Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Memorial Weekend Recap!

What a perfect weather weekend we had for Memorial Day and Race weekend here in Indianapolis! 

*available for purchase this week in my shop Refurbish & Refinish*
{Friday night Instagram post}

{Monon Trail Carmel}

{Carmel Farmer's Market}

{new DIY projects in the works}
{Scotty's Brewhouse Carmel}
{still enjoying my Green BEAN Delivery}

Friday evening was spent outside with my husband.  This is seriously our favorite thing to do in the summer.  We each grab our favorite drink and sit outside and just enjoy the peace and quiet.  This is usually our favorite time to catch up on what we each did that week and talk about our hopes and dreams for the future!  Saturday we started our morning walking to our local Farmer's Market in Carmel.  We usually don't buy anything, especially since I just received that huge Green BEAN Delivery last week.  It's just a great Saturday morning walk for us.  We usually end up having our breakfast there.  They have so many things available to eat and enjoy there.  We chose the fresh smoothie bar this time.  The Walking Waffles are also a favorite of ours.  They have everything from scrambled egg bars to breakfast brats and crepes.  So we typically pick up some breakfast.....walk around and see what's new......and sit and enjoy some folk music before walking home.  I spent the rest of the afternoon catching up on a few DIY projects.  We ended the evening at Scotty's Brewhouse in Carmel watching the Pacer's game.  They lost!  :(  But I think this will be a new favorite restaurant and hang-out for us this summer.  It is walking distance from our home.  Just a quick walk down the Monon Trail and we are there!  Sunday we sat at my sister's pool for a couple of hours before her Memorial Day cookout!  It felt amazing to be sitting outside, poolside, soaking up the rays for the first time this summer!!  Monday was just another relaxing day at home before we're back to work today!

I decided to make a new wreath for my front door too!  I was feeling very patriotic this weekend!  I think it will get good use for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day!  Here's a little step-by-step of making the wreath:

Just a few little tips on the wreath if you are trying to re-create......I decided to go with the straw ring from Michael's versus a standard styrofoam floral wreath that I would usually use because I found that they are half the price.  And they work just the same.  You will see in the pictures above, the original plan was to just wrap the entire straw with the ribbon.  But I got about 3/4 of the way around and ran out of ribbon.  So I wrapped the wreath in a burlap ribbon first and then wrapped it with the stars ribbon, leaving some space to see the burlap and to allow the stars ribbon to make it all the way around.  I used hot glue to secure the ribbons, the fabric flowers, and the tin star. 

I've been really crafty lately......I have another simple, summer DIY for you tomorrow!

UnCORKed!! {ReLaunch of SIP HAPPENS}

Bye-Bye SIP HAPPENS parties!  

Sip Happens has been re-branded to Uncorked!  My group of wine loving friends and myself are relaunching the whole wine party concept with a new, fresh, and casual approach.  Visit Val's lifestyle blog Chicken Scratch for more info on the re-brand and why we decided to change directions of the party. 

Our name and look changed but the wine drinking has not! We want to encourage all our lady readers to schedule some time just for yourself and unWINEd!!  UnCORKed is still the same motto as SIP HAPPENS:  a wine night movement to take a break from life and enjoy some wine.  It can be your favorite wine or an opportunity to try a new wine based on a pretty label. 

from our last SIP HAPPENS party in April

Now that most of us are probably enjoying these summer days and summer nights with a little wine every once in a while, we want to see how you unWINEd!  We would love for you to share your wine parties with us or tell us about your night sitting outside having a glass of your favorite wine. 

Share pictures with us on Instagram with hashtag:

On MONDAY, JULY 28th you can link up on my blog or any of the new UnCORKed team's blogs:

This is your official invite to our wine club! Everyone is welcome. Go ahead…grab a glass and don't forget to link up with us on July 28th!!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Green BEAN Delivery

When I first saw a Green BEAN Delivery truck driving down the interstate, I was intrigued.  I wasn't sure what this "organic produce and natural groceries" delivered to your front door entailed.  You know how you see something, and it is on your mind, it seems like you start to see and hear about it everywhere??  Well that's what happened with Green BEAN Delivery.  I started to learn that I actually knew a lot of people using this organic produce company to get groceries delivered right to their home.  So I had to find out more about this company and try them out for myself. Read more about this company on their website!
Green BEAN Delivery is independently and locally owned.  Working with lots of local suppliers, which I loved about them!  The website was really easy to use and set up an account for the first time.  They even have a blog called Healthy Times with recipes, news, and more.  The produce available for purchase changes all the time, season to season.  But you can fully customize what you receive in your order and even add in basic groceries along with your fresh produce.  I was really hoping to get some spinach, but sadly, there was none available at the time.  My sister has also purchased the Green BEAN Delivery bin and she said the spinach was amazing!  So, I was really looking forward to trying it.  Maybe next time.  See her post about her experience with Green BEAN Delivery and how she used her fresh produce on her blog.

