Mint Chocolate Shamrock Cupcakes

I’ve been going a little cupcake crazy lately.  These Shamrock Cupcakes were my latest indulgence…

Shamrock Cupcakes

Sometimes, it’s ok to take a shortcut on the recipe if you go the extra mile on presentation.  These chocolate cupcakes started with a boxed cake mix and were finished with some unexpected details, like Mint Oreo buttercream filling, a perfect swirl of mint buttercream frosting, and a few green embellishments.

Mint Chocolate Shamrock Cupcakes

1 box chocolate cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil 
1/4 cup water
1 can cranberry jelly

Follow chocolate cake box recipe instructions for cupcakes, substituting 1 cup of the water for 1 can of cranberry jelly.  This will make the cupcakes super moist and will enhance the chocolate flavor.  Allow cupcakes to cool.  Using a piping bag with a filling icing tip, insert the Mint Oreo Buttercream Filling into the center of each cupcake.  To get the perfect fill, time your squeeze to see how many seconds it takes to get the right amount.  Fill another icing bag with a large round tip with the Mint Buttercream Frosting.  Start by squeezing one small dollop of frosting in the center to cover the filling hole.  Create the swirl around the center dollop, working your way up and in to a point at the top.  Add the shamrock sprinkles before the icing dries to ensure it sticks.  Embellish with 1/3 length of a green striped straw.  Enjoy! 

Mint Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 tsp clear vanilla extract
1/4 tsp clear butter flavor
1 1/2 tsp mint extract
4 cups powdered sugar (1 lb.)
2 tbsp milk

Beat butter and shortening together until smooth, add vanilla extract, butter flavor, and mint extract.  Gradually add in powdered sugar, beating on medium speed and scraping the sides until smooth.  The mixture will be very dry.  Add the milk until a fluffy consistency is reached (it may take more or less than 2 tbsp of milk).  Reserve 1/3 of frosting for Mint Oreo Buttercream Filling. 

Mint Oreo Buttercream Filling

1/3 of reserved mint buttercream frosting from above
4 tbsp milk
10 Mint Oreo Cookies
3-5 drops green food coloring

Add the milk to the reserved mint buttercream frosting and mix until combined. In a food processor, grind the Oreo cookies into a fine coffee ground texture.  Add the ground cookies into the thinned buttercream and mix until combined.  Mix in 3-5 drops of green food coloring until the desired shade is reached.  


Chocolate Covered ‘Double Stuf’ Oreo Cookies

We have 2 major holidays coming up that were in need of a special chocolate treat.  Valentine’s Day, and (more importantly) the Seattle Seahawks will be playing in the Super Bowl!!

I made these super easy Chocolate Covered Double Stuf Oreo Cookies to celebrate both occasions.

Valentine's Cookie

Valentine’s Cookie


1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (12 oz)
Double Stuf Oreo Cookies


1 – Melt chocolate chips over a double boiler until smooth (or microwave).

2 – Drizzle melted chocolate over each Oreo Cookie until they are covered and lay them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.  I used a basting brush to get it into all the nooks and crannies without burning my fingers on the hot chocolate.

Chocolate Covered 'Double Stuf' Oreo Cookies

3 – When they are still wet, apply the sprinkles.  

4 – Let them sit on the wax paper to dry, or you can pop them in the refrigerator to speed up the process.

5 – Gobble them up!

For the Seahawks themed cupcakes, I only had green sprinkles that were shaped like stars, so I put them in a plastic baggy and crushed them into rustic sprinkles.  This gave a nice contrast in texture to the blue sprinkles (and saved me a trip to the store).  Go Hawks!!

Go Seahawks!!

Go Seahawks!!


School Bus Birthday Bash!

This years birthday bash was all about school buses for my big 4 year old.  The theme came together well with a gymnastics Tumblebus in the driveway, loads of yellow and light blue school bus decor, and a hassle-free menu.


I tried to keep the menu simple and kid friendly for this lunch-time party.  The snack table was set up with strawberries, grapes, carrot & celery sticks in mini ranch cups, and Pirates Booty in yellow polka-dot treat bags.

Healthy Snacks

Healthy Snacks

In the kitchen, I set up another small buffet with hot foods. This was definitely a “semi-homemade” kind of party. My son loves mac and cheese, so I bought the frozen Stouffer’s kind which I baked ahead and kept warm in a nice chaffing dish to serve. Many parents asked if it was homemade because it looked so fancy in the chaffing dish. It’s all about the presentation!

