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advent calendar ornaments... 30 Nov 2016

advent calendar ornaments

advent calendar ornaments

I love the surprise and delight of advent calendars and unwrapping a new surprise every day leading up to Christmas. This year, we made advent calendar ornaments to double as decorative pieces for the tree as well as a series of surprises for the holiday. See how...


a felt leaf runner... 28 Nov 2016


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Now that the first big entertaining day of the holiday season is behind us, it's fast and furious through the end of the year. Today, we're sharing a super easy and fun DIY to make a runner or trivet for your next gathering this fall and winter. Here's how...


happy thanksgiving + a last minute centerpiece! 23 Nov 2016

A Sweet Thanksgiving Centerpiece

A Sweet Thanksgiving Centerpiece

A Sweet Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Happy Wednesday all! We're signing off for the rest of the week for the Thanksgiving holiday. But if you're looking for a last minute centerpiece for the holiday, check out this "cone-a-copia" (made of ice cream cones!) we made a couple years back. It's still one of my favorite projects ever. You can watch the full how-to right here!

Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving. Here's to lots of rest, being home in PJ's, and cozy treats galore!

{photos by Casey Brodley, styling and crafting by Julia Wester}

3 color combos to bring into your living room.... 16 Nov 2016


One of the things that we get asked about a lot is how to bring color into your home. Often, people are afraid of color because they think it means they need a red couch or purple walls and need to commit to something for a long time. But one of the easiest ways to slowly work color into your home is through decorative accents that you can change out every year—like pillows.

Here's a very neutral living room that was given a blast of color in three ways simply by the tones of the pillows added...

3 Color Combinations for Your Living Room

1. Blues and greens. This is probably the easiest color palette for most people to start with because blue and green are calming colors that don't feel overly feminine. For this palette, we stuck to five colors—pale blue, mint green, lime/neon green, medium blue, and navy blue. The navy blue helps to ground with its neutral and classic shade while the others bring a mix of bright and pale colors to offer variety to the eyes all within the same color palette.

Items shown here: Target bookshelf, Target canister, Target giraffe figurine, Target elephant figurine, Target geo burst, Aelfie rug, Anthropologie pillow, Arro Home pillow, Leif pillow, Arro Home pillow, Ikea pillow, Eric Trine stand.

3 Color Combinations for Your Living Room

2. Jewel tones. For the fall or holidays (or for those who like bolder colors), jewel tones feel just right. This usually includes darker (but still vibrant) colors. For this palette, we started with vibrant magenta and cobalt blue accented by pale blue and neutrals—gold and black. This looks feels a bit more evening and lively with the mix of colors and patterns.

Items shown here: Target bookshelf, Target canister, Target giraffe figurine, Target elephant figurine, Target geo burst, Aelfie rug, Arro Home pillow, Oh Joy! for Target painted constellation pillow, Oh Joy! for Target swan pillow, Oh Joy! for Target moon pillow, Pom Pom at Home throw blanket.

3 Color Combinations for Your Living Room

3. Pastels with pop. For a sweeter, yet fun look—go for pastels with a punch of bright accents. For this palette, we started with a base layer of pillows in pastel shades of pink, peach, pale blue, and mint green. To add some pop (so it doesn't get too Easter egg looking), we added pieces that had doses of bright coral and magenta to top it off.

Items shown here: Target bookshelf, Target canister, Target giraffe figurine, Target elephant figurine, Target geo burst, Aelfie rug, Anthropologie pillowArro Home pillow, Brahms Mount throw blanket, Arro Home pillow, Virginia Johnson pillow, Anthropologie pillow.

What do you guys think? Any other colors you would want to mix into your home?

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester.}

a "welcome neighbor" gift... 10 Nov 2016

a "welcome neighbor" gift!

These days we are all so virtual that I often miss those real life interactions with people around us. I love my neighborhood and remember being so surprised and delighted when I first moved to Los Angeles 6 years ago when a new neighbor stopped over and brought figs from her tree as a welcome. It was so thoughtful and a true in-person connection that meant so much! Today, we’ve collaborated with State Farm to share a fun way to welcome a new neighbor…

According to the State of Neighbors survey conducted by State Farm, 75% of people say it is important to welcome new neighbors but only 41% of neighbors say they were actually welcomed! It can be so easy (and fun!) to welcome a new family to the neighborhood so today, we wanted to help you do just that with our pre-designed Neighborhood Guide template you can download. Include the guide with our inspiration for a "Welcome Neighbor" basket. Here's how...

a "welcome neighbor" gift!

To make a "Welcome Neighbor" gift basket, include a few local treats like:

    -apples from your tree

    -candy from a sweet shop nearby

    -coffee from the local cafe

    -herbs or fresh veggies from your garden

    -spreads or sauces from the area farmer's market

a "welcome neighbor" gift!

a "welcome neighbor" gift!

