Wednesday, April 1, 2015

One Room Challenge - Week 1


I'm ready to get this show on the road friends!
Thank you so much for stopping by to follow along, I always love your input!  
I'm truly honored to be participating in the One Room Challenge again with such an
 incredible group of talented ladies! I know I always say that but seriously, just wait! 
 First, a huge thank you to Linda @ Calling It Home for
all the hard work, planning and behind the scenes organizing she does to make the ORC
 a huge success for all of us! 

If you're new here, you can check out my previous ORC Reveals here:

Fall 2014 - Craigslist Bedroom
Spring 2014 - My Kitchen
Fall 2013 - My Master Bedroom
Spring 2013 - My Bathroom 

I'll be working with a fun client to update their Master Bedroom, which hasn't been
 refreshed since they moved into their home 13 years ago. We'll be keeping some furniture
 they own and giving them a new life, incorporating some Craigslist finds and DIYs, and
adding some beautiful new statement pieces, which is my favorite way to create an
 interesting collected style. 

BEFORE


The Plan:

fresh light background
update the four poster bed in a light color
create a sitting area
 neutral palette with pops of color and touches of black
mix of styles including french and rustic
oversized statement art
hide rug

Inspiration rooms:

michaeljleephotography.com
ekbinteriors.com
Laura Tutun Interiors

BEFORE


 We'll be keeping their four poster rice bed and the french dresser. 
Btw, meet my friend Edna, I'm sure you'll be seeing a lot of her, she likes to be
front and center and whines till I hold her, which you know is fine with me. :)   



This special dresser was made by my client's dad, but they didn't ever have a chance
 to finish it. The Anthropologie Portside Dresser is our inspiration for a DIY.


BEFORE:

     
This nice sized space on the other side of the room will make a perfect sitting area. 
We love these chairs.  

Lisa Hilderbrand - Charleston Project

Next week we'll be sharing a newly painted room and four poster bed,
and I might spill some awesome Craigslist finds! :)

I'm dying to check out what these lovely ladies have planned:
                                  Coco + Kelley                                   
Vanessa Francis      
Greige Design         
Hi Sugarplum          
Stephanie Kraus     
         Savvy Home            
                               Swoon Worthy                                

  Don't forget the One Room Challenge Linking Participants will share
their plans tomorrow over at Linda's @ Calling It Home,
 it's a MUST see!  

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ultimate Brunch Dish ~ French Toast Fondue

Thank you all so much for your sweet comments on my Easter table yesterday,
you guys liked the little peeps as much as I did! 
We always celebrate Easter with a large group of extended family over a 
plentiful brunch spread, but hands down the favorite dish we all look forward to is:
 French Toast Fondue with Maple Butter Glaze
It's sinfully delicious, so we only make it once a year at Easter.


We've been indulging for years, it's from Creme de Colorado,
an old Junior League of Denver cookbook.  

  
The recipe is below ~ a loaf of french bread, cubed and dipped in basic french toast
egg mixture, then deep fried. We use a deep fryer because we're serving a large crowd,
but a a fondue pot would be perfect for a family of 2 - 4.  
We set it up assembly style and everyone takes turns at the fryer and passing hot 
pieces at the table until we swear we can't eat another piece....and then out comes
a fresh hot batch and our willpower goes out the window!   
(I used a small fryer to make this sample batch for you, but for a crowd we use a larger deep fryer.)

 

The Maple Butter Glaze drizzled over the hot, crisp on the outside,
soft custard inside is absolutely...mouthwatering! 


French Toast Fondue with Maple Butter Glaze
4 - 6 servings

Vegetable Oil
1 teaspoon salt
4 eggs beaten
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 loaf french bread cubed

Heat oil and 1 teaspoon salt in fondue pot. In medium bowl, beat together eggs, milk and 1/2 teaspoon salt. When oil is very hot, dip bread cubes into egg mixture, then into oil to cook.
Bread is done when it is crispy and golden brown. Remove and dip into Maple Butter Glaze

Maple Butter Glaze:

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 egg white, stiffly beaten

Cream together powdered sugar, butter, and maple syrup. Fold in beaten egg white.

Enjoy, friends!




Sunday, March 29, 2015

Spring & Easter Table Setting


Happy Monday, peeps! :)
I was chatting with a friend and she mentioned that she wished bloggers would
share their entertaining tips, tables settings and recipes for holidays in time for people
to be able to take advantage of them. Yikes, I know I've been guilty of rushing to get 
things put together and posting them after the fact.   
I have good news and bad news.
The good...I put together this cheerful Easter table setting to share with you.
The bad...it ends up we're not hosting Easter this year. 
Which probably isn't a bad thing after all since I still have my unfinished buffet project
 in the dining room. And, that also explains why you only see close ups of the table. :)


The inspiration was this indigo tablecloth I found at Goodwill. Remember when I showed
 you my trash to treasure scores. I love the raised white embroidery and block print style. I
layered a black and white striped runner I had from my nephew's wedding last summer.
I included my DIY candelabra for fun! 


