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How to Decorate an Ugly Sofa

We all have one. Whether it was a $99 craigslist find, a parental hand me down or an adopted gem from a roommate past – the ugly sofa is one item that I’m betting nearly every home in America has. So today, we’re working with what we’ve got and showing you just how easy it is to decorate around that sofa that simply needs a little love. And you can find more How-To’s right here!

1. If given the option, always start with a neutral color. Mainly because neutrals are far easier to jazz up. That said, these tips will work with ANY sofa of any color.

2. Fold a simple, lightweight throw blanket (scarves and heavy weight sheets also work) down the center. Think in opposites here – for a patterend fabric sofa, a solid throw works the best. For a solid color sofa, you can play around with prints on your throw blanket.

3. Find the one color that you love in the sofa and elevate it. On our sofa, a neutral beige became a starting point for gold. Muted pinks peaches could become richer hues in the same spectrum, grays can become metallics.

4. Layer on the throw pillows using your elevated color as the starting place. Keep your pillows like minded but mismatched. Generally speaking, five pillows fit beautifully across a small to mid sized sofa. I like to keep all of my pillows roughly the same size.

5. Add accessories to your room, keeping your efforts on 1-2 major focal points. A large scale coffee table filled with fun, colorful odds and ends OR a dramatic large scale painting above the sofa both do wonders for drawing the eye away from the blah and towards the beautiful.

Pretty in Pink Modern Nursery

My oldest daughter’s nursery was sweet and pink and all out loveliness. My son’s was a bit less lovely and my 5 month old’s? Well, she doesn’t have a nursery. She is actually currently sleeping in the bathroom because it’s the darkest place I could find. But this little slice of nursery heaven – photographed to perfection by Jessica Lorren – reminds me that every little bitty needs a room to call their own – and one that is as soft and pretty as their tiny toes.

Little Mila Annabelle is very lucky to have such a sweet and beautiful mommy who also has amazing style. Each element of the nursery was carefully chosen to welcome this precious baby girl and give her a cozy place to play and rest.

I loved being able to join them for a few Saturday morning moments as a new family of three and I hope that someday Mila will enjoy these photographs as much as we enjoyed creating them.

Bambi Stuffed Animal: Lay Lay Gray | Bunny: Bla Bla Kids | Bunny Print: Kelli Murray Art | Changing Pad Cover: Aden And Anais | Crib: Babyletto Hudson | Dresser And Changing Topper: Restoration Hardware Baby And Child | Embroidered Pillow: Furbish Studio | Headbands: Littecrane Headbands | Mermaid: Bla Bla Kids | Mobile: Fleurlux Etsy | Painted M: Anthropologie | Pillows: Anthropologie | Rocker: Pottery Barn Kids | Sheet: Aden And Anais | Side Table: Urban Outfitters | The World Is Your Oyster Print: Rifle Paper Co | Throw Blanket: Pottery Barn | Toy Storage Basket: Serena And Lily | Un Deux Trois Print: Rifle Paper Co | Wall Decal: Shanna Murray Decals

Salted Caramel Apple Martini

Halloween is just one week away, have you found the perfect cocktail to serve at your party? From creepy cocktails like my Black Licorice Widow Martini to this sweet and fun Salted Caramel Apple Martini, there is so much inspiration this time of year.

Today’s cocktail is tart, sweet, and a bit salty from the Maldon sea salt and caramel sauce rim. Plus the acid green of the sour apple martini screams Halloween! Dress up your cocktail display with a few creepy spiders and your ready to celebrate. Who needs a bowl of Halloween candy when you can sip on a Salted Caramel Apple Martini? Cheers and Happy Halloween!

Salted Caramel Apple Martini
prep time
5 Minute/s
cook time
total time
5 Minute/s
Serves 1Ingredients
  • 2 ounces vodka or apple flavored vodka
  • 1-1/2 ounces sour apple liqueur
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • caramel sauce
  • flaked Maldon sea salt
  • green apple, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Rim martini glasses by rolling in caramel sauce and sprinkling with sea salt. Set aside.
  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine vodka, apple liqueur and lemon juice.
  3. Shake until well chilled and pour into prepared martini glass. Garnish with a wedge of green apple.
  4. Tip: to keep apple garnishes from turning brown, rub with lemon after cutting.

Leah Bergman

Contributing Editor, Entertaining