Favorite Trend: Chevrons

I can’t help but share a recent trend (that I know is all to familiar with everyone) that I’ve been loving, and when I found these easy DIY ideas, they had to be shared! There’s something so simple and classic about a zigzag (or chevron) design – it compliments nearly every style from shabby chic (in light greys and whites) to ultra-modern (in bold, complimentary colors).

I love how subtle the chevron design on top of this dresser is, it’s a sweet surprise on an unassuming piece of furniture. Sunset Magazine shares the detailed instructions here.

And how wonderful are these pillows stacked casually across this Twinkle Living couch? While you can purchase them here, you might try your hand at sewing or painting the zigzag pattern from directions here.

Oh and I love this wall. Stephanie over at Sabbe created an entire accent wall out of contact paper and a very accurate measuring system. Wow!

And finally, designer Nick Olsen gave new life to an old rug by painting it chevron style.

And that’s my zigzag wrap up – I hope you all enjoyed and happy Tuesday!

Get Your Fill… Cupcake Fill, That Is!

Cupcakes make the perfect little dessert be it for a wedding or kids party. But how to make them even more delectable and, oh, I don’t know, take it to the next level? How to add something unexpected and delicious – to make your dessert so much more than just a piece of ‘cake’? Fill ‘er up!

Here are a few finger-lickin’ ideas to make even the Hostess Cupcake officianado beam. Whether you’re a chocolate, lemon or chipotle (yes, chipotle) loving baker, these recipes are sure to get your attention (and those of your guests!).

“Why do you fill me up, fill me up, buttercup baby, just to let me down…”

I’m loving the sound of cappuccino cupcakes, and Brown Eyed Baker’s limoncello version must be heavenly!

My favorite way to fill cupcakes is by using a melon baller to remove a small piece from the center of each. Squeeze a small amount of filling (using a plastic zip lock bag with a pastry tip in one corner) in each cupcake hole and frost as usual (refrigerating between these two final steps can help keep your filling out of the frosting).

Ooooo how about these marshmallow, raspberry, mouse & chocolate options? Too many choices…

To really spice it up, try this Chocolate Chipotle del Muertos (with a dash of lime) recipe from Cupquake! Sure to knock at least a few socks off.

Marange smores and mascarpone filling, after the jump!…

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