The company provides different levels of bins.   They offer a Small Bin, Combo Bin, Medium Bin, Large Bin, and a Fruit Bin.  Main differences are just sizes and price.  I chose the Small Bin for my first time, which consists of $35 worth of fresh fruits and veggies. 

Breakfast Cantaloupe
Avocado {3}
Red Grapefruit
Kiwi {2}
Romaine Lettuce
Steaz Zero Calorie Green Tea {add on}

Of course, I couldn't just order a bunch of fruit & veggies and not have some meals planned out for them!  The weather was beautiful last night, so my hubby manned the grill and we threw together a yummy dinner of Turkey Burgers, Roasted Broccolini, and Sweet Potato Fries using some of our fresh ingredients.  I was mainly excited to try the Broccolini, one of my favs, and Turkey Burgers just seemed like a good pairing for them!


Doesn't this broccolini look like a beautiful bouquet!!  I had to laugh because my mom is a florist and she creates a lot of wedding bouquets.  It made me think of her and how this broccolini actually looks a lot like the stock she uses in some of the bouquets.  And I thought......she should just use broccolini in her bouquets and then if the bride gets hungry she can also snack on it!  hahaha! I am my biggest fan!

I'm a sucker for Green Tea so when I saw this, I had to add a can to my bin.  It was delicious!  It is called Half & Half -- half green tea, half lemonade.  Zero calories with natural sweeteners.  I need to find this in the store. 

Dinner is served!!

Overall, I had a wonderful first time experience with Green BEAN Delivery!  Probably THE BEST fresh produce that I have ever had!!  Everything was full, thriving, and crisp!  Just the way fruit & veggies are supposed to be.  I have shopped around at many local grocery stores, from big box grocery stores to organic grocery stores and everything I have had from Green BEAN delivery surpassed them.  Will this be something I order every week?  Maybe not right now.  It does seem a little pricey for a family of two.  But on the flip side, you are getting amazing fresh, local produce that was better than anything I have ever had from any other grocery store.  I have considered keeping the bin during the summer months, as that is when the best fruit and veggies are available (and when I eat them most).  You can completely customize your orders to arrive when you want and as often as you would like.  So, this is something to consider.  Not only do I love fruit & veggies, but they are crucial to everyone's diet.  Having them delivered to your door is convenient!  You know you are paying a little more for good produce so you are more likely to eat all of the items rather than let them rot and be wasted.  It saves a lot of time and trips going to the grocery store.  And you are supporting local farmers. 

*Thank you to Green BEAN Delivery for sponsoring this post.  All opinions were completely mine.  And to my hubby for being my wonderful hand model!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Styling Bookcases

Styling Bookcases are one of my favorite things to do!  However, I've found it is one of the hardest things for my clients.  It's all in the details, the personal touches, and sticking to the design basics. 

For this client, I really needed to pull out all the stops to stretch the dollar as far as possible.  There was a lot to conquer on a small budget.  So for the bookcases, I kept it really simple and easy.  Using the basics, plants, books, pictures, vases, and baskets.  Typically, I would gather a bunch of accessories from lots of different stores to give the shelves a collected, gathered look.  But here, I kept it simple with basic items from Target and Ikea. 


1.  Start with a basic bookcase!! 
For this client, I decided to start with a basic black Oxford Bookcase from Home Decorators Collection.  I was looking for something sturdy and solid, yet low priced to fit in our budget since we had to purchase two of these.  These were the perfect fit because they were wide, tall, and came with adjustable shelves.  Check the height!  Measure them out in your space and make sure they are the correct scale for the wall.  Bookcases come in lots of different sizes, so make sure they are right for your space.  This bookcase was originally a six-shelf bookcase, but I removed one of the shelves to have more space for the baskets. 

Oxford Bookcase from Home Decorators Collection

2.  Add in Books from Goodwill.
I always start the styling with a stack of books.  Any and every bookshelf needs books.  Don't have any?  Even better.  I like to use decorative books when styling a bookcase.  I start by shopping at my local Goodwill store.  If you can pick up some books at Goodwill the first Saturday of the month, then you can get them half price!  Even better!! When buying the books at Goodwill, look behind the paper sleeve and see the color of the book binding.  This is what you are looking for.  I pick all of the books based on the color of the binding that matches the room decor.  For this space I chose books with a bright turquoise and blue colored binding for a pop of color against the black bookcases.  Buy more than you think.  Unless you plan it out exactly for each shelf, I always seem to use more books than I originally think I will.   

