Home Decor: ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO USE DECORATIVE TRAYS IN YOUR HOME

Pure and simple, trays are definitely functional and we typically use them to keep items organized in our office, on our kitchen counter, for our makeup – just to name a few. We also use trays when entertaining guests, to present food and cocktails. I like to use them for all of these purposes, but I also like to glam up a part of my living space by using decorative trays for visual impact!

Today, I’m sharing how I used two trays, in two different ways, in two different areas of my home.

In the Dining Room…

Decorative Gold Mirrored Tray used to hold taper candles and flowers

ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO USE DECORATIVE TRAYS IN YOUR HOME

ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO USE DECORATIVE TRAYS IN YOUR HOME

ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO USE DECORATIVE TRAYS IN YOUR HOME

This large decorative mirrored tray would look great on a bar to display your liqueur decanters or to house your bar cart essentials but I chose to use it on our dining room table as a centerpiece. For a stylish and elegant look, I took a variety of crystal candle holders in different shapes and sizes, inserted white taper candles and placed them on this mirrored tray. To add to the glam look, I added votive glass holders and placed all white flowers that creates a softer look. I’m a huge fan of ambience and dining alongside this centerpiece does just that! Flickering candlelights bounces on top of the tray’s stunning mirrored surface  – which gives it even more luster.

ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO USE DECORATIVE TRAYS IN YOUR HOME

ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO USE DECORATIVE TRAYS IN YOUR HOME

ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO USE DECORATIVE TRAYS IN YOUR HOME

 

In the Bedroom…

Decorative Gold & Marble Tray used to group bedroom/vanity decor accessories

ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO USE DECORATIVE TRAYS IN YOUR HOME

ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO USE DECORATIVE TRAYS IN YOUR HOME

This sophisticated marble tray with its gold trim and ornate handles is a perfect way to dress up a vanity. With a little #shelfie styling in our custom built-in closet, I’m using this decorative tray to hold some of my favorite things. By grouping these items, it somehow looks intentional and I love how the color coordinates with the brushed gold cabinet hardware!

ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO USE DECORATIVE TRAYS IN YOUR HOME

I love the many uses of a decorative tray. Let us know in the comments section below, what are some of the ways you use yours – we’d love to know!

Trays were purchased from Home Goods.

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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Easter Table Decor: FLORAL VASE IDEAS

Easter Table Decor: FLORAL VASE IDEAS

With the spring season officially here, let the Easter planning commence! I’m kicking things off with floral vase ideas that are perfect for both Spring and Easter.

Easter Table Decor: FLORAL VASE IDEAS

I found this $3 Easter bunny at Target (in the dollar section) and thought it would be cute to use it as a floral vase versus the traditional candy bowl. For a springy touch, I added white tulips and yellow daffodils.

Easter Table Decor: FLORAL VASE IDEAS

Easter Table Decor: FLORAL VASE IDEAS

Combine this cute themed floral-filled bunny with a second vase filled with yellow roses and you have an adorable centerpiece for your Easter table or vignette!

Easter Table Decor: FLORAL VASE IDEAS

I found this white ‘cracked’ egg vase at Pat Catan’s and I knew I could transform it to something a bit more glam that complements my home decor. A little DIY using Martha Stewart Decoupage Gilding Sheets and her Gilding Adhesive transformed this ordinary egg to a chic one!

Easter Table Decor: FLORAL VASE IDEAS

Even though the weather here in PA is not feeling exactly like springtime, adding a few festive touches around the house, makes me feel like it’s spring.

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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CHIC TRAY STYLING FOR SPRING – IN 5 EASY STEPS!

CHIC TRAY STYLING FOR SPRING

CHIC TRAY STYLING FOR SPRING

CHIC TRAY STYLING FOR SPRING

CHIC TRAY STYLING FOR SPRING

CHIC TRAY STYLING FOR SPRING

CHIC TRAY STYLING FOR SPRING

CHIC TRAY STYLING FOR SPRING

CHIC TRAY STYLING FOR SPRING

CHIC TRAY STYLING FOR SPRING

CHIC TRAY STYLING FOR SPRING

Happy 1st day of Spring, everyone!!

When it comes to the change of seasons from winter to spring, I like to do a little re-decorating by swapping things out from cozy & warm to lighter & brighter! I typically start with the throws and decorative pillows located on the sofa to swapping out items on my tray that sits on the ottoman in the living room. Below are steps I use when curating the perfect collection on my tray for the new spring season!

