Monday, October 31, 2016

{Entertaining} Where'd You Go, Bernadette Book Club

Happy Halloween!! The past month was a busy one for us.  We've been hosting a party or get together each week(while painting the family room built ins). Tonight is our 2nd Annual Halloween Chili Cook Off (see last year's cook off here).   It was my turn to host book club this month and my book choice was the novel Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. 
 Here's a quick synopsis of the book if you haven't read it- Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a 2012 comedy novel written by Maria Semple. The plot revolves around an agoraphobic architect and mother named Bernadette Fox, who goes missing prior to a family trip to Antarctica. It is narrated by her 15-year-old daughter Bee Branch. It is told in a series of documents (emails, memos, transcripts, etc.) with the occasional interlude by Bee.Wikipedia
I had a little fun with my guests and dressed up as Bernadette.  Thanks to G's mom for letting me borrow the perfect vest!
I decorated the family room with a mini ice berg, a penguin (from Antartica) and a map pillow.
We usually try and match our book club food with the book.   The book is set in Seattle and they do mention many restaurants and meals.  I decided to make Yellow Pepper Risotto based on a mushroom risotto from the book. 
I also made Mudslide Chocolate Mousse for dessert. I will post both recipes soon. The signs were inspired by this blog.  It was a fun night of book discussion, laughter and food (oh and wine!).  I highly recommend this book!!
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Friday, October 28, 2016

Random Lately

Happy Friday!!  It's time to clean out my camera roll and post some of my random photos from the last month or so.
Getting my nails done with this pretty color (OPI's Inside the Isabelletway).  It's described as a caramel créme.
Not the most fun place for a date night but our dryer died and we needed to find a replacement. STAT!
Self explanatory wine, I think.
Here she is...one of these things is not like the other.
My disdain at Costco in September!
Baked a taco hash brown casserole in my thrifted vintage enamel pan.
Arranging flowers for Miss High School's birthday party.
Finding tomatoes in the garden but I think they arrived too late.  I haven't checked since the frost the other night.
This yummy salad and iced tea at Sweet Green.
I love my yoga studio and getting a complimentary cup of tea after class.
Speaking of hot drinks...Jessica at Barefoot By The Sea told me about these babies. YUM!
Some kind of delicious vegan pizza in Philly (tofu ricotta-margarita?)
Happy mail day!  I got my seventh Erin Condren planner in the mail! What have you been up to?
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

{Project 52} Weeks 29-36

 29|52 Relish/Enjoy
 30|52 Golden Hour
 31|52 Black & White
 32|52 Black & White
33|52 Animal
 34|52 Change
 35|52 Back To School
36|52 Self Portrait
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Monday, October 24, 2016

{The Abode} Painting the Family Room Built-Ins White


I'm excited to share this update with you today.  It's been a long time coming and now I wonder why we waited so long to do it!
Here are our family room built in cabinets before. They've been that light honey oak since we moved in eleven years ago.  We're thinking about painting our kitchen cabinets white and decided to try our hand at the (slightly) less intimidating built ins.
The first step was clearing them out.  I moved some of the items to the bottom of the cabinets to get them out of the way.
 Did you know I had this wall paper behind the shelves? I don't think many people noticed it but I was ready for a change.
 We started our project with an oil-based primer.  We painted right over the wall paper.
I only had a few minutes to make up my mind about the behind the shelf wall color so I went with Hale Navy from Benjamin Moore.  I knew I loved their Newburyport Blue from our master bedroom and den so staying on the same color card felt safe while also a little bold since we were going darker.
While Mr. Click did the inside work, I painted the doors.  First they are getting the primer on each side (allowing dry time before flipping them over).
This Handy Paint Cup from Lowe's is genius.  It's got an ergonomic grip for holding it and there's a magnetic spot near the lip to hold your paintbrush up and out of the paint when you're not painting. I highly recommend buying the liners for the cups too because they make clean up a breeze!
 It's so exciting when you see it all starting to come together!
We used a product called Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations in Pure White.  The kit comes with everything you need(minus the primer) to paint a 100 square foot kitchen and you pick either the dark kit or the light kit. The store tints the color for you and there are a lot to choose from.
And ta-da..the finished room! 
I'm so glad we chose a bold color for the back of the shelves.  The navy really sets off all of our objects.
 It was fun to style the shelves.  There's that wooden tray I recently got while thrifting. I knew I'd use it somewhere!
 Most of the items are thrifted or from other rooms in the house.   I continue to edit them and enjoy seeing them evolve.
I decided to move all of the scrapbooks to the cabinets below for a neater look.  I also purged those lower cabinets so this turned into another organizing project! They were driving me crazy.
The mantel got a makeover too and I love how fresh and clean it looks now.  Still no change in the creep cherubs under the mantel. We're afraid to remove them.
I can't change where the tv goes in this room so I styled the two upper shelves around the cable box, speakers and other tv related black boxes.
One final "after" shot.  What do you think?
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