November 6, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
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I wanted to share a quick little update today on our progress in the boys’ room! (You can check out the empty space in this apartment tour post.) My goal for the room has always been to make it a super cool space that the little guys love to call their own. But we’re talking pre-teens here, so if you go too youthful things start to feel baby-like really quickly and no rough and tumble football-playing little dudes are down with that. So first, I came up with a plan. It involved each of their favorite colors (blue and orange) while trying to avoid an athletic team vibe.
I found really cool, modern low bed frames in a blonde wood that I just love. With a room that has to fit two of everything, the low profile visually keeps the space more open and avoids things feeling cramped. These beds are perfect in there! The bedding is bold rugby stripes in deep navy blue…because you know I love my stripes. But today we’re talking about the wall behind the beds, which I’ve always envisioned to be a really cool feature wall. Enter these graphic triangle wall decals from Urban Walls. I went with a mix of baby blue and dark blue and after spending way too long debating between a scattered layout or a strict grid, this past week N and I tackled the task of getting them up onto the wall. It was super simple, took us just a couple of hours and I love how it turned out. Or really I should say we love how it turned out, because I’m happy to report the boys are totally digging their wall o’ triangles.
Next on my list is to hang the DIY giant fringe monograms I made to go over each of the beds. (Which explains why over the beds we have a few more holes in the triangle pattern – no sense in losing them behind the monogram letters!) I’m also planning to paint the low dresser that serves as a shared nightstand and add a cool lamp there. Then it’s onto to finishing up art on the walls (much of which I already have) and this room will officially be done. Stay tuned for more updates from the home front!
[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
Duvet covers and shams from Pottery Barn Kids
Beds from Walmart (yes, Walmart…can you believe it?)
Wall decals c/o Urban Walls
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November 6, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
A few years ago I started making butternut squash soup and I have to say, there’s been no looking back. It’s definitely a cold weather dinner staple ’round these parts, because it’s delicious and takes the chill right out of your bones. Also, it’s deceivingly simple to make and can be switched up with whatever herbs or spices you love best or feel like indulging in at the moment. If you can chop up a squash, you can make this soup! We had it earlier this week for dinner for the first time since the air has gone chilly so I decided it was high time I share the recipe. The other night we chose to top ours with sauteed portobello mushrooms, but have fun and mix it up however you like.
- 1 large butternut squash
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1 medium red onion
- 5 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp flat parsley
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
- 1/2 cup veggie stock
Begin by peeling and chopping one large butternut squash into roughly half inch cubes. (Oh, and don’t forget to scrap out the seeds, too!) Toss the squash in a bowl. Peel the garlic cloves, chop your onion into big chunks and toss those into a bowl, too. Drizzle with the olive oil and add fresh cracked black pepper, sea salt, parsley and crushed red paper to taste. Toss to coat well. Dump the contents of the bowl into a glass baking dish lined with parchment paper and roast at 350° for about 45 minutes or until all the veggies are tender. Once done, transfer everything back into your bowl, add veggie stock and blend with an immersion blender until smooth. For a thicker soup, scale back on the veggie stock or add more for a thinner soup. You can also use milk and a touch of sour cream to make the soup a bit richer if you’d like. It’s delicious either way! Serve it up topped with sauteed portobello mushrooms if you like (I definitely suggest it) and be blown away by your yummy soup creation.
[Photo by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
November 5, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
A day late and a dollar short, but voila! A color palette for you. (Because I know you guys love them so.) There’s no denying that this week a whole bunch of us are thinking all about Thanksgiving. Oh and holiday shopping lists…but let’s hold off on that for a few days more, shall we? So naturally between dreaming up hostess gift ideas, admiring pretty centerpieces and plotting for all the holiday projects and inspiration I want to share with you in the coming weeks, this week I’m all about cozy seasonal colors. Warm shades of cinnamon, cider and walnut just feel like November, don’t they? Just looking at these images make me fall in love with fall all over again. And have me wanting to try this autumn punch cocktail. Yum!
[Photos, from top: Monica Hines from Scout | How To: Simplify | Kara Rosenlund from At Home In Love.]
November 5, 2013 | by Chelsea Foy
by Chelsea Costa
Even though this month’s floral DIY is teeny tiny, it’s making me hugely happy. This one is such a simple, super-fast addition to a tabletop or party. They’ll literally take you about 5 minutes, and pretty much anyone can do it. Plus, they’re perfect for everything from casual every day dinners to jazzing up the table at your Thanksgiving feast. Let’s make some mini pumpkin bouquet centerpieces!
- mini pumpkins
- a few small fall florals
Trim the stems of your mini pumpkins if they’re unruly. Wipe pumpkins clean with a damp cloth and let dry. Then, using the awl, poke a small hole near the top of the pumpkin, angled slightly toward the center. Be very careful to not puncture through the bottom side of the pumpkin and injure your hand. It shouldn’t take much pressure. Once you have a hole, open it slightly wider by gently rotating the awl.
Snip one or two fall blooms so that their stems are just about 3 inches long. Insert into the hole in the pumpkin. Rearrange until it’s adorable!
That’s all there is to it! These look so, so sweet lined up on a dining table, or bunched together any old place. I love mixing and matching the flowers with some leaves, grains, and greenery, so feel free to experiment. Just a teeny tiny way to celebrate fall! xoxo
[Photos by Lovely Indeed for The Sweetest Occasion.]
Weathered Wood Spheres from West Elm
Gold Shears from Gingher
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November 4, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
Last week my gal pal Chelsea of Lovely Indeed (and, you know, DIY contributor to The Sweetest Occasion) shot over a preview of her new ebook Make Your Day, an amazing collaboration with Chelsey of The Paper Mama. I have to say, it’s pretty brilliant. I love the styling and the photography throughout the book, but what I love most is the passion behind the whole project. In a nutshell it’s about a love for DIY. Good, simple, awesome crafts designed with a passion for all things handmade in mind. Of course, it’s loaded with amazing tutorials and DIY ideas. But most importantly (at least for a lady such as myself), it’s like fuel for my DIY flame.
In a nutshell, this handy little DIY guide is going to have you itching to add a little bit of handcrafted love to your every day world. From the coolest DIY mugs to pretty serving pieces, Chelsea and Chelsey (yeah, isn’t that cute?) have you covered. And can I just say – the holidays are coming! Needless to say, handmade gifts just got really really cool this season.
Oh, but the awesome doesn’t stop there. The ladies of Make Your Day are offering The Sweetest Occasion readers a special discount! The ebook is already handsomely priced at just $12 for loads of DIY goodness, but you can take advantage and get an extra 20% off if you use the code MYDAYISMADE20 at checkout. For more details bounce on over to Lovely Indeed! You can purchase your copy of Make Your Day here.
Congratulations, ladies, on a truly lovely collaboration!
[Photos from Make Your Day.]