DIY – Vintage Dresser Revamp

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I had been looking for a tall vintage dresser for a few years.  When I recently (finally) came across the EXACT RIGHT one, I pounced on it. Solid wood, with Art Deco styling, the dresser was perfect. What really made me do the happy dance was the beautiful handles. Scrolled brass encircled with yellow Bakelite, the handles made the dresser amazing!
The dresser was in need of some TLC and a new coat of paint.  The original wood veneer had been painted over (probably due to damage), but the current color of army gray/green was not working for me. I decided on a gorgeous, black, satin paint that would really show off those handles. After cleaning, and sanding the dresser and drawers, my guy and I painted two coats,  first with a roller for coverage, then second with a brush to keep it smooth.
I lined the drawers with alternating papers of turquoise cherries and bright, apple green birds – it makes me happy just seeing that pretty paper inside. The final touch was putting the handles back on after I scrubbed them clean with vinegar.
What do you think? I love how it turned out, it was worth the wait, and best of all “DIY”ing it made it perfectly mine.

Cocktail of the Month – Bourbon Peach Smash

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September is one of my least favorite months. Back to school means: new schedules, carpools, sports, school meetings, and homework.  Plus the weather is still hot, even though “fall is coming”,  and all of this makes everyone at our house crabby.  Cocktails this month call for a drink that is reminiscent of summer, but packs a punch – kind of like September!
Bourbon Peach Smash*
Recipe:
3 medium ripe peaches, pitted, skin removed, sliced
3/4 cup sugar
4-6 mint leaves
1 1/2 ounces Bourbon (per glass)
Splash of ginger ale
Crushed ice
Combine peaches, mint and sugar in a bowl. Mash gently enough to mix in sugar with peaches and mint. Spoon peach mixture into two mason jar glasses filled with ice. Pour bourbon into each glass, top with ginger ale and drink immediately.
*Recipe adapted from aidamollenkamp.com
Peach cocktail image via olesmokey on Pinterest.com
Bourbon image via heteronomy.wordpress.com

Discovered – Tatty Devine

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Last week I attended the Las Vegas Magic trade-show with my boss Julie. During our crazy, marathon of scouting, shopping and appointment-filled days, we came across an extraordinary jewelry line called Tatty Devine. Their designs are cheeky and whimsical, with laser cut pieces in flowers, words, animals, food and fruit.  The style is a modern version of costume jewelry, and I am completely smitten.
Tatty Devine was founded in 1999 by Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden who met at Chelsea art school.  Their most popular pieces are the personalized perspex* Name Necklaces.  In fact, at select stores, you can watch them being made on the spot by in-store lasercutting machines! They have also produced exclusive pieces for Tate, the Victoria & Albert Museum and Selfridges.
Currently, their two stores are located in London, so for now I will have to settle with online stalking and shopping (unless of course I can convince my guy that we really need a trip to Europe).  I’m so thrilled to have discovered them and I think you will agree that Tatty is DEVINE!
*Perspex is a solid transparent plastic made of polymethyl methacrylate (the same material as plexiglas or lucite).
Covent Garden Shoppe image via Coolplaces.co.uk
All Jewelry images from tattydevine.com

Cocktail of the Month – Coconut Breeze

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The weather is heating up, back to school is on, and what I’d really like to do is extend my summer. Since I haven’t figured out how to make a time machine, I guess I will have to settle for a delicious, indulgent-tasting cocktail that transports me to far away places in my mind…
Coconut Breeze
Ingredients
4 ounces coconut water (found at most grocery stores)
2 ounces gin
2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons of honey (or simple syrup)
Lime wedges
Crushed ice
Directions:
Combine the coconut water, gin, lime juice, and honey in a glass or cocktail shaker. Stir or shake until the honey is dissolved. Pour over 2 glasses with crushed ice. Garnish with a lime wedge, serve immediately, then close your eyes and pretend you are on your favorite beach. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from careypalenchar.com
Images via hungrycouplenyc.blogspot

Airstream Trailer Love

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Shiny, silver, rounded and riveted, Airstream travel trailers are iconic.  When I see one on the road, or at a campsite, and whether its vintage or new, that cool, classic bullet shape, never disappoints me.

Last week, my husband and I toured several new Airstream models.  Seeing them up close and in person only fueled my dream of owning one. I felt a little like Goldilocks, trying out all the different models.  Some were too big (The Flying Cloud), some where too small (Sport 16), but the  Bambi Sport was just right!  It’s a single axle trailer, easy to tow, and the layout includes a dinette style booth – I’m sold!  It has everything this retro girl needs to spend the rest of her life vacationing in style.

To see new Airstream models in person head over to southwestcoaches.com located in Corona.  For everything else airstream go to http://www.airstream.com

Airstream collage images via Flickr.com/jackiewren
1963 Airstream Photo via thewallacecollection.net

Foodie Adventure – The Pie Hole

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A few months ago, I heard about a fabulous pie place in LA called “The Pie Hole” and I finally got the chance to try it. I immediately loved its unassuming decor and walk up counter. The place feels like a warm, friendly, neighborhood joint, not a fussy or trendy restaurant in the Arts District. The menu is hand-written on butcher block paper and the choices run from sweet (Mexican Chocolate) to savory (Chicken and Cornbread), comfort food fixes (Mac and Cheese hand pies), or old-fashioned flavors like Maple Custard (my choice). They offer individual pie slices, pot pies, and hand-held pies with coffee and tea.
Everything is made from scratch and they often sell out, so come early if you have your heart set on certain flavors.  To see the entire menu check out: thepiehole.com or visit The Pie Hole at 714 Traction Ave. in LA.
Now that I’ve had my pie fix, I’m freshly inspired to get out my grandmothers rolling pin and get my pie groove on!
Pie hole logo,shoppe decor and hand held pie images via thepiehole.com
Pie slices photo via tasteology.notcot.org

Peterboro Baskets

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I discovered Peteboro Baskets last year, when I was searching for a picnic basket. I fell in love with one I finally found at Crate and Barrel.  The basket was made of wood, not wicker, it was sturdy, had great vintage style, and had a hinged lid with lots of room inside. The basket had a brass plaque with “Peterboro” on it. I did some research and found out they are the oldest basket making company (150 years) still proudly made in the USA. The baskets are made from Appalachian White Ash wood and is harvested from Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. They use solid brass nails to prevent rust and all of the hardware is brass coated. The baskets are made to last, which is why they offer a limited lifetime warranty.
Peterboro makes all kinds of amazing baskets including pie baskets, bicycle baskets, coolers and of course picnic baskets. I adore my picnic basket and can’t wait to order the bicycle basket next! I love supporting made in the USA companies, especially ones that have such great tradition and history. You can find all of their inspired baskets at peterborobasket.com.
Logo Images via: peterborobasket.com
Bike basket image: flickriver.com
Pie basket image: thegreenhead.com
Picnic basket image: remodelista.com