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DIY Dyed Feather Art

Remember when we all fell head over heels with this sweet nursery? It’s definitely worth taking a second peek at, because Jess tucked away darling details in every nook and cranny of her son’s precious bedroom, and this DIY feather art definitely might be one of my favorites. It’s perfect for any room, really, making it fall nicely into the “must craft” category. (See the other DIYs here, here and here).


Materials
White feathers
Liquid fabric dye in teal and navy
Plastic bin
Paper towels
18k gold marker
Glue dots
Watercolor paper
White picture frame

instructions
step-1 Lay down some cardboard or a trash bag on your workspace, and put on latex gloves.

step-2 Fill the plastic bin with warm water. Add spoonful or so of teal dye and mix thoroughly.

step-3 Dip the feather into the bin so that the dye comes up about 2/3 of the way. Let it soak for several seconds to a minute until you see the lightest color you’d like to see on the feather. Remove the case from the dye and set aside.

step-4 Add several more spoonfuls of dye and stir to make your next shade. Dip the feather in, slightly lower than before.

step-5Pour out half the bin of dye, then add in a pinch or two of navy dye and stir thoroughly. Dip the very tip of the feather in, then remove and lay flat to dry 1 hour.

step-6 Dot the feather with the 18k gold marker and let dry.

step-7 Use a ruler to rip a piece of watercolor paper to be ½” smaller on all sides than the size of the picture frame. Center the watercolor paper over the mat and use glue dots to secure it in place.

step-8 Place glue dots on the back of each feather and press onto the watercolor paper. Place in the frame and hang!

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Design & Styling: SMP Living

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Sips for Summer: Rose Wine Slush

If summer had an official drink, it would be a glass of rosé. Refreshing, crisp and light, it’s the perfect #SipsForSummer. But our friends at the Glitter Guide just did the impossible: they made rosé even more delicious with the scrumptious rosé wine slush cocktail. Summer is sadly coming to a close, but our love for rosé knows no season—trust us, we’ll be sipping on this well into the fall.

 click here for the recipe!

Head to the Glitter Guide for the full recipe behind this scrumptious cocktail and if you missed them, try all of our cocktail hour all-stars: the Spicy Paloma from Sugar and Cloththe Slushy Coconut Lime Margarita from Apartment 34, the Honeydew Ginger Crush from Camille Styles and our own Salted Watermelon Slush!

If you are joining in on the libation festivities, be sure to tag @smpliving on Twitter and Instagram and show us what you’re sipping on with the hashtag #SipsForSummer. 

Photography: Caitlin Kruse | Styling: Caitlin Kruse

End of Summer Celebration

The end of summer is definitely worthy of squeezing in one last party. Consider it a proper adieu to the sunshine. And although we never like to see this sweet season go, it definitely deserves a stylish send off. This little shindig planned perfectly by La Ricki with florals by Bask & Terra proves to be the perfect inspiration for just such a soiree, and you can see even more from Heather Kinkel here.

An organic, end of season soiree to celebrate the end of summer and the coming change of seasons. Savoring the last bits of summer while looking forward to the cooler temperatures and cozier times of fall are what we are all about. In Arizona, we all get our adventure shoes (or sandals) on and head to the beaches of California or up in Northern AZ’s lush, green pine forests for a reprieve from the brutal summer heat. As we all return at the end of August it’s an exciting time to reconnect with friends and share stories from our summer escapes.

We fancied the tables up with a mixture of own modern day pieces along with old, sharing pieces given to us from our mothers and grandmothers, making it all more meaningful.

A sweet and simple menu with rustic food, a unique cocktail and local wines awaken an appreciation for the changing seasons. Tea lattes from our favorite local company, Teaspressa and rustic gallettes round out the day on a sweet note!

