A Daily House to Home | Master Bedroom Makeover

Sunday, July 5, 2015






















After living in our 1920 Virginia farmhouse for almost two years, we've finally redone our master bedroom. We're in the middle of our house-to-home process; the girls room makeover happened in December, and I'm planning on our kitchen makeover for this fall! Before moving here, I'd only decorated my bedroom (parents' house and college dorm) and our first 450 square foot loft apartment. Learning how to make an empty shell feel like a home has been a learning process. It's not necessarily the lack of things; I seriously verge on hoarder status. It's more learning how to curate a comfortable living space. One that will easily evolve with our growing family. One that is full of meaningful pieces and treasures but not unnecessarily cluttered (still learning this one).

Our 10' x 15' bedroom started out completely empty, and then over the past two years, it just slowly became the overflow room. If I ran out of time before company arrived, I'd just clean up by placing all the things with no designated "place" up in our room. It'd take me weeks to reorganize our room, and we never spent any time - besides sleeping - in our room.

There were a few must-haves for our new room: I had to get rid of the overhead lighting (lighting DIY coming tomorrow), I wanted lots of plants, I needed white walls (our entire house was painted a warm beige which was very livable but too warm for my liking), and I wanted to spend time in our room when it was all over. The first step was emptying the room. I made a promise (to both Joe and myself) to only bring our absolutely favorite things back into the room, and keep it that way! I drastically paired down my wardrobe (we have a closet makeover coming soon), and it feels so good. We actually want to spend time in our room now.

I painted the walls with a favorite white from Benjamin Moore - chantilly lace. I decided against an eclectic "picture wall" and instead hung one statement piece. I LOVE the scale in our small bedroom. Lighting was always a problem (and neither of us wanted to turn out the light after hopping in bed), so we replaced the overhead light with a simple pendant & Edison bulb, and I helped (someone's gotta take the pictures) Joe with a hanging bedside lighting DIY. Bedside lighting is my favorite. And I love being able to sit up in bed amidst a pile of comfy pillows or read a book on our new rocker (I've been eyeing this rocker for years; can't believe it's actually in our room now)!

I'm so grateful to the brands who sponsored our room makeover and made it possible: LoLoi Rugs, Smart Furniture, Color Cord, and Minted. Complete source list is below. Lighting DIY coming tomorrow!

Paint | chantilly lace by Benjamin Moore
Nesting/bedside tables | Smart Furniture
Bed spread | similar, Target
Ivory shag pillow | LoLoi Rugs
Sand shibori pillow | Sister Golden
Curtains | modified, Ikea
Small charcoal/ivory pillow | LoLoi Rugs
Midcentury dresser | Thrifted
Brass lamp on dresser | Thrifted
Bedside cage lights | Color Cord
Large beige/blue pillow | LoLoi Rugs
Overhead light | DIY
40 x 54 "Loft" wall print | Minted
Plants | Home Depot + Ikea
Botanical print | Ikea
Tall bookcase | Smart Furniture
Hamper | Target
White floor lamp | similar, Ikea
Rug | Smart Furniture
Leaning ladder | Lucketts Store
Leaning mirror | vintage
Mini mannequin art | original vintage
Crocks | Auctions on Main
Edison bulbs | Color Cord
Eames rocking chair | Smart Furniture
Artist's figure | Ikea

Breakfast In Bed for Dad (or your Husband)

Thursday, June 18, 2015







 I put together a little Father's Day breakfast in bed inspiration for The Nest. Head to their blog to see the full post with recipes for vanilla crepes + peach & lavender compote, kohlrabi hash browns, and soft boiled egg.

I'm knee deep in our master bedroom makeover (cannot wait for the reveal) and final details for next Wednesday's CREATIVE COLLABORATIONS Kinfolk Dinner at Dock 5. So so so stoked for the team of collaborators working on this dinner. It's going to be incredible, no thanks to me! It wouldn't be happening without this stellar group:

Union Market - our incredible venue
West Elm - props, props props!
Number 1 Sons - menu development & creation
Sweet Root Village - photography & FLORALS
Jen Olmstead, Tonic Site Shop - booklet & menu design
Lindsay Ponta, Shrimp Salad Circus - hand lettering genius
Livingston Letterpress - letterpress printing & book binding
Joy Jaynes, Mornings Like These - videography
Point68Seconds - film editing & original music
Finch Sewing Studio - fabric for our napkins
Laicie & Mark Heeley, A Thousand Threads - sewing our napkins
Knead & Know - freshly baked bread for dinner
Jrink Juicery - scrumptious juice, served on-site
Madcap Coffee - freshly brewed coffee,  served on-site
Goldilocks Goodies - freshly baked gluten free goodies for dinner
Marcella Kriebel Art & Illustration - gorgeous watercolor print takeaway
Matine - handcrafted leather takeaway
Natural Linens Boutique - organic tea bag takeaway
Maptote - tote bag takeaway
Andy Zipf (The Cowards Choir) - after-dinner music

