3 Step DIY: Orangina Vase

I’m a big fan of easy and fast DIY’s. So, the DIY above includes 3 easy steps and not only that, you only need 3 things. I know Sweet Paul would approve!

Since Spring parties are just around the corner, you would want tons of vases as containers for those gorgeous Spring blooms. Orangina {my husband buys tons of this carbonated Orange juice} bottles, a can of spray paint plus some washi tape is all you need. I made 8 of them for this Spring-inspired, Modern Antebellum soiree photo shoot published in Bliss Bridal Magazine. I decided to go mint + gold but pinks, yellows, peaches & taupes would be just as lovely!


Just the beauty of a single white ranunculus is enough!


What DIY’s do you have up your sleeve for Spring parties?

Images: Nicole Ryan Photo

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Archipelago Candles | Enjoy the Burn

So, aside from book, frames and mirrors…I do have an obsession with candles. They are so amazing with design and decorating. Last week, I shared some tips on coffee table decorating on the 5 Must Haves. One of them is a candle. I follow my own ideas and want to show you how you can get a gorgeous tray for a coffee table together in a snap!

A sleek tray {West Elm}, personal books, a sculptural element {Dwell Studio}, a gorgeous dish {Canvas} and of course, a fabulous candle. This one is from Archipelago from their Signature Soy collection. I only seem to lean towards Soy Candles nowadays. They burn smoothly without emitting toxins in the air. Just one less thing to worry about that can trigger my allergies. I did get snap happy taking pictures of the candle…wish you can smell it from this photos. I’m burning Agave Sage right now.



Still burning….here it is making a cameo at my office desk at night. The box it came with is gorgeous too! It’s for keeps and I will recycle and repurpose it as a desk accessory/container of some sort.



Help! I’m so hooked that I may have to try their other candle line. How glamorous is the Black Forest Collection or the Maison Luxe? Loft for the contemporary masculine in you or Global Bazaar for your bohemian vibe!

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Red Carpet Inspired Interiors

You may have seen some of our Editorial to Interiors posts, but today I’m doing a one off and just taking inspiration from the red carpet.  I was dying over some of Vogue’s 10 Best Dressed looks for this week and thought, why not see if we can find some rooms that embody the essence of these elegant looks.

1.  Emily Blunt in Romantic Peach

Here’s Emily in her gorgeous gown…


And the room it inspires…


2. Marion Cotillard and Rich Deep Purple


3. Jennifer Lawrence and Brooding Burgundy


4. Helen Mirren and Glamorous Gold and Black


5. Naomi Watts and Blue Elegance


And there you have it, my take on these fashions’ transition from clothing to decor.  Let me know which is your favorite, or if you have a different take on these fashions…my personal favorite is Jennifer Lawrence’s dress and room pairing, but I am biased towards all manor of wine-inspired colors.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Happy New Year!


I wish all of you an amazing night as tonight we’ll ring in the New Year. I still get nostalgic whenever a New Year is here. Do you reflect back on the year that just flew by and ponder about the year ahead? I do! I also still make resolutions or rather goals that carves out my year {usually}, with snags every now and then of course! Oh, I don’t want to get serious here. For today, just have fun, enjoy, greet the New Year with lots of spark!




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5 Fruit-Infused Cocktails for New Year’s Eve

1. Cranberry-Lemongrass Martini: Tart with Zing!


2. Sparkling Pear & Cranberry Cocktail: Fizzy & Sweet


3. Blood orange Punch: Antioxidant galore!


4. Orange Cherry Champagne Cocktail: Sweetly Festive


5. Pomegranate Margarita: The Red Margarita

So, the weekend is upon us again. The hustle and bustle may have died down but it’s still the holiday season. New Year is just around the corner, are you ready? I decided to list 5 Fruit-Infused Cocktails for New Year’s Eve. I know we feel bad enough to booze it up more than usual during the holidays {I’m not speaking for myself only, correct?} but if the drinks have lots of fruit in them, it negates the bad effects of liquor correct? Just click on the link for the recipes.

