Stock the bar- Peruvian Edition

I swear I have not forgotten about this blog, I’ve been a bit busy traveling and getting engaged! (NBD!!) But worry not, I am still getting plenty of crafting in, just clearly not a lot of posting. Sorry.

I  took a girls trip to Peru and did the 4 day Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu (which means 4 days of hiking and 3 nights camping. We did the real deal)! There are so many things to love about Peru, the people, the landscapes, the textiles, the food, but maybe not the altitude. One thing I loved before Peru and it was only reinforced when we were there are Pisco Sours! I love a tart drink and the froth makes it feel extra fancy!

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When I returned, we had a chance to celebrate our friends and warm their new home! As a stock the bar party  we didn’t want to bring just any old bottle of booze, we wanted to diversify their options. So we shared the Peru love and got them a bottle of Pisco. I included a recipe and the bitters so they could get right to the Pisco Sour. It was nice to put our personal spin on a traditional stock the bar.  ¡Salud! to a warmed and happy home! 

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xoxMo

 

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Somebunny loves Easter

Happy Easter! I bought all the things for egg dying and then we never did it….I don’t like hard boiled eggs so I feel like that’s a waste of a whole bunch of good eggs! {fail}

But I did get my act together and painted this card for Matt’s Grammy. I’ve been practicing my “water colors” and by that I mean I am taking my Crayola markers and coloring on plastic wrap, dipping my brush in water and making them act like water colors. I think it works out pretty well! {not a fail}

Easter has always been a special holiday in my family, many great memories of Easter baskets, egg hunts, crafts, and special meals. This year our celebration was small, but it’s always a hoppy time of the year!

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xoxMo

a little bathroom humor

When you have just one bathroom you have to make the most of it, and when you share it with your significant other…well…you just have to let the little things go.

The vision was to add storage and style to the bathroom, how much storage I actually achieved…still debatable…but it sure looks cute!

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We hung this shelf from CB2 above the toilet and it was no easy task. I actually had a second shelf to hang, but I live that “measure once, cut twice” life and we totally placed the first shelf right in the middle of where both should be. So we’re just living with it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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With a new shelf there is a new spot to style! Yes, I am one of those crazy ladies that collect beautiful soaps and never use them unless Oprah or the Queen of England ever stops by. And that amazing turtle drawing is done by a family friend who illustrated for the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Jeff O’Connor.

My significant other and I have an on going inside joke about the ummmm time he spends in there. It’s his place for piece and quite and I’m sure many other guys can relate. But me being the nagging girlfriend that has to share that room with him, I am always complaining about it being occupado. If you have ever played Cards Against Humanity you know there is a perfect card for this situation. So I framed it.

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New motto: Sharing a bathroom makes the heart grow fonder.

XoxMo

 

Richmond Getaway

If you have a chance to steal away to Richmond, VA….do it! Some call it the “Brooklyn of the South” and I can totally see why! Richmond boasts a vibrant arts and architecture scene, is a food and craft cocktail destination and not to mention it’s rich with history!

We spent a long weekend escaping the masses in Washington, D.C over a certain weekend…here are a few of the highlights!

All the arts:

It’s so refreshing to see how outward and forward Richmond is about embracing the arts. Murals dot the old industrial building walls throughout the city, each one as unique as the many neighborhoods that make up the city. Much like NYC the neighborhoods all have their own vibe and story. img_4294

One of my favorite places we visited was the Virginia Museum of Fine Art (VMFA), starting with the beautiful blend of traditional and modern architecture. It’s a vast building spanning a few blocks long and is anything but an eye soar. We only visited one special gallery exhibit, Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Love, Loss, and the Cycle of Life but we spent an hour slowly meandering the exhibit. We only saw a small fraction of the museum, so I can only imagine what other wonders there were to explore. The main reason we didn’t see it all was because the VMFA hosts a very trendy happy hour! Their restaurant, Amuse, is perched on the top level that looks out over the grounds surround the museum and also over the vast floors of the museum below. We drank swanky cocktails in orange modern lounge chairs and watch the seemingly impromptu ballroom dancing reception happening below us.

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Let’s talk food:

I feel as though our whole trip was planned around where we were going to eat and when, which is par for the course for us.What really sums up the food scene in Richmond is that the menus are inventive and extremely fresh (totes farm to table), the portions are large, the service is almost always refreshingly friendly and very knowledgeable, and the prices won’t break your bank.  It’s hard to pick in Richmond with so many trendy and fabulous places to eat, these are a just a few of the highlights. I’m not going to bore you with my amateur restaurant reviews, but you should certainly check them out!

