Friday, August 18, 2017

Laundry Room Makeover

My laundry room is complete! A good friend of mine told me to make my laundry room pretty - because you are in there enough! So true! I was so inspired by palm leaves and tropical prints I had originally wanted to do wallpaper on the wall behind my washer and dryer, but because the wall was 8 ft. x 6 ft. - it was going to be about $300 to wallpaper just that space. Instead I opted to just paint the entire laundry room Behr Silky White from Home Depot and put two x 4 foot long grey wood shelves above the washer and dryer from Home Depot. I also replaced the florescent lighting with a semi-mount pendant light with a moroccan design. When I took off the florescent light I found 2 holes in the ceiling, so I had to teach myself how to patch a hole! Oh the surprises you find! I hope you like my before and after pictures!

Before - My laundry room had yellow/brown paint with florescent lighting and a shelf at an awkward location. I had to fill in a lot of holes!

 Florescent light is down but you can see the original paint and shelf

 2 holes in the ceiling!

New semi-mount found here

After - Laundry room is painted white and shelves are put up! I also bought a behind the door hanger for our ironing board. 

 IKEA Silverhojden gold frames, Etsy prints, Amazon rug, Target laundry basket


 Vase and plate from Anthropologie, Monstera leaf and hexagon shelf with succulent from Hobby Lobby, Small Target laundry basket

 Ironing board hook

Brittney Brengel

Friday, July 28, 2017

Our New Home!

This past May my husband graduated from Wharton and we packed up our life in Philadelphia and headed back West to Colorado! We bought a 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom home with a YARD! The kids are loving all the space and I am not lacking in home projects over here... I have painted and decorated a majority of the first and second floors. I think I will take a break from recipes on the blog for a bit and share a few things we have done with our home!

Palmer's Room - it was a very dark cave! All 4 walls were a dark blue, so to lighten it up I painted 3 walls Sherwin Williams Snowbound white. I kept an accent wall behind his bed blue and added a herringbone stencil on it (Herringbone Stencilit). We did a few accent pictures of superheroes and I'm excited to have decorated a room that he can grow in to!

 Palmer's Room Before

 Dark Wall with Stencil

 Stencil wall complete with white walls


Kinley's Room- Kinley's room turned out to need a lot of work! There was wood molding a foot from the ceiling all around his room, and when we went to remove it, we found it was liquid glued on and tore down to the drywall! We had to hire professionals to patch, re-drywall, texturize and paint his room. What a job! The walls are now a lovely white and I turned it into an Adventure room for our Adventure Dude! I also had to paint the ceiling since the previous owners had stuck glow in the dark stars on the ceiling and when the stickers were removed... the ceiling paint had come off with it.

 Kinley's Room Before

 Me painting the ceiling... not easy!

 White walls with his new desk area!

Mountain Wall Decal (found here)

Kitchen - The kitchen had a lot of red accents and brown walls... to update this dated look, we added new light fixtures and painted the walls Sherwin Williams On the Rocks gray. I recently got a Magnolia Home Brushstroke Rug that I love! 

 Kitchen Before (brown walls)

 Gray Walls and Clear Light Fixtures

Morovian Star Pendant from Pottery Barn

Magnolia Home 5"x7" Brushstroke Rug (pom pom placemats from Target)

Living Room - We had a red accent wall over the fireplace that we had painted the color of the rest of the room. I painted the fireplace white to give it a much needed update. We also ordered a large sectional couch and made a gallery wall! I love this room and how it is coming along. I am also succulent obsessed and find myself decorating all over with them!

 Living Room Before

 Used UGL Paint in White to paint the fireplace brick

 Gallery Wall with Ribba IKEA frames

 Mantel!!!! Wood art from World Market, Lantern from West Elm, Candles/Succulents/Vases from HomeGoods

 Couch from Macy's and pillows from Target

 Round Coffee Table from Craig's List


Kyle's Office - This room was RED! 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of Sherwin Williams On the Rocks later and it's a nice gray! This room originally did not have doors, so we had professionals come and install more drywall on the sides and top of the opening to fit French Doors. Kyle loves his office and it's a nice space for him to work at home if given the chance! We are looking for a cow hide rug to complete the look :)

Kyle's Office Before

 Priming the walls

 Second coat of grey

 Framing for French Doors

 French Doors

 The Office!

 Tripod lamp from Target

Linen Roman Shades from Home Depot

Banister - The stair banister was very dated and the wood was very worn. I decided to sand it and apply Minwax stain with Polyurethane in Espresso. I did 3 coats and then used white paint to re-paint every single spindle. This project was by far my longest one and took me a week! But the paint is fresh looking and I love how the banister is dark like our wood floors. 

 Banister with light worn wood Before

3 coats of stain and new white paint!

Entryway - I love how this piece turned out. I had an old window shutter that my mom and I nailed plates on hangers to and then placed it above my cute bar furniture piece from Pottery Barn. Plates are so fun to work with! 

 Plates from Homegoods/World Market, Lamp from Target, accessories from HomeGoods

Guest Room - My guest room had some really strange paint happening in there. The top of the wainscoting was brown and the wainscoting was an iridescent white/blue color. So I painted over the brown with leftover grey and used white paint by Behr in Silky White on the baseboards and wainscoting. Turned out great! 

 Guest Room Before

 Accent Table

 Grey and White walls

Well now I am busy re-doing my Master Bedroom. It now has white walls instead of brown/green ones and it took me two days to paint! A lot of sweat has gone into my home but I am so pleased with how it is turning out! I hope to continue to share more projects soon! 


Friday, April 21, 2017

Tiramisu Trifle

My husband and I recently went on an Anniversary trip to Paris! We indulged in crepes, cafe au lait, baguettes, cheese, charcuterie, and tiramisu! For his birthday he wanted a tiramisu 'cake' - so I made him one. I used this recipe and my trifle bowl to make it look less like a sheet cake. I think you could use 1 cup of coffee, instead of 2 cups. Also, I made this dessert the day before and it was so good and the ladyfingers were super soft! Bon apetit!


- 2 eggs, separated yolks/whites
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 8 oz. mascapone cheese
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 cups of freshly brewed coffee that has been cooled
- 3 tbsp. Kahlua liquor
- package of ladyfingers
- Cocoa powder for dusting

1. Brew your coffee and place in fridge to cool.
2. Put your egg yolks in a medium bowl and your egg whites in a separate medium sized bowl.
3. Add the sugar to your egg yolks and beat with hand-held mixer until thick and light yellow in color.
4. Add your mascapone and beat until combined. Wash and dry your mixers.
5. In a separate bowl, beat your heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form and add gently to cheese mixture.
6. Wash and dry your mixers again and beat your egg whites until they form soft peaks and gently fold them into your cheese mixture.
7. Add the Kahlua to your coffee and dip each lady finger and place them on the bottom of your trifle bowl to fit. Add 1/3 of your cheese mixture to cover the lady fingers. Repeat this twice more ending with the cheese filling on the top.
8. Dust the top of your tiramisu with cocoa powder. Place in fridge to chill for at least 2 hours.

 Trifle Tiramisu


Eiffel Tower in Paris!

 Happy Birthday, Daddy!


Monday, March 27, 2017

Palmer's Camping 4th Birthday Party

My little guy is 4 years old! I can't believe it - but sort of happy since 4 has got to be better than 3 1/2! To celebrate we had a birthday party at our house with a lot of kids and adults! Hot dogs, beans, mac and cheese, and cupcakes were on the menu - kid friendly fare! In our basement we created a 'tent' out of a mosquito net and Christmas lights with some LED balloons I found on Amazon. Each kid was given a flashlight and the freedom to have fun in our basement! It was a crazy but successful party! Below are the details on everything with links to make or buy what I used to make our 'camping' party a reality.

"Camp Palmer" made on a banner from Target with white crayon, tassel banner made with tissue paper with this DIY, gold "4" balloon from Amazon

My Aunt sent the cutest cookies for the party - they were a big hit!

 Made "eating," "camping," "hiking" signs out of construction paper

Made a campfire out of construction paper with "marshmallow" names

 S'mores in a cup: graham crackers, mini marshmallows and Hershey's chocolate

Campfire Cupcakes! Melted candy instructions here, toothpick with marshmallows and pretzel stick "logs"

 Mosquito net "tent," Christmas lights, felt banner, LED balloons

 Happy 4th Birthday, Palmer! 

Party Kids!