withHEART http://withheart.com Design | Dream | Do Thu, 24 Dec 2015 07:24:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sugar Plum Fairy Party (and winner announced!) http://withheart.com/featured/sugar-plum-fairy-party/ http://withheart.com/featured/sugar-plum-fairy-party/#comments Thu, 24 Dec 2015 07:24:26 +0000 http://withheart.com/?p=8758 We took Ruby to see the Nutcracker for the first time this year to see her cousin who was dancing as s Bon Bon.  My 3-year-old ballerina was completely entranced.  She was dancing in the isles and her favorite part was the Sugar Plum Fairy.  I had been planning to hold some kind of winter party for her and some friends and knew the Nutcracker theme was a must. I worked with Oriental Trading Company to put together the sweetest party for Ruby and her friends.  Eleven little ballerinas became Sugar Plum Fairies in training. Here’s a little preview of the party: photos by Elle Stallings and yours truly This party was packed full of the funnest activities, sweetest details and adorable favors.  Here’s where you can find all the details: Sugar Plum Fairy Party Plans and Theme Sugar Plum Fairy Party Activities Sugar Plum Fairy Party DIY Decorations Mini-Chocolate-Chip Sour Cream Cupcakes This party was one for the books, and definitely a theme we plan to do again and again.  I loved working with Oriental Trading on this fun party!  They are a rabbit’s hole of entertaining resources (and at completely affordable pricing). And I can’t forget the winner of the Zestt giveaway.  Congrats to: Katey who said: Like so many others we love the traditional cheese ball. wouldnt be Christmas without it! The mice knife set will be perfect for the cheese ball! *this post was sponsored as part of a collaboration with Oriental Trading

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We took Ruby to see the Nutcracker for the first time this year to see her cousin who was dancing as s Bon Bon.  My 3-year-old ballerina was completely entranced.  She was dancing in the isles and her favorite part was the Sugar Plum Fairy.  I had been planning to hold some kind of winter party for her and some friends and knew the Nutcracker theme was a must.

I worked with Oriental Trading Company to put together the sweetest party for Ruby and her friends.  Eleven little ballerinas became Sugar Plum Fairies in training.

Here’s a little preview of the party:

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photos by Elle Stallings and yours truly

This party was packed full of the funnest activities, sweetest details and adorable favors.  Here’s where you can find all the details:

Sugar Plum Fairy Party Plans and Theme

Sugar Plum Fairy Party Activities

Sugar Plum Fairy Party DIY Decorations

Mini-Chocolate-Chip Sour Cream Cupcakes

This party was one for the books, and definitely a theme we plan to do again and again.  I loved working with Oriental Trading on this fun party!  They are a rabbit’s hole of entertaining resources (and at completely affordable pricing).

And I can’t forget the winner of the Zestt giveaway.  Congrats to:

Katey who said: Like so many others we love the traditional cheese ball. wouldnt be Christmas without it!

The mice knife set will be perfect for the cheese ball!

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*this post was sponsored as part of a collaboration with Oriental Trading

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Non-traditional Holiday Tablescape (+ giveaway!) http://withheart.com/featured/non-traditional-holiday-tablescape/ http://withheart.com/featured/non-traditional-holiday-tablescape/#comments Mon, 21 Dec 2015 15:56:05 +0000 http://withheart.com/?p=8742 How is it the week of Christmas??  I tell ya, this season has flown by.  We’ve been doing quite a bit of entertaining over here lately (with the biggest party I’ve ever hosted this week.  Eeeeeek for 40 people!).  Last week we had some neighborhood friends over for a little dinner gathering and I went for a non-traditional holiday tablescape and color palette.    Zestt sent me these beautiful earthy sculptured gray dishes and they got my wheels turning.  Not every holiday table has to be red, white, and green (though I do love traditional Christmas colors as well).  For this table, I went with more jewel tones– pinks, grays, rich greens. I added in some milk glass throughout the dinner to add a little vintage with the modern dishes.  Rather than one centerpiece, I opted for two with some vintage gold candlesticks in the center, then two bird candlesticks (available here and here)  to incorporate the green on either side.  The flowers are a Whole Foods grocery find.  Love that grocers stock beautiful flowers year round. Originally the table was set for 8, but at last minute a couple had to cancel (sick child) so I moved a few things around to make it 6. The plates, salad plates, and mugs are all from Zestt (gorgeous quality and super affordable and there are also bowls), the flatware is this set I’ve used many a time before.  The goblets are a thrifted find. I used these little Small Bites dishes for […]

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How is it the week of Christmas??  I tell ya, this season has flown by.  We’ve been doing quite a bit of entertaining over here lately (with the biggest party I’ve ever hosted this week.  Eeeeeek for 40 people!).  Last week we had some neighborhood friends over for a little dinner gathering and I went for a non-traditional holiday tablescape and color palette.   IMG_7573

Zestt sent me these beautiful earthy sculptured gray dishes and they got my wheels turning.  Not every holiday table has to be red, white, and green (though I do love traditional Christmas colors as well).  For this table, I went with more jewel tones– pinks, grays, rich greens.

