Interior Decorating by Elaine Burns

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Floral Garland

When my aunt asked me to help plan my cousin in law’s baby (girl) shower, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. The shower was planned for March - a month before her due date - and we agreed on a theme of a whimsical garden party.

Florals and delicate details were musts for styling. As a special add, I wanted to give the mom-to-be’s throne a unique touch.  

Since setting up my new Cricut machine, I have spent hours (yes, hours) combing through their Design Space; a resource for project ideas and templates. I’ve pinned several of my favorites, and for this occasion, I wanted to do something special with my favorite design element - flowers - so I opted for a colorful garland.

Using the machine was simple for this three-part project - pistil, petals, and leaves. I created 40 (!!!) complete flowers, making 2 garlands to hang.

Photo by Amy Zalinsky

Photo by Amy Zalinsky

The party was perfect - and the mix of both real and paper flowers added the feminine touch to the decor.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Easy Entertaining

Now that August is winding down, my jam-packed weekends of summer travel are coming to an end. Bittersweet, of course, but since weekend getaways are the norm for me and my friends, the beginning of September is when we all are back in the city together again - it’s about time!

For a recent afternoon catch-up session, I wanted to keep things easy - a simple snack to munch on in-between stories. In less than 15 minutes, I whipped up this Sriracha Party Mix recipe using some healthier alternatives - unsalted nuts, whole wheat cereal, and Bitsy’s Brainfood Cheddar Chia Veggie Crackers.  A light beer was the perfect compliment to the spice.

I kept the party decor low-maintenance too - some punchy blooms (thanks, Greg!) and brightly colored accents served as a nod to the summer days we were reminiscing.

It’s 5 O’Clock in Brooklyn

Spring cleaning time has arrived to my little apartment, and a major focus this year was purging the kitchen: unused tools, expired pantry items, and the items of my bar cart.
Throughout the fall/winter, my cart has started to accumulate lots of new liquors, mixers, and cocktail supplies, so I aimed to create a less cluttered, fresh feeling display (and stored some of the less pretty items).
In sticking with the springtime-refresh theme, I aimed to feature plenty of natural elements.

I wanted to feature some of my favorite shapes and colors on the top shelf of the cart, so went for smaller, more unique bottles. The cart needed height, so I used pink tulips in a favorite vase and some books with pastel spines. A floral vintage card tray complemented the fresh flowers and held my favorite flea market glasses. The embroidered tea towels (a fun weekend project) and the bear paw bookend made the display feel a little more whimsical.

The final touch - the vintage clock - is actually non-functioning, so is forever stuck on 5 o’clock. Just a little reminder that there is always something worth celebrating.

Photography by Erin Fikentscher