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DIY: 3 DIFFERENT FLORAL FALL LOOKS USING HYDRANGEAS, EUCALYPTUS, & PUMPKINS

When it comes to fall, we find ourselves celebrating the season by adding festive decor, florals, and flowering plants that reflect our style in the interior and exterior of our homes. This season is also the beginning of many upcoming holiday gatherings. Inspired by this, I wanted to create 3 different looks using the same type of florals and incorporate pumpkins as a fall accent!

I purchased two bunches of eucalyptus and six stems of hydrangeas from the grocery store and only spent $24.00… it’s an inexpensive way to accent areas of your living space! Eucalyptus has that earthy, natural texture to it and hydrangeas have the largest blooms that when grouped together, they reflect an abundance look! The colors I chose are neutral and therefore, would showcase well in any decorated space.

Keep scrolling to see the 3 looks I created using the same items…

DIY: 3 DIFFERENT FALL FESTIVE FLORAL LOOKS USING THE SAME FLOWERS

Look #1. Fall Floral Table Runner

This floral table runner was so easy to create and it’s perfect to incorporate as part of your Thanksgiving tablescape!

  • Step 1: Starting at the center of your dining table, take the first bunch of your eucalyptus and lay it on the left side of the table.
  • Step 2: Flair out your eucalyptus to your desired width and repeat on the right side of the table. You will want both ends of the eucalyptus branches to meet at the center of the table.
  • Step 3: Cut your hydrangeas stems at your desired length and insert each stem in a water tube. This will keep them fresh for the duration of your dinner party.
  • Step 4: Concentrate on the center of your floral runner when tucking your hydrangeas in between the eucalyptus branches. 
  • Step 5: Cover up any open areas of your floral table runner with small pumpkins. Add mini pumpkins throughout your floral runner for scale.
  • Step 6: Complete the look by adding some ambiance with candlelights! I used my crystal candle holders and long white taper candles. 

DIY: 3 DIFFERENT FALL FESTIVE FLORAL LOOKS USING THE SAME FLOWERS

Look #2. Floral & Festive Fall decor for the Fireplace Mantel

Using the same concept as the floral dining table runner, I recreated the same look on our fireplace mantel. Remember my DIY message pumpkins I had created in this post? I used them here. In order to create a focal point, I placed my ‘happy fall’ message pumpkins on the center of the mantel. My mantel was not large enough to tuck six hydrangea stems, so I only used four.

DIY: 3 DIFFERENT FALL FESTIVE FLORAL LOOKS USING THE SAME FLOWERS

Look #3. Fall Floral Centerpiece

If you have a small dining table or are looking to dress up your entry table or buffet, I created this simple but elegant floral centerpiece. I used a floral foam wet brick and had it soaking in water before inserting it in my vase. Using a foam brick made designing the arrangement easier because I was able to create my desired look, stem by stem. When re-creating this centerpiece, start out with your hydrangeas. You will want to cut each of them in various heights, as shown in the picture above. I inserted eucalyptus branches to fill in the gaps of the arrangement. I didn’t want the floral arrangement to look too structured, so I didn’t cut all the eucalyptus branches….I like the appearance of free flowing movement in an arrangement.  In order to add that festive fall touch, I clustered my mini pumpkins in front of the arrangement. By placing this floral centerpiece on your buffet table, this would coordinate so well with the floral table runner in look #1!

I hope you have enjoyed the 3 different floral looks and it has inspired you to want to recreate one in your home this fall season!

Happy Fall!!

-photos + floral design by Rose Angel Lopez 

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HOW I CREATED MY DIY COOKBOOK WALL USING IKEA PICTURE LEDGES

DIY COOKBOOK WALL

In our kitchen, we have two large open wall spaces and it was just last year when I had tackled what to do with one of them. I had installed a gallery wall filled with white-framed herb prints (you can see that post, here). I wasn’t sure what to do with the other empty wall – that was until recently when I noticed the corner of my kitchen counter was filled with cookbooks as well as a stack of more cookbooks on top of my fridge!

DIY COOKBOOK WALL SHELVES

Since I love to cook and bake, I enjoy trying out different recipes, hence why I own quite a few cookbooks! I wanted a space saver from the counter and get rid of the clutter on top of my fridge. I decided to utilize my empty wall efficiently by showcasing my cookbooks and installing floating wall picture ledges that I had purchased a while back from Ikea (similar ones, shown here). I had originally mounted these in my home studio but since I needed that wall space to hang my two new fabric pin boards, I had to take them down and so glad I was able to reuse them in another space in the house.

DIY COOKBOOK WALL SHELVES

DIY COOKBOOK WALL SHELVES

I didn’t want the cookbook wall shelves to look like a library of sorts, so I incorporated some kitchen items like a marble mortar & pestle, a rolling pin, and a marble & wood cutting board onto the ledges. I also added various gourmet and speciality oils & vinegar bottles that were taking up too much space on my kitchen counter. I moved my prayer framed print from our dining room and centered it onto the top floating picture ledge.

