Coffee Table Styling

For today’s blog post, I’ve been inspired by Chairish to style one of their great coffee tables. This challenge comes with a few problems: 1. I can never pick just one coffee table. So I picked three.  2., Coffee table styling is hard. Seriously, just search it on Pinterest. You’ll see tons of articles entitled, “12 Simple Steps for Styling Your Coffee Table” or “10 Essential Items You Need on Your Coffee Table”.  You’ll even find different diagrams of where to place everything, etc. My approach to coffee tables is more simple and less organized than anything in the official guides. I personally like to keep a little cluster of items in the center of the coffee table, leaving plenty of room on the edges for guests to place their drinks (or feet). 

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This style board reflects pretty closely what I have happening on my own coffee table at the moment. Start with a classic wood + metal coffee table. Add a stack of three beautiful books (I love Paris in Color, See San Francisco and The Perfectly Imperfect Home); throw in a couple novelty pots for your succulents and some sparkly coasters. There’s always room for fresh flowers in a pretty vase, and these hobnail candles are my current favorite…they come in so many fresh, springy scents and hobnail can do no wrong. I try to keep my little vignette interesting from every angle; so I’ll put one of the planters on top of the books, and the other one on the opposite side, directly on the table. I like this look because it’s pulled together without being too stuffy…which is perfect for my kid-filled lifestyle. 

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This look one is more polished than the first, but with the same cluster-styling concept. I love this glamorous coffee table. Add to the drama by keeping accessories to classic black, white and brass with a little bit of sparkle. Simple black candlesticks, fresh peonies, naturally (is it peony season yet?!?) a gorgeous brass vase, and finish off the look with some beautiful coffee table books – you can’t go wrong with Chanel or Vanity Fair

Coffee Table Styling-03 This third look is the easiest of all. I love the clean lines and the grey wooden texture of this simple coffee table. Sometimes the best styling of all is the easiest. Top this gorgeous table with a trio of unique vases and some fresh greenery. I’m in a major spring cleaning mood right now, so this look fits my current craving for clean and simple spaces. 
And there you have it – three very different looks for your coffee table.

Have a great day! 

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Cherry Sweet

Classic Cherry Recipe CardsMy friends at Wayfair are celebrating National Cherry Month with a challenge. They challenged a bunch of us to share our favorite cherry recipes. The only problem is that I don’t incorporate cherries into recipes often enough. Or ever. Probably because every time I buy them, the kids eat them up before I can even think about cooking with them. 

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There really is nothing better than sweet, fresh cherries. And since I don’t cook with them, I decided to celebrate them in printable form with some recipe cards and shopping lists.

Cherry Recipe CardsBecause I couldn’t decide, there are three different color ways for you to choose from. This one is called Cherry Blossom. I usually see cherries paired with a Swiss-dot pattern, so I tried to mix it up a bit and did a really light windowpane pattern in the background. Bonus: The gridlines will help keep your writing straight.

Chocolate Cherry Recipe CardsThis color is called Cherry Cola. P.S. How cute is that old Cherry Queen box? We found it in my Grandma’s house, and I just couldn’t throw it out. I love how the price is crossed out. It must have been a gift. 

Grocery List And this one is called Classic Cherry. Kind of your All-American cherry pairing sweet, red cherries and classic blue accents. Each color way comes with the recipe cards on one sheet and the meal planner/shopping list on the next. Just print what you want, and leave the other page(s) out. Download them here:

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Cherry Cola

Classic Cherry

Happy National Cherry Month!

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Colorful Kitchens

You guys know I’m not afraid of color by now, right?  So when my pals at Big Chill challenged me to design a kitchen around their fun, colorful kitchen appliances, I didn’t have to think twice. Naturally, I went overboard and did two kitchens instead of just one. 

When I think of colorful, retro-style kitchen appliances, the first thing that comes to mind are over-the-top retro kitchens that look like 50’s diners. I wanted to show that it’s possible incorporate a retro-styled appliance into a kitchen without it becoming a theme kitchen. Have a look at what I came up with:

Pink Lemonade KitchenThe first color I took on is pink lemonade. I don’t use much pink in my home, so I thought it would be fun to get out of my comfort zone a little bit. This perky pink range did just the trick. I combined it with a gorgeous rug, classic navy cabinets, recycled glass countertops and brass fixtures. I could feel right at home in this kitchen.

Here’s the complete source list for my pink kitchen:

Beach Blue KitchenFor my second kitchen design, I went with the Beach Blue range. Because it’s my favorite color. This time, I wanted to create a more neutral design. I don’t go super neutral very often, so this was a little uncomfortable for me; but I love the result!

My Beach Blue kitchen features a brick floor, a giant table for weekend brunches, a whitewashed shiplap wall treatment, and layers of neutral texture and color.  Here’s the complete list: 

And there you have it! Two different looks using colorful kitchen appliances. Thanks to the nice people at Big Chill for getting me back in the blogging saddle once again. Hopefully it won’t be months and months until my next post. 😉

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Ice Cream Cone Ornaments

DIY Ice Cream OrnamentsThe weather outside is frightful, (for real – it’s a mess out there today) but anytime is a good time for ice cream, right? I’m so excited to join  some of my favorite bloggers for another #swapthatdiy exchange. This time with Christmas ornaments. We each made an ornament, and then were assigned a blogger to send it to. (I’ll put all their info below, so you can check out all the ornaments in the exchange). I sent mine to Gwen of The Bold Abode…hopefully she gets it today. 😉 And I got this adorable brushstroke ornament from Laurel. It’s perfect and I love it! 

Here’s the DIY on these easy, non-melting ice cream ornaments: Ornament DIY

I used these amazing colorful ornaments from the Land of Nod. (P.S. My friends at Nod were kind enough to send these ornaments over for this project, and they’re SO perfect for DIY projects. The ones I used are not available anymore; but I linked to a similar geometric set that is adorable). But any solid color ornament will work. Make a cone shape out of kraft paper. (I’ve provided a printable template here). It’s a semi-circle; cut it out, twist it until it becomes a cone, tape the inside to hold it in place; then glue the flap down to the outside. Once the cone is finished; glue the ornament to the cone. I used a thin bead of super glue along the edge of the cone. It worked like a charm. 

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After the cone is glued to the ornament; brush a thin layer of glue (I like Martha Stewart’s Decoupage; but Mod Podge would be a really good choice, too.) Then grab your favorite sprinkles and a cute helper. Hold the ornament vertically as your helper disperses the sprinkles. Once the sprinkles are sufficiently sprinkled; hang the ornament overnight to dry. An optional step at this point is to do another thin layer of decoupage glue over the top of the sprinkles to seal them in. (If you do this step, give it another 24 hours to dry).
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I’m so excited about how these ornaments turned out. The kids and I made a bunch more because they’re so cute. Now take a look at the ornaments from these amazing bloggers:

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