Petal / Winter Bouquets

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Ariella Chezar Flower Workshop, Corbin Gurkin

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Happy Thanksgiving!

There is so much to be thankful for this year.  Health, family, friends, the direction my life is going, that I’m marrying my lovely man this year…and I could continue.  There is only good in my life right now and for that I am extremely thankful because I know that is not always the case.   A very happy and healthy Thanksgiving from me to you.

One of my favorite Thanksgiving tablescapes to inspire:

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Thanks Apartment 34 for these beautiful images.

Petal / Green Thumb

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This summer, I was convinced I wanted to be a gardner.  I did it too.  I grew kale, arugula, lettuces, strawberries, peas and beans.  I thoroughly enjoyed picking my bounty and whipping up healthy dinners.  Now that the weather has turned, I still want that green around me.  I am just loving plants in every room of the house.  Doesn’t a punch of green instantly change the feel or a room?

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Seeing it Everywhere / Decorate with Leaves

One of the most affordable ways to create fall decor is to use what we have.  I have a lawn.  My lawn has trees on it.  Thus I have free decor right outside my doorstep.  It can be as simple as putting a branch in a pretty vase or going one step further and painting or hanging the foliage you find.

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I love this image I got from Bri’s instagram.  Great idea and awesome expression.

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Petal / My Favorite Yellow Flower

As I previously mentioned, I have a minor major obsession with the color yellow.  It got me thinking about how a lot of my favorite flowers are also yellow.  When I was little my dad used to call me his sunflower so naturally sunflowers were my favorite.

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They are tall, bright and have a lot of personality.

Now one of my favorites are Craspedia.  They are simple, petal-less, and long lasting.

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They are fast becoming popular wedding flowers because of their modern shape and husband-friendly appeal.

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What do you think about more modern flowers?  Could they become as classic a wedding flower as roses or are they now “flowery” enough?

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Excited About May

I know we are already a week into May but there  is a lot to be excited about.  Things to look forward to this May:

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Quick trip home to Chicago. I love my hometown in May.  Perfect weather for neighborhood walks, runs along the lake and dining alfresco.

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Stopping in NYC on the way home from a BIG trip for friends engagement party.  I am one lucky girl.

SPOT PRAWNS.  So you know how some people have a favorite food?  One that they can eat endless quantities of for days on end and never get tired of?  Well, that is me and spot prawns.  The season is short – just 3-4 weeks but in that amount of time I will happily eat way more then my share of those tasty little guys.  Here is a clip of my favorite dish being made at my favorite restaurant:

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It’s peony season!

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And hydrangeas are here!

Enjoy the rest of May!

Source:  All images either my own or via pinterest.

Petal / Multiple Vases

I’m a collector.  I collect Revlon nail polish, greeting cards, stationary, big rings and vases.  I also collect small vases.  I have a collection of milk glass vases and a collection of blue glass vases I have had since I was a teenager.  I love the look of lots of vases clustered together with flowers.  The punch of multiple smaller vases can be just as impactful in a room as one giant vase and it is so much cheaper!  Take a look at what I mean:

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Petal / Pretty in Pink

I am not what you would call a girly-girl.  I have my moments when I randomly burst into tears while talking with my boyfriend, love magazines and painting my nails but that’s pretty much the extent of it.  Given that Mother Nature has decided to bestow upon the Pacific Northwest an excruciatingly long and grey winter (note that I did not mention cold or snowy…thanks Mama N!) I have been filling our house with flowers to brighten things up.  But not just anyflowers.  Pretty, girly pink flowers.  Hope they bring some warmth to your world as they have to mine!

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