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                       1. the rogue gentleman   //   2. can can brasserie   //   3. early bird biscuit co.   //    4. rappahannock   //   5. lucy’s

Worthwhile History:

Richmond was the Capital of the Confederacy, and it is very much a historic place that is proud of their history but in a culturally sensitive and introspective way. Richmond has plenty of southern charm to offer, specifically at the historic Jefferson Hotel. The hotel transports you back to another time, the decor is ornate and exudes the class and wealth of another era. They still have a traditional tea hour and when you walk into the hotel you will find it packed with ladies in their best fascinators and gentlemen in their tailored jackets. Fun fact, at one point the hotel had live alligators in their basins, so you will find brass alligators throughout the hotel, pretty cool!

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When talking about wealth and old money, Maymont has to be included in the conversation. Maymont is a sprawling estate of the 19th century era owned by the railroad tycoon James Dooley. What was once a private home is now a public nature center and garden for the entire city to enjoy, for free. The wildlife center keeps only native Virginia birds and animals and you can wonder around the hilly grounds at your leisure. The wildlife center leads you into the gardens that were Sallie Dooley’s pride and joy. First, there is the Japanese Gardens that transport you to another world, even in the grey misty winter weather when we visited. Bamboo, bonsai trees, rock gardens, pagodas and koi fish, the garden has it all, including a steep climb up the stairs to the Italian Gardens and fountain. The Italian Gardens are what wedding dreams are made of, my pictures just do it justice because everything is pretty much dead, so let your imagination do the work, or google it.

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We made a donation to have tour of the mansion and it was worth it! Any person that fancies their self as a home styler or even an entertainer you can’t not love looking at the past and appreciating the style and traditions. I was entranced by the details of each room, how different each one was and the function it was for. There were masculine rooms that featured rich mahogany and many leather bound books (but really) and feminine rooms that were in the French Rococo style and had silk damask wall coverings. Then of course there is the crowd favorite, Sallie’s room or better know as the Swan Room. YES!

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Okay sorry that was super long, and that was only a quick weekend spent in Richmond.

Congratulations if you made all the way to the bottom, if you didn’t, I won’t be offended.

Overall, I just hope you visit Richmond and enjoy it as much as I did!

xoxMo

Painted Plants

With the extended weekend we tried to make the most of it, which included doing something new in DC. We picked the botanical garden because it was something new for us both, but also it’s warm and tropical in there!

There is so much to take in at the botanical gardens starting with the lush greens, foreign looking flowers, the majestic glass domes, funky cacti and even the detailed tiling in the water pools. I was most inspired by the plants that looked almost as though someone had painted each leaf with a paint brush. The designs were intricate and unique, each leaf with a different design and on plants from all over the world!

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Nature and greenery have always been at the center of my design aesthetic, and now I am even more excited to find ways to bring these painted plants into my home and my art!

Side note: I was so excited about all of these plants that I didn’t write down what a single one was! So if you know, please feel free to comment and save me the trouble of endless google searches!

xoxMo

Where have all the photos gone?

These days we snap a bunch of photos from our trips that we love and take great efforts to get. But then what happens to those beloved photos? Do people actually print them out and put them in an album like our parents used to? Now they live on our hard drives or in Facebook albums and that’s no place four our memories!img_4253

For my last few major trips I have made photobooks, to get my pictures off my computer and onto my coffee table. Maybe I’m old school but I truly cherish touching and looking at real photos and sharing them with people who come by to visit. I have used MyPublisher to make my books and the quality have been amazing!

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Photobooks can be used for many things, my dad made a recipe book of our families famous Clam Chowder and gave it to all of us for Christmas one year, that was a major tear jerker! Regardless of what you fill your book with it’s a great way to preserve memories! Oh, and this is not an ad (duh no one reads this).

 

Happy creating! xoxMo

Bedside table DIY

rast-before-afterWho doesn’t love a good before and after project? We needed functional storage for our bedside tables and we are tight on space around here. I searched high and low for the best bedside table that met my long list of needs and nothing could be found that didn’t cost my first and last months rent. Like many so many other people, I decided to transform the IKEA Rast dresser to meet our style and functional needs.

There are so many hacks out there for this little dresser, the Rast is your oyster (what does that even mean?). Like most of my projects and style leanings, I wanted something mid century modern with a bit of a pop.

We painted the frame with a high gloss white paint, 2 coats because the untreated wood soaked up a lot of paint.

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Then I did what I think most DIYers don’t ever talk about. I put the project on hold for like 2 months because life is busy and we needed storage right away. Doesn’t everyone do this, like who gets their project done in one fell swoop? Or am I just an indecisive slacker?

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This is real messy life sometimes. I’m not ashamed.

The reason I didn’t paint the drawers was because I love the look of the raw wood and think that maybe one day when I get bored with this design I might want to go back to the wood. I had the perfect solution in mind…removable wall paper from Chasing Paper! I covered the front of the drawers and then swapped out the pulls with some snazzy geometric ones from CB2 and voila!

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Stay tuned for a whole room make over post!

xoxMo