home & garden : bar cart styling (under construction)

I recently acquired this super-awesome vintage industrial bar cart from Rachel (who is making way for high chairs!). I’m pretty stoked about this buddy & have been collecting inspiration for how to style it.

Some of my favorite bloggers with their gorgeous bar setups:

Love the feminine details on this sweet bar cart from Camille Styles

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Designlovefest’s bar cart is bright & fun!

While not a bar cart, Coco + Kelley’s vibrant table hack is genius & so cute, too!

I’m just getting started playing around with mine — hence (under construction) in this post’s title! — but I’m already having lots of fun! I busted out my silver tea server (collected from various thrift stores) to get in the holiday entertaining mood.

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I’m excited about filling up the cart with our cocktail gear, recipe books, stripey straws maybe some fruit or flowers.

xo, S.

make : DIY chalkboard signs!

As Sarah mentioned yesterday, I’m going to share some of the chalkboard art I made for her wedding with you!  It’s so easy – you can do it too!

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The key to making chalkboard art is CHALK PENS.  They are amazing and give you so much more control than regular chalk.  You can find them online or at your locals arts & crafts store.

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All you have to do is give the pens a good shake, depress the tip to get the chalk “ink” flowing and begin your design.  The materials I worked with included painted windows, painted wood pieces, painted door skins (thin, smooth pieces of wood), and black poster-board.  You can find chalkboard paint at most hardware stores and it’s very easy and forgiving to work with!

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If you make a mistake (trust me, I made many of those!), don’t worry – all you need is a wet rag or towel to wipe away the pen.  Try to do it right when it happens because the longer the chalk sits, the more difficult it becomes to remove.  It can always be removed though, it just may need a few wipes as opposed to one.

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This was a favorite quote of the bride and groom and a replica of one of Dana Tanamachi’s designs – she is an amazing chalk letterer!

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I love seeing all of these chalk pieces together!  It was a lot of work, but so much fun and I really enjoyed tying them all together with subtle design details.  Hope you enjoy them as well and feel inspired and empowered to go make your own chalk art!

XO,

R.

things we love : ephemera stickers

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Do you know about Cavallini? They’re amazing!  They are a San Francisco-based company that makes all kinds of wonderful things that I happily find myself addicted to.  My latest find was these ephemera stickers.

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I love stickers and labels because they are so versatile.  You can use them as part of placecards at a party, gift tags on a present, a spot for writing an address on a letter or really just about anywhere you like!

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They just add an extra-special touch to something!  I can’t wait to give this present to a dear friend of my mine.  I thought the label was the perfect final detail it needed and really made it look finished!

xo, R.

things we love : what a racket

I adore vintage badminton rackets and have four of them. My boyfriend, ever the pragmatist, once asked what they were for. Good question.

I just loved them, but they’re a perfect touch for a backyard party or picnic in the park. Currently, they add a little personality to my room.

I look forward to using my sweet badminton rackets at a classy summer party where I’ll hit the birdie back & forth with friends while sipping a mint julep and listening to a Duke Ellington record.

Sounds dreamy, right? I think so.

xo, S.

party : easter

Our mom & dad hosted our Easter party this year and we had so much fun putting together some decorations for the event.. it was all about robin’s egg blue & florals, florals, florals! Here are some moments we think you’d enjoy!

Sarah was our egg-dyeing expert for the day.

This table was all about elegance!

The hobnail glass dishes and serving pieces once belonged to our great-grandmother, Ella. It was so fun to incorporate them into our celebration! The floral centerpieces were housed in a variety of glass jars, including six small ones set atop a glass cake stand to create a dramatic focal point.

Over at this table, we were all about birds, nests and beautiful blue eggs!

Daffodils adorned the table at both ends and a milkglass cake plate held a magnificent (seriously! see photo below!) nest in the middle. White dishes and napkins kept the table looking clean and hints of red added a bright, happy touch!

Sarah used washi tape to make those little jars fancy!

See? I told you it was magnificent!

xo, R.