The only thing we like as much as parties is a pretty room. See our favorite home decor ideas and tips and tricks right here like how we turned a walk in closet into a bedroom for our two sons. Or how we decorated our temporary Paris apartment on the cheap.
I had already started planning a little housewarming party when Glad approached me to participate in their one-bag challenge. I really loved the concept and agreed right away. The idea is to reduce the waste from your party down to one garbage bag or less. They asked me to put together a party kit of everything you would need to throw a party.
For our housewarming party I just wanted a chance for friends to stop by and see our apartment and chat. Since our house is so small I realized it might be tricky if I invited everyone we know over at the same time. So to prevent a crammed apartment I decided to have an open house for people to stop by throughout the day. I’ve thrown parties like that before and I love that no one feels rushed and you actually get a chance to visit with everyone. I also love that there isn’t the same kind of pressure when you entertain for an hour or two. The items I chose for my party are reusable pieces that you can invest in and some compostable and recyclable one-use items. I’m a big believer that a party doesn’t need to be complicated. You usually just need a few unexpected elements that make the party feel special and that your guests will remember. I am so excited to host a party in our small apartment. I’ll be sure to share pictures afterwards.
Inspiration photo from Kinfolk Magazine. A. Glass Beverage Dispenser B. Striped Tablecloth C. Single Use Veneerware Plates D. Compostable Cups E. Dipped Pitcher F. Slate Cheeseboard G. Blocked Dot Napkins H. Clear Globe Lights I. 3 Tiered Stand
I love the idea of decorating simple and beautiful eggs through calligraphy. But let’s be honest, it’s difficult to write in a pretty font on a rounded surface. So, this year we had Julie Manwaring make us some templates to apply using tattoo paper. They were easy to make and even easier to clean up. Now, that’s a project I can get behind.
PS - Remember this fun confetti egg game ? I’m hoping we play again this year!
Last week my friend Jaimie Meares was in town and helped me finish decorating my apartment. I had gotten the main pieces into place last summer but felt like it still needed some art, plants, lighting and pillows before it was “done.” One thing I’ve learned about living in a small apartment is when you add art and furniture the space feels so much bigger. I can’t wait to share the photos of our teeny tiny place.
I remember hearing rumors about Zara Home years ago. It was one of those brands where you could get good design at reasonable prices but it was only available in Europe. When I moved to Paris last year I bought all of the bedding for the boys room there (it was little silver and fluorescent yellow stars!) So I was so excited to hear they would be opening an online store in the US! Well, it is finally here, their new US site went live today! They have lots of neutral patterns and subtle designs that are harder to find in the United States. Now we won’t have to head to Paris to pick up sheets, you’ll have to think of another excuse to go.
Moses has always had an obsession with letters and one day we found a giant magnet wall at a store and he was in heaven. So I always said as soon as they had their very own room (not in a closet) we would make one. The whole project was so easy and took less than 10 minutes. Both the kids love it and play with it all the time. It’s perfect for a playroom or a bedroom. I would love to do a giant wall like this.
Materials needed: One custom cut piece of sheet metal, nails, hammer, cardboard, lots of alphabet letters! (I got mine from here, I liked the font.)
After I decided where the wall was going to go I took exact measurements. Home Depot sells sheet metal in standard sizes but won’t cut it. So I looked up a sheet metal guy online and got a quote. He cut and delivered the sheet metal to me for $30. The sheet metal is actually quite sharp so be careful as you are working with it.
Step 1: Make Holes. Lay the sheet metal over the cardboard. Take a nail and hammer it into the sheet metal until a hole is created. Repeat on the corners and every few feet along the edges.
Step 2: Have someone hold the sheet metal up to the wall and starting at the bottom put a nail into the hole until it is flush against the wall. Move upwards making sure there are no gaps or holes between the wall and the sheet metal.
Step 3: Add the letters to create a giant magnetic alphabet wall.