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I added in some milk glass throughout the dinner to add a little vintage with the modern dishes.  Rather than one centerpiece, I opted for two with some vintage gold candlesticks in the center, then two bird candlesticks (available here and here)  to incorporate the green on either side.  The flowers are a Whole Foods grocery find.  Love that grocers stock beautiful flowers year round.

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Originally the table was set for 8, but at last minute a couple had to cancel (sick child) so I moved a few things around to make it 6.

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The plates, salad plates, and mugs are all from Zestt (gorgeous quality and super affordable and there are also bowls), the flatware is this set I’ve used many a time before.  The goblets are a thrifted find.

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I used these little Small Bites dishes for appetizers and they are the perfect size, plus easy to hold as you socialize.  They would be so cute for individually made appetizers as well, like bruschetta or sliders, don’t you think?

And is this cheese serving set not the most adorable thing you’ve ever seen in all your life?  Little mini mice guarding your cheese plate?  I die.

And folks, you have a chance to win the Guard the Cheese knife set right now.  Leave a message here telling me your favorite holiday dish to serve with your email address and you’re entered to win.  Winner announced Wednesday– check back!!!  I never did hear from the winner of all of that Benjamin Moore Paint….  weird.

Good luck!!

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*sponsored by Zestt

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DIY Faux Wood Beams http://withheart.com/featured/diy-faux-wood-ceiling-beams/ http://withheart.com/featured/diy-faux-wood-ceiling-beams/#comments Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:03:47 +0000 http://withheart.com/?p=8562 Long before we started construction on the #staggreno, a company called Arizona Faux Beams reached out to me about a collaboration for faux wood beams.  Because we were getting ready to move, it wasn’t really a good time.  I mentioned that we were getting ready to launch into a big renovation and thought it could be a neat feature. We started our plans and the vaulting and raising of the ceiling in the great room was one of the first big decisions and I immediately pictured wood beams.   I checked out their website and couldn’t believe the beams were faux– as in not only were they not load bearing, but they also aren’t real wood.  I’ve got to be honest though, I was super nervous about how they would look in person.  You never know if something is just going to look good in pictures, and not in real life. I worked directly with the company to come up with a plan for the space and they shipped them directly to the project.  They arrived via freight. We watched a couple of their videos about how to install them and it seemed straight forward enough.  We opened up the box and you guys, Jon and I were kind of freaking out.  The color obviously didn’t look like wood at all.  Even as we were installing them we were kind of like well, here we go!  This could be really bad, or super awesome! The beams are hollow on the […]

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Long before we started construction on the #staggreno, a company called Arizona Faux Beams reached out to me about a collaboration for faux wood beams.  Because we were getting ready to move, it wasn’t really a good time.  I mentioned that we were getting ready to launch into a big renovation and thought it could be a neat feature.

We started our plans and the vaulting and raising of the ceiling in the great room was one of the first big decisions and I immediately pictured wood beams.   I checked out their website and couldn’t believe the beams were faux– as in not only were they not load bearing, but they also aren’t real wood.  I’ve got to be honest though, I was super nervous about how they would look in person.  You never know if something is just going to look good in pictures, and not in real life.

I worked directly with the company to come up with a plan for the space and they shipped them directly to the project.  They arrived via freight.

We watched a couple of their videos about how to install them and it seemed straight forward enough.  We opened up the box and you guys, Jon and I were kind of freaking out.  The color obviously didn’t look like wood at all.  Even as we were installing them we were kind of like well, here we go!  This could be really bad, or super awesome!

The beams are hollow on the inside and sort of make a U shape.  One thing we had to take into consideration– we were attaching both a ceiling fan and a chandelier to the beams, so we needed to install some wood framing to support them.  Between Jon, my dear dad, and Jon’s brother, they were able to install them while I held my newborn and occupied Ruby.  This is what it looked like as we got going.

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I could go into a lot of detail about how to install them, but the company has some excellent tutorials and explanations and we followed them without any trouble.

To explain how the pattern came together, we did one long post down the center, then evenly spaced them on either side.  We used a simple miter saw to cut them.  They’re kind of like a really hard foam, if that makes sense.

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We got them up and they were looking amazing– everything but the color.  I was nervous.  We talked through how to stain them with our painter and he had never done anything like it before so we tried out some stain samples on a few remnants.

It was unbelievable.  The product stained just like wood would.  No special stain, just exactly how you would stain a real wood beam.  We used Color Putty in B.R. Mahogany to fill the nail holes and Jel’d Stain in Walnut for the beams.  Our painter got to work and it was crazy how real they look!

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We do have one seam in the center on the large beam, as they don’t come long enough to fit the length of the room, but once it was stained it just kind of blends in and you don’t really notice it.  And I can’t imagine the space without them.  They totally make it.

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Crazy good, right??  I mean, you would never ever guess those babies aren’t the real deal.

I’m waiting on some drapes to reveal the whole open concept space to you.  We ran into a little issue with them and they had to be re-sewn.  And I’m hosting a massive holiday party in this room on the 23rd and I have big plans for the room layout so the beams will be highlighted.  Can’t wait to show you more.

They really are a show stopper and I’m still in awe about how easy they were to do ourselves.  I would completely recommend them.  Thank you so so much to Arizona Faux Beams!  We love them!

If you have any questions, comment below.  The company is also very responsive about questions and concerns.

Happy Monday!

