Sunday, March 20, 2016

Easter Entertaining

Once Easter baskets and eggs are found, it is time to start prepping for Easter dinner. Spending time with family and friends is wonderful and you can make it even more memorable by adding some unique touches to your meal.

Get inspired with these great ideas.

Give the kids table a fun twist with these fun topped drinks.

Kid Friendly Easter Drinks| Just Destiny Mag
via Just Destiny

Cute cut out bunnies add just the touch to your tablescape.

Easter bunny on napkin
via Stylizimo

Think outside the box for your table setting this year. A runner that invokes the feeling of spring, some flowers, a touch of color and some natural elements make for a soothing and elegant table display.

Mix and Match Table Settings for formal or casual dining rooms. Includes printed craft paper placemats. Torquoise, blue, and yellow accent colors for a light, fresh feel. Perfect for an easter tablescape or
via Craving Some Creativity

Want a dose of fun at the adult or kids table? Make these cute chick in an egg crafts and use them as place holders.

Could do this turned opposite way and roll the stone away to an empty tomb - He is risen!:
via Flickr

Skip the usual dinner rolls and make these adorable honey glazed ones.

Cute Easter bunny rolls - use your favorite raised yeast roll recipe, and shape them like eggs, then poke two holes for eyes and pinch the ears up. Let rise, re-poke the eye holes if needed, and bake.:
via Epicurious

Elevate your side dish to the next level by making these roasted potatoes. They not only taste good but look good too.

Garlic Herb Roasted Potatoes - the easiest and best roasted potatoes with olive oil, butter, garlic, herb and lemon. Great side dish for Easter! |
via Rasa Malaysia 

Happy Easter!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Design Inspiration - Encaustic Tiles

We have been slowly but surely updating different areas of our home. Our master bedroom was the beginning (I know I need to update you on the progress of that!), then came my daughter's room which is nearing completion. 

The next on our radar is the master bathroom. It is small in size but I think with some creative choices it can be a knockout. Rather than going for the traditional tile floor, I have been crushing on encaustic tile. Encaustic tile is cement tile whose color does not come from glazing but rather, from different colors of clay. They have been around for centuries but are making a resurgence and come in both traditional and modern patterns.

Since encaustic tiles are make from natural materials they will patina over time and should not be cleaned with harsh chemicals. There are however, some porcelain options which require no maintenance and look great too.

Here are a few spaces that are inspiring me to go this route.

Bathroom with round mirrors, gray and white patterned encaustic tile floor, cement countertop designed by Sophie Burke, via @sarahsarna.:
via Sophie Burke

DIY Guest Bathroom transformation using encaustic cement tile:
via Jenna Sue Design

breathtaking in black and white – Greige Design:
via Greige Design

via Malibu Design-Build

via Granada Tile

I will share my design board tomorrow for my ideas for the master bath.

Be inspired!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Add Wow to Your Walls

Painting your walls is one of the easiest ways to reinvigorate your space.  A fresh coat of paint in a new hue can instantly transform a room. However, there are other great ways to add some "wow" to your walls.

Try some of these on for size.

Wallpaper is back and in a big way. You do not however, need to wallpaper the entire room. Just adding it to a small wall in the entryway or an accent wall in the dining room is all you need to give your space some punch. Afraid of the commitment? No need. There are now temporary wall papers that go on like a wall decal and peel off just as easily.

Geometric wallpapers to love:
via Home Girl London

Speaking of wall decals, there are some very sophisticated ones that make adding some pizazz a snap.

via Brit + Co.

Another take on painting is stenciling your walls. Choose a large scale one to make an impact.

Love the wall but absolutely would've painted that little table burnt orange or red..just sayin.:
via Store Envy

Add detail. Adding paneling or wainscoting adds instant texture and drama.

Modern board and batten. This is exactly what I want for the basement.:
via Life on Virginia Street

How to Install Shiplap Shiplap Fireplace:
via Tiny Mom

Love french country, rustic or the industrial look? Add texture and warm with reclaimed wood. There are even peel and stick versions that make putting it up a snap.

