DIY Gilded Accordion Sconce

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Something I really wanted in our new place was a pair of sconces flanking our bed. Not only do I love their minimalist look, but they also don’t take up space on the nightstand. And when living in a small space every. inch. counts. There are several stunning options out there…and not a one of them fit our budget, so I took to Pinterest to figure out if there was a way I could make the sconces I was envisioning, but for less cash money. (more…)

Autumn Picnic Inspiration

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Lordy, lordy, what an incredible fall we’ve had here in Minnesota! I swear we had snow on the ground this time last year, so this weather makes me want to drop everything, get outside and savor every waking moment. What better way to enjoy fall than to spring for a picnic?! Pack a cozy blanket, a thermos of steamy spiked cider, a spiced treat, a birding book (available on Amazon or pretty much any garage sale in America) and go enjoy those blazing fall colors.

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Hand Woodblock Printed Pillows

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Beautiful textiles will always be one of those things that can make me swoon, and the giant bin of neatly folded fabrics I’m hoarding in our closet for just the right project to come along is a good affirmation of my mild obsession (or just ask Ken). Recently I’ve been reading up on woodblock fabric printing, and I find the centuries old, hand-carved and hand-printed process so intriguing. West Elm created a short video a few years ago (to launch their block printed blankets) which beautifully depicts the process. Click here to view.

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Saison de la Soupe

It’s officially soup season! Cool, crisp blustery weather and blazing fall colors, call for a bowl of piping hot soup (with bread for dunking of course). It just plain warms the soul. Here are 5 of my favorite tried and true recipes. Do you have a favorite soup recipe? Share the link in the comments!

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DIY Danish Modern Coffee Table

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Living room coffee tables in small spaces wear many hats. They function as drink perches, game tables, casual dining tables, craft tables, etc. and our coffee table is no exception. Our new small(er) square shaped living room was calling for a downsized, multi-functional table with not only a smaller footprint, but one that visually felt lighter too. (Previously we had an old train cart which we still love, but there was just no squeezing a rectangle into a square.) (more…)

Housekeeping!

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Hello and Happy Monday! I apologize for the radio silence this past week. Things have been absolutely car-eh-zay over here. Lots of changes. In addition to Ken and I moving to a new place, Francois et Moi also moved…over to a self-hosted WordPress.org site that is! You might notice a few tweaks to the site design which hopefully make it easier to browse more content on the homepage with one swift scroll of the mouse. WordPress.com was a fantastic and user-friendly blogger’s jumping off point, but it was limiting in many ways, so I’m pumped to be able to stretch my little blogger legs and introduce different types of posts and additional plugins on to Francois et Moi. And also be ad-free for awhile. Eeek! So exciting. (more…)

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