Kitchen Cravings {Reiko Kaneko}

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Oh my!!! How have I not happened upon this amazing China by Reiko Kaneko until now??!! This is pure, simple perfection with just the right amount of cheeky metallic goodness thrown in. Reiko, a Japanese-British designer who honed her skills at London’s Central St. Martins, takes the traditional craft of English Bone China and transforms it into modern and stunning pieces that aren’t too precious for daily use. I think I’m in love!

XO

{Images via reikokaneko.co.uk}

It’s Home Tour Time!!

The Everygirl Home Tour

The Everygirl Home Tour

The Everygirl Home Tour

The Everygirl Home Tour

Last week, I had the incredible honor of having my home photographed for a “Home Tour” feature for The Everygirl. The Tour just went live yesterday, and it’s so fun & exciting to see all of the beautiful photos that Coach House Pictures took!!! You can see the whole range of pics & my thoughts on decorating, DIY, style, and everything in between here. I’d love your feedback & thoughts on decor!

Have a fabulous weekend, Lovelies!

XO

It’s DIY Time {Next Level Succulent Pots!}

DIY Gold-Leafed Succulent Pots by Miss Renaissance

{This is all you need! Spray paint is easiest, but any type of acrylic paint will do.}

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{Once painted, let your pots dry completely before applying the Gold leaf.}

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{Apply washi tape (or painters tape) to section off the area you’d like to Gold Leaf. Then apply a thin layer of glue so the Gold Leaf can stick.}

DIY Gold-Leafed Succulent Pots by Miss Renaissance

{Voila! Once you’re done Gold Leafing the shapes you dreamt up, you’ll be ready to plant your succulents.}

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{What do you think? So much prettier than the lame old clay pots, right?}

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{If you plan to keep your pots inside, you’re done! If you plan to display them outside, make sure you spray the pots with a clear sealant first to weather proof!}

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It’s Spring…and Spring makes me think of pretty plants…and pretty plants, naturally, make me think of dope DIYs! You follow me? Yeah, me neither.

Anyway, back to DIY-ing. I’ve been looking forward to sprucing up my plain clay pots for a while now, and this past weekend the weather was nice enough to venture outside for a little spray painting. I went to my local garden shop and purchased a few adorable succulents/cacti (easy to take care of – I’m no green thumb by any means!) and got to work! I’m really happy with how they turned out, what do you think?!

XO

{All images by Miss Renaissance.}

Spring Styling {The Bar Cart}

Bar Cart Style by Miss Renaissance

Bar Cart Style by Miss Renaissance

Bar Cart Style by Miss Renaissance

Bar Cart Style by Miss Renaissance

Bar Cart Style by Miss Renaissance

Bar Cart Style by Miss Renaissance

Bar Cart Style by Miss Renaissance

Bar Cart Style by Miss Renaissance

Bar cart shopping

{From top left: Round silver cart. Pink cart. Gold X cart. White wooden cart. Antiqued brass cart. Turquoise mini cart (perfect for small spaces.)}

Cocktails, anyone? It’s Springtime…and that means cocktail time!! Outdoor patios are about to burst to life, and along with that, of course, comes warmer weather & a hope for deliciously refreshing drinks. But what about those days when we don’t feel like going out? And what about those at-home soirees where we want to impress our friends with a bespoke cocktail?!

Enter the bar cart. It’s become a sort of “it thing” in recent history. As soon as I found the perfect one for me, I jumped on the cart bandwagon. I think a well-styled bar cart adds an element of fun & sophistication to any kitchen or bar area, and it’s a great way to display your favorite glassware & pretty cocktail nicknacks. I love displaying my vintage cocktail glasses, favorite liquors, bitters (I love these locally made ones) and other colorful bar accessories this way. Oh, and I’ve made it a point to always keep a little bouquet of fresh flowers on my cart to make it even more special!

Here’s to Spring – Cheers!

XO

{All images by Miss Renaissance.}

It’s DIY Time {Easter Egg Mania}

DIY Easter Eggs by Miss Renaissance

DIY Easter Eggs by Miss Renaissance

DIY Easter Eggs by Miss Renaissance

DIY Easter Eggs by Miss Renaissance

DIY Easter Eggs by Miss Renaissance

Hello hello, Lovelies! I hope you had a wonderful first Spring weekend.

Speaking of Spring, Easter is almost upon us…and even if you don’t officially celebrate Easter, decorating for Spring is always more fun with some pretty eggs, right? I decided to go all the way with my Easter Eggs this year – and all the way for me naturally means tons of metallics, tons of glitz & my favorite Washi Tapes!! You can use hard-boiled eggs for this, or you can blow out your eggs first. I blew them out this year, because I’m planning to display these for a few weeks & maybe even use them again next year. If you’ve never blown out eggs, this video tutorial explains everything (it’s simple once you do an egg or two.)

