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3 Week Christmas Countdown To Do List

I am fully savoring and soaking up every bit this holiday season—for some reason it is flying by for me, is it for you? With three weeks left until St. Nick comes to town, there’s still plenty of time though to cram in all the holiday movies, bake all the Christmas cookies and visually enjoy the layer of pretty frosting we’ve added to our home decor. See our full countdown list below!

3 Week Christmas Countdown To Do List
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The Playbook for Crafting a Zen-like Retreat

If you have ever had a freakishly large room filled with dead corners then you will completely relate to this post. I suffer from Large Room Syndrome at my own home and the solution is simple – break that awkward party up. By creating mini areas within the space, interior designer Jaclyn Joslin of Coveted Home crafted the perfect zen-like retreat for her clients.

Jaclyn Joslin of Coveted Home was hired to transform this Kansas City living space into a zen-like retreat for the homeowners. A large space, the homeowners hoped for a welcoming place that they could entertain in with a soothing spot for their daily meditation, all the while serving as a comfortable space for all members of the family (including a teenage daughter and two dogs).

 With the help of her sister, Portland based interior designer Amanda Steiner, Jaclyn started by addressing the floor plan. The room features two large columns in the center of the room, which broke up the flow of the room, leaving it feeling choppy and made furniture placement a challenge. And due to the sheer size of the room, she wanted to ensure there was no dead space.

 Jaclyn thoughtfully created four mini spaces within the room: an inviting entry, a comfortable living room watching movies and lounging, a sitting area by the fireplace for their morning coffee and the newspaper, and a meditation area for their daily practice.

 Jaclyn furnished the space with an eclectic mix of high and low pieces, including pieces from her store Coveted Home and Coveted Home Flea, Target, West Elm, CB2, a gorgeous yellow brushstroke lamp from Jana Bek, and vintage Moroccan rugs.

Photography: Sarah Sweeney | Furnishings: Coveted Home | Furnishings: Coveted Home | Interior Design: Amanda Steiner / Amanda Steiner Design | Interior Design: Coveted Home

This First Fiesta is Numero Uno in our Books

Dylan! Your first birthday fiesta is too good. Like chips and salsa, birthday cake and all the balloons you could possibly dream of kind of good. This modern fiesta is fun for the kiddos and the adults too (that Sangria bar certainly helps). Crafted by Little Miss Party Planner with imagery by Sandra Brzezinski, check out our favorite kid-friendly and parent approved bash to date.

One year ago, sweet baby D came into our lives. After a two day labor, she was finally ready to greet the world. As Dylan’s first birthday approached we considered planning a family only event and keeping it simple. Then we realized, who are we kidding? Let’s go all out! We found an absolutely perfect venue, Bash Studios. A beautiful white, well lit modern space. Couldn’t have been a better palate for Dylan’s first fiesta.

Once the theme and venue were pinned down we were ready to get going on the decor. We really didn’t want a cheesy fiesta. Don’t get us wrong. We are always down for cheese, really in anything. But this event was clean and sophisticated in our heads. The bar was super simple, adorned with cacti and our favorite piece: the light up D that we spray painted.

Sangria and wine were served for the adults. Trust me, any 1 year old party deserves a bit of booze. The dessert table was also very simple, cake and other desserts were store bought (gasp!) But decorated with flowers that we used around the room.

What about that balloon garland? Stunning right? We were lucky enough to work with One Stylish Party to create a garland that worked with our crisp white color theme using pops of bright color with our florals. Lastly, the food. We kept it kid friendly by doing self serve burrito bowls and easy Mexican themed appetizers. Overall the kids had a blast and most importantly Dylan got to try her very first cupcake!

Also fun for a modern fiesta…

Photography: Sandra Brzezinski | Invitations: Minted | Catering: Elyse Leanna | Balloon Garland: One Stylish Party | Bash Event Studio: Bash Studios | Cake Topper: All that Glitters | Crown: Little Blue Olive | Event Styling + Floral Design: Little Miss Party Planner