When I was little, my mom worked as a floral designer. I grew up cutting Queen Anne's Lace with her on the side of the road, de-thorning roses, taking trips to the wholesaler, and watching her create huge beautiful arrangements for weddings. She taught me so much and recently we had a blast collaborating to create a flower arranging how-to for Your Williamson Magazine.
An organized pantry is a real relief for the home cook. Knowing where your go-to items are, and having a system in place to re-stock the pantry when necessary helps in meal planning and grocery shopping. When you know where everything is, you’ll waste less and thus spend less. Plus, getting that panty in order is easier than you think!
Think beyond traditional autumn colors for an elegant change-up to this year’s fall decor. Succulents planted in white pumpkins are the perfect addition to any fall tablescape.
As we move into the season of summer entertaining, backyard barbecues, ladies luncheons, and kids parties will fill our calendars. It’s so important to be a gracious guest and when someone goes out of their way to feed and entertain you, show your gratitude with a little something for the host.
While dying eggs may be fun, it's far from artistic. However, with watercolors, painting blown eggs or hard boiled eggs can become true works of art. Using watercolor paints or simple food coloring, you can create soft watery designs in beautiful pastel colors. It is a great interactive project for kids to share in without the mess and monotony of dying.
I’m always looking for new and creative ways to decorate for the holidays without purchasing all-new decorations each year. This fun DIY project utilizes your favorite Christmas decor in snowy scenes under glass.
This year I really tried to scale back our Christmas decorations. With a baby-on-the-way, I've tried to streamline the put-out/put-up process to make it a little easier on this growing bump.
Baby, it's cold outside! So cold that most nights I just want to stay in with a mug of hot chocolate. That’s when I had the idea to throw a Hot Chocolate Party with my friends at StyleBlueprint.com. A relaxed event with an edgy throw back vibe that both kids and adults could get on board with.
January is a hard month. It's right after the holidays. We're all a little heavier and have a little less money. It's cold and sunny days seem few-and-far-between. The "winter blues" have set in. I've found myself having to make an effort on a daily basis to stay motivated and have to make a conscience effort through the cold months to keep my energy up.
For the tenth day of the "12 Days of Christmas" my true love gave to me "10 lords a leaping." Why were they leaping? Because of all those beautiful gifts!
The holidays are all about getting together with the ones you love. I love entertaining and having people over but sometimes a big dinner party is overwhelming for not only you but your guests too (who might have several different parties to attend in one weekend). That's why I love having a small intimate cocktail hour where friends can just stop in and then head to their next affair.
I am speaking at the first annual Keen Digital Summit today and if you are going (spoiler alert!) this is my presentation. I have been asked to talk about food styling so I thought that I would put together a list of 10 really easy tips to help your food photographs look delicious. I thought it would be great to post here on the blog because this is not only for you food bloggers out there but also for any and everyone that takes pictures of food—you know that you've posted a dozen on Instagram!
It's that time of year—time for Friday night high school football! This past weekend I lent a hand to my alma mater and helped decorate for a dinner before the Friday night Homecoming game. Decorating a gymnasium for 500 people, with a limited budget and some key restrictions was a challenge but I think it turned out adorable!
I love finding ways to bring the outdoors in to use in my home decor. I have jars of sea shells in my bathroom, acorns and buckeyes on my dinning room table (check out my fall table here) and one of my favorite things in our home is a bowl of rocks that we collected on the beach on our honeymoon (yes, one of my favorite things is a bowl of rocks).
A couple of weeks ago I decorated my fall table with some rustic hand-painted craft pumpkins that I used as planters for cabbage (check it out here!). I have been dying to paint some more for my kitchen counter since then and knew that I wanted to make them aqua (my fav color). I also wanted to carve these to make them a little more fun—not so serious! Borrowing Jacobs' drill made that super simple.
Yesterday was the first official day of fall! Hooray! Fall means pumpkins and mums and acorns and blue jeans with boots. It's my favorite time of the year and I love to deck out our house with some serious fall decor.
I have a slight obsession with wrapping presents. Sometimes my gifts are better on the outside than they are on the inside! Yesterday I wrapped a gift for a baby shower that I am going to this weekend for one of my dear friends and her soon-to-be-son and I thought that you might want to see how I put it together!