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Host a Garden Party

Got spring (almost summer) fever? What better way to celebrate the season of butterflies and blossoms than with a garden party. We’re smitten with this tablescape styled by Amanda of Fashionable Hostess. Pastel glassware, petite treats and the prettiest spring flowers—it’s all so lovely!

From Fashionable HostessWhen envisioning this table I wanted to incorporate a lot of greens, so the first thing I picked out were the plates, and these (which look like China!) from Anthropologie are perfectly refined yet fun! These Fleur-de-Lys glasses (only $8!) and Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch lettuce wear canapé plates matched perfectly to the green as well. For wine, I wanted to serve rosé to add a touch of soft pink to the table, which I served in my Juliska Amalia wine glasses. And to finish off the look I am on a serious gold kick, so I chose my West Elm gold flatware.

Then I wanted a few more accents on the table to bring in pops of color. One item that I placed simply for decorative purposes was an antique teapot (similar) which has a delicate floral design. Next I took a cupcake pedestal from Pottery Barn and packed it with a heaping pile of bright macarons. The main display of treats and snacks took place over on my Target gold bar cart (only $129 and has been one of my favorite purchases for entertaining!), which I filled with endless baked goods (more to come on this on Wednesday).

For the full post and more entertaining inspiration, be sure to check out Fashionable Hostess!

Photography: Fashionable Hostess

Popcorn Pie Pops with Salty Caramel

We’ve seen pie pops with fruity fillings and savory hand pies on a stick, but never before have our eyes laid on the holy grail that is the pie pop filled with salty caramel popcorn. Ladies and gents – it’s real, and it’s crazy good. Leave it to sweet genius Melina of Sugary & Buttery to come up with this creative treat!

“I have also been wanting to bake something with popcorn for a while and then, one day, it dawned on me: Pie pops filled with salty caramel popcorn! And what can I say, they are a-mazing,” says Melina of Sugary & Buttery. “I ate FIVE pie pops right off the sheet before they even cooled down… couldn’t help it.”

For the full post and tips on making the easiest homemade pie crust ever, check out Sugary & Buttery!

Popcorn Pie Pops with Salty Caramel
prep time
1 Hour/s
cook time
20 Minute/s
total time
1 Hour/s 20 Minute/s
Serves 20Ingredients
  • 200 g flour
  • 100 g cold butter (remove from fridge 20 min before)
  • 50 ml cold water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups popcorn (popped)
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup "half and half" or cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  1. Cut your cold butter into cubes.
  2. Mix the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl and carefully mix in the butter cubes with a folk or a pastry blender.
  3. Add the cold water and keep blending.
  4. Then use your hands and carefully blend the dough with your hands, but not more than 2 minutes. The dough should be dry and flaky.
  5. Form a ball and refrigerate for 30 min.
  6. While the dough is resting, chop your popped popcorn until all pieces are about the size of lentils.
  7. To make the caramel sauce: Mix all your ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat. Cook while stirring for about 8 minutes until the sauce is thickened.
  8. Set aside and let it cool for about 5 minutes, then mix it in with the popcorn (leave some popcorn aside to sprinkle on the pie pops later).
  9. Preheat your oven to 350°F / 180°C. and whisk together the egg yolk and milk to make some egg wash.
  10. Remove the dough from your fridge and roll it out with a rolling pin.
  11. Using a flower shaped cookie cutter (or a round one), cut as many pieces as possible.
  12. Press the remaining dough together, refrigerate for 10 mins and repeat.
  13. Place your ovenproof (!) cake pop sticks on the little pies, top it with your filling, brush some egg wash on the edges and cover with a second layer of dough. Using a folk, or a thoothpick, slightly press together the edges of your pie pops to seal them.
  14. Brush the top of the pops with egg wash and sprinkle some of the remaining popcorn on top.
  15. Bake for about 20 minutes until light golden brown, remove them from the oven and let them cool!

Photography: Sugary & Buttery | Recipe: Sugar & Buttery

A Chic Office Redo for Abby Larson

This is a lesson in taking what you have and working it. No stranger to an ugly sofa (remember this beaut?), Abby set to work to make hand-me-downs and a bright white office space into an office so worthy of blogging. 99% of the goodies were either pieces she already had, were gifted to her or found at discount box stores. And by sprinkling in a few IKEA hacks, simple DIYs and lots of color - the look feels unique and thoughtfully crafted. Find the DIY projects here and here.


We inherited the sofas from the previous owner of the home. Two identical-ish custom made slipcovered couches in a lemon yellow and kelly green stripe. Aside from the fact that the covers looked like they came with the couch and only a frame might be underneath, we never use this space so it really didn’t cross my mind to take a peak. When I did, I found this maybe awful, maybe awesome fabric that I’m pretty sure my parents had on a sofa when I was a kid.

So my three options were: use the striped slipcovers, embrace the vintage “chic” quality of the discovered fabric or buy new sofas all together. Something I definitely didn’t want to fork over the cash for. So we went with option two and had a blast imagining a room around 2 kind of ugly, kind of pretty sofas.


Bringing the sofas to life through pillows was really the challenge. We hit up the fabric store with no aspirations or intentions. We simply wanted to the fabrics to speak to us and bridge the gap between pretty right now and pretty two decades ago when the sofas were purchased. We used an easy slipcover diy to create slipcovers for pillows we already had and then we filled in with a few pillows found at Homegoods. We stuck with only a couple of prints since the sofa was so loud, and aimed to make each sofa coordinate without matching entirely. Perhaps the statement pillows were the green mohair ones – we splurged on the fabric but the result pulled everything together and really made it feel cohesive.


