February Door Decor

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I’ve been hanging this up the past few Februrarys and I love it. My mom had a collection of vintage valentines she would display in different ways around the house.  She was cleaning out some of her doubles and passed these on to me.

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Attached to a simple red ribbon with mini clothespins they add some cheer and whimsy to this love filled winter month.  My personal favorite is the carousel.

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Happy February.

xo-erin

Snapshot Sunday

It was a busy and exciting week because I was prepping for a little weekend trip to New York to visit with a friend.  Enjoy these photos from this week, which include a few from my weekend getaway.

xo-erin

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monday

 

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tuesday
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wednesday
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Hallway Update

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I really like wallpaper. I really really really like wallpaper. I would wallpaper every room in my house if I had the budget, but sadly I don’t.

I originally had planned to wallpaper my dining room. I ordered about 50 samples looked at every wallpaper vendor online, but couldn’t settle on a pattern/print/design.  Don’t worry the samples were put to good use; I turned them into envelopes.

I did use wallpaper to add some charm to my kitchen.  I used the paradise fields pattern in chalk from Cath Kidston to make a backsplash on the wall with the sink. With help from my mom the backsplash went up very easily and added the exact pop of color and character I was looking for.  I love the way it looks and it honestly makes me smile every time I do the dishes. I also used magnets to attach a sheet to the side of my fridge.

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boring, right?

A few months ago I came to the conclusion that my hallway needed that same pop of color and character. The first thing a visitor to my house would see is a big white wall with a boring wood door.  I was inspired by this hand-painted wall, this stunning staircase, and this recycled hall update.

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I went with another Cath Kidston wallpaper. This time going with the Birds & Roses pattern in cream.  The pink coordinates well with my rose quartz living room walls, the blue coordinates with my blue dining room, and the green, yellow, and brown worked with my hall rug.

 

 

 

Again I had my wallpaper expert Mom come to help hang it up. It was a pretty quick project (a few hours on a Sunday evening) since there were only 3 sheets needed.  The hard part was that my walls are 9 feet high and no one in my family is very tall. Thankfully my cousins have a big ladder and live around the corner.

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I am so happy with how it turned out. With the cream background  of the paper it is still colorful without being overwhelming.  I plan on using some of the extra paper to cover some decorative boxes in the living room and make some mats for picture frames as well. I think I will keep my eye on the Cath Kidston sale section as well because I would love to get the matching pillows for my couch when/if they go on sale.

I would love to know your thoughts on my hallway update. I would also love to know if you have any ideas for my extra wallpaper.  There is a decent amount leftover and I would much rather use it than store it in the closet. What do you think?

Thanks for visiting! xo-erin

 

What I’m Working On

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Making some wooden valentine conversation hearts with messages like these. Bae Mine!

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Translating a few recipes from this book, Petites Tartine Entre Amis. It’s improving my previously non-existent knowledge of the French language.

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Painting a hand-me-down bookshelf to give it new life. The back will have a pop color using wallpaper from Cath Kidston. I am obsessed with Cath Kidston and love all of the beautiful prints and patterns.

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Hopefully some of these projects will be finished by the week’s end. xo-erin

January Door Decor

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After all the lovely, but colorful and cluttered decorations of Christmas I wanted something still festive, but simple. I settled on making a little garland of seven metallic tissue paper tassels.  Three are silver and the the other four are white with gold polka dots.  I wrapped the tops of the tassels with a little white yarn to make sure they stay secure and as an extra finishing touch.  I made close to 100 of these tassels before my housewarming last January.  They are really quick and easy to make and there are lots of tutorials out there. I used this one from HGTV.

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Truthfully, I really just wanted to put up the Febraury door decor, I really love that one, but it seemed a little too early for that. I like my little tassels and will happily enjoy them for a few more weeks.

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xo-erin

Brown Butter Magic Cookie Bars

6-IMG_2081At Christmas my extended family and I played a “Price is Right” style game were we had to guess the cost of different grocery store items.  I  did pretty well and even came home with a few prizes one of them being a can of sweetened condensed milk. I have two recipes I make regularly that use sweetened condensed milk one is banana pudding and the other is magic cookie bars.

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I decided to make the magic cookie bars, but give them a little upgrade.  I used both white and semi-sweet chocolate chips, sliced almonds, and cranberries in addition to the standard coconut and condensed milk.  I also made the graham cracker crust with brown butter.  They turned out super delicious.  The brown butter adds a subtle depth to the crust and it  makes your kitchen smell amazing as you cook it.

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Browning the butter.

The only change I would make for the future would be to use dark chocolate instead of semi-sweet for even more richness.  Before I share the recipe I have to say that since these have almonds and cranberries they make a perfectly suitable breakfast (at least they did for me).   If you make them let me know what you think.

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Brown Butter Magic Cookie Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut

Directions

  1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9 x 13 baking pan.  I greased mine with butter, but cooking spray or lining with parchment paper should work too.
  2. Brown your butter. Melt your butter slowly over medium heat in a light colored pan.  A dark pan makes it too hard to tell when the butter goes from browned to burned.  Swirl/stir it often so it melts/browns evenly.  The butter will start to foam as it melts.  It took about 3 minutes to get to the perfect toast color. Remove from heat immediately and mix with graham cracker crumbs until saturated.
  3. Press the mixed butter and crumbs into  your prepared pan. Pour the condensed milk evenly over the  graham cracker crumbs.  Next layer the nuts, cranberries, white and semi-sweet chocolate chip, ending with the coconut. Using the back of a spatula press down firmly on the coconut.
  4. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.  Run a knife around the edge while still warm. This will make it easier to remove later.
  5. Let cool, cut, and enjoy.