Bar Hopping

Originally posted on I love, I need.

As we continue to decorate and imagine our new home we come across some ideas that are a must, like a kitchen island or a futon, and others that are more of a want, such as an entry way settee or coffee nook. But after years of setting aside design desires because a place is too small or temporary, I really want to try to feature as many feasible wants as possible. Our current most sought after want is a bar for our somewhat sparse dining room.

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Now when I say bar, I’m more envisioning a bar cart or a smaller piece of furniture to house some nice glassware and our liquor stash. We are currently pondering this direction because it isn’t so overtly a bar and it could potentially act as a totally different piece down the road, not to mention the amazing price. I think styled with this amazing West Elm serving tray, some fun glassware and the fancy new decanter I just bought Chris, this piece would really pop in our navy blue dining room.

Here are some other great options that have caught my eye.

1. Perfect for a masculine study | 2. A great glitzy touch | 3. For the rustic, eclectic type | 4. Simple & modern flair | 5. Glam all the way 

My other route may be to find a great random piece on Craigslist and completely repurpose it. We shall see, keep you posted!

Sunny Seating

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When picking out furniture for my living and dining rooms, I wanted to make sure I had a punch of color. I enjoy walking into a room that doesn’t take itself too seriously, it just brightens my day! At first, I was hoping to find an amazing over-stuffed yellow chair for my living room but with my blue and red pallet, I feared it feeling too primary and juvenile.

My new plan is to take my birch, unstained ikea dining room chairs and maximize their potential with a coat of bright yellow paint. I can’t wait to show you the results!

Here are a few of my favorite yellow chair options found during my decor hunt.

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I’m also considering the possibility of some yellow seating in my entry way, guess you’ll have to wait and see!

Do you have any punchy seating in your place?

Bridal Shower Cupcakes

This past Saturday my four bridesmaids threw me the most adorable bridal shower. The theme was sunflowers and bees and they had so many cute details.

Today, I just want to focus on the delicious cupcakes my sister’s coworker Sarah made. Her company is Wicked Smart Cakes, based out of Northbridge, Mass.  There were two flavors – chocolate with peanut butter frosting and vanilla vanilla. The chocolate peanut butter ones were rich and delicious I was so bummed I only got to eat one! The vanilla cake and vanilla frosting combo were tasty and perfectly adorned with the cutest little bees!

Of course, no cupcake is complete without a great display. My bridesmaids finished off the look with big, beautiful sunflowers, assorted stands and some woven mats for texture.

What’s the tastiest cupcake you’ve had recently?

Eventful: Cake Stands

The Stand Takes The Cake!

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Whenever I look at event photography my favorite shot is always of the dessert table. So much detail goes into highlighting the sugary delights making them seem that much more magical. A great treat stand is the perfect step toward creating an unforgettable sweets-scape.

So many styles of cake stands!

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Cake stands can also go a long way to support the overall theme of your event. A delicate silver tiered stand (5.) is perfect for a tea party theme bridal shower or intimate cocktail party and the minty milk glass pedestal (2.) would be darling at a whimsical wedding or birthday bash.

 
What’s your favorite way to style a dessert table? Would you use on of these cake stands? Which is your favorite!?