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*The beams were provided c/o Arizona Faux Beams 

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Mini Brownie Cookie Trifles http://withheart.com/more/food/mini-brownie-cookie-trifles/ http://withheart.com/more/food/mini-brownie-cookie-trifles/#respond Fri, 11 Dec 2015 17:01:08 +0000 http://withheart.com/?p=8714 There’s something about a trifle that just feels special.  They look and feel so fancy, yet making a trifle dessert is so easy.  My mother-in-law first got me hooked on trifles because every family gathering, she would show up with this really impressive dessert that looked beautiful and tasted delicious.  Today I’m sharing a recipe I cooked up after finding these adorable mini trifle dishes: Mini Brownie Cookie Trifles. I love mini just about everything and these Small Bites Trifle Dishes from Zestt (on sale!) give you a perfect portion size and are a show stopper for a dinner party. We recently hosted some friends for dinner and I wanted to make something that not only the adults loved, but both family’s kids as well.  I came up with this recipe and it was a hit.  Here’s what you’ll need: Brownies Chocolate chip cookies Cool Whip Chocolate Pudding Round Fudge Striped Cookies So there are several levels of work slash homemade-ness you can do here.  You can buy everything pre-made and make it easy on yourself, or you can make the brownies, cookies, and pudding from scratch.  I chose somewhere in the middle with a box of brownie mix and pre-made cookie dough.  I wanted them all to taste fresh but I was kind of in a pinch for time. First, make your brownies and cookies and let them cool completely. Start with the brownies and cut them into chunks, then place a layer in the bottom of each dish. […]

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There’s something about a trifle that just feels special.  They look and feel so fancy, yet making a trifle dessert is so easy.  My mother-in-law first got me hooked on trifles because every family gathering, she would show up with this really impressive dessert that looked beautiful and tasted delicious.  Today I’m sharing a recipe I cooked up after finding these adorable mini trifle dishes: Mini Brownie Cookie Trifles.

I love mini just about everything and these Small Bites Trifle Dishes from Zestt (on sale!) give you a perfect portion size and are a show stopper for a dinner party.

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We recently hosted some friends for dinner and I wanted to make something that not only the adults loved, but both family’s kids as well.  I came up with this recipe and it was a hit.  Here’s what you’ll need:

Brownies

Chocolate chip cookies

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Chocolate Pudding

Round Fudge Striped Cookies

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So there are several levels of work slash homemade-ness you can do here.  You can buy everything pre-made and make it easy on yourself, or you can make the brownies, cookies, and pudding from scratch.  I chose somewhere in the middle with a box of brownie mix and pre-made cookie dough.  I wanted them all to taste fresh but I was kind of in a pinch for time.

First, make your brownies and cookies and let them cool completely.

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Start with the brownies and cut them into chunks, then place a layer in the bottom of each dish.  Then top the brownies with a layer of Cool Whip.

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Top that layer with cookie chunks.  Follow with a layer of chocolate pudding.

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Top each one with a single fudge striped cookie.  It makes it feel fancy.

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It was a hit equally with the adults and the kids.  I made these a few hours ahead of time and covered them with some wrap and put them in the fridge.  A no-fuss dessert that looks like you fussed and fussed.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  We will be spending it doing all sorts of Christmassing and one of our favorite traditions.  Be sure to check out the A Holiday with HEART posts— they sure are special and each blogger put their heart and soul into their posts.  I love that.  And them.  And you.  And Christmas.  I’ll stop now.

And make this dessert!  This minute!

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*The dishes in this post were provided by Zestt and this post is sponsored.

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Playroom Vintage Touches http://withheart.com/featured/playroom-vintage-touches/ http://withheart.com/featured/playroom-vintage-touches/#comments Wed, 09 Dec 2015 06:37:10 +0000 http://withheart.com/?p=8705 Ya’ll know I’m a sucker for a good vintage find.  The playroom was no exception.  (you can view the whole playroom reveal HERE)  With those tall built-ins, there was plenty of space to add in some old with the new.  The playroom is woven with wonderful little treasures– some thrifted or found at antique shops, but some sentimental.  Today I want to share the playroom vintage touches with you. Let’s start with the most special first– the framed art on the large wall above the play kitchen. It’s actually a set of four hand-painted dish towels.  My paternal grandmother loved to paint and made these sweet towels when I was very small.  My dear father saved them for me all of these years and I’ve been keeping them safe, trying to find the perfect place for them.  They just seemed like the perfect touch for the playroom.  Each has a little bird with the sayings Wash Day, Happy Day, Bake Day, and Church Day.  I love them so much and they make me happy every time I look at them.  Isn’t that what artwork should do? On the bookshelves, there are a lot of little vintage finds.  The colorful Reader’s Digest books I’ve been collecting for a few years. Some of the children’s books were mine when I was a girl, and some were even my dad’s.  The arrow contraption I found randomly at a thrift store and I just loved it. The globe collection was found over time, mostly at […]

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Ya’ll know I’m a sucker for a good vintage find.  The playroom was no exception.  (you can view the whole playroom reveal HERE)  With those tall built-ins, there was plenty of space to add in some old with the new.  The playroom is woven with wonderful little treasures– some thrifted or found at antique shops, but some sentimental.  Today I want to share the playroom vintage touches with you.

