Friday, March 27, 2015

Best of the Nest Link Party ~ March

Hey friends, welcome to another edition of Best of the Nest!
 We're still on Spring Break until next Wednesday :) and I've totally lost track of which
 day it is ~ I guess that's a good sign.
Our Guest of the Month has long been one of my all time favorites!
Julia @ Cuckoo 4 Design
 Not only does she have a killer style and amazing DIY skills,
 but she has the BIGGEST heart for animals!
If you haven't checked it out you'll love her Living Pretty with Pets Series
Also, Congrats are in order for her recent announcement that she's now an online
 contributor for Domino Magazine! Yay, girl!
Most importantly, she couldn't be more kind and supportive of everyone in the blogging
Julia's post about her newly painted kitchen wall and her husband's input made me giggle.
Her collection of quirky animal plates is such a fun statement in her fab kitchen!

Julia @ Cuckoo 4 Design 
Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Instagram | Bloglovin' | Twitter | Google +

I shared my super simple DIY Four Arm Candelabra, inspired by the beautiful
 Dunes & Duchess candelabra that I loved but was way out of my budget at $600!
Pam @ Simple Details
Pinterest | Facebook | Instagram | Bloglovin' | Twitter

Lisa's tips for making mass produced art look more high end are amazing! She
 showed how to re-texturize and frame inexpensive canvas artwork, her great
tutorial is straightforward and looks completely doable!

 Lisa @ Shine your Light

I loved the simple ideas for spring and Easter that Kris came up with, and will 
definitely be stealing a few of these charming ideas to perk up our table decor!   
  Kris @ Driven by D├ęcor

Jennifer cleverly created this gorgeous wooden serving tray from a garage sale cutting
 board and rustic hardware! She replicated a beautiful serving piece she noticed at a wedding.  
Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

 Now it's your turn:
Bring your Best of March
Anyone can enter - not just bloggers!
Enter through Instagram by using hashtag #bestofthenestparty and tagging at least one of your hosts.

Only ONE link per person to show your best work from March
Additional links will be deleted.
If you're linking up with a blog, link back with a text link or grab the party button.

We'd love you stop back next Friday
 when Julia, Lisa, Kris, Jennifer and I will feature our favorite links.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Arhaus ~ Denver

We're enjoying Spring Break this week and have skied during the day, drove
back down to town and played tennis under the lights in the evening, and dined at
 our favorite Mexican restaurant(s)!   
I talked my boys into an outing that included a stop at one of my favorite stores,
 Arhaus in Park Meadows. You all know I love mixing high and low in decor,
 when I come across a special piece that I know will create an interesting collected
 style, I'm all in. This gorgeous store has eye candy at every turn, the global influence,
 carved wood pieces and rich patinas are some of the characteristics that draw me in.  

I took a few pics of favorite items to share with you. :)

Check out our blue Colorado sky!  #nofilter

Arhaus does details perfectly, starting with their door handles.

They also have a way with mixing modern and global, this carved wood bench
pairs beautifully with the comfy sectional below.     

Embroidered floral pillows, so fresh for spring. 

Handcrafted finishes and details inspired by antiques are found throughout the store.  

Fabulous lighting with a feminine vibe unexpectedly paired with industrial inspired
 stools ~ love the collected look!   

Slip covered outdoor furniture ~ yes please!
Crafted to endure the elements with Sunbrella fabrics and marine-grade frames.

I didn't know I needed a lattice detailed secretary!      

How cool is this chair? The back suggests the exposed hull of a small boat.  

 Arhaus is a must, whether you're in the market for quality furnishings or just
 window shopping you're sure to be captivated by their stunning collection!  
Did you have a favorite?  

To celebrate the launch of their new outdoor furniture line Arhaus
is hosting a Pinterest Contest: Pin to Win event $1,000 - $500 or $250 gift cards!!

Details can be found on their blog here!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

planting wheat grass for easter

It's time...
about two weeks before Easter is perfect timing to ensure you have a thick lush
wheat grass centerpiece ~ I love the fresh bright pop and texture it adds.
 I've been planting it for years and it couldn't be easier, no green thumb needed!

 (One week of growth)

A table setting from a previous year with wheat grass planted in tea cups...

Here's an outtake for you...

It was about 7pm and I was running out of light inside,
so I grabbed everything and it took it outside. My girl Rio isn't one to miss out on
anything and plopped herself between the vignette and me. Don't let that innocent
 face fool you, she tried to nab that extra egg several times.

For planting instructions and inspiration for potting check out these
previous posts:

Planting Wheat Grass

Decorative Wheat Grass ~ It's Time

Wheat's time

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Chinese Calligraphy Brushes

A friend of mine recently mentioned how she wished she would have picked up some
Chinese calligraphy brushes when she was visiting China. So, of course I did a Pinterest
search and immediately wished she would have picked them up for both of us!
We happen to have the most beautiful, talented, sweet, friend (did I mention brilliant?)
 temporarily living in Beijing and thought we'd ask for a little favor and have her choose
 some for us. We were face timing tonight and discussing them as she
 was trekking around The Great Wall!
She'll be home in a few weeks, but until then I'll be dreaming of how I can style my
 coffee table with them. Charlotta's Space for Inspiration - Century Furniture

Aren't they gorgeous? 
You can find them on ebay, etsy or flea markets, I'd love to start a collection.
I can't wait to see what she chooses for us!

Happy Spring & Happy Weekend friends! 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

goodbye green buffet

Between the new vintage wing backs and the bigger than life mirror our house has been
 a flurry of furniture rearranging. If you follow me on Instagram yesterday I shared a
 photo of my favorite dumpster dive makeover and mentioned it's being retired to the
guest room. Goodbye green dining room buffet. :( 

I originally planned to move the gray hutch in the living room to the guest room, 
but it was a couple inches too long, the next best scenario was the hutch in the dining
room. BUT, it felt too closed in with this big piece of furniture and no mirror reflecting my
 french doors and nailhead ceiling. After much deliberation the simplest solution was to keep
 the bottom portion and let the top go... I know you guys are going cringe, but I put it out
in front of our house with a free sign, and it was gone in a flash.

Keep the faith,
 I have a pretty plan using my favorite Rustoleum High Gloss Enamel in white.

 It won't be two toned - that's just my methodical painting style. 
I'm still debating on the gold trim.

I fell head over heels for EVERYTHING about this room by Melanie Turner Interiors
 and it's my inspiration for the makeover of the hutch, which has snowballed into
a dining room refresh. :)  
I think my buffet lends itself to the large statement hardware centered on the
doors and won't my gold foo dog be perfect to hide the lovely thermostat?

I'm on the hunt for mirrors and I'll be adding some pops of color in fabric
 or wallpaper, more on that soon. :)


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