Project Sprawl and Inspiration Organization

Morning All! Happy Tuesday! So in working on my daughter’s bedroom for the One Room Challenge, many things were ahem relocated. The master bedroom contains the old headboard, artwork and nightstand; her clothing (since the dresser was taken to be refinished and painted) is stashed in bins; there are tools and paint cans tucked everywhere…anyhoo, lets just say this project has legs and I cannot contain it!  It is giving me slight concern that in doing one bedroom upstairs I may have disrupted the equilibrium of my entire home two weeks before Thanksgiving, but I am going to quell those fears  slight concerns with my usual M.O., making a list!

I found this great organization list that will get me back on track, and because I only have 14 days until my family arrives for Thanksgiving I plan to combine and conquer (who needs an entire day for their underwear drawer anyway)!  I will be out of town for 3 of those 14 days, but because I am traveling to a magical land that has the TRIFECTA of happiness- IKEA, Restoration Hardware OUTLET and a Container Store, I figure I can easily make up time with the proper tools right?

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So, while I formulate my plan for attacking the clutter and project sprawl here are some amazing drool worthy pics #inspirationorganization:

Jewelry Drawers:

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a Kid’s Room Closet:

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and Shoes:

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and Master Closet with orchids, of course:

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and Pantry:

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and Mudroom:

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and while the above pictures are wonderfully inspiring, they are also a bit of what my family calls “picture pressure” (sidebar: when cooking from a recipe book the finished meal is supposed to look like the photo…hence picture pressure). So, instead I will tackle one room at a time and try to have what my mom has called “realistic expectations.”

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Wish me luck!

Best,

Kelly

 

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An Outdoor Wedding Design

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Hi All!  We had a wonderful weekend celebrating our friends’ wedding, for which I had the pleasure of assisting with the design and decor for the tented reception.  It was a 40 x 80 tent, so with such a blank slate we turned to Pinterest and made.it.happen!  This was a DIY adventure, so when the tent was delivered on Wednesday we jumped in immediately to pull it all together in time for the Saturday afternoon wedding celebration.  There were a few hiccups along the way, but everything got done and it went off without a hitch.  Below is a pic via Pinterest of what a 40 x 80 tent looks like.  I was so busy getting things checked off the list, I didn’t snap our own “before”:

Sample of a 40 x 80 tent via Pinterest

If you are planning your own tented event, wedding or otherwise, I cannot stress enough the importance of creating a traffic flow for guests.  We chose to place the bar outside and to the side of the tent in order to create a cocktail and appetizer area. This moved guests away from the tent when they arrived, providing the wait staff a clear path to setup the buffet tables and prepare for dinner service.  Additionally, be sure to have a clearly marked area for cards and gifts so guests aren’t having to carry them around while balancing their cocktails and appetizers.

Another important consideration for a tented venue is lighting.  The Bride rented globe chandeliers from the tent company, and strung up tons of twinkle lights around the inside perimeter.  There were brief periods of overcast weather right as people were arriving, so I was happy we added the globe lights to create a lovely glow.

 

For the table decor, the Bride purchased mixed vintage plates and flatware and rented goblets and glasses for water.  I made 16 table runners from a bolt of light pink chiffon fabric I found on Amazon.  I was able to cut it without worrying about frayed edges because I pooled it at the bottom and then tied a satin ivory ribbon on either end of the table (the ivory wired ribbon was purchased from PaperMart). Here is the inspo pic (so glam!):

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In addition to vases of hydrangeas on each of the tables, we rented potted plants and trees from a local florist, which made the space feel more intimate and polished.  The trees are European Hornbeams and served double duty to provide lighting as well as hide the center poles of the tent.  We added white petunias around the tree bases to define the spaces and add even more color.

