Happy Weekend!

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Wowie, Friday already! The countdown to halloween costumes has begun…what are you being?? Christa is twinning with a friend for a very fun, homemade costume, and Reg sadly has made very little progress on that front (but luckily her wardrobe allows her to be an impromptu gypsy at any moment). What’re you guys gonna be?? Have you checked out Studio DIY for ideas?? They’re all AMAZING.

Have a great weekend!


cct // Emily from Cupcakes & Cashmere has killed it with her Links I Love round up this week. That Carrie Bradshaw Best Boyfriends list and the How to Pronounce Difficult Beauty Brand Names were my favorite.

rkv // The perfect fall produce salad

cct // Guys, Space Jam is turning 20 this year! And because Space Jam will always have a special place in our hearts, and because my dad worked on it (!! make sure to check for his credit – Doug Tubach), make sure you catch it in theaters for their 20 anniversary screenings!

rkv // Holy savings – 60% off all sale items at Loft

cct // LOVE Iskra Lawrence!

rkv // 3 time management tips for work & everyday life

cct // When you just need a good laugh

rkv // 10 things to do when you’re feeling grumpy


 

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Happy Weekend!

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This weekend is going to be glorious! Great weather and fun times ahead. Reg is celebrating her roomie Liz’s birthday, and Christa is going to be in NYC visiting her college gal pal, Brit.

What do you all have planned? Hope it’s a good one! xo G&M


cct // Because, duh! Here’s Where to Find all the Cool Stuff from the Shosh in Japan Episode of Girls

rkv // Sweet & savory midnight snacks

cct // Raindrop cake!! If we actually head into Brooklyn on Sunday for the flea market and Smorgasbord – I might be tempted…

rkv // Treat-yo-self rewards that aren’t food or shopping

cct // When to Travel This Year, Based on Your Astrological Sign

rkv // And now that you’ve figured out where to go, here’s how to get there

cct // Adorable

rkv // 7 ways to dress up your boring Ikea frames


 

Happy Weekend

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Oh thank lawdy it’s Friday. We’ve both had our hands full at work these days, and definitely need to a little time to just unwind. Now that it’s finally warming up a bit over here, we can start going on walks, sitting on porches or in parks to read (blankets still required), and going on bike rides to relax and alleviate some stress. We’re hoping we can squeeze some time in for such leisurely delights these next couple of days.

Hope you all have beautiful weekends —


cct // Need these cookies in my life asap!

rkv // Those who know me know that I’m a bit of a scatter brain, and sometimes my friends suffer because of it — How to Be More Present in Your Friendships

cct // Just because Game of Thrones starts up again soon, and Emilia Clark is a babe

rkv // Because spring means dew, and dewy should be an adjective for your cheeks – DIY cream blush

cct // Some of my favorite things: beautiful house tours, San Francisco & German people 🙂

rkv // For those of you also sick of signing off with “thanks!” and “all the best” — 39 Ways to Close Your Emails

cct // Guys, these work out pants are everything (scroll down a bit)! You can get them here

rkv // 2016’s best Ikea hacks, so far

 

DIY: Vanity Redux

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So, I have quite literally been trying to redo this dresser for 15 years. My mom and I picked it out from a handmade pine furniture store when I was 11 years old — and even as a wee lass I had DIY on the brain! However, this brain has also always been indecisive (and lazy), and just couldn’t figure out to do with this clunky little nugget.

While part of me actually wouldn’t mind keeping it as pine, it had just gotten so dirty over the years that I had to do something to it. There was an odd pink stain on the top, among many other mystery globs. Plus, it’s a pretty hefty piece, and I generally think pine looks much better with slimmer/sleeker lines.

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See above? Ew.

I mulled over options at the hardware store for a solid 45 minutes trying to pick the right color, because once you stain unfinished pine, there isn’t really any going back.

TIP: Be sure to use the stain sample charts that the brand displays in store, because the colors pretty much don’t look anything like they do on the face of the cans.

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The rest was really pretty straight forward! I gave it a good sanding because of all those nasty stains, decided to condition because the unfinished wood was looking parched (and the kind man at the hardware store said it would allow a more even finish), and used a silicone brush to add the two coats of stain.

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Tip: If you’re doing this indoors (because you’re an idiot like me who decided to wait until late fall for a big DIY) prepare yourself for some seriously fowl aromas. I chose not to sleep in my bedroom for three nights, keep the windows open, and fans on 24-7, and the smell still took about 2 weeks to finally dissipate.

