Tropical Leaves

Happy Friday + The Wallpaper Gods

Friends, we’re embarking upon a terrifying journey this weekend — we’re going to attempt to wallpaper a room ourselves. GAH! It’s time to get Baby Girl’s room done and we’ve…

Tropical Leaves

Friends, we’re embarking upon a terrifying journey this weekend — we’re going to attempt to wallpaper a room ourselves. GAH! It’s time to get Baby Girl’s room done and we’ve been avoiding it for a while because we’re scared! Neither one of us has ever even held a roll of wallpaper, let alone tried to install it. So toss up a prayer for us to the wallpaper gods and try to envision us being total pros and having the whole process just go swimmingly. That’s how The Secret works, right? 😉

In other news, YAY WEEKEND! What are your plans for the next couple of days? Tell me it’s more fun and way less stressful than rolling around in wallpaper glue! xoxo

Cactus Flowers

Why I Blog

How often do you ask yourself why you do what you do? Sometimes I’ll go months without thinking about it and then other times it’ll be at the forefront of…

Cactus Flowers

How often do you ask yourself why you do what you do? Sometimes I’ll go months without thinking about it and then other times it’ll be at the forefront of my mind for weeks on end. I’ve been checking in with it a lot lately and just started jotting down things in a notebook, which turned into this here blog post.

If you’ve been here a while, you know that I sort of have a patchwork of careers behind me; I graduated college and became a high school music teacher for a few years, then moved to NYC and was a musical theatre performer for another chunk of time, and during my time there I fell into creative blogging  & making and have been here ever since. I used to think it was a totally random path that I had taken, but looking back it’s pretty clear that I’ve always been driven toward creative fields. I think what was difficult about teaching music and performing onstage for me was that those are two lifestyles where you have about a zillion people to answer to. Whether it’s students, teachers, producers, directors, you’re holding a lot of weight on your shoulders and are responsible for the success and happiness of hundreds of other people.

When I discovered that blogging was a thing, that you could be creative just for yourself, and share that with the world, it sort of felt like a breath of fresh air. It’s far from the only reason that I love blogging, but it’s a huge benefit for me. I’m the boss. I make the plans. I concept the projects, good or bad. I have myself to answer to and I think that’s exciting. And also, as a people-pleaser from way back, it alleviates the stress and anxiety I would feel when I felt like I couldn’t provide what my students needed, or didn’t live up to an audience’s expectations. In this world, I’m my own compass and that’s very freeing.

And aside from all that, just the chance to be creative in so many ways on a daily basis is such a fantastic challenge. I’m surrounded by people who are spinning out these beautiful ideas and changing the way that the world looks, whether you realize it or not. It’s inspiring and invigorating and keeps my brain pumping to stay in the game. We get to write every day, take pictures every day, work with our hands every day. I feel pretty lucky about all of that. And then I get to turn it around and share it, to hopefully add some beauty and inspiration and creativity to the world. That’s the crucial part for me. I think that the world needs every bit of loveliness we can add to it, and I strive to do that every day, even in my own small way.

The icing on the cake? The people. You guys. My colleagues. Blogging is so fascinating to me, in that it connects people who otherwise would never have crossed paths. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve written or shared something and gotten responses from you all that have helped me in one way or another — moral support, tips, suggestions, a different perspective, or just a virtual high five. I think it’s good for the world for us all to know that perhaps we’re far apart and different in many ways, but we can relate on more levels than we think.

So what do you do? And why do you do it? Seriously, I’d love to know — leave a comment and let’s chat. xoxo

DIY Metal Rolling Cart Restyle

DIY Metal Rolling Cart Refresh

We’ve had this metal rolling cart kicking around in our backyard ever since we moved into the new house a couple of years ago. Initially we found it at a…

DIY Metal Rolling Cart Restyle

DIY Metal Rolling Cart Restyle

DIY Metal Rolling Cart Restyle

We’ve had this metal rolling cart kicking around in our backyard ever since we moved into the new house a couple of years ago. Initially we found it at a yard sale and Mr. Lovely took it on as a little furniture update project, and it turned out great! We used it as a bar cart for a while. When we moved in I put some plants on it and set it outside and it just sort of stayed there, forgotten. Needless to say time and the weather took their toll and it was looking a little less than chipper. (And by less than chipper, I mean totally grimy, faded, scratched up, and basically a mess.) So we teamed with method, who’s encouraging us all to #fearnomess and get our hands a little dirty while we’re being creative! We cleaned it up and gave it a new life. If you have a similar piece of furniture that needs an update, this might just do the trick!

Materials

Make Time: 2 Hours (Plus Paint Drying Time)

DIY Metal Rolling Cart Restyle

DIY Metal Rolling Cart Restyle

Step 1: Take your cart outside and wipe it down of any major dust or debris. If necessary, use a stiff brush to brush away any paint flakes or caked-on gunk.

