a [ridiculously] easy spring centerpiece

grass4We all know I love a good table decoration so with company on the way for Easter I wanted to throw together a new centerpiece. While I was running around buying all sorts of tulips, eggs and quiche making goods for brunch, I snagged some wheat grass at Whole Foods. It took about 10 minutes to throw a little centerpiece together and total cost was $5 so you know I had to share…..

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What To Do : 

1. Grab any bowl or basket.

2. Line with wax paper.

3. Pull wheat grass apart as you push it down on the wax paper.

For the holiday, we laid a couple of our decorated eggs in the grass. Since we don’t need those smelling up the place, they’ve already bit the dust and Cuties have taken their place. Gotta’ love how easy that is!

#showmeyourtable

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hashtag : show me your table

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In our last house, we used an ottoman where a coffee table would have been and an eight foot kitchen island instead of a proper dining table. So when the prospect of moving came up, I got a little giddy thinking about styling tables. Maybe that’s weird. I don’t know. But every time I would go to a friends house and their table had just the right feel, I was a tiny bit jealous.

We needed an odd sized table for our space so Kyle built our coffee table using Thimble & Cloth’s DIY with few of our own personal touches. We used 14″ hairpin legs and distressed the wood to help it fit in with our modern farmhouse angle. Then it was my turn to decorate it.

With a two year old running around, you can’t go too crazy but I think we got the job done. I found the basket at a local antique shop and threw the rest together with a few things I had around the house plus one or two new items.

Now the fun part! I want to see your coffee table action. Follow the #showmeyourtable on Instagram and add your photos in. I’ll be posting my table styling and want to see what you have going on as well.

So, c’mon …#showmeyourtable.

Table DIY

Bowl (old) Vera Wang from Macys

Mosaic Pieces (old) from Pottery Barn

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West Elm Terrarium w/ Air Plant

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This past week has been dedicated to making my living room a more livable space. When we first moved in, furniture was on the back burner and structure was at the forefront. Five months later, structure is pretty well laid out and it’s time to focus on what the place looks like. From the beginning, I have kept a Pinterest board for inspiration. It ended up very white (bye bye old brown house), open and with lots of natural accents. Not every detail of my board has come to life (because hellooo it’s Pinterest) but some things are starting to take shape. More on the house later but I wanted to share some of what I’m thinking about as I have been working on the living space this week.

Thoughts on these?

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errr or not really old at all. We purchased our first home five days before our wedding. At the time, it was a patch of dirt in what would eventually be a 100ish home neighborhood. As first time home buyers, we had the perfect opportunity with this gem. We didn’t build from scratch ourselves but instead had our hand held buy the builder and picked all the finishes, floor plan and wall colors from a few options. We lived in this space for five years, made two job changes, brought a dog baby home to it and later our real baby made a home there.

And then, it was time to go.

It took a while but once I finally accepted that I was doing the adult thing by moving (the Seattle area market was crazy this summer) and the for-sale sign went up, it was suddenly easy to let go. I would return home after a potential buyer showing and my house would smell like someone else. Like when you step into an elevator after an exceptionally potent man has just left.  People had been poking around, viewing all my belongings and judging my decorating choices (I’ve seen enough home shows to know they ALWAYS comment on the paint color. amIright?). I was disconnected almost immediately. As we packed, I happily watched furniture walk out the door to new homes and car fulls of stuff go to GoodWill.

It wasn’t until we had everything out and I was deep cleaning that my emotions finally took me down. Actually, it was M’s room that got me. And stupidly enough, it was a tiny coffee stain that literally brought me to my knees. On the shelf next to her changing table, there was a tiny ring from my coffee cup practically burt into the wood. Instantly, the routine I had for almost two years flooded over me. Wake, Shower, Coffee, Get Baby, Place Coffee on Shelf, Change Baby. I just laid on the floor and finally let myself feel the change.

The thing is, it was like pulling off a bandaid. We have taken our new place from house to home in a matter of four months and are still charging ahead. I haven’t looked back once or really even thought about the house we sold. I am certain that the same powerful feelings will imbed themselves in these new walls, that there will be coffee rings to cry over when we leave this place and that I never NEVER want to see that brown shag carpet again (WHAT was I thinking?).

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Side note: I know people move ALL the time and I’ve talked about this a few too many times already. Last one. Promise.

