I love hosting dinner parties. Since buying my first home, this is something that has been a big priority and we’ve done quite a bit of. Having lived in studio apartments for so long in Portland, and also loving to cook, having a home where we could have a big table and a bunch of people over was like opening a floodgate. We host dinner parties often, both large and small. We have even hosted bigger holiday meals including a Friendsgiving.
That said, we hadn’t yet invested in quality dinnerware. Most of our plates were a collection of mis-match pieces I’d picked up at various sales and vintage stores over the years. I bought the set featured in this post earlier in the year, so we’d have something a little nicer for our dinner parties. It got me thinking more about tablescapes since it’s something I didn’t know much and have honestly been pretty intimidated by in the past.
Around the time I bought the plate set, my local Anthro store was hosting a free tablescape worshop, but it filled up so quickly I couldn’t get in the class. So instead, I turned to Pinterest and my favorite blogs to find tips and inspiration. From there and using my own creative instinct and boho styling, I’ve figured out a few easy go-to’s for putting together a lovely tablescape for your next dinner party. My theme was developed with a girls night in mind, but these tips can easily be applied to other themes as well.
What better way to to make your everyday routine special than with a feminine vanity set up? I know how my everyday beauty routine is an important ritual, and I love sitting down to my pretty vanity each morning as I’m putting myself together for the day. As someone who also lives in a house with one bathroom, having a different place to get ready makes the morning less hectic with my partner also needing the restroom to get ready. Adding in your own favorite decorative objects such as a picture or candle makes the little space even more personalized and special.
Welcome to the guest bedroom! I have to say, it’s so nice having a house with a spare room for friends and family to easily stay over. Prior to owning, I lived in two studio apartments here in Portland, so it was always a little tricky when family came to visit. I hated them having to stay in hotels. It’s also really convenient when we have friends in town to visit- much more comfortable for the to have a bed and private room vs. crashing on the couch. Having guests over keeps things lively and helps break up our routine. We host friends and family often.
Our bathroom is tiny! I debated about even doing a post on it since it’s so small, but it was actually one of the rooms in the house that we did the most work on. It was a “full gut.” I also love this little bathroom dearly. This could be true for a lot of women- the bathroom is a really important room. It’s a place to take care of yourself. It’s more than a shower, it’s getting ready for your day or your night out. So making the most of that space was important to me.
Welcome to our dining room! This room is full of character and showcases the craftsman details of the house from the built-in to the bay window to the columns separating the living room. Light pours into this room during the day getting more sun than our other rooms. We do eat dinner at home quite a bit and love hosting dinner parties here with our friends, so having a big dining room table has been key. I get more compliments on our rustic dining table than anything else in the house, even the Smeg fridge! Whether we’re sipping coffee on Saturday morning or enjoying a meal with friends, we spend a lot of time in this room and love it!
Welcome to my bedroom tour! This bedding is so pretty, I may never want to leave my bed! It’s basically all my favorite colors put together. So cheery! I admit, I never thought I’d be the kind of person who put lots of decorative pillows on my bed, but here I am. I’ve found that pillows are a great way to add dimension to the overall look of your bed, helping to achieve the layered bed look. Also, this headboard is so tall, having a lot of big decorative pillows helps balance that out.
Welcome to our kitchen room tour! We really wanted to go for a bright, warm, farm-house style look in our kitchen. A lot of work went into making this room what it is today. It’s one of the rooms in the house that was basically a “full gut.” We had originally planned to keep the cabinetry that was in the house in order to save money. Our plan was to just sand and repaint the existing cabinetry. Once we started to get into cleaning out the cabinets, however, we discovered quite a bit of mouse poop. Gross I know! Not only is it a disgusting task to clean, but it also leaves an unmistakable smell. After some talking, careful consideration, and preliminary planning we decided to just go for it and do a brand new kitchen. I’m so happy we did. Every morning when I walk into the kitchen or we have guests over for a dinner party, my day is literally brightened in this fun room.
Welcome to my very first room tour on the blog! One of the main reasons for starting my blog was that I wanted to share my home and how I’ve designed it along with my partner William. As you can see the bright green color in this room, as well as the other bright colors throughout the house helped inspire the name of the blog- La Vie en Color (Life in Color).
I’m sure many people have spent the last weekend getting their holiday decorations out. I wanted to share a few really cute items I found this year at Target (now on sale) including the beautiful driftwood tray pictured above. Decorating your home for the holidays is more than just the tree. I don’t like to go overboard on holiday decorations, so when I found these rustic and understated holiday accents, I knew they would be the perfect touch of holiday cheer in my home. I paired these up with plenty of string lights and a simple white tree, mixing in holiday scented candles, metallic accents, and house plants.
The front porch in our home was a feature I instantly fell in love with. A front porch is one of the things that isn’t typically available when renting an apartment. I’ve never had one since living on my own. Front porches are great because they tend to be a place where people gather to relax, talk, and people watch.