A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

{Before & After} Jett’s Nursery

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Kirsten, over at 6th Street Design School blog, just finished the cutest makeover for her son, Jett. Her son’s name, and husband’s full time job as a pilot, gave way to the perfect aviation theme for the space; from the wall decals, model airplanes, clustered globes and paper plane garland strung across the ceiling, all of the details are adorable.

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But Kirsten confides that she didn’t start out with a jet theme in mind: “In designing his nursery I wanted to steer clear of the obvious airplane theme.  But guess what? I just couldn’t do it.  The airplanes kept calling to me.  But in the end I really like how it turned out. If I would have to describe this room in 3 words they would be Adventure, Colorful and Sentimental. It is full of mementos from my husband’s childhood and even has a few items from our travels. The room is the tiniest room on the planet earth so I tried to make sure each item in it meaningful.”

To see the ‘before’ as well as many more room details, follow the jump! Continue reading

20 {Easy!} Handmade Party Favors

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Whether you’re planning a kid;s birthday party, winter get-together, Valentine’s Day group dinner or shower, your personal party favor can be a unique and special way to say ‘thank you’ for joining in on the celebration.

These easy ideas from Martha Stewart Living. are as simple (a thoughtful take-away bouquet from wrapping a few centerpiece stems in prepared tissue or plastic baggies with ribbon) or fancy (cardstock cones complete with matching ribbon and monogrammed labels) as your party sees fit.

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These vellum wrapped cookies are one of my favorite ideas – wrap up a homemade dessert as if you were creating a mini envelope and add a pretty sticker. Place at the center of all individual table settings for a sweet little touch.

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These diy pinwheel baggies are super easy and adorably cute as well – using plastic favor bags from your local craft store, fill with goodies and staple shut by folding cut out round circles over the top edges, wrap a ribbon completely around favor for a finishing touch. Simple! And it’s perfect for a kid’s party or baby shower.

For 8 more creative favors, and the ‘how-to’, follow the jump! Continue reading

Friday Guest Blog Interview: Bethany of b*spoke!

Design Inspiration with Bethany of B*Spoke Guest Interview on PDB

Happy Friday! I’m delighted to share this special blogger with you today… her name is Bethany and she’s the inspiration behind b*spoke, a blog bringing “the personal writings, ponderings and ramblings on home, life and love” into the hearts of readers on a regular basis.

I fell in love with Emmy Lu Design Studio (her baby) because of this calendar, which I fully intend to frame and hang in my house in short time:


But it’s the wholehearted sharings of Bethany that keep me coming back to check in on b*spoke time and again. Whether she’s showing off gorgeous pictures of her favorite color palettes, offering a clever wrapping paper suggestion or sharing her favorite dinner recipe, her dialogue is engaging and intriguing.


It doesn’t hurt that she owns the cutest Cape Cod cottage this side of the Mississippi (see more after the jump) and that her musings are practical, amiable and often discerning (an especially appreciated bonus after a long day). b*spoke is a lovely morning read and I highly recommend it.

On to the interview! Follow the jump for inspiring design advice from a graphic designer and fabulous home decorator… I really love her three design suggestions for the last question of our interview, too.

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