What's the Tea with IBC | Inspired by Charm

Howdy, friends! I thought I’d use today’s post to fill you in on life since I posted a What’s the Tea a couple months ago.

First of all, where did summer go? LIke me, did you have a lot you wanted to accomplish, but only checked a few things off your list?

Thankfully, despite not doing everything I planned, I did have a fulfilling summer. I was back in St. Marys for several weekends to celebrate Independence Day, our family reunion, and my own birthday. I’ve always enjoyed spending these times with people I love so it’s great being able to hop in my car and scoot back when needed. The three-hour drive seems to fly by.

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Also, an update on my self-watering planters for those who’ve asked. They’ve been amazing. In case you’re new to this conversation, I wanted planters for my St. Marys’ house that would take care of themselves when I’m not there. My friends at Grandin Road and Frontgate were kind enough to supply me with these two planters (here and here), and I couldn’t be more pleased with the planters.

What's the Tea with IBC | Inspired by Charm

What's the Tea with IBC | Inspired by Charm

They are hollow and hold several gallons of water. I need to add water every 2-3 weeks which works perfectly with my visits home. So if you’re in a similar situation, or just want potted plants without the daily watering, I highly recommend these guys.

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In July, I took a trip to Texas with a group of blogger friends. We visited Round Top, Texas for a short retreat. With a population of 90. it’s the most magical little place. Twice a year there is a huge flea market/antique festival that draws thousands. It’s a wonderful spot to visit (even if you’re not antiquing). We stayed at The Vintage Round Top which I highly recommend.

What's the Tea with IBC | Inspired by Charm

What's the Tea with IBC | Inspired by Charm

You might remember that my brother visited me in Pittsburgh this summer. (He stayed overnight, and I made blueberry muffins for breakfast.) Well, this past weekend, my Mom came down to see my new place. I gave her a tour of my neighborhood, plus we went shopping, visited a flea market, and ate at a few restaurants I’ve been wanting to try. It was a good to spend time with her.

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Sidenote: I’ve been trying to share some of my big and not-so-big adventures on Instagram Stories, so If you want to follow along there, I would love to have you. It’s a great place to connect. Also, if you’re not part of the IBC Mailing List, you can sign up here. I’ve been sending out a fun weekly newsletter with a special note and links to content to help inspire your cooking, decorating, and entertaining adventures.

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Since I brought up Pittsburgh, I assume many of you are wondering how this new adventure has been treating me – if the move has been a good one. I will probably save deeper thoughts on this topic for a dedicated post, but I don’t want to leave you hanging. To sum up my feelings and thoughts about my current state, I’d say, “Treading water, but happy to be in the pool.”

I’ve officially been here three months (but closer to two as family happenings kept me in St. Marys for a bit). I had grand expectations and assumed that I would have tons of friends, be involved in many activities, go on magical dates, and be living my best life in no time. But that just hasn’t been the case. Things are taking a little longer than I had hoped, and mostly I have my own fears and insecurities to blame.

But with that said, I’m still excited to be here and happy I took the leap. I definitely have been enjoying the city. And I’m still crazy committed to putting myself out there and finding the things, places, and people that bring me joy. I hope that my feet are a more firmly planted in the not-too-distant future.

Again, I’ll try to explain more in another post … if you’re interested.

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A few more things …

I started watching The Handmaid’s Tale and can’t recommend it enough. It’s not a “happy” show by any means, but it does have some moments of heart and courage. The art and cinematography are stunning.

My blogging pal, Courtney of Pizzazzerie just released her latest entertaining book, and it is stunning. If you like hosting parties or want to start hosting them, you need this book. Check it out here.

 

I’ve recently been asked by Amazon to curate my own IBC shop on their site. You can check out and shop my Amazon favorites here. I’ll be updating them frequently, so check back often.

Anyone else super excited about the new Kesha album? I won’t say I love all the tracks, but I do have a few tunes on repeat.

I’ve recently discovered the joy that is Justin’s Honey Almond Butter and can’t seem to get enough. Also, Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend is delicious on everything.

Finally, in case you missed it, Inspired by Charm is a finalist for Best Style & Design Blog in the 2017 Saveur Blog Awards! I am so grateful for the nomination.

To help, please cast your vote for Inspired By Charm. You can vote once a day from now through Wednesday, September 6. Thank you so much! Please VOTE HERE.

All righty, I’m sure I’m forgetting a ton, but there you have it. Feel free to keep the conversation going in the comments or ask some questions, and I’ll do my best to answer. Have a great week!