So a better tip? Maybe wait until spring/summer when you can air it outside overnight.

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But the horrid smell was worth it! I’m so happy with the color choice of — not too red and not too dark. The handles are mismatched feathers that I had picked up on sale at Anthropologie years ago, waiting for this moment to finally arrive, but If I had my choice of any handles I may go with something like these brassy guys.

I should probably also seal it, but that may take another 15 years or so.

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If you like what you see:
Wood Stain, Minwax in English Chestnut
Storage Ottoman, Target
Frameless Mirror, Ikea
Glass Table Lamp, Ikea (similar)


— rkv

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

It’s definitely feeling like May around these parts, which means it’s time to get a little something special for that sunshine in your life — your mama! Check out some picks we found on the interwebz that we think our madres would just adore.

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01. Metal Watering Can
02. MCMC Fragrance Samples
03. Fitbit
04. White Truffle Olive Oil
05. Glass Measuring Cup
06. Bronze Dipped Glass Vase
07. Seafood Spice Rub
08. Decorative Metal Candle Holder


1 Shelf, 3 Ways

Happy Monday, loves! Hope you all had a nice weekend and were able to relax a bit!

Recently in the blog hemisphere we’ve been noticing a whole lot of posts for “one item, several ways,” be if for clothing or decor. In particular, one of our favorite little lady designers, Emily Henderson, has been all about showcasing a staple piece styled four ways, like with this credenza. We were feeling inspired by her ideas and decided to give it a go!

Below is a ladder shelf that I picked up from good ‘ol Walmart a couple of years ago to add a little more storage to my tiny kitchen — it’s proven to be very helpful for the bits and bobbles that we’ve run out of room for. We decided to give it three key looks that could work for your kitchen — the bar, a baking station, and the miscellaneous items.

Shelf: 

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With a big blank slate like this, it’s all about the layering. I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to pretty little trinkets, so the layering thing was pretty easy to accomplish. 🙂

01. Baking

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The great thing about this ladder shelf is that it has some room for over sized items like mixing bowls and baskets, as well as the tiny knickknacks like butter dishes and mixing cups. Another crucial component to styling this guy was height and greenery. Cutting boards and vases are a great way to give the shelf the height you’re looking for, and some big leafy plants look awesome in mason jars, like this dried eucalyptus.

When making a baking station, you’ll definitely need your essentials. Hide your flours and sugars in pretty canisters, while tucking away baking powder and such in baskets. Showcase some of your fancier items like your good vanilla, and don’t be afraid to display items with some character, as we did with the aged baking pans. We also draped an apron over the edge of the shelf for a little bit of flair.

02. Bar

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This is a fun one to set up, because it makes you feel like an actual *gasp* adult. We’ve collected some pretty old empties for our top row, but it definitely would feel a little more impactful if you have an actual collection to show off. Throw in some of your good liquors, as well as the tools you’ll be needing, like openers, shakers, napkins, and glasses. We also made things colorful with a bowl filled with essential citrus fruits, and an aloe plant for a pop of green.

03. Everyday 

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So this is helpful if you’re kitchen is like mine, with a whole lot of little things in need of a home. Pots and pans will stack nicely on the bottom, as well as linens and cookbooks. Display your favorite tea boxes and layer with nice cutting boards. It’s great for the random things you have lying around, like my scallion-growing science project, and Christmas gifts from Christa like a DIY cheese-making kit.

Hope these looks were helpful for you guys, and you’re feeling inspired to get a head start on the spring cleaning! If you liked any of the above items, check out below to see where we got some of the key pieces!

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Look 1:
cutting boards, Home Goods
porcelain milk dish, H&M
fox cookie jar, Target
cake stand, Home Goods
cookbooks, Anthropologie & vintage
red canisters & utensil holder, vintage
flour canister & dish towels, IKEA
wire baskets, Pier 1

Look 2:
cocktail shakers, vintage and Crate & Barrel
brass bottle opener, vintage
copper mugs, Sur La Table
etched highball glasses, Anthropologie
deer antler, vintage
porcelain juicer, West Elm

Look 3:
DIY mozzarella kit, Etsy
garlic bowl, H&M
fruit bowl, handmade
etched glasses, cutting boards, baskets (see above)


Getting Organized // For the Home

Nearly everyone has “get organized” on their New Years resolution list…there’s just such a great feeling about starting the new year off feeling clean, collected and organized! It’s sort of like the precursor to Spring Cleaning. And since we live in apartments with one or more other people, the idea of personal space and organization is extra important. We’ve gathered a couple of our favorite ways to quickly spruce up your space and stay on top of things as possible!