K, so here’s the DIY Scoop: For the metal-leafed eggs I like to use  Mona Lisa Speedball Metal Leaf. It’s not too pricey, comes in different metal shades & it’s easy to use. Simply spray your eggs with a bit of spray adhesive (much easier than the gooey adhesive you need to paint on with a brush!), wait a few minutes for it to get tacky & apply the metal leaf carefully by hand. All you need to finish it is a super soft brush (I like to use a big make-up brush) to press the metal leaf into place an BAM – amazingly shiny eggs! To create simple patterns on the metal-leafed eggs like I did, just use a strip or two of Washi Tape & remove the tape after you’ve finished leafing – the contrast between the white egg shell and the shiny metal is really stunning! Oh, and if you’re planning to keep these eggs for more than one Season, I recommend spraying them with a sealant to protect them for the future. If you want to learn more about the basics of metal leafing, this video is super helpful.

For the Washi Taped eggs, you can let your imagination run totally wild. I picked my favorite rolls of tape and cut them into triangles, thin strips & small rectangles to create fun & modern patterns. The tape sticks really well to the egg shell – it’s super fast and easy! For some extra dimension, I added a strip of fabric ribbon to one of my Washi eggs…just use any fabric/all-purpose glue you have lying around to attach the ribbon to your eggs.

Happy DIY-ing! I’d love to hear about & see pics of any egg projects you guys come up with.

XO

{All images by Miss Renaissance.}

It’s DIY Time {Vecco Rugs}

Vecco DIY

{This is all you’ll need for your custom carpet!}

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{Place the stencil wherever your heart desires & spray away!}

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{After drying & sealing, you’re done! How cute is that!?}

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{Great for a stairway, entry..even in the bathroom.}

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{Makes me happy every time I see it :-}

During my time at Alt Summit back in January, I had the pleasure to meet the super creative (and Chicago based – woohoo!) team behind Vecco, a new company that lets you custom design & create your own rugs and carpets. What a fun idea, right? SO up my alley!

I got to try Vecco myself this week (thanks to Vecco’s team for hooking me up with a little rug kit!), and I can honestly tell you it’s super easy & fun! I love that the paint is non-toxic (i.e. you can use it inside the house while you create your carpet) and that you can use a vacuum to erase any potential mistakes before you spray on the sealant to permanently “set” your design. It’s virtually foolproof that way!

There are tons of cool stencil designs and colors to choose from, so no matter if you’re into florals, stripes, or more abstract patterns, there will most likely be something awesome for you. It took me almost no time to create my little mat….I’m already designing a bigger area rug in my head. How fun would this be as a family project or a DIY for a weekend afternoon with your friends?!

Have a great weekend – maybe even with a little down time for crafting/DIY-ing!

XO

It’s DIY Time {Holiday Edition}

DIY Miss Renaissance

{Get your tools ready: Pine Cones (forage them in your neighborhood/woods or buy them at a craft store), Spray Paint, Twine (or any string you like), Gold Leaf (available at most craft stores, or online here), Glitter, Screw Eye Hooks (I got mine at Home Depot).}

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{Take your Cones outside (or in a well-ventilated area), and spray until you achieve the color saturation you like. Let dry for about 15 minutes.}

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{Once your Cones are almost dry (still slightly tacky), apply the Gold Leaf and use a sponge tool or brush (even a soft toothbrush will do) to dust off the excess Leaf.}

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{Use your Glitter liberally on your non-gold Cones!}

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{Yay! Gold & Pink Glittery Goodness!}

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{Using either your fingers or a pair of pliers, gently screw a hook eye into the top of each Pine Cone.}

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{Line up your Cones in the order you’d like them to hang on your finished Garland. Then knot your twine, evenly spaced, onto each Eye Hook. }

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{VOILA! Your beautiful, sparkly, & glamorous Garland is ready to be hung wherever your Holiday Heart desires (in my case, over my fireplace!}

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What would the Holidays be without a super glam & fun DIY!? This Pine Cone Garland is easy and will cost little money to make. I decided to add pops of bright & glittery pink to mine, but you can let your imagination go wild with color choices here…..add some deep red for a true Christmas feel, or some green….or maybe even black for a more edgy look.

This was my first time working with Gold Leaf, and let me tell you – I now have the urge to literally Gold Leaf everything in sight!!! 

XO

{All images by Miss Renaissance.}

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