Year: 2016

Wedding Reception Style: Rustic Romance

The small town of Wanship, situated just north of Park City, may seem an unlikely location for a wedding, but thanks to High West Distillery’s incredible new digs and event space at Blue Sky Ranch, that’s all about to change. “I’m in love with this new venue,” says Leslie Price of Leslie Dawn Events. “It’s sophisticated and rustic without feeling cliché. It’s really versatile and the scenery is breathtaking.” Inspired by that stunning mountain backdrop and the aesthetic of the building, Price designed this romantic tablescape for an outdoor-loving couple with a taste for the finer things in life. “I love working within a rustic space, but so many times the décor can take a sharp turn towards a purely masculine vibe. I wanted to bring some delicate elements into the design to soften it up with the use of beautiful organic florals, muted tones, and candlelight,” she explains. She chose a palette of light amethyst and Serenity Blue, but paired the ethereal tones with whiskey-inspired hues, including rust, brown, and a touch of yellow, …

Show How Much You Love Your Mother – Give Flowers!

With Mother’s Day around the corner, unless you are super organized, you are probably frantically searching the web for something that will show her how much you care for and love her. I  chose 23 flower bouquets  that are guaranteed to put a smile on her face.   Wild About U   Vibrance   Rejoice   Porcupine   Sweetheart   Bordeaux   No. 1 Mom   Pegasus   Mother’s Day Designer’s Choice   Mom is Colorful!   Mom is Bohemian!   Mom is Graceful!   Mom is Loving!   Mom is Cute!   Mom is Hip!   Mom is Whimsical!   Mom is Chic!   Mom is Sweet!   Mom’s Favorite Roses!   Mom is Chic!   Mother’s Day Designer’s Choice   Romantique   20% Off + Free Delivery on Mother’s Day Flowers at The Bouqs! Use Code: MDAY20 – Valid 4/1-5/9 15% Off + Free Delivery on Mother’s Day Flowers at The Bouqs! Use Code: MDAY15 – Valid 4/1-5/9

Fresh Flower Cupcake Toppers

The perfect union of  beautiful blooms, cupcakes and frosting. What you need:   *Fresh flowers *Sprinkles Cupcakes *Scissors *Toothpicks *Ribbon                     Remember: Fresh flower toppers are for decorative purposes only. But you can enjoy the delicious Sprinkles Cupcakes with a variety of  flavors: banana, dark chocolate, red velvet, salty caramel, sprinkle and strawberry to name a few. This post is kindly sponsored by Sprinkles Cupcakes. You can buy yours at: Or visit the store at: Photos: Monica Melsness

How to Water an Air Plant

Like us, air plants need water too! Air plants are a pretty and hardy plant and this means low-maintenance and relatively little attention; but you cannot just pop them into a terrarium or stick them on a shelf and forget about them.  Air plants need to eat and their natural food is water. Here’s how to water it:   Photo: Monica Melsness    

4 Reasons You Need a Greenhouse

With global warming our climate is changing rapidly, so  having a greenhouse in the backyard can bring more stable growing conditions for your garden plants. Greenhouses hold tropical plants, citrus trees, succulents, and several types of  vegetables and herbs. I have not yet convinced you? I’ll give you four more reasons to have one. 1- Flexibility – A greenhouse allows you to grow a wider variety of food and flowers. 2- Stability – A greenhouse offers a predictable environment which shelters tender plants from damaging weather extremes. 3-Self-sufficiency – A greenhouse empowers us to easily save and germinate our seeds, making it possible to avoid paying for them. 4-It’s Beautiful – When you choose a perfect greenhouse for your garden, you can redefine your outdoor space. Look below at this beautiful example I chose for you!  

Eliza Blank – Founder of The Sill

Eliza Blank, the 30-year-old founder of The Sill, grew up watching her grandmother garden and believes that every house needs a plant. Here’s how her team is greening the urban jungle. Why did you start The Sill? Owning a houseplant in a city like New York is so important. When it came time for me to move out on my own, one of the things that I really wanted to do was fill my apartment with greenery; immediately I realized how difficult that would be. It wasn’t just the access, it was the missing element of design. You have your choice of 100 shower curtains—why isn’t there that breadth when it comes to buying a potted plant? Do you sell anything besides plants? About a year into the start of The Sill we started designing and manufacturing our own line of ceramic planters. All the tabletop items are designed with input from our plant team. The pots are well suited to the plants, they’re the right size, and they incorporate drainage when appropriate. What’s the most common question you get …

