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bestHappy holidays! In the spirit of the season, my roommates and I decided to get crafty and whip up some homemade paper invites to be delivered via snail mail.  Sooo retro, right?!


  • Thick white paper (I used an old sketch book & cut the pages into 5″x7″ rectangles)
  • Any patterned paper (ours was from Paper Presentation)
  • Ribbon
  • Confetti
  • Glue

The total cost was about $20 for 40 invites.



envelopeSince “real” mail is rare nowadays, it was so fun to send these out…. though not quite fun as the party itself!!


xox Jess

welcome to BrooklynOh how I’ve missed you, New Déjà Vu. Close to two years have gone by since my last post, so rather than fret over wasted time, let’s jump right back in the mix… first up, a glimpse of my new(ish) Brooklyn pad!

I wanted my bedroom to have a dark, moody feel, so I opted for deep gray walls (Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal) with gray furniture and linens. To keep the monochromatic look from falling flat, I added plenty of sparkle with silver trays, lucite and mercury glass lamps, a homemade jewelry display and healthy dose of mirrors.

(dresser from Bungalow 5, lamp from TJ Maxx, vintage tray)dresser

(driftwood + nails = DIY jewelry display)jewels

 (mirrored side table from Bungalow 5, lamp & candle holder from Target)side1

Elle Decor notes that the monochromatic trend is big for the Spring 2014, saying “While designers are often lauded for their inventive color combinations, sometimes it’s the most simple statements that make the biggest impact.” (Read more: Spring Fashion 2014 at Home: Monochromatic Trend – ELLE DECOR)

What do you think of monochrome? Boring, or chic?

xox Jess


Tufted couches and headboards are somewhat of an obsession of mine, especially when finished in rich colors and velvet fabrics. The soft feeling of the material paired with dense cushions is a guaranteed recipe for inviting furniture, and better yet, there are tons of diy tutorials for creating a tufted piece of your own!


Although this diy is bit labor-intensive, the result is more than worth the effort. Here’s a great step-by-step tutorial for creating your own tufted headboard (pictured below), courtesy of my favorite interior design blog, Little Green Notebook. Perhaps now I have a goal for this weekend…?


Traditionally, the only accessory a staircase flaunts is a long carpet runner. Not anymore! With a bright stripe of paint, stencils, wallpaper or metallic trimmings, a standard staircase can be transformed into a bold style moment.

{painted runner, via domino magazine}

{bright blue, via}

{stencils, via}

{more stencils, vía}

{colored spindles, via}


If only I had a staircase to call my own…

(diy paper lanterns, via}

Last week, a friend of mine had an extra ticket to a Martha Stewart show taping and asked if I’d be interested in coming along. Umm hell to the yes?! was my reaction. I can’t say that I’ve ever really been a fan of Martha (although I do love her wrapping paper line), but figured it’d be a fun way to spend the morning. Plus I wanted to see what all the Martha fuss was about!

{our view of martha in all of her glory}

We heard a rumor that the show we’d be seeing was an “expecting mothers” theme, so I braced myself for a room full of hormonal women and swag bags overflowing with breast pumps and bottles (…clearly I am not with child). To our delight, the episode turned out to be Martha’s annual “dog show,” featuring champion doggies from the Westminster dog competition. And then to make it even better, they sat us in the first freaking row. The cameras started rolling, Martha announced she has a champion chow chow (she would), and the cutie came out during the first segment.


Needless to say, I was entertained. And Martha and I totally made eye contact. And I was on live TV for a solid 30 seconds (Martha interviewed the dog show judge sitting next to me). Hehe. Since the show, I’ve noticed that a handful of my bookmarked crafting and home organization ideas are actually from camp Martha. Apparently I was a fan of the insider-trading blondie all along?! Here are a five of my favorite tips and tricks from the homemaking legend:

{decorative tiles using lace & spray paint, via}
{sheet sets stored inside one of their pillowcases, via}
{guilded bookends using bricks, a hammer & spray paint, via}

{perfect flower arrangements using clear tape and a bowl, via}
{rainbow cake, via}

What are your thoughts on the infamous Martha Stewart? Love? Hate? Love to hate? And who knew she was such a hottie back in the day?!



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