How To Style a Chic Decorative Tray for Spring in 5 Easy Steps:
  1. Display a decorative object for character. I swapped out my tree branch design hurricane candle holders to a gold and marble figurine statue, found at Home Goods. Displaying a decorative object is like a piece of art and can be a conversational piece.
  2. Add some living nature. Add a beautiful arrangement of flowers that complements your decor and furnishings. Flowers and/or plants, instantly adds life to a tray. I love the colors of the ‘Esperance roses’ I selected. The color combination between light pink (that coordinates well with my blush toss pillows) and cream (compliments my ivory sofa) with a touch of green on the outer petals (green starts popping out everywhere in spring), make this light and bright rose very special.
  3. Add a stack of books. I love to add to my collection of coffee table books. Not only are they beautiful and inspiring,  a stack of books will create height and elevate your flower arrangement and/or decor pieces. Find some new books that have decor ideas for spring.
  4. Display a scented candle. Scented candles serve as a dual purpose. Not only do they permeate a lovely fragrance in a room but they also add evening ambience with its flickering light. I swapped out my spicy-scented winter candle that had notes of either tobacco, bergamot, or clove to a fragrance that evokes the freshness of spring. I absolutely love when candles are housed in pretty boxes and/or jars. I found my white box with a rose gold topper on sale at ZGallerie. Unfortunately, it is no longer available online but they do sell others, that are just as pretty. Since the lid on the candle box is typically covered, I also added a mini scented candle and placed a glass dome on top.
  5. Add stylish coasters. I swapped out my darker coasters for gorgeous gold rimmed marble ones that I found at TJMaxx. Adding a stack of coasters on your tray is a great central location for guests to easily find when having drinks in hand.

The look of my tray essentials can easily transition to the summer months but I have a feeling I might just swap out a thing for two…because frankly – I can’t help myself!

Have a great week!

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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FESTIVE ST. PATRICK’S DAY MINI MILKSHAKES FOR KIDS {+ Milkshake Shooters for the Adults}

St. Patrick's Day Mini Milkshakes
St. Patrick's Day Mini Milkshakes
St. Patrick's Day Mini Milkshakes
St. Patrick's Day Mini Milkshakes
St. Patrick's Day Mini Milkshakes

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s day, I made these festive mini milkshakes. Aren’t they adorable? I just love sweet, irresistible mini desserts – they’re perfect for any type of party.

For this milkshake, I used mint chocolate chip ice cream and topped it with whipped cream and the marshmallows from the Lucky Charms cereal. To serve mini milkshakes for the adults, add a splash of whipped vodka and you have the perfect milkshake shooter!

Cheers and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez

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COZY UP WITH THIS LAVENDER HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE

COZY UP WITH A CUP OF THIS DELICIOUS LAVENDER HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPECOZY UP WITH A CUP OF THIS DELICIOUS LAVENDER HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPECOZY UP WITH A CUP OF THIS DELICIOUS LAVENDER HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE

March 20th officially marks the change of seasons but with ‘Storm Stella’ looming around some of us in the East Coast, it doesn’t feel like spring is near. With the very cold temps outside, I craved a hot beverage to keep me warm. I whipped up my favorite Lavender Hot Chocolate recipe! To recreate this simple recipe, the two main ingredients I use are Silly Cow Chocolate Moo-usse Hot Chocolate and Pepper Creek Farms French Blue Lavender.

Naturally sweetened chocolate, infused with lavender buds, topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings – makes this blended hot chocolate oh, so gourmet!

COZY UP WITH A CUP OF THIS DELICIOUS LAVENDER HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE

COZY UP WITH THIS LAVENDER HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE
 
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Recipe type: Hot Beverage
Cuisine: Lavender Hot Chocolate
Serves: 2 cups

Ingredients
  • 2 cups, Milk (whole or skim is optional)
  • 1 Tbsp, Lavender Buds
  • 2 Tbsp, Hot Chocolate Mix
  • Whipped Cream and Chocolate Shavings for topping

Instructions
  1. Pour 2 cups of milk into your liquid measuring cup.
  2. Combine Milk and lavender buds in a medium saucepan on medium-high heat. Be sure to stir occasionally and do not let mixture come to a boil. Once you see steam, lower heat and let mixture simmer.
  3. Add hot chocolate mixture and stir until chocolate is melted and and mixture is smooth. Continue to let simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Strain mixture back into measuring cup and then pour the lavender hot chocolate in two cups.
  5. Top lavender hot chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate shavings
  6. Enjoy!


-Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez

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