Friday, April 18, 2014

Bringing the inside out

I have a cute little window seat in the front of my house,
and I just love seeing the pillows from the outside.

There's something so fun about being able to see people's inside decor from the outside,
like you're getting a chance to peek into their houses.

So here's your peek inside…
My dining room is still a work in progress - it needs a little more… color (?)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

$200 Patio Makeover!

It was a beautiful day today so I felt inspired to update my patio.
Of course, I found a ton of awesome stuff at HomeGoods (I just can't stop going there…I mean I can't even though)

There was a patio set (with only 3 chairs…?) when we moved in, so I jazzed them up with some pillows. 
I want to spray paint the green part of the chairs black… but that's for another day. 
Do you see the sweet yellow hanging pot? I got one for each side :)

I found a couple of cute accessories that wouldn't blow away in the wind to decorate the table.

And this adorable blue wire side table was the perfect size for my two little white chairs, 
leftovers from my days of having a tiny condo patio.

And I threw in the little lumbar pillows to add some pattern and color. What do you think?

Some of the items in this post were compensated through a gift card by HomeGoods for the HomeGoods Happy Pinterest campaign. All opinions are my own. Thank you for taking a little stroll through my 'garden'!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Update your decor for Spring

It's getting sunny y'all - let's celebrate the best way I know how…


VOILA! I spent more time on the graphic than I did creating a fresh new look for my entry way. 

I also replaced the wreath on our front door. 

Ta da! I hung this cutie with emerald green ribbon (since my door won't close with a wreath hanger!)

Welcome Spring! Have you done any redecorating around the house lately?

Some of the items in this post were compensated through a gift card by HomeGoods for the HomeGoods Happy Pinterest campaign. All opinions are my own. Thank you for taking a little stroll through my 'garden'!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Highlighting Your Art through Staging

Mr. Edlen has an appreciation for art - and thusly, we have some pretty cool stuff hanging on our walls. 

Since his thing is art and my thing is decorating, I decided to marry the two by highlighting this really rad piece we have in the dining room.

I made this warm and inviting little moment with just a few things I had sitting around the house 
(bench and pillows from HomeGoods, throw blanket from Target). 

In just a few quick seconds I added some fun color to the room and drew attention to the art on the wall - people have even asked me if the art was there before since they never noticed it until now. So booyaw, as they say. What do you think?

Some of the items in this post were compensated through a gift card by HomeGoods for the HomeGoods Happy Pinterest campaign. All opinions are my own. Thank you for taking a little stroll through my 'garden'!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Using Apothecary Jars as Vases

It's finally Spring! 

After the bridal shower I threw last weekend, I had some leftover flowers to play with around the house.
I decided to throw them in an apothecary jar and I love how they look! 

I've had these jars for a year and have always struggled to find a unique way to display them. What fun ways do you display your glassware around the house?

Monday, March 10, 2014

Roaring 20's Bridal Shower

This weekend I hosted a Roaring 20's themed bridal shower for my best friend.
Fun times were had by all - here's a few pictures from the party.

Handmade Roaring 20's banner welcoming our guests

Roaring 20's touches

I framed the shower invitation as a keepsake for the bride and made a sweet little banner of the happy couple

Flapper Headbands for ALL!

Handmade Photo Booth Props

So the last picture was a documenting-the-moment-fail on my part. This is a sign I made for the front door where it looked super adorable, rather than how it looks here - half finished and on my kitchen counter - but oh well, still worth sharing.

It was a lot of fun crafting all these little projects, even though most were done with baby William in my lap - I guess I should give him some of the credit!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Stocking Up on Party Plates

My best friend is getting married so I'm hosting her bridal shower at my house - it's going to be a Roaring 20's theme, I can't wait!

I took this as the perfect excuse to stock up on some really pretty plates for this, and all future parties I might need them for.

These were on sale for $2-$3 each. Don't be afraid to mix and match your party ware - I love the way these look together!

 I'm going to keep my eye out for more, I think it's the perfect addition to create elegance at a party (instead of paper plates!)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Light and Bright, Decorating with Neutral Tones

I started with a blank slate, and decided I'd like to keep it that way. Here's a look at my work-in-progress living room.

This room gets the most light of any room in the house, so I wanted to keep everything bright. Whenever I went to add a colorful accessory something just felt wrong. So I kept it neutral and now it's become my own personal challenge to make it work. 

Through this process I've noticed that glass and metallics have become my best friends - they go with everything!

Once I've filled up the built-ins and feel like I'm done decorating, I might have to go crazy with some colorful pillows (or wall color!)

So I put myself into this challenge- have you made any decorating dilemmas of your own?

Friday, January 10, 2014

Form over Function?

One of my favorite pieces in my home is my bar cart. I had always admired them in magazines and thought they looked so sophisticated and glamorous. 
Naturally, I wanted to emulate that feeling of glamor once I had a bar cart of my very own, so I had a decision to make. Do I use the bar cart for it's actual purpose, or do I just make it look pretty. It wasn't  a hard choice to me - I went with the glam.

She's pretending to be useful with the glassware on the bottom - but we all know it's just for show. No, her true purpose is to make me happy - a job well done, dear!

Do you have any pieces in your home that you opt out of using their true purpose for? My built-ins have a look of guilt ALL over them (books? whaaat are those?)

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Keeping up the Christmas!

I don't know about you, but I could keep my Christmas decorations up all year.
But after a certain amount of time, people might start to wonder if you know what month it is. 
I limit myself to leaving everything up through the first week of January - since that's when the Boy Scouts come to pick up the tree (thank goodness for that time constraint or else St. Patrick's Day would be my next reasonable excuse).

My mantel will be pretty bare after the nutcrackers et al. have to be packed up - looks like I'll just have to go shopping… bummer.

How long do you keep your Holiday decorations up? Are you sad or happy to see it go?