Handmade for HGTV | Gatsby Tray

Woop! Woop! It’s Friday everyone, although every day should be a fun day, Friday and the weekends seem to signal more excitement, no? Here’s another installment of our Handmade for HGTV series. I know, I know, for some of you, the sound of  crafting doesn’t sound sophisticated or the sound of DIY makes you cringe. But, mind you there’s been several studies that crafting and doing DIY’s exercise our brain, makes our creativity flourish and eventually helps us deal with the stressors of everyday life. Call me preachy Priscilla at this moment, ha! Totally kidding.

Our next installment is about making a Gatsby-inspired vanity tray. After all, shouldn’t your boudoir be a little more glam? Then Art Deco is the way to go? It’s all in the details. Here are your materials:

art deco tray DIY

gatsby tray DIY

Click here for the step-by-step how-to at HGTV. The stencil is available here.

P.S. If your work looks imperfect, don’t worry. Imperfectly perfect is beautiful!

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Target Shopping | Fourth of July Tablescape

Tablescaping aka decorating the table for a fete or event is so easy for Patriotic holidays. Just throw in the regal colors of red, white and blue and you’re all set. One thing to think about, do not go overboard! A few flags is all fine and dandy, throw in a few medallions even. But keep it simple, maximalism is not needed here. I had so much surfing Target‘s website recently and got together a few selections for a Fourth of July celebration for you:

fourth-of-july tablescape

1. Corelle Dinnerware in Cafe Blue

2. Corelle Dinnerware in Cafe Red

3. Threshold Stoneware Pitcher

4. Acrylic tumbler airbrushed in blue

A few coastal accents won’t hurt too! I can’t believe Independence Day 2013 is upon us. Whatever your plans are…Enjoy!

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Handmade for HGTV | Chic Bath Caddy

Happy Friday everybody! We’re counting down the last days of the month of June. This weekend, why not make this bath caddy that’s a bit rustic and a bit shabby chic. My third installment for Handmade for HGTV is this bath caddy. With decorating, organization is everything! And yes, even {or especially} in the bathroom. Store your bath and body essentials or toiletries for overnight guests perhaps in this oh-so-cute caddy. Click here to see the how-to at HGTV. Here’s all the materials you’ll need.

shabby chic bath

shabby chic bath

Here’s our other projects at HGTV.com. Happy DIY weekend!

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Handmade for HGTV | Fabric Scrap Cafe Curtains

For the second installment of my HGTV.com contributions {see my first one here} , my task was to make a window covering from fabric scraps. As always, the most important thing with these handmade items is they have to be easy. I totally would say this would be in the very, very, very easy button.

Follow the jump here to see the whole tutorial. Thank you to my wonderful assistant, Rachel for helping me out and snapping the pics.

fabric scrap curtain

Thanks all for checking it out, there’s more to come.

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Handmade for HGTV | Constellation Tray

Hello friends! I’m so excited to tell you that I am now a contributor at HGTV.com. Just like most design enthusiasts, HGTV has always been a source of inspiration and information to me. I do believe that this channel single-handedly turned a lot of us into DIY’ers. We all became more in love with our homes and spaces and learned how to stay in love with it with home improvement, renovation, craft and remodeling projects … of which our main teacher is HGTV. Today the channel of course has it’s website and I couldn’t be more thrilled about their magazine.  I’m making small contributions to their Craft & Decorating category.

I gotta tell you, these projects are super easy and comes in very simple steps. Decorating and crafts shouldn’t be hard or complicated at all, right? Here is my first one, click on this link for the how-to’s for this Constellation tray. Thank you to this amazing gal for snapping the pics and for the Zodiac templates. My friends are amazing! I hope you check out my other projects soon!

personalized constellation tray

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Flowers for Carrie

So as I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’ve slowly been making the transition to being a “girlier” girl, both in style and in decor.  A key step in doing this? Watching all of Sex & The City in one fell swoop.  I’m a million years late but I just can’t help but extoll the virtues of that show, mostly for it’s great representation of strong female friendships.  So to commemorate my love for the show, I did what any true fan would do…made a shrine to Carrie Bradshaw of course!


