Speaking of parties… Evite, Coca-Cola® and NABISCO recently invited me to participate in a Home Bowl party contest, (vote for me to win the Top Party Pro contest here) and since I can never turn down an excuse for a party and Rupert is always looking for an excuse to get me to watch more football, I rustled up some friends and family and made a day of it. READ MORE
I decided to wait until the final holiday (Bachelor Premier Monday, of course) to get back to work, so here we are…. happy Tuesday. :) To celebrate the new year we had a few friends over for an intimate dinner in the still completely naked studio. I brought in our old dining table from storage, rented a few white chairs, put on my sparkle pants, and threw together some decor from things I had around the house (aside from the sequin table cloth and noise makers which I ordered the day before thanks to good old Amazon Prime. I really never have to leave the house… ever).
Honestly, I wasn’t planning on sharing the party because zero planning went into it, but as timing would have it with Archer’s schedule, I had to set the table early in the day as I invited our guests to come over just as I was putting him to bed and his bedtime routine starts around 6ish, sooo it was still light out, and the studio was so bright, the ridiculous gold on gold on gold was glistening and my DIY wall hanging turned out even better than what I had in my head. It would have been a crime not to take a few snaps and now I get to share just how simple it can be to set a New Years Eve worthy table.
To start it off, a post I will always look back on and treasure… MY MATERNITY PHOTOS. I can’t believe it has almost been a full year since archer was all cozy in the womb.
As we readied the nursery for A’s arrival we did THIS IKEA HACK for his dresser/changing table.
When I was 8 months pregnant, I decided we needed a new bathroom and we needed it NOW. Here’s the ALMOST FINISHED TOUR.
ARCHER’S ARRIVAL was as you’d think, the cutest and sweetest main event of 2015. I also started a new series, along with a handful of other bloggers, called “REAL TALK WITH REAL MOMS” where we share personal stories around a central topic once a month.
and speaking of Archer… his NURSERY TOUR was another favorite.
We put all the finishing touches on the kitchen and shared the BEFORE AND AFTER TOUR.
Our what is now the old studio space got an UPDATE.
This RUSTIC MODERN MAKEOVER was one of my favorite interior spaces I worked on this year.
I shared all my INSTAGRAM PHOTO SECRETS.
We started our quest to make the PRETTIEST LAUNDRY ROOM ever.
Another big moment of 2015 was our moving into a NEW STUDIO! It is still pretty blank as December is always the craziest time of year but I’m looking forward to making this our new work home in 2016.
It has been a year full of SO much change, new baby, new website, new cabin, new studio… and all the highs and lows that go with change. I am looking forward to seeing what 2016 will bring and hopefully hunkering down a bit and settling into all the new. I hope you have fun reflecting and have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Thank you for following along and I’ll see you next week! xo
While the interior of our A-frame currently looks completely sad and drab, and a bit scary… I have started the wheels turning on how we will hopefully make it to something that feels comfortable, modern, and unique. While I get to the drawing board, I have rounded up a few inspirational interiors that I think have elements which are just that, and in all different ways. OH the possibilities.
And even though we won’t be changing much on the exterior… I had to share these AMAZING a-frames, because duh… they are amazing and what can I say, I have A-frame fever.
Aren’t these incredible?
I received a few requests to further explain my DIY wrapping paper from my gift exchange party so here she is…
I love homemade wrapping paper for quite a few reasons. It makes a gift a little extra special, it only takes a few minutes, it can actually save time if you are like me and make it out of what is already on hand at your house, and it can end up being a lot more inexpensive. Oh and instead of trying to find the perfect wrap to suit your style you just make it!
Supplies needed: I used a mix of kraft, black and white paper as the base. You can get large rolls from an art or craft store // Scissors // Gold Tape // Black and white Twine // White Paint Marker // Greenery (i used some snips of evergreen and eucalyptus)
For the gold striped boxes all I did was wrap the metallic gold tape around every inch and half or so connecting the tape end to end. For the twine wrapped presents I just wrapped them round and round a bunch of times making a criss cross pattern and topped them with a bit of evergreen.
I wanted to keep all the wrap cohesive so it all looks great together under the tree of course, so creating just a couple different patterns and mixing up the background color with the black, craft, and white paper was the way to go. For the last (and my favorite) pattern I drew little modern trees (aka triangles) on the craft and black paper with the white paint marker, tied them up with the twine, and topped it off with a little eucalyptus for that touch of green.
I can’t wait to start ripping these open, I mean, give these away, Christmas morning.
Photos by Connie & Tommy of The Great Romance Photo