3.  Faux plants are the perfect accessory.
These faux plants from Ikea are my go-to item for decorating bookshelves.  You can pick any container to put the plants in to coordinate with your decor and they come in lots of different shapes and sizes.  They are really inexpensive too, so they make for a great accessory for any bookshelf.

4.  The "Power of Three"
For a really easy rule of thumb when styling a shelf in a bookcase, just remember the "Power of Three" when placing items.  Use only 3 books as a stack, with a small object set on top of the books.  Arrange items in groups of 3.  For a simple, clean look, keep it to 3 items per shelf.  As you can see below, I used the "Power of Three" when decorating each shelf.  The top shelf has a plant, a large picture frame, and 3 books stacked with a small vase on top.  The middle shelf is simple with just 3 larger items.  The bottom shelf is basically a flipped version of the top shelf moving the plant to the center so that none of the plants are directly lined up within the bookcase.

5.  Storage
A bookcase is a great place for added storage.  It doesn't have to be just for pretty objects or displaying accessories.  Bookcases can be functional as well.  With two small kids, this client needed some extra storage in their family room for toys, games, diapers, whatever....So I added 4 black woven baskets from Ikea to each bookcase.  Now they have lots of storage for a quick clean-up!

6.  Coordinate Accessories
Other than books, plants, picture frames, and baskets, the styling of these bookcases are really pretty simple.  So to keep it simple, yet still all coordinating, I bought all of the vases from the same place.  By purchasing all of the same vase, just different sizes and colors, it keeps the styling very simple and stylized. 

Styling bookcases doesn't have to be that difficult if you stick to the simple design rules and just have fun with it!!

Other design projects I've done with bookcase styling.  A Home Office Makeover with custom bookcases styled with vintage pieces in navy and golds.  And a Home Office decorated in a yellow and gray color scheme. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Fresh New Outdoor Space

What a beautiful weekend we had to be outside, enjoy the weather, and to celebrate Mother's Day!!  Even though you should show all the momma's in your life how much you appreciate them EVERYDAY, because they do so much for us, it's nice that they get their own day to relax, be pampered, and do whatever they want!  Mother's Day is also that time of year to start planting all those pretty flowers!!  So I was urged to freshen up my front porch this past week!  My mom helped me pick out all of my flowers.  I know nothing about gardening and she has the greenest thumb I know!!

I just do some simple pots on my front porch to keep it easy.  Every year I do different color flowers, depending on what I am in the mood for.  Sometimes all bright pink flowers.  Other years I have done all yellow flowers.    These really jumped out to me at the garden store though!  They are a vibrant orange-red color.  And white always shows up really good in a black pot like mine.  First I was going to do all white flowers for a really simple but fresh look, until I saw these red beauties and I decided to add some color.  I added one spiky flower in there also to give the arrangement some height. 

I don't have a yard, so this is the only way I can get a little gardening action in!  And let's face it, this is about all I can handle right now!!  Can't wait to see all of these full grown and blooming out of the pot!!

I was really in desperate need of a new door mat for the front door.  We get a lot of direct sunlight in this area.  So after 3 years, the "M" monogram had completely faded away.  And I think the weather got it this past winter, because it was completely split in half when I picked it up! 

So I headed to Target and picked up this guy!!  I love it!  It's a little bit longer and bigger than the other one we had.  But I love that!  It gives it a grander entrance to the space. 

Target Hepurn with Border Coir Estate Doormat $24.99

It is great for outdoor use because of the coir grass texture and rubber backing.  It works great for wiping off shoes.  And it looks great with our black front door.

So that is all I have done this year so far to freshen up our little home on the outside!  It is great curb appeal and very welcoming!! 

I have some other plans but haven't got to them......I REALLY want to try an herb garden this year!  But like I mentioned, I am horrible with plants, so I am a little nervous! 

Has anyone ever heard of the EarthBox or used one before??  I've heard they are really easy to use and have been looking into purchasing one of these to plant multiple herbs together....or could I DIY one.....or will I spend all this money on herbs and they all I said, still it too late to plant herbs......

Let me know if anyone has ever used this system.  Or has a system that is similar to it.  Or just any gardening tips in general for herbs for me!!!  :) 

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