5 Reasons to Decorate for Easter…

We Heart It

We Heart It

Spring is officially here and Easter is on the way!  I’ve always filled the house with Spring decor but have never really been inspired enough to decorate for the Easter holiday itself.  This year, though, I’m going to give it a shot! There are just too many cute ideas to pass up, from wreaths to baking to egg decorating…if you’re crafty or a DIY’r the Easter possibilities are endless.  Here are 5 projects that have inspired me to get my house Easter ready this season.  I would love to hear from you as well…do you have a favorite Easter project or a new one you’re anxious to try out this year?

#1.  Easter Tree

The Creative Mint

The Creative Mint

The Creative Mint

The Creative Mint

Eggshells painted with a Spring floral pattern are secured to a cherry blossom branch with string to make this beautiful display.  The eggs were hollowed out as opposed to hard boiled.  Maybe you guys know how to do that but I’ve never tried it before…here are the step by step instructions courtesy of eHow:

http://www.ehow.com/how_15776_hollow-egg.html

#2.  Tea Cup Floral Displays

Emporio 74

Emporio 74

Emporio 74

Emporio 74

Emporio 74

Emporio 74

This display is as much for Spring as it is for Easter and I love it! If it’s not practical for you to keep your table set all the time (for me it’s not) try putting together the place setting and displaying them on a bar or coffee table.

#3.  Coconut Nest Cupcakes

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

If you have a cake stand with a glass cover these can be displayed before they’re eaten.  The recipe yields 40 so maybe you can feed your family half and insist they wait a few days before eating the rest : )

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups cake flour (not self-rising), sifted
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (2 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 recipes Basic Vanilla Buttercream
  • 3 cups shredded sweetened coconut, toasted
  • Pastel-colored candy-coated chocolate eggs, for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees with racks in the middle of the oven. Line 40 standard-size muffin cups with cupcake liners; set aside.
  2. Whisk together both flours, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl.
  3. Using an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 4 to 6 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  4. Reduce speed to medium and add eggs one at a time, beating to incorporate fully after each and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add flour mixture, alternating with buttermilk and ending with the flour. Beat in vanilla. The batter should be smooth and very thick.
  5. Fill prepared muffin cups halfway full with batter; transfer to oven and bake until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
  6. Using a 2-inch ice cream scoop, scoop buttercream on tops of cooled cupcakes; sprinkle buttercream with coconut, pressing to adhere. Using your thumb, make a well in the center of each scoop of buttercream; fill with chocolate eggs. Serve.
#4.  Shimmering Ombre Easter Eggs
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glo

glo

So very fashionable, right…ombre is everywhere so why not on your Easter eggs!  Glo has a great full tutorial on how to get this look right…follow one of the picture links above.

#5.  Colorful Deviled Eggs

Recipe by Photo

Recipe by Photo

I want to make these for our next get together or even on a Sunday afternoon for the family to snack on.  They’re almost too pretty to eat – take them to a church function or Spring baby shower.  They are officially now a must for Easter dinner.

7 Inspiring Wallpaper Designs…

matchbook

matchbook

Wallpaper used to be that thing that you pulled down and painted over as soon as you moved into a new house but guess what…it’s making a comeback.  From designer lines to more affordable ones carried by Lowe’s and Home Depot..there’s something out there for everyone.  In fact, there might be something out there for you!

Osborne & Little

Osborne & Little

This is from a designer line but even if it were ridiculously expensive, a little would go a long way.  Can you see this on an accent wall in an entryway or bathroom?

Flat Vernacular

Flat Vernacular

The wallpaper from this company is hand drawn and hand printed in Brooklyn, NY.  $100-$300 per role and I must tell you, the website is amazing.  Check it out!

Flat Vernacular

Flat Vernacular

I had to show you one more from this site; look at all those colors!

Aimee Wilder

Aimee Wilder

Very cute screen prints by Aimee Wilder and great nursery wallpaper as well.  A little of everything!

covet living

covet living

Love this…wallpaper centered on the wall and framed.

Pip Studio

Pip Studio

Really pretty, traditional floral paper.  If you live with a guy this may be a hard one to pull off, though.

