DIY // Pom pom placemats and tabletop


DIY pom pom placemats and tabletop | DIY pom pom placemats and tabletop |

photography by Kimberly Chau

One of my worst qualities in life is not being able to keep surprises. I swear the second I get excited about sharing something it’s over, I should just apologize to all loved ones in advance for never actually having anything to open on Christmas or birthdays (sorry about tomorrow Jared!). Fortunately what I lack in keeping surprises I can make up for with a whole bunch of pom pom trim loveliness, like this tabletop I styled with Kim a few months ago.

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Eats // S’mores bark


s'mores bark recipe | smores bark-73

I hope everyone had a lovely, long 4th of July weekend! Some of my fondest memories growing up were having 4th of July bonfires and fireworks at my Dad’s house. S’mores were always must, but getting my Dad to let us play with fire once the holiday was over was a different story (parents, ya know?!). Alas, I’ve now spent my adult life on a long journey to continuously revive my inner child through crafts and overly sugary recipes, and now I present to you s’mores bark…

Because we all know the world needs another quick way to make a decent s’more, this recipe includes all of the ingredients you’d normally have to use four hands to finagle into one little piece of bark. All you have to do is add the graham cracker buns on each end a quick sit in the microwave for an impromptu sugar party of your very own (sans the fire). All of you city kids out there can thank me later.

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DIY // Gilded bowls


DIY gilded bowl gift set | DIY gilded bowl gift set |

In case you’re scrambling to find a quick hostess gift idea for tomorrow’s 4th of July celebrations, look no further. I already did the scrambling for your and came up with this simple (less than ten minutes!) DIY gilded bowl gift set over on the Minted blog today!

Also, be thinking of me in the midst of all of your pool splashing, ice cream eating, and firework watching as I may be trying to meet deadlines in the studio most of this week. Get this, there is Christmas colors involved, crazy right?!

Last thing, don’t forget to vote for our floral tablescape over on Better Homes & Gardens for the best summer tabletop ideas!

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Eats // Moody cherry tarts


cherry tart recipe | cherry tart recipe |

photos and recipe contributed by Nanette of Cultural Chromatics

There’s nothing like an awful fight with the flu to make a girl realize how glorious food really is. Now I, Nanette, am back to full health, and making up for lost time in many delicious ways.

One thing I really missed eating? Fresh, juicy fruit especially during the heart of summer. This cherry mascarpone fruit tart was the first thing I made after my recovery, and I absolutely adore it. The creamy cheese taste just like ice cream, and the cherry, well, it’s literally the cherry on top! 

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