Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summertime Entertaining Essentials

The thing I love most about the summertime is effortless outdoor dining.  By keeping essentials on hand you'll be prepared for easy entertaining, whether it's glass of ice tea on the front porch or an impromptu back yard dinner.  Below I'll share where you can get this look as well as why these are my summertime dining go-tos!

1.  Acrylic Pitcher  | A must in the summertime, perfect for ice tea, lemonade or sangria!
I particularly like this one from Crate & Barrel.

2.  Acrylic Glassware  |  No need for glassware in the summer, stick with acrylic for worry-free entertaining.
These from Pottery Barn are my favorite due to their deceiving hammered glass texture ~ they look like glass!

3.  Vintage Silverplate Flatware  |  Who says you can't dine in style?
I prefer mixing patterns for an eclectic, non-formal look.  If you're in the market for some, we currently selling picnic sets over at Wheel & Basket!

4.  Bright Colorful Linens  |  Add a splash of color to your tabletop!
These are currently sold out online, however I still saw them at multiple Anthropologie Stores.

5.  Bamboo Knot Picks & Skewers  |  Perfect for appetizers or to add garnish in a drink.
Don't underestimate these little things!  Pick up a couple packs here and you'll be thankful you've got them in your pantry.  They're big impact and low cost!

6.  Not a Paper Plate Set  |  Adds instant nostalgia!
I love the look of paper plates in the summer, but they're typically not too sturdy and of course not re-usable.  For continuous use, I love these melamine versions of the original!

7.  Large Rattan Tray  |  Adds instant function and texture!
I was thrilled when I came across this one!  When not in use I display it on the counter along with my my other dining essentials.  Keeping it stocked and close by ensures I'm always ready to entertain!

For more summertime entertaining ideas, check out these links below!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

4 Easy Steps to Maximize Space when Designing a Floor Plan

We all have them, those awkward nooks and rooms that give major design challenges when it comes to maximizing your space.  So, whether you're like us and designing a nursery, or wanting your living room design to work in a more functional way, these four easy steps will help put your ideas on paper, while ultimately maximizing your room's potential!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Labor Of Love | From Guest Room to Nursery

This post is turning out to be an emotional one for me.  As we start a new chapter in our life (expecting twins this fall) I can't help but get a little choked up about the nursery and this home.  Mainly because, HOLY MOLY, this is going to be the place we bring our children home from the hospital!  I love looking at life as a journey and after four years here, I can't help but feel like we're graduating from this current chapter.  But before I get all sentimental lets rewind to the beginning:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

21 Weeks Pregnant | Twins

This pregnancy is beginning to feel more and more real as these babies grow!  We had a minor pregnancy scare at 20 weeks that sent me rushing into the Dr's.  After a couple hours at my OB, they were concerned that I may be in pre-mature labor, so I was sent to our fetal specialists where it was determined that mom and babies were fine ~  and super thankful that it was nothing more than a false alarm.  I have to give my team of Dr.s a huge kuddos, as they're great during those situation and they don't make you feel silly when it turns out to be nothing.  They also reassured me that when your body and gut is telling you something to not hesitate to call or go into the Dr.s.  While the situation turned out to be nothing, it really makes me appreciate how easy of a pregnancy I've had and how fortunate we are that both babies are growing big and healthy!  I'm looking forward to the weeks ahead, and am getting excited to meet these two (but not anytime soon!)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Non-alcoholic Watermelon Sangria

With summer at full speed I'm craving refreshing iced drinks.  Whether you're pregnant like myself or prefer something non-alcoholic, this Watermelon Sangria is sure to hit the spot!

 What You'll Need

2 Limes
Club Soda (1 quart)
7 up (8 fl oz)

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