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spring wreath diy

Spring Wreath DIY

It was time. Our winter pine wreath had sat on the front door for far too long. It was time to welcome in light blooms, neutral feathers, and something fresh as guests entered our home. Using a coupon and some artificial blooms from the dollar store, this wreath is the perfect note of spring for under $10.

Keep reading for the full how-to after the jump!

Spring Wreath DIY

Budget: $10

Supplies:

Grapevine wreath form
Artificial blooms (picked up from the Dollar Store)
Floral wire
Sharp scissors (these are our favorites, functional and beautiful)
Wire cutters
Jute twine
Feathers
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Directions:

Step one: Trim blooms and remove excess leaves. Using floral wire begin to gather your blooms in bunches and plan out wreath. Lay bunches of flowers in a circular fashion until satisfied with composition.

Step two: Using wire or jute twine, attach flowers to wreath.

Step three: Using hot glue, place a dot of glue on the tips of feathers and tuck into wreath.

Step four: Add door hanger and place on door!

for the home spring edit

For the Home: Spring Edit

Every year the month of April brings a feeling of preparation and anticipation. May marks the end of another school year, farewells, goodbyes, and finding that much like the seasons, change comes quickly. We clean and tidy up the house, preparing for springtime gatherings. Whether it’s bonfires by the lake under the stars, an Easter brunch, or birthdays, it’s the time of year where dining outside becomes the norm. We’ve pulled together a few of our favorite items for the home and have our eye on some of these pieces coming to the table soon. With muted hues, earthen stoneware, and natural pops of color, this edit is a beautiful curated collection to welcome in spring. spring edit Sources:
Lota & Ash Vase |White stonewear set |Stonewear Bowls
Round Planter  |  Fig & Arrow Body Wash |Minimal Desk Lamp
Smeg ToasterMarble Fruit BowlWooden cheese board

What are some of your favorite pieces for spring?

We’d love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments below!

holiday magazine

It’s Here! Glisten and Grace Holiday Magazine

With December finally here, I can’t wait  to roll out this year’s holiday content today. This year, you’ll find the best ideas from Glisten and Grace in the form of a holiday magazine. Consider it a gift from me to you! With DIYs, healthy holiday recipes, capsule wardrobes, and gift guides, it has fresh ideas perfect for the holiday season.

Click for the full magazine after the jump!

See something you love? This magazine is interactive.
Here’s how to use it:

Hover over any images and you will find all the sources.
Love any of the ideas you see? Make sure to share them on social media.
Want to refer to the magazine for reference? Make sure to download the full issue.

Merry Christmas and a most happy holidays to you!

xo,
Melissa

fall dinner party whole 30

A Fall Dinner Party (Whole30 Approved)

It’s the time of year where spending a bit more time inside, curling up on the couch, and enjoying a delicious meal with friends is commonplace. Last week, I invited some friends over for a dinner party. The only catch- we had all sorts of diets and food allergies to accommodate. (The list was long, but it included dairy, grain, gluten, whole30, pork, beef, avocados, bananas, and eggs.) Rather than being discouraged and resorting to eating a slab of bland meat , I decided to look at it as a challenge. You know I love a good challenge, so I started recipe researching and brainstorming the dinner with a few of my foodie friends.

Keep reading to see how the whole meal came together!

The Table

Inspired by the seasonal produce of fall, I played with a palette of warm colors and the bounty of fall. Anchored by the use of loose eucalyptus and sunflowers, I added a few mercury glass tealight holders in a mixed metallic. The pops of color were injected with the use of pomegranates and persimmons. Each place setting was anchored with a charcoal gray napkin, black stoneware bowl, full set of metallic flatware, and a beautiful golden bosc pear placed in each bowl. Underneath the flowers was a favorite linen runner from Crate and Barrel. It’s a staple for parties in our home and one we use over and over again.

The Food

Remember the earlier mentioned challenge? It was too real and required a bit of research. Using seasonal produce and a love of lamb as a launching point, I developed this menu featuring vegetables in a variety of forms. Whether cooked down and pureed as a soup or slow roasted alongside herbed lamb, it allowed the meal to have continuity and flow, while highlighting various aspects of the vegetable. (I’ll be rolling out the recipes for the menu items later this week.)

Fall Dinner Pary (Whole30 approved) Menu

Roasted Leg of Lamb with Squash, Tomato, Roasted Garlic, and Sunflower Seeds

Carrot Soup with Balsamic Vinegar and Herb Oil

Mediterranean Salad

Chai Soaked Pears with Cinnamon Vanilla Coconut Cream

Carrot Soup with Balsamic Vinegar and Herb Oil

Roasted Leg of Lamb with Squash, Tomato, Roasted Garlic, and Sunflower Seeds

Chai Soaked Pears with Cinnamon Vanilla Coconut Cream

Tomorrow, I start sharing recipes from the dinner party. See you then!

garden makeover

Progress Report: Garden Makeover

With fall finally reaching two digit temperatures in the day, I’m excited to be able to use our outdoor living space again. With a few additions and low cost items, I was able to add some seating, greenery, and a small barbeque, perfect to enjoy in the mornings and evenings without having to hop in the car to enjoy fresh air.

Keep reading for all the improvements after the jump!

garden makeover before The Before

Basic, sad, and underutilized space. I had dreams of those picture perfect small space patios that you see in large urban areas. (Most of the folks in our complex use theirs as a space to dry laundry. It’s sad really.) I had big dreams and wasn’t willing to give up on my vision. We knew going vertical with our plants was a necessity and we had dreams of pocket planters and lush hanging gardens. With summertime and hot heat, I love the idea of a small grill and wanted the space to accommodate a small charcoal grill as well. While we living in a dry and arid climate, we opted to go crazy with succulents and palms, keeping watering low maintenance.




Our Progress
With a few benches, potted plants, and a concrete succulent wall, the makeover is full on and has been underway for a bit. I’ve been playing with ways to elevate common materials, keeping things budget friendly, while adding a large visual impact. In this garden plan, I’ve kept the palette limited to pale stoneware, terracotta, blacks, whites, and greens. (I’m learning this palette is kind of my go-to in this season and I absolutely love it.) Adding color and texture with fabrics, woods, and plants, it keeps things tight and cohesive. All of our plants are drought friendly, requiring minimal watering or herbs, remaining highly functional and useful, rather than solely ornamental.

My favorite project so far is the concrete succulent wall under the kitchen window. Once completed, it will add an additional serving surface, perfect for a bar or to hold food for any small gathering. The bench is great for additional seating and is anchored by an ivory garden stool for the perfect vignette.

Finishing touches

I’ll be adding lighting poles in the corner to hang our string lights higher than we had previously. I still love globe string lights and have been using this set for years. By using a bit of wire, eye hooks, and sand, the poles will be camouflaged in plant containers placed in the farthest corners of the patio. Saying farewell to playing limbo with string lighting is more than welcome. I have a DIY for hanging planters I need to complete, adding a bit of visual interest to the garden. That and sprucing up a few herbs that have bit the dust. (Poor cilantro, it died in the summer heat on day one.) The final touch? Adding a piece of reclaimed lumber to the top of the succulent wall. Then this project will be complete and ready for those cozy fall nights. Bring on the tea, blankets, and hot toddies!