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Exterior Updates: Our White Farmhouse with a Metal Roof

Exterior Updates: Our White Farmhouse with a Metal Roof

Exterior Progress

My friend pointed out recently that a lot has happened to the exterior of our house that I haven’t shared on the blog. If you’ve been following along for a while, you may recall that we painted the exterior of our house (we DIY’d it!) and got our roof replaced this summer. We also painted the exterior doors and installed new outdoor lights. There’s a blog post on the black outdoor farmhouse lights we were considering at the time. The exterior is still not done, but we have come a loooong way and pretty much have our dream white farmhouse with a metal roof now!

Let’s take a look at some before and afters, shall we?

Not a huge difference, right?

Haha just kidding. The “way before” photo is what the house looked like when we saw it for the first time. We knew right away that it would look cute if it were a white farmhouse with a metal roof. I explained the whole backstory in my introductory blog post about the house, but the house was bank owned and had been vacant for a while.… Read more

My Favorite Pisco Cocktail: Chilcano de Pisco

My Favorite Pisco Cocktail: Chilcano de Pisco

Happy Friday, friends! This is my last post of my “Peru week” series. All week I’ve been talking our trip to Peru and I shared our trip report, the best things to bring home and an online shop where you can score some of your own Peruvian home goods. What better way to celebrate the end of the week with a cocktail recipe? A pisco cocktail, of course.

My Favorite Pisco Cocktail

Peru’s national spirit is pisco and the national drink is a pisco sour. Ever since getting sick from a pisco sour in Argentina I can’t seem to get past the key ingredient that creates the foamy consistency in a pisco sour – egg whites. Now, of course, I couldn’t resist my Peruvian bartenders’ insistence that I try his pisco sour, but I am just not a fan. However, I was delighted to discover a new cocktail in Peru that I do love, and that my friends is a chilcano de pisco. In case you haven’t figured it out by now, Peru is all about their pisco. Pisco is a clear brandy made from grapes produced in Peru (and Chile).… Read more

Vibrant Peruvian Home Decor from Keeka Collection

Vibrant Peruvian Home Decor from Keeka Collection

Yesterday I shared all the cool stuff we brought home from Peru and today I’m sharing a great source for getting your own vibrant Peruvian home decor. Allow me to introduce, Keeka Collection.

Peruvian Home Decor

Check out this awesome resource for Peruvian home decor as well as other global textiles, Keeka Collection, a curated collection of home accessories from around the world by Katharine Harlow. I actually connected with Katharine via Instagram while we were in Peru (the power of social media). She saw that I was there and was kind enough to suggest a few not-to-miss places for us to work into our itinerary. She was in the middle of one of her shopping trips, which she does a few times a year, how amazing is that?! Be sure to follow Katharine and her adventures on Instagram and check out her awesome online shop filled with colorful textiles and home goods! If you’re interested in purchasing anything, get in touch because there’s a special offer for my readers 🙂

Remember the frazadas rugs/blankets that are often made into pillows I mentioned yesterday?… Read more

What to Bring Back from Peru

What to Bring Back from Peru

Yesterday I shared our Peru trip report and today I’m spilling the beans on our keepsakes and what to bring back from Peru. As you know, I am a sucker for global vibes and decor. We’ve accumulated quite the collection of art and keepsakes from our travels and I love working them into our home.

What to Bring Back from Peru

If you are a lover of global textiles like me, you will love Peru. Textile making is a historic tradition in Peruvian history so it’s no surprise that textiles are plentiful at the markets around the country. It’s difficult to pick just a couple, trust me.

We settled on this vibrant runner from the weaver’s village Chinchero a small village where we learned about the natural dying methods used to create the stunningly vibrant hues typical of Peruvian textiles.

We also scooped up this throw blanket from an open-air market we stumbled upon in Cusco that wasn’t quite open yet. We strolled along the path watching women were set up their stalls, most of which were still closed. I enjoyed it though because it was more relaxed and enjoyable.… Read more

Peru in 7 Days Trip Report

Peru in 7 Days Trip Report

Today I’m kicking off Peru week! A week of posts all about our recent trip to Peru. There’s just too much to pack it all into one post. To start off, our full trip report!