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Just prior to guests arriving

The Groom’s father made the cool wooden circle slabs for each table (you can find some here and here), which ended up being the perfect bases for the hydrangeas. Due to the humidity, the cold water in the vases caused them to really sweat and thankfully the wooden bases absorbed all the moisture keeping the chiffon runners dry.  Flameless candles in various sizes, along with table numbers purchased from Etsy, completed each tablescape.

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Lastly, I created this arbor using a rebar base that the Groom’s father built.  I purchased floral cages here and affixed duct taped them into place on the rebar.  I soaked the foam overnight because it was over 80 degrees with full sun on the day I assembled it.  I was so nervous I kept watering it and thankfully it all held up and stayed fresh!  We wrapped it all in an ivory muslin fabric that also held up to the passing showers and humidity of the day.

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Arbor at Reception Entry

Here are some additional inspiration photos you may find helpful if you are planning your own tented boho chic wedding celebration:

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We all had an amazing time, including my kiddos who had the honor of being a part of the flower girl party.  The evening was capped off by a visit from the ice cream truck which was thoroughly enjoyed by adults and kids alike. Congrats to B and Z and thank you for letting us be a part of your special day!

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XO,

Kelly

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Creating a Beautiful Table

Happy Monday all… where did the weekend go? Sigh. I cannot believe another week is upon us! So excited to be working on multiple projects that I look forward to sharing with you soon!

I was reading one of my fav glossy mags and saw a cool concept, done in a gorgeous way.  Table + Teaspoon is a San Fran company that will ship you place settings to rent for your next event. Each design option includes the plates, cutlery, table runner, napkins, place cards, candles and candlesticks. I love the Monroe pink and green color scheme with the sophisticated addition of black accents. You can learn more about how this brilliant service works here.

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Like many of you, I have beacoup events planned in April including Passover, Easter, and a Masters golf gathering to name a few. Sooo, that means I will be needing some fabulous tablescapes pronto! Below is some much needed inspiration:

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Beautiful Neutrals

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Moss, flowers and glass candlesticks

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Gorgeous Colors for a Passover Table

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Love the Floral Menus

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A Preppy Striped Runner (and gorg julep cups!)

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Love the moss “placemats” for a golf themed party

Thinking Spring!

XO,

Kelly

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Organization Procrastination

Hi All! Since the snow and cold have moved in (come on Spring!) I have decided to look for the silver lining in forced hibernation and get a bit more organized before the sun and warm weather come and we all head outdoors.  I have put this off for awhile but I am drowning in paper…paper from the kids’ school, paper from my husband’s office, junk mail, things to be filed…you get my drift.  The piles always land in the same places- on the kitchen island and on the dining room table and it is driving me nuts (most likely exacerbated by cabin fever)!  I try to sort them, organize them, even file a few, but the pile keeps growing! So here are my solutions which, with great intention, I will implement while the snow continues to fall.

We have a home office in our finished basement, but I am too lazy to run papers, schedules, mail etc. up and down on a daily basis, though this would help with my other conviction to try and get more exercise.  Instead, I am carving out a small spot in the front entryway in an attempt to coral things as they come in. I am thinking of implementing some file folders and containers to better store all the kids craft supplies, along with some cute printed magazine files and other goodies that will make it more enjoyable to sort, file, shred, repeat…

 

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Wish me luck! Lots of snow in the forecast so getting to it this week..pics to follow.

Best,

Kelly

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Happy Birthday- Mermaid Party

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Happy Monday All! I am so excited that we are getting closer to Spring! February is always a busy month for us as we celebrate birthdays for both my younger daughter and my husband.  Such fun! My daughter is much like her mamma in that she always has a “vision” for what she wants her party to be, and this year she drew me a picture of the cake she wanted (no pressure)!  IMG_4604

The cake is always a big part of our parties because when I was growing up my talented Nana would make us amazing cake creations based upon whatever theme we had dreamt up.  I have tried to maintain that tradition for both my kids, and this year my daughter wanted a mermaid theme.  The cake was to be three layers, complete with Ariel coming out of the top (as clearly noted in the drawing). So off I went to Michael’s to pick up some pre-made turquoise fondant, which totally saved us in constructing a mermaid tail mere hours before the party began.  Let’s be clear, the cake is the highlight, and in order to get it done I order out dinner!

