{How to Host a Tea Party Bridal Shower}

Pinkies up, Ladies! 🙂 My little sis and I had so much fun planning our other sis’ bridal showers together and I thought it was high {tea} time I post the pictures from this shower as well! Just as with {My Sister’s Champagne & Cupcakes Bridal Shower}, I was eager to get my craft on so I happily volunteered to plan and execute decorations and shower games for both parties! My little sis secured the befitting party invitations, the space, the food and other such, so kudos to her for her hard work!

As before, when it came to orchestrating all of the elements of the events, my wee sister was awesome to collaborate with! And the then bride-to-be had such a wonderful time with family and friends which was what it was all about!

Check out the post to see the vintage-y party elements, Homemade decor, a couple shower games and fun party pics!

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{My Naked House Tour}

Made ya look! 😉 Come take a tour of my “naked” house (pictures from while it was still bare)! This “bare all” sans furniture and decor tour is a preface to an upcoming decorated house tour! No need to knock, just come on in!

Since my husband had our last house built shortly before we met, he let me pick EVERYTHING for our new house!! During this nine month labor of love, I had SO much fun researching and looking at lighting, hardware, trim, carpet, tile, hardwood and more to customize our home to suit our style and lifestyle!

We’ve only been living here for a week and a half but this house has quickly become a home to us! After four days I had nearly everything unpacked (other than items for storage in the basement and my craft room) and now the next fun part begins…decorating!! Don’t miss my request for your suggestions at the end of this post because I just LOVE collecting ideas! #hellopinterest

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{How to Create a Lovely Succulent Garden}

With spring around the corner and a pep in my step, I thought there would be no better time than to give my tips on creating a lovely succulent garden!

I don’t know at what point I fell in love with succulents, but I know one thing’s for sure: there’s no going back now, baby! Every{Succulent Selection 2} time I’m in Crate & Barrel or Z. Gallerie or any of my other favorite stores, I can’t help but make a beeline for the location I last saw displayed succulents. Then, as if I’m on a treasure hunt, I meander around the store to find them sprinkled about on various dining and end tables, shelves and display cases.

So one day when I was in Home Goods, I spotted this must-have chartreuse planter box…but what to do with it? My mind raced as I thought of all of the endless possibilities and ways I could creatively repurpose the piece over time. It seemed pricey so I called my hubs who reminded me that I’m a sucker for pots and have plenty available at home in the garage. But I had to have this one! So I bought it, resolving that I would make a lovely succulent garden!

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{My Former High-Energy Office / Play Room}

In our previous home, I wanted to convert our office from a typical work space to an incredibly energizing work and play room, and that I did with the almost electrifying green paint color! While I’m not planning on going as bold with wall colors in my next home, I will definitely continue to layer in surprising pops of color all over! Below you will see the gallery of images from our room makeover including before and after pictures and the ever-present DIY projects!

The first project was the {DIY Floating Shelves} that my husband did a stellar job designing and constructing! I showed him what I wanted to achieve and he nailed it! They are sturdier and longer than the IKEA shelves I could have ordered and I saved $100 in shipping {and I’m not kidding!} by having them constructed for me at home! These are eight feet long and constructed with 2×4’s as the base, reinforced with long anchors. Since we used the room as a play room for our baby as well, we wanted to make sure the shelves stood the test of time–or at least the pressure our toddler could apply if he tugged on them or lined up toys on them!

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