Let’s start with the most special first– the framed art on the large wall above the play kitchen.

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It’s actually a set of four hand-painted dish towels.  My paternal grandmother loved to paint and made these sweet towels when I was very small.  My dear father saved them for me all of these years and I’ve been keeping them safe, trying to find the perfect place for them.  They just seemed like the perfect touch for the playroom.  Each has a little bird with the sayings Wash Day, Happy Day, Bake Day, and Church Day.  I love them so much and they make me happy every time I look at them.  Isn’t that what artwork should do?

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On the bookshelves, there are a lot of little vintage finds.  The colorful Reader’s Digest books I’ve been collecting for a few years.

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Some of the children’s books were mine when I was a girl, and some were even my dad’s.  The arrow contraption I found randomly at a thrift store and I just loved it.

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The globe collection was found over time, mostly at thrift stores, one at an antique shop, and one from Homegoods.  The ceramic boy/girl head bookends were found at a thrift store a couple years ago and I’ve been trying to find the right spot for them.

The rocking horse was a thrift store rescue I refinished for Ruby two years ago for Christmas.

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I feel like every space needs old stuff mixed in with the new.  It gives a room some soul, some history, and some quirk.  Every room needs some quirk, don’t you think?

Speaking of giving rooms some soul, are you just loving the #aholidaywithheart tour?  Gems are being shared, guys.  Be sure to click through and read all of the goods.  You’ll laugh, cry, and be inspired, I promise.  Here is an updated tour list so you can catch up:

Monday:

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Courtney: A Thoughtful Place

Kristin: Bliss At Home

Erin: The Sunny Side Up

Tuesday:

Kirsten: Simply Grove

Marianne: White and Gold

Shavonda: SG Style

 

Wednesday:

Sarah: Sarah Dorsey Designs

Jennifer: Style House Interiors 

Julia: Cuckoo 4 Design

So many good posts coming up soon, folks.  Kind of wish I could just live in my pajamas, have someone bring me food, and care for my children so I can write and write and write for you.

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*photos by Katie Torriente

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A Holiday with HEART Blog Tour http://withheart.com/stories/a-holiday-with-heart-blog-tour/ http://withheart.com/stories/a-holiday-with-heart-blog-tour/#comments Mon, 07 Dec 2015 07:57:57 +0000 http://withheart.com/?p=8675 Happy Monday!  I’m very excited for today and for each day of the week ahead.  It’s the kickoff of A Holiday with HEART– a blog tour that I am hosting, and one that I think you’ll love. A group of really talented bloggers (and also wonderful people) are sharing more than just a look at their beautiful holiday decor (which they are doing), but also sharing some of the meaning behind it.  Their traditions, their favorite pieces, and the sentimental reasons for putting it all out each year. Today is the first day of the tour and it starts with yours truly.  I’ll list the other bloggers participating with links to their posts at the end of the post and boy, is it a good list! The motivation behind A Holiday with HEART comes from a feeling– the feeling I want to create in my home around the holidays. My home environment as a child was a bit unconventional.  I’ve mentioned before here that my mother was chronically ill and because of that, my dear father was mostly in charge of any holiday traditions, decorating, and so on.  Our house kept things pretty simple and a little bit mis-matched if you will:)  I would enter the homes of friends or boyfriends around the holidays and their homes were so inviting, festive, and felt so warm.  It’s that warm, welcoming feeling that I aim to create in my home each holiday, as I want our family and friends to enter our house […]

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Happy Monday!  I’m very excited for today and for each day of the week ahead.  It’s the kickoff of A Holiday with HEART– a blog tour that I am hosting, and one that I think you’ll love.

A group of really talented bloggers (and also wonderful people) are sharing more than just a look at their beautiful holiday decor (which they are doing), but also sharing some of the meaning behind it.  Their traditions, their favorite pieces, and the sentimental reasons for putting it all out each year.

Today is the first day of the tour and it starts with yours truly.  I’ll list the other bloggers participating with links to their posts at the end of the post and boy, is it a good list!

The motivation behind A Holiday with HEART comes from a feeling– the feeling I want to create in my home around the holidays.

My home environment as a child was a bit unconventional.  I’ve mentioned before here that my mother was chronically ill and because of that, my dear father was mostly in charge of any holiday traditions, decorating, and so on.  Our house kept things pretty simple and a little bit mis-matched if you will:)  I would enter the homes of friends or boyfriends around the holidays and their homes were so inviting, festive, and felt so warm.  It’s that warm, welcoming feeling that I aim to create in my home each holiday, as I want our family and friends to enter our house and come into a place of peace, shelter, laughter, love, and cheer.