Step 2: If your cart has any wheels or hardware, remove it and set it aside.

Step 3: Spray all over with a cleaning spray like method’s all-purpose cleaner (which, by the way smells like lovely clementines!). Spritz lightly with water and wipe with your rags to clean every inch of that baby.

Step 4: Once completely dry, cover with a first coat of spray paint. This is the part that will take patience — you may need a few even coats of spray paint to get your desired effect. We were going from navy to bright yellow and I didn’t prime it, so we used 4 coats of paint.

Step 5: Between coats, once each coat is dry, spritz lightly with your all-purpose cleaner and wipe gently with a rag. This will ensure that any dust or debris that settled while the previous coat was drying gets removed. A gentle, non-toxic formula like method’s is ideal here so that it doesn’t eat away at the paint as you’re working on adding coats.

Step 6: Repeat steps 4 and 5 until your cart has complete color coverage.

Step 7: Clean all your hardware with the all-purpose cleaner and a rag. Allow it to dry thoroughly and then reattach it to the cart.

Yessss! I love this little refresh! The bright yellow is so fun and it’s a great spot to hold a few odds and ends around the new studio. I’ve been rolling it around here and there until I find the perfect spot. Have you ever updated a piece of furniture? If you’re new to the game, I’d highly recommend a project like this one to get you into the swing of things. It’s so exciting what you can create when you #fearnomess! xoxo

DIY Metal Rolling Cart Restyle

DIY Metal Rolling Cart Restyle

DIY Metal Rolling Cart Restyle

This post is sponsored by method. All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the brands who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Sparkling Cherry Lemonade

Sparkling Cherry Lemonade

Oopsie. I made this stuff and then got ADDICTED. Fully addicted. If I could drink sparkling cherry lemonade all day every day I totally would but I have a feeling doctors…

Sparkling Cherry Lemonade

Sparkling Cherry Lemonade

Oopsie. I made this stuff and then got ADDICTED. Fully addicted. If I could drink sparkling cherry lemonade all day every day I totally would but I have a feeling doctors would frown on that sort of thing. I had been wanting to try to use our SodaStream to make some fun concoctions for a while and this one paid off! It must be said, they don’t recommend using it for anything other than water but I did a bunch of research and decided to take a walk on the wild side. Also, I have to admit that this recipe took a couple of fails before it worked well! So learn from my mistakes, lovelies, so that you don’t end up with sparkling cherry lemonade all over your kitchen. 😉

Watch our video and then read a couple of detailed tips down below! Cheers! xoxo

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup water plus about 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 6-7 lemons)
  • 1 Tbsp maraschino cherry juice
  • maraschino cherries for garnish

Step 1: Combine sugar and 2/3 cup water in a pot and place on the stove over medium high heat. Heat until the sugar dissolves completely to create a simple syrup; set aside to cool.

Step 2: Once cool, combine simple syrup, lemon juice, 1 cup water, and maraschino cherry juice in your Soda Stream bottle. Note: We recommend leaving a bit more space in your bottle than usual; leave about 1/2″ of space below the liquid line.

Step 3: Place your bottle on the Soda Stream and add carbonation. Note: We recommend only depressing the carbonation button for about 2 seconds. Otherwise the liquids in the bottle will overflow.

Step 4: Allow the fizz to settle in the bottle before removing. Pour over ice, add a cherry for garnish, and enjoy.

Sparkling Cherry Lemonade

Sparkling Cherry Lemonade

**Please note! The Soda Stream instructions do state that it’s not recommended to carbonate any liquids other than water. Please use safe practices when in the kitchen; Lovely Indeed assumes no responsibility and shall not be liable for any damages in connection with this recipe.

How to Customize Colorful Gold Clipboards

A Five Minute Weekend DIY // Customized Clipboards

I’m loving all of the trends in DIY right now! Pineapples, pompoms, watercolor, macrame — I think it’s all so fun. But the one that I just can’t quit is…

How to Customize Colorful Gold Clipboards

How to Customize Colorful Gold Clipboards

I’m loving all of the trends in DIY right now! Pineapples, pompoms, watercolor, macrame — I think it’s all so fun. But the one that I just can’t quit is gold. Come on, you know me. In fact, there were actually a couple people who responded to our survey with feedback that they were kind of over the gold trend. Hey, to each his own! It’s just that when I saw these clipboards with gold clips at Michaels I couldn’t physically restrain myself from putting them in my shopping cart and finding a way to dress them up a little bit. I do have a new nursery to decorate, after all…

Materials

  • clipboards
  • adhesive-backed vinyl
  • scissors
  • craft knife

Make Time: 5 Minutes

How to Customize Colorful Gold Clipboards

Step 1: Cut a piece of vinyl slightly wider than the base of your clipboard, anywhere from 3-6 inches tall (depending on how much color you’d like at the bottom of your board).

