Friday, April 18, 2014

Bedroom Updates

Hey, hey! I'm currently not showered and in the middle of hard-boiling dozens of eggs for Easter, scheduling photo shoots for a local publication I'm editing, and working on a new ad layout for my husband's business...clearly I'm hyped-up on lots of coffee. So I'm just jumping on quick today to show you some updates I've made to our bedroom. In case you've forgotten--and I'm sure you have--here's the mood board I created for it:

Here's the progression so far:

Before--this cracks me up


Where we're at so far

The lamps made a HUGE impact on this room.

I just love them. No surprise they're from Target. Do I shop anywhere else? I'm still on the lookout for a rug (what do you think of cowhide?), and a chair for my desk. Oh, I almost forgot to mention the artwork by the window:

It's from Homegoods and is one of the only framed pieces of store-bought art in our house, actually. I usually DIY-me-some art, but I splurged and bought this for $29.99. Still not bad, I know, but it feels like a luxury to me.

So that's where we are! Hope you all have a great Easter and/or Passover. I'm gonna shower now.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Recipe of the Week: Lavender Shortbread for Easter

Hello! Does it feel like spring where you are? Wellll, our daffodils are up, but they currently have snow on them. Sigh. But nevertheless, Easter's on its way. So the littlest and I made this lavender shortbread to celebrate spring and it is dee-licious. With the addition of the colored sugar edges, they are perfect as an Easter treat.

Lavender Shortbread
1 c. unsalted butter, softened
2 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. dried lavender
3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
2 c. flour

Cream the butter, powdered sugar, lavender, vanilla and salt until smooth. Beat in the flour.
Divide dough into thirds and wrap in plastic, similar to the shape and size of a toilet paper tube. Chill for about an hour.
Unwrap one log at a time, roll in colored sugar, and slice into 1/4-inch rounds.
Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes.
Let cool slightly before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Hope you have some fun plans for Easter! Until next time...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Vintage Utility Cart Turned Chic Industrial Bar Cart

Guys, I'm in love. My latest project--turning a vintage utility cart into a bar cart--could be one of my favorite projects to date. This cart was in my grandma's farmhouse, and when she moved "into town," it was one of the things I said I wanted. I loved it's cheery yellow color, and figured I could use it someday. Wellll, my tastes changed. Although I still really like vintage pieces, I no longer strive to fill our house with them. The little cart has been in our basement for years now, collecting dust, rust, and grime but not much else. When I started obsessing over bar carts, however, I knew how I could finally use this piece.

Check out the bar cart before and after on my site. And yes, those are curtains in our dining room. Yep, we're making progress, people!

Until next time...
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