I love a good tradition, and today I’m sharing some of our family’s with you starting with the tree.2015-12-06 15.51.52The first year we were married, Jon and I started the tradition of buying a new ornament together every year.  We started with a small velvet bird, and stuck with the theme.  Each year, buying a new bird or birdhouse for the tree, then attaching a small tag with the year.  We’ve had the same base ornaments all these years, but this year I switched out some green ornaments and ribbon for black and red buffalo check, gold and brown ornaments, and added a few new touches like the gold leafed feathers.    2015-12-06 15.52.58 2015-12-06 15.53.09 2015-12-06 15.53.20This one is from sweet Ruby’s first Christmas.  And here we are, this will be Anna’s first Christmas.  Sniffle sniffle.  Where does the time go?2015-12-06 15.53.41 2015-12-06 15.53.53The tree skirt was made as a wedding present from Jon’s sister, who has made them for all of her siblings when they got married.  Because it’s so traditional, I think we will always keep a red tree somewhere in our home to use it.  It’s so beautiful and just feels special.2015-12-06 15.54.13You’ll have to excuse our lack of furniture in this room.  I ordered some chairs a while back and when they arrived they just didn’t feel right so I sent them back and have been searching for a replacement.  As a result, this room is the most empty in the house, and it’s kind of taken a back seat with the decorating, even though it’s the front room.  Jon said that big window was just aching for a tree to be set up right in front of it, so that’s the spot.  And while the room is kind of sparse at the moment, we are loving the custom coffee table, however (more on that later!  Now, back to the holiday!).2015-12-06 15.54.42 2015-12-06 15.55.06

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Another favorite tradition– the felt tree advent calendar.  I had one just like it when I was a little girl that my paternal grandmother made.  Jon also had one just like it that his mother made.  A couple years ago, Jon’s two sisters (they’re a talented bunch!) made one for each sibling (7!!!) and their family.  I can’t even begin to think about how much work it was. 2015-12-06 15.56.56Ruby loves peeking inside each numbered pocket to see which ornament will go on the tree the next day, then picking the perfect spot.2015-12-06 15.57.03

A few other favorite traditions: our annual overnight stay in a downtown hotel to see the lights, go swimming, and have hot chocolate room service.  Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve. A holiday cookie exchange party with a group of old friends.  A fancy holiday date night to a restaurant downtown called The Roof.  Giving gifts to a family in need.

A few I’m hoping to start this year: a little tree just for the girls in the playroom.  Hot chocolate and cookies for our neighbors on Christmas Eve.  And now that we have a child old enough to understand it a bit more, reading about the true meaning of Christmas.

Next stop on the tour is my sweet friend, Courtney from A Thoughtful Place.  She is as lovely in person as you would hope she would be.  And she has the legs of my dreams.

The head over to Kristen from Bliss At Home.  Kristen has a quiet sincerity about her that I just love.  And if you ever meet her in person, she is supermodel tall and blonde.

After that be sure to stop by Erin from The Sunny Side Up Blog.  Erin is one of those people you meet and instantly become fast friends with.  She is sweet and as sunny as her blog and has rockin’ hair.

Here is an updated list so you can follow along!

Monday:

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Courtney: A Thoughtful Place

Kristin: Bliss At Home

Erin: The Sunny Side Up

Tuesday:

Kirsten: Simply Grove

Marianne: White and Gold

Shavonda: SG Style

 

Wednesday:

Sarah: Sarah Dorsey Designs

Jennifer: Style House Interiors 

Julia: Cuckoo 4 Design

What traditions do you love?  Do share…..

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BSHT Holiday Home Tour http://withheart.com/featured/bsht-holiday-home-tour/ http://withheart.com/featured/bsht-holiday-home-tour/#comments Fri, 04 Dec 2015 06:30:14 +0000 http://withheart.com/?p=8570 If you’re anything like me, you love a good look into someone else’s home.  Not in a creepy way… ok, in a creepy way…. I just love seeing how other people decorate, design, and live.  That’s why this blog tour (organized by Lindsey) is so awesome.  You can be a creeper into some amazing homes, all out in the open!  No shame!  In fact, go on ahead– look at some gorgeous homes.  Today I’m taking part in the holiday home tour. If you’re coming over from Inspired By Charm, welcome!  I think Michael’s styling is among the best.  His perfectly staged spaces never cease to wow. I’m opening my doors wide open and sharing several spaces styled for the holidays.  Let’s start with the front porch.  It was kind of perfectly snowing outside as I photographed away.          I started with the trees next to the door. They’re from Home Depot, and I spray painted the bases white. The rest of the trees are real, also from Home Depot.  The logs were chopped from the trees we cut down in the yard and I saved them for this purpose.  I couldn’t bear to throw them out. Here are a couple more sources: planters | wreath | plaid ribbon | lanterns (similar) Moving indoors now…. a look at the upstairs mantle. I kept things pretty simple for the mantle.  It’s deceptively not as deep as you would think, so not a lot can layer onto the mantle.  I went with […]

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If you’re anything like me, you love a good look into someone else’s home.  Not in a creepy way… ok, in a creepy way…. I just love seeing how other people decorate, design, and live.  That’s why this blog tour (organized by Lindsey) is so awesome.  You can be a creeper into some amazing homes, all out in the open!  No shame!  In fact, go on ahead– look at some gorgeous homes.  Today I’m taking part in the holiday home tour.

If you’re coming over from Inspired By Charm, welcome!  I think Michael’s styling is among the best.  His perfectly staged spaces never cease to wow.

I’m opening my doors wide open and sharing several spaces styled for the holidays.  Let’s start with the front porch.  It was kind of perfectly snowing outside as I photographed away.

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I started with the trees next to the door. They’re from Home Depot, and I spray painted the bases white. The rest of the trees are real, also from Home Depot.  The logs were chopped from the trees we cut down in the yard and I saved them for this purpose.  I couldn’t bear to throw them out.

