I’ve been thinking about introducing a new look to Bmore Energy and finally decided 2018 was a great time to change things up. This year, I want to be as bold and brave as the color of the year, Ultra Violet!
A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future. Pantone.
Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.
For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, but in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees and declared Memorial Day a federal holiday. The change went into effect in 1971.
Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. On a less somber note, many people take weekend trips or throw parties and barbecues on the holiday.
Linh and Dan didn’t sit much, but their table was set with His and Hers wine glasses, votive candles and an array of succulents, ranunculus and roses. Dusty green, pink, peach and ivory were carried through the centerpieces and decorations.
How great is this bottle cork heart? It sat by the bar where a sign (below) featured a drink called the “Berry Marry Sangria” and said, “Eat, Drink and Be Married.”
The centerpieces were creative and lovely. Tables were wet with stacked books, clustered corks, votive candles, and mason jars of succulents, ranunculus, roses and hydrangeas. This place setting would be beautiful at a brunch, engagement party, bridal party or–think picture books–a baby shower.
I’m guessing the wooden perch that the cut-out birds are resting had stakes to stand inside the cake.
Hubby and I attended an October wedding in Paso Robles, a city in San Luis Obispo, California where we were amazed by the ever-changing landscape. One minute, there were farms, the next wineries, forests and the Pacific Ocean. Gorgeous!
Not only was the landscape a treat, the wedding was beautiful and–hon, you know I love a theme–I appreciated the DIY details that the bride attended to. Shout out to Linh, the lovely bride who put it all together.
A chalkboard sitting on an easel greeted guests.
Handprinted signs pointed the way. We didn’t know that ceremony would be under a..
…300 year-old tree. This floral backdrop set the mood for the romantic, airy wedding.
Lining the aisle were mason jars hanging on hooked stakes.
Next up: DIY wedding decoration continues all this week. Happy planning, hon.
When I taught After School Enrichment classes for grades 3-5, one of the projects we made was Edible Birds Nests. I didn’t take good pictures–think sticky-from-marshmallows-hands–so credit must be given to D Magazine’s Jessica Jones for these project photos.
Edible Birds Nests are easy, fun and perfect for celebrating Spring. Need an Easter activity for a party? This one is egg-cellent!
EDIBLE NESTS RECIPE (yields about 12 cupcake-sized nests)
•1/4 cup butter
•3 cups marshmallows
•5 cups chow mein noodles
•Candy to fill nests
1. Melt butter and marshmallows together over medium-low heat. Remove from heat.
2. Add chow mein noodles, and mix til combined.
3. Spray a cupcake tin with cooking spray, as well as your fingers. Mold the mixture into nest shapes in the cupcake tin.
4. Place in freezer for at least an hour. Remove nests using a knife.
What better place to work on my writing than in my barn? One little problem…it’s not furnished. When Hubby and I bought our Historic Victorian, it came with this barn, which had a horse stall, hayloft and a wrought iron track from which a sliding door hung. In the years since, the wheels on the track rusted, the horse stall walls rotted, and the hayloft window was nailed shut. We’ve reappointed the stone foundation, but the main floor would need a ton of TLC to make it my…
Dream Writing Studio/Living Area
The studio would have a writing area, living area, and powder room. When it gets warmer, maybe I’ll share a “design board” for my fantasy beach house.
Thanks for indulging me!
Do you have a dream living space? What would you use it for?
Office layout by Pottery Barn.
Victorian Bookcase by Ralph Lauren.
Dark wood floors.
Dune Upholstered Queen Sleeper Sofa w/Chaise in Tripoli Pebble by Arhaus.
Winston Chair in Blue Velvet from One King’s Lane.
Reclaimed Wood & Zinc Top Square Coffee Table by Restoration Hardware,
Cade Navy Handwoven Rug by Arhaus.
Blue & White Patterned and Solids Pillow on Etsy.
Robertson Linear Chandelier in Natural Rust by Ralph Lauren.