School Bus Birthday Party

Meatball Sliders and Mac & Cheese

For the main dish, we had meatball sliders with cole slaw. These could not have been simpler. My mom made the cole slaw (thanks Mom!) and I used her quick party meatball recipe, which is simply frozen meatballs baked ahead and tossed into a bath of KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce, sweetened with extra honey. The meatballs went in another chaffer (so fancy) and guests could build their own meatball slider, or have the ingredients separate.  The prep was super easy, but with a little extra thought on presentation I managed to make the semi-homemade comfort foods look as if they took a lot more effort to prepare.

School Bus Birthday Party

Coffee Set-Up

To drink, I offered juice, milk, and chocolate milk boxes for the kids.

For the adults, we had coffee, water, and soda. My husband and I were tempted to serve mimosas and beer, but decided we should make a good impression with the other parents since this was the first birthday party we’ve had with children from our sons pre-school.  It wasn’t easy, but we managed to avoid drinking until after the party was over and only our close family and friends were left.

Ice Cream for the Birthday Boy!

Ice Cream for the Birthday Boy!

My son loves ice cream, so for dessert I set up an Ice Cream Bar with all sorts of fun toppings and flavors for the kids and adults to layer up in clear cups.  The set-up was very similar to the ice cream bar I created for Enzo’s Superhero Birthday Party, with Chocolate, Vanilla, & Strawberry ice cream, and toppings like marshmallows, sprinkles, and crushed Oreos.

Since our weekends are now filled with kids parties, having a reprieve from birthday cake was nice and the kids loved helping create their own layered concoctions.  We had large tables set up in the backyard for the kids to sit and enjoy their lunch and ice cream which eliminated the risk of messy spills inside.


My backdrop frame made yet another appearance at this party. You can check out other parties I’ve used it for, like the Spring Baby Shower, Enzo’s Superhero Birthday Party, and DIY assembly instructions can be viewed in my Peacock Bridal Shower post.

School Bus Birthday Bash!

School Bus Backdrop

For school bus inspiration, I looked online for images.  I found a clip-art bus and used it as a guide to assemble my own school bus with layers of colored cardstock for a more dimensional look.  The bus that I made was used for the 2 backdrop boards and the party invitations.

School Bus Birthday Bash!

School Bus Garland

Instead of spending hours making dozens of buses the long way, I scanned the 1 bus that I constructed onto my computer, added the “Enzo is 4!” text over the scanned image, sized it appropriately and printed color copies on cardstock. The printed versions kept the dimensional layered look with a lot less effort. Once those were printed and cut out, I used a small hole punch at the top corners of each bus to thread the ribbon. The large “Enzo is 4!” light blue letters were also printed from my computer onto colored cardstock and cut out by hand.  Those letters were tacked over the yellow chevron printed fabric using a strong double sided adhesive tape.

The blue backdrop behind the mac & cheese and meatball buffet was assembled from 2 pieces of foam board wrapped tightly with a light blue plastic party tablecloth ($2 at your local party store). I cut grey construction paper for the road, yellow washi tape for the lines, and the buses were printed as described above.


School Bus Birthday Bash!

Treat Bags!

Kids go crazy over birthday party goodie bags filled with trinkets and toys.  I found these yellow and light blue striped treat bags at my local party store and used a ‘Thanks’ rubber stamp on a round label sticker, and attached them to the front of each bag for a personalized touch.

Inside the bags, the kids found an alphabet ruler, bouncy-ball, fruit snacks, and a mini sketch book with crayons.


School Bus Birthday Bash!

Mini Sketch Book & Crayons

I have an aversion to most things child-like, so of course I had to make my own covers for the sketch books to stick with the yellow and light blue theme, and add a bit of sophistication.

I’m sure my son would have loved the Toy Story or Monsters Inc. themed sketch books from the party store, but (let’s be real) the crafty projects are more for my benefit.  I found chevron washi-tape, how could I resist?


These cute little notebooks were easy to assemble (thanks to my neighbor for volunteering in my birthday party-prep sweatshop).

School Bus Birthday Bash!

Mini Sketch Book Supplies

  • Mini Composition Notebooks (found these at Staples)
  • Cardstock cut to the cover size and attached with double sided craft tape
  • Chevron washi tape to cover the binding
  • Yellow washi tape to keep the crayons together
  • 8 crayons per notebook (don’t buy the cheep party store ones like I did – splurge for washable Crayola)
  • Black hair bands to attach the crayons to the notebook

My son is still using his little notebook months later to write secret (illegible) messages in.  I have to admit, I do cringe a bit when he draws on the cover.


To keep the mob of untamed 4 year olds entertained, we hired a kids gym on wheels from Dizzy’s Tumblebus, and they parked the 30 foot bus right in our driveway!  The tumblebus is a converted school bus with a full gymnastics circuit inside designed for kids under 8.  They had 2 extremely fun and professional bus attendants that led the kids in a wild gymnastics bus party!

Dizzy's Tumblebus

Dizzy’s Tumblebus!

The parents were able to kick their feet up and enjoy some quiet time while the kids wore themselves out on the tumblebus.  Afterward, the birthday boy honored each child with a shiny metal during the closing ceremonies in the front yard, and they all received a round of applause from the group.  I would highly recommend this activity for any kids party.  Hosting a large group of 4 year olds could easily turn into a stressful situation, but the kids stayed on the bus for the entire hour and didn’t come out until it was time to get their metal.  By  the time the bus activities were over, it was time to have lunch, open presents, and eat ice cream!

It’s one year older for my little guy, and one more unforgettable birthday bash to go down in our family history book…

Black & White Halloween Decor

I can’t help but decorate with neutral colors, so I’m sure it’s no surprise that my Halloween Decor is all about Black & White this year.    I did my best to re-use and re-purpose when putting together this little display.  Halloween is such a fun holiday to decorate for, but also one I try not to spend too much money on, as it is here and gone in a blink of an eye.

Black & White Halloween Decor

Black & White Halloween Decor

With a little elbow grease, and a lot of spray paint, my Black & White theme came together fairly quickly.


Spooky Candleholders

Spooky Candleholders


  • Empty Glass Bottles (Beer, Wine, Sparkling Water, Etc)
  • Black and White Flat/Matte Spray Paint (1 can of each)
  • Masking Tape
  • Black Tapered Candlesticks


Make sure to spray paint over a drop cloth in a well ventilated area (outside is best).  First, spray paint each bottle white and allow them to dry completely; they may take 2-3 coats.  Once they are dry, use masking tape to create a design, or stripe on the bottle.  Work out any bubbles and creases, as the spray paint will migrate under the edge of the tape if you’re not careful.  Spray the bottles with black paint and allow them to dry.  This may also take 2-3 coats.  When dry, carefully remove the masking tape to reveal the black and white design.  Voilà!

To get the spooky dripped candle wax affect, take a match or lighter around the base and allow the melted wax to pool until it drips down the sides.


Black & White Pumpkins

Black & White Pumpkins


  • 12-15 Small White Pumpkins
  • Black and White Flat/Matte Spray Paint (1 can of each will be enough for both the pumpkin and candle holder projects)
  • Masking Tape
  • Large Glass Vase


Make sure to spray paint over a drop cloth in a well ventilated area.  Begin by masking off the stems of each pumpkin.  Spray paint the bottom of each pumpkin first and allow them to dry completely before turning them over.  Spray paint the top side and allow to dry.  They may need 2 coats if you’re looking for full coverage.  I used only one coat on the white pumpkins and allowed some of their natural color to shine through.  Once they are dried completely, place them in the large vase or glass vessel.


A Halloween display isn’t complete without a few spooky creatures.


Fuzzy Arachnid

Furry Arachnid

This large furry spider was found in the seasonal isle at my local grocer for about $5 (the most expensive purchase on my Halloween table).

He wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, but he cleaned up nicely.  Originally, he had red eyes which didn’t fit in with the Black & White theme.  I covered over the red eyes with metallic silver craft paint, and he seems to be in a happier place.

This Arachnid is best served on a glass cake pedestal over a white paper doily.


Colony of Bats

Colony of Bats


  • Black Construction Paper (2 bats per 12×12 sheet)
  • Scissors
  • Bat Template (like This One from Martha Stewart or try freehand)
  • Double-Sided Tape


Trace and cut out bats.  Fold each bat in half from head to tail, and fold each wing at mid point the opposite direction.  Place double-sided tape on the tips of the wings and down the center and arrange on the wall.

