Alright, I’m back from West Texas and slowly getting back in touch with reality again. I figured after my “woe is me” posts lately I should reward you for sticking with me with dessert and bright colors! So, with the holidays coming up, it only means one thing..well two.. endless food and crafting. It’s basically what I live for every year. To combine my two loves, I made these DIY colorblock trivets to help you spice up the dining room table or kitchen to really solidify that you are, in fact, the hostess with the mostest.
You can make these little guys in whatever colors or shapes you’d like, all you need is a blank slate trivet and your trusty ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape…
photos by Kimberly Chau
If you’re an avid follower of my Instagram or Facebook then you probably already got the chance to see some of these photos (I threw in a few unseen ones, too), but for the rest of you, I’m excited to share the final Sugar & Cloth Houston studio tour! It’s been a loooong time in the works, but there’s nothing like a good feature on Glitter Guide to motivate you to get it all in tip top shape. I meant to announce the reveal and interview all in one go last week, but hey, life happens.
Now for the juicy details! The number one question I get asked by people who see the studio in photos is “How do you keep it so clean and white!?” Well the honest answer to that is I don’t. I mean, it is bright and white, but photos can be verrrry forgiving when it comes to hiding the spots where I learned the hard way that hot glue doesn’t like painted cement floors, and all you have to do is so much as look at a bottle of craft paint the wrong way and it will spill everywhere. Add all of that in with my not-so-graceful tendencies and it’s basically a recipe for an off-white studio disaster. We also spend a lot of time wiping down surfaces…
Since we’re on topic of homes this week, I thought it’d be fitting to give you a run-down on an upcoming room makeover that I partnered up with Valspar on to showcase their new Valspar Reserve paint. I hope you’re ready for a color explosion! Okay, not really, although there is definitely more color involved than the usual white walls you may be used to around here (this one’s for you, Dad. He asks me on a regular basis to use colors that are easier to see!).
We’re going to be making over a little girls room, specifically my friend Cara’s daughter Ainsley (see her in all her cute glory here), to make it a bit more adult for her to grow into. Plus they just had a new baby and we want to make the space just girly enough for Ains, but gender neutral enough for a new baby brother and guests too. Now for the before photos and new room sources…
While pretty much everyone I know is pregnant or just had a baby, I’m dreaming of houses. Leave it to me to be the odd man out, but what can I say? It’s like a disease. I seriously drive by every house and think of what I could do with it, but it just seems so far out of reach most days, especially in the heart of Houston. Property here can be kind of ridiculous if you’re wanting to stay inside the loop.
Real talk: Did/do you all ever have the “How am I ever going to afford a house?” thoughts? I guess considering I’m not married, 26 years old, and trying to kickstart my own business that I’m probably really jumping the gun on this, but sometimes I feel like I barely afford life, let alone buying my own home in the kind of up and coming area I’d want to be in without a mountain of debt.
My Dad is Mr. DIY so I lucked out on the sense that I could buy a river rock and between his handiness and my ideas, we could turn it into a diamond, but even river rocks cost a pretty penny these days! What I lack in cash I make up for in Pinterest boards though, so we’re practically all square. Here are some of my dream spaces for someday…