Simple Winter Decor

Taking down the Christmas decorations is bitter sweet.  I’m glad that the task is done but I miss the Christmas tree lights and all of the fun decorations.  I struggle to decide when to take everything down for that same reason.  Leave them up longer and get sick of them or end up with pine needles literally everywhere, or take them down too early and miss them more than I probably should.  It’s a careful balance. Every January I also struggle with how to fill the space after I take everything down.  I want to leave the same joy in …

Continue Reading

How to Throw a Bridal Brunch

My baby sister is getting married in less than 2 weeks!  Cue the tears (happy tears, of course).  A couple of weeks ago my sisters and I threw her bachelorette party.  We started the day with a brunch at my house (I’ll get more to that in a moment).  Then we went to The Hopkins Vineyard where we enjoyed a wine tasting.  Afterwards we enjoyed the beautiful scenery in their cafe with a bottle of wine and cheese platter.  If you’re ever in the area, we highly recommend you stop by.  Then we headed back to my house for a full on …

Continue Reading

Spring Decor With Faux Flowers

It’s finally starting to feel like Spring outside, which is good because I’ve had the house ready for Spring since late February.  I start that early for a couple of reasons.  First and foremost, I’m very eager for more light and warmer temperatures come late February into early March so I figure if I bring Spring inside then maybe I’ll start feeling like it really is Spring (even when we have 10 inches of snow).  Second, I’m a visual person so I usually have to rearrange things 2, 3 or 4 times before I’m happy with the way something looks. …

Continue Reading

Cheers!

It’s almost 2017!  Are you going out or staying in for New Year’s eve?  Sometimes my husband and I go out for dinner and head home to watch the ball drop in Times Square.  Other times we skip the restaurant and make a nice dinner at home.  I’m not sure what we’ll do this year.  I have a feeling that we’ll make a decision based on whether I want to get out of my pajamas.  😉 If you’re hosting a party on New Year’s eve (even if it’s a party of 2) then cocktails are a must.  I wanted to …

Continue Reading

Home Bar Decor

Do you remember when I used to post about home decor?  I haven’t done that in ages so I understand if you don’t.  I’ve been so focused with food lately (because hello, food is awesome) that I’ve completely ignored my love of styling my home.  I was inspired by my Gin And Tonic post from the other day to show you how I’ve designed a bar area in my dining room. Here are a few general thoughts that I had in mind when I styled this bar area: Keep it simple and uncluttered. Show the favorite liquors that have pretty bottles (it’s styling …

Continue Reading