DIY COOKBOOK WALL SHELVES

With holiday entertaining season soon upon us, I’ve added a few new cookbooks to my collection for some holiday inspiration, like The Forest Feast Gathering filled with vegetarian menus, The Year of Cozy that contains recipes, DIY crafts and other homemade life adventures to create. For mouthwatering finger foods and bite-size party snacks, I purchased Milli Taylor Party-Perfect Bites. I’m loving the seasonal Farm-To-Table Desserts cookbook too! All the organic recipes are organized by season – everything from desserts and brunch food items to cocktails.

DIY COOKBOOK WALL SHELVES

We are really happy how it turned out and whenever friends or family members stop by the house, everyone comments on how they really like the wall of cookbooks and what a great idea it is! Not only did I save space on my kitchen counter but the large wall display inspires me to grab a cookbook and try out a delicious new recipe! A win-win!

DIY COOKBOOK WALL SHELVES

DIY COOKBOOK WALL SHELVES

DIY COOKBOOK SHELVES

DIY COOKBOOK WALL SHELVES

How do you store or display your cookbooks? Would you consider creating a wall display of cookbooks in your home? Leave a comment in the comments section below and let me know! Also, I’d love to hear what you’re recommendations are for your favorite go-to cookbooks! Luckily, the pictures ledges are deep enough to hold two cookbooks back-to-back in the event I purchase more…wink, wink!

-Pictures: Design by Occasion

 Ikea Mosslanda Picture Ledge

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THE EASIEST DIY MESSAGE PUMPKIN THAT REQUIRES NO WRITING, PAINTING, OR CARVING!

DIY Pumpkin Message

If you’re looking to add a few autumnal touches around your house or on your tablescape, keep reading to check out my idea to help you welcome the arrival of fall this week!

DIY Pumpkin Message

DIY Pumpkin Message

If you’ve been to big box home decor stores lately, you may have noticed a big trend of pumpkins with words on them.  My favorites are the white ceramic pumpkins detailed with words in gold font! It had me inspired to create my own DIY message pumpkin that does not require any writing, painting, or carving. You guys, it’s so simple and easy…just use large sticker alphabet letters! You have a variety of font styles and color options to choose from such as, black font, silver font, pink font, gold foil, and glitter font.

DIY Pumpkin Message

DIY Pumpkin Message

The brand stickers I used are Me and My Big Ideas – MAMBIsticks large alphabet sticker in uppercase and lowercase. I purchased mine from Michaels. I was only able to source the black glitter font alphabet stickers online but I’m sure you will be able to find them in the store!

DIY Pumpkin Message

I chose the message ‘Happy Fall’ for my pumpkins but there are so many words or messages you can add to your pumpkins that are perfect to celebrate the autumn season.

  • Hello Fall
  • Gather
  • Blessed
  • Thankful
  • Grateful

Places where you can decorate and place your message pumpkins are 0n your hall table, dining table, coffee table, kitchen counter/island, or the exterior of your front door entryway! Another idea is to purchase mini pumpkins and smaller font alphabet stickers – spell out the names of your dinner guests on the pumpkins and place each one on their dinner plate…it’s a festive way to use as a place card and a take home gift for your guests!

DIY Pumpkin Message

Have you started decorating for fall yet? Hopefully, this easy DIY idea will inspire and get you in the mood for your fall decorating!

-Photos + Styling by Rose Angel Lopez

DIY Message Pumpkins

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AN INTIMATE SUNRISE BEACH INSPIRATION SHOOT

I am chasing moments in nature’s treat.

That is what I did last week when we packed our luggage and drove to our favorite beach in Delaware. We decided to take our summer week vacation and return to a favorite place that we know and love. We have visited this beach every year for the past seven years. It started back in May of 2010 when I had just finished my last cycle of chemo. After undergoing six months of this treatment, we needed to go to a place that was within driving distance and wanted to feel calm and relaxed, yet still experience new places to eat and shop. When we return to that place, specific memories feed our anticipation for the trip. Whenever we arrive to the beach, we still have that feeling of it’s still “our” place, there are familiar spots, due to the connection we made.

Since I had a procedure in late July to remove a cancerous tumor that grew, we knew it would be beneficial to go back to our favorite beach…behind every storm is a little bit of sunshine. The beach for us is a place for recharging our body, mind and spirit. What better way to start the day then by heading to the beach in the early morning hours, before the crowd arrives and having time for yourself to take in the beauty around you. Living in the moment and living the simple pleasures of putting your toes in the sand, feeling the warm sun rays on your face, and listening to the soothing waves crashing, brings a sense of tranquility. Peace fills my soul of being hopeful for better tomorrows.