And then include our handy Neighborhood Guide [download here]. This template gives you a place to list a ton of helpful information for your new neighbor including: tips for where to go in the neighborhood, trustworthy service providers, social handles for the street and for your family, and a handy way to keep track of names of all the neighbors on the street.

a "welcome neighbor" gift!

Some other fun things you could give your new neighbor along with the Neighborhood Guide to welcome them:

    -order a pizza for the new family on moving day and tell them dinner is on its way and they don't have to worry about it!

    -a small plant that is easy to take care of (no one wants to have to stress about taking care of a fragile plant)!

    -a gift certificate for a cleaning service to come help them out for a couple hours after all the unpacking!

What other tips do you have to welcome new neighbors?

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with State Farm.  All words are my own.

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling and crafting by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess Hong. Props include: Ikea basket, Anne and Kate swizzle sticks, Oh Happy Day wood cutlery, Oh Happy Day floral napkins, Oh Happy Day striped napkin.}

a painted vase DIY... 8 Nov 2016


We love patterns around here. And we love putting patterns on just about everything. Today, we're sharing a fun DIY to turn a simple glass vessel into a painted vase where you can easily change the design to fit your mood! Here's how...

a painted vase DIY

You'll need:

transparency paper

clear cylindrical vase (you could also use a drinking glass)

- acrylic paint

- scissors

- double-sided tape

- ruler

a painted vase DIY

Here's how:

1. Measure the height and circumference of your vase.

2. Using a ruler, draw out those dimensions on a sheet of transparency paper, and cut it out.

3. Paint your pattern on the transparency paper, and let it dry for at least 15 minutes.

4. Finally, wrap the transparency paper around your vase, painted side facing in, and use double-sided tape to secure.

a painted vase DIY

The best part about using transparency paper is that you can change the designs whenever you want. You can make custom patterns for a special event, party, or baby/bridal shower!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess Hong. Table cloth by Pehr.}


celebrate everything... 4 Nov 2016

celebrate everything by darcy miller

Darcy Miller's new book, Celebrate Everything, just came out, and it's a must-have for throwing your next party. The book compiles together ideas for various party themes as well as all the components to each theme (from favors to cake to decor) and mixes in so many tips and tricks and suggestions that apply to any type of celebration.

celebrate everything by darcy miller

celebrate everything by darcy miller

celebrate everything by darcy miller

In addition to all the beautifully captured events, I especially loved the guide pages that suggest various tips that always come in handy before, during, or after a party. Celebrate Everything can make any birthday party, shower, or celebration feel custom and special. Congrats, Darcy, on your newest project!!

Images From Celebrate Everything by Darcy Miller. Copyright  2016 by Darcy Miller. Reprinted by permission of William Morrow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

make a fall felt wreath... 2 Nov 2016

a fall felt wreath

Fall is here, and it's finally starting to get cool even over here in Los Angeles. I love wreaths and am always eager to get one hanging up even before it feels quite like the holiday season. So for fall, we're showing you how to make this fall wreath made from materials that will last for a while and can be used over and over again! See how...


three ways to style a vase... 31 Oct 2016

three ways to style a vase

You might think..."OK, I have a vase, so I'll put flowers in it." Yes, that is the ideal use for a vase. BUT...what do you do with a vase when it's not filled with flowers? You can fill them with other fun things like desk essentials. Or, you can use them and style them in other ways that gives them function without flowers, too. Here are a few ideas...

three ways to style a vase

1. Book Ends. As long as the vase is sturdy and won't tip easily, use them as book ends to spruce up what would otherwise be a plain bookshelf.

Props shown: Target bookshelf, Target elephant figurine, Target canisters, Oh Joy for Target OMG vase.

three ways to style a vase

2. Sculptural Decor. If you choose the right kind of vase, it looks cool on its own even when it's not filled. Set it out on an end table, dining table, window sill, or anywhere.

Props shown: Paul Octavious print, Aelfie rug, Oh Joy for Target OK vase, Oh Joy for Target end table, Oh Joy for Target pillow, chair from Sunbeam Vintage, planter by Virginia Johnson.

three ways to style a vase

3. Hold Faux Flowers. I'm a big advocate for faux flowers when you can find some you really like. Like not flowers that are supposed to look real, but ones that are obviously faux and you can embrace their non-realness. That way, you can keep them in a vase for however long you want and feel good about it! 

Props included: Ai Modern credenza, Target geo burst, Pehr Design table runner, Wee Society print, vintage plastic flowers, paper flowers by Paper Sandwich, and Oh Joy for Target YAY vase.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester.}

three ways to style a bar cart... 24 Oct 2016

Three Ways to Style a Bar Cart

Bar carts are a staple for any living space, but they're not just for keeping barware and alcohol. To show you the versatility of a bar cart, here are three of our favorite ways to style one...



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