Step 2: Cut a wavy edge on the top edge of the vinyl (or get creative and cut at an angle, zig zags, etc).

Step 3: Adhere vinyl to the bottom of the clipboard so that it hangs over the bottom and two sides just slightly.

Step 4: Use a craft knife to trim around the edges of the board so that the vinyl and the board are even.

That’s it! I’m planning on using these in Baby Girl’s nursery to hang up and switch out photos or art prints when we want something new. If you’re looking for more fun DIY trends to try over the weekend, check out what the rest of the Michaels Makers are making right here. xoxo

How to Customize Colorful Gold Clipboards

How to Customize Colorful Gold Clipboards

How to Customize Colorful Gold Clipboards

Keep it real

Keeping it Real // Our Manifesto

I’ve been doing a lot of checking in with myself, especially since this post. It was so wonderful to hear you all chiming in, and heartening to know that so…

Keep it real

I’ve been doing a lot of checking in with myself, especially since this post. It was so wonderful to hear you all chiming in, and heartening to know that so many of us often feel the same way. So we’ve been going back to our Lovely Indeed basics a bit lately, to be sure that our compass is straight and we’re spending time on the things that matter to us. And when I do that, I always go back to our manifesto. I’m not sure if you’ve ever read it but you should give it a read — it’s everything we strive to be here, and reflects the way we like to live. One of my favorite parts: Loveliness isn’t difficult or expensive. It’s not exclusive or elusive. It’s everywhere, and there’s plenty to go around. Check it the rest of it; hope it inspires your day! xoxo

How to Customize a Crosley Record Player

How to Customize Your Record Player

Mr. Lovely is waaaaay into vinyl and as a result I’ve gotten sucked into hunting for records and searching for the perfect turntable. A couple of years back he got…

How to Customize a Crosley Record Player

How to Customize a Crosley Record Player

Mr. Lovely is waaaaay into vinyl and as a result I’ve gotten sucked into hunting for records and searching for the perfect turntable. A couple of years back he got a Crosley portable turntable for Christmas to keep in the studio, and we spin records in there while we work when we get sick of our playlists. But I got bored with it one day and decided that it would look way better with a little pop of pattern and color on the inside, so we experimented and I’m loving the way it turned out!

Materials

Make Time: 45 Minutes

Step 1: Measure the dimensions of the inside of the record player lid. You’ll need measurements for the large back side, and all four small rectangular adjacent sides.

Step 2: Measure out and mark these dimensions on your white vinyl. Cut out the pieces and adhere them to the corresponding areas of the inside of the lid. The white vinyl will help make the patterned paper appear more smooth, and also make it so that you can easily remove the paper should you ever wish.

Step 3: Measure out and mark the dimensions of the large back side of the lid on your patterned paper. Tip: If you’re marking with pencil, make the marks on the back side of the paper to avoid smudging.

Step 4: Cut out this piece and line the back side with double stick tape. Place this down over the white vinyl and smooth it down on all edges.

Yay! The zebras are pretty happy in there listening to their music all day. And I love that with this project nothing is permanent — the record player is protected from damage and you can always switch out the paper or take it off completely if you want to. So if pops of color and zebras ever go out of style (are you KIDDING ME?! 😉 ) you’ll be good to go. xoxo

How to Customize a Crosley Record Player

How to Customize a Crosley Record Player

How to Customize a Crosley Record Player

Craft assistance by Shari Stamps

 

How to Find Balance

Blogging // Finding Balance

I was so happy when I saw that lots of you from our survey are still into our Blogging column! I know lots of you lovelies perhaps aren’t bloggers, but…

How to Find Balance

I was so happy when I saw that lots of you from our survey are still into our Blogging column! I know lots of you lovelies perhaps aren’t bloggers, but so much of what we do can apply to lots of different disciplines and careers, or even lifestyles. Today, for example, I’d love to talk about finding balance — especially in a creative field or a field where you work from home, are your own boss, or anything similar. Quite a few readers responded to our survey wanting to talk more about this exact thing, and boy do I know we could all use it.

The thing is, I’m not sure it’s a topic that I consider myself an expert at, or one for which there are specific answers or formulas. But I do know that for a few years now I’ve been able to balance running a business, keeping a household, and now raising a baby who’s more or less normal. 😉 It’s so easy to just work every day away when you’re trying to build a business, and it’s scary to ever let up — there’s a fear that as soon as you stop working something or someone is going to pass you by. You can see right here that I don’t always feel like I have it under control, but there are a few ground rules that Ryan and I have laid out that truly help us feel happier, calmer, and more balanced when we stick to them.