One of the items I had on my bucket list was to watch the sunrise over the ocean. I was happy to have checked that item off my list a few years back – it was one of those not-to-be-missed experiences. As you know, since I love to style tablescapes and create sets, another item on my bucket list was to create and capture an intimate beach imagery. While I envisioned something on a larger scale and have it photographed by a professional, I took the opportunity to go for it, on a more intimate level.

Surrounded by nature’s inspiration, capturing the perfect moment was influenced by sitting on the stretches of sand, gazing over the infinite ocean view and exploring the beach sunrise. I created a table for two and the ocean was truly a fascinating backdrop. The tablescape was a small table for two that was low enough to be seated directly on the sand.  I used a color palette of creamy neutrals that mimics the color of the sand, a soft peach that resembles one of the colorful hues seen as the sun rises, and aqua blue drinking glasses resembling the ocean water. I used natural elements for the table decor like seashells and driftwood. For a relaxing, yet romantic feel, I paired vintage brass candlestick holders and chose grey-colored candlesticks that echo the color of beach pebbles.

As you scroll through the pictures below, you will notice I was able to capture the stages of the sunrise. Viewed in person, it is one of the most scenic, and breathtaking sight you will see!

Sun peeking over the horizon.

AN INTIMATE SUNRISE BEACH INSPIRATION SHOOT

AN INTIMATE SUNRISE BEACH INSPIRATION SHOOT

AN INTIMATE SUNRISE BEACH INSPIRATION SHOOT

Illuminating golden glow.

AN INTIMATE SUNRISE BEACH INSPIRATION SHOOT

AN INTIMATE SUNRISE BEACH INSPIRATION SHOOT

AN INTIMATE SUNRISE BEACH INSPIRATION SHOOT

AN INTIMATE SUNRISE BEACH INSPIRATION SHOOT

AN INTIMATE SUNRISE BEACH INSPIRATION SHOOT

AN INTIMATE SUNRISE BEACH INSPIRATION SHOOT

Morning light.

AN INTIMATE SUNRISE BEACH INSPIRATION SHOOT

AN INTIMATE SUNRISE BEACH INSPIRATION SHOOT

Have you seen a sunrise yet? What is at the beach too or somewhere else? Let me know in the comments section below what place you experienced in, I’d love to know!

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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Life: MY BIRTHDAY WISH…

Life: MY BIRTHDAY WISH...

Yes! Today is my birthday and I couldn’t be happier…even with what I am going through.

As I reflect on the past seven months, I recall the first day of the new year and waking up in our own bed after spending three months between NY and NJ for a surgery I underwent.  You can read more about that and my journey in this post. To return to a place you call home, to all familiar things, smells, and glimpses of happy memories as you look around. All of that brung me a smile to my face..all of which gave me a sense of normalcy from all that I had endured prior to.

The next couple of months thereafter were spent recovering and coming to grips with what my “new normal” is and dealing with the emotions that come along with not feeling like your old self, pre-surgery. My new normal consists of daily naps and not being able to function like I used to. Gone are the days when I could tackle cleaning the house in one afternoon. Now, I’m lucky if I can get through cleaning two rooms in the house without exhausting myself. Whenever I over exert myself and by that I mean, doing too much moving around, frequently going up and downstairs, walking a lot…these everyday movements are now a challenge for me. I have to conserve my energy otherwise, I can burn myself out quickly, develop cramping and discomfort. When this occurs, I then have to take medicine and lay down for 20-30 minutes in order for my body to relax so that I can continue doing other things that are not so strenuous to my body. I am reminded of this daily and there are days when I am emotionally frustrated at what my ‘new normal’ is.

From the outside, I look just fine. You know the saying…”Look Good, Feel Good”? Well, that is what I do to maintain my “old self”. I put on my makeup, style my hair, and look the part of a healthy woman. But inside, I’m not so healthy. I recently found out that after having 12 cancerous tumors removed last year November, I now have three areas of disease I need to be concerned with…so here we go again! If you follow me on instagram, you may recall when I posted this caption where I expressed how I celebrate all of life’s joys and how I go on with my everyday. It really helps me to put focus on things that make me happy, things I want to continue to do and pursue. Doing this keeps me in a positive mindset so that I am not constantly thinking about the negative and putting me in a place of sadness. Despite my health, everyday I find joy (big or small) and love that I get to share it with the one I love. I’ve been very blessed this year where God made something very special happen for me – I hope to share this with you soon, in another post.

This Thursday I am to undergo a procedure in order to kill one of the tumors that is the largest in size and appears to be more aggressive than the other two. What’s my birthday wish, you wonder? Well, it doesn’t come wrapped in a box tied with a pretty ribbon. Nope my birthday wish is not something one can buy or make. If every birthday candle brought me a new wish, I would repeat my wish for good health.

Life: MY BIRTHDAY WISH...

Life: MY BIRTHDAY WISH...

Go ahead – celebrate your life, your heart, and the everyday joys!

-Photos by Design by Occasion

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