20 Jun

In my shopping cart 6.

1. Juicy Couture Eyelet Dress

2. C. Wonder This Little Pig Cheese Board & Spreader

3. Sonoma Earrings in Navy

4. Alex and Ani Initial Charm Bracelet 

5. CB2 Stripe Woven Black & white Outdoor Pouf

18 Jun

Recently I’ve been inspired not by a fabulous vase seen in a magazine, but rather by items I already have in my home. I own so many beautiful things, why not put them to good use? This tablescape in particular is definitely one of my favorites. I used three frames from my gallery wall as the centerpiece of this repurposed shabby chic inspired table.

Repurposed shabby chic tableThe largest frame acts as an anchor for the smaller gold ones. By framing a pink scarf I’m able to bring in a pop of color on my ivory canvas. Tall clear glass candleholders add height and ambience while mismatched plates set the shabby chic tone.

Frame tablescape 1I utilized my large bracelet collection by using them as unique napkin rings. I was able to bring in some turquoise with the bracelets to play off those quintessential pink and turquoise shabby chic colors.

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I cannot wait to use this idea for a large-scale event someday. By reusing three picture frames, an old scarf and some sparkly bracelets I was able to transform some old products into something new.

Avocado & Egg on Toast

14 Jun

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Now I know that avocado and eggs on toast is the new in thing to be eating for breakfast, but I swear that I discovered this simple, but delicious recipe back in 2012. After a swanky NYC brunch at Whitehall where I was served a similar dish, I was inspired to whip up my own version.

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As I’ve said in the past, I consider myself more of an “assembler” than a cook so this breakfast recipe is right up my alley. There are several ways you can do this, but all you really need is some delicious fresh bread, avocado, eggs and olive oil.

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Cook up your egg however you’d like (this recipe also tastes great with a poached egg).

Mash up at least ½ an avocado and drizzle it with some olive oil.

Cut a nice thick piece of your bread and toast it.

Spread your avocado mash onto the bread and place your egg on top and serve!

You can also try putting chili flakes on your avocado mash to give it a little kick. I personally like to use a good amount of ground black pepper and some sea salt.

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13 Jun

Crack out the champagne because there is a reason to celebrate! I’m very proud to announce that today Nuts & Bolts has reached 1,000 followers!

When I started this blog fifteen months ago, I had no idea what it would become. It initially served as a creative outlet; my little corner of the web to store all of my creative ideas and ramblings. However, what started as a hobby has helped me to discover my passion and has ultimately led me to a new career path. From the terribly lit unfocused photos and me unsuccessfully trying to maneuver wordpress, I have certainly come along way. It was your comments and likes that kept me up to the wee hours of the morning assembling posts and creating projects. I cannot thank you enough for your endless amount of support; you inspire me to inspire you every single day.

I’m even more thrilled to announce the release of my new blog which will be launching within the next month! It will have a brand new title and a new exciting design, but the same great posts. I will keep everyone posted for the launch, and I hope that you will all continue to follow me on this new chapter!

Here are three bubbly recipes to celebrate!

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Rose Royale via Bon Appetit

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Champagne Punch via Esquire

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Blueberry-Pineapple Champagne Sparklers via Tasty Trials

11 Jun

IMG_6180Over the past 6 months, I’ve been planning my first large-scale event, the wedding of my friend and her wonderful fiance. Planning a wedding on a budget in six months has not been easy, but it has been the most rewarding experience of my post-grad life. I’m so grateful for this beautiful couple and so honored to be part of their special day and since I recently accepted a full-time event planning position I will get the chance to be an integral part of many couples big days.

IMG_6182IMG_6194This is just one of the many things we’re DIY’ing for the July 5th wedding, but I wanted to give you all a sneak peek of what’s to come. By spray painting wooden letters and plaques from a craft store and strategically tying up some blush colored ribbon, I was able to create a simple Mr. & Mrs sign. Their rustic meets romantic and whimsical mountain top wedding will be the perfect setting for this custom keepsake.  IMG_6169

Votive Inspired

6 Jun

With all the events and weddings that come with the Summer season, I’ve been thinking a lot about votives. The simple clear glass votives used at most events are just fine, but in my opinion, not dressing up your votives is a missed opportunity. These small vessels of light not only provide your table with ambience, but can be a great way to add something  unique to your tablescape. Here are some votives that inspire me. Screen Shot 2013-06-05 at 10.13.54 PM{Etsy Birch Votives}

DIYCandles5 {Sugar & Charm’s DIY Terracotta Votives}

Screen Shot 2013-06-05 at 10.13.17 PM {The Olive Tree’s Pink Neon Votives}

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Screen Shot 2013-06-05 at 10.13.41 PM{BHLDN’s Strawberry Nectar Votives}

4 Jun

IMG_6124 Although I love my West Elm media stand it was time for a little update. I look at my TV stand every single day (most likely for more hours than I should) so why not take it up a notch and make it something truly unique? Using the extra Tempaper left over from my new wallpaper job I was able to add some movement to this stationary furniture piece through a bold pattern.

IMG_6139After a little precise measuring, cutting and applying the Tempaper like you would contact paper, I felt like I had brand new piece of furniture. Sometimes a little update makes all the difference.IMG_6136 IMG_6121IMG_6149

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