Nov 11
2016

Falling

Tricks of the Trade

I love everything about Fall! The changing of the leaves, cool evenings dining on a patio, college football, burning the first fire of the season and family gatherings during the holidays.

 

I am always looking for ways to freshen up our home with pumpkins and leaves of the season.

 

Recently, while reading the latest Southern Living magazine, I saw a few fall decorating ideas. A couple days later I saw the same “idea” on Pinterest. So, I decided to try it.

 

I took the information and tweaked it a little…

 

Per Southern Living and Pinterest, I started with Bittersweet and Succulents from the florist, a large pumpkin, five mini pumpkins, florist foam, a variety of moss and florist picks.

 

I ended up not using the Florist Picks or the foam.

I started by hot glueing the moss loosely to the top of the pumpkin.

 

 

I began placing the pumpkins and succulents on the moss. Once I was happy with their placement, I glued the mini pumpkins to the moss. I did not glue the succulents because they are living and I plan on using them in another arrangement after Thanksgiving.

 

 

Place pieces of the Bittersweet under and around the moss. I used longer pieces so that it hung out and draped over the arrangement.

 

 

Large Acorns and small pinecones would look great in this arrangement. Unfortunately, I did not have any on hand.

I finished the arrangement by placing the pumpkin on an old cuitting board, wrapping an antler around the base, clipping a Japanese Maple branch from my yard and adding a vine of faux berries.

 

 

I enjoy  trying new ideas and I am pretty pleased with the way this turned out. I plan on creating another one to use at our cabin on Thanksgiving. I will share Thanksgiving tablescape ideas next week.

 

I hope you all have a great weekend and happy decorating!

 

 

 

 

Apr 15
2016

Cheers to the Weekend

What We Love

 

 

Grapefruit Mojito

serves 2

 

Ingredients:

3T Sugar

3T Water

20 sprigs fresh Mint

4T Lime Juice

Ice as needed

2 ounces White Rum

2 ounces Fresh Grapefruit Juice

4 ounces Sparkling Water

Grapefruit slices and Mint to garnish

 

Directions:

1. Add Sugar and Water to a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook until sugar dissolves, 1-2 minutes. Set aside to cool.

2.Add fresh mint and lime juice to each glass and muddle to bring out flavor of mint.

3.Fill each glass with ice.

4. Pour in rum and grapefruit juice. Stir.

4. Top each glass with sparkling water and garnish with grapefruit slices and mint.

 

Cheers!

For more recipes visit

Best Friends For Frosting

 

 

Apr 14
2016

Supply Showroom

Shop Spotlight

 

 

 

I always enjoy finding new shops that inspire new design ideas.

 

 

I was recently invited to a “pop-up shop” for the Austin-based Supply Showroom.

 

I was pleasantly surprised by their unique wallpapers and fabric designs.

 

 

Supply is located in a renovated 1930s bungalow on Lake Austin Blvd.

 

It was started by three former New Yorkers,  Kim West, Callie Jenschke and Kristin Gish who have a great eye for design.

 

Supply Showroom represents unique trade lines from around the world.

 

 

While visiting Austin, go by and see the girls.

 

You will be glad you did!

 

Supply Showroom

2204 Lake Austin Blvd

Austin, Tx 78703

Artwork by Kelly Colchin

Apr 13
2016

Coco for Words

Words to Live by

 

 

Coco for Words

 

 

 

 

 

Jewelry by Betty James

Apr 12
2016

Inspiration Boards

Tricks of the Trade

Tuesday…time to get inspired.

 

 

Cabin Planning