A very easy craft that can add a lot of character to a plain glass vase or candle holder that you have laying around. What you will need: (all items can be found at Michael’s) 1.) Lace – feel free to use different styles although some are easier to use than others 2.) Scissors 3.) Modge Podge (same as used in the DIY Photo Canvas Post) 4.) Foam brush (same as used in the DIY Photo Canvas Post) 5.) Glass vase… Read more »

This mirror is one of my favorite pieces in our apartment.  I love it so much that I plan on using all of the colors around it as inspiration when decorating our new home.   Our driftwood gray console table from Home Goods works really well with the mirror.

DIY photo canvases are one of my favorite projects ever! They are much easier than they look! This post will show you how to make them in 6 easy steps! Everything you need is available at Michael’s (minus the photos obviously). Here is what the finished product will look like… Here is what you will need: Photo canvases from Michael’s When you are making more than one canvas it is cheaper to buy them in bulk. I bought the Artist’s… Read more »

Two years ago when we were married my brother bought us this beautiful vase.   That was when I first heard of Museware Pottery.  If you are looking to give someone a different gift for their wedding or any special event this company has a variety of gifts to choose from. This vase is neutral and casual enough to keep out all year round.  In the fall I love using sunflowers because they pull out all of the golden hues… Read more »

Experts: Say So Long To Mortgage Rates in the 3’s For Now If you are looking for a home you may find the title of the article above discouraging.  When Derek and I started going through the process a few months ago the mortgage rates were  about 3.5%.  Needless to say they have gone up since then and we were disappointed that we would not be able to take advantage of these historically low rates. However, if you speak to… Read more »

Derek and I took a trip to Paris in April of 2010.  Needless we say we created some amazing memories while we were there.  I do love photo albums, but sometimes I think that there are things that need to be out in the open rather than hidden under a coffee table.  Two years ago I decided to take some of the items from our trip and use them as inspiration for our bedroom. Our Parisian Bedroom: What I love… Read more »

About a month ago one of my best friends had her bridal shower.  I knew I wanted to make something special for her to enjoy in her first year of marriage, so I did a little research and came up with this… Here are some instructions on how to make your own: 1. Bottles of wine: 1st Home – Picket Fence Chardonnay (they also have a pinot noir) 1st Fight – Clean Slate Riesling 1st Baby – Sparkling Cider 1st… Read more »

I came across this picture today and it reminded me of one of my favorite places. Derek and I took a trip a few months back to visit his mom and her husband in Pennsylvania.  They took us to some of their regular spots, and each place made us fall in love with Bucks County more and more!  The beauty of Peace Valley Lavender Farm can not be captured with this picture, so I suggest you pack up the car… Read more »

Recently I was in one of my favorite stores in Babylon Village, Pandemonium, when I noticed these adorable little bottles of perfume.  Each bottle has a different scent and is named after different towns on the East End of Long Island.  While some scents are floral based the other scents have more of a musky and beachy scent.  All of these Beach Fragrances remind me of all the summer memories that I have growing up on the beautiful beaches of… Read more »

 Article on summer moving tips from realtor.com In the past 5 years I have moved 5 times.  One of them being a cross country move from New York to Arizona.  Moving can present many different challenges depending on what your situation is. The best thing that you can do is stay organized! Have a system in place that is simple and easy for others to understand. A simple thing like color-coded labels for boxes can help you move things along without… Read more »