I knew I wanted to incorporate edible sand into the cake design somewhere so I chopped up some chocolate graham crackers and vanilla wafers in the Cuisinart, which gave me the perfect consistency to sprinkle onto the bottom frosted layer.

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I had additional vanilla wafers left over, so after a little Pinterest research I found this cute idea from Houseful of Handmade to create clams by adding some frosting and a candy “pearl”. My older daughter is eight and loves baking, so she helped me make all the chocolate shells and starfish that we used both on top of the cake, and in the goody bags for our guests.

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I found some amazing mermaid themed plates from Meri Meri through Amazon, which were a total hit! To complete the mermaid look, I added a coordinating net as a table runner and layered it with some starfish and seashells we recently brought back from our vacation. I also included some gummy sharks in the bottom of the the kids’ glasses to which we added pink lemonade when everyone arrived.

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I cannot believe my baby is 6! Time please slow down!

xo,

Kelly

 

 

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Let them have space to nod…

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Happy January all! This past week I surprised myself by de-decorating and packing up all the holiday goodies.  In the past, I savored it all until at least the second week of January, but alas the tree, and garland have been taken curbside and the house somehow feels lighter.  In the past I would have said empty, hmmmm.  In the last few days, with great vigor, I have been happy to embrace January decor…whatever that is!

image-5And each year when it all gets packed away with the promise of next year, I think of my Nana.  As the story goes she would be so saddened when the Christmas tree was taken down that my Pop-pop, bless his heart, would buy her bunches of flowers to help fill the void, mostly carnations so as to last as long as possible.

Nana was totally into flower arranging, entering competitions, taking classes and relishing the nuances of how things “fit together.” I have a lingering memory from her funeral that a woman I didn’t know spoke about my Nana’s love of flowers, and how she would always say that when you arrange them, you have to “give them space to nod.” In essence, don’t just jam them all in there and call it a day.  I take this woman’s memory as a gift, and as I pack up my holidays each year I go out and buy flowers and attempt to arrange them in such a way so as to let each one nod.

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It’s a work in progress but one that always makes me smile.

 

xo,

Kelly

 

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My Summer Project…Oh wait, It’s Fall!?

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So Summer has come and now gone- Yikes! We enjoyed the heck out of it (swimming, camping, and visiting family) while I was also toiling diligently scraping, sanding and now painting the garage. If I had more time, famous last words, this project would have been done much sooner. However, I tackled it in the amount of hours I could keep the kids away from the pool, so yeah….two to three hours MAX a day.

I cannot believe we lived with this peeling uni-color garage for so long. I suppose it came down to priorities and repainting the inside of the house and decorating our main living rooms won out. Here are the sad “befores”:

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Alligator texture is NOT a good look on the garage…
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I couldn’t reach the peak area on my trusty ladder so I borrowed one from my dear dad and unfortunately was too scared to scrape and sand while up that high! He saved me by coming over and doing it himself #dadsavestheday, so now I am so close to the finish line I cannot stand it!

I LOVE the colors and am so happy with the overall look. I still need to paint the trim around the doors and do a second coat of the main color, but that part thankfully has gone much quicker… now that the kiddos are in school I have 5 hour increments instead of 3.:)

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I chose SW Urbane Bronze for the doors and did a custom match color to our house for the tan. After doing a ton of research, I ended up using Behr’s Paint and Primer combo from Home Depot, which went on really well and had great coverage. I am hoping it holds up to the elements as I do NOT want to be doing this project again anytime soon!

Last steps once painting is complete will be to add the weatherstripping on the bottom of the doors, and in the Spring, pick out some new lighting kind of like this (because I am looooving the copper interior!):

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Thanks for checking in!

Best,

Kelly

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