One of the easiest art projects we’ve ever done. We downloaded 3 different watercolor vector art files on and used photoshop to resize them so that only a portion of each file showed on an 8.5 x 11 page. So with 3 pieces of art, we actually got 8 pieces of unique art. We popped them in frames we got at IKEA and hung them in two even rows. Total impact for such a bargain.

Desk Chair – Get the DIY here!

We were originally going to paint our Ikea chair in a rich green hue but didn’t love any of the spray paint colors – we were also going for ease b/c we didn’t want to have to deal with a lengthy paint session. So we opted for this gorgeous blue and updated it with a DIY leopard print round seat cushion. Because every room needs a splash of animal print.


The desk is one we’ve had from West Elm forever and we simply gussied it up with a lamp we had in storage, some of our SMP books and the little knick knacks we’re always using.


The neutral rug was pretty enough but I felt like the room needed a touch of something softer. That felt like luxury. We bought the moroccan 4×6 rug at West Elm and just layered so that it served more as an accessory than an all room statement.

Leather Chairs – Get the DIY here!

Perhaps the most amazing part of the transformation was these IKEA chairs that started off a bright neon green. Not cute. We used the original seat to create a template and stitched us up a new leather one with fabric that we found for about $15 a yard.

Coffee Table

Although it was dated, I felt like with the right accessories we could easily spice it up. I threw on stacks of my favorite books, a pretty tray, a great blue and white bowl that brought in the colors of the sofa without feeling matchy matchy and a vase of pretty flowers. Done and done. 

Ikea Hack: Leather Lounge Chair

Guess what? We have another Ikea hack and it’s equally as lust worthy. Meet the Leather Lounge; a DIY project that will take this impossibly bright Ikea chair and transform it into a vintage inspired lounge number. It’s all part of our Operation Abby’s Office Redo. That beauty, in all its bright eclectic goodness is coming up next! And for even more Ikea hacks, click here!


Ikea chair
1 1/4 yards thin bonded leather fabric
Sewing machine
Leather sewing machine needle
Heavy duty thread
1” wide velcro strip at least 20” long
Gold spray paint
Seam ripper


step-1 Assemble the chair frame according to the instructions. Spray paint the frame gold. You’ll want to do this outside or in a well-ventilated area, and on some cardboard or a plastic dropcloth. Spray it from all angles, in 2-3 light coats, to prevent drips. Let it dry 1 hour.

step-2Use the seam ripper to open up the Ikea seat cover and separate each main piece (the top and bottom shape for the front and back, 4 pieces total). You won’t need the long skinny piece that runs the along the side of the chair, between the front and back of the cover. Make sure to rip up the seams of the hem, too, so you get the full width of the fabric.

step-3Label each of the four pieces with a letter and label a picture of the finished chair with the same letters so you can remember how it goes together later.

step-4Lay out the leather fabric (backside up) on the floor and trace each piece of the Ikea seat cover in sharpie. Write the corresponding letter on each piece.

step-5Cut out each piece. Sew velcro strips onto the bottom pieces (in the same spot they are on the original covers).

step-6Sew the top & bottom pieces together for the front and back of the chair.

step-7Layer the front and back pieces, backsides facing out. Sew together along the outer edge leaving a ½” border. Flip the cover inside out.

step-8Slide the chair cover on the frame and velcro the bottom.

Photography: Nicole Baas | Design and Styling: SMP Living

Ikea Hack: Cobalt Office Chair

You know we love ourselves a good Ikea hack. Love might not even be strong enough a word. And this one is practically unrecognizable from the standard store bought offerings with a pop of glossy cobalt and some leopard for good measure. This office chair is not shy but that’s why we love it so. Give an Ikea piece an oh-so glam update with this fab project. And for even more Ikea hacks, click here!


Ikea chair
Chair wheels
Gloss cobalt blue spraypaint
Gold spraypaint
7/16” drill bit
Super glue
Hammer or mallet
Leopard fabric
2” thick foam sheet large enough for the seat diameter (we found ours at Joann’s)
Hot glue gun & sticks
Fabric measuring tape
Bread knife


step-1Drill a hole with the ⅜” bit, long enough for the wheel insert, into each chair leg. Dab some super glue onto each wheel insert, then tap into place with a hammer.

step-2Spray the chair cobalt blue. You’ll want to do this outside or in a well-ventilated area, and on some cardboard or a plastic dropcloth. Spray it from all angles, in 2-3 light coats, to prevent drips. Let the chair dry 1 hour.

step-3 Spray the wheels gold from every angle, and let dry 1 hour.

step-4Measure the diameter of the seat, then use a pencil, a sharpie, and some string to trace a circle of the same size on the foam.

step-5 Use a bread knife to cut out the foam circle. Make sure to hold it perpendicular to the sheet as you go around so the circle doesn’t come out with angled edges.

step-6Trace a circle 1” larger in diameter on the backside of the fabric. Cut two out two circles of fabric (you can stack two layers of fabric and cut them both out together). Measure the length around the circle, then cut a strip of fabric that long and 2 ½” wide.

step-7 Hot glue foam circle to the two fabric circles, one on either side. Fold down the extra fabric around the rim on each side and glue in place.

step-8Fold down the sides of the strip of fabric to create a faux seam and hot glue around the side of the foam circle.

step-9 Place the wheels into each insert and pop the cushion onto the chair seat, and you’re ready to work!

Photography: Nicole Baas | Design and Styling: SMP Living