Howdy, friends! I thought I’d use today’s post to fill you in on life since I posted a What’s the Tea a couple months ago. First of all, where did summer go? LIke me, did you have a lot you wanted to accomplish, but only checked a few things off your list? Thankfully, despite not […]




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Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

I’m not sure what it says about me, but I have a fondness for any food with “Buffalo chicken” in its name. (Me and about a million other folks, right?) If you feel the same way and are looking for a quick and easy appetizer that’s designed to please, you’re going to love these Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups.

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

Whether you call them roll-ups or pinwheels, these flavor-packed swirly bites have become a party classic. In fact, I’ve shared two other recipes (Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pinwheels and Italian Sub Sandwich Roll-Ups) that quickly became two extremely popular recipes here on IBC.

What I especially like about roll-ups is that they are easy to prepare. You can also make them in almost any flavor imaginable, and they are great for parties because they are a no-mess, one-bite treat.

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

For these Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups, you need to start with cooked chicken breast. My favorite way to cook chicken breasts (as taught by queen Ina Garten) is to roast them in the oven. Just drizzle the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Then bake at 350 degrees F until cooked through. This is a super easy method that keeps the meat flavorful and moist.

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

After the chicken breasts have cooled, shred them with your fingers and mix everything together.

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

Yes, this recipe calls for blue cheese. However, the blue cheese doesn’t stand out. It just enhances the other flavors. Even if you’re not a big fan of blue cheese, I think you’ll still love this recipe.

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

Spread the delicious mixture onto a tortilla and then roll it up. (I used whole grain tortillas, but any variety you like will be fine.) Pop the rolled tortillas into the refrigerator before cutting. This allows them to firm up, resulting in a prettier presentation.

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

Serve the roll-ups up with celery sticks, and you’re good to go! You could even offer a dip of ranch or blue cheese dressing, however, I don’t think it’s necessary.

I told you, super simple and so delicious!

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

Buffalo Chicken Roll-ups

Makes 64

Here's what you'll need:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons sour cream
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
1/4 cup finely diced celery
1/2 cup Buffalo wing sauce
8 (6 -inch) soft tortillas

In a large mixing bowl, combine the blue cheese, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and garlic powder.

Add the chicken, red onion, celery, and Buffalo wing sauce. Stir to combine.

Spread about 1/3 cup of the chicken mixture onto a tortilla. Roll up the tortilla tightly and place on a plate. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.

Refrigerate the tortillas about 2 hours.

Slice each tortilla roll into 8 slices. Discard (or snack on) the two end pieces.

Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap and return to the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups: An easy appetizer recipe for any party or celebration. | Inspired by Charm

If you’re like me and love anything “Buffalo chicken,” I recommend giving these a try.

Oh, and before you go, I need YOUR help. Inspired by Charm is a finalist for Best Style & Design Blog in the 2017 Saveur Blog Awards! I am so grateful for the nomination.

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Finally, If you like this recipe and want more roll-up ideas, be sure to check out my other two recipes below.

 

Italian Sub Sandwich Roll-Ups

Italian Sub Sandwich Roll-Ups | Inspired by Charm

 

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pinwheels

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pinwheels | Inspired by Charm

I’m not sure what it says about me, but I have a fondness for any food with “Buffalo chicken” in its name. (Me and about a million other folks, right?) If you feel the same way and are looking for a quick and easy appetizer that’s designed to please, you’re going to love these Buffalo […]




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Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been slowly showing you more of my home in Pittsburgh. Decorating this new space has been such a fun process. I hope you enjoy watching these spaces unfold as much as I am. Today we’re returning to my living room so you can see how I’ve started to pull together the opposite side of the room.

As I mentioned, I was waiting for my media console to arrive. Thankfully, it’s finally here. And with the help of a few accessories, I have something to share.

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

This area still needs a few tweaks and minor additions, but I’m loving how this is all coming together.

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Side note: If you’re looking for sources of products, please check the end of this post. You can also visit SHOP IBC for more products from my home.

So, let’s talk about the media console – although it’s a sideboard. according to Crate & Barrel. Whatever it’s called, I knew this was “the piece” for a couple reasons. First, black console bridges my living room and the dark cabinets in my kitchen.

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Secondly, and maybe most importantly, I’m crazy about this piece. I’ve seen it a couple of times in several interior design layouts, and it caught my attention each time. The glass door fronts will allow me to have fun with decor items, or I can use baskets for hidden storage and texture. Win. Win.

