Tuesday, December 2, 2014


With cooler weather, early nights and holiday preparations of late, I've been spending so much time in the kitchen lately. I've reacquainted myself with all the little details I love most about my cooking space, while making notes about subtle changes that would make meal prep and storage run a little more smoothly. One of the things I would add if I could would be a larger storage or butler's pantry. So it was no surprise to me that this high contrast arrangement by Danielle White of 'The Countryphiles' peaked my interest. It's perfectly suited to my own tastes that bridge both modern and vintage in design. I can't resist all that glossy, black, beveled tile along the backsplash and how they paired it with warm wood countertops and white cabinets. The composition and finishes all make perfect sense - but especially so when viewed as a whole along with the house. Click on over to see a full tour as taken when the house hit the market back in May.


Monday, December 1, 2014


 It's Cyber Monday and you may very well have your sights set on getting all of your holiday shopping done today online. The holidays can be a bit of a budget buster and a good deal on something you truly want to purchase for someone can only help. But should you not find the perfect gift online today or one within your budget, consider pulling together an inexpensive handmade gift any recipient would be happy to receive.

Though I won't be tackling suede clutches and tipi forts as I did in years past, here are three quick and easy projects I'm considering over the next couple of weeks for someone close to my heart.


A beautiful terrarium not unlike the one above is the perfect foil to a long, cold winter for your gardening enthusiast aunt. The best part: you don't have to be a gardner to build one. Simply layer materials of your choosing together in a clear glass vessel (Tip: seek out something similar from your local Target or Home Goods).  Refinery 29 brought in the professionals to break it all down for you.

 One year, a relative brought me back a sampling of local flavored salts from a trip to Hawaii. They were simply packaged, but the smells and colors of the various salts were so intriguing and inspired me to use them in all sorts of dishes over the months that followed. I think this idea by Daily Fix takes it one step further - adding both herbs and spices to salts uniquely packaged in glass tubes - perfect for your brother in law who likes to experiment at his grill year round.

Hello Natural
 I came across this easy leather brush wrap and thought it'd be perfect for both make up and art brushes. Perhaps you found some pretty little brushes online, but are not crazy about the packaging they came in. Queue a little leather and cording and you have yourself an elevated, handmade case to present those brushes in to your niece who is a budding make up artist. Those brushes will probably mean more to her (and last longer) protected in a pretty little keepsake that she'll use for years to come.
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