{excuse the crummy iPhone image, my Canon was left at work!}

Now, understandably, you may not want to pay tribute to SJP’s image before leaving your house each morning – we can’t all be as dedicate as myself – but you may enjoy creating a little flower frame of your own.  It’s incredibly simple and boasts major impact on overall girly vibe of a room.

1)  Gather your supplies.


{just a simple frame and fake roses from Hobby Lobby, in hot pink of course!}

2) Pull your roses {or flowers of your choice} off their fake stems and hot glue them to to frame


3) Let cool, chose your picture and enjoy!


See? Told ya it’d be easy 😉

x Rachel

5 Blue and Yellow Centerpiece Ideas for Memorial Day

Happy Memorial weekend everyone! The 3-day weekend officially starts today. What are your plans? Today, I’m helping & attending a Singles Soiree {we have a matchmaker attending!}, tomorrow is my class on Color {Theories & Choices} at Treehouse {please come #Austin, RSVP here} and Sunday, I’m throwing a going away party for my amazing friend Charmie {I am sad yet excited & happy for her…creative people follow their own path! She is going on a sabbatical in Thailand.

Memorial Day is about celebrating the fallen hereos of the United States Army…from the Marines, Navy, Air Forces, Army & Coast Guard. Colors of these entities are predominantly yellow and blue {well, except for the Army}. Here are some ideas on how to set the table in yellow and blue for this important holiday. 5 Yellow and Blue centerpiece ideas:

1. Blue runners, yellow bandanas with lemons & sunflowers to match.

blue and yellow centerpiece

2. A Mason Jar with yellow fruit & flora and a simple striped blue ribbon.

blue and yellow centerpiece

3. Glass containers with blue beads and yellow and blue flowers.

blue and yellow centerpiece

4. Blue wine bottles in clusters, again with vibrant yellow flowers.

blue and yellow centerpiece

5. Something sweet in yellow and blue in white pedestals {think gorgeous cakes, cupcakes & even French macaroons!}

No worries, here’s an idea for the Army: green succulents in wooden boxes like these will be gorgeous!

Images: 1. House Beautiful 2. Becky Young Photography 3. Style Me Pretty 4. The Sweetest Occasion 5.The Joyful Weddings & Events

Have fun everyone!

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Simply Beautiful Easter Eggs


Easter weekend is upon us everyone! I wish all of you a wonderful one. We have family visiting over the weekend, then I’m out for a week on business. The week has been somewhat different… I got into a minor fender-bender {my car was the one hit}, I am ok, yet incidents like this can still be stressful. The weekend ahead will be amazing though,  I’m sure!

On another note, how gorgeous are these Easter eggs, sometimes {or a lot of times}, simple is better.

Have a great one, everyone!


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Instant Decor | Flowering Branches

Cherry Blossom Branches

We have family coming over this weekend…talk about Spring cleaning fast! I’ve got a few things to grab for the house.To add a festive spirit for this Easter weekend, I’m on the hunt for the perfect flowering branches. I think they are just so gorgeous and a good fit with any kind of vase {the simpler, the better}.

Now, I can’t decide which one to get….

Quince Branches

Forsythia Branches

Apricot Branches, perhaps?

Or Plum Branches?

Of course, I’m not even sure if any of these are in Season. Wish me luck on the hunt!

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Pastries and Opera

I was a little bummed when I visited Laduree in NYC last week. I love, love French Macaroons so much and their store in New York is just too small to showcase the decadence of this historical pastry shop. I think there’s news that a bigger one will be in SOHO soon. Soon was just never soon enough though. *Sigh*

Anyway, since Easter is coming…I’ve been dreaming of pastries more and more. Well, this is not true, I dream of pastries all the time…the prettier the better {Tip: Financiers Patisserie at  Grand Central Terminal was sooo good!}. I remember when my friend Jessica sent me a link to this pastry shop in Toronto, Cake Opera Company. The cakes and confections are truly magnificent. Here’s their work… do not say I didn’t warn you, there will just be too much eye candy here. french-macaroon-towers

gold-and-pink-cake pink-and-silver-cake

teacup-pastry dessert-operetta


It’s a tragedy when a cake or confection is not this gorgeous, don’t you think? And if they serve these at the Opera, I might just go!

All images by Cake Opera Co.

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