Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Minimalist - Fall Decor

This past weekend Scott and I escaped to Asheville to celebrate our anniversary and relax.  The weather was AMAZING.  It was still warm, but there was a very early crisp fall breeze in the air and the leaves were just starting to show hints of yellow and orange.  The cool air was all it took to give me that extra push into total fall mode.  If you follow Delightfully Chic on Instagram you know I have been sitting on the edge of fall for a few weeks now so I didn't need much of a push. 

We are having hardwoods installed throughout our entire downstairs at the end of the month so Scott keeps reminding me not to go too crazy with fall decor until after the floors are down.  This is seriously asking a lot of a girl who lives for seasonal decor changes. 

To keep things minimal to start I am planning to incorporate plaid and striped throw blankets in our family room on the DIY Blanket Ladder I made a while back.  (See the tutorial here)

As before starting any project or decor change up, I always turn to a magazine (new or old) the smell and feel of the glossy pages still gets me and of course our modern day faux glossy pages of Pinterest for inspiration.



Images via Pinterest

Here is a round up of a few super cozy fall throws that I have my eye on!

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Extending the Olive Branch

There's a new tree in town! 

I think we are all well aware of the Fiddle Fig Tree trend that’s been going strong for over a year now.   To be clear, I am STILL very much obsessed with fiddle fig leaves and all their beauty. 
However, if you are totally over the bright green leaf and ready to move on to something a little more subtle and softer in color then the Olive Tree is totally the tree for you.

Having plants in your home provides so many benefits from cleaning the air in your space, prompting relaxation, and they even inspire life and creativity into your home and space.   Don’t worry if you have a black thumb I have a few options for you below too!

Elisabeth Heier’s (Blogger, photographer, and interior designer)
Norwegian Home Incorporates the Olive Tree


 One of the many things I love about the olive tree is you can go big or small!
This happy little tree can sit on your kitchen counter or stand tall in your living room.



 If taking on a live tree is just too much of a thought to bear then why not try a faux olive tree or incorporate branches in your space or even a throw pillow?



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For your Home

1. Throw Pillow - Delightfully Chic Lifestyle Boutique
2. Prints - Color Water
3. Faux Tree - Ballard Designs 
4. Branches - Magnolia Market
5. Tea Towel and Napkins - A Love of Dish Towels  


Looking for more Delightfully Chic?  Make sure to follow along daily on Instagram!
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Palm-Tastic

One trend that is undeniable this season are those full of life and vibrant in color, gorgeous green palm leaves! Whether styled in a cozy nook, alone in a vase, arranged in a wall collage, on a pillow, or even as wall coverings,  this is a popular look that can't be missed. 


Here are a few styled looks I completely swoon over and all the details on where to shop to bring a little botanical goodness into your home.  




Carly Rae Robinson Artwork

 


 Don't you feel more refreshed just simply looking at these spaces?!  I know I do!

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Delightfully Chic Lifestyle Boutique

WE DID IT!!
 
The Delightfully Chic Lifestyle Boutique officially went live this past Thursday and we have been blown away (and super grateful) by the response!  Several items have sold out HOWEVER, here's a little secret that blog readers are the first to know...Our most popular earrings were just restocked!!
 
Hurry over to snag your Ginger Jar Inspired Earrings before we spill the beans later today.
 
 
A few other top sellers and favorites from the collection...
 
The Evelyn Coaster


 
The Signature Swing Shelf
 

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The Prettiest Peony Pillow
 
 
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Thanks for all the support in opening this little dream! 

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Master Bath Reno


For what seems like way too many months now I have been working on our Master Bath Renovation.  It was a simple and budget friendly update that I had hoped to knock out in just a couple of weekends, but as with most home projects there were a few setbacks.  


Before we go any further here is a look at the master bath stripped down prior to its little face lift! 

 
I don't have a good quality pic to show you a before of the window, but prior to the update there was a privacy film on it.  That was the very first thing I removed!  I LOVE natural light and see no reason to keep it out.  

The black and white tile floor and subway and marble shower details I am a total fan of so that was a huge relief and cost saver. Basically for this reno we would only be updating the pale green walls, hardware, and decor.

Usually, I can paint a room of this size in a couple of hours.  However, I quickly discovered that the previous homeowners who had purchased our home and did a quick flip within a year (which I am totally grateful for) had pulled wallpaper down and left glue sporadically behind.  Ugh!!! I’ve never seen paint looks so terrible on a wall, total disaster.  I then tried to take on sanding and priming the walls and I lasted for about um...30 minutes!  I had to call in back up aka Daddy to take over.  The smell of the primer was just too much for these little lungs of mine. 

In addition to painting the walls, I also gave the window trim, molding, and ceiling a fresh coat of paint.  

The abstract artwork I hung where the towel rack used to be is actually printable/digital downloads from Etsy!  I printed the images on cardstock paper and picked up frames from Michael's! I felt super frugal and proud of myself for thinking outside the box.
  
After the walls were done, I started painting all of the hardware.  The lighting fixture, the cabinet handles, even the toilet paper holder.  They were a brushed silver originally.  I try with every room I update to stay on budget and cut costs where I can.  I loved our hardware just not the color.  So out came my trusty bottle of spray paint.  I could not get over what a difference the color change made.  I also changed our current mirror from white to black to add a more dramatic contrast to the white walls.  



Next I had Scott step in to help and we tackled the shelving.  I’ll be honest, the shelving was a vision I was determined to bring to life.  I knew I not only wanted to see these handmade shelves by Scott and I in our master bath, but I also wanted to see them in the 
  



Did I mention the store opens THIS WEEK and these darling shelves can be YOURS?!

Finally, everything was in place and it was time to pull in the décor, my favorite part.  