And I don’t know about you but I’m always confused as to which glass to use when serving drinks. I found this little cheat sheet.




Have fun preparing for your New Year’s Eve festivities!

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Christmas Eve thoughts

So, yes, I still cannot believe that today is Christmas Eve. I have all of my shopping and wrapping done [yay for online shopping!]. The streets have been extremely busy here in Austin since the Trail of Lights is ongoing again after a two-year hiatus. I have been avoiding to be out there and be stuck in traffic. Today is going to be laid back and just reflecting on what this Season is all about. Besides the chaos, festive decorating, soirees and gift-giving…..to me it’s about love, togetherness and *his* birth. We are all truly blessed!



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Holiday Decorating at the Stevens

I’m not very big on holiday decorating and avoid to get kitschy at all cost. I am a bit late {the tree was up, oh about two days ago} and still catching with my To-Do list after our Barcelona holiday. This year, we decided to put a few things that signal the *holidays* in and around the house. We didn’t buy anything new, just things we already have, well except for the fresh tree of course and sooo happy that we actually have a winter berry tree in the yard. You can never go wrong with the beauty of nature, I think. So, here’s a few things we have up…

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Happy Friday everyone! Tomorrow is going to be busy with last-minute shopping. Do check out the shop for some lovely finds and remember not to have holiday road rage 🙂

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All I want for Christmas | Laduree

 Yes, I have been dreaming of Laduree macarons and profiteroles lately! Seriously, any day is a holiday with a Laduree pastry I think. From their awe-inspiring exteriors and interiors, Laduree’s sweet creations is a work of art. Let’s enjoy the eye candy sweetness, shall we?

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Have an absolutely sweet Wednesday everyone! I have officially joined the hustle and bustle of the holidays that’s why I haven’t been posting much lately. Hope you are enjoying this Season despite the *craziness.*

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Setting the Table : Feasting in Style

Hello friends! Today, we have a special guest post from the lovely Nycia of Inspired Events here in Austin. We’ve connected a while back but we only met each other a couple of weeks ago and totally hit it off. Could it be because we love design and event styling? Ummm, no brainer, right? Today, she is sharing with us some of her design ideas for the Holiday table and gatherings.

If you are like me the excitement of setting the table for the Holidays makes you a little giddy. With holiday soirees already starting,  I am narrowing down my table display ideas. Although my family is pretty large and we normally set our table buffet style, I still have to give our setup a little thought. Of course you want to feast in style no matter what; sit down or buffet.

When thinking of your table scape, first narrow it down by color, then build your table from there.  It’s always nice to find a picture or decor piece to inspire you with your color palette. Also remember to get creative, with what you already have on hand, as well as your surroundings with nature is also a great way to build your table, by bringing in those natural elements. Here’s two table styles built off the same floral inspiration and colors.  What’s your feasting style?

1. Simply Traditional


2. Touch of Modern


Whether Traditional, Modern or anything in between, all the little details count. Your holiday table is the first place to start in making gatherings festive! Thanks so, so much Nycia!

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Whimsy & Glitz

When I receive catalogs, I instinctively look at the photo shoot styling more than the offerings. I think that’s good so I don’t get sucked in to shopping! Anyway, I think I’m way too old for the clothes at Free People {or not} but I’m totally in love with the feel of their layout. It’s like the more whimsical side of Anthropologie. Their newest catalog is all about fairy tales with their modern heroines with whimsy and glitz.The models look dainty and innocent, the clothes are flowy and ethereal. Though the models are the focus on the pages of the catalogs, the scene will not be whimsical without the *props.* Lanterns, candlesticks and even a decked out banister in Scene 1; Pillows, ladder and fringe fabrics in Scene 2 and Branches, paper lanterns and fake snow in Scene 3.

Have a whimsical weekend everyone!

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