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    DIY to Try: Glittered Bar Sign

    A bar cart used to seem like such an adult thing to have. In college, if you asked me where my bar cart was, I’d point to the cabinet under the sink that contained boxed wine and other inexpensive bottles. But now, I can actually say I’m the proud owner of a fancy bar cart, and have graduated from boxed wine to Charles Shaw (i.e. Two Buck Chuck). And you know what’s the best part about my new little addition? It was only $30 at Target (marked down from $140!!!). Move over cabinet under the kitchen sink filled with used grocery bags and cleaning supplies. This shiny little bar cart is here to stay.

    I’ll be honest, it sat empty in its newly-designated corner for a few weeks. I wanted to do something to make the area really pop (it is a bar, after all), but didn’t know what. I did some research and came across some inspiring projects, like this DIY wooden happy hour sign, and this adorable vintage-inspired liquor cabinet. Unfortunately, when you live alone, tackling larger-scale projects can be a bit of a challenge. The thought of me using a chop saw to make my own wooden letters is comical. And with how clumsy I am, pretty terrifying.

    Because those projects aren’t really in the cards for me (at least not yet), I put my creativity to use and thought of simple and inexpensive ways to spruce up my bar area. After all, my bar cart is the first thing people see when they walk through the door. So, in this post, I’ll show you how to make a glittered bar sign. And now I’ll stop rambling. Let’s get this party started.

    barHere’s what you’ll need:

    • Cardboard 3-D letters (I found mine at Michael’s)
    • Pencil
    • Gold glitter scrap book paper
    • Exacto knife
    • Ruler (I’d recommend a metal one)
    • Sponge brush/paint brush
    • Modge Podge
    • 3M photo strips (for hanging purposes)

    Step 1: Place the letters backwards on the scrapbook paper and trace with your pencil. bar2

    Step 2: After you trace your letters, use the exacto knife and ruler to carefully (very carefully) cut out the letters.bar3

    Step 3: Using your brush, apply the Modge Podge to the front of your cardboard letters.bar5

    Step 4: Apply the scrapbook paper and let dry.bar6

    Step 5: Apply the hanging strips and adhere the letters to the wall.IMG_4852

    Step 6: Hang and admire your new bar sign!DSCN4471 DSCN4476 DSCN4481

    So, what do you guys think?! This project was pretty simple overall, and can be customized to fit your taste. I’m loving floral letters lately, and already have another project idea in mind for my bedroom.

    Also, please ignore the fact that my little bar cart is relatively empty. Alcohol is expensive these days. And I’m told once you enter the real world, it isn’t acceptable to offer Kamchatka to guests.

    I’m currently accepting donations. Cheers!


    DIY to try: coffee station

    Processed with VSCOcamThroughout college, I relied on my standard plug-in coffee maker to get me through countless late nights and early mornings, until it shattered in my driveway during the moving process (did I mention I’m graceful?).

    Then, one night I met the french press and everything changed. I was dining at Local 127, a farm-to-table restaurant on Vine Street. I can’t tell you what I ordered off the menu, but I can tell you I remember their coffee so vividly, it would seem like it’s sitting in front of me right now. It was that good.

    Our waiter placed the french press on the table with an accompanying tray of whipped cream, chocolate chips and sugar cubes. The way I drank coffee changed forever.

    Because of my love for french press coffee, it only seemed fitting to create a coffee station for my apartment. It was a simple project and adds a bit of personality to my dining room.

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    Here’s what you’ll need:

    • Wooden tray (I bought mine at Michael’s for $5)
    • Small wooden letters (optional)
    • Super glue (if using wooden letters)
    • Craft paint
    • Paint brush
    • Coffee mugs (shout out to my girl Annie for the sweet gift)
    • French press
    • Container for coffee (I bought mine at IKEA)
    • Ground coffee (my absolute is Coffee Emporium‘s “Autumn Fest”)

    Step 1: Paint the tray your desired color and let dry completely before adding a second coat. I chose yellow, because it seemed like the perfect color to greet me in the mornings.

    Step 2: If using wooden letters, paint them before gluing to the tray. I chose to paint the letters half light green and half pale blue. I taped them to create clean lines. I originally had planned to spell “coffee” but conveniently had the letters “c” and “o” leftover. The result: Coffee Co was born. A special thanks to my sister for the idea. coffee3

    Step 3: Glue the letters to your tray and let dry completely.coffee4

    Step 4: Invite friends over for brunch and impress them with your fun new tray!


    local loves: volume II

    I love this weekly post for several reasons. For one, it forces me to stop and appreciate the little things every day, even if it means being the obnoxious girl who takes pictures of her food. Two, I now make a conscious effort to take more pictures (even if it’s of my food). And on a more practical note, it helps me remember what I did the previous week. People don’t tell you this in college, but I swear my memory has aged about 50 years since entering the real world.

    Here are some highlights from the past week:

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    [Tomato bisque soup + berry goat cheese salad from Coffee Emporium]

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    [Vintage taxi cab used for filming the movie Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. This was in my parking lot, by the way. My little Hyundai Santa Fe was so starstruck.]

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    [My living room – a work in progress]

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    [Saturday brunch with friends]

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    apartment inspo: the living room


    I just moved into my first apartment, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s a charming one bedroom situated on a main road. It’s bright, inviting and most importantly, it’s mine.

    I found it on a whim. I was driving through Norwood (a neighborhood in Cincinnati where I went to college), trying to kill time when I happened to spot the “For Rent” sign in the front yard. I called the number, looked at the apartment 20 minutes later, fell in love with the quaint little space and filled out an application. The rest is history. It’s funny how something so perfect comes along when you don’t even realize you’re looking.

    I’ve spent hours browsing Apartment Therapy since moving in, and actually look forward to trips to Home Depot and Bed Bath & Beyond, two places that used to make me cringe. If this isn’t adult world, then I don’t know what is. I can’t wait to start decorating and working on all of the projects I have planned.

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    My style has definitely evolved over the years. I used to gravitate to darker, more earthy tones. Now, I can’t get enough of bright, white spaces. I love how a lack of wall color can bring a sense of crispness to a room. I’m not allowed to paint in my new space, and don’t have a ton of cash to spend on pricey decor items, but this just forces me to get more creative. This includes perusing my local Goodwill and accepting hand-me-down furniture from family members. Both of which I’ve already done, and plan to keep doing.

    I claimed an old coffee table and round table from my college house that were left behind by the previous tenants. Although they need some TLC, they have classic shapes and so much potential. It’s like those movies where the Plain Jane gets a makeover and suddenly she’s gorgeous and all the guys notice her (She’s All That, anyone?). Yeah, kinda like that…but with furniture. I’m planning on giving the coffee table a coat of bright paint, and the round table will be transformed into a bar to greet friends as they walk in the door.

    It will be a process, that’s for sure. Making an apartment feel like home isn’t something that happens overnight. And with a limited budget, it can be tricky. But that’s the fun part. I can’t wait to get started and track my progress. Stay tuned.


    images via here, here & here