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Waffle pizza

How to Make Waffle Pizza

My waffle iron strikes again! I don’t know what the heck it is about cooking random things in the waffle maker — for some reason it adds a little extra…

Waffle pizza

Waffle pizza

My waffle iron strikes again! I don’t know what the heck it is about cooking random things in the waffle maker — for some reason it adds a little extra flavor boost that is just. so. good. We’ve started making waffle pizzas for a quick lunch or dinner when we’re running short on time or just want something simple and fun. Each person can choose their own toppings so everybody gets what they want, and they’re so fast to make. Check out the video and see! xoxo

Waffle pizza

Waffle pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 package Pillsbury Pizza Dough (or your favorite pizza dough)
  • pizza sauce or tapenade — we used this olive tapenade!
  • shredded cheese (about 1/3 cup per pizza)
  • your favorite toppings

Make Time: 8 Minutes Per Pizza

Step 1: Roll out your dough and flatten it evenly. Cut into sixths (or pieces that are about 5″ square). Roll the edges of the squares inward to help contain the pizza toppings.

Step 2: Heat your waffle iron. Place one rolled dough square on the iron with the dough rolled upward. Spread a thin layer of sauce or tapenade. Top with a light sprinkle of cheese, a few toppings, and a bit more cheese. Be careful not to overload with too many toppings or the pizza will be too thick to cook.

Step 3: Place another dough square on top with the dough rolled downward. Pinch edges together as best you can.

Step 4: Close waffle iron and let the pizza cook about halfway through a regular cook cycle (about 2-3 minutes, depending on your iron). Open the iron, rotate the pizza 180°, and close the iron to cook for another 2-3 minutes. Once cooked through, remove from the iron and enjoy!

Oh snap!

Do You Snap?

Hey gang! Just a fun little stop-by today to see who’s on Snapchat! At first I didn’t really get it, because it seems so haphazard and quick and crazy. But…

Oh snap!

Hey gang! Just a fun little stop-by today to see who’s on Snapchat! At first I didn’t really get it, because it seems so haphazard and quick and crazy. But now that’s why I kind of like it! It’s a nice little spot to share one-off updates or silly photos and videos that you don’t really need to put a lot of thought into. I think that’s my favorite — there are almost no filters, no technique, no nothing! It’s kind of freeing! I love editing and sharing Instagram photos but Instagram has become a lot less “Insta.” I think it’s more like sharing art now. But Snapchat?! Snapchat is just a big ol’ mess and that’s the fun of it.

So! If you Snap, you can follow me right here (username is lovely-indeed!). It’s easiest to click the link from your smartphone. I’d love to follow along with your snaps too, so I’ll get ya back! And what will you find me snapping about, you ask? Oh, ya know. Updates on our renovation, travel adventures, and Henry wearing doggy ears and making funny faces. The usual. Oh snap! xoxo

Baby Girl Nursery Inspiration

Baby Girl Nursery Inspiration

Confession. When I started looking for inspiration for Baby Girl’s nursery, I got tripped up at first. I kept picking little dude stuff! I definitely don’t know how to do…

Baby Girl Nursery Inspiration

Confession. When I started looking for inspiration for Baby Girl’s nursery, I got tripped up at first. I kept picking little dude stuff! I definitely don’t know how to do “little girl” yet. I’d love for her room to feel like a girl’s room, but not veer into the whole “pink bows and hearts threw up everywhere in here” direction. A little pink, a little adventurous, a lot fun. So obviously we should put flamingo wallpaper up, right?

We saw that flamingo wallpaper and kind of wanted to go for it, so I think it’ll be the focal point in the room. Everything else will stick to a minty and neutral palette so nobody gets overwhelmed by all of those birds. 😉

Baby Girl Nursery Inspiration

I didn’t want to pigeonhole either of my kiddos with really gender-heavy or super themey nurseries, so we tried to do the same thing here that we did with Hank’s. We’re finding pieces that we think Baby Girl will be able to grow with and keep using as she gets older, and including some fun artwork that’s all about adventure and good times. I’m so excited to get cracking on this room in real life now that the renovation is moving along! Stay tuned for updates on how the inspiration comes to life. xoxo

Flamingo Wallpaper
Pendant Light
Campaign Dresser
Gold XO
All Aboard! California
All Aboard! Paris
Pineapple Print
Brave and Courageous Print
Mint Bookcase
White Crib
Crosley Record Player
Fun Slide Print
You Are My Greatest Adventure Print
Wicker Hamper
Ombre Pillow
Gold Faceted Lamp
Loop Rug

P.S. Henry’s inspiration board and finished room!