Thursday, July 28, 2016

Coming Up Roses

Happy Thursday! It's time to kickoff your weekend with some bubbly. This is my favorite cocktail recipe and I know that you will love it too!

1 lime - cut into 6 chunks
1 oz rose syrup
4 oz Bacardi raspberry-flavored rum
Rose water
Rose petals

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the lime with rose petals and rose syrup. Add rum and about 1/2 cup of ice. Shake well. Pour into a highball glass and add ice. Top with champagne and rose petals for garnish.


My highball glasses are from Anthropologie.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Stylishly Organized

This week's DIY is another antique transformation. It's amazing what a little Orange Glo and new hardware can do to an old sewing machine drawer. Although I had planned on painting the drawer, once I got it cleaned up, I decided that the modern hardware complemented the distressed wood perfectly! 

Checkout your local antique shop and get yourself some new hardware. All you have to do is clean it up, drill a hole, attach your hardware and you are done! Whether you re-purpose it as a planter or a mail holder, it will surely make a statement! 

I got my hardware from Anthropologie on sale. I'm also kind of obsessed with these knobs:
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Golden Beauty

I scored this antique buffet cart for $100 at a hole-in-the-wall hardware store in the Northern Neck. With a little TLC and paint, it was totally transformed into a golden beauty. This DIY is simple: use chalk paint to fully cover the cart (I did three layers), distress with sandpaper, and top it off with three coats of the Golden Glimmer.

Product details: I used Vintiques chalk paint in Buttercup and the Metallic Masters top coat in Golden Glimmer.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Decorate with Wine Barrels

For those of you winos out there, what's a better way to decorate than with wine barrels themselves?! Wedding planning has been on my mind for quite sometime and I have recently decided that I want the overall theme of my reception to be both rustic and elegant. And, let's be honest, what screams elegance and rustic more than wine barrels? From cutting them in half for side tables to garden planters, they are so versatile and timeless.

Ordering a wine barrel can be somewhat pricey, so check with your local vineyards to see whether or not they are selling their old barrels. That's how my mom and I scored four! I plan on eventually using my barrels as cocktail tables and buffet stands for decoration at my reception. However, in the meantime, I've decided to use them as planters. In the pictures below, I styled them with greenery from my garden and peonies. I also styled some yummy Moscow Mules on a wine barrel Lazy Susan (cocktail recipe is below).

Side note: Pots of Silver Drop Eucalyptus normally sit on top of the barrels in my backyard. Eucalyptus is a full sun plant that you will see in many of the loose flower arrangements that you have been drooling over on Pinterest. I can't wait to share my homemade arrangements with you. I'm working on my green thumb and on keeping plants alive for more than a week! :) Stay tuned.

Need inspiration? Check out my Pinterest board for more ways to incorporate wine barrels into your home decor and/or wedding planning.

The Moscow Mule:
Prep It:
- Moscow Mule Mug
- Ice
- 1/2 Cup of Ginger Beer
- 1.5 oz Vodka
- .5 oz Lime Juice
- Lime wedge for Garnish
*Recipe makes 1 cocktail

 Do It:
- Fill your mug with ice. Add vodka, lime juice and ginger beer. Stir.
- Add lime wedge for garnish.