This summer hubby and I took off and visited Peru for a little over a week. 9 days to be exact but since we arrived super late on day zero and left at 1 am on day nine, let’s just call it Peru in 7 days. There is so much to see and do in Peru but for the sake of time, our trip was limited primarily to Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. We could have probably squeezed more in, but chose to really soak in the areas we did visit rather than touch on them…which justifies another trip to Peru in the future. 😉

Peru in 7 Days: Highlights

-Machu Picchu is the obvious highlight and my initial reaction surprised me. After hiking part of the Inca trail all day through demanding terrain and never-ending stone steps, when we reached the Sun Gate and saw Machu Picchu in the distance for the first time, I was overwhelmed with emotion and had to hold back tears.… Read more

Marigold Tea Cocktail

Marigold Tea Cocktail

Looking for a unique cocktail for fall? How about a marigold tea cocktail? Have you ever had one? They’re so tasty and perfect for fall entertaining, like the dinner party we shared yesterday.
Recipe:
2 oz Marigold Tea (brewed, sweetened, cooled)
1.5 oz Gin
Champagne or sparkling wine
Marigold flowers for garnish (they’re edible!)
Brew marigold tea, sweeten and let cool. Combine gin and tea in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a coupe glass. Top with champagne and garnish with marigold petals. 
There you have it. A delish, unique marigold tea cocktail perfect for fall entertaining. Looking for another unique cocktail idea? Try this one.
Photography by Kera Photography.
Six Tips for Hosting a Fall Dinner Party

Six Tips for Hosting a Fall Dinner Party

Fall has officially arrived! In Florida, that means it’s still summer. The struggle is real. But with cooler evenings on the horizon (I’m hopeful) and the holiday season upon us, this time of year is perfect for entertaining. Today I’m serving up some inspiration for hosting a fall dinner party that merges elements of summer with those of fall for the perfect dinner party to celebrate the new season.
This project has been featured over on The Sweetest Occasion, a great entertaining blog to follow! Thank you, Cyd for featuring our shoot!

Tips for Hosting a Fall Dinner Party

 

1. Take it outside!

The beginning of fall is the perfect time to take your gathering outside and enjoy dinner in the crisp air. Backyard entertaining doesn’t have to be boring. Our use of a soft linen runner and gold flatware elevate this gathering, proving that a backyard dinner party can be elegant.

2. Serve a garden-to-table inspired menu.

A garden-to-table dinner is a great way to provide an ode to fall by featuring autumn hues and ingredients. The warm tones and autumn vegetables suggest fall while served alongside bright white dinnerware quintessential of a summer soiree, the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer and beginning of fall.… Read more
Favorites from Target’s New Collection: Project 62

Favorites from Target’s New Collection: Project 62

Target’s New Collection: Project 62

Target is on the ball. Their newest line, Project 62 is modern, fresh and of course, affordable. Target says about the new line, “we created Project 62 for people who are passionate about modern design at a great value, with thoughtfully designed, approachable pieces for everyday life.” The line includes 1,200 pieces that range in price from $3 to $700 and span furniture, tabletop decor and textiles. The collection is available in Target stores now! Here are a few of my faves from Target’s new collection Project 62.

Target Project 62

1. / Console Table / 2. Woven Chair / 3. Small Stoneware Vase / 4. Accent Stool / 5. Tan & White Vase / 6. End Table / 7. Fur Ottoman / 8. Coffee Table / 9. Whisky Decanter / 10. Bar Cart / 11. Serving Board / 12. Table Runner / 13. Lounge Chair

What do you think of Target’s new collection? By the way, the name comes from the year Target was founded. Target has plans to release 12 new lines over the next year and a half.… Read more

Things I’m Diggin’

Things I’m Diggin’

Happy Friday! I’ve been hoarding a few things I’m diggin’ lately and today I’m sharing all the goodness. I’m pretty excited about everything here! Let’s jump in.

Target x Magnolia Collaboration

Target recently announced a new collaboration with Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper, Hearth and Hand with Magnolia. There will be about 300 pieces, most under $30 and will include pieces in tabletop and home decor. I can’t wait to check out the collection but we’ll have to wait until early November. Here’s a sneak peek from Target

TV Art!?!

You guys! This is a TV to be excited about! Samsung has a new TV, The Frame, that displays as art when the TV mode is off. There are hundreds of works of art to choose from or you can choose to display personal photos instead. The TV comes in 55″ or 65″ and fits flush to the wall. The frame colors are customizable too. Gone are the days of a big black hole on the wall. It’s so genius. I’m especially loving this idea for our bedroom – where I hate seeing a TV but have grown to love having one in that room.… Read more