I've been wanting to do something with my bedroom for some time now and while I've made some changes here and there, I'm really hoping to kick things up a notch. This is my first time participating in One Room Challenge (ORC) and I must admit, I'm nervous! What is the ORC you ask? It is an 8-week challenge where featured designers and guest participants select a room/space they want to re-design. I'm not sure what I got myself into, but what I do know is that I'm most looking forward to seeing all the gorgeous transformations from everyone participating, as well as connecting with new people. I decided to work on my bedroom for this 8-week challenge.
We don't have a huge bedroom, but I am most looking forward to creating something special in each corner. I've been wanting to swap out the bed itself and I'm not sure if I'll end up doing so, but it's one option to make a difference in the room. I have some things planned out for this 8-week challenge, but I'm also going with the flow and will assess the vibes as we go. Hope you will follow along on my journey and those of the others who are participating! www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog
FTC Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Birch Lane
Last week I shared a mood board with you all and today I'm excited to finally reveal my updated living room! Simple changes truly go a long way when it comes to refreshing a space as the seasons change. With the temps warming up, I wanted to give my living room a brighter feel and my partnership with Birch Lane made it happen! Here are a few tips that are sure to brighten up any space.
Pillows and throw blankets
A sure way to change things up quickly are swapping out your pillow covers and/or adding new pillows to the mix. Pillow covers are a great way to save both money and space as you can keep your existing pillows and change the covers as the seasons change. Layering the pillows under a throw blanket gives an even more cozier feel. I love the lumbar pillow (see link below) from Birch lane that I used to complement the solid, square throw pillows. The yellow is a perfect shade and not so overwhelming. Adds a nice, bright touch that speaks summer!
Greenery is my favorite way to add life to any living space. The options with house plants are endless, and whether real of faux, you really cannot go wrong. I personally love faux as the maintenance and upkeep is so much simpler. For my refresh, I went with Birch Lane's palm leaf planter (see link below) It complements the yellow and cream tones in my living room so nicely and really do bring on those summer vibes!
Storage/Décor Straw Baskets
One of my favorite decor pieces to add are storage baskets. They have so many uses and come in very handy for hiding the many kids toys I usually have laying around. If you're a parent or pet owner you can probably relate. These tea-stained baskets from Birch Lane are gorgeous (see link below)! I absolutely love the natural color. They came in a set of 3, all different sizes. I used a couple of them as plant holders, and another is currently hiding the many things we have laying around the house. You can't tell from this picture, but I have tons of items in the large storage basket that's sitting on the book shelf! Storage baskets are functional and aesthetically pleasing at the same time, and a great way to decorate corners.
FTC Disclosure - This post is in partnership with Birch Lane.
We are now well into spring season and with temps warming up, I am itching to change things up in my living room again. With summer being right around the corner, I'm looking to refresh my living room with new and bright pieces that will give that warm glow. I've put together a mood board with items from Birch Lane to help me get my creative juices flowing. I've previously shared some tips for refreshing spaces so I will be focusing on swapping out pillows, changing my plants around, and I'm also considering some new storage baskets to add. Simple changes truly go a long way when it comes to decorating and refreshing spaces. I love rearranging so I cannot wait to show you all the progress and final outcome!
This was such a fun craft to make and the end product turned out beautifully! I purchased the pom pom makers from Amazon and they were about $10 for 4 different sizes. I opted to use different shades of pink and beige for the yarn to create the rainbow. This is something that can be tailored to your liking and you can choose any color you'd like. The instructions for the pom pom makers are included in the package and so from there you can create pom poms, and arrange them to form a rainbow. I glued the pom poms onto a canvas as the final step. A very simple easy craft that can be used to decorate your kids' rooms!
This pot roast already seasoned and purchased from Trader Joe's is simply the best. No other way to put it. Because it's pre-seasoned it was very easy to make. All it took was browning some vegetables in a hot cast pot or dutch oven, and then transferring into an oven to cook at 350 degrees for 2 hours. The result is a melt-in-your-mouth, delicious pot roast!
4 cloves of garlic
beef broth 1-2 cups.
pot roast (seasoned from Trader Joe’s)
canola oil (2-3 tablespoons)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the oil in a cast iron skillet and heat on medium high. Brown the halved onions and garlic and set aside. Next brown the carrots and set aside. Place the pot roast in skillet and brown very well on all sides. Set aside. Place the beef broth in skillet along with 2 sprigs of Rosemary and scrape all the little brown bits. Add all the browned vegetables, pot roast and beef broth in a Dutch oven and cook for about 2 hours. Enjoy!
Easter has come and gone, but I would be remiss if I didn't share my gorgeous tablescape with you all! I used this table set up for Easter, but the colors really could be utilized throughout spring and summer! In order to create a beautiful floral arrangement, I recommend mixing and matching different types of flower types. Using different fillers is also a great way to make the bouquet appear nice and full. I purchased the table cloth from Home Goods and the napkins were a last minute find from Michael's. A very simple set up to be enjoyed by all! Hope you all enjoyed your Easter weekend!
Sometimes there's nothing you want more than a warm, moist pound cake. The simplest of cakes to make. Do you know why it's called a pound cake? History says that it took a pound each of flour, butter, eggs, and sugar to make the cake, giving it the name. We won't be using that much for this recipe, but it'll still be as delicious!
-1 and 3/4 cup flour
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-2 teaspoons baking powder
-1/2 cup granulated sugar
-3/4 cup softened unsalted butter
-1 and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
-2/3 cup milk
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9x 5 inch loaf pan and set aside. Mix all the dry ingredients and set aside. In a separate bowl, beat the softened butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until thoroughly mixed. Next add the vanilla and mix again. Add 1/2 of the dry ingredients, mix and then add 1/2 of the milk and mix again. Repeat these two steps until all ingredients are combined. Scoop batter into loaf pan and bake for about 1 hour or until a fork comes out clean when inserted in the center.
Spring is here and with it comes fresh and clean feels! Tulips, pastels for Easter, brighter colors around the house are a few of my favorite indications that spring is here. Here are a few tips for refreshing things around your home right in time for Spring!
Flowers + plants
Let's be honest, these are a yearly thing, but springtime to me means brighter tulips, fresh hydrangeas, and tons of alstroemerias. Fresh cut flowers are the best way to refresh things around the home. With flowers, are house plants. Whether you're a fan of faux or the real thing, greenery around the home is a sure way to brighten things up!
Changing up throw pillow covers is a great way to not only save money but to quickly refresh things as the seasons change. Not only is it cost efficient, but you won't need to buy whole new pillows each time. Simply wash and pack away old pillow cases, and rotate as seasons change.
Front porch curb appeal
I usually focus so much on indoors that it's easy to forget the outdoor spaces. I recently swapped out our front door mat and added some greenery right in time for spring! I admit that right up until early March, I still had my Christmas wreath on the door. Yikes! Happy to report that I've now swapped out the Christmas wreath for a spring , green wreath!
I was inspired by Stop & Shop's recipe from their Savory magazine, and added a twist of my own to create these delicious raspberry Bellinis! Perfect for sharing a virtual toast with a few of my Galentines this Valentine's weekend.
-Sparkling raspberry soda
Mash up a handful of raspberries and add them to a wine glass. Add a couple of splashes of raspberry soda and top up the glass with your favorite champagne or Prosecco. That's it! Cheers!
Not sure about y'all, but we don't plan to be eating out this year for Valentine's Day. Better to be safe than sorry so I'm sharing my tips for creating a romantic Valentine's Day lobster dinner right at home. Because what's better than the comfort of your own home? Sure you'll have to put in a little work to create the meal, but it'll be a meal well worth it. Trust me.
-1 teaspoon of chopped garlic
-Salt +pepper to taste
If using frozen lobsters make sure they are completely thawed. Cut through each lobster tail shell starting from the base towards the tail. Pull out the lobster meat and fold over the shell. Leave the meat intact as you get closer to the tail. Rinse the lobster tails well. In a separate bowl melt together about 2 tablespoons of butter and sprinkle salt, pepper, and chopped garlic. Brush this mixture over the lobster tails and cook in the oven at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes. The lobster will be firm to touch when done. Finish the cooked lobsters with more butter mixture and garnish with chopped chives.
Potato Au Gratin
-2lbs of red potatoes washed thoroughly and sliced very thinly
-1/2 cup of Swiss/gruyere cheese
-1 cup cheddar cheese
-1 cup sweet onions sliced very thinly
-Salt and pepper to taste
-1 cup milk
-3 tablespoons butter
-3 tablespoons of flour
Once the potatoes and onions are peeled, set aside. In a medium-sized saucepan, heat up the butter until melted. Whisk in the flour and milk and let cook until bubbly. Next add in the cheeses, salt +pepper, and stir until completely combined. Start layering the peeled potatoes and onions in a casserole dish. Sprinkle salt and pepper as you go to ensure it's well seasoned. Pour the melted cheese mixture over the potatoes in the casserole dish and set in the oven to bake at 400 degrees covered with foil for 1 hour. Remove foil and bake for an additional 30 minutes uncovered.
-Salt +pepper to taste
-2 tablespoons olive oil
Sprinkle salt, pepper and drizzle the olive oil over the broccolini stems and use your hands to massage through to all stems. Align evenly on foil lined baking sheet. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for about 10-12 minutes and serve.
Molten Chocolate Cakes
Molten Lava Cakes
-1 cup Semi Sweet Chocolate chips
-1/2 cup flour
-1/4 cup butter
-3 large eggs
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-3/4 cup granulated sugar (you can increase sugar up to 1 and 1/2 cups. I always lessen the amount of sugar in my recipes).
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. You will need 6 greased ramekin cups for this recipe. In a glass bowl, add the butter to the chocolate chips and place in pot of hot water on the stove (medium low heat). Stir continuously until melted. You can also use a microwave for this, but I prefer the glass bowl over water to prevent burnt chocolate. Once melted, take off the heat. Add the sugar and flour to chocolate mixture and stir. Next, add the eggs and vanilla and stir until smooth. Pour this mixture into the ramekin cups and place on a baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes.