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A Couch to Call Our Own

17 Apr

After an approximately twelve week wait, and a blue sofa saga I’ll save for another day, our new couch was finally delivered. Boy, was it worth the wait! Linen Orianna Sofa Anthropologie Grey Gray Tufted English Roll Arm Couch

While I’ll share more about our temporary teal couch and my near break-up with my favorite store, Anthropologie, later, look at how far this room has come! From the poufy tan sofa that made me cringe, to the brown leather hand-me down that served us well for almost two years, we are now onto the first sofa my husband and I have purchased and chosen, together or individually! This is a big day.

Amthropologie Linen Orianna Tufted Sofa

A bit more in the living room has changed, so head on over to the Home Tour page for a peak.

Thanks for reading,

♥ Dominique

This post can also be found on Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Feature Friday and Shabby Nest’s Frugal Friday LInkup.

Decorating with Plates

1 Jul

I’m baaaaack! After taking the month of June away from blogging, I am thrilled to be blogging again with refreshed passion and dedication. While there was radio silence here, much was astir in our home.

On top of decorating projects galore, Anthony and I spent two of of June’s four weekends with family in town, Anthony walked across the stage and got his CPA license, we purchased a “newsed” car, and checked a major financial goal off of our list: no more PMI! I can hardly wait to share the changes we have made inside our home and begin to blog about topics that delve a bit deeper than my most recent thrift-store-score.

While it was extremely tempting to write a lengthy post showcasing how our home has transformed over the past several weeks, I decided it best to break it down into bite-sized posts. Get ready for home-heavy posting in this month.

Speaking of thrift store scores… on a recent trip to my neighborhood Goodwill I picked up three black and white plates for the entryway for $0.99 each. The plates, marked Mikasa Reggae on the back, seemed Kelly Wearstler-esque to me.

Mikasa Reggae Plates

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Anthropologie Holiday Display Workshop: Corrugated Cardboard Garland

5 Nov

First things first, the winner of the KM Little Somethings Giveaway, chosen by random.org is Katy!

Last month I went to a holiday display workshop at Anthropologie. I wanted to share the garland I made, but thought October was to early for too many Christmas posts. The garlands are simple to replicate. They have a pinecone quality.

Anthropologie Holiday Display Workshop Garland Tutorial www.gustoandgraceblog.com

I love Anthropologie windows and displays. I especially love how most of them are handcrafted at each individual store making them all unique. Did you know they donate many of their displays to charity or auction them off and donate the proceeds? What they don’t donate, they try to reuse and re-purpose.

Now on with making or Christmas trees as chic as their stores!

DIY Anthropologie Christmas Garland www.gustoandgraceblog.com

To make the cardboard festoons, start but cutting out corrugated cardboard into shapes like the ones seen below.

Anthropologie Holiday Display Workshop Garland 2013 www.gustoandgraceblog.comNext, hot glue two paperclips to the widest part of each piece of cardboard so a small metal loop hangs off each edge. Roll the cardboard tightly, hot gluing in the middle, and when you reach the end. Use Rub ‘n Buff  to give the bauble a golden glow. Apply a small amount of glue in one or two places on each piece of rolled cardboard. Cover the glue with gold or bronze  leafing. Use a small, dry paintbrush to form the leafing to the cardboard. I love the green and red tones you get from the bronze leafing.

Anthropologie Garland Tutorial  Bronze Leafing www.gustoandgraceblog.com

Use paperclips to attach the baubles together, then trim the tree!

Anthropologie Holiday Display Workshop Garland Tutorial www.gustoandgraceblog.com

See? So simple! Let me know if you try it!

Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Ornaments

24 Sep

Maybe it’s a little early for a Christmas post, but I have certainly been thinking about it. I’ve already started Christmas shopping and been scoping out Christmas decor. I’ve gotten Christmas catalogs in the mail, joined a Christmas Countdown group on Facebook, and been dreaming up what Anthony’s and my first married Christmas will look like.

Between Anthony and I, we have three Christmas trees (and I got rid of one). We have a 7 foot tree, a 4 foot tree, and a 1 foot tree. I think the 4 foot and 1 foot trees are small enough to be themed each year (at least one of them). This year, the 4 foot tree will be silver and white and very natural. It will hold the Anthropologie mercury glass P ornaments that I used down our wedding aisle, bottlebrush animals we picked up after Christmas last year, and the water-less snow globe ornaments I’m making.

The ornaments I’m making are inspired by this salt shaker I picked up at the end of the season last year.

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With some clear glass bulbs, sandpaper, glue, bottlebrush trees, and faux snow, I put together a few of these.

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The 7 foot tree will hold all European blown glass ornaments I have been collecting for years and the new one we used as our wedding cake topper. Last year, the 1 foot tree was in my office (see it on Instagram) and was styled after a tree in the White House Garden Room. This year, I may theme it around a tree Anthony and I saw at the American Museum of Natural History on our Thanksgiving trip to New York last year. More on that in a later post.

Have you done any Christmas activities yet?

A Scoop of My Favorite Ice Creameries and a Chocolate Hazelnut Recipe

13 Jun

I would eat ice cream in the snow. That is how much I love the milky, melty dessert.  I don’t discriminate between gelato, custard, or frozen yogurt either.

Walking through Anthropologie last week, I found these ceramic ice cream cones. I had to pick up a couple since I have been drooling over the Virginia Sin version, which cost three times as much, since I saw them. Then of course, I had to break out my ice cream maker and create something that would give my new dishes a purpose.

Gusto and Grace: Chocolate Hazelnut Ice Cream

Since I have not made much ice cream, I searched for recipes from the best ice cream makers I know: Jeni’s and lick. My favorite local place for lunch, Royal Blue, introduced me to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream in the form of a macaron ice cream sandwich. I was bewitched.  Anthony and I went to lick by accident when exploring Austin. If you find yourself in the Capital of Texas, GO! They had me swooning at salted caramel and melting over their Goat Cheese, Thyme and Honey variety.

I could not find anywhere lick had given away their secrets, but I did find a recipe for Jeni’s Ice Cream Base. I used that, and flavored it chocolate hazelnut.

Gusto and Grace Chocolate Hazelnut Ice Cream

Here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Hazelnut Ice Cream
(makes about 1 quart)

2 cups milk
4 tsp. cornstarch
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
2/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp. light corn syrup
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
3 tbsp. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread (I used pralinutta since my crazy husband doesn’t like nutella)

In a small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup milk and the cornstarch; set aside. In a saucepan (3-qts was plenty big), whisk together the remaining milk, 1 1/4 cups cream, sugar, corn syrup, and salt; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook for 4 minutes; stir in milk-cornstarch mixture. Return to a boil and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Place cream cheese in a bowl and pour in 1/4 cup hot milk mixture; whisk until smooth. Slowly whisk in the remaining milk mixture. In a small bowl (in the microwave) or in a small saucepan (on the stove), melt the chocolate hazelnut spread and mix with the remaining cream. Mix the milk base and the chocolate sauce together. Pour the mixture into a large plastic bag; seal, and submerge in a bowl of ice water until chilled. (You can also refrigerate it in the container of your choice, however using a bag in and ice bath is the fastest cooling method). Once cool, pour into an ice cream maker and mix per the manufacturer’s instructions. I had it in my KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment for about 20 minutes. Transfer the soft ice cream to a storage container and freeze until set. I let mine firm up overnight. Scoop. Lick. Repeat.

Maybe once I perfect Jeni’s base, I’ll swap the cream cheese for some goat cheese. And maybe Anthony and I can take a short roadtrip to Blue Bell. #icecreamdreams

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