The Psychology of Colours…

The Psychology of Colors
The Psychology of Colors infographic
After posting the infographic on food & wine pairing yesterday I started to think about what a cool way this is to share information.  ‘Data Visualization’ relays info with pictures, and if you’ve ever been on Pinterest than you understand  how powerful that can be.
I started looking into infographics in relation to home design and came across this amazing one on the Psychology of Colours.  Did you know that painting a nursery yellow can encourage crying or that using lavender in your living room can help you relax?
If you’re about to embark on some Spring cleaning and possibly painting check this out.  Lots of little known, interesting facts about colors and the relationship they have to how we feel!
*On a side note, the website Visual.ly has an endless amount of these infographics on every subject you can imagine and makes it very easy to embed them on your blog or website.
Enjoy!
Moms Know it All

Moms Know it All

Food and Wine Pairing Infographic…

Food Republic

Food Republic

I must be hungry; I am in a food mood at the moment and even if I weren’t this infographic just really deserved a post of its own.  How helpful is this?!?

Ok, must stop blogging and start cooking…after I print this out.

Food52…New Favorite Food Site!

Food52

Food52

So, my husband introduced me to an online food publication called Food52.  It’s an amazing resource for anyone who can cook and offers very practical and helpful info for those of us that really want to cook but may be slightly dysfunctional in the kitchen.  Some of their go-to topics:  20-Dollar, 20-Minute Meals, Dinner vs. Child, Sunday Dinners and Kitchen Confidence with tutorials on ‘The Best Way to Boil an Egg’ and ‘How to Know When Chicken is Done.’  The photographs that accompany each feature are a reason to visit the site all by themselves; they are a reminder that cooking and presenting food correctly is truly a work of art.

The picture above is from a section called ‘Not Recipes’ and the topic is ‘How to Make Any Risotto in 5 Steps,’ with whatever you have handy around the house.  I’ve never made Risotto but after reading this I really want to!

Food52

Food52

Food52

Food52

Food52

Food52

To end this post on a sweet note, how about ‘Homemade Cadbury Creme Eggs,’ submitted to the site by some wonderful person who has now given me the resources to make and eat an embarrassing amount of these this Spring in the privacy of my own home.  Check it out!

Homemade Cadbury Creme Eggs

Makes around 15 eggs, depending on size.

Via the instructables.com

½ cup Lyle’s golden syrup
6 tablespoons butter, softened
½ teaspoon salt
3 drops orange blossom water (optional)
1 vanilla bean, seeds removed (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cup powdered sugar
¼ to ½ teaspoon yellow food coloring
12 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (or 1 bag bittersweet chocolate chips)

Food52

Food52

Food52

Food52

Food52

Food52

See what I mean about the pictures; they make you want to cook!

In summation, awesome site…worth adding to your short list.

This is a Man’s World…10 Masculine Bedrooms

#1.

A Touch if Luxe

A Touch if Luxe

#2.

House of Chappel

House of Chappel

#3.

Flourish Design and Style

Flourish Design and Style

#4.

The Lennoxx

The Lennoxx

#5.

Decorology

Decorology

#6.

I See Cubed

I See Cubed

#7.

All Season Home Improvement

All Season Home Improvement

#8.

Millenion Design

Millenion Design

#9.

Visualize Us

Visualize Us

#10.

CoCo Pearl

CoCo Pearl

Decorating with White…7 Key Pieces for Spring!

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens

I did some earlier posts on colors that are popular for the Spring 2013 season but one color (or lack there of) that never goes out of style is white.  It’s clean and crisp and provides the perfect back drop to let all of your other color loves pop!

It may not be practical to turn your whole home into a visual display of lily white but there are a few key pieces that can help you achieve the look on a smaller scale.

#1.  White Slipcovers

This is a scary piece to incorporate if you have kids, or pets, or wear shoes or like to sit but opting for fabrics that are more forgiving, like white denim as opposed to white linen, can help make this a reasonable choice for your home and family.

#2.  White Dining Table

Desire to Inspire

Desire to Inspire

If you’re a DIY’r this is a project you may have already considered more than once, right?  I have!  Painting your table white or bringing a white table into your dining space gives you endless decorating and redecorating possibilities.  From changing out the table linens to adding a fresh vase of flowers…there’s not much you can’t do with a white table this Spring.

#3.  White Accent Lamps

PB Teen

Inspiration for Home

Another easy to do DIY project.  Start with a white or clear base and a white lamp shade.  Add white ruffle lace or any other white embellishment to give your white accent lamps a custom look for Spring.

#4.  White Coffee Table

A Beach Cottage

A Beach Cottage

I am unintentionally promoting my love of DIY in this post but really…a repurposed door, a pallet, a new white coat of paint on a thrift shop find.  Freshen up your living space and get creative at the same time this Spring!  Besides, a white coffee table looks even better after you’ve stained it up with coffee rings and scuff marks.

