Spring & Easter Decorating!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Spring is officially here and Easter is just around the corner.  Warmer temperatures and sunny days are within arms reach!  I'm excited to be partnering with Ferrero Rocher again and today, I'm sharing some decorating tips that you can use for your Easter holiday dinner, lunch or brunch!  Or perhaps a spring gathering with your bestest friends!

It's such a treat to host parties during the spring months because the in-season flowers are so beautiful!  Take advantage of these lovely blooms by placing them throughout your space and using them as your centrepiece.  Potted hydrangeas or crocuses are a great go-to for full centrepieces!  Buy a couple bunches of tulips (remember to stick to a colour scheme so that your rooms flow and your flowers coordinate well with your tablescape) and spread them out throughout the room.

I have no problem with starting dinner with dessert!  Place some delicious chocolate eggs at each place setting to welcome your guests to the table.  I assure you, you won't regret it and your guests will adore you for breaking the rules by going with treats first!  

This is the perfect time to break out any beautiful dishes that you have.  Mixing and matching allows you to add your own personal touch!  I absolutely love checking our local thrift shops for platters to use for occasions just like this!  And remember, you don't have to use them for what they were originally intended for.  A cake plate for example can be the perfect base for a vase!

Send each of your guests home with their very own holiday inspired gift bag!  Fill a kraft bag with some of your favourite treats and tie a pastel ribbon around the handles for a nice, spring inspired finishing touch.

Now all that's left is to sit back and enjoy the time with your fabulous guests!

Happy hosting!


*all Ferrero Rocher products were generously sent to me on behalf of Ferrero Rocher

Remember Why You Started.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A year ago, I sat at the peninsula in our kitchen and decided that I was going to go for it.  I was going to achieve my dream of becoming an Interior Decorator.   I studied, I pushed myself, I worked hard.   Then other opportunities came up (amazing ones) that made me super happy, so I thought, perhaps Interior Decorating wasn't the answer and that blogging was.  It would be the best of both worlds!  So I blogged about interior decorating, fashion, entertaining.  I loved it!  And truthfully, I still love it!

But here I am, and I've been thinking/sitting on this for a while now......the dream of being an Interior Decorator is still strong.  Every now and then it hits me really hard, but then the feeling goes away and I continue on.  This time, I just.can't.shake.it.  So what I'm left with, is figuring out the puzzle, I suppose.  I love blogging, I truly do, so I don't want to quit it, at all and what I know for sure is that I wouldn't be where I am if it wasn't for blogging!  Blogging has opened doors for me and so many opportunities have come from blogging.  But I want a little more interior decorating in my life and so my goal is to figure out the best way to combine the two, that makes me feel fulfilled.

There are a few rooms in our house that need some jazzing up.  It's time to get back on track. I'm going to get to working on them and of course, to share them with you.   But I also need a plan, otherwise, I will find myself sitting here, in the same spot in a years time, typing about the same thing.  Sometimes it really helps to put your dreams out there, then you're held somewhat accountable, right?! lol

So in a blog post, that explains the absence.  I had said earlier this year that by doing less, I will be accomplishing more.  As a blogger, you are often approached with several amazing opportunities and it can be so hard to say no.  But sometimes, saying yes, is in fact so far from the right answer.

I want to inspire you when it comes to decorating your home and I also want to inspire you when it comes to fashion.   That's what Elliven Studio is all about.  I just need to stay focused and remember why I started.

Have a lovely day, friends!


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