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10 Times We Actually Begged to Install Lighting… See Why

A really beautiful flush mount can be hard to find. But Emily A. Clark knows a thing or two about sourcing the prettiest pieces and she has rounded up the ultimate flush mount lighting picks. We promise these beauties are so far from gag-worthy; in fact, they’re downright chic. So say peace out to the dreaded boob light and helllloo to these statement fixtures.

From Emily… You know I’m all about searching thrift stores for light fixtures when possible. But, let’s face it, there are very few good, secondhand flush mounts to be found—unless you’re looking for boob lights.

Side note: I don’t usually make blanket statements about any decorating piece for fear I’ll likely offend some (or lots of) people. But….I can say with confidence that “boob lights” don’t do rooms any favors. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just Google image it. Oh, and also never say “boob light” in front of a fifth grade boy. I learned that lesson the hard way.)

To further prove to you that flush mounts can be super stylish, I’ve rounded up ten of my current favorites:

1. | 2.3.4.5.6.7.  | 8.9.10.

And for even more insanely chic lighting ideas, check out this roundup of budget (we’re talking under $100!) lights we currently have in our shopping carts and some of us already have them sitting pretty in our homes….

Lighting Under $100
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Source: Emily A. Clark

Nutella Meringues

I love every single little thing the lovely Jacquelyn Clark of Lark & Linen whips up, but these nutella meringues are kind of next level. I mean, in my mind, nutella = happiness. Am I right? She recommends sharing them with guests, but I think if I made this delicious treats, I would probably keep them all for myself. Can you really blame me?

From Lark & LinenJustin and I love to entertain, but with schedules that seems to get more jam-packed by the minute, I find that we’re constantly on the hunt for quick and easy recipes that look significantly more involved than they are. Enter: this recipe for chocolate meringues (with nutella whipped cream!). They’re light as air, oddly beautiful in an imperfect-kind-of-way, and ridiculously delicious. Top with fresh berries, slivered almonds, chocolate shavings, or a combination of all the above, they make for the perfect thing to serve guests after a heavy meal.

Nutella MeringuesA no fuss, super simple, beyond delicious dessert
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Serves 6Ingredients
  • 3 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. real vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. white wine vinegar
  • 4 oz. dark chocolate, melted
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp nutella
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 250°F. In the stand of your mixer, whisk the egg whites until frothy. Once frothy, slowly add in the sugar, vanilla and white wine vinegar.
  2. Mix on high until stiff peaks form and hold their shape. Drizzle the melted chocolate on top and gently fold the mixture (be careful not to mix or overfold!)
  3. Spoon heaping spoonfuls onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle with remaining chocolate and place in oven, on the lowest rack.
  4. Turn your oven down to 210°F and bake for 60-80 minutes. The meringues are ready when they easily lift from the parchment paper. At that point, turn off your oven and let meringues sit for another 10-20 minutes. Then, cool completely on wire racks.
  5. In the meantime, whip together the nutella and whipping cream until soft peaks form.
  6. To assemble, place a meringue on a plate, top with nutellla whipped cream, slivered almond, berries, and/or chocolate shavings.

Photography: Lark & Linen | Recipe & Styling: Lark & Linen

DIY Sparkle Cake Topper

Are any of you hosting a Valentine’s fete tonight or tomorrow? I’m loving that this heart-filled holiday falls on a weekend. There’s time for a Galentine’s soiree with your besties and Sunday brunch with your love. And if there are sweets involved (there should be), we’ve got this chic last-minute DIY for you to try. Why buy a cake topper when you can craft one as cute as this? Super simple how-to below!

Materials

Thin, sturdy cardboard
Gold confetti
Hot glue gun
Scissors and/or x-acto knife
Wooden skewer

instructions

step-1Cut a heart shape out of your cardboard using scissors, and then cut the inner portion of your heart out with an x-acto knife.

step-2Glue your cardboard heart cutout to a wooden skewer.

step-3Put hot glue all over your cardboard heart cutout and skewer (leaving room at the end bare to stick in your cake) and then cover your hot glued areas with gold confetti.

Photography: White Loft Studio | DIY + Styling: SMP Living

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