01. Shelving

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Adding shelving can do a lot to a space, whether you add it directly to the wall, or in the form of some sort of furniture. We’ve had the best luck with wall shelving from Ikea, which also allows for a ton of DIY and personalization. Shelves are perfect for finding a home for those small meaningful items that you just can’t give up, showing off personal items you might accidentally tuck away in some drawer. They add visual interest to your walls, all while adding more storage to your space. If your space is small, just work upwards!


Our favorite shelving items: The EKBY JÄRPEN from Ikea, pretty much anything from West Elm, and the Emerson Shelving from World Market are all life savers.


 

02. Hooks & Rods

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Hooks are helpful for all sorts of things! Necklaces, scarves, jackets (obviously…), and even pots & pans. It’s a little nuts how much space you can clear up just by putting a few hooks or rods on the walls. Have empty space above your stove? Hang up your cookware! Jewelry always tangled? Display it on your walls by your vanity!


For some awesome hooks: Check out Crate & Barrel’s Sheesham Hooks, this classic look from Target, or Ikea’s LEKSVIK. We’ve also had some great luck at flea markets and thrift stores finding some old iron hooks.

As for rods: Add some more hanging space to your closet with Ikea’s MULIG clothes bar, and change your life with this pot rack and these s-hooks in your kitchen.


 

03. Baskets

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If you want to hide clutter, baskets are the way to go — they’re probably the easiest way to do a quick sweep in your apartment. Get some big canvas ones for blankets, towels, and linens, and some small wicker ones for random toiletries, magazines, and any other random bits. Reg’s kitchen has a wire basket for fruit, so you can always see what you have.


Great basket finds: Home Goods always has a plethora to choose from, or check out H&M’s home section, and of course, the almighty Ikea.


 

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“For yah Motha” Gift Guide

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Moms can be a little tough to buy for, because anything they want/need tends to be a new kitchen appliance or cashmere, which can definitely burn a hole in your wallet. While we REALLY wish we could buy it for them, more often than not we just can’t quite tackle it on your own. Our families often go in on group gifts for when Mom wants something pricey, but if you’re looking to get her something meaningful just from you (and with a smaller price tag), we have some ideas! Our go-tos usually include cozy knits, kitchen items, and pretty everyday accessories:

Knit Infinity Scarf // Candle Holder // Salad Utensils // Small Gold Hoops // Cutting Board // Card Holder // Seasonal Produce Calendar // Glass Tea Infuser // Everyday Tote

Happy Friday!

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Mmmm waffle cones. Thanks to DesignLoveFest for this beautiful image and diy waffle cone recipe!

Hope you guys all have great plans, big or small, for your weekends ahead! Enjoy em – you deserve it!

cct // Sorry for all of the Game of Thrones (we’re obsessed…), but here is a nice Flash Back Friday round up of some of our fav actors & actresses!

rkv // Spinning off of yesterday’s post… the 12 most attractive soccer players of the 2014 World Cup

cct // Our new summer slow jam

rkv // A tip on how to remember someone’s name

cct // Apartment Therapy has got you covered for a fantastic summer!

rkv // I’m sorry, what? Microwave potato chips?

cct // I hadn’t really noticed this was becoming a trend, but now that I think about it, I think it’s true!

rkv // Lovin’ this Ikea hack

Room Refresh // Global Bedroom

Happy hump day everyone! It’s time for another Room Refresh – today I’ll be spinning off of the “global” living room theme from last month, with some bedrooms! This style is a wonderfully creative way to create a comfortable oasis in your bedroom – here’s some inspiration for you bohemian hippies out there: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 { images sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 } So if an artfully combined of mixture of patterns and jewel tones makes your heart go pitter patter, then here are some pieces specially picked for you: eclectic_bedroom1   Bedding: Two-Tone Pillowcase, Rectangle Pillowcase, Floral Pillowcase, Knit throw // Speckled Ceramics // Potted Succulents // Henna Letter // Ornate Rug // Burrow