You know when you’ve heard everyone talking about a place, see beautiful photos on social media and then you go and well, it just doesn’t live up to all the hype? Well, Buvette is not one of those places. I follow them on instagram and they post the most beautiful photos in just the right morning light…even on a rainy day. So last week when Madeline and I finally went, we were thrilled with every detail. The service was wonderful, the food delicious, the cappuccinos were seriously so delicious I had three… Madeline eats very slowly, but still, three?! The decor was my favorite part. It’s a bit rustic (obviously it’s in an old building in the West Village, but there were just enough shiny new items to add a touch of elegance. I loved the red cafe chairs and tables on the patio, red geraniums on the fire escape… pretty much perfection. They use a collection of old silver trays, white bone china, big bottles for water and of course cloth napkins all day long. It really is the perfect place. They are practically open all day and night. So when should we meet at Buvette?
Buvette is located at 42 Grove Street in the West Village, NYC. As they say in their about page, they are open sunlight to candlelight.
We recently painted our house white. Benjamin Moore Cloud White with black trim. Easy, hardly any decision making at all, but just what we wanted. Our house is a block off the parade route in our small town and still a well traveled street so I love to decorate at least a little. I use Ikea Burken jars for everything. I have about a dozen and they just rotate from indoors to out for different purposes. I took the tiny flags from the drug store that I’ve had for years and removed the poles. Placed a tiny drop of glue on each corner to secure them to the outside of each jar. Then I lit a small candle that was just the right height to illuminate each flag.
Planters are Ikea, house numbers and back lights are Home Depot. Lanterns on the front porch are original to the house.
When I started thinking about what kind of decorations I would use for my nephew’s graduation I immediately thought of school supplies. The iconic black and white marble composition notebook is synonymous with school and so I made simple place cards using that idea. I created a “Notes” box in Microsoft word and then placed them onto a composition book. I made copies on card stock and simply cut them out. They were attached with a paperclip to a piece of ribbon that I found at Tinsel Trading Co. on Lexington Avenue a few weeks ago in Fordham colors.
I love to use Engineer Prints from Staples for a graduation. I took these on my iphone the day before the party, uploaded them to the Staples website and picked them up a few hours later. So easy and two prints for less than $5.
A Sharpie water based paint pen with a bold tip for a little decoration right at the front door. The cup cake toppers are from Zazzle. They are stickers and along with red velvet cupcakes in Fordam red creating a simple centerpiece. I chose a photo of Ryan from a golf tournament last fall at Yale vs. Fordham. Everything was easy, inexpensive, but personalized with school colors and photos. Congratulations Ryan!
This is a project I did last year for Mother’s Day and again at Valentine’s Day. This time I used the same simple water colors but was inspired by the clay pots and planters in terracotta and zinc. I wrote notes on the back and will tuck them into my mom’s card and packages. It’s an easy project that you could do with your toddler or any age child. Each heart is cut with a heart punch and no two are alike.
Our night will include a little fresh guacamole, quesadillas made from left over fajitas. (I keep making Smitten Kitchen Sizzling Fajitas). The great thing about these fajitas is that making them once is like making two meals. The leftover savory peppers and onions mixed with a little cheese makes the perfect quesadilla. Setting the table starts with a colorful runner I found with a friend in San Diego. She shared her favorite thrift stores and donut spot. Now that was a perfect day! A few religious candles, a re-purposed enchilada sauce can for a vase and of course some festive drinks. Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!
When we were little, May Day was a big day. Until my sister and I were seven, we lived in Minnesota, so I’m not sure if it’s a Midwest thing or what, but it was a day to be celebrated. Any by that I mean candy and flowers were at the center of it all, but to me it was all about making and filling the baskets. One year my mom actually got strawberry baskets and ribbon ahead of time, but mostly we used whatever we had on hand. Dixie cups, colorful construction paper rolled into a cone shapes with holes punched for a ribbon to be attached as a handle. We would fill the cups or cones with flowers (spring flowers that were popping all over the yard and garden at this time of year) and candy and then hang them on the recipients door, ring the doorbell and run. That was all part of it….that the May Day Basket (cup or cone) was left anonymously. Such a funny tradition that seems to have faded away. I always make a few May Day baskets for my friends and this year I made short bread cookies with a lemon glaze, lemon candies in a weck jar and a lemon-thyme plant.
I sealed each package of shortbread cookies with a 2.5″ round sticker from Minted.com.
Since my May Day theme was lemon I opted for a lemon-thyme plant rather than flowers.
These adorable note cards are from Minted.com. They are made of heavy card stock and add the perfect touch to my baskets.
I used white lunch bags I found at Walmart and just cut a scalloped edge and then used a hole punch. I lined each bag with the top part that I cut off to make the bottom of the bag a little sturdier.
Happy May Day!
Coming up with a theme for my son’s 15th birthday was easy this year thanks to Minted! I love Minted for Christmas cards of course, but their personalized party decorations make it easy and memorable! For the banner I chose black & white photos, but it would look beautiful in color too! The banner is made of heavy coated card stock and I uploaded three recent photos of my son playing baseball. The banner could be used several times without the photos for other birthday recipients. The photo collage personalized wrapping paper is amazing. You can upload several photos and use all color, all black and white as I did or a combination. It comes with five thick sheets of wrapping paper and instantly becomes part of the birthday decor. One more item from Minted was the table runner. It added an additional layer of something personalized. I added glasses from a thrift store in silver, gold candles and black and white straws. All of the inspiration came from Minted and Patrick’s love of baseball. (and my love of everything in shades of black, white and wood)
I created a new collage wall in our tiny powder room on the main floor. It’s in our entryway right as you walk in and there’s another door that’s a closet. Luckily, Terrain has the perfect little vintage looking metal sign with a WC. For the collage wall I used my favorite piece from Minted.com. (Top right). It’s called Sedona and definitely has that vibe. My husband and I were engaged in Sedona so we love it. The black and white photo of a palm tree was in our backyard in our California house. I say was, because apparently it was blocking someone’s view up the street from us and we had to have it removed. I took a photo right before it was gone. The piece on the left I found last week at Carousel Thrift store in Southport, CT. It was $10 and it’s an original signed drawing. It’s really quite beautiful and I love how they all look on the graphite walls. Minted has tons of great Wall Art Prints and today is the last day of the sale. Minted is celebrating Six years and everything on the site is 15% off, but hurry!
I made simple DIY Easter cards for about the same price as a store bought greeting card. As soon as I saw these simple, but beautiful seed packets at Terrain in Westport I knew I could do something with them for Easter cards this year. I love the packaging, the font…all of it. Baker Creek also has seed packets that are black with gorgeous fruit and flower seeds, but since I’m sending these to people in all different growing zones I needed something that would work everywhere. Also, as beautiful as their watermelon seeds packets are….I kinda had a feeling that not everyone would really plant them. So I bought the white Parsley Seed packets and cut card board squares painted with chalkboard paint. I taped the seed packets and plant markers with a green checked washi tape to the cardboard. I used a white chalk marker to write a simple greeting on the front and included a personalize note on the back. Each card then went into a square envelope I found at Staples in the clearance section. I sealed them with my tinyprints gift tag stickers. They not only look beautiful, but they worked very well in sealing the envelopes.
Naturally I was thrilled that USPS has Vintage Seed packet Forever Stamps available right now! How perfect is that? The cost of each card including three postage stamps was about $4.45. I already had the chalkboard paint and washi tape and I used cardboard from clean cardboard boxes I had on hand.