Ever since the completion of our new kitchen, all I want to do is cook! It’s just such an enjoyable experience now that the space is ready. So this year, I’ve got kitchen gifts for the cook on my mind! Plus, with Black Friday on the horizon, a lot of these gift ideas are more affordable than usual. Win-win!Continue reading “The Best Kitchen Gifts for the Home Cook”
I’m not exactly someone who decorates a theme Christmas tree, but I do like to hang a variety of ornaments that are inspired by my interests… like chickens! Sean doesn’t really participate in the decorating (more on that here), so the decisions are left to me. As always, I’m a chicken lady at heart. So I’ve been on the lookout for chicken ornaments to add to my collection… and there are so many! Here’s some of what I found that have me questioning the difference between ‘want’ and ‘need.’Continue reading “18 Chicken Ornaments I Want/Need”
I always love a good wreath for the holidays, but this year Joanna had the great idea to try something different, specifically a bough (as in “deck the halls with boughs of holly”). I love the way this holiday decor option still incorporates all the natural elements of a wreath, but offers a different shape to work with. A Christmas bough can stand on it’s own on a wall or door, but can also sit atop artwork or a mirror, adding holiday charm to any space.Continue reading “How To Make a Modern Christmas Bough | DIY”
Next week is Small Business Saturday, the perfect time to shop locally at your favorite boutiques. I figured the best way to celebrate is to feature my absolute favorite shops here in Seattle! It was SO hard to write this post because, truly, there are some amazing bouquets here in the Emerald City. But if I had to narrow it down to my ride-or-die, always on my mind shops… this list of 8 would be it!Continue reading “My Favorite Seattle Shops for Small Business Saturday”
Here’s the thing about Thanksgiving, I love it because it’s the perfect excuse to bring everyone together. But when you live small, that can definitely be a challenge. We always have Thanksgiving with Sean’s family in their own homes, but I styled this tablescape to inspire anyone who lives small and is hosting this year! Plus, the aesthetics of this table feel like a departure for me… because it’s sort of traditional. For some reason, I am really feeling the cozy, warm autumn tones this year. We’ll dig into that more! First, let’s talk about all of the details of my Thanksgiving tablescape.Continue reading “A Traditional Thanksgiving Tablescape for a Small Space”
I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just over a week away. How are you preparing? When I’m creating flower arrangements in the fall, I really enjoy incorporating the beauty of the rich golds and browns and the crispy textures of dried foliage and florals in my designs. I used to balk at dried botanicals as I mentally categorized them with bowls of potpourri and lace doilies (all of which have great potential in the right context). But now, each autumn I’m more and more inspired by the beauty they exhibit and I think they can actually be used to create a very modern Thanksgiving centerpiece!
BTW, I’ll be hosting a wreath workshop on December 3rd at OOLA Distillery in Capitol Hill. If you live in the Seattle area, we’d love for you to join us. We’ll be making wreaths from blue spruce, cypress and juniper to create a unique, fragrant beauty to adorn your home for the holidays, all while sipping on hand crafted hot toddies featuring OOLA spirits. Click here for more details and tickets.Continue reading “A Modern Thanksgiving Centerpiece with Dried Flowers | DIY”
Wanna know an easy way to impress holiday guests this season? By mastering a handful of classic holiday cocktails you can whip up in a moment’s notice — with things you already (or should already) have in your bar. Because here’s the thing when it comes to the holidays: you already have enough on your plate without monkeying around with specialty drinks that require an extra 25 ingredients. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a fancy, festive drink, and have spent plenty of time infusing spirits, concocting simple syrups, aging shrubs, and mixing up punches. But nothing tops the cool factor of serving up a classic drink like it ain’t no thing.Continue reading “4 Classic Holiday Cocktails Every Host Should Know”