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A Summer Party!

I blame Pinterest. However, the photograph below is not from Pinterest, but from my backyard last Friday evening.

 

A Summer Party!

A Summer Party!

I have a beautiful yard, a beautiful husband, and a knack for stressing him out with my big ideas. I wanted to celebrate his 40th birthday in style while he just wanted to forget about it.

Diane Daly's Jazz Trio.

Diane Daly’s Jazz Trio.

Pinterest is eye candy for decorator types. Stunning visuals at your fingertips that make one lust for all things better around the house.

A "Cheesecake".

A “Cheesecake”.

Last Friday evening I threw a party that was worthy of Pinterest. Except it was better. On Pinterest you don’t get to hear the jazz trio playing, or taste the lobster canapés. You don’t get to feel the breeze, smell the wildflowers or watch the candlelight glimmer and the children run around with sparklers. It was magical and it was REAL.

A Cake Made of Cheese

A Cake Made of Cheese

Then there was the cheese. I made a cake out of cheese. This “cheesecake” was made of Fontina, an organic smoked Creamy Jack, and Camembert. I cut up fresh figs and sprinkled the cheese with blackberries. I used mini chalkboards for labels. It was enough cheese to please Wallace, Gromit and a hoard of people at my party. It was both easy and elegant, perfect for a beautiful summer evening.

© Mariam d’Eustachio @ Simply Turquoise 2014.

Budget Botanicals

I have a long, empty hall at the top of the stairs. It is one of two interior spaces that still need to be painted and nothing has motivated me to tackle it. It is narrow and boring, and until now, I have had no desire to take it on.

The dreary upstairs hall.

The “Biohazard” sign says it all.

Then, I saw this idea: an inexpensive way to bring nature into a windowless, upstairs hallway. An idea that has put a bee in my britches. I am aching to paint the hall now, if only to properly show off my newly created (Yes! By moi!) botanical prints.

Fern.

Fern.

These botanical prints were made on my phone, with leaves from my yard. I braved the January rain and cold to bring in a bit of nature. I first saw the idea on Pinterest from Better Homes & Gardens. Below is the inspiration photograph:

Pinned from Better Homes & Gardens.

Pinned from Better Homes & Gardens.

Better Homes & Gardens suggested using a scanner to scan leaves and print them out. The scanned plants were a little too real looking (um, it’s January and everything is brown) so I went for photographs instead, brightened with the exposure altered to give them a fresh look. I then chose “gallery style” mats with a regular 8×10 opening, and was able to print the photographs using my printer and photo paper. I purchased the frames from Michael’s on sale for $18 each and used most of the ink in my printer, I’m sure.

Bringing in a bit of nature.

Bringing in a bit of nature.

The large mat emphasizes the prints and gives them the gallery look that I was after. I will hang all three prints in a nice even row and it will give the hall a feeling of light and air as you walk along it. Now, I am inspired to paint the walls Benjamin Moore’s Green Hydrangea. This is the same color as my downstairs hall, which will provide continuity, since you can see both halls from the front door.

Goldfinger.

Goldfinger.

Cedar?

Cedar?

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This project was simple and inexpensive. I used leaves, but you could easily use feathers or fabric. Let your imagination run wild!

Feathers would look good too!

Feathers would look good too!

The botanicals are just what is needed in this dull space. Hallways are an opportunity to show a little spunk and I can’t wait to get this one started!

The Botanicals.

The Botanicals.

Up next, PAINT! And I still need to hang up these pictures…

© copyright 2014 Mariam d’Eustachio at Simply Turquoise.