Tag Archives: mint

Green Striped Archway

6 Sep

Let me start by giving all creative credit to Katrina via Young House Love. I  fell in love with her striped kitchen pass through. A month later, I was sitting on the couch and looked over at this blank archway between our dining and living rooms.

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What I saw weeks earlier came back to my mind. Almost immediately, I grabbed leftover paint from my ombre barstool project, measured and taped off 4 inch stripes and got to work. What a huge impact a little pattern and color makes! I think Greek key pattern would also be awesome.

Green Striped Archway www.gustoandgraceblog.com

In July Anthony and I finally hung curtains of the proper length, purchased the retro looking mint curio that saves us lots of cabinet space, and hung the collection of green plates on the wall.

Green Striped Archway www.gustoandgrace.com

Future visions for the dining room include crown molding, and a Martha Stewart inspired coffee station featuring my espresso machine the currently resides on the top shelf of the pantry, a collection of jadeite mugs I have yet to own, and a french bottle drying rack.

What are some of your sources for pattern and color inspiration? Do you have any copycat designs in your home?

I hope your Friday is going swimmingly!

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My Love is in the (Hot) Air (Balloon) Bridal Shower

7 Mar

Last Saturday I attended the best bridal shower I’ve ever been to: my own! My bridesmaids, with plenty of help from my mom hosted a mint, gold, and silver hot air balloon themed party. It was obvious that they put a lot of thought and work into the day.

Hot Air Balloon Centerpieces

 

Bridal Shower Wish Tree

They made a wish tree for guests to put advice to Anthony and I on. Here are a few words of wisdom I thought were worth sharing:

NEVER stop flirting with Anthony.”

“Don’t divorce””

“Keep your sense of humor- never be afraid to laugh at yourself!”

“…Sow mercy and lots of kisses.”

“If you ever argue- fight naked-”

Donut Hole Skewers

Mint Menu and Hot Air Balloon Garland

The menu consisted of donut hole skewers, mini monkey breads, champagne cupcakes from Stir Crazy, mini quiche, mini pancakes with smoked salmon and herbed cream cheese, and a yogurt bar.

Love is in the Air Banner

We played a game that was loosely based off of the game IMAgiNiff. One of my bridesmaids read off questions with multiple choice answers and everyone (including myself) wrote down what they thought I would choose. At the end of the game, whoever had the most answers to match mine won. The questions were entertaining. For example: If Dominique were a road sign, what would she be? “Dangerous curves ahead” was my answer, of course!

Engagement Photo Clothesline

The gold and silver clothespins are hanging a few of our engagement photos. These will always be treasures.

Bridal Shower Guests from Above

The love and generosity of my friends on that day was overwhelming. I truly felt showered with love and blessings. And all because I fell in love… It was incredible to spend time with so many women who have shaped who I am and supported me for so many years.

Cookie Cutter Favors

I love the hot air balloon cookie cutter favors as much as all the rest of the guests.

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