#5. White Drapes

Centsational Girl

Centsational Girl

Framing your windows with white drapes can make the whole room look larger; that and they filter in the Spring sunlight in such a pretty way!  No matter what colors you having going on now, adding white drapes will instantly make your room feel fresher and ready to welcome in the warmer weather.

#6.  White Flowers

Jenny Steffens

Jenny Steffens Hobick

Put them everywhere!  Arrangements around the house lighten the mood and help bring the outdoors inside…there’s nothing that says Spring like flowers!  My favorite…white tulips.  If you haven’t had enough of DIY in this post…try making the flowers yourself!

House of Smiths

House of Smiths

Follow the picture link above for the complete tutorial.

#7.  White Accents

One Kings Lane

One Kings Lane

Home Made Simple

Home Made Simple

A Stylish Design

A Stylish Design

The Homesteading Cottage

The Homesteading Cottage

If you’re not ready to commit to painting or changing out your drapes try picking up smaller accent pieces to spread out around your house to welcome Spring into your home!

10 Beautiful Photo Ledge Displays…

s.a.s. interiors

s.a.s. interiors

I have been a little obsessed lately with photo gallery walls and repurposing picture frames so the next logical step; photo ledge displays!  I love these as an alternative to the photo gallery wall because having the ledge gives you so much more versatility in what you can display and the added shelving makes it much easier to define and highlight a space.

Here are 10 expertly done photo ledge displays; maybe they’ll encourage you to take the plunge and start putting one together in your home.

#1.  Photo Ledge Children’s Art Display

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy

#2.  Photo Ledge Flashcard Display (LOVE THIS!)

Young House Love

Young House Love

#3.  Shabby Chic Photo Ledge Display

My Sweet Savannah

My Sweet Savannah

#4.  Office Photo Ledge Display

Finding Silver Linings

Finding Silver Linings

#5.  Photo Ledge Trinket Display (ok, no pictures here but this is really stunning!)

HouseBeautiful

HouseBeautiful

#6.  Stacked Photo Ledge Display

As I see it

As I see it

#7.  Modern Photo Ledge Display

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy

#8.  Headboard Photo Ledge Display

Snuut Architecture

Snuut Architecture

#9.  Black and White Photo Ledge Display

Bless Your Heart, Virginia

Bless Your Heart, Virginia

#10.  Hallway Photo Ledge Display

House of Wentworth

House of Wentworth

10 of the Best DIY Projects Online…

Here is a list of some of the best DIY ideas I’ve come across in the last few weeks.  I’d love to work on one and post the results…tell me which one is your favorite!

#1.  DIY Cubes

Ana White

Ana White

#2.  Chrysanthemum Spoon Mirror

Addicted 2 Decorating

Addicted 2 Decorating

#3.  DIY Lamp Shades

Teeny Blessings

Teeny Blessings

#4.  Fireplace Screen Headboard

BHG

BHG

#5.  Double-Stacked Coffee Tables

Somerset Bay

Somerset Bay

#6.  DIY Canvas Wall Art

Inspiration for Moms

Inspiration for Moms

Inspiration for Moms

Inspiration for Moms

#7.  Mason Jar Lamps

Joyzz

Joyzz

#8.  Repurposed Picture Frame

Becky's Blog

Becky’s Blog

#9.  Revived Bedside Table

Spoonflower

Spoonflower

#10.  DIY Shabby Chic Candelabra

Sissie's Chic Cottage

Sissie’s Chic Cottage

5 Steps to Create a Cupcake Paper Wreath…

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

In the previous post on the Crate&Barrel inspired candlesticks I mentioned that I picked up a pack of cupcake papers…and here’s why!  I’ve been seeing these wreaths all over Pinterest and decided it was about time to give it a try.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 – 12′ foam wreath

1- pack of push pins

1- pack of cupcake papers (100 count)

1- (optional) monogram letter

1- (optional) bushel of artificial Spring flowers

1- ribbon or wire for hanging

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

(my original plan was to add flowers to the wreath which I still think would be a great idea; in this case the push pins were not long enough to attach the flowers securely.  If you decide to add flowers, get sturdy pins!)

#1.  Flip Your Cupcake Papers Inside Out

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

#2.  Attach A Single Layer of Cupcake Papers to the Front of the Wreath

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

#3.  Attach a Single Layer to the Top and Inside Area of the Wreath

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

#4.  When all Layers Are Complete, Fold Individual Cupcake Papers in Half and Secure to the Wreath to Fill Any Gaps

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

#5.  Use Several Pins to Secure Monogrammed Letter to the Underside of Wreath

(Michael’s sells these for $1.99)

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle