This week, I baked some homemade pumpkin bread for Bosses Day. I’ve had the urge to bake an autumnal treat, but I prefer to do it for others. If I bake for myself, I become a real life Cookie Monster, prone to smashing all the baked goodness over 1-2 days.
This recipe produces a moist, not-too-spicy bread with an added bonus of heartiness: pepitas baked on top. Pepitas are hulled pumpkin seeds. These add a perfect contrast of crunch and nuttiness to the sweet, moist bread. (You can substitute them with other nuts, if desired.)
This recipe is also great because you don’t have to go out and buy all the individual spices—you just need cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. You also get the bonus of ginger by using the pumpkin pie spice. Mmmm, ginger.
A few weeks ago, I was weighing options of shelves for my living room makeover, browsing stores to see what I could find. I really wanted something unique and decorative… not plain and generic like the ready-to-assemble bookshelves you can get at a big box store.
And that is when the decor gods smiled upon me and blessed me with a vintage wood ironing board. I scored this at a consignment store, which has become my preferred option for quality, secondhand goods.
I’m a thinker. A big-time thinker. All my life. I imagine, I play out scenarios in my head, I have lots of what if’s and tons of why’s. My theory is that because I think so much, I have a much lower chance of having Alzheimer’s when I get old. Or maybe it will be the opposite–that because I’ve used my brain so much, it will one day just give up.
So, it’s no surprise I’ve been pondering why a particular occurrence has been happening lately. I wonder if it’s not really random at all and if the universe/God trying to speak to me, trying to give me signs…
It’s not you, it’s me. You had to know it would end soon. I loved you so much in the beginning, but now I need a change. I need something softer, something that suits me better. I need more warmth and more color in my life. It’s time we part ways.
Dear Dining Room,
I neglected you for so long. I don’t know how you put up with me ignoring you all this time, when all you wanted was a little love. Well, I’m finally ready to give myself to you. We can do this, together, finally.
It’s true, I have a deep relationship with my home. In human relationships, you may come to a turning point. Things get stale or are neglected, which is how I started feeling with my living room and dining room. So I vowed to do a makeover. Continue reading to check out more of my moodboard & my plan for these rooms.
This time of year is when we embrace the deeper shades of life, while nature transforms into fall. Fall is one my second favorite season and I love witnessing the fiery colors nature has to offer. It’s a true blessing.
But how do you embrace the colors of fall in your home if you don’t like to decorate for fall? Easy—bring the colors in without using the autumn theme.
To learn how to decorate with these delicious colors in all ways small to large, check out these Get Your Color On! posts. You’ll find photo inspiration, links to DIY projects, plus decor & furniture that will help you bring these natural shades into your home.
My goal in this makeover was to give my office a cohesive look and a peaceful vibe. When I first decorated this room, my MO was truly just to “make it work” and make it feel happy. While I was successful in that mission, my office still didn’t feel great. And why settle for just good when you can be great?
Continue reading to check out the before & afters… plus all the details that now make my office a calm place in which I can be productive!
The contest has 4 categories based on the color scheme and my bedroom is in the “Light” category. My bedroom was just posted yesterday, while other rooms were posted a few weeks ago so they may had a better chance of getting more votes. I’m currently in next to last place. Yes, I will take a pity vote—I have no shame. :)
I think I could still have a decent shot at winning my category though, plus winning $1200 in gift cards from Fab.com and Sherwin Williams would be so awesome. So if you like my bedroom and think I’m deserving, cast your vote for me! You can check out my entry here. The last day of voting is October 3.
In January, I made a resolution: to finally go back to school to become a certified interior designer. And in true Angie fashion, I’ve put it off until the last minute possible.* Going through the application process lately has me in a state of mixed emotions.
*9/18/14: This post has been edited to reflect a slight change in plans.
I don’t have a black thumb per se, but I’ve found there are certain houseplants that I get along with better than others: those that are very low maintenance. I’ve had the usual suspects of low maintenance plants, like pothos, philodendron, snake plants… but felt myself yearning something more exotic.
It was on a pilgrimage to IKEA that I finally came across the ZZ (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) plant. I happily scooped up one plant. I’d read about its wonderful qualities, but was still cautious.
Fate was on my side that day, because this plant has become my new best friend. Keep reading to find out why the ZZ plant is perfect for any home plus my tried & true tips on caring for it.
For the entire time I’ve lived on my own, it’s been in an apartment. Throughout these 16 years, I’ve tried many methods of decorating within the limits of a rented home. One method has proven to be a winner time & time again: decorating with pillows.
Pillows are a simple yet significant way to add color, pattern, and texture to your space. But my favorite aspect of pillows is how they allow you to personalize your space. I love to decorate with unique items and pillows are one way I’ve achieved this.
Read along for different ideas on how to customize your rented (or permanent!) home with pillows.