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Right now, the console is sparsely decorated, but I did bring in a few key accessories, including, a modern brass and marble globe table lamp. I love how the lamp looks with other elements in the room.


Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

I also found this five-feet-tall cactus. I couldn’t say no to it because it adds great color, movement, and a touch of quirky to this space.

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Oh, and I also swapped out a throw pillow on the couch for one I had ordered way back in May when I was in NYC. It was on back order forever. I’m loving it!

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Now, there are still a few more things I want to do in this space and some others I’m on the fence about. Let me walk you through my thoughts:

1. A rug. It was actually just delivered after I shot these photos, so stay tuned for that.

2. I might paint the wall behind the TV. (In fact, I’ve thought about painting the entire apartment as I greatly dislike these builder beige walls. I’d rather have white, however, I’m not sure it’s worth it since I’ll have to repaint them beige when I move out.)

3. The white box to the right of the TV is where my HVAC unit is located. Should I simply ignore it or should I attempt to “hide” it? I feel like trying to camouflage it might make it stand out more.

4. I’m also considering adding shelving to the left of the cactus. It doesn’t show in any of these photos, but I have about four feet to work with. I’m not sure if I truly need shelves or if they would just be an invitation to clutter. Art may be a better choice.

5. I’d still like to get new end tables and lamps.

6. I’m not sure what it would be, but I would like to add extra seating opposite the green chair. Maybe some stools like these or these? Or a bench? Or another side chair?

7. Finally, I’m also wondering about curtains. I’m on the fence about them, but my guess is they would make the whole place feel cozier.

If you have opinions, thoughts, or advice on any of this, please let me know in the comments.

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Apartment Living Room Decor and Styling Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Also, in case you’ve missed any of my apartment updates, you can check them all out here.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this side of my living room. Stay tuned for more!

Rooms Sources:

Sofa | West Elm
Side Chair | West Elm
Pillow | Rejuvenation
Media Cabinet | Crate & Barrel
Overhead Light | Schoolhouse Electric
Accent Lamp | West Elm
Planter | Rejuvenation
Side Table / Bench | HomeGoods
Weiner Dog | Anthropologie (no long sold)
Gold Dot Planter | Anthropologie (no long sold)
Coffee Table | West Elm (no long sold)

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been slowly showing you more of my home in Pittsburgh. Decorating this new space has been such a fun process. I hope you enjoy watching these spaces unfold as much as I am. Today we’re returning to my living room so you can see how I’ve started to pull […]




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5 Tips for Getting and Staying Organized - home and office organizing ideas and tricks | Inspired by Charm

This post is sponsored Pilot Corporation of America (Pilot Pen).

I will be the first to admit that I’m not the most organized person. I like to blame it on my creative bent. Typically, when I’m in the process of designing or making something, supplies are everywhere, things get glued to the table, and paint is splattered in all sorts of places. And don’t get me started on when I’m developing new recipes. Fellow messy bakers, nod your heads. You know what I mean.

When I moved to Pittsburgh, one of my many goals was to be more organized. I’m talking about organizing in the traditional sense, but I’m also including increasing my self-motivation, working smarter, and keeping clutter at bay. I want to be proactive instead of reactive. My goal is to be an overachiever. Although I’m still a work in progress, today I’ve teamed up with Pilot Pen and their amazing G2 Pens.

5 Tips for Getting and Staying Organized - home and office organizing ideas and tricks | Inspired by Charm

I’ll share some more information at the end of this post about their G2 Overachievers Club and how you can win a Target shopping spree along with a year’s supply of G2 pens and the G2 Overachievers Grant with Shonda Rhimes. But first, let me share my 5 Tips for Getting and Staying Organized.

1. Make Your Bed
Raise your hand if you typically don’t make your bed when you get up. (Michael raises his hand.) I know this might sound silly, but taking a few minutes to make your bed when you get out of it can set the tone for your entire day.

5 Tips for Getting and Staying Organized - home and office organizing ideas and tricks | Inspired by Charm

Imagine accomplishing that one task within 5 minutes of waking up. It will give you a sense of pride, and encourage you to do another task and another, and so on. By the end of the day, that one completed task will have turned into many.

2. Use a Planner
I just turned 34, and I have yet to find a planner I absolutely love. (Trust me, I’ve probably tried them all.) What eventually happens is that I revert to a notebook of some sort, and all my plans and schedules get lost amid the pages. A notebook works to a certain degree, but it’s definitely not well-organized. So, recently I picked up yet another new planner (which I can talk more about in another post if you’re interested), but this time I’m approaching it with a different attitude.

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While a certain planner may be a good fit for a particular style of planning, at the end of the day, they’re all pretty much the same. I think the real issue (for me at least) is being consistent in using whatever planner I get. Because of this, I’m committing to spend at least 5 minutes every day in my planner. Why? Because as someone said, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

5 Tips for Getting and Staying Organized - home and office organizing ideas and tricks | Inspired by Charm

This is where my new Pilot G2 pens come in handy. As the top selling pen in America, they are available in a wide variety of colors (including metallics!) and four different point sizes. They also are retractable and refillable. Depending on your personal preference, you can use the different colors to keep your planner even more organized. Or you can keep things simple by using one or two of your favorite colors. Whatever gets you to plan!

3. Clean As You Go
When I was working in the kitchen back in hospitality school, one of my instructors frequently reminded us to “Clean as you go” or as he liked to say, “K Go.” Although I’m not always good about following this advice, it has stuck with me because I believe it’s truly important for staying organized.

5 Tips for Getting and Staying Organized - home and office organizing ideas and tricks | Inspired by Charm

5 Tips for Getting and Staying Organized - home and office organizing ideas and tricks | Inspired by Charm

When you’re working on a project or whipping up something in the kitchen, take the time to clean up along the way. Taking care of little messes one by one is much easier than tackling a sink full of dishes, messy cutting boards, and dirty prep bowls once you’re finished eating. Sure, it may take a little longer to get the food to the table, but it will speed the clean up after the meal is finished and all you want to do is chill on the sofa.

4. A Place for Everything
Having a place for everything is another way to make cleaning up and staying organized easier. Take your office supplies for example. Instead of storing paper, pens, batteries, scissors, and tape in random locations, designate a specific drawer or area for each item. When it’s time to put things away, you won’t have to think about where to store them if they already have a “home.”

5 Tips for Getting and Staying Organized - home and office organizing ideas and tricks | Inspired by Charm

This also saves time and reduces your stress. How much time have you spent looking for your car keys or cell phone? I’ve been there.

5 Tips for Getting and Staying Organized - home and office organizing ideas and tricks | Inspired by Charm

In my entryway. I’ve set up a table. Now, every time I come through the door, I take 10 seconds to toss my keys, wallet, and sunglass, into a bowl on the table. That way, when I’m ready to head back out, I know exactly where everything is, and I don’t waste precious minutes hunting everything down.

5. Buy What You Need and Donate and Trash Regularly
By having things organized and in their proper place, you can avoid overbuying. I’ll be the first to admit I’ve purchased things twice (or even three times) because I forgot where I put an item and didn’t want to take the time to look for it. This is obviously a waste of money and a recipe for clutter. (Without fail, that thing you couldn’t find or bother to search for will magically show up the next day.)

5 Tips for Getting and Staying Organized - home and office organizing ideas and tricks | Inspired by Charm

I also recommend making shopping lists. And, more importantly, sticking to them. I’ve often felt buyer’s remorse after shopping because I bought things I didn’t need and probably wouldn’t use. As much as you can, stick to your list so you can avoid accumulating excess stuff.

Also, take time throughout the year to donate extra items and trash unusable things you no longer need. If you take a few minutes here and there to do this, you won’t be faced with an overwhelming task at a later date (which will inevitably get put off until the last possible second).

I probably could go on and on dispensing organizing tips, but I’ll leave it at that for now. If you struggle with organization or just want to be more self-motivated, try implementing a few of these ideas and let us know how it goes. Also, comment below and let me know what keeps YOU organized!

And remember, next time you need pens for your office or tools to brighten up your planner, be sure to check out the Pilot G2 pens and their array of beautiful colors. You can find them at major retailers such as Target and Walmart. While you’re at it, join the G2 Overachievers Club from Pilot Pen and Target and enter to win a $5,000 Target shopping spree and a year’s supply of G2 pens.

5 Tips for Getting and Staying Organized - home and office organizing ideas and tricks | Inspired by Charm

Also, if you know an overachiever (or are one), be sure to fill out a nomination for the $50,000 G2 Overachievers Grant with Shonda Rhimes. The grant will go to someone who goes above and beyond his or her everyday duties to help improve the lives of others. Love that!

Happy Organizing!