Beautiful wood paneling and floors to contrast with the white cabinets and countertops in the kitchen:
via Old Sea Grove Homes

Happy decorating!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Go for Gold

A hot trend in home decor is brushed gold. Not the shiny gold or brass of the 1980's but an elegant and stylish version. You can find it on everything from light fixtures, to cabinet hardware and home accessories. 

The beauty of this finish is that it works with every style of decor whether traditional, modern or industrial. Not convinced? Be inspired by one of these great ideas.

new traditional kitchen, brass lanterns, circa lighting, morris pendant, bikini stools, brushed brass:
via Veneer Designs

Happy decorating!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Double Duty Easter Decorations

I have started to pull out my Easter decorations. I love the soft pinks, yellows and blues. They just scream Spring and are so calming. Not to mention, I love bunny and bird decor so I can't go wrong.

I have rounded up some of my favorite Easter decorations from around the web. Even better, you don't have to put them away once Easter is over. Check out these Easter decorations that can be used all year long. 

These cute little bunnies are perfect for Easter but can be kept out all year long by displaying on a bookcase or end table.

via Crate and Barrel

Nothing says Easter like eggs. Eschew the traditional dyed eggs for these natural beauties which would look great in a bowl on your nightstand all year long.

Speckled Blue Robin's Eggs Vase Filler
via Pottery Barn

How cute would this be on your hall table? When Easter is done, transfer it to the kitchen where it will feel right at home.

What better way to lure the Easter Bunny to your home than by tempting him with some garden-fresh carrots? With our wooden sign decorating your home, he’ll be hopping your way in no time.:
via Pier 1

This adorable bird jar can hold jelly beans for Easter and then move to the bathroom to hold guest soaps.

via Lillian Vernon

Happy decorating!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

5 Easy Bathroom Updates

Spring is almost here! I am giddy with excitement. The bug to start Spring cleaning is itching to get going. Out with the old and in with the new.

Time to start swapping out dark and heavy accessories for light and airy fabrics and softer colors. Spring is also the time to think about sprucing up tired spaces. If renovation is not in your budget, there are many quick and easy options out there to make changes without breaking your budget.

One great place to do that is in the bathroom. With a few simple changes you can make your tired bathroom look new again. Here are five easy updates to take your bathroom from drab to fab.

1. Paint. There is no single thing that can change a room more than paint. Whether painting walls or changing the color of your vanity, paint can do wonders.

2. Add a teak shower floor. Pump up the glamour and refresh your shower with this simple update.

Adding teak to your shower floor instantly upgrades the look and hides the ugly drain. Teak is a waterproof material so it's okay to use in the shower.:
via DIY and Mag

3. Add a eye catching light fixture. Whether is a new light over the vanity or a swanky chandelier, a new light can breathe life into a tired space.

Gray Wisp
via Reu Architects

4. Give your old mirror a facelift by framing it out. Do-it-yourself or buy a kit from a company like Mirror Mate and add an instant dose of style to an ordinary builder grade mirror.

Easily update your bathroom mirror with these gorgeous frames. by marla:
via Indulge

5. Swap out your cabinet hardware. Choose something fun or bold for an instant style update.

via So Haute Style

Spring into Spring!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Back on the Blog Bandwagon

Well I am back on the blog bandwagon. After a long unplanned hiatus, I have come back to the blogging world. I must admit what started out as a busy schedule, quickly turned into writer's block. However, I am committed to getting back in the saddle and starting again.

So, what has been up with me? I have been wrapping up a renovation project on a condo in the city with an amazing view and redoing my daughter's bedroom (taking it from a little girl's room to a room to grow with her into tween years).

Here is the ideaboard for her space. 
tween room

tween room by dawn-brazier featuring teal home decor

We are nearing completion on her room and I couldn't be more excited. While I had some other ideas as how to finish her space, she was very adamant about what she wanted. In the end it is coming together beautifully.

I can't wait to share it with you.

Ta-ta for now. 

I welcome any suggestions for future posts (one because I love to hear what you have to say, and two it definitely helps get over those writer's block hurdles). Please feel free to add your suggestions for future posts in the comment section below.

Happy decorating!