7 mirrors to mix up your style

Thursday, February 2, 2017

I love to mix styles in home design.  Modern with traditional, bohemian with modern and a little modern with cottage.  Mixing styles gives it a more layered and collected feel.  I never want my home to look like a catalog, but I also don’t want it to look like a flea market.  One way to add in a different style is with a mirror.

We have a traditional style home built in 1900.  I can’t go completely modern, but we have a pair of Knoll Barcelona chairs that we need to work around.  We added the Lanai mirror from Serena & Lily.  It softens the look and stark lines of the black Barcelona chairs while adding almost a Bohemian feel to it.  The pillows I chose for this area are also from Serena & Lily and have that same Boho look without going over board.

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DIY Valentine Art + Lucite Frames

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

DIY Valentine Art + Lucite Frames

Here is a simple project for diy Valentine art using lucite frames. I love these Lucite frames from Crate & Barrel.  For the large piece I cut the watercolor paper to the right size (6 x 8) and then painted stripes.  I usually paint and then cut the paper, but I wanted it to look like it was for this specific piece.  For the small frame, I used a heart punch and cut out hearts creating tiny abstract hearts as you move around the paper.  I’ve saved “love notes” from my kids over the years.  These of course were from when they were tiny—and they make me so happy.  So why not preserve them and frame them?  Together they create a little Valentine art.

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7 ingredient healthy cookies

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

7 ingredient healthy cookies

When Madeline was home over the holidays she was baking and cooking up a storm–and using things I typically don’t have on hand.  Nothing fancy, but not stuff I generally use–almond butter was one of those items.  I’m always reading labels and trying to use less processed foods.  So when we first started using Almond butter we bought it.  It’s expensive and processed, so I thought, why not make it?  Have you tried making it? It’s super easy, but takes a lot of waiting time.  I looked at quite a few recipes and then decided to trust this recipe from  The Pioneer Woman.   She soaks hers overnight and then gives them a quick rinse.  She then instructs you to bake them overnight at a really low temperature.  Once you have your dried out almonds, you’re all set to make almond butter.  Everyone says you don’t have to use a food processor–yes, you do.  I’ve never had a blender that could do this job.  When you first pulse the almonds, it will give you a fright, it’s so loud!   It takes several minutes and a few times scraping down the sides with a spatula, but then it starts to come together and before you know it, you have a ball of almond butter.  See below.

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DIY Valentine’s Day Cards

Saturday, January 28, 2017

I grew up where every holiday meant a Hallmark greeting card.  There is nothing wrong with a store bought card, but why not make them?  This year I saw that Dunkin Donuts has new premium teas and one called Hibiscus Kiss.   I purchased a box and then got out my watercolor paints.

DIY Valentine Cards + Dunkin Donuts Premium Teas

DIY Valentine's Day Card

Using inexpensive watercolors and watercolor paper, I quickly painted messy stripes in shades of pink on both sides of the paper.

DIY Valentine's Day Card

Once the paper was dry I went back and in some blank spaces added the Happy Valentine’s Day message.  I used this pen in a very narrow tip kind of like I did here.

DIY Valentines's Day Cards

I use a fiskar’s paper cutter to trim the card and a heart punch to make watercolor hearts.  Each one is unique.  You can move the heart punch around the paper to create your little abstract painted heart.

DIY Valentine's Day Cards

Put a packet of Dunkin Donuts Hibiscus Kiss Tea, a watercolor note and some hearts in an envelope and send to your Valentine.  I used envelopes that I already had and so each “card” was less than a dollar.  Way less than a store bought card and you really put your heart into making them!  Add an address label from tinyprints and a love stamp and pop them in the mail.

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Friday Link Love

Friday, January 27, 2017

It’s time for Friday Link Love.  I cannot believe how fast the weeks are going by.  It’s almost February and we’ve barely had Winter.  This weeks cover of The New Yorker makes me want snow!

The New Yorker and Coffee

1. I was intrigued (as I often am) with the cover art of The New Yorker.  It has this wonderful timeless feel to it.  And here’s an animated version which is utterly charming.  When I researched the artist, Gayle Kabaker, I discovered her collaborative Women’s March poster which is so cool.