These are the same bats I made in the Pumpkin Heads & Spooky Bats post from last year.  They are perfect for inside decorating or hanging from the porch on Halloween night!




A black Raven is one of Halloween’s iconic creatures, and perfectly suited for this spooky Black & White table.

This little Raven was less than $2.00 from my local party supply store, and fit perfectly in the white lantern I had outside over the summer.  Re-purposing the lanterns saved me money and gave them another month before they’ll be stored for the winter (unless I can find another purpose for Christmas decor).

I spent less than $25 on new items & supplies for this table.  It was a great opportunity to get creative and re-purpose items I had on hand.  This Black & White look would compliment any decor, and adds a sense of sophistication to a somewhat silly holiday.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

Nothing combats the Seattle weather blues better than pumpkin pie!  Days are getting shorter, skies are getting grayer, and all I want to do is snuggle up with a cup of hot spiked cider and my own personal sized pumpkin pie.  If you’re feeling a little guilty about indulging in pumpkin pie before Thanksgiving (I was), try this crustless version to save on carbs and calories.

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

This recipe is basically the one that comes on the back of the 15oz. can of Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin.  I made a few tweaks to the cooking temperature and time, and put them in fancy ramekins instead of a pie dish so I could have one all to myself.  For an even easier version, you could use Libby’s Easy Pumpkin Pie Mix (just add eggs and evaporated milk).  Over-achievers are encouraged to use fresh pumpkin!


3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
2 large eggs
15oz. canned pumpkin 
12oz. Evaporated Milk

Preheat oven to 325°

Mix dry ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.  Beat eggs in a large bowl, add canned pumpkin and dry ingredients, then stir in the evaporated milk.

Pour filling into 3 1/2 inch ramekins and place on a baking sheet.  Bake at 325° for about 60 minutes.  Cool for 2 hours before serving.

Add whipped cream, and Enjoy!

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

Spring Baby Shower

Last Spring, I was lucky enough to co-host a baby shower for my cousin who was expecting a baby girl.

Spring Baby Shower

Spring Baby Shower

I hosted the party at my house and took care of the crafty decor, and my Mom was in charge of the food and flowers.  Having a partner to divide tasks with made this shower a breeze!  It was especially helpful to have my Mom prepare and deliver most of the food, which eliminated the mess in the kitchen before the guests arrived.  There’s nothing worse than having a full dishwasher before the party has even begun!

My cousin Trina shared the colors of baby Adelynn’s future nursery (there were quite a few), and from those colors I pulled out the yellow and raspberry pink to serve as our theme.  I repeated varying shades of these two colors throughout the decor elements and party games to give the party space a cohesive feeling.


For this simple invite I created the text layout in Word, which I printed on white cardstock and trimmed down to 5″x7″.  The coordinating pink paper and yellow ribbon were attached with double-sided scrapbooking adhesive.  These came together smoothly with the help of my favorite industrial sized paper-cutter (imagine the kind your teacher had in 3rd grade).

Shower Invite

Shower Invite


Baby Food Guessing Game

Baby Food Guessing Game

This was a co-ed baby shower, so I only planned 2 activities and kept them gender neutral.  We first played the Baby Food Guessing Game, which gave a few of the guests the willies.  I selected 7 baby food flavors and covered the labels with a number.  Guests tasted each flavor and wrote down their best guess of what each flavor was.   At the end, I revealed the flavors and the guest with the most correct guesses received a prize.

Favor Exchange

Favor Exchange

The second game was in lieu of party favors.  We played a spin-off version of a holiday gift exchange (or white elephant) party game.  I cut out circles of numbered yellow and raspberry colored paper for each guest and placed them in tiny felt diapers (found at the party store – intended for another game, but you could easily make them yourself).  Everyone chose a diaper and received the number of their turn.  I made sure to have enough small gifts for each guest and wrapped them in yellow and raspberry colored bags and boxes.  Guests had the chance to either steal someone else’s gift or choose a new one to open.  The guest who drew #1 had the final turn.   The favor gifts ranged from lip gloss to girly lotion, and for the men I had unique varieties of beer and wine.



Raspberry colored Tulips and bright yellow Daffodils were perfectly in season and fit right in with the color scheme for this shower.  Thanks to my Mom for arranging them beautifully!




