main

Individual Charcuterie Jars // Modern Glam

Mini Lavender Lemon Dutch Baby Pancakes // Most Lovely Things

How to Make Individual Charcuterie Boards // My Sweet Savannah

Bacon and Red Pepper Egg Bites // Tatertots & Jello

If you liked any of these ideas, please pin them to your Pinterest boards!
xoxo, Melaine 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

our Spring deck, one year ago

 So much has changed in a year!

I thought it would be fun to take a walk down memory lane, as I will be sharing our deck this year very shortly!

We've lived in this house for 23 years and are still finding out what works and doesn't work for the different stages in our lives. Funny how that works.

All these photos were taken by the talented Heidi Culver for my friend Kendras pillow line, Linen and Ivory. 

Let's start with the most important thing, the furniture.
I believe I started buying this line in 2019 and have been continually adding to it. 
It's affordable, it's sturdy, it's comfortable, and the pieces are very versatile.

In 2020 as you can see here, we had one sectional and a pair of chairs, and 2 lounge chairs.

Since then we have purchased another sectional {we now have 2 that sit side by side for a large U shape} and we have changed out the table for this fire table. 

This is a "what was I thinking" picture.

Yes, I used to leave my Christmas lights up. 

We had them put up by a professional one year and I never could justify taking them down and putting them back up myself, or the cost of having it done every year.

So up they stayed. 

Then I saw them in this picture and cringed. 

So yes, Christmas lights are down now.

ALSO, we have since replaced our roof with a black metal one and we got rid of that chimney and skylight you see on the left! It's a much more streamlined look.

 Also, we replaced the two windows and French doors with one big unit and are getting ready to change out the French doors you see next to the lounge chairs. I cannot wait to do side by side photos!

This DIY sign, which you can find the tutorial for here, has since been given to a new home, but we still have our table and chairs.

I toy with the idea of doing black chairs from CB2 as I have had my eye on them forever.

I do like how these white ones stack nicely though and they are still in great shape. 

Do you remember when I made the wood top out of a pallet for our table?

Thankfully our view still remains the same!

All of these pots have moved to another location since putting in the new doors.

All of these fun pillows can be found here.

Stay tuned for the 2021 version coming soon!

xoxo, Melaine 

Monday, April 12, 2021

thrift store finds in our home

Let's go thrifting! 

There's nothing like that rush you get when you find a score at a thrift store, and I have had many over the years.

When I was little my mom would take my sisters and I thrifting, antiquing, and to garage sales.

At the time I was totally embarrassed and didn't want to be caught dead in a thrift shop.

But now things are coming full circle, and I am taking my own kids with me.

I thought it would be fun to share with you some things I have bought in thrift shops over the years, as well as give you a few tips.

If thrifting is your thing, or if you'd like to start, be sure to read my guide to thrifting here.

Ok let's get started!

The first thing I want to share with you are glass vases. 

They come in all shapes and sizes and you will find a plethora of them at the thrift store. 

Why pay big bucks or even medium bucks at HomeGoods, when you can get just what you are looking for for around 99 cents?

Not only can they be used for vases, but also candleholders, makeup brush holders, etc.

Think outside the box!

Every now and then I will score a unique vintage find. I am always on the hunt for containers and this wooden one was a score!

I love the divided compartments. I have used it for makeup and supplies in the bathroom, and currently it holds bar items.

And speaking of bar items, you will find decanters and glassware galore at thrift shops. I typically will get all my glass/stemware at The Goodwill because they are usually always 69 cents as opposed to $2.99 and up at other thrift shops. 

I am always on the hunt for bread boards and about every 3rd time I go thrifting I'll find some. 

I usually pass up the thin ones or the ones that look too new, and only buy the older looking, faded, beat up ones with an interesting shape.

Vases {that aren't clear glass} are another thing I like to buy at thrift shops. Sometimes I will need something in a certain color to go with a project and don't want to spend a fortune. 

Of course, when I find a cute white one like this I feel pretty lucky!

I am also always looking for storage ideas. 

I found these locker baskets while thrifting and have several in my closet for shorts, swimsuits, and workout wear.


I usually don't have the patience to sift through all the clothing at thrift stores. But if something stands out, I will take the time.

Really the only time I look at clothing is if I need something specific. {recently I went on a hunt for a jeans skirt} 

The only exception is The Goodwill because they have a section they call "fashion focus" where they group all the high end clothing together in one section. It makes it easier to just go through those clothes for me.

Another example of a thrifted glass vase.

This wood crate holds all my cookbooks and was another fun find.

Cookbooks are also a great thing to buy at thrift stores! I often buy them for their covers rather than actually using them!

Another use for a thrifted glass vase is to create a utensil holder.

A lot of these utensils I bought at the thrift store as well!

I am always looking for marble pieces while thrifting. 

Can you spot the two in the picture below?

Books, books, and more books!

Read this post on how I cover my thrifted books to look cohesive.

Here is a tip:

If you are covering your hardback books, meaning it doesn't matter what the cover looks like, buy them from the children's book section as they are typically way cheaper!

See the white vase below? I made it from a thrifted glass fishbowl!

See the DIY here if you missed it.

Trays are another thing to look for. I scored with this marble tray.
I believe it is Threshold from Target. The Goodwill will often get out of season brand new Target items, so be sure to look for those!

I always see Studio McGee things at The Goodwill now!

Silver plate is something else you will find a lot of.

 I have enough silverware saved over the years that I could host a dinner party for 800 I think.

Cloches are something else that I don't find as often, but when I do, I scoop them up!

The plate under the cloche is thrifted too.

And finally, holiday items are something that you will find year round at thrift shops. 

Get them off season and store them for the holidays, you won't be sorry.

If I find something neutral, sparkly, or just downright interesting, I will buy it and put it in my attic.

It's so fun when you forgot you bought something and then see it again when you get your holiday decor out!

I hope this helps when you go to the thrift shops!

Have fun and remember, don't buy it unless you love it. 

Just because it's cheap doesn't mean you need it.

 I have had to tell myself that same thing every time I go!

The last thing you want is to have too much clutter. A good rule is, when you bring something in, take something out. 

xoxo, Melaine 

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