Here are a couple more sources:

planters | wreath | plaid ribbon | lanterns (similar)

Moving indoors now…. a look at the upstairs mantle.

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I kept things pretty simple for the mantle.  It’s deceptively not as deep as you would think, so not a lot can layer onto the mantle.  I went with faux branches, mainly because I didn’t want to have to worry about switching them out as I was setting up pretty early.  The candlesticks and brass animals are vintage.

And now into the kitchen/dining/living area…

It just so happened the ladies from Mindy Mae’s Market asked to shoot their holiday catalog at the #staggreno (more on that later), so I set it up all pretty for a fake Christmas party.  Here are the spoils.

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We shot this right around Thanksgiving so I just switched a few things out from my Thanksgiving table scape and made it more Christmas.  The rosemary sprigs on each plate not only smell wonderful, but they remind me of little Christmas trees.

The salt cellar is a little gift my father brought home from a business trip out of the country when I was little girl.

The brass ice bucket is vintage, as are the crystal candlesticks.  You can find the table runner HERE.

My go-to centerpiece as of late is a bowl of pretty fruit.  And cut citrus always makes your table smell heavenly.

Branches, faux again, are from Tai Pan Trading.

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I love any excuse to bring out my collection of milk glass bowls, platters and cake plates.  There are also a few colored glass items in there like that ruby red dish and the green tinted vintage glasses.  That large cake plate is actually original to the #staggreno, believe it or not.  It belonged to the owners and I picked it up at the estate sale before we started demo.  The rest I’ve collected over time from antique shops and thrift stores.   And there are a few Target finds in there like the marble cheese dish and the wood stump platter.

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In the kitchen and living area, I kept things pretty simple and fresh, hanging wreaths in the windows/doors and throwing in some plaid pillows.  I realized I haven’t really shared anything from the little living area adjacent to the kitchen and dining, so this will be a little sneak peek before I share all of the full room details!

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Plaid pillows: @vinestreetcollective on instagram

Next up on the tour is Dimples and Tangles— so head there next! Also a brunette with bangs named Jennifer.  You’re sure to like her!  Ha!

And if you want to catch up on all of the lovely homes, here is the complete tour list:

MONDAY:

The White Buffalo Styling Co.

House Seven

Bliss at Home

Mimosa Lane

Swoon Worthy

Claire Brody

Nesting with Grace

TUESDAY:

The Makerista

Simple Stylings

Amanda Katherine

The Sweetest Digs

Iron & Twine

Style Your Senses

Dream Green DIY

WEDNESDAY:

Hunted Interior

Cuckoo 4 Design

The Chronicles of Home

Go Haus Go

Chic Little House

Burlap & Lace

My Fabuless Life

Desert Domicile

THURSDAY:

Rain on a Tin Roof

Michaela Noelle Designs

Dwellings by Devore

A Creative Day Blog

Restless Arrow

DIY Playbook

Julie Blanner

Craftberry Bush

FRIDAY:

Inspired by Charm

withHEART (yours truly)

Dimples and Tangles

SG Style

Place of My Taste

Primitive & Proper

And of course I can’t say goodbye without announcing the winner winner chicken dinner of the amazing Benjamin Moore paint giveaway…. congrats to Ter’e who said:

“Oh WOW what a cool giveaway. My husband and I are approaching 70 soon, but we are young at heart! We currently live in Central FL, but we are preparing for a move to KC,MO next week.
We are buying a house that has been quite unloved and we will tackle painting the whole house, inside and out. OURSELVES!
I have run back and forth to my local BM and have chosen my key paint colors already!!!
This giveaway has come at the perfect time!!!!! I am, carefully, jumping for joy!”

How much do you love her comment?  Email me at jen@withheart.com for details!

And if you’re wondering where the heck our tree was in all of this holiday home tour business, I saved it for Monday’s post.  Be sure to check back!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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*photos by Jessa Kae and yours truly

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Vintage Inspired Candy Wreath http://withheart.com/featured/vintage-inspired-candy-wreath/ http://withheart.com/featured/vintage-inspired-candy-wreath/#comments Wed, 02 Dec 2015 19:06:39 +0000 http://withheart.com/?p=8548 It’s just not the holidays without some crafting, am I right?  Today I’m sharing how to make a vintage inspired candy wreath. This year we have a considerable amount more space than last year in the rental during remodeling, and Ruby is really getting into the holiday spirit so I wanted to start the tradition this year of putting some decorations up in the playroom, just for the girls.  Oriental Trading reached out to collaborate on a wreath project, so it was the perfect start to holiday decorating. They sent me a ginormous box of holiday crafting supplies.  I laid it all out and I’m not exaggerating when I say I could have made 10 wreaths out of it all. Ruby walked over in the middle of the package-opening and she immediately was drawn to the pink poms and shiny bells.  That got my wheels turning and I decided to make a vintage inspired wreath with some candy just to make it extra whimsical and sweet (see what I did there?). I started by separating all of the supplies into color.  It was making my brain hurt trying to sort everything out when it was a big jumbled holiday explosion.  Once things were organized, I was able to see which colors played well off of each other. While I was at the grocery store, I found some cheap vintage-y feeling ornaments in the dollar section that were exactly the colors I knew Ruby would love. I started by wrapping the […]

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It’s just not the holidays without some crafting, am I right?  Today I’m sharing how to make a vintage inspired candy wreath.

