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Love Drunk Valentine’s Day Inspiration

This inspiration proves that behind every great party is a delicious cocktail and this one has the Cardamom Rose as the leading lady. With a nod to Alice in Wonderland – think painted roses + drink me tags from Laura Hooper Calligraphy,  and a beautifully styled bar cart, Strawberry Banke Events craftedone very cute “Love Drunk” Valentine’s party. See even more photographed by Krista A. Jones right here!

From Laura of Strawberry Banke EventsFor this Valentine’s-inspired shoot, we wanted to bring out the playful, “love drunk” nature of Valentine’s Day by using a whimsical, recognizable theme to freshen up the typical Valentine’s Day decor. We chose to pull Valentine’s references from the timeless story of Alice in Wonderland (i.e. Queen of Hearts, painting the roses red, etc), and incorporate them into a modern, everyday bar cart vignette. Aiming to modernize a very romantic-heavy holiday with quirky little “Alice” touches, we executed the shoot in a black, white and fuschia color scheme, accented with bright pops of gold.

Simple, tightly packed roses (as well as some painted red!) are in keeping with both the book theme and the Valentine’s holiday without seeming overly cliche, while tiny apothecary bottles are grouped as bud vases reminiscent of Alice’s whimsical “size-altering” potions. Small gold stacked tea cups are a chic, contemporary nod to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The Cardamon Rose signature cocktail is another play on the rose-marked holiday, with a fresher, unique flavor combination. For a less complicated Valentine’s cocktail, we substituted pretty, blush-toned sparkling Rose (for typical champagne), garnished with a simple rose petal for a special touch.

Cardamom Rose Cocktailrecipe from Apothecary courtesy of Design Sponge
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Serves 0Ingredients
  • 1.5 oz of Hendrick’s gin
  • .75 oz of Rose syrup (homemade or store bought)
  • .25 oz of Fresh lemon juice
  • .75 oz of Fresh ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 2 dashes of Peychauds bitters
  • 1 Cardamom Pod
Instructions
  1. Lightly muddle one cardamom pod at the bottom of shaker.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and ice. Shake for 20 second, then strain over fresh ice to remove the cardamom pod.
  3. Add a splash of seltzer water.
  4. Garnish with rose petals or fresh lemon wedge.

Photographer: Krista A. Jones | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Barcart: Society Social | Boutique Gift Boxes: Haven Court | Cocktail Napkins: Kate Spade | Design + Styling: Laura Boyd + Meg Hale Of Strawberry Banke Events | Glassware : Anthropologie | Macarons: Sweet Hearts Patisserie | Restaurant: Blackwall Hitch | Vintage Furniture: XOXO Vintage REntals

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DIY Map Stick Figure Silhouettes

Gallery walls come in all shapes and sizes and often look best with mixed media – a round-up of family photographs, paintings and prints. Try this DIY for map stick figure silhouettes from Honey & Fitz and Ruth Eileen Photography. It’s the perfect way to add some pizazz to your walls and can be customized to the spot on the map that you call home. For the house tour with this beauty tucked inside, click here!

Materials
frame or frames depending on what you’re doing
road atlas (you can find them on amazon)
template for the stick figures
white card stock paper
glue

instructions

step-1 Print stick figures using the template above and trace them onto the atlas. It looks better when the city name or identifying characteristics are centered on the body so you can clearly identify the location when you look at the figure.

step-2 After you cut your figures out, you can just glue them down and frame. That’s it. Seriously, couldn’t be easier and the result is cute and totally personal.

Photography: Ruth Eileen | Interior Designer: Honey & Fitz

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DIY Gold Striped Fridge

After seeing this gold striped fridge, I am thoroughly convinced that all refrigerators need a good duct taping. It’s simple, andddd a great DIY for renters so it gets bonus points.  Dina of Honey & Fitz came up with this genius DIY along with photography (and fridge owner) Ruth Eileen. Grab the what and how below and for more imagery from Ruth’s cool space click here.

Materials
3 rolls of gold duct tape
dry erase marker

instructions

step-1 Measure the width of your duct tape.

step-2 Once you have your measurement begin marking small guideline marks with your dry erase marker on your fridge. I would suggest starting at the top first then make your way down the fridge. Make sure to leave space between each mark. I would suggest that space being the same width of your duct tape.

step-3 Begin adding the duct tape in long horizontal lines to your fridge. Again, make sure you are leaving space between each strip of duct tape.

step-4Once finished, begin erasing your guideline marks. It comes off really easy since you used a dry erase marker.

step-5 Step back and enjoy your new and improved gold striped fridge!

*The gold duct tape leaves no sticky residue when taken off. This is a great option for all you renters out there who want to jazz up your kitchen!

Photography: Ruth Eileen | Interior Design: Honey & Fitz

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