Simple grocery store lilies and wheat grass I planted add lots of color and texture. 


I love to collect small vases to sit at individual place settings. Yay for spring,
I finally have a few sprigs of greenery and little flowers to cut. For a variety of
heights I used a glass cake plate to display wheat grass planted in inexpensive
 terra cotta pots, painted gold.  


Aren't those little peeps poking their heads out of the cracked shells cute? :)
Just crack open a few eggs, wash them and let dry and set the peep inside. 


Tomorrow I'm sharing our hands down all-time favorite dish
for Easter Brunch. I don't know anyone else who makes it and
it's sinfully delish!  




Friday, March 27, 2015

Best of the Nest Link Party ~ March


Hey friends, welcome to another edition of Best of the Nest!
 We're still on Spring Break until next Wednesday :) and I've totally lost track of which
 day it is ~ I guess that's a good sign.
Our Guest of the Month has long been one of my all time favorites!
Julia @ Cuckoo 4 Design
 Not only does she have a killer style and amazing DIY skills,
 but she has the BIGGEST heart for animals!
If you haven't checked it out you'll love her Living Pretty with Pets Series
Also, Congrats are in order for her recent announcement that she's now an online
 contributor for Domino Magazine! Yay, girl!
Most importantly, she couldn't be more kind and supportive of everyone in the blogging
community!
   
Julia's post about her newly painted kitchen wall and her husband's input made me giggle.
Her collection of quirky animal plates is such a fun statement in her fab kitchen!

Julia @ Cuckoo 4 Design 
Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Instagram | Bloglovin' | Twitter | Google +

I shared my super simple DIY Four Arm Candelabra, inspired by the beautiful
 Dunes & Duchess candelabra that I loved but was way out of my budget at $600!
 
Pam @ Simple Details
Pinterest | Facebook | Instagram | Bloglovin' | Twitter

Lisa's tips for making mass produced art look more high end are amazing! She
 showed how to re-texturize and frame inexpensive canvas artwork, her great
tutorial is straightforward and looks completely doable!

 Lisa @ Shine your Light

I loved the simple ideas for spring and Easter that Kris came up with, and will 
definitely be stealing a few of these charming ideas to perk up our table decor!   
  Kris @ Driven by D├ęcor

Jennifer cleverly created this gorgeous wooden serving tray from a garage sale cutting
 board and rustic hardware! She replicated a beautiful serving piece she noticed at a wedding.  
Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles


 Now it's your turn:
Bring your Best of March
Anyone can enter - not just bloggers!
Enter through Instagram by using hashtag #bestofthenestparty and tagging at least one of your hosts.

Only ONE link per person to show your best work from March
Additional links will be deleted.
If you're linking up with a blog, link back with a text link or grab the party button.


We'd love you stop back next Friday
 when Julia, Lisa, Kris, Jennifer and I will feature our favorite links.



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Arhaus ~ Denver


We're enjoying Spring Break this week and have skied during the day, drove
back down to town and played tennis under the lights in the evening, and dined at
 our favorite Mexican restaurant(s)!   
I talked my boys into an outing that included a stop at one of my favorite stores,
 Arhaus in Park Meadows. You all know I love mixing high and low in decor,
 when I come across a special piece that I know will create an interesting collected
 style, I'm all in. This gorgeous store has eye candy at every turn, the global influence,
 carved wood pieces and rich patinas are some of the characteristics that draw me in.  

I took a few pics of favorite items to share with you. :)


Check out our blue Colorado sky!  #nofilter


Arhaus does details perfectly, starting with their door handles.


They also have a way with mixing modern and global, this carved wood bench
pairs beautifully with the comfy sectional below.     


Embroidered floral pillows, so fresh for spring. 


Handcrafted finishes and details inspired by antiques are found throughout the store.  


Fabulous lighting with a feminine vibe unexpectedly paired with industrial inspired
 stools ~ love the collected look!   

  
Slip covered outdoor furniture ~ yes please!
Crafted to endure the elements with Sunbrella fabrics and marine-grade frames.



I didn't know I needed a lattice detailed secretary!      


How cool is this chair? The back suggests the exposed hull of a small boat.  


 Arhaus is a must, whether you're in the market for quality furnishings or just
 window shopping you're sure to be captivated by their stunning collection!  
Did you have a favorite?  

To celebrate the launch of their new outdoor furniture line Arhaus
is hosting a Pinterest Contest: Pin to Win event $1,000 - $500 or $250 gift cards!!

Details can be found on their blog here!




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