Outdoor Seafood Feast

We had such a wonderful Father’s Day celebrating my Dad and Eric. I was so excited to host and set up a fun outdoor seafood feast. When we were younger we used to do clambakes or also called seafood boils. I always had such fun memories of those dinners on special occasions. I decided it was time to bring it back and Father’s Day was the perfect reason to. We all love seafood so this was a special treat. It’s also so easy to prepare and it’s a family style feast where you just all dig in. No serving necessary… I love those dinners!

I researched a bunch of clambake recipes and settled on using this one¬†from Ina Garten as a loose outline. I figured I would choose my seafood once I got to Whole Foods and could look at options and prices. Here are the changes I made from Ina’s recipe:

  • Since lobster is pricey, I didn’t end up using that. Instead I used large shell on raw shrimp… about 1lb
  • I also added corn, which is very cost effective and delicious. You can do a half to a full cob per person depending on how much people want. I cut those up in halves and thirds to throw in the pot.
  • I only bought 1 lb of mussels and 1 lbs of clams (just one type) and it was plenty

The recipe will walk you throw the steps and the layering process. I can’t even describe how easy this was to do and how delicious it turned out. We all loved it. We will be doing this at least one more time this summer. It’s the perfect patio meal with loved ones!

I also had a great time decorating our outdoor farm style table. I had found the tablecloth awhile ago at TJ Maxx (my favorite!) and then spray painted bottles to match. You’ll notice a bunch of peonies in the pictures…we discovered three peony bushes at our house that the last owner had planted. I think I almost cried I was so excited… they are my absolute favorite flower and now I can go grab them from the yard. So fun!

Check out the pictures below to see the process and our pretty feast. I hope you try this and please let me know if you do!

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Pantry Organization

So I meant to get the pantry organized as a part of spring cleaning…oops! It finally happened this weekend… that was still sort of late spring right?! ūüėČ It was one of those daunting tasks that I was dreading and just needed to finally get done. I’m a bit embarrassed to show the before picture but for you guys I will!

The pantry is just one of those things that becomes a black hole at our house when we clean up, cook, etc… everything just gets thrown in. Needless to say it was time to empty everything out, clean, organize and make more functional! I purchased a few baskets, clear containers and shelves to help organize. Some things I had laying around the house and was able to use too.

Here are the pictures along with the steps I took. I’m excited to have a clean, organized pantry for healthy summer cooking. Happy organizing!

The before… eek!¬†

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I removed everything and grouped them by type or cleaned them out.

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I then gave the shelves and the floor a good cleaning.

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One side note – I love this over the door hook for Baylee and I to hang our aprons on ūüôā

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Ta-da! The After! Organized, pretty,¬†functional…¬†much better!

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The organization plan: 

– I put what we use the most front and center

– I made a snack basket for the family when we are on the go

РI put things we usually have on hand like rice, pasta, etc into clear containers

– The spices are now nicely organized on a lazy susan

– All baking items are now nicely sitting on one shelf

– I was able to clean enough out to use the bottom shelf for appliances

– The ground shelf is used for table linens, bags and large tuperware

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Now here’s to keeping it looking this way!

Pretty, Cost-Effective Framed Paper As Art

We have been in need of adding art and pops of color around the house since we moved in last fall. We have a lot of pretty grey walls, but not enough fun color to fill them! I’ve been keeping my eye out for art but since it can be expensive we only want to invest in pieces we really love. I also want to be able to change things up on our family room mantle for different seasons. I had seen the idea to frame fine or handmade paper and decided it was time to do it! I ended up ordering my paper from Paper Mojo. They have a great selection of beautiful handmade and decorative paper at a good price (about $5 a sheet). I then went to Ikea and purchased the frames. Check out the paper and where the frames ended up around our home below. I’ll definitely be using this idea again¬†as I change up rooms, decor, etc!

 

The three papers I choose

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Blues, greens and golds for our spring, summer mantle! 

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How cute is this scalloped pattern of mint and gold? This went in our room above the dresser. 

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With my love of pink, especially neon pink this marble paper was perfection. This is framed in my office.

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Planning the Main Floor Guest Bath Remodel

We are getting antsy to start another house project and have decided it’s time to tackle the main floor guest bathroom. This is the bathroom in the hallway of our main floor. It’s tucked in quite nicely¬†with a pocket door. As you can see our starting point like the rest of the house is outdated early 90s brass fixtures, tile work and golden oak cabinets.

We haven’t spent much time decorating it or painting it knowing we wanted to fully remodel. A special piece that we brought back from our¬†recent trip to Cabo¬†kickstarted us to get this project going.

Here’s a look at the bathroom as it currently looks and a shot of where it sits when you come in the front door:

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And now to the fun part…finding inspiration for the remodel. Here’s the star of the show… an amazing handmade copper sink that we bought in Todos Santos at a gallery,¬†Arte La Xoma. Isn’t she pretty?! I love the color and hammered texture. It’s such a special reminder of an amazing trip!

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We are going to repurpose the honey oak vanity and stain it dark with Java Gel Stain like we did in the kitchen. As far as the vanity counter goes we are looking for a piece of white quartz (similar to the below Silestone). I think the copper sink will really pop against the white counter!

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We are looking at a variety of wallpaper for the walls. We haven’t decided if we will just wallpaper¬†the main wall as an accent and paint the rest of the walls or wallpaper¬†the whole thing. I’m really intrigued by the removable wallpaper. Has anyone tried it? There are so many fun options on Etsy. Here are some of the patterns and colors we are liking.

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Lastly, we’ll be putting up a new mirror, a modern¬†light fixture and other decor. We haven’t gotten that far yet, but I can’t wait to get started! I’ll keep you posted on our progress!

Four Ways To Style a Bar Cart

I mentioned in last week’s Friday Favorites¬†that I was so excited to have found¬†a great deal on the¬†bar cart I had been eyeing at Target for quite awhile. I have been having fun figuring out different ways we will use it for entertaining. It’s the perfect accent piece to our formal living room that we are working on (that’s yet another room on the project list!).

Here are four different ways and occasions that I will use it for.

# 1 Р Girls night

I can’t wait to have friends over for a glass of bubbly from the bar cart ūüôā

Bar cart styling

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#2 – Tea time

You can’t go wrong with cute mugs, a tea pot and yummy pastries.


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#3 –¬†Margaritas!¬†

I can picture some summer fun on the patio with a pitcher of margaritas and chicken tortilla soup.

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#4 – Dinner Party

This will be a great way to start a dinner party with wine and cheese.

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Lastly, here’s a glimpse of our living room with the bar cart as it¬†currently¬†stands. We are trying to utilize this room for entertaining and eventually¬†want to create a good reading area in here too.

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DIY Crate Bedside Tables

We started fresh with bedroom furniture when we moved into our new house. I had long been eyeing a headboard from West Elm that went on sale and we got our¬†dressers from Ikea. As the room was coming together we had a hard time finding bedside tables that worked well with our decor, were the right size and that weren’t crazy expensive. We went ¬†for a more luxurious, serene look on the bed and bedding so wanted to have the tables have a more rustic feel. I started seeing on Pinterest (of course) that people were making bedside tables out of crates.

I found some large crates on Amazon¬†and stained them gray. I first thought we would just use one crate on each side of the bed like I had seen online. Pinterest FAIL. They looked so tiny next to a king size bed and I failed to remember how many things I like to have by me at night… lamp, book, iPad, water, chapstick, lotion, etc. A small table top was not going to work! I’m thinking most ladies can relate to this :).

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So I ordered two more crates thinking that we could make them a cube. E added hinges so they stay together and you could even store stuff inside them if you wanted (blankets, pillows, etc). They probably aren’t forever pieces, but I think they turned out cute and for about $34 a piece I can’t complain!

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Using Your Favorite Jewelry As Decor

Like most ladies, I love jewelry. To me it is like art and is too pretty to have hidden away. When we moved into our home and purchased our white Ikea dressers I had the perfect space to create a pretty display while also having the jewelry I wear most often organized and easy to grab. I also adore pretty bowls and trays and thought those would be a perfect way store jewelry.

I choose my favorite pieces, my everyday pieces and my most special pieces to keep out on display. I also added my wedding day clutch and garter to the display. I loved both of those so much… they went perfectly with our blush and gold theme. Lastly I have a few favorite pictures to display with a mix of heights, color and textures. Isn’t the Colorado heart print adorable? That’s from Etsy if you’re wondering.

Have a lovely day!

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Family Room Wall Reveal

Remember how I said we would take our time updating the family room? Well we got inspired this past weekend and just went for it! We ended up white washing the brick, painting the built-ins, painting the walls and building a new mantle! Phew. It was a whirlwind but once we started we were so excited about how it was going that we wanted to get the walls all done. I’ve decided the one good thing about the freezing weather lately is that it makes it easy to stay inside and tackle projects.

