6 DIYs to Try This Weekend

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6 Weekend DIYs to Try

We’re headed back home this weekend, after a week long trip to Harbor Island. And I really, really, REALLY am not ready to get back into reality mode.

But on the upside, there’s still a whole weekend of fun to be had. And plenty of DIYs to try. Here are my fave projects from the week…

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Home Sweet Home: The Story I Never Told About Buying Our First House

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About ten years ago, before Jeff and I were even engaged, we bought a house together in Jacksonville. We still own that house actually, but have been renting it out since we moved away five years ago. At the time, I was 22 and it felt incredibly exciting to be buying a house at that age, but also completely nerve-wracking at the same time. Because neither one of us had gone through it before or had any idea what the process of buying a home was like – getting approved for a home loan, locking in interest rates, a down payment, yada, yada.

Luckily, my mom had previously been a real estate agent (she lived in Michigan at the time though) and also knew the drill from buying houses for herself in the past – which was really helpful. But if we hadn’t had my mom to lean on with questions, I’m not sure what we would have done.

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Strawberry Fields Forever: A Simple Summer Salad with Strawberries, Pecan, and Feta

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Strawberry Fields Forever: A Simple Summer Salad Recipe

There’s this little restaurant in Atlanta (Folk Art) that has a really good strawberry salad that I always order. Especially during the summer months because it’s light but filling. I’m kind of picky about salads…unless they involve fried chicken. Then, I’m all in.

ANYWAY, when I was putting together meal ideas for a dinner party shoot (which I’ll be sharing next week), I realized that salad I always order would be super easy to recreate at home. I swapped out a few ingredients from the original, which typically has bacon, tomatoes, etc (I nixed all of those) and added in a few more of my faves (feta and candied pecans) and now I have a go-to summer salad that is beyond easy to make and is really, really delicious. Click through for the recipe.

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High Five: 5 Colorful (and Easy) Outdoor Entertaining Ideas for Summer

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Colorful outdoor entertaining ideas for summer

Summer is in full swing and I’m all about that outdoor life at the moment – even with the insanely hot temperatures in Atlanta this week.

And to kickstart outdoor summer entertaining, I put together 5 easy DIY entertaining ideas in partnership with Duraflame. There’s flower power s’mores, my trick for turning literally anything into an ice chest, a colorful cocktail recipe, and more. Click through for all 5 summer entertaining ideas.

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Painting, Pastels, and After Work Rituals

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Painting with pastels

This post is sponsored by Skinny Cow.

A while back, I started painting again (just for fun), as a way of getting out of my head and unwinding from my schedule. It’s been really nice to have something to zone out to lately, before I head home – almost like a transition stage between work life and home life, if that makes sense.

When I’m at work, I usually have a lot going on and the mood feels very go-go-go. So, it’s often hard for me to move from that work mentality, straight home into ‘relaxation mode’. Sometimes it feels like too big of a jump. You know?

Which is why painting in between the two has been a good way to make that transition feel more steady. At the end of the day, I’ll set myself up with a handful of supplies and a little bit of paint (or ink) and then I just zone out with a brush in my hand for 5, 15, sometimes 30 minutes. It’s nothing crazy, just a little bit of time at the end of each work day to get my mind out of it’s (often) frazzled state and into a better place.

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6 DIYs to Try This Weekend

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6 DIYs to Try This Weekend

Tomorrow, Jeff and I are heading to Harbour Island with our buds Ash and Jared (Sugar & Cloth) for a week-long vacation.

Before I head out though, I have some weekend DIYs to try. And I am full-blown obsessed with project #3 and 6! Click through for all 6 project ideas. And in case you’re curious… I’ll still be posting while I’m away. Follow along on IG for the pool floats and day drinking.

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Before and After: The Studio Living Room is Finally Done (I Think)

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An eclectic mid-century loft with pops of color.

Aside from the kitchen stuff I’ve been playing around with lately, I’ve also been working on a more permanent solution for the studio seating area. I’ve been working on it off and on for a while now, but never quite landed on a solution that felt like it would stick.

I think I finally have it together now though (yay) and wanted to share the before and after, in partnership with a site that I am v obsessed with right now – Everything But The House (EBTH).

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