With several Holiday events on the books for this Fall, I, Erin, am working on getting my bar cart stocked, styled, and ready for the upcoming action. Not only does a bar cart add a fun, retro element to any gathering, but it can also serve as a fantastic design focal point in our homes.
I like to add visual interest to my cart by playing with contrasting textures, so I whipped up a DIY bar cart runner to drape over the top and help soften the otherwise smooth and crisp cart and barware elements. Now, can you guess what home improvement store item I used to make this pattern?!
photos by Jared Smith
For those of you that we got to hang out with at the Skinnygirl® Cocktails Tastemakers Houston DIY event a few weeks ago, we had a blast! It never hurts when a get-together involves cocktails and DIY’ing, but we were so excited to get to hang out with you for a little crafting and conversation!
For those of you not in the Houston area, I’m excited to share the pretty little details of the event with you and we’d love to host more of these events in different cities, so fingers crossed we can come to a city near you soon (be sure to leave us a comment below with your choice location!).
To kick things off, we naturally had to have cutely bottled Skinnygirl® Cocktails for starters. The theme of the event was based around the Skinnygirl® Cocktails Cucumber Vodka, so we stayed true to form with “cucumber” decorated macarons, open faced cucumber sandwiches, and cocktails donned with green garnishes…
photos by Jared Smith
If any of you remember my old home tour and living room reveal, then you know it’s been a while since it’s had some updating! It was looooong overdue for something a little more sophisticated and gender neutral, but I think I’ve accomplished just that with my living room makeover and some key pieces from Arhaus! It’s funny how just changing the sofa, rug, and accent chairs makes a huge difference even with the same general layout, wall color, and style, isn’t it?
I also feel pretty adult considering this is the first time I’ve owned what I like to call “long lasting” furniture that’s worth investing in, as opposed to things I’ve picked up really quickly just to fill the space. Don’t get me wrong, I still have lots of not-so-great budget furniture, and I still love my DIY accent pieces (there are still plenty in this room, can you spot them?!), but I’m now a firm believer that investing in the big stuff is worth every penny. The fact that my previous couch was (literally) propped up on stacked books because the legs weren’t sturdy is a great example of this, ha!
Now for the before and after details!…
photos by Jared Smith
As most of you all know by now, I’m quite the lover of macarons… and coloring on them. I know, I know, it’s all very adult and professional, but hey, the heart wants what it wants, right? Out of all of the glossary of macs projects and DIY’s I’ve done over the last four years, I’ve never actually sat down and put together a compilation of some of my favorites until now, with our macaron coffee table book!
We made the book through Blurb, and I originally thought it would just be cool to have as a keepsake since we never create tangible versions of the blog photos, but I’m kind of loving the idea of making it available to you all to purchase if you’d like! What do you think, would you all be interested if we offered a macaron book?!
I had no idea that that you could even design and sell your own book until we started creating it with their desktop designer, but you can actually sell your creations either through Blurb, Amazon, Apple Books, or in retailers (clearly we are not that cool yet), which is kind of crazy awesome! I don’t know that we’re skilled enough designers to sell a book in retailers all on our own, but a coffee table book I can do. I also think they’d be perfect for portfolios, family heirloom gifts, etc, so I’m going to share my quick thoughts/tips on what we did wrong, or plan to do differently so you have a heads up!…
photo by Jared Smith
Besides the PSL (pumpkin spiced latte) craze, you know Fall has really arrived once people start busting out the candied apples. I’ve never really understood this Fall/Candied Apple phenomenon myself, but hey, I can get down with just about anything dipped in caramel any time of the year, so I don’t question it. I did, however, take it upon myself to make DIY candied apple macarons for those that prefer not to have the mess of regular caramel apples but still like to blend in when Fall rolls around.
I know what you’re all thinking right now, “Sure, go ahead and pretend to take one for the team when really you just wanted to make something else out of macarons”. In that instance, you’d be correct, but I am at least sharing my DIY fail portion of this with you, too…