In our current home we made the choice to go with mostly neutral walls and furniture. I like to think of that choice as a free pass to add as many colorful details as we want. Today- dresser drawers! Originally I thought about lining the inside of our drawers with vintage wallpaper, but I never found the perfect pattern. In the meantime I fell madly in love with this fabric shop and was looking for a way to incorporate the gorgeous patterns they sell into our space. I ordered a sample pack. And when they arrived, I was surprised by how thin they were—perfect for lining our drawers? Maybe, just maybe. (spoiler: it totally worked out!)
Here's how we did it:Supplies: Four different fabrics (or one for each drawer), Tacky Glue, fabric scissors, small paintbrush, and Mod Podge. We found these beautiful fabrics at Sweet Llama Supplies on Etsy. 1. Remove drawers from dresser. Measure the side of your drawers and cut your fabric to the correct size. 2. Cover your drawer surface with Tacky Glue and make sure the glue goes all the way to the edge. 3. Lay your fabric surface on the glue and make any additional trims needed.4. Dip the small paintbrush in the Mod Podge and paint the edges of the fabric to seal the edges and prevent fraying. If yours is prone to fraying, you may want to repeat this step once more. 5. Allow the glue and Mod Podge to cure completely and enjoy your new drawers!
A few tips: If your drawers are already tight and hard to open this DIY probably isn't a good fit for that furniture piece. We chose a thin woven fabric that is probably twice the weight of a standard cotton. Basically- you want something that is heavier than cotton, but not as heavy as upholstery fabric. The busy pattern helps to hide any glue spots. :)I'm so happy with the final result. In case you are curious, the fabric does not effect the function of the dresser at all. It's still just as easy to open and close drawers, just a little bit prettier. I'm happy we took the risk!
Credits // Author and Photography: Elsie Larson, Project Assistant: Laura Gummerman.
Do you have a celebration restaurant? You know, where you go to celebrate birthdays or big milestones? We have a spot downtown where we go to celebrate. I guess it would fall under the category of upscale dining, which we don't have a ton of in our little city. I think the fact that it is a fancy restaurant makes it all the more special.Our spot has awesome appetizers and drinks. But when it comes to the main course, steaks are kind of the thing to get there. I'm not really a steak person. So more often than not I order their lobster macaroni and cheese. I'll admit, this does sound like a kid menu choice for a fancy restaurant. But judge not, because it is awesome! We are big fans of baked macaroni around our house, so I figured I'd start working on my own version of this celebration meal. I added crackers shaped like lobsters. It just felt right.For the lobster crackers I used my usual cheese cracker recipe and added (a lot of) red food coloring. I got a lobster cookie cutter on Amazon.com. You can totally make these a day or two ahead and just store in an airtight container until you make the mac and cheese.Lobster Baked Macaroni & Cheese, serves 4-6
8 oz. uncooked macaroni noodles
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon salt (plus more to taste)
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3 cups milk
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
3 cloves minced garlic
12 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
8 oz (imitation) lobster meat
First cook the noodles in boiling salted water until al dente, meaning they are still a little uncooked in the centers. Drain and set aside.In a large pot melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and mustard, so a smooth paste forms (this is called a roux). Season with cayenne, salt and pepper and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes stirring constantly. Now stir in the milk, onion and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring so the roux infuses with the milk. Now stir in 2/3 of the cheese (reserving the rest for the tops before baking). Last stir in the cooked noodles and lobster meat and stir so everything gets coated.
Pour mixture into your baking dish(es). The mixture should be quite soupy. It will become more solid as it bakes. Sprinkle on the remaining cheese, then the bread crumbs. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. Add the crackers to the tops during the last 2-3 minutes of baking, so they can get warm and crispy again before serving.And yes, I agree, the lobster crackers are pretty funny. Just try serving this without getting your guests to crack a smile. Food that is both delicious and fun is a total win in my book. Enjoy! xo. Emma
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman
September was a GOOD month. We had so much fun sharing everything from home projects to favorite drink recipes... and a few personal adventures in between! Here's a few of our favorite posts from September:
Elsie marked the one year anniversary of living in her home by sharing the progress and projects we've created there so far. We shared so many favorite drink recipes this month. In the cocktail department there was: ginger cranberry martini, pumpkin cheesecake martini, cinnamon mai tai, lavender citrus martini, apple ginger cocktail, and our frozen bloody mary. A few of our favorite non-alcoholic drinks included this grilled peach smoothie, lavender iced coffee and our homemade pumpkin spice latte syrup. Which I guess is more of a drink condiment/ingredient than a drink.... but you get the picture. :) Emma shared lots of her home on the blog this month. She showed her fireplace updates. She also shared room tours of her living room, kitchen and bedroom.Speaking of home tours, we got peek inside so many beautiful spaces this month via our At Home feature. We got to see glimpses of homes from: Laura Armenta, Andrea McArdle, Bethany Herwegh, Kelley Howley, Stacie Bloomfield, and Susan Hutchinson. Thank you for sharing your spaces with us!Lots of yummy food showed up on the blog in September. A few of our favorite recipes include: Homer Simpson donuts, pumpkin cheese cake, whiskey applesauce, our favorite chocolate cake, mushroom + farro soup, triple berry muffins, Newcastle fondue, three beet salad, whiskey cinnamon rolls, egg bagels and breakfast tacos. Elsie shared a little bit about the Sunshine Edition for Project Life (more on that coming soon!). We shared lots of home projects + DIYs. Some favorites include: white chalkboard walls, a bandana back shirt, ten ideas for using square photos, Elsie's piano makeover, nesting baskets, color pop cutting boards, dry erase wall, guest room cart, and fabric covered built-ins. We shared a little about the current state of our small business and what's changed this year.We felt extra lucky this month as we got to visit Palm Springs to work with Canon.And we got a (little) nerdy this month and shared a blue "meth" cocktail in honor of Breaking Bad, and our David Bowie inspired skull decor.
Are you getting excited for October? We are!!! xo. Emma + Elsie