 In the end this small renovation took longer than expected, but I couldn't be happier with the end results. The space feels bright and roomy and that was my overall end goal. 

One weekend soon I hope to tackle a Roman shade for the window, but honestly I am loving all the light that pours in every morning and afternoon!

The Details
Paint Color - Benjamin Moore, Decorators White (my all time fave)
Printable Artwork - Etsy 
Jute Basket - TJ Maxx
Jute Rug - Bed Bath & Beyond
Accent Decor - Hobby Lobby, Michael's, and Local Antique Stores


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Monday, May 15, 2017

Delightfully Chic Lifestyle Boutique {SUMMER 2017}

I per usual have been slack in posting to the blog, however, if you follow Delightfully Chic on Instagram or Facebook you still see all the daily happenings and you already know the exciting news.
For those of you who keep up with things on the blog I wanted to pop in and share the most exciting news!! We are opening the Delightfully Chic Lifestyle Boutique, a place where you can find my favorite home décor, original artwork, handcrafted jewelry, linens for your kitchen and dining areas and SO much more. This little doll has been a labor of love for some time now and it’s only the beginning. Somebody pinch me! 

 What makes the Delightfully Chic Lifestyle Boutique special? Everything you will find in our shop has been designed and created right here within the United States by some of the most talented women and men! Over the next few weeks I will be giving sneak peeks and you may even see a flash sale or two! To stay in the know make sure you are following us on Instagram and Facebook.




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Sunday, February 5, 2017

DIY Ladder for Under $20

Since moving into our forever home and having Fiona I've tried really hard to be more aware of my "frivolous" spending.  When I see something I want, I ask myself a couple of questions...
 1) Is this a need or a want? 2) Can I turn this into a DIY and cut the cost?

I truly love a good project.  Scott just the other day said "I don't think our house will ever be completely finished".  I said, "Of course not, that's the fun in it all"!  When it comes to the style of home I like, it varies.  I love traditional, I love hunting unique antique pieces to add character and a story to tell.  I also love modern.  If I could white wash our entire home and have minimal pieces in our home that would totally work for me.  Then there's that side of me that longs for what I knew growing up in the country.  I love a good farmhouse, but I love to see a farmhouse mixed with modern touches.  So you see I'm all over the place and with that being said, this is why I try not to invest too much money in the pieces I buy.  Chances are in a month or so I will be mixing things up again.

The first time I saw a ladder placed in a bedroom or family room I knew I wanted to add this touch to our home.  However, this is another one of those pieces I'm not totally sure will hang around for years to come.  So, I told Scott, let's just make one ourselves, and that's exactly what we did and for UNDER $20! Seriously, how great is that?!

So here's all the details!



What you'll need...

Two 6 foot thin pieces (1x2x6′ Pine) 
 Two dowels (7/8 x 48in) 
Minwax Stain (I went with Provincial)   

(You can adjust the size depending on how large or small you would like your ladder)





For this next step I had Scott jump in to help.  This is something I love about home projects because we get to do them together and that always seems to make things more special.

You will want to decide how wide you want your ladder and how many rungs you will want.  We decided to have four.


After the rungs are cut, I simply measured out where I wanted them.  Again totally up to you on where you will want yours.  Next I nailed each rung in to one side of the long slat and then nailed them on to the second piece.




After you have your ladder together you will want to apply 1-2 coats of stain depending on how dark you want your stain.  I just cut up an old t-shirt to wipe the stain on with.

And there you have it! Super easy and inexpensive!


Happy Sunday and Happy DIY'ing!


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Gaither Kitchen: Asian Noodle Salad

If you follow Delightfully Chic on Instagram you saw a major sneak peek at this beyond delicious Asian Noodle Salad I made over the weekend.  I tried to give y'all a step by step how to in my Insta Stories, but wanted to share here on the blog so you don't miss any of the details.

First, let me make note that this salad is a lighter version of the standard Asian Noodle Salad as I substituted zucchini for the noodles. This recipe should only take you about 30 minutes to make, it's a total win!  Miss Fiona and I were having some girl time while "Da Da" was working so it took us about 2 hours to make! #MomLife



Ok...Let's grab our ingredients! 

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Juice of 1 lime (or a dash more for fun)
1 cup cashew halves (toasted)
2 cups grated carrots (I used about 4 smaller carrots)
2 zucchini, spiraled thin
2 cucumbers, halved and thinly sliced
2 yellow bell peppers, thinly sliced
1/2 small red cabbage, thinly sliced

Once you have everything you need.
Start chopping and dicing those veggies! 


The next step is just fun!  You will want to use a veggie spiralizer. 
The one I used is by OxO and you can find it at Williams Sonoma.


This is what I had after spiraling 2 zucchinis. 
Isn't it crazy how much zucchini can grow when you turn it into noodles?


Next grab a large bowl and toss in all your veggies.  I told y'all this was a super easy recipe.


Personally, for me, an Asian Noodle Salad has two SUPER important ingredients!

And...here they are!

Toasted cashews!  Seriously, it's all about the crunchies!
I just tossed a dash of butter in a pan and toasted 1 cup of cashews on the stove for about 3-5 minutes. 


And last, but certainly not least, the star of the show...this amazing, knock your socks off dressing!

To make the dressing, simply whisk together the soy sauce, olive oil, honey, sesame oil, minced garlic and ginger, and lime juice.


This recipe will serve about 6.  My husband is beyond picky and Fiona only has two tiny little teeth so this salad was all for ME!! I made a bowl for myself to enjoy, along with a little mommy time while Fiona napped so I just poured a portion of the dressing on my salad.  If I were actually going to share, I would have just poured the dressing over the entire salad and tossed.


I hope y'all love this as much as I do! 

ENJOY!



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