DIY: Air Plant Mount

May 29, 2014

So, as you know, we, mostly me, Sharon, love plants. One of our favorite plants is the tillandsia, widely known as air plants. The great thing about air plants is that they do not require soil. They only need to be soaked in water one to two times a week, and that's it! They're almost foolproof for those of us who have a black thumb. But because they're so easy to care for, it's also easy and fun to dress them up in different ways. I've seen people put other kinds of plants on walls, but because air plants need so little care, I thought I would try that instead.

My supplies included the air plant, a wood plaque I found at a thrift store, but you can purchase one at your local craft store, a wall mount, wire, and I chose to stain my plaque.

First, I stained it, but really I think you should drill the holes before you stain, in case you mark it up and need to re-stain it. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the power drill and couldn't wait for my husband to get home before starting on this project, so this was my first step. The wall mounts I picked up from Hobby Lobby don't need screws, and can just be hammered in. So easy! Lastly, once my husband got home, I drilled two holes and strung the wire through.

Ta da! Super easy DIY for air plants. Now my beautiful tillandsia can be displayed proudly in my dining room. It's so handsome! I'm squealing with so much excitement!

Vintage Newsboy First Birthday Party

May 27, 2014

Extra, extra, read all about it...Atticus turned one this weekend & we had a vintage newsboy themed party to celebrate it!

Photo Credit: Steve

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Since the party was after lunch time, we decided to serve light snacks- all inspired by St. Louis: gooey butter cookies (recipe), billy goat chips, Gus' pretzels, Fitz's soda, & cake from our local bakery (McArthur's).

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My dapper little dude wore some sweet vintage newsboy duds that were handmade by four tiny cousins. Surprisingly all of the mint icing came out of his bow-tie! :)

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All of the decorations were handmade or borrowed from my amazing friends, Amanda & Jen who also helped set up for the party. I couldn't have done it without them!

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Sharon & my brother in law Steve volunteered to take all of the great photos. You can check out Steve's photography page here (& Sharon's photo skills on our blog)! 


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Thanks to everyone who helped make our little man's day so special.  Atticus had so much fun turning one! 

Music Monday: Owen Pye

May 26, 2014

Happy Monday, and happy Memorial Day! Hope most people are getting to spend the day outside and enjoying beautiful spring weather! This Monday we wanted to introduce you to another local musician, Owen Pye.



Owen is an indie/folk artist from Lebanon, IL. His unique style and voice is similar to the likes of Ben Gibbard and Conor Oberst. His music is fun and relatable and nothing is more enjoyable than watching him play guitar, harmonica, and stomp on a tambourine all at the same time. He is currently working on a new record, but release date has not yet been determined, so stay tuned!

One of our favorite songs, and our favorite video of his, is Barriers. The video was produced and directed by his wife, Jillian, and is in stop motion! You have to at least admire the time and planning that goes into that. It's beautiful and so cool. Enjoy!


For all the St. Louis readers, he has an upcoming show on June 12 at Plush. More info here. Also, for more Owen Pye music, you can check out his music on his website here.

Inside Sharon's Home

May 23, 2014

Happy Friday! Sharon here. One thing I love most is decorating my home. My husband and I bought our little 960 sq. ft. house one year ago this weekend! It was a very exciting time for us, and I spent several nights dreaming about decorating before we even closed on our house! It has been such an adventure dressing it up and finding all the right furniture and knick knacks to make my place feel like me and feel like home. Because decorating is such a process for me, I thought I'd share just one room at a time. Even though I've lived in my house for a whole year, so many rooms are still undone, or at least they feel that way to me. Many will argue, but I have too many ideas in my noggin to allow any other rooms to feel complete. We'll start with the first room you see when walking through the front door, the living room. 


This is my dear puppy, Skip! Although he's not much of a puppy, he's still our little baby. Skip says, "Hi!"


We were lucky to adopt that piano from my mother-in-law, which I think has made a nice place in our home. Also, in my home, you'll learn that I have a lot of plants. I have had a plant obsession for well over a year now, and once we bought a house, I had to warn my husband, that I may go a little overboard. I'm lucky to have such a gracious, understanding husband. But just know, these survivors are only about 60% of what I started with, but it's so worth the investment since they bring so much life into the room. If I knew more about caring for plants, my house would certainly be covered in them floor to ceiling! But that's just me dreaming..


Almost everything in my home was thrifted. I really enjoy the thrill of seeking out the perfect pieces that will fit well into my home and saving money in the process! My thrifted items include the smallest little miniture horse statue to all the living room furniture. Craigslist and garage sales are my best bet. That's usually how I spend most of my Saturday mornings.

A lot of my inspiration comes from my favorite designer, Emily Henderson. She's a designer from HGTV and has such an eye for weird, quirky, and bold items and colors. She has got a vision for interior design that I can only envy. She is my hero, and I want to be her best friend.




I'm so proud of our little house. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed a peak into my home!

A Week in Pictures

May 22, 2014

We each have had such a great week this past week, and we just want to share some of the highlights!

First up, Sharon!

I luckily had the opportunity to be a part of one of my best friend's wedding. It was beautiful and perfect. It was also just a great time to be hanging out with my dear old friends all day. (Plus, we got free Ted Drewes just for showing up in our wedding duds, and ice cream just makes everything better!) We had such a blast, and I'm just so happy for my friends, Sarah and Adam! Then my family got in on the fun when it came down to partying!


Look at those tiny little fingernails! Squee!!

Next up, Paula's weekend recap...

My weekend was crazy busy. Friday night my sweet designer friend Amanda & her husband came over to help make decorations for my little guy's first birthday party. My hubby & Maya (our cute little pup!) got in on the action too. I made them all watch Newsies to get in the newsboy spirit. Open the gates & seize the day y'all.


Saturday, we started the day off with our buds John & Katy at our friend's coffee shop (La Cosecha - locals check it out!) before going to Taste of Maplewood, a local festival. Greg made me an iced vanilla blackberry latte which was amazing. If you're in Maplewood, be sure to check them out. They also have a raspberry hazelnut latte that is calling my name! Atticus can't wait for his first cuppa Joe!

Sunday funday...after church we met our friends Shane and Aryn at Kaldi's Coffee for iced Mayan Mochas (the best in town) and a double chocolate chunk cookie. Shane is a writer, so obviously he has a typewriter - because don't all writers use typewriters these days? I mean, whip that baby out in a coffee shop and start typing your next manuscript and you'll be the hippest kid on the block. We're using it as a prop for the newsboy party. Isn't she a beauty?




And finally, Brooke!

This week, Randall and I went loft hunting! We're on the search for some new digs, so together we got out to enjoy some sunlight and find a home sweet home.

He's cute when he opens the door for me. #dreamy

How cute is the Coca-Cola sign on this building! We can't wait to find a new place closer to the city. I love St. Louis; we love exploring the city and finding new spots to eat or grab a cup of coffee. I can't wait to show you all our new place once we find the right one! For now, here's a sneak peak of one of our top options...

I'm in love with the giant windows! While we were in the city, we stopped at one of our absolute favorite local eateries,Bailey's Range. I had a veggie burger with some Mexican coke and it was to die for! Paula and I are both vegetarians, so you'll hear a lot of meat-free food recommendations from us. Don't worry, Sharon can tell you about all of the best barbecue joints in town!

This, my friends, is Bailey's Triple Chocolate ice cream. It is heavenly.

We hope you all enjoyed our Week in Pictures! In case y'all haven't noticed, we love local spots. Let us know if you try any of these great places!