Wednesday, February 27, 2013

style at home ikea kitchen makeover

Erin McLaughlin, editor in chief of Style at Home Magazine, had her kitchen re-vamped head to toe in IKEA. Breath easy in this newly renovated serene kitchen of while marble, stainless steel appliances,  a charming eating area and a modern fireplace with comfy seating. IKEA has truly been able to catch up to their competitors and produce products which look amazing without breaking the bank.

The before.

I love how Erin uses silver as her everyday cutlery!

 xo sara

Thursday, February 21, 2013

how to organize your jewelry

Along with most girls, I love organizing my jewelry! How can you display your necklaces, bracelets and earrings in a visually pleasing manor? Use jewelry drawers and acrylic stands to make it easy to navigate through your favourite pieces. 

Jewelry drawers are the perfect solution! When finding the perfect dresser, make sure the drawers are shallow and line them your choice of fabric (I recommend a neutral coloured velvet to keep from items rolling around). Place your items right on the fabric and use dividers as you like.

An acrylic bracelet stand (found here) and a decorative tray is a great way to display your favourite and most frequently used pieces. Plus, it makes your dresser look pretty!

{images from a house in the hills blog}

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

{wedding wednesday} x + o balloons

When scrolling through wedding blogs, I always adore when a couple does something fun with a prop. I have this new obsession with balloons (check out this fun post on geronimo balloons) and had to share this wedding using "x + o" balloons! What do you think? Love it?

-  For more wedding posts, please view here

xo sara

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

velvet + fluffy pillows

At home we made our sofa look comfy and cozy with some neutral colours and soft fabrics.

Fluffy white pillow - Jacaranda Tree 
Cozy white pillow - Pottery Barn
Marvelous Mocha velvet - Pottery Barn

{All images taken by Sara Russell Interiors}

Monday, February 18, 2013

Sunday, February 17, 2013

red velvet waffles

Stay in this Sunday and make a batch of red velvet waffles! This is the perfect brunch to follow the lovers holiday of Valentine's Day. I found this recipe on A Beautiful Mess blog and had to share! Looks like I am going to have to dig through my cupboards to find a waffle iron - I'm sure my mom has one somewhere!

Red Velvet Waffles (makes 4-5)
1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons of flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup oil (or vegetable oil)
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon red food colouring

In a bowl combine the dry ingredients (the first seven listed above) and whisk to incorporate. Now ass the remaining ingredients and stir until just combined. Allow the batter to rest for 20 minutes. Follow your particular waffle iron directions and make waffles.

Cream Cheese Syrup (makes about 2 1/2 cups)
8 oz. cream cheese
3/4 cup cream (or use half and half)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a pot combine the cream cheese, cream and sugar. It helps if you cube the cream cheese into 8 or so small squares. Heat over medium heat until the cream cheese begins to become more liquid. Whisk as you heat to remove any lumps. Once the mixture has become a thick syrup remove from heat and stir in a vanilla. If you want to thin the sauce out even more feel free to add more cream

{All images + instructions from A Beautiful Mess}

Saturday, February 16, 2013

aspen chalet

Canada is known for its great white winters, but nothing sounds more winterlicious then spending time at an Aspen chalet! This architecturally beautiful home has everything you could ask for - stunning views, spacious living and lots of wood and stone. This looks like the perfect spot for a family vacation over the holidays!

Friday, February 15, 2013

carpets in kitchens

Tiled and hardwood kitchen floors can get chilly now and again. Warm up your toes with an oriental inspired rug! This is an easy way to add warmth to the space with a little bit of colour.

xo sara