Seating for Two Please

 ~ The Sunday Drinking Room ~

Raise your hand if there are parts of your home that you truly haven’t used in days, weeks, months…. I think it’s more of us than we might like to admit. At my house, it is just my husband and I and our three kitties, so there’s a lot of space that could potentially go unused around here. Even the cats have their certain go-to hangout spots. As comfortable as we might be in a couple rooms of the house, it’s a crime to have space that you don’t use. 

This is why we’ve deemed our front living room “The Sunday Drinking Room”. I did a little renovation and redecoration to this area of our home a while back after which my husband commented sarcastically: “Wow, maybe we should actually sit in here now”. But in a way he was right. We really didn’t use this room very often – usually only for entertaining as it is adjacent our dining room. But when it was just the two of us, we always defaulted to other parts of our home. 

As we were sitting in these chairs, enjoying the completed renovation of this space (and a cocktail), we decided it should forever be our cozy new part of the house to sit and enjoy some time and a beverage together. So on any given Sunday, take a peek through the front window and this is where we might be – wine glass in hand and a kitty on the lap!

~ Takeaway ~ It’s your house, so use it! Don’t let any areas of your home go to waste. If there’s a room you never go in, ask yourself why. Change up your space to give that spot a purpose – something that is going to make you excited to enjoy it. Cheers!

Capri Blue Candle Haul

~ Finishing out the season with some delightful Summer fragrances ~

If you’ve ever shopped in an Anthropology store, then you’ve definitely had the pleasure of experiencing the power of Capri Blue Candles. Part of the Anthro experience is the pleasant aroma that hits you as soon as you enter the shop and envelops you all the way back to the sale rack. They are almost always burning the infamous Volcano candle by Capri Blue. Definitely one of my favorite store environments and I think this is why! It is so cozy and inviting – it feels more like your are in someone’s home as opposed to a mall.

Capri Blue have been making candles for 20 years with the intention of: “where fashion meets fragrance”.  They sell all of their candle fragrances in a wide variety of sizes and in a multitude of designer containers so you can match your candle to the style of your space – genius! The containers are so beautiful and they are intended to be reused – a planter, makeup brush holder, snack dish, whatever you can imagine. The candles are made of mostly soy wax with the addition of some paraffin to achieve a longer burn time and more fragrant quality.

Volcano is definitely their most beloved and most used scents. You’ve most likely smelled this somewhere even if you weren’t aware of it. “With its familiar feel and cult following, Volcano is the perfect blend of citrus and sugar notes. Like the excitement and energy of a summer night rendezvous, this fragrance is simply unforgettable.” I had just happened to come across a Volcano jar in my home the other day and it inspired me to hop online and order some of their other scents so I could enjoy some of their Summery aromas through the tail end of the season before everything switches over to Fall vibes.

Here’s what I purchased and their fragrance notes according to Capri Blue:
Paris – White tea, ginger, violets, vanilla
Lola Blossom – Sweet orange, lemon mist, gardenia
Cactus Flower – Peonies, peach, cactus flower
Volcano (couldn’t resist picking up another) – Tropical fruits, sugared citrus
Pomegranate Citrus – Grapefruit, pomegranate, rose
Coconut Santal – Flowering hibiscus, lime, coconut, amber

~ Takeaway ~ If I’m spending any considerable amount of time in a room, I need it to have an actively burning candle in it. It is just so important for a space to not only appeal to your eyes, but to your nose as well. Candles provide an added level of personality to a space when their aroma fills the air. Double bonus with Capri Blue – you also get a stunning looking candle that fits seamlessly into your decor because of their multitude of jar options. And if you love the Anthropology feel, do yourself a favor and pick up a Volcano candle – guaranteed you will love it!

Handmade Seasonal Wreath

~ My DIY Spring/Summer Door Wreath ~

I love a good craft and I love some seasonal decor. Put it all together and what do you get? A fun seasonal wreath for your front door of course! Lol. I had seen so many awesome designs on Pinterest – black hole of DIY inspiration – and I knew this was one I could easily conquer myself. After a quick trip to Michaels and JoAnns – don’t forget your coupons! – I had all the supplies necessary to make this piece.

I simply bought a plain circular wreath made of branches – this one happens to be painted in a dark blue hue which I thought was an interesting alternative to your typical brown look. Then I picked out a variety of fake floral bushels all in white/cream/and green tones. Lastly, I hunted down a thick cardboard “hello” sign that I spray painted gold.

I dismantled all the floral components with wire cutters and laid them out along the edge of the wreath. Once happy with my starting layout, I used a glue gun to affix them to the wreath and filled in with additional foliage here and there until it was lush and full. I enjoyed the look of some of the sprigs of greenery extending off the borders of the circle – a little whimsy (wink). Fun fact – the “hello” sign is just nestled into the branches as opposed to being permanently glued so I can use it again when I swap it out for my Fall wreath – stay tuned for the reveal of this beauty once it finally becomes Autumn! 

I have a little clear zip tie that loops around some of the branches from the back so that it can hang from a 3M hook I stuck to our front door. This makes it easy to change up as you move through the seasons.

~ Takeaway ~ Making a wreath is one of the easiest and most foolproof crafts you can do to entertain yourself for a couple hours and have a usable end result for your home. Decorating your home for the corresponding season is one of my favorite ways to personalize and stylize your environment. It really helps you embrace the season and get excited about all of the unique aspects of that particular time of year. Is it Fall yet?!?!?!

Citrus – Can’t beat it

~ When in doubt, citrus it out ~

I believe it is absolutely essential to have a delicious smelling home whether it is just you on your couch watching Netflix, or whether you are hosting a party of 30. Spaces not only need to look good, but they need to smell good too. If we can appeal to all of our senses instead of only our eyes, we have wrapped ourselves up in a much more pleasant and inviting environment.

Now, if you have pets like I do, you love them to death but unfortunately they are a bit of a mess when it comes to their fur and their smells and thus, they cause me the most stress when prepping my home for company. The absolute worst thing is walking into someones house and thinking “what the hell is that stink??”

The best way I’ve found to immediately fill your home with an appealing aroma on quick notice is Oil Warmers. They are typically ceramic or metal decor pieces that house a tealight in the bottom and a well for scented oil on top. The heat from the tealight causes the oil to release its fragrance and voilà, your room went from smelling like cat litter or whatever your unpleasant odor to refreshing lemons in about 3 minutes.

Of course companies like Yankee Candle provide seasonal scents to tailor your home fragrance to the time of year and you can pick up oils that suit your own preferences. However, if you are worried about finding an all-year-round, crowd pleasing flavor – Citrus is where it’s at!! Lemon, lime, orange and other light citrus scents are the most appealing across the board. The simple, clean, refreshing scent will not turn your guests off, but will welcome into a fresh, inviting space.

My three go-to scents for satisfying all tastes during anytime of the year are: Sage & Citrus, Sicilian Lemon, and Honey Clementine – all from Yankee Candle Company. You can pick them up for $5 a piece which is far less than the price of a super-scented candle and I’m telling you, they do the job! What are your favorite types of scents??