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

Friday Guest Blog Interview: TomKat Studio!

Guest Blog Interview: TomKat Studios!

I’m so excited for today’s feature!! Kim, of TomKat Studio, is a true ‘mom-preneur': she runs a fabulous blog, an adorable Etsy shop and was recently the ‘Mama Power’ feature in one of Arizona’s top city magazines! Even TomKat is derived from her two little ones, Tommy + Kate. So when I asked if she wouldn’t mind sharing her favorite entertaining design & trend secrets… I was so excited for her ‘yes!’

If you haven’t heard of the DIY diva, you must check her amazing style out — I would include her among my favorite inspirations, especially in the paper genre (check out her Etsy site and you’ll know what I mean!). I asked Kim if she would share her recent Halloween projects from a custom dessert buffet (featured in the Houston news! Check out the clip!) as part of our {Halloween Feature Friday Guest Blog Interview!}

TomKat Interview 1

TomKat offers daily inspiration for creative entertaining, with a knack for truly adorable children’s parties. Read Kim’s answers to our four PDB questions… and be inspired! Continue reading

DIY Dead Floral Centerpieces

Dead Floral Arrangement

So I’m working on a spooky little centerpiece for the Halloween appetizer and dessert table at our party this Saturday and thought I’d try to create dead (as in pitch black dead) arrangements. I think the table will turn out great when it’s all together!

I started with fake flowers from the local craft store and applied a generous coat of black spray paint to each side.

Dead Floral Centerpiece 2

The focal point of the table will be a shadowy branch arrangement — and so I spray painted several long sets of branches to complete the look. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Dead Tree Centerpiece 3

How ‘Bout Orange? Rooms Inspired by the Month

How About Orange? Orange Home Inspiration

With Halloween just around the corner, and orange on the mind, I couldn’t help but seek out some excellent home inspiration surrounding the color. Orange is contemporary, bright (certainly a mood lifter!) and yet it evokes feelings of warmth and coziness in any room — what a perfect (long forgotten & under appreciated by the best of us) color.

How About Orange? Orange Living Room 2

Whether you approach it with a bold, this-is-my-color spirit and paint the walls or add a bit of orange glow just for the fall season, you can’t go wrong. How great are these orange-inspired living rooms {above} and bedrooms {below}?

How About Orange? Orange Bedroom 3

A burnt orange is reminscent of fall leaves… it echos a warm, fire-y coziness and makes you want to curl up all day on a Sunday, newspaper and OJ by your side, in bed. The brighter, pastel shade screams modern and airy — walking into this bright pink and orange bedroom after a long day would wipe all worries away with one big smile.

Working with orange involves a bit of risk… we don’t see it often incorporated in traditional homes. What do you think of orange?

Follow the jump for orange-inspired dining rooms! Continue reading

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