Before all of the drama of last week and my broken leg (and surgery), I wanted to launch a new series — meet Small Space Entertaining! As the proud owner of #mytinybungalow, I find that I entertain way more than I ever did when I lived in a larger space. I think it’s probably because I own my home and love showing it off to people, even though it’s still in major fixer upper mode. But entertaining in a small space has it’s challenges. To kick off this new series, I decided to set my table for a springtime brunch for 4 and share my inspiration.
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I have a confession to make: I’m a hoarder. There, I said it. The truth is that my studio is practically overrun with photoshoot props that I simply no longer use. Recently, I decided it was time for some serious decluttering and went through every. single. one. of my props. One of my ultimate styling tips is to sell the pieces on eBay when I’m through with them to help me recoup those expenses and put the money toward new props. eBay also makes it super easy to list the items and then package and ship each piece. And, again, here’s where eBay really comes into play: it’s my ultimate source for finding new photoshoot props!
Keep reading for tips on how to sell on eBay, details of an awesome giveaway, and tips for finding new styling props.
Lately I’ve been diversifying the type of work and projects I take on, especially into the styling realm. So you can imagine my excitement when one of my most favorite shopping sources, the Seattle Goodwill, reached out to me about putting my styling skills to the test. The ask was simple: shop the local Goodwill stores and pull together 3 different tablescape looks to inspire people for the holidays! Armed with $200 in gift cards (which goes a loooong way at the Goodwill), I loaded up many carts with some amazing goodies. During the Fall Fashion Event, bloggers, social media rockstars, and editors were also given a sneak peek of the goods offered at this year’s Glitter Sale, plus tips for Halloween makeup by Tiffany Lowry! It was an awesome event, to say the least.
I go through these phases (particularly on a quiet Friday night) where I fall down the rabbit hole of the internet and pinterest and discover boatloads of new blogs to follow. I thought it would be nice to share a few of my recent faves so you, too, can get a bit of inspiration.
First up is Kitchen Repertoire: what immediately captured my attention for this one is the straight-forward styling and recipes that feel fancy, yet totally approachable for a novice like me. It looks like they post about once a week, but everything they post gives me major lover eyes and a watering mouth in a big way. Two recipes at the top of my list to try: squid ink pasta with toasted breadcrumbs and anchovies and gnocchi with ramp butter and parmesan cheese.
I’m always a big fan of blogs with stunning styling, so With Food and Love is a great new blog to follow. Sometimes the best food photos are totally un-fussy and uncomplicated, which is why I love these images so much. Plus, how good does this raspberry chamomile cream soda, sound??
Last is from my dining table by Skye McAlpine. I love her mix of storytelling, recipes, and truly gorgeous, but casual styling. I’m a big fan of darker, moodier photos when it comes to recipes, so this blog is right up my alley in a big way.
Have you been adding any other blogs to your blog roll lately? I’d love to keep discovering new ones!
images via their respective sites.
Some days I just don’t know what to write about here. I’m not feeling super inspired today probably because it’s a dreary day and I haven’t been sleeping particularly well. Does that ever happen to you? I know it’s probably (ok, most likely) extremely cliche, but this is when I turn to Pinterest to get the happy juices flowing again. Today, I want to share with you some of my favorite people to follow, plus a few of my favorite pins from them.
Let’s start with fashion, shall we? If you’re craving Paris-sophisticated style, golden retrievers, and raw denim, check out the Pinterest of Kristen Dolzynski. I love her casual sensibilities and careful curation. (link to pin)
After being snowed in all weekend, I swear I pinned so much. Pinterest is just the perfect way to pass the hours while stuck indoors, plus it’s always such a great source of inspiration. Here are some of my favorite pins from the weekend.
I wish my garment rack looked like this… and don’t even get me started on those floor boards. (link)
And while we’re on the topic of apartment wishlists… why can’t my bathroom vanity look like this? (link)
How’s this for awesome, off-the-wall styling? (link)
Stripes are just my favorite. This look has me all kinds of inspired though. (link)
Confession: sometimes I match my pajamas to my bedding, sort of like this. (link)
Love the look of moody, vintage-inspired apothecary artifacts and scientific specimens? This tutorial from Terrain, assembled by one of their in-store display artists, teaches you an ingenious way to achieve this moody look using a basic scanner and some of the season’s freshest blooms. I absolutely love this project because it reminds me of making sunprints as a kid, but in a totally twisted way! Be sure to check out the easy and ingenious tutorial here.
images via Terrain