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This year we have a considerable amount more space than last year in the rental during remodeling, and Ruby is really getting into the holiday spirit so I wanted to start the tradition this year of putting some decorations up in the playroom, just for the girls.  Oriental Trading reached out to collaborate on a wreath project, so it was the perfect start to holiday decorating.

They sent me a ginormous box of holiday crafting supplies.  I laid it all out and I’m not exaggerating when I say I could have made 10 wreaths out of it all.

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Ruby walked over in the middle of the package-opening and she immediately was drawn to the pink poms and shiny bells.  That got my wheels turning and I decided to make a vintage inspired wreath with some candy just to make it extra whimsical and sweet (see what I did there?).

I started by separating all of the supplies into color.  It was making my brain hurt trying to sort everything out when it was a big jumbled holiday explosion.  Once things were organized, I was able to see which colors played well off of each other.

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While I was at the grocery store, I found some cheap vintage-y feeling ornaments in the dollar section that were exactly the colors I knew Ruby would love.

I started by wrapping the foam wreath in white felt ribbon.  I secured it using hot glue.  Hint: it always takes a lot more ribbon than you think it will, so be sure to have plenty on hand.

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Next I started gluing a few of the larger poms in place in the area I wanted to make my focal point.  I started with the larger ornaments and items first, them placed the little poms and bells to fill in the gaps.

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The suckers I really think add that extra unexpected touch.  Also, bonus that Oriental Trading has so many colors and styles.  The long ones reminded us of unicorn horns, which ironically (or not) that’s what they’re called– unicorn twists.  I placed glue all over the stick, then slid it under other items to secure it into place.

The pink tree was an old ornament I had that had a broken string, so I thought why not include it rather than toss it?  I bent the bottom just slightly, stuck some glue on the tip, then tucked it under the ribbon to hold it in place.

I think sometimes with things like wreaths, it’s better to just go with what feels right rather than try to plan out where every little thing will go ahead of time.  Once it felt right, I put a little ribbon bow at the top, added a bell, and we were ready to hang it!

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For this project I used:

A foam wreath

pom poms in assorted colors and sizes

jingle bells

round suckers

unicorn twist suckers

cheap ornaments (grocery store)

felt ribbon (from my ribbon stash)

hot glue

I actually have plans to make another wreath with a slightly different theme from all of this stuff.  I’ll share it soon!

If you have any holiday crafting or entertaining plans, I suggest you check out Oriental Trading’s website.  You could get lost in there and their prices are really low.

Happy Holiday crafting season!

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Mint Peg Princess Shelf (and a big giveaway!) http://withheart.com/featured/mint-peg-princess-shelf-and-a-big-giveaway/ http://withheart.com/featured/mint-peg-princess-shelf-and-a-big-giveaway/#comments Tue, 01 Dec 2015 13:49:07 +0000 http://withheart.com/?p=8543 Thank you for your kind words over the playroom reveal yesterday!  Today I’m sharing the first of many projects from that space and it’s really one of the easiest– the little mint peg princess shelf on her gallery wall. I wanted a place to display her sweet little peg princess dolls we’ve been collecting for awhile.  I was strolling through IKEA one day and came across this Bekvam unfinished birch spice rack. image: IKEA I’ve been thinking of using it for little bookshelves somewhere, but thought it would be darling as the perfect place to house her peg dolls. For this project I used the Benjamin Moore Ben line in Cool Mint (582).  It’s an easy to apply paint that covers well, so it was perfect for this simple project.  Cool Mint is the color of paint that was in Ruby’s nursery at our last house so it is a sentimental color and a little reminder of her baby days.  Just look at itty bitty baby Ruby (sniffle, sniffle). Because the rack was already unfinished, there was no prep other than a primer (also Ben).  Just one coat of primer and one of paint and it was ready to hang.  I rolled the parts I could, then touched up the other nooks and crannies with a brush. I think Cool Mint is really the perfect mint color.  It’s soft, not overwhelming, and such a pretty hue. We hung it just low enough that she can reach it herself, yet it still looks […]

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Thank you for your kind words over the playroom reveal yesterday!  Today I’m sharing the first of many projects from that space and it’s really one of the easiest– the little mint peg princess shelf on her gallery wall.

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I wanted a place to display her sweet little peg princess dolls we’ve been collecting for awhile.  I was strolling through IKEA one day and came across this Bekvam unfinished birch spice rack.

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I’ve been thinking of using it for little bookshelves somewhere, but thought it would be darling as the perfect place to house her peg dolls.

For this project I used the Benjamin Moore Ben line in Cool Mint (582).  It’s an easy to apply paint that covers well, so it was perfect for this simple project.  Cool Mint is the color of paint that was in Ruby’s nursery at our last house so it is a sentimental color and a little reminder of her baby days.  Just look at itty bitty baby Ruby (sniffle, sniffle).

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Because the rack was already unfinished, there was no prep other than a primer (also Ben).  Just one coat of primer and one of paint and it was ready to hang.  I rolled the parts I could, then touched up the other nooks and crannies with a brush.

