Monday, December 21, 2015

Kitchen Trends | Exposed Storage

We are loving the latest kitchen trend where modern meets industrial. Exposed storage! Its so raw and rustic, yet homey enough so fill any dead space you may have in your kitchen. And the best part, you are giving yourself instant storage when your cabinets are filled to the brim!

Here are a few simple rules for perfectly organized exposed storage:

Start with White and Textures 

White ceramic jars, bowls, serving platters, and woven crates create a neutral base that will compliment any fixture, whether its shining chrome or warm wooden textures
Make it functional

Extra storage is a blessing in any kitchen but be sure to utilize your space wisely by creating a coffee bar, filling baskets with kitchen towels and easily accessible beverages, and strategically placed items to hide unwanted wiring or outlets. We used a chalkboard sign and tall cookbooks to block/cover eyesores and cords. 
Add some color 

Adding pops of color to your shelves will break up the neutral palette you started with and give your organized storage some variety. Use artificial plants for year round color, charger plates, and fresh fruit that you can grab on the go

Finally, give it flare 

Give your shelving a finishing touch with large marquee signs, such as arrows or letters, and display a drawing or phrase on a rustic chic chalkboard sign 
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Thursday at Tiffany's

This past Thursday, we had the pleasure of attending the Holiday Fun and Fashion event at Tiffany's in San Francisco Union Square. The event was thrown to exclusively showcase the latest chic collections, including Tiffany T, Tiffany Victoria, Open Heart, the Atlas Collection and more! Each of these collections had stunning pieces that would make the perfect holiday gift for any style lover. 

The evening began with champagne and wine to sip as we shopped and professional pictures taken by the Tiffany's tree.
Even this furry little guy made his way in to the fancy soiree! 
Some of our favorite pieces came from the Atlas Collection and the Tiffany T Collection. Each item was bold enough to make a statement in gold, silver or rose gold, but delicate enough to layer for a chic, effortless style. 

Stackable necklaces and bracelets,
as well as stackable rings for everyday wear.

And of course, the classic Tiffany's look.
Even with the iconic charm necklaces, our favorite piece of the evening was the Elsa Peretti mesh scarf necklace. This piece stunningly drapes like a scarf but wears like a necklace. Even in sterling silver, this necklace felt soft to the touch! Ultra chic and very wearable for the office or a night out. 
Although the jewelry collections were the main feature of the evening, they were not the only items on display.
Tiffany's sterling silver flatware perfect for any kitchen
and Tiffany label sunglasses in the accessories department.
All in all, a spectacular Thursday at Tiffany's.
If you are looking for items to add to your holiday wish list, be sure add some of Tiffany's latest looks. We know we did!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Kate Spade Inspired Christmas Ornaments

Give your Christmas Tree some DIY love this season with our Kate Spade inspired ornaments! While in theory, we'd all love to adorn our trees with the real deal, but at $30 per ornament, that may be just a Chrismas wish. Make these copy-cat ornaments for a fraction of the cost!

What you'll need:

Gold, pink, and red paint
White glass ornaments (undecorated)
Red and green ribbon, or any color you love
Gold spray paint
Black sharpie paint pen
Paint brushes
Gold glitter (optional)

Remove the silver tops from your plain, undecorated ornaments and spray the tops gold
(You can also spray some pinecones gold for more decorations while you have the can out!)

Leave the tops out to dry. For the two tones ornaments, take the white glass ornaments, and paint the bottom half pink and the top half red. Use tape to help you create straight lines and be sure to let each layer dry before adding more paint.

For the polka-dot and fa-la-la ornaments, all you need to do is draw your design with your black sharpie pen and a steady hand.

For a final touch, reattach your now dried gold tops to the ornaments, and attach your ribbons for hanging.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Appetizers Done Right: Bruschetta Bar

If you checked out our previous post about throwing the Perfect Dinner Party, you might have noticed that we mentioned appetizers as a crucial part of any successful dinner party. Rather than serving up greasy finger foods, we think you should try out a Bruschetta Bar! This option is fresh, easy, and really has an unlimited number of options for toppings.

For this appetizer all you need to start is a baguette, toasted and lightly dusted with olive oil, and garden fresh bruschetta from Spend with Pennies.

Pesto sauce, olive tepanade (made simply with chopped kalamata and green olives), and a side of parmesan cheese.

Add some festive napkins, and viola!

If you have a larger serving platter and want to add more you can always add prosciutto, artichoke hearts, brie, salami, and any type of hummus.


Monday, October 5, 2015

How to Plan the Perfect Dinner Party (on a Budget!)

For our first post, we thought we'd get the party started by giving you some tips on how to host your own perfect holiday party!

There’s something about the words “Dinner Party” that sounds so glamorous and festive anytime of year! Since we dream in visions of Pinterest, Pottery Barn magazines, and perfectly set Z Gallerie ads, it’s easy for any aspiring host to envision a fully set tablescape, personalized gifts, gourmet foods, fancy wines, fine china, and floral arrangements that would be fit for Martha Stewart herself. But after all of the food has been made, the table has been set, and centerpieces arranged, you may find yourself running up a pretty steep tab. However, we have found that planning a dinner party on a budget is actually a lot easier than one would assume! Heres how we staged a dinner party for 10 for less than $100.

Everyone appreciates a personal touch so favors are a must! We ordered our glass jars in bulk on Amazon, used gift tags for name cards, and filled each one with Apple Cider Mix.

Chargers instantly boost any table setting from drab to fab. To add some color and contrast to the table, we used gold chargers under white plates and gold rimmed water glasses at each setting. The dollar store currently has a selection of gold rimmed dinnerware!

To elongate the table, we added a natural burlap table run, found here, that fit the extra long table perfectly.

And finally for a centerpiece, we rounded up all the essentials: Florals, candles, color and accents. Many filler flowers are often overlooked but can make beautiful centerpieces and take up empty space on your table. In our case, we decided on a combination of seeded and baby eucalyptus to line the table runner, fill space between the centerpieces, and to create the centerpieces themselves.

Keeping with our color scheme, we added gold candle holders, white candles, cinnamon scented pine cones and cranberries for strategically placed accent pieces. 

And with the table set, we were ready for dinner!
Eat Drink and be Merry!