Thursday, February 2, 2012

DIY With Pallets

I've been collecting ideas of how to re-purpose pallets in our home ever since I saw the way the West Elm store in Portland incorporated them into a display. My sister actually recreated her own version in her living room:

Cute, right? Well, ever since I've been wanting to find a way to use them in my home and wanted to share a few of my favorite ideas. If you have any other ideas, please let me know!

I like this simple shelving. Not sure if something like this would fit in our small home, but perhaps.

A pallet accent wall! We've seen something similar at one of our favorite local restaurants.

I think many of you have probably seen this pallet headboard image before. I just love it- fits our style perfectly.

And, last but not least these simple wall shelves. I actually think I might be able to make these!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Portland Bazaar Favorites

I was up in Portland for a short visit this weekend for my nephews birthday party and after the festivities my sister and I popped on over to the Portland Bazaar. Grace Bonney (Design*Sponge), Greg Hennes (Antler and Co.) and Matt Pierce (Wood & Faulk) teamed up to create this holiday fair that celebrated the handmade work being produced in Portland.

My goodness, what a treat! There were so many amazing vendors, artists and designers. We didn't stay long as we had nephew in tow, but I loved everything I saw. Here are a few of my favorite finds:

Between Wind & Water
I am in love with these gorgeous bags and clutches. Seriously, go check them out.

Anna Mara Flowers
I literally stopped in my tracks when I saw the staghorn fern hanging from a wood post. One of the most beautiful indoor plants I have seen. My iPhone pic doesn't do it justice. We're still looking for the right place to hang it.

Woonwinkel is a shop focused on well made, handcrafted furnishings for the home.The pieces that caught my eye were the small neoprene knit bowls. I would love a large one to put magazines or blankets in. A small one would be perfect for a bedside table too.

There were so, so many more things I wanted to see.  If this event is put on again and you are in the area I highly recommend it!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Do Want

This new Free People dress is screaming my name. I must have it! Only problem is the price, go figure. Any ideas for a similar alternative?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Pinterest Goodies

One of my favorite things to pin on Pinterest are recipes. I love to cook and am always trying something new. I thought it'd be fun to give a review of sorts for some of the recent recipes I've tried that were found via pinterest. Perhaps you've seen some of the same and this will be helpful. :)

Baked Zucchini Sticks and Sweet Onion Dip
 This recipe takes a bit of time, but is so worth it. The combination of salty and crunchy of the zuchinni with the sweetness of the dip is incredible. The only downside is the amount of mayonnaise (I hate mayo), but you really don't taste it too much.

Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip
This was so super easy and tasted amazing. This would be great for a party or a light snack. Jesse and I frequent McMenamins specifically for their spinach and artichoke dip and I have a feeling we won't be going there as often. Well, maybe for the tots and hummus...

Sweet Potato Salad
The main reason I tried this recipe was because I had some left over sweet potatoes (already peeled and chopped) I had purchased for a Thanksgiving recipe that needed to be used. Man oh man, is it good! I actually think this would be a great side dish for a holiday meal if your going for a non-traditional menu. It's surprisingly light, but packed with flavor. Definitely making this again.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Tasty Pumpkin Treat

I'm so excited to have a few days off work to spend with family and friends! We're staying in town for Thanksgiving since both of our families are here. Tonight I'm making these tasty pumpkin scones. They are actually already in the oven baking. Yum! I can't wait to try one.

I hope all of you have a lovely Thanksgiving!