March 25, 2016

Easter Brunch Ideas

Happy Good Friday! I have had a hectic last few weeks! For my birthday, we went to the Dominican Republic for some fun and sun and then I had my mom in town for the beautiful Spring DC weather and the Cherry Blossom Festival starting and now I can't believe Easter is this weekend!

Are you hosting an Easter brunch, having people over, or invited to a brunch? Here are some interesting ideas you could have or bring to someone's house!

French Toast Kabobs from Martha Stewart

Pancake Dippers (Bacon covered in pancake mix) from Lady Behind the Curtain

Donut Hole edible topiary from Kitchen Living with Coryanne

Mini Cadbury eggs Cheesecake Dip from A Pumpkin and a Princess

Overnight Eggs Benedict Casserole from The Food Charlatan
Carrot Cake Pancakes from Nosh & Nourish

Happy Friday!

February 22, 2016

Jaimee Rose: The Tile Master

I came across the beautiful interiors from  Phoenix based interior designer, Jaimee Rose that I couldn't wait to share with you guys! I just love her use of lots of tiling! She works on a lot of remodel projects and her blog has great before and after photos and sources. Hope you enjoy!

Granade Tile flooring

Hint, while reading her blog, she mentions a great low cost tile source for great tiling like these!
Top to Bottom (L-R): 

February 19, 2016

Crane & Canopy: Bedding Geniuses

I have been trying to find a bedskirt that I love since we couldn't bring our big bed to DC . Now everyday I see the foundation mattress and think I need a bedskirt. I happened to come across Crane & Canopy tonight and don't know how I am just now finding out about them! Not only did I love one of their bedskirts, but they sell sheet sets with no top sheet!!! I thought I was the only person that banned the top sheet!

I always have to have a white duvet and yes I would appreciate a little more color but they have designed a double sided duvet that is white on one side and a fun pattern on the other side or one that comes with a beautiful scalloped edge to give the look of a flat sheet folded over. They have designed their duvets for quick bed making in less than 80% of the time. Additionally there are corner ties, hidden zipper closure to make it easier to put on! Do I have a long lost twin out there that started this company? They have the cutest "flower" pillow in various colors I have shown below which are like a flower/ikat combo design that I love for a pop of color. Check it out or check out some of my fave finds below! What are some of your bedding musts or pet peeves?

Ellis Coral Set is reversible with white on one side or the fun side as shown. Here with the alternating colors you can see how the duvet folded over looks. The scalloped flt sheet was added here, it would be nice if they could add the scallop trim to the white site of the duvet! For pops of color, Coral Flowers Throw Pillow&  Coral Wind Farm Patterned Throw

Ellis Gray Duvet Set is another example of the reversible duvet. Here's another great example of the "flat sheet look" where the reversible duvet has a coordinating stripe to simulate the look of a flat sheet. Teal Flowers Throw Pillow is like a fun floral/ikat pattern and comfy  Light Gray Wool Merino Throw 

Plain Soft White Duvet Cover that uses the beautiful scalloped trim sheet, so if you love your current duvet but want to spruce it up, try the scalloped sheets; Gray and White Flowers Throw Pillow

These bedding geniuses here is a quick video on an alternative way to put on your duvet cover, this method is known as the California Roll method. Whatcha think?

February 17, 2016

Styling Very Small Places

I definitely know how it's been downsizing to a third of the space that I previously had, but I know people in NYC or singles have to deal with much less! I definitely have an appreciation for these smaller spaces being desinged so efficiently and stylishly! Even if you have ample space in your house sometimes there is a smaller nook, or room that you may need styling tips so these may help you as well! Could you live in 400 sf or less?

400 sf Manhattan studio that uses this wall to make a seperate sleeping space

295 sf studio with lots of bold design elements such as the red nightstands, large bold lamps, patterned headboard, and chevron painted dresser.

Beautifully styled apartment by one of Ralph Lauren's window stylers' motto for small space design, is "making one small room feel like five." This 425 sf studio uses two twin beds to appear like a sofa. 

Small alcove in this cottage sits a guest bed with storage underneath. 

425 sf studio looks more spacious with high ceilings and tall windows. The daybed doubles as seating and bed, antique table doubles as dining table and desk. 

48 sf "walk in closet" sized kitchen with a mirrored backsplash for illusion of larger space, built in knife sloths, and fully utilizing counter space. 

A niche cut out of a hallway houses a childens library nook, but the bed can double as an extra guest bed. Awesome curtains by Pierre Frey "Alpage"

Ships Ahoy this bunk room which features 6 bunks (4 on the left and 2 on the right) which is perfect for kids and guests coming over and would look awesome at a vacation home. 

February 11, 2016

The Year of the Monkey

In honor of Chinese New Year being this week and 2016 being the year of the monkey I thought what better way than to share some stylish monkey wallpapers!

Some fun monkey gifts!

February 9, 2016

Our big move!

Wow can't believe it's been a month since I last updated you guys! What a crazy month it's been! My husband accepted a new job out of we moved to DC! Everything has been so hectic but we are finally getting more settled in! We moved to a condo which is almost 1/3 of what we lived in previously but are living in the city, battled our first blizzard, learning to live without a car- walking to work and grocery stores!

I'm so excited for this next journey in our lives! Now that we are getting more settled my mind has been coming up with a few new great blog posts so definitely stay tuned!

Since we are so new to DC let me know some of your favorite restaurants, stores, interior design stores, interior designers, anything!!! Let me know if you are ever here to visit too!

Enjoying a sunny Sunday around Dupont Circle

I found a Neiman Chevy Chase, Maryland.

I just love DC brownstones!

After the blizzard near Thomas Circle. Good thing we have underground car parking.

Downsizing into a 1/3 of the space takes some adjustment, but this new rug sure made it easier! 

January 1, 2016

Happy New Years!

Here's to a great, healthy, and happy 2016! Thank you all for reading my blog and some fun and exciting news coming up in the new year which has resulted in my lack of posts the last few month! Stay tuned my sweet readers!

Champagne Love!:

December 16, 2015

Gift Ideas for $10 & $25 and under range

With the holidays quickly approaching, sometimes it's easy to forget about a few of the smaller gifts you needed to get for co-workers, friends, teachers, mailman, trainer, White Elephant/Secret Santa gifts.....or for your favorite blogger...hehe!

I compiled a list of some fun finds to help you out in the $10 and under range and the $25 and under range. Sometimes I like to keep a few smaller gifts for those extra on hand gifts when an unexpected person shows up!

Here are some finds. What are some of your favorite lower priced gift items or your go to White Elephant gift?

Gift Ideas $10 and Under

Gift Ideas $25 and Under

Happy Shopping

December 14, 2015

My recent trip to German Christmas Markets

Sorry for my recent absence,  the hubby and I had a trip to Chicago for the German Christmas Market that is supposed to be the best in the US. We booked this trip a few months ago. 

Last minute in November we decided to head over to Germany and Austria to go to the real Christkindlmarkt.  There is truly nothing like that here in the US. 

Since there is so much to cover and I didn't want you guys to think I abandoned you,  I wanted to share a few teaser photos from the trip! I hope everyone has had a nice Holiday season so far.  

Vienna,  Austria 
Salzburg,  Austria 
Stuttgart,  Germany 
Nürnberg,  Germany 
Nürnberg,  Germany 
Munich,  Germany 
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