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Consol Table Decor

There are many theories on why paper is the traditional gift for a couples’ first anniversary.  One theory being that paper is a blank slate, so you can write your story together.  Another being that paper symbolizes the future you can write together.  When I was thinking of a first wedding anniversary gift for Patrick, I had the perfect one for the two of us.

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STYLE DETAILS: HOME UPDATE


Home updates, you ask?

Many of you have been emailing and asking why I haven’t posted pictures of our new house in Dallas yet. To be honest, its not finished and not really a work in progress either.  You see, when we moved to Dallas we rented a house because of the quickness of our move. Don’t get me wrong I actually love renting, I love our house and the neighborhood we live in but honestly I have zero motivation when it comes to buying or designing any pieces for this place.  With the idea of buying our first home in the back of my mind, I decided I would rather save my money than fill this space with pieces that fit right now. Thankfully, all of our furniture from our Kansas City abode (see our home tour here) fit perfectly into the new space; that is with the exception of our extremely tiny closet we now share.  Let’s just say that is not the only thing I miss from that awesome house.

It’s been a little less than a year since we moved down to Dallas and of course I am starting to get the itch to change things up a bit, but a little birdy keeps telling me just to wait a little longer.  Instead of buying big pieces that might not make sense in our next house, I decided to switch up the sofa pillows, add some lamps, and swap out our old bedding for a new linen duvet (thanks to Patrick’s siblings for the wedding gift!).So hold tight because it’s just a matter of time before I start talking interiors again :)


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MAKE YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY POP

 

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This is my favorite time of the year because I love any reason to entertain and the holidays are seriously the perfect excuse to throw a dinner party. Dinner parties are my jam, especially one’s with good friends and delicious cocktails.  During the holidays I love to have festive drinks for my guests when they walk through the door.  We love to keep it casual when it comes to hosting at our house.  Patrick normally throws something amazing on the grill and I whip up the sides, salads, and a few hors d’oeuvres to start the night. I never met a cheese plate I didn’t like.  Recently I picked up this marble board that is perfect for a large spread of different starters for everyone to enjoy.

One of our must-haves during the holidays is having a fully stocked bar.  (You know everyone is in need of a cocktail or two during the hustle and bustle of December). I love to take our entry table and turn it into an accessible spot for everyone to serve themselves.  I try to make sure everyone feels at home when they walk through the door, so making sure everything easy is key. Thanks to Absolut, our bar got a little POP of color this year with their limited edition Andy Warhol bottle.

My favorite holiday cocktail reciepe is a Winter Sea Breeze

1 part Absolut Vodka

1 part Grapefruit Juice

Fill the rest with champagne or prosecco

Garnish with fresh cranberries and thyme to add a festive flare!

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Thank you to Absolut for sponsoring this post!

GETAWAY

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We are coming to visit!

The first thing that goes through my mind when I hear those words are, oh my goodness I am so excited we have guests, but we have no bed!  Moving to Dallas means friends and family will be coming to stay with us on a regular basis. However, this is going to be a slight issue considering our guest room has been taken over by the dogs and their toys. Read: we have no furniture in that room other than a dresser (filled with my clothes…oops).  In the next couple weeks, we have a few visitors staying over and I am in a rush to finish (well, start) our guest room.

Starting with a blank slate can be fun, but it is going to be even more fun because I came across these amazing photographs from Gray Malin.  You guys know I am a huge fan of his work, so when I came across these photographs  on his new website, I know I wanted to make our extra room a getaway for all of our guests. Think white linen bedding, natural headboard, fun, bright pillows and these photographs hanging on the walls.

If these images are not enough to make you want to redecorate, if you find something you like today they are offering free framing for all sizes. So I may not have a bed, but at least the walls will look great!

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photography courtesy of Gray Malin

ANIMAL PRINT SHOP

Today I was missing our old house in Kansas City. It was the first time a place was completely mine, well ours (: so I decided to share some of my favorite things from our old living room. 

One of my favorite things about our old place was the living room because was so open and full of light. The room stated as one big white (cream) blank slate. Neither of us owned any furniture, so it was so fun to pick pieces out together that we knew we were worth the investment. * A little funny side note about that, all of this is in a fun storage unit.

My favortie part about furnishing our place was picking out art. Obviously, just starting out (with absolutely nothing) we could not afford to spend bucko-bucks on artwork, but I knew I wanted something original and quirky. Insert= the American Buffalo. The room was starting to feel a little girly, so the print added a little masculine touch. When I ordered the Buffalo from Sharon Montrose’s Animal Print Shop, she sent us this darling little giraffe print, too and naturally I have to put it in a frame. 

While I am not missing my girlie, Zoey, this picture was just too cute to leave out.  She is just such a ham.

Shop Sharon Montrose’s collection from The Animal Print Shop, also the navy and white pillow is from the amazing and talented, Rebecca Atwood!

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photography taken by AB for A Dash of Details  

AT HOME WITH INK MAGAZINE

At Home With on Ali Bronska, who lives in rental home in Fairway, Kan.

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I thought I would share an article I worked on a couple months back with Andrea from INK Magazine, a local Kansas City magazine, as a part of their At Home series.  It was so fun to talk with her about my style and my love for interior design.  You can read the entire feature here.  I love that I now have pictures of our first house (since we now longer live in this house- as of just a few weeks ago).

Honestly, Patrick and I started completely from scratch when getting things for our place.  We moved in with two beds, some knick knacks, and our clothes. It is so fun to see how things finally came together.  We were still working on filling the space when I was given the opportunity to move, so for now most of what you see is in storage, but hopefully everything will be used in our next house we settle down in.  Hope you enjoy and thanks to Andrea for the great article.

Here are a few of the sources for the pictures above:

Living Room

American Buffalo Print- Sharon Montrose / Restoration Hardware Sofa and Chair / CB2 Acrylic Coffee Table / Nell Hills Buffalo Check Pillows / Rebecca Atwood Custom Pillow / 36 Hours Book from Anthropologie / Benches- Craigslist find / Matchstick Holder / Sideboard table- One Kings Lane / Anthropolgie Tray / HomeGoods Lamps / Feather Print (Watercolor by me) / Mirror

Dining Room 

Lucite Chairs / Dishware and Napkins from Anthropologie / Tray (Sold Out) / Upholstered Chairs / Gray Malin Prada Marfa / Farmhouse table (built by Patrick)

Office

Vintage Lucite Tray (from mom-similar here) / Raybans and Elizabeth and James Sunglasses / J Crew Cosmetic Case- sold out (similar here) / Essie Nailpolish / Vintage Louis Vuitton / Tory Burch Oversized Clutch / Old dresser repainted / Ikea Desk / vintage chairs with black velvet upholstery

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images from Ali for A Dash of Details and TAMMY LJUNGBLAD for INK Magazine

MOVING DAY

Without a lack of trying, I have been wanting to post this for 2 days now but the lack of internet has really been the cause of the radio silence around here.  If you are following me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I have moved and I started my new job yesterday (oh and we also made one of our rooms into a closet- I will post about this soon).  It has been a fun adventure so far and I hope that it continues.  We moved into our new house yesterday and without a lack of a better term or as Tim Gunn always says we will “Make it work”.  It may not have all of the luxuries like our last place but it certainly has all of the essentials (but lets just say I will not be taking any pictures of the plaid sofa or lazy boy- hah).  

Moving is always such a pain but moving a couple states over has its new challenges.  So to make myself comfy in the jam-packed car, I made sure to bring the essentials.  

elizabeth and james tee / all star converse / lo and sons catalina bag / ray ban sunglasses / joie sweatpants / catbird ballerina bracelet and threadbare rings / burt’s bees ultra conditioning lip balm 

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BEFORE + AFTER

I have been meaning to share with you a little before and after project I worked on a few months ago. I found these benches on Craigslist for a whopping $30 (well, actually I should give Michelle the credit). I had been searching for the perfect x benches our living room, but I was looking for something so specific that I could not seem to find the “perfect ones”. I bought these from Target but they were just too small for the space, so I returned them and a few weeks later Michelle stumbled upon the ones you see in the picture above. Let me tell you, they were pretty gross and dirty. However, they were exactly what I was looking for to fill the space. Michelle and I took a trip to some local stores to find the perfect fabric. I ended up with this Robert Allen Herringbone which fits perfectly with my custom Rebecca Atwood pillow (pictures to come, I am obsessed). So, do you like how they turned out?

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LATELY

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What a weekend! I know it is Tuesday already but Monday really just flew right by, I did not even have a second to blink.  We finally made some major progress at the house this weekend. Hanging art and getting ourselves a little more organized was so nice.  The pool opened on Friday so of course I had to take a half day and enjoy a little R&R and few cocktails in the sun. I am loving my new suit.

We snagged some fresh peonies from TJ’s on Saturday and picked up Bill the Buffalo from the framer.  How do you think it turned out? Side note: please excuse my bookshelves and lack of sofa pillows- they are still in the works.  The talented, Rebecca Atwood is making a custom pillow for the chair and I cannot wait to see it.

 

American Buffalo from the Animal Print Shop / Sofa and Chair – Restoration Hardware / Coffee Table- CB2 / Lamps- HomeGoods / Honolulu Zig Zag Swim Suit / Beddding- West Elm 

PRADA AND COWBOYS

When Patrick and I moved into our house the one thing we decided is that we wanted to find some great unique art to hang on the walls.  In my previous apartment, my roomie and I had some super girly artwork. Most of the art on the walls of our old place were DIY projects, or sketches and watercolors I did when I was bored. I always wanted to invest in some good pieces but I was not ready quite yet.  So needless to say, when we moved all of my girly pieces ended up in my office.  It is the only place in our house with the color pink (hopefully you will get a peek into my office soon, there are a few finishing touches that I plan to make in the next couple weeks and then I will snap a few pictures).  

Anyways, back to the art. I came across Gray Malin about a year ago when I was trying to find that iconic Prada Marfa sign from Gossip Girl. Yes, I know I can’t believe I am even admitting it, but I just loved the size, and that it was black and white (I went through a phase).  So when it came to discussing art for the new place Gray Malin’s Prada Marfa series was the first thing that came to my mind.  I love the juxtaposition of the Prada Store with the cowboys (it is just soo us.. fashion obsessed and cowboy wannabe).  It is hanging now on a large wall in our dining room and I am in love. 

If you don’t already know about Gray Malin’s work you must check it out, he is incredibly talented. Other than my love for his Prada Marfa series, I am slilghtly obsessed with his A la Plage work; particularly this one.

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