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Mirror, mirror

Was anyone else as smitten by Veranda’s Jan/Feb 2016 cover as I was? That stunning mirrored china cabinet instantly grabbed my attention, as did the owner’s shared love of blue.

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I have a couple of Ikea pieces that, while functional, certainly don’t win any design awards. I’ve already changed out the hardware, but the mirrored cabinet got me to thinking. Could I paint it silver-leaf and get a similar effect? Maybe even do a little gold-leaf mercury-glass effect?

LiveLoveDIY has a great post on how she transformed a standard wooden vanity into a beautiful silver piece. Her result is gorgeous!

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I also like how DIY & Crafts combined flat grey paint with silver leaf for the details.

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So…when the weather warms up, looks like I’ll be experimenting with silver paint and silver leaf on my china cabinet & dresser. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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I’m back!

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While our year in Tokyo was exciting, it was actually a pretty tough year. We are thrilled to be back in the States and jobs we love. I’m also having a blast decorating our new space.

I plan on picking up this blog again, but in the meantime, you can follow my Instagram feed for random pictures as we enjoy this Colorado autumn.

xoxo

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Happy Easter!

ImageHope you are enjoying a pleasant Sunday! This seemed like a good day to post my favorite deviled egg recipe, a modified version of Southern Living’s Triple Pickle. I especially love serving these on a classic Fire King milk glass deviled egg platter.

Boil a dozen (plus a couple extra) eggs for ten minutes. Put into cold water and peel immediately. Cut the eggs in half and remove the yolks, putting them into a bowl. To the bowl, add:

  • 2-3 heaping spoonfuls mayonnaise
  • 2 T Dijon mustard (I prefer Maille Old Style Whole Grain)
  • Salt & pepper
  • finely chopped cornichons
  • capers
  • dash of cayenne pepper

Mix together in a bowl, adjusting the mustard & mayonnaise until the consistency is creamy and to taste. With a spoon, dallop the mixture onto the egg whites. Top with a dash of paprika and garnish with a slice of pickled okra. Enjoy!

Concerts at Cherokee Castle

cherokeeIf you’ve been pining for dinner and music in a castle (and really…who hasn’t?) but find the commute to Scotland rather arduous, I highly recommend checking out the events at Cherokee Castle in Douglas County, CO. Last night’s jazz piano concert by Henry Butler was divine!

(Picture from http://www.dupontcastle.com/castles/cherokee.htm).

I have also attended teas (excellent treats for visiting relatives & friends), tours, and tastings here…the staff is always welcoming and excited to show off this unusual Colorado gem.

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(Picture that I took last night before dinner. The castle is on the far right.)