This is the before: (more pictures and our inspiration here):

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And here is the after!!! 

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So much more modern, refreshing and light. We are pretty excited about the difference. And the new rustic mantle! My awesome hubby built that and did an amazing job!

Take a look at the below to see our family room makeover process!

First we sanded the built-ins to get them ready to paint. We decided to go with white paint on these. 

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Then we began white washing the brick. We found it easier to paint the grout lines of a section and then fill in and paint the brick. It’s actually a fun process because you really don’t have to be exact… you just kinda paint. A few things on white washing:¬†

  • We used a 1:1 ratio of paint and water
  • The paint/water mixture will soak into the brick quite a bit so don’t panic if at first it looks like you painted the brick white
  • We only did one coat because our original brick was pretty light. If you’re white washing a red or orange brick you may need 2 coats.

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All white washed!

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Next we painted the walls our very favorite Behr Porpoise. The built-ins are Behr Ultra white.

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On on to our awesome new mantle… so happy with how rustic it turned out. If you have questions on how to build it, leave me a comment and I’ll do a post with the specific mantle build details.¬†

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Isn’t the wood grain and character pretty?!

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We LOVE this Minwax Jacobean stain color

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We are loving the changes in this room. Amazing what a difference paint can make! I’m excited to get to decorating the room and eventually getting a new sectional and coffee table in there!

Bye Bye Huge Box Kitchen Light!

Ahhh I’m SO excited. We replaced the out of date box kitchen light! We’ve had our eye on that project since the day we first looked at our house. It is amazing how much bigger it makes the space feel, not to mention how much more clean and modern it looks. I walk into the kitchen in the morning and literally have to stop and admire the new light and look.

We bought the new light fixture from a friend of mine that was selling it, so that gave us the motivation to get this done. The fixture is originally from CB2 and I had seen it awhile ago and just loved the fun, airy look of it.

Here’s a quick step by step (mostly in pictures) of how the process went. Thankfully my handy hubby did most of the tearing down and all of the electrical work (I haven’t tried my hand at that yet).

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Here is the old light… even before we stained the cabinets¬†or updated anything in the kitchen. Can’t believe how different the kitchen looks now!

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We removed the plastic panel and lights

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And then literally ripped the whole wood frame down that was nailed to the ceiling

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And we were left with this lovely sight. Apparently the light had burned the ceiling… kinda crazy.

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Eric worked his electrical magic to move the wiring to where we wanted it (centered over the island)

 

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We hung the fixture to make sure we liked the placement. Next up was patching, texturing and painting. Joke was on us when we found that the white paint left with the house didn’t match the ceiling at all. So… back to Home Depot for white paint and we repainted the whole kitchen ceiling (gotta love DIY surprises!)

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Ta Da! The new fixture with a painted ceiling. You can still see a little bit of the box outline if you look closely, but it’s so much better than the box light that it doesn’t bother us at all.

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Doesn’t the kitchen feel so much more open now?¬†

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We are really enjoying the updates we have made to the kitchen. We have new stools coming soon for the island that I’ll share! Eventually we will get to paint and backsplash :).

A Cozy & Stylish Family Room

Well it’s been a couple weeks since our last house project, so we are getting a little antsy! It is actually a lot of fun to move through the house and tackle room by room DIY style. If you’ve been following along so far you’ve seen our house updates so far including:

Next up on our list is the family room. We spend a lot of time in there and LOVE how cozy the room is. Perfect for snuggling in on cold winter nights. But as with most of the updates I write about it just feels stuck in the early 90’s and needs to be modernized.

Here’s what it looks like today:

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Here are the updates we would like to make (some now and some in the future)

  • Update the brick wall – this is actually a tough one to figure out how to modernize. To remove the brick would be a pretty big deal we’ve learned so I think we are going to white wash it.
  • New, modern mantle
  • Paint or stain built-ins – still determining the color on this
  • New carpet (eventually)
  • Remove popcorn ceiling (eventually)
  • Replace ceiling fan/light with can lights (eventually)
  • Paint walls
  • New couch –¬†If anyone has any recommendations on a sectional that holds up well with dogs and kiddos let me know!
  • DIY rustic coffee table

Below are some of the inspirations I’ve found to style the room. I really want it to feel cozy, warm and comfortable but still stylish.

This is going to be a big project so we will most likely take it in phases. Keep you posted!

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