I think Cool Mint is really the perfect mint color.  It’s soft, not overwhelming, and such a pretty hue.

We hung it just low enough that she can reach it herself, yet it still looks like part of the gallery wall.

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Benjamin Moore has a fantastic giveaway for withHEART readers today– 5 gallons of Regal Select paint (the line I used in #projectpaintitall for that jaw-dropping kitchen/dining/living transformation) in the color and finish of your choice (a $249.95 value).  All you need to do is leave a comment here telling me which room/project you would use it for, and a winner will be chosen at random and announced Friday.  Good luck!

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Also, check out the #OnlyThisCan hashtag to see more amazing projects using Benjamin Moore paint.

The guys at my Benjamin Moore location know me by name and even know my kids’ names and give Ruby a piece of candy whoever we go in.  Now that’s love.

If you’re wondering, I bought the peg princesses from this Etsy shop.  I’ve already ordered two more for Ruby’s stocking.

Up tomorrow I’m sharing a fun Christmas DIY that is super sweet.  Hint, hint.  I’m cheesy.  That’s all.

Until then, my friends….

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*playroom and living/kitchen photos by Katie Torriente; nursery photo by Veronica Reeve

**This post was sponsored as part of a collaboration with Benjamin Moore.  

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Playroom Reveal at the #staggreno http://withheart.com/featured/staggreno-playroom-reveal/ http://withheart.com/featured/staggreno-playroom-reveal/#comments Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:54:55 +0000 http://withheart.com/?p=8497 I’m downright giddy about today’s post.  Kid spaces are my fave and a kid space in my own home that puts the fun in functional?  Well, let’s just say I’m like my 3-year-old will be on Christmas morning.  It’s playroom reveal day! Just for kicks before we launch into the playroom reveal after, let’s take a walk back in time (waaaaaaaaaay back in design time) to the original space when we bought the joint.  I give you the former formal dining room (and a bonus is the before video, just so you get the full scope of the transformation): Where to begin.  How about the wallpaper that Jon decided we should just replace all of the sheetrock so we didn’t have to attempt to remove it?  Or maybe the carpeting and low ceiling?  Or how about the window you weren’t seeing anything out of because of the ginormous tree right outside of it? Clearly, we had our work cut out for us.  Good thing we’re not scared off by a massive project, eh? Ok, let’s talk about what we did to this place just to get it ready to start decorating:  we raised the roof and added a funky modern pitch (remember how whacky it was without a roof for a few days?), we cut a big window, we designed and built some super cool built-in shelves and a window seat (tutorial coming soon!), we added black modern glass doors and then we were ready to add all of the finishing […]

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I’m downright giddy about today’s post.  Kid spaces are my fave and a kid space in my own home that puts the fun in functional?  Well, let’s just say I’m like my 3-year-old will be on Christmas morning.  It’s playroom reveal day!

Just for kicks before we launch into the playroom reveal after, let’s take a walk back in time (waaaaaaaaaay back in design time) to the original space when we bought the joint.  I give you the former formal dining room (and a bonus is the before video, just so you get the full scope of the transformation):

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Where to begin.  How about the wallpaper that Jon decided we should just replace all of the sheetrock so we didn’t have to attempt to remove it?  Or maybe the carpeting and low ceiling?  Or how about the window you weren’t seeing anything out of because of the ginormous tree right outside of it?

Clearly, we had our work cut out for us.  Good thing we’re not scared off by a massive project, eh?

Ok, let’s talk about what we did to this place just to get it ready to start decorating:  we raised the roof and added a funky modern pitch (remember how whacky it was without a roof for a few days?), we cut a big window, we designed and built some super cool built-in shelves and a window seat (tutorial coming soon!), we added black modern glass doors and then we were ready to add all of the finishing touches.  Phew!  It makes us tired (again) just thinking about all of it.  In fact Jon and I were just reminiscing today about how this time last year I was pregnant and we were demoing the heck out of the house in the cold.  Crazy times.  But I digress….

Let’s get to the big reveal, shall we?  Then I’ll get into a few more details.  Starting with the video tour that also shares a lot of the inspiration and heart (naturally) that went into this room.  Drum roll, please….

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I think the little ladies stole the show, don’t you?  And here are some room detail shots:

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I’m going to get into every little detail starting tomorrow with one of the simplest DIY’s in the room.  It’s part of the collaboration with Benjamin Moore (remember #projectpaintitall ?  Worth revisiting, ya’ll).

I used Benjamin Moore Super White on the walls, shelves, moulding, and ceiling because I love it so very much.  But for the project I’m sharing tomorrow, I used a different color and type of paint.  Any guesses what it is?  I’ll spill the beans tomorrow and have a fantastic giveaway for you.  Free paint, anyone?  Oh yeah, baby.

I know I’ll get a bunch of questions about where everything is from and I promise I’ll break it all down for you, but until then I’ll leave you with a couple product links.  It is cyber Monday, after all.  I’m sure some of it is on sale!

pouf | play kitchen | mermaid figurine | rhino head | ladybug wheely | mermaid towel | balloons | pillows (1 | 2) & window seat fabric c/o Caitlin Wilson Textiles

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*this post was sponsored by Benjamin Moore

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