Gather Around: Coziness {Hygge}

As we enter the cooler days of Fall,  I'm finding myself wanting soft and cozy throws and pillows, twinkly candles and sparkly fairy lights. I can't help but think of the Danes and their need for hygge. In a nutshell, to me, the word means to surround yourself with things you love and admire, the great pleasures in life. Whether it be a group of friends or snuggling up in your husbands arms or a giant throw blanket, hygge is a fundamental part of everyone's life no matter where you are.

So, yesterday I ventured out to a few stores to add a little bit of hygge to my home. I found a beautiful fluffy rug for our living space and some twinkling lights and candles for the dining room. I also love pulling out all of my grandmothers' quilts to put at the base of all of our beds and on the living room sofa. So, my lovely bloggers, here's a little inspiration for you. Happy Hygging! -Callie 


Let's Get Crafty: DIY Paper Lantern Mobile

One of my all time favorite design blogs, Oh Joy, has a really cute DIY mobile using paper lanterns and plastic straws.  I'm thinking about making this for one of my daughter's rooms! How cute are those colors? HERE is the PDF with the directions and materials for making the mobile. Happy Monday guys!  -Callie


Yummy: Julie's House

Happy Weekend! These past two months have been a complete whirlwind with my family in town from the US. One shop I had to take them to was one of my favorite little places in Ghent called Julie's House. It's a pastry house located in the historic center that has some really delicious cupcakes and pies. It's tucked along the beautiful river Leie and a fun yet busy place to take your kids. Some of my favorite cupcakes were the vanilla and lemon curd, blueberry and double chocolate. You can also enjoy breakfast there! Doesn't get much better than that. Happy weekend guys! -Callie


Gather Around: Dreamy Kitchen

Who wouldn't love a gold and marble kitchen. I love how they've wrapped the marble around the island, too. Don't you want to cook in here? Gorgeous! -Callie 


The Pinterest Series: A Little Bit of Spring

Oh boy, it was cold this week in Belgium. This native North Carolinian is really missing her warm weather! I love posting some inspiring photographs from Pinterest for The Pinterest Series. A floral tunic, a bucket of fresh flowers or a pop of bright color always makes me happy. So, here's a little bit of spring for your weekend. Happy Friday my lovely readers! -Callie 


DYR Goes To Belgium

Hello my lovely readers! Well, it's been a little while since my last post but I have a very good reason...I moved to Europe! My family made the long haul over the great Atlantic to Belgium. We had always wanted to move to Europe so when the chance came, we were ready to go! Obtaining our work visas was a long process but well worth the many months of paperwork.  It is a beautiful city full of color, texture and light that gives me design inspiration every day. I do miss the comforts of home but the vastly differently architecture, food, nature and people envelops you and makes you feel at home, too.

As I explore this beautiful country, I hope your are inspired, too! Stay tuned for my next post...my daughter's Belgium bedroom design! Thanks for the photos, Pinterest.  -Callie


Let's Get Crafty: Gold Leaf Goodness

Who doesn't want a cute set of gold leaf paper mache bowels displayed in their home? Well, Kelly Murray, illustrator and designer from California, shares my top DIY for the week. HERE is the tutorial. -Callie 


Yummy: Pumpkin Spice Donuts

When I found this yummy recipe on Roost for pumpkin spice cinnamon donuts I just had to share! They are a perfect treat on a chilly day and something that would be fun to make for a little get together with friends.  -Callie 


Happiness: Travel

I recently went away for a beach vacation with my 16 month old and had an adventure. A little travel always does a body good. Here's a little inspiration for you via Pinterest. Doesn't it make you want to go somewhere fun in the sun? -Callie


Freshen Up With: Painted Pots

This simply and cheap project is one of my favorite ways to freshen up your plants home. It instantly transforms your store-bought pot into your own one-of-a-kind design. Here's how to do it. -Callie 


Let's Get Crafty: Painted Jars

I am so excited to share this easy and CHEAP DIY from Diary of A Mod Housewife. With a little paint and some glass jars (think pickle, jam, mayo jars), you have instant color for a small bouquet of flowers. I also love how the shape of the jar is accented, creating texture to the design. Easy peasy -Callie


This Just In: Oh Joy! Teaspoon Set

I love these teaspoons created by the one and only Joy Deangdeelert Cho of Oh Joy!. Pre-order now from Leif to be delivered in May. These would be fun for an ice cream party or a decorative element in the kitchen. My favorite is the citron color! -Callie 
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