Photographer: Heather Kinkel | Floral Design: Bask And Terra | Jewelry: Tbene | Design + Curator: La Ricki | Fashion: Ruby May | Fashion: Melissa Lauren Clothing | Furniture + Accessories: Linda - Bungalow | Hair + Makeup: Mariana Marie Studio | Home: Ricki | Model: Allison | Model: Maryal Miller | Model: Monica | Model: Caitlin Claire XO | Tastemaker: Brendan | Teaspressa: Allison | Watercolor Art: Monica

Blackberry Butter Bars

Undoubtably, one of my favorite things about summer is all the delicious berries: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries—yum! And when I’m not eating multiple containers full of berries (it happens on a daily basis, just ask my coworkers), my favorite way to consume them is in baked goods like these scrumptious Blackberry Butter Bars from Lark & Linen.

For the full recipe and more delicious inspiration, check out Lark & Linen

Blackberry Butter Bars
prep time
15 Minute/s
cook time
40 Minute/s
total time
55 Minute/s
Serves 15Ingredients
  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 4 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest
  • 10 oz. blackberries
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 oz. coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. real vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper, creating a 1" overhang on both sides. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, mix together cake mix, coconut, melted butter, 1 egg and lemon zest. Press mixture into the bottom of the parchment lined pan, creating an even coat. Sprinkle the blackberries on top and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, blend together the cream cheese, coconut milk, eggs, sugar and vanilla until well combined. Pour overtop blackberries and bake for 35-45 minutes. The edges should be light golden brown, and the centre should sill be a little wiggly.
  4. Cool completely, remove from pan and cut into small squares. Enjoy!

Photography, Recipe And Styling: Lark & Linen

DIY Painted “Forver” Lucite Cake Topper

There’s no doubt that a homemade cake makes any occasion that much more festive, but this darling DIY topper takes the cake when it comes to celebrating in style. Try out our step-by-step instructions below, but first, make sure to take a peek at the quick video, to see how easy it really is to make “forever” yours.

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Materials

  • Acetate Sheet
  • Exacto Knife
  • Sharpie
  • Foam Brush
  • Transparent Glass Paint
  • Scissors
  • “Forever” Template (found here!)

instructions

step-1

Place the acetate sheet over the template, then trace the template with the Sharpie.

step-2

Cut out the word shape with scissors.

step-3

Use an Exacto knife to cut out any small areas.

step-4

Once fully cut, peel the liner off.

step-5

Place the word face down on a flat surface and cover the back of the word in a thick coat of glass paint.

step-1

Let the paint dry for 1 hour.

step-1

Gently press the topper into your cake, et voila!

Film: Elysium Productions

A Chicago Pied-a-terre Home Tour

This home is what pied-a-terre dreams are made of. Tucked inside is a subtle, elegant color palette reminiscent of the Chicago skyline, striking art, and a master bathroom that we could honestly live the rest of our days in. Designed by The Chad James Group with photography by Alyssa Rosenheck, have a look here for even more from this gorgeous space right here.

This home is in a prime location off of Michigan Avenue. In this project, Chad’s inspiration for the palette was taken from the colors of the Chicago skyline at the “golden hour”, as the sun sets and illuminates the architecture of the city and Lake Michigan.

This home is the perfect balance of sophistication combining both masculine and feminine influences throughout. The combined formal living and dining area incorporates subtle tones reflection the hues at sunrise and sunset. The kitchen employs bold lines and strong steal details reminiscent of Chicago’s strong foundation in architecture and cityscapes.
And the relaxed tv room is the room closest to the lake and incorporates grays and blue hues magnifying the views of the water adorned with vintage blue prints from midway airport.

Chad James is known for implementing a harmonious blend of masculine and feminine influences with his interiors. The Chad James Group has a distinguished architectural and interior brand based in Nashville Tn. His designs incorporate accents from the local environment, so as to “bring the outdoors in” is a theme you will find with his interiors from coast to coast. You will often find thought provoking uses of texture and fabric amongst clean lines. Chad and his talented team implement intention in every detail and meaning behind every layer when designing for his national and international clientele.

Photography: Alyssa Rosenheck Photography | Interior Design: The Chad James Group