DIY | Open Kitchen Shelving with Reclaimed Wood

Tuesday, June 9, 2015






My newest post for The Nest is live - DIY Open Kitchen Shelving with Reclaimed Wood. I've been wanting open shelving in our kitchen for a while now and I'm really excited about the way these turned out. Our full kitchen makeover is happening later this summer...the plan is to knock out some of our cabinets and replace them with more open shelving. I love the way open shelves make a space look larger and draw eyes upward. They also force me to de-clutter (as best I know how) and only display my absolute favorites. After my initial styling of the shelves, I left the house to run some errands, and when I got back, Joe had "restyled" them (aka, he had taken 1/2 the props off)! I was like, why'd you mess with my shelves?! He said they were too cluttered (lol), so I restyled them myself, and settled on something between my cluttered look and his minimalist approach. I'm really happy with the final product!

The wood is from Local Wood VA; they have the best selection for reclaimed/raw edge/hard wood/slabs for mantles, shelves, tabletops, etc...it's all incredibly gorgeous and affordable!

I so thankful for the opportunity to work together with Joe on these projects, and slowly turn our house into a home; these shelves wouldn't have happened without his mastermind! My favorite element is the way he hid the L-brackets on the bottom of the boards...head over to The Nest for the full DIY and more photos.

A Daily Gathering | Spring Supper + The Art of Cooking with Flowers Workshop

Thursday, June 4, 2015

































Just a few weeks ago, we gathered at a charming farmhouse in Bluemont, Virginia for our Spring A Daily Gathering event: The Art of Cooking with Flowers Workshop & Spring Supper. La Montagne at Bluemont welcomed us with overarching centuries old trees, a spacious kitchen in which to prepare dinner, rolling hills of green grass; the perfect canvas for our dinner and workshop. I am so blessed to have such giving friends who helped to pull off this celebration of spring.

Christine and Anca, the sisters-in-law behind Huckle & Goose, created our menu and then prepared our feast. They put so much care and attention into the seasonal & locally sourced dinner which included Flower Petal Summer Rolls, Kale Microgreen Salad with Mustard & Arugula Flowers, Roasted Heritage Port Loin, Butter-Braised Tri-Color Potatoes, and Charred Asparagus. And for dessert, we all salivated over their Rustic Rhubarb Polenta Cake (it was gluten free) with Rose Geranium Mascarpone.

Hometown Harvest provided all the produce for our meal. They're a Frederick, MD-based home delivery service of fresh, local, organic farm market foods to MD, DC, and VA. The micro greens, potatoes, and asparagus were so, so tasty! Thanks so much for your support, Tony & Co!

Morgan from Petals and Hedges not only introduced me to La Montagne at Bluemont, she provided all the flowers and greens for our dinner and arranged them perfectly. Morgan has a gorgeous little studio in Leesburg, VA, and she grows most of what she uses! Those tree peonies were out of this world gorgeous & she sourced everything from her own gardens, so our flowers were local, fresh, and just screamed spring!

Melinda from Knead & Know baked us fresh baguettes (and delivered them warm). Melinda teaches artisan bread making classes from her charming home studio in Leesburg, VA, and I just LOVE her mission of making baking bread accessible. She and I are about to announce something FUN for the late fall!

Leaf & Ardor Tea Co sent bags of their Chamomile Bliss and Ruby Rose Hips floral tea blends for everyone to take home. And Christine & Anca made the tastiest cocktail, Chamomile Bourbon Bee, with the chamomile bliss tea...it was perfect...some citrus, the syrupy floral tea, and some barrel-aged spirit. It was goooood. And Celina Mancurti (who partnered with me on my very first Kinfolk Workshop, too) sent over aprons and tea towels for a few lucky guests to take home. I really love Celina's work and am so happy to help spread the word about her hand screen printed linens.

Of course, I could not have pulled this workshop off without Erin Simpson Lozier, our workshop instructor. I had been tossing around the idea of a cooking with flowers workshop, but it wasn't until Erin approached me about it that we actually began planning! Erin is a blogger, a recipe developer, and writer, and I just love her & her work! She's hosting another cooking with flowers workshop at West Elm in Charlotte, NC later this month, so check that out!

And a huge thanks to Lauren & Rachel at Sweet Root Village for these gorgeous photographs (can't wait to work with them again later this month at our upcoming DC Kinfolk Dinner). These ladies have been such great friends over the past 2+ years! They're a constant sounding board for my harebrained ideas and we've had many 3-way phone calls where I try to glean all the business advice I can from this powerhouse team! Thanks for your support and friendship! Couldn't do what I do without your encouragement!

We have a DC Kinfolk Dinner later this month, and I'm working on the A Daily Gathering schedule for the rest of the year! Sign up for the mailing list to be the first to hear about upcoming events. Cannot wait to gather around the table & learn with you!

Photos by Sweet Root Village for A Daily Gathering

Thanks so much for the feature earlier this week, Style Me Pretty Living!

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