This post is sponsored Pilot Corporation of America (Pilot Pen). I will be the first to admit that I’m not the most organized person. I like to blame it on my creative bent. Typically, when I’m in the process of designing or making something, supplies are everywhere, things get glued to the table, and paint […]




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Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

Well, it didn’t take long. Earlier this week I shared my new-to-me sideboard and now I’m already decorating it! The truth is I started shopping for office decor a while ago. My August post for the HomeGoods Design Happy blog offers tips for styling a home office (You can check that out here.), so I’ve been scouting the HomeGoods office section for several weeks.

Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

Tips and ideas for  Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

Tips and ideas for  Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

As with most of my apartment, my office is a work in progress, so it will most likely change from what I’m sharing today. However, it’s so nice to finally have a few lamps (There’s no overhead light in this room.) and accessories. Let me show you around.

Last month you saw the initial pieces in my office, which included my desk and chair. If you want details on those, check out that post here. With my new sideboard in place, I now needed some lamps, art, and storage and fortunately, that’s what I found.


Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

The lamps, cactus art work, and white board are all from HomeGoods. I thought the lamps were fun and different. They add a lot of texture and pattern to this room. In truth, I picked them up because I also thought they might work well in my bedroom. But I came up with a different plan for that space, so here they are.

Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

 

Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

Purchasing the cactus print was an easy decision. HomeGoods sells a line of art prints called Middle of Nowhere. (It’s an Australian company, and in the U.S., the prints are sold exclusively at HomeGoods.) The art definitely suits my aesthetic so that line has become my go-to when I’m looking through the wall art selection at HomeGoods.

Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

I also found a white board. I thought it would be useful for planning out my week or jotting down important dates and notes.

My desk has several new accessories as well.

Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

I bought this paint-by-numbers tray at a nearby local shop called Wild Card. It sells cards, stationery, art prints, jewelry, candles, and other home items. I got the mug there, too. I especially liked the tray because it’s a nod to the vintage paint-by-number I hung in my kitchen.

The “#boss” sign and magazine rack are also HomeGoods scores. Some of those graphic signs can be a bit tacky, but this one is made from marble.

Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

Finally, people were asking about the large plant that’s next to my vintage sideboard. Thanks to one of my wonderful readers, I was reminded of its name: Dracaena Marginata. Hopefully, that’s helpful to those of you who were curious about it. My understanding is that it’s fairly easy to care for. Here’s hoping!

Tips and ideas for Decorating a Home Office | Inspired by Charm

 

And that’s all I have for now. I hope you enjoyed this office decor update. For more office styling tips, you can check out my post on the Design Happy blog.

Well, it didn’t take long. Earlier this week I shared my new-to-me sideboard and now I’m already decorating it! The truth is I started shopping for office decor a while ago. My August post for the HomeGoods Design Happy blog offers tips for styling a home office (You can check that out here.), so I’ve […]




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Tuesday Tunes / 25 - Country Heart | Inspired by Charm Country Playlist

You might be surprised to find that country music is one of my favorite genres. (With pop and today’s hits being up there, too.) It wasn’t until my tween years that I fully appreciated and fell in love with country, but I’ve been hooked ever since.

Back in the day, LeAnn Rimes was one of my favorite singers. Other artists that I’ve listened to a lot include Sugarland (I wish they would get back together.), Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Jo Dee Messina, Deana Carter, Dixie Chicks, . . . .The list goes on. In fact, I have a 90s Country playlist on Spotify that I often run to. You can check that out here.

 Tuesday Tunes / 25 - Country Heart | Inspired by Charm Country Playlist

A few weeks ago I realized I hadn’t been listening to country all that much lately. It wasn’t on purpose, I guess I just forgot about it. That sounds weird, but it’s true.

So, I tuned into the country station in my car and checked out the current country hits on Spotify. Just a few songs in, I fell right back in love. If you follow my Instagram stories, you probably already know this as I’ve been sharing screenshots of a few new favorites like “God Bless This Mess” from Jillian Jacqueline and “Be Yourself” from Seth Alley.

The thing I love most about country music is that the vast majority of the songs tell a story. They aren’t just random strings of words on repeat to a manufactured (yet typically fun) beat. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m still shaking my booty to Charli XCX’s new track “Boys.” I guess that country just has a special place in my heart.

 Tuesday Tunes / 25 - Country Heart | Inspired by Charm Country Playlist

If you’re a country music lover or you simply want to take a listen to some different jams, I created a new Tuesday Tunes Playlist: Country Heart. You can hear this Tuesday Tunes playlist using the player below or directly on Spotify here.

 


 

Feel free to follow me on Spotify for all of my playlists and sneak listens to upcoming Tuesday Tunes.

Are you a country music fan? Who are some of your favorite songs and artists, both new and old?

 

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You might be surprised to find that country music is one of my favorite genres. (With pop and today’s hits being up there, too.) It wasn’t until my tween years that I fully appreciated and fell in love with country, but I’ve been hooked ever since. Back in the day, LeAnn Rimes was one of […]




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Tips for updating a thrifted mid-centruy sideboard with new drawer pulls. | Inspired by Charm

I have spent many fruitless hours hunting for the perfect sideboard for the little nook behind my desk. I searched all of my favorite online retailers and hit up lots of local shops to no avail. I just couldn’t find what I was looking for at a price I was willing to pay.

Lo and behold, last week I struck gold at a thrift furniture store just a few blocks from my apartment. The shop is Pittsburgh Furniture Company, and I have been stalking it weekly for pieces to decorate my space. The store focuses mostly on mid-century style pieces, which I love, however they do have other styles from time to time. (Plus, their prices are always great!)

Tips for updating a thrifted mid-centruy sideboard with new drawer pulls. | Inspired by Charm

If you’re a thrifter, you know that it’s all about patience. Even though patience is not my strong suit, my waiting paid off when I found this piece.

Not only is it the perfect size, but the style is great in my office. The drawers give me plenty of room to store office supplies, and the open shelving provides a place for my printer and a few decorative accessories and books. Score!

Tips for updating a thrifted mid-centruy sideboard with new drawer pulls. | Inspired by Charm

The other thing that sold me on this piece was its price: $275 (plus $20 for in-home delivery). I bought it within five minutes of spotting it, and it was delivered the following morning.

Now, you might have wondered about the not-so-great drawer pulls.

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At some point, the pulls were swapped out for brushed nickel art deco style ones. Why? Your guess is as good as mine. New holes were drilled to fit the new handles, but unfortunately, the holes for the previous pulls were still visible.

Side note: When thrifting, it’s important to keep an open mind and remember that certain things can be easily changed to make a piece you love better suit your space and style.

Knowing that the pulls needed to be changed, I did a quick search online for new ones to fit my piece and hopefully cover up those unsightly holes.

I got lucky and found the perfect solution at CB2 with their Pause Brass Pulls.

Tips for updating a thrifted mid-centruy sideboard with new drawer pulls. | Inspired by Charm

These were ideal for several reasons. First, the brass finish and overall style are a nice complement to the sideboard. Second, the solid handle covers the old holes, and third, the comma-inspired shape that’s apparent on the side of the handle is a fun touch in an office.

Switching up handles, knobs, and pulls on a piece of furniture is one of the easiest ways to update or change its look. If you’re new to this process, just be sure to measure first to ensure that the new ones will fit.

Then, simply unscrew the old handles and screw on the new. Voila!

Tips for updating a thrifted mid-centruy sideboard with new drawer pulls. | Inspired by Charm

Tips for updating a thrifted mid-centruy sideboard with new drawer pulls. | Inspired by Charm

Tips for updating a thrifted mid-centruy sideboard with new drawer pulls. | Inspired by Charm

Talk about a big change, right?

I couldn’t be happier with this piece and how it works and looks in my space. To get it all for under $350 made my thrifter heart sing.

Tips for updating a thrifted mid-centruy sideboard with new drawer pulls. | Inspired by Charm

Tips for updating a thrifted mid-centruy sideboard with new drawer pulls. | Inspired by Charm

Now I’m looking forward to styling it with art and lamps. I may even do some sort of feature wall behind it. Time will tell.

Tips for updating a thrifted mid-centruy sideboard with new drawer pulls. | Inspired by Charm

Tips for updating a thrifted mid-centruy sideboard with new drawer pulls. | Inspired by Charm

Whatever I decide, I’m enjoying the process of shopping for and decorating my new space. In case you missed any of my previous finds, you can check out all of my apartment decorating adventures here.

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I hope my latest thrifting story has inspired you. What items are you on the hunt for? What goodies have you picked up lately?

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Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Today I’m super excited to give you a look around my new apartment kitchen. While there isn’t a lot of room for personalization and decoration, I’m slowly making the space my own and adding special touches here and there. So, come on in!

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Moving from a house to an apartment has definitely changed the way I design and decorate. It’s interesting because, in my dream scenario, I wouldn’t have dark gray veneer cabinets with chrome handles. However, I’m slowly finding that no matter what you have or where you start, you can make your home beautifully your own.

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

As you may already know, one of the first things I did to personalize this space was to swap out the light fixture. (You can read more about that here.) While it was a larger investment, the pay off was big, too. It instantly gave the area warmth, personality, and character.

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Because a kitchen is a functional space, I had to consider how I was going to incorporate things I actually need. Items such as utensils, plates, cutting boards, and small appliances had to have a home.

For years now, I’ve been a big fan of Zwilling J.A. Henckels‘ cutlery, cookware, flatware, and other kitchen tools. So that’s who I turned to when I started to outfit my kitchen. You know I’m all about getting a good deal and saving money, but kitchen tools and cookware are one thing I don’t mind investing in. Because I enjoy cooking and baking, I want tools that will last.

Another point I should make is that when I was thinking about my new space as a whole, my goal was to push myself outside the box and use things that aren’t standard, typical, or trendy.

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

With all of that in mind, when I saw this knife block set I knew it was the one. The light oak handles and the white block are perfect together. The oak looks a bit country, while the white keeps it modern.

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Because I was starting fresh in this kitchen, I also needed a few pots and pans. I went with the ZWILLING Aurora Collection and got the things I would use most – two sauce pans, a stock pot, and a large and a small frying pan. With these pieces, I have what I need to be successful in the kitchen.

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

I also picked up a Staub Cocotte, which is another piece I love to have in the kitchen as it works for so many things. Since I’m leaning toward green as a big inspiration color for my entire apartment, I bought my Staub in basil. Ain’t she purdy? Staub’s design, colors, and styles will always have my heart.

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

And since we are in the kitchen, why not take a look inside my drawers and cabinets.

My apartment unit came with this handy mobile island with drawers. That’s where I store most of my utensils, flatware, dishtowels, and odds and ends.

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Again, for flatware, I recommend spending a little extra and getting something of quality. (These are the one I purchased.) While there are so many beautiful flatware choices today, I prefer to have a basic set for everyday use. I love being able to just throw things in the dishwasher and not worry about them.

For items such as wooden spoons, measuring cups and spoons, can openers, and spatulas, my go-to source is HomeGoods. They have a huge selection of kitchen utensils, and I was able to get what I needed in a few visits to the store. If you’re a diligent shopper, you can get name brands and quality products at excellent prices.

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

I was also lucky enough to find some oak handle steak knives that match my knife block set. (Even though they’re from different manufacturers, the woods look great together.)

I can also count on HomeGoods for cute cutting boards. That’s where I found the two I have leaning up against the backsplash.

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In the kitchen especially, I like decorating with functional items. I use the cutting boards for serving goodies (which I did with my Really Good Blueberry Muffins). When not in use, however, they add warmth and character to my countertop.

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The marble utensil holder and marble paper towel holder were scored at Target.

For plates and glassware, I hit up Crate & Barrel. Again, I love me some funky plates and drinking glasses, but I always use white plates and clear glassware for everyday meals. These items will look great, no matter what I’m serving or how my style changes.

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

As you can see, I went with a more modern design. It’s the Hue Dinnerware which is a reasonably priced option. Love ’em!

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

For glassware, I purchased highball glasses, old-fashioned glasses, and martini glasses from the Tour Collection. I then picked up these margarita glasses from CB2. Of course, they work great for margaritas, but I also like to use to use them as serving bowls which I did here with my yogurt and granola.

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In terms of small appliances, I was fortunate to have an extra KitchenAid mixer that worked perfectly in my space. I’m storing it on this wood block stand which I’ll talk about in another post.

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I splurged a bit on my coffee pot because I love my coffee. This is the Technivorm Moccamaster which I also have at my St. Marys home. In my opinion, it does make a better cup of coffee. I also love that it brews pretty quickly and looks fabulous on my counter.

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I picked up these coffee mugs from Anthropologie. While I love the mugs, they are not dishwasher or microwave safe, so that’s a bit of a bummer. I’m currently on the hunt for a better alternative.

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Last, but certainly not least, I bought this amazing paint-by-number mountain scene on a recent trip to Round Top, Texas. (I’ll be blogging about that soon.)

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be the perfect addition to my kitchen and would serve as a fun and beautiful little “window” above my sink. It’s little details like this that make a space special, unique, and personal. (Plus, it was only $26!)

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

I think that’s it, friends! Ways to take an apartment kitchen from drab to fab, plus a few tips if you’re starting fresh in a new kitchen space. I hope this was helpful in some way.

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm
Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Tips and Ideas for styling and stocking an apartment kitchen. | Inspired by Charm

Have a fabulous day. I’ll meet you back here soon for more ideas and tips for creating your happy place!