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Favorite Dining Room Chandeliers

Thursday, January 26, 2017

When it comes to dining room chandeliers, less is more is my approach.  I’ve learned my lesson with glass chandeliers.  We have a very simple one in our entry and it takes a lot of work to keep it sparkling.  I love the look of lanterns for the kitchen and dining room, but keeping them clean would drive me crazy.  For the dining room I wanted something big, but super simple.  Serena & Lily has a few of my favorites.  The best part is that they range in price from about $250 to $500.

Serena & Lily Chandeliers

  1. Hermosa Pendant 2.  Capiz Scalloped Chandelier  3.  Capiz Honeycomb Chandelier  4.  Santa Barbara Pendant  5.  Yountville Woven Abaca Pendant

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Friday Link Love

Friday, January 20, 2017

Most Lovely Things Kitchen

Friday Link Love – Here are a few of my favorite new things I discovered this week or have been meaning to share for a while now.  And when I say new, I mean like I discovered it on instagram a few hours ago.

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Outdoor Lighting + Creating Curb Appeal

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Outdoor lighting is one of the first things I address when we move into a new house.  My feeling is that lighting indoors and out is one of the most important features you can add to your home.  Are you are getting your house ready for the Spring real estate market or just updating your nest?  Here are my favorite outdoor light fixtures from Barn Light Electric.  I’ve talked about them before in this post.  What I love about Barn Light Electric is their commitment to quality.  There are a lot of similar products on the market, but there is no comparison in my opinion.  We used the Atomic Industrial Guard Sconce on the side of our garage.  As I mentioned in the previous post, our detached garage is in our backyard.  We added a portico and the sconce to give it more of a guest cottage look.

 

Barn Light Electric

1.Goodrich® Marathon Shade Gooseneck Wall Light  2.Goodrich® Wilcox Porcelain Deep Bowl Gooseneck  3. Atomic Industrial Guard Wall Sconce 4. Bowie Wall Sconce, Mini Barn Light Shade 5.Goodrich® Esso Porcelain Gooseneck Wall Light

Lighting creates a “feeling” about your home.  There’s a reason they call it “mood” lighting. I can’t say what that means exactly, but I do know I want to create a warm and cozy feeling about our home.

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honeycrisp hasselback apples

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Honeycrisp Hasselback apples.  Need I say more?  Hasselback potaotes were my favorite, but now it’s Hasselback apples. We used Honeycrisp apples because we LOVE them.  Granny Smith apples would be good too. We made individual ones in these cute Anchor Hocking mini pie dishes because everything is better when it’s in its own dish, right?  Super easy to make and not so much of a recipe as much as a combination of ingredients.   The amount of course depends on how many apples and how healthy you want them to be.  So we took a less is more approach with the syrup, brown sugar and butter.

Honeycrisp Hasselback Apples

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National Shortbread Day

Friday, January 6, 2017

National Shortbread Day?  Who knew that was a thing?  I only know because I saw it on World Market’s Social Media this morning.  We were hoping for a snow day or at least a delay, but no luck.  Not enough snow.

National Shortbread Day

Shortbread cookies are the easiest thing to make with just a few ingredients.  Butter (obviously), sugar, flour, vanilla and a tiny bit of salt.  I call these Lorna’s Shortbread cookies because my friend Lorna would always make the dough and shape it into long rectangles and carefully wrap in plastic wrap and then leave them in our freezer.  Whenever someone came over I could take one out and slice and bake.  They are perfect with a cup of tea.  I think I’ll make these for my friends at Valentine’s Day, but instead of baking them I’ll give them just like Lorna left them in our freezer.  That way they can make them whenever they feel like having a treat.  They save for months if placed in a freezer bag.  Here’s an old post that you can find here. You can also find the recipe here.

National Shortbread Day

Since shortbread cookies only have a few ingredients, I use the best and freshest like King Arthur Flour, Nielsen-Massey Vanilla and French Butter.

Waveny Park New Canaan, Connecticut

A walk in the woods after baking and consuming a few shortbread cookies is just what we needed! It’s Friday—have a great weekend!  xo annie

 

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