Cocktail Hour: Cucumber Gin Martini

So I love cucumber cocktails. And there was this great one at a bar downtown that I just loved and they stopped making it. So for a while now I have been trying to figure out a great alternative.

So after much practice I think I nailed it. Be careful because these things go down too easy.

First pick up a seedless cucumber. You can buy a seeded one too, but it will be easier to get all the juice out with the seedless.

Use your food processor to get the cucumbers down to a puree.

Then take the puree and use a strainer to get the juice out.

Now that you have the juice you can make the drink!

Cucumber Cocktail

1 Shot Domaine Canton Ginger Liquor

1 Shot Hendrick’s Gin

1 Shot Cucumber Juice

Shake till cold

it’s good to strain it a second time to make sure you get all the pulp from the cucumber out.

splash the top just a bit with prossecco and enjoy!!

Projects

So I’ve been blessed lately in helping a couple friends decorate their beautiful new homes. Moving into a new big house can be overwhelming with all the space and figuring out what to do with it all. I know because I felt the same way when we moved into ours. I’ve had so much fun starting one room at a time to create a beautiful space for my friends. Check out inspiration for the first room.

Couple fun pieces in this space. First the console is just a placeholder. I found a great one at a consignment shop and I will be lacquering it Kelly Green for them. It will be so pretty!

Art: The print I just love love. My brother in law and I took the picture in a harbor in Maine right before we went sailing. It’s a gorgeous pic! I am so happy they wanted to use it in their home. I am also mixing in Vintage Danish Christmas Plates. Have you ever seen these? They are Royal Copenhagen and very special to me, my mom as always decorated with them, and I thought they would be just perfect in the house.

Chandelier: I plan on looking for a vintage chandelier and then painting it for them. Wish me luck that I find one!

I will keep sharing progress over the next couple months. I think the space is going to be prefect!

Design Crush: Sarah Wit Interior

I recently stumbled across Sarah Wit Interior Design on Instagram and when I looked at their work, fell in love with their layers and mixing traditional with updated looks.

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This space is incredible. I love love a good small day bed in a living room to create that cozy look.

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so many layers of goodness here. Love the green.

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Their use of neutrals mixed with pops of color is great!

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Hope you all have a great week!

NYE Dinner

The Holidays have come and gone, but I wanted to share our NYE Dinner Table.

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I have always wanted Christmas plates, but never really found the right ones. And, I never wanted to spend that much on them since you only use them a couple times a year. Well you can imagine how over the moon I was I found a full set of vintage Spode at a local consignment shop for $125. Not too bad.

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As always I like to print mix with my tables. So I bought this toile in chartreuse and blue that I thought made the dishes rather updated and fun! Then I used some old West Elm napkins (from two years ago) to add additional prints!

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Iron Horse Whimsical Wedding Flowers

I am excited to share the delayed flower pictures from an August Wedding I had the pleasure of being the florist for! The bride and groom wanted to have wild bohemian flowers and I think they turned out just great!!

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I loved the pedestals we used to layout a great backdrop for the ceremony. They worked our perfectly.

Remember if you are looking for a florist give me a call! I love working with brides and grooms to create a perfect day.

Furniture Rescue: Oak Cerused

So a while back I fell in love with this oak coursed secretary that Little Green Notebook Did….

Little Green Notebook Oak Cerused Secretary

Check out the tutorial Here. It’s amazing stuff.

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So when I found this fun coffee table, for $40 on craigslist I thought it might look really cool with the same treatment. And it was only $40 so if it got messed up no biggie.

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First caveat is that on Little Green Notebook, she explains that it HAS to be oak. Now I had no clue if this table was oak or not, but I knew that just from the look of it, the piece had VERY pronounced wood grain. So I figured it should work, directionally correct.

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So the hardest part was the stripping of the wood. It took FOREVER! And it was a TOTAL MESS! I have done a lot of furniture in the past, however I usually paint (not stain), so I usually don’t have to do a perfect job stripping down to the bare bones. But in this case you have to put in the dirty work and get it all the way down to the wood.

Also – when I asked for the metal wire brush to stripe the wood, the hardware store looked at me like I didn’t know what I was doing. But the thing is you want to use this (not sand down) because you really are trying to get the deep divots of the wood grain to become more pronounced. So it will feel like you are being rough with the furniture, that is ok!

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The navy looked so cool I almost wanted to leave it like it was. I layered up 3 layers of the Shellac and then I waxed my heart away…you can also kinda see above that the wood grain was already pronounced…..

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Boom! I love the way it turned out. What a great inspiration Little Green Notebook was! I love it! Not bad for $40, $20ish in supplies, and some good hard elbow grease! Love!