Builder: Pulte Homes

Design Direction: Laurie Schwartz

sharing the love {garland} || giveaway

Heart Garland

To follow up on yesterday’s somewhat rambling post about my relationship with blogging, I thought it would be nice to up the mood and focus on sharing some love. Valentine’s Day is sneaking up on us (reminder…get those dinner reservations in!) so I whipped up a few garlands for the occasion. They didn’t quite hit the shop in time for a true Valentine’s Day sale so I figured, lets give one away!

If you would like to win a heart garland please leave a comment below letting me know where your garland would hang in your home. A winner will be selected at random on Friday, January 24th. For an extra entry, please share this post on whatever social media site you prefer and let me know you ‘shared’ in your comment.

CONGRATULATIONS Jenna! YOU WON! Enjoy your garland and thank you to all who entered. If you are interested in purchasing a Valentine’s Garland, there is still time! Shoot me an email and we’ll get one over to you. 

Enjoy! Melissa

*Sorry, limited to US readers only. Please only leave your contact information in the allotted boxes, not in the body of your comment. Winner will be emailed after selection is made. 

A Little Bit

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In an attempt to blend a newly green wall into my house, I have been searching for unique and more fun accessories for around the house. So far, I’ve found a few and am loving the more personable vibe my house is showing. Here’s just a little bit of the updates I have made. Oh’ and don’t judge, I haven’t been able to wipe the chalk board I made for M’s birthday {over a month ago}. Still up and I don’t see it changing any time soon. We’ll just call it a birthday memorial at this point.

Enjoy! Melissa

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Nursery Shelving

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Of all the work we put into Little M’s nursery, my favorite part is the shelving. I know, weird thing to love. But, the glider is right across from these shelves and I can’t help but admire them a bit when I’m reading to M. They just hold so many things that I know will be special to her one day.

Little M’s great grandparents passed away when she was in the cooker so we included a few reminders of them on her shelves. She has a piece of her great grandmothers china {which somehow matched the colors of her nursery perfectly} as well as a little porcelain bird from a collection they had. We also included a few pictures we took during our maternity photos, some blocks she received as a gift at her shower, a jewelry box to hold her itty-bitty jewelry and some special stuffed animals {how they all turned out to be rabbits, I will never know}.Don’t worry, her shelves are fairly high up so little paws won’t be able to reach them for many years to come. This made it so we were able to include all of these special and somewhat fragile items.

I don’t know what it is, I just see her loving the items we placed up her for a lifetime.

Some tips on decorating shelving in a nursery:

  • Place the fragile and important items high up. Obviously.
  • Books should be in reach. Little M already loves books. I know she will be pulling these off the shelf herself in no time.
  • Taller items should be furthest from the door. This makes it so your eye doesn’t stop when glancing in. The room will look longer.
  • Group items. It just looks nice!

Enjoy! Melissa

Vase Update

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In an attempt to start slowly and cost effectively update the decorating I did when we moved into our house three years ago, I started with an easy project in my entry room {don’t get me started on how everyone needs a foyer. Who wants to walk right into a room? Next house.}. This Ikea vase is sitting in my entry with wheat grass in it but it was just cream and boring. For a little sprucing I just grabbed some gold metallic acrylic paint and updated away. To update your own boring vase:

  1. Measure evenly spaced sections, marking numerous times as you turn the vase. 
  2. Tape off the sections. This is harder than it looks on a round object so be sure to pull and smooth the tape as you go. Any bubbles will let the paint seep under and create an uneven section.
  3. Apply acrylic paint using a sponge brush. I ended up with four coats of paint to get the desired look.
  4. Let dry completely.
  5. Slowly Remove tape.
  6. Tuh-Duh!

It’s not perfect but the gold did at a small touch of updated flair to my entry | front room | reading room | room that won’t exist in my next house.

Enjoy! Melissa

Round And Round We Go

Pinwheels!! They are such a cute addition to any celebration. I recently used about 200 pinwheels for a bridal shower. We decorated with large pinwheels, placed small sizes on the cake and in with the food and used medium pinwheels for the gift and drink tables.  I ordered these multicolored bits of fun from the amazing Paper Polaroid. They have worked with big name clients like Ralph Lauren and really were the most responsive and caring Etsy partner I have ever encountered. Check out her shop!

Up Go the Lights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little M was so impressed with her daddy’s Christmas light hanging skills last night. Mr. K was up on the roof with all sorts of ropes and pulleys for safety. Poor Little M could not figure out how he got up on that roof or why she could hear him talking from way up there. Total confusion! And get used to the drool, she’s 6 months old and it’s never {never ever ever} ending. Just keeps coming like a flood. But it’s pretty cute in pictures!