Today I’m super excited to give you a look around my new apartment kitchen. While there isn’t a lot of room for personalization and decoration, I’m slowly making the space my own and adding special touches here and there. So, come on in! Moving from a house to an apartment has definitely changed the way […]




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Farmer's Market Peach and Eggplant 2017 Summer Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by Charm

It’s that time again! We’re in a new season (though admittedly well into it), which means it’s time for another free printable recipe card!

Farmer's Market Peach and Eggplant 2017 Summer Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by Charm

In case you’re new to IBC, you may not know that last year I created and shared four seasonal recipe cards. I offered these as a free download to all of you. Because the cards were so popular, I decided to carry on the tradition this year. Your comments and emails on how you’ve used the cards for special events, bridal showers, parties, etc. have brought me such joy. It’s been rewarding to again be able to offer a new card for each season.

Farmer's Market Peach and Eggplant 2017 Summer Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by Charm

The year’s recipe cards are designed to go together. Therefore, you’ll notice a similarity between the overall design of this new card and the spring one. (You can find that here.) For this summer recipe card, I was inspired by the fresh fruits and veggies of the farmers market. Since so many of the cards in the series have had flower-themes, I thought something different would be fun.

Farmer's Market Peach and Eggplant 2017 Summer Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by Charm

Farmer's Market Peach and Eggplant 2017 Summer Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by Charm

With lots of fruits and veggies to choose from, I decided to limit my design to eggplants and peaches. I love how the colors play off each other; plus, it’s a totally different palette from the other cards I’ve created. (Don’t tell the other guys, but these might be my new favorite.)

Farmer's Market Peach and Eggplant 2017 Summer Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by Charm

I’m also pleased that these cards can transition into the fall, which makes me feel a tad less guilty about sharing them this late in the season.

As always, feel free to print them out and use them in your own kitchen for jotting down new seasonal recipes. Of course, you can also gift them to friends and family. This printable is free. It’s my gift to you.

Farmer's Market Peach and Eggplant 2017 Summer Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by Charm

You can download the 2017 Summer Recipe Card Printable here.

If you do use them or give some away, I would love to know! Please tag me on Instagram @inspiredbycharm or shoot me an email at inspiredbycharm@yahoo.com.

Farmer's Market Peach and Eggplant 2017 Summer Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by CharmFarmer's Market Peach and Eggplant 2017 Summer Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by Charm

Farmer's Market Peach and Eggplant 2017 Summer Recipe Card Free Printable | Inspired by Charm

I hope you enjoy this new design as much as I do. Happy Summer!

 

 

Special thanks to Dash Creative for bringing my vision to life.

It’s that time again! We’re in a new season (though admittedly well into it), which means it’s time for another free printable recipe card! In case you’re new to IBC, you may not know that last year I created and shared four seasonal recipe cards. I offered these as a free download to all of […]




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Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

It’s hard to believe I’ve been living in my apartment for close to two months now. (I actually moved in about three months ago but didn’t get to spend much time here during that first month.) As you can imagine, I’ve been busy making this new space feel like home.

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

In previous posts. I shared some coffee table styling tips as well as my new-old bar cabinet. However, I never gave you a look around my living room, so that’s what I thought we’d do today. There haven’t been any major changes, but it’s always fun to take a little tour.

Before we do that, I need to mention that this space (like my entire apartment) is a work in progress. As a blogger, I’d like to present a completed and perfect space to you, but that’s just not my reality right now. So instead of showing you nothing, I ‘m going to show you a portion of my current living room and invite you to enjoy watching how things evolve in the coming months (and years!). Hope you’re cool with that.

So, where do we start? How about the sofa?

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

This is the Deklab Leather Sofa (in Saddle) from West Elm. You might remember that this was the first piece of furniture I purchased for my new home. (It’s a big upgrade from the outdoor chair and garbage-can box I used as a table when I first moved in. Ha!)

I really like this sofa. I wanted something that looks masculine yet soft and cozy. Success! The leather does scratch easily (which I assume is the norm for a leather sofa), but a little leather conditioner takes care of any marks pretty quickly.

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

The pillows and throw weren’t purchased specially for this space. They just happened to work nicely at the moment, so I went with them.

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

Same goes for my coffee table. This guy (which is no longer for sale) is something I bought years ago and used in the guest bedroom in my St. Marys house. After recently changing the decor in that room, I figured why not use the table here for the time being. (Surprisingly, that tabletop fