WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Winter Wedding Accessories

Winter is such a romantic and cozy time. It is the down season for weddings, which makes it the perfect time to snag all the wedding vendors you adore! It also gives some amazing opportunity for photos, great food, and more celebration. Everyone wants their celebration to feel intimate and comfortable, having a Winter wedding will definitely make that happen!

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Last year I did a fun little post about Winter Bridal Style, and I got SO many emails about where to find the looks I posted as inspiration. Here are some of my favorite Winter bridal accessories (and the great thing is they are ALL from Anthropologie!) Usually I hate to just list items from one store, but all of these are too AMAZING not to share with those winter brides out there.

The Rue Faux Fur Stole from Anthropologie for only $138

The Rue Faux Fur Stole from Anthropologie for only $138

I am OBSESSED with these gloves for a great winter bridal look! These are the Faux Fur Cuff Gloves from Anthropologie for $49.50

I am OBSESSED with these gloves for a great winter bridal look! These are the Faux Fur Cuff Gloves from Anthropologie for $49.50

The Faux Fur Pillbox Hat for $98. Perfect for post ceremony pictures!

The Faux Fur Pillbox Hat for $98. Perfect for post ceremony pictures!

If only Texas got this cold! I would snatch up a pair of these Faux Fur Earmuffs from Anthro (on sale right now!) for $24.75

If only Texas got this cold! I would snatch up a pair of these Faux Fur Earmuffs from Anthro (on sale right now!) for $24.75

And last but not least this amazing wrap from BHLDN (Anthropologie's wedding website) for $190. This is PERFECT for outdoor photos and an amazing A-line taffeta  dress!

And last but not least this amazing wrap from BHLDN (Anthropologie’s wedding website) for $190. This is PERFECT for outdoor photos and an amazing A-line taffeta dress!

HOLIDAY: Wrapping Inspiration

It has been too long since I have posted, and I am so sorry! I have been completely under the weather but I am back on the mend so hopefully the posts will be too! Christmas is so not the time to get sick, and such  a season of love and inspiration! Plus David and I leave on Saturday for BELIZE! So I really need to get better, and FAST! I recently finished wrapping up all of my Christmas presents and sending them off to my family and friends, and I’m not going to lie I feel so accomplished! I think I get my love of Christmas shopping and giving others Christmas presents from my Dad. Growing up he did all of the Christmas shopping AND wrapping! I would always hide in his office when wrapping gifts for others, to make sure they wouldn’t see whatever treasure I had found for them. It hunk then have I always love adorable wrap jobs on gifts, of course it is always the thought that counts for gifts  but wrapping it up adorably is one of my favorite things to do! Here are some of my favorite holiday wrapping inspiration photos!

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I am already planning my theme for next year! How are you wrapping your presents this year?

WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Christmas Tree Farm Wedding

Obviously one of the great things about the Christmas season is a house filled with holiday decorations and a tree! Growing up in the midwest the big thing to do was to go out to a Christmas Tree Farm and cut down your own tree. It was such a fun experience, drinking hot chocolate, picking out your favorite tree, and hauling it back to your house. Very Griswold family Christmas, very rustic, and always involved a cute outfit! I have so many great memories from that time of year, I couldn’t resist posting all the amazing photos I found when I looked up weddings at Christmas Tree Farms. I always love the idea of unique wedding venues and unique places to take engagement photos, an experience for you and your guests, and this is a great example! This is such a great place to get amazing outdoor photos for your engagement pictures, and to even have an outdoor wedding!

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And I just LOVE all of the engagement photos I found with this adorable venue!

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DIY: Painting Tips and Trick from Rowe Spurling Paint Co.

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 I love finding amazing resources and sharing great information through my blog! Any time I find a great website, blog, or new home goods brand I immediately want to share in on my blog! I am so glad I found this AMAZING paint and DIY project resource in the ROWE SPURLING Paint Company. They are the oldest running paint supply store in Bermuda, they provide car, boat, and residential paint as well as an amazing brand called Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I reached out and asked the Rowe Spurling Paint Co. to come up with some amazing paint and DIY tricks and tips for this post and I am so excited to share! Here you go…
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     Whether you own or rent your home, there is always something that needs doing around the house, especially around the holidays.  Being a lifelong procrastinator, I find that the deadline of arriving guests is a great motivator to get the house in shape and finish those DIY projects.
     While there may not be enough time or room in the budget for renovations, you can still give your home a fresh new look quickly and inexpensively with a fresh coat of paint.  Since the last thing you want is more stress around the holidays, there are some helpful tips to make it quick and painless:
     For a durable and beautiful paint job do your prep!  I had a high school teacher who drilled into us the 5 P’s – Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.  Move all of your furniture in the middle of the room, cover it with drop cloths, old sheets, or rolls of plastic and take everything off the walls.  Scrape off any old paint, fill holes/cracks, and clean off any surface dirt. Tape up window/door frames, baseboards and floors to keep your paint job tidy and cut down on clean up. Apply a coat of primer over repairs or stubborn stains to ensure your paint goes on smoothly without any dry patches or discoloration.
     Before you head to the paint store, figure out how much paint you’ll need to purchase.  An average gallon of paint covers between 350-400 square feet.  That’s one coat on an average 12’x14’ room.  Remember that if you’re making a drastic colour change or using a deeper colour, more than one coat will probably be necessary for full coverage.  TIP:  If you’re on a budget and not fussy about colour, ask the paint store about mistints which will cost a fraction of the regular price.
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     After you choose the paint colour, it’s time to think about sheen, or how much shine your paint will have.  Flat paints are the least shiny (almost chalky) and are great for minimizing glare and hiding surface imperfections.  They’re perfect for ceilings or low traffic areas like bedrooms.  For living spaces, step up to a matte finish.  It has minimal shine but can be wiped clean.  For high traffic areas like hallways, kitchens, or bathrooms choose an eggshell finish, which has almost a waxy glow.  You’ll be able to easily clean any dirt, grease or grime from the walls.  Save the semigloss and gloss paints for smooth surfaces like woodwork, trim, cabinetry or furniture.
     Now that you have your paint, you’ll need something to put it on with.  For latex (water based) paints, look for a synthetic bristle brush with either nylon or polyester bristles.  For cutting in, an angled brush works best (I find a 2 ½” size the easiest to work with).  For large areas, use a 9” paint roller.  The rougher the walls, the fluffier your roller should be.   TIP:  Pick up a paint tray liner if you’re planning on using more than one paint colour.  They make clean up a breeze!
     If you need to do multiple coats, wait a couple of hours in between – longer if the humidity is high.  Wrap up your brush or roller tightly in plastic wrap to keep it from drying out between coats and you’ll be pick up where you left off.  After all the painting is done, clean your tools thoroughly with warm water.  When dry, store them for future projects.
     There are a lot of design rules out there but at the end of the day, you have to feel comfortable in your home so remember to have fun with your design.  Get inspiration from magazines, the internet, even a favourite outfit.  HAPPY PAINTING!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  After graduating from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island with a degree in Theatre, Karolina, along with her husband, took over operations of the family business, Rowe Spurling Paint Company, which is the oldest operating paint store on the sunny island of Bermuda.

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For more amazing tips and trick please check out their amazing blog here and their company’s website right here.

HOLIDAY HOME-SPIRATION: Garland

After all of the months of renovations, our house is finally back to normal. No more concrete floors, wearing shoes all the time, and DUST! And it is making the holiday season even that much sweeter. I am obsessed with how cozy and comfortable our house feels, to the point where I didn’t even want to leave my Christmas cookie baking and decorating yesterday to go to the grocery! We have all of our Christmas decorations up, and I am already planning our decorations for next year! Now that our banister is finally stained (yay, go me!) I think we will be doing some garland down the banister. After shopping around for a little I realized there are SO MANY options for garland. There is pre lit garland, live garland, garland with bows, I mean the list goes on and on. Being my usual self I decided I needed to do a little more research so the garland will have to wait until next year. Here are some of my favorite home-spiration images of garland, to keep me dreaming until next year!

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HAPPY HOUR: Holiday Mule

Happy Friday everyone! We survived the first week of December, and the craziness of the holiday season! David and I have always loved a good Moscow Mule. We once went to a great little pizza restaurant in Cincinnati that called them “Ginger Beer Me’s” and that is what we have called them ever since, even though their real name is a  Moscow Mule. They are THE perfect drink to have all year long, and who doesn’t love a good copper mug? Here is a great holiday take on the recipe from Sweet C’s Designs.

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SPARKLING CRANBERRY MULE

INGREDIENTS

2 oz of Vodka (our favorite it Tito’s)

4 oz of Ginger Beer

1 oz of Cranberry Juice

Splash of Lime Juice

Cranberries for garnish

Mix all ingredients with ice and serve in an amazing copper mug!

Recipe courtesy of Sweet C’s Designs.

HOME-SPIRATION: Statement Art Pieces

I have always loved fine arts, they bring such joy to my life whether it is a museum exhibit of some great artist or just a simple art project of my own. David’s mom is an extremely talented artist, and is always painting up something amazing, taking classes, or just getting creative around her house and it is always inspiring me! Right now I am really thinking our house (and my life!) needs more artwork, can you tell? Here are some of my favorite home-spiration images of great statement art pieces and where to hang them!

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For more ideas on your own art inspired home check out these blogs:

BEAUTIFUL HELLO BLOG: Lets Get Some Oversized Art In Here!

PLACE OF MY TASTE: Large Picture Display

LOVE GROWS WILD:  Living Room Gallery Wall

THE INTERIOR COLLECTIVE: How To Create The Perfect Gallery Wall