A swag of yellow circle garland decorated the fireplace mantel helped to continue the color theme into the living room.



This garland didn’t take long to string together with the help of 2 circle punches.  The circles were cut from several sheets of cardstock in varying shades of yellow, and I used a double punch for the ribbon holes.  The left over circles were used like party confetti, and decorated a centerpiece tray on my coffee table.


I re-used the backdrop frame I made for the Peacock Bridal Shower and Superhero Birthday Party.  I bought flax colored canvas to wrap and staple around the frame, and used a yellow chevron printed fabric for an accent panel through the center.  For the banner, I printed the letters on raspberry colored paper and cut them into triangles.  My circle punches were used again to cut the accent rounds on the banner and I strung all the pieces on ribbon, threaded through a ‘double-punch’ at the top of each letter or round.




We hosted the shower at 11:00am and served a light brunch.  My Mom made a large (and delicious) breakfast casserole with egg, potatoes, ham, spinach and white cheddar.  We also served muffins, doughnuts, chocolate filled croissants, and angel food cake with strawberries and whipped cream.  To drink, we served orange juice, grapefruit juice, coffee, and mimosas.  It was light and sweet!

Dining Room Re-Do

Finally, the never-ending dining room renovation is complete (not really, but good enough to share a few pictures)!  Just don’t look behind the curtains, or you’ll find holes that haven’t been patched where we had to move electrical outlets, and the trim pieces around the windows still have not been painted (gotta love trim that comes pre-primed in white).

New Dining Room

New Dining Room

The Project

When we set off to re-do the dining room, my husband and I had 3 key components that shaped the overall design.

Old Room with Tiny Upper Windows

Before – Tiny Upper Windows & Awkward Artwork

1• Windows • We wanted to replace small windows in the dining room and nearby entry-way with larger windows for more light and visual impact.  The delightful bonus is that we have mountain views out of the new larger windows (on a clear day) that we only had from our upstairs windows before.  Thank goodness for our two Dad’s who came and helped us install the windows.

New Window Installation -  Cutting the new opening

New Window Installation – Cutting the new opening

Cutting large holes in the side of our house was a stressful undertaking, and I would have had a nervous breakdown if it weren’t for their expertise and ‘Dad-Skill’.  I didn’t realize how dark the old space felt until we cut the opening for the new windows and saw the instant transformation.  The light now floods into the house all day and makes the space feel much larger.  A necessary addition for our Pacific Northwest home, where skies are grey for a good portion of the year.

New Large Windows in Entry and Dining Room

New Large Windows in Entry and Dining Room

2• Wallpaper • I’ve been wanting to wallpaper something in the house since we moved in 5 years ago, but was a little reluctant since I knew it would be a commitment.

Dolce Vita wallpaper - by Antonina Vella

Dolce Vita wallpaper – by Antonina Vella

I have a hard time choosing framed art that is reflective of my style (as you can clearly see from the generic artwork choices in the ‘before picture’ above).  I had the idea to frame long panels of wallpaper in lieu of framed art or hanging wallpaper throughout the entire space.  Patterns like this trellis inspired wallpaper put me in my happy place, and to me it is Art.  I originally chose the Kelly Wearstler ‘Imperial Trellis’ wallpaper (which is very popular and equally as expensive), but my husband came across this ‘Dolce Vita’ wallpaper by Antonina Vella and we both knew it was the one.

New Framed Wallpaper

New Framed Wallpaper

The background is a soft off-white and the trellis pattern is a golden beige which perfectly matched my existing wall color.  We ended up hiring someone to hang the wallpaper (after failing on our first attempt).  We marked where each panel would hang and sanded down the slight eggshell wall texture, and also applied a white liner paper underneath to smooth the area further.  After the wallpaper was hung, we painted the trim pieces separately and attached them around the perimeter of each panel with about a 1/2″ overlap on the edges.  I’m sure someday we’ll get around to patching the nail-holes.

Pottery Barn - Clarissa Glass Drop Rectangular Chandelier

Pottery Barn – Clarissa Glass Drop Rectangular Chandelier

3• Lighting • I’ve been eyeing this Pottery Barn chandelier for close to 3 years now, but I knew I would have to completely re-style my space in order for it to work.  I love how it sparkles and reflects the light from the new window, and how it twinkles in the reflection of the mirror that sits on the nearby console table.  I also love that it’s somewhat casual due to the rustic finish of the metal and exposed chain, but elegant at the same time.  The chandelier defines the space and says “this is where the fancy dinners happen”.  It’s been months since we installed the chandelier and I still get giddy when I see it as I come down the stairs each morning.  I’m totally obsessed.

The Details 

Once we had our focal pieces settled, I was off comparing options for dining tables, chairs, curtains, rods, etc.  I wanted to bring in more light creams and whites into the space, and at one point I was set on an ash-wood dining table (super trendy right now).  In the end I realized I would be happier with more timeless pieces that could easily transition over the years by swapping out accessories.

 Get the Look: 

It took months of hunting, and more months of waiting for delivery for all the elements to finally come together.  But here they are, all on one inspiration board, which has now become a reality…

Dining Room Re-Do

Pictured above clockwise from left 
  • Crate & Barrel – Matte Nickel 1.25” Curtain Rod ($39.95 – $69.95 lengths vary)
  • Crate & Barrel – Olli 50”x108” Curtain Panel ($89.95 each)
  • Antonina Vella – Dolce Vita wallpaper ($123 per double-roll)
  • Home Decorators Collection – Custom Tufted Back Dining Chair in ‘Dueck Linen’ ($249 each)
  • Bassett – Cosmopolitan Rectangular Dining Table ($1,869)
  • West Elm – Large Rectangular Lacquer Tray ($69)
  • Pottery Barn – Clarissa Glass Drop Extra Long Rectangular Chandelier ($699)
  • West Elm – Source Console Table ($349)
New Dining Room - View From Entry

New Dining Room – View From Entry

The Other Details

As you could imagine, when I completely changed the style of my dining room I needed to slightly update nearby rooms in order to maintain a cohesive flow.  My house has an open floor-plan so I wanted to make sure the new room didn’t feel disconnected with the rest of the space.  Of course, I’m always dreaming up decor ideas for all the rooms in my home, but realistically I had to choose key items that would make the most impact for now without breaking the bank.

Living Room • The nearby living room had dark espresso finished end tables and a matching coffee table.

Crate & Barrel - Parsons Square Coffee Table with Travertine Top

Crate & Barrel – Parsons Square Coffee Table with Travertine Top ($599)

I wanted to bring more light color into the space to flow with the new bright and airy dining room.  I swapped out the espresso coffee table for this Parsons Square Coffee Table with Travertine Top from Crate & Barrel, and placed light-colored accessories on top.  The lines of the coffee table are a little more modern than some of my other pieces, so I used the rustic wood tray to keep it from looking too sterile.  I also added throw pillows on the sectional and side chair in shades of cream, beige and mossy green.

Restoration Hardware - Vintage Barn Glass Pendant Distressed Aluminum ($199 ea)

Restoration Hardware – Vintage Barn Glass Pendant Distressed Aluminum ($199 ea)

Kitchen • Originally, the plan was to replace our pendant lights, re-do the kitchen back-splash, change out the cabinet pulls and get new barstools, but most of those things are now on the back-burner.  We did manage to change out the old pendant lights to these beauties from Restoration Hardware.  Getting rid of the basic builder-grade pendants was an easy update and created a smoother transition into the new dining room.  As for the rest of the kitchen to-do list, I think it will be best to make those updates when we change out the cabinets and they probably have a couple of years before they’ll reach the top of the home project priority list.

Entry • The dining room creates the first impression as guests come in the front entry of our home.  As we re-designed the dining space there were two nearby spaces that needed a face lift along with it.  Two chairs were grouped in the curve of the staircase, with updated herringbone printed beige & white pillows, a unique lamp (Source Kudu Table Lamp from West Elm – $169), and a vintage mid-century modern magazine rack (thanks Mom for this awesome $2 garage sale find!).  Facing the dining room is the Source Console Table from West Elm, a unique mirror which I updated with a fresh paint job (see ‘Mirror Makeover‘ for full details on that project), and a few of my favorite terrariums (see ‘Succulents Galore!‘ and ‘Terrariums Galore!‘ and learn how to make your own).

New Space - From Entry

New Space – From Entry

Well, there you have it!  It took years of dining room dreaming, saving a million web-clippings of furniture inspirations to Evernote, 6 months of patience while the space was in transition, and letting go (for now) of all the little things we didn’t get to.  Stay tuned for more home updates. . .