The Montessori Bed

The Montessori method focuses largely on education, but many Montessori principles can be applied to decorate your little one’s room as well.  Since it’s their room, everything should be within the child’s reach, and on the child’s level. This includes all furniture, especially the bed. Here are some ideas for you to apply the method in a creative way to make your child’s room look even more beautiful, comfortable, and fun.   Photo:  Via Pinterest,   Sweet HOME from wood

Alassis Collection

 Alassis  candles …an exclusive collection by Mei Xu, the award-winning entrepreneur behind Chesapeake Bay Candle. Inspired by sophisticated ancient scents that transport us back in time to mediterranean civilizations and lush, fragrant gardens – evoking a elegant aura in your home.   Alassis Candles  $25.00

Spiced and Grilled Steaks with Citrus Chutney

Ingredients Chutney ½ grapefruit, thinly sliced, seeds removed 8 ounces kumquats, sliced, seeds removed 1 shallot, finely chopped ⅔ cup sugar Pinch of kosher salt 1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar  Steak And Assembly 2 tablespoons coriander seeds 2 tablespoons ground coffee 2 tablespoons kosher salt 4 teaspoons light brown sugar 4 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper Vegetable oil (for grilling) 2 hanger steaks, center membrane removed, each cut into 4 pieces Directions Chutney Bring grapefruit, kumquats, shallot, sugar, salt, and ¼ cup water to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally and lowering heat if needed, until citrus is soft and liquid is syrupy, 45–60 minutes. Stir in vinegar and let cool. Cover and chill. Do Ahead: Chutney can be made 1 week ahead. Keep chilled. Steak And Assembly Toast coriander seeds in a small skillet over medium heat, tossing occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Let cool, then finely grind in spice mill or mortar and pestle. Mix ground coriander, coffee, salt, brown sugar, cocoa powder, and pepper in a small bowl. Prepare a grill for medium-high heat; lightly oil grate. Season steaks generously …

Happiness in Your Home – According to Science

I grew up hearing my grandmother saying that home was the best place in the world. Anyone disagree? Today I know this is not only a theory of my dear granny, but also proven by science. Our house conveys security, warmth and well-being, and it is  precisely this feeling that makes us feel homesick when we are traveling.  Science has proven that it is possible to make our home better and (why not?) even happier. Paint a wall green or yellow   Yellow and green are colors that bring more feelings of happiness and well-being, according to a study by the University of Vrije in the Netherlands. Make a floral arrangement   A long study, conducted by Rutgers University in New Jersey, demonstrated that having  flowers at home brings a sensation of comfort and causes happiness. Spread photos around the house   Try putting a picture frame with a beautiful picture of your family or a friend, next to your bed. Scientists at the University of Portsmouth, in England guarantee that this will make you happier. According to this …

DIY – Hanging Flower Eggs

Have you already thought about what your Easter table will look like? No? Thankfully, I have a DIY idea to show you how to decorate at home.  This is a really easy and inexpensive  idea. You can do it by yourself or with the kids. Be creative! I used just pink tulips (my favorite flower), but you are free to choose your favorite flower and play with colors. What you’ll need: *White and pink ribbons *White zipties *Flowering tree branches *Tulips or your favorite flowers *Eggshells *Garden clippers *Scissors            

Karleksmums: The Love Cake

Serves 8-10 Ingredients 3 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder 100 mL whole milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 175 g butter 225 g granulated sugar 2 eggs 225 g cake flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt Topping: 150 g icing sugar, sifted 50 g butter 1 generous tablespoon cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon vanilla sugar 4 tablespoons strong filter coffee 50 g desiccated coconut, plus extra to decorate Coarse sea salt, to decorate 20 cm deep round cake pan, greased and lined with baking parchment Directions Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) Gas 4. In a bowl, mix together the cocoa with 100 mL of boiling water to make a thick paste. Leave to cool. Gradually pour in the milk and stir well until combined and smooth. In a separate bowl, mix together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one by one, mixing well between each addition and taking care that they are completely incorporated. In a third bowl, sift together the flour, vanilla extract, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour and …

Half-Bath Wallpaper Inspiration

To give the half bath the attention it deserves, a bet is to use wallpaper that is able to transform the simple environment into a spectacular place. Unlike the bathroom, the half bath  is not a wet area, which allows you to use your imagination to decorate it. Here are some ideas to inspire you to create a beautiful half bath with wallpaper. I love each one. This post  inspires me more than  I thought  to put wallpaper in my half bath. When I finish, I will make a post to teach you how to install wallpaper.

Travis Lett

  The Jersey-born, self-taught chef transformed Abbot Kinney into one of L.A.’s most happening streets by cooking impossibly gratifying Cali-minded food. “I’m working really hard to make it look like I’m not working really hard,” says Travis Lett, who’s sitting beneath a tree on a sleepy stretch of Sunset Avenue in Venice, California, explaining how he manages to make healthy food both delicious and seemingly simple in its appearance. “I don’t want to admit it,” he adds, tucking a loose strand of blond hair behind his ear, “but the simpler it looks, the harder it is.” Indeed, though the perennially tanned, wiry 37-year-old could pass for a reluctant male model with too much time on his hands, he’s been up since 4 a.m. baking bread at his whitewashed bakery/restaurant, Gjusta , and prepping for another busy day at his other Venice restaurant, Gjelina, beloved for its fresh, veggie-forward Cal-Italian dishes like salted anchovy wood-fired pizzas, dandelion salad, braised pork meatballs, and roasted fennel. Per Lett’s usual routine, he won’t be wrapping up until 11 p.m. “I …

Lars Beller Fjetland

Lars Beller Fjetland won the Designer Award in 2013 given by the magazines “Elle Decoration Norway” and “Elle Decoration UK”. Born in Norway, he is known for his tables and birds of sustainable wood. He believes that we benefit from daily interaction with natural materials and it is this belief that makes the work of Lar Beller Fjetland, which in my opinion can be defined as the combination of function, beauty and simplicity. He strives to make each object created with the feeling of longevity, and with the greatest challenge to use only materials that have inherent qualities. This will ensure that every object created is able to fulfill the main purpose without an expiration date. Lars Beller is constantly looking to broaden his horizons as a dedicated explorer of form and function through various new projects. You can buy his objects at Thank you, Lars Beller, for sharing your creativity! Photo: Hem

Small Balcony Decor Idea

Lack of space in your balcony is not an excuse to leave this corner without decoration. With a little imagination and inspiration, you can turn this space with limited footage into a garden, gourmet space, or reading and relaxation area among many other options. Be inspired by these ideas and surprise yourself with these simple, but very beautiful and comfortable projects. Photos: Pinterest and Casa Claudia  


Has anyone tried recipes from the cook book ” Plenty” by Ottolenghi? I tried and I adore it. The author has a blog on the guardian’s website that includes some recipes from the book; it should give an idea what is in the book. My favorite recipe is the stuffed eggplant on the cover. So delicious! Plenty – $34.99  

Special Delivery: Protea Flowers & Bubbles

Valentine’s day treats are much sweeter in pairs which is why I love this orange box. I filled my box with a bouquet of protea flowers and a bottle of  Roederer Estate Sparkling Wine, but you can use your own favorites to complete the package: wine, Champagne, flowers, chocolate or anything else that fits. I chose protea flowers because it is a wild flower with a fresh fragrance that is memorable for a valentine. Roederer Estate – Anderson Valley California   Photo: Monica Melsness  

Fresh Croissants – The Value of Simplicity

Croissants are simple, delicate and sophisticated  breakfast pastries made from feuilletee (soft flour of flour, yeast, butter, milk and salt). Ingredient 3 1/2 cups white bread flour sifted, plus extra for dusting 3 tbsp superfine sugar 1 tsp salt 2 tsp easy-blend dried yeast 1 1/4 cups lukewarm milk 1 1/4 cups butter, softened, plus extra for greasing 1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 tbsp milk, for glazing Directions Preheat the oven to 400 F/200 C. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl, make a well in the center, and add the milk. Mix to a soft dough, adding more milk if too dry. Knead on a lightly floured work surface until smooth. Place in a large greased bowl, cover, and let stand in a warm place until doubled in volume. Meanwhile, place the butter between two sheets of parchment paper and flatten with a rolling pin to form a 1/4-inch thick /5-mm rectangle. Set aside in the refrigerator until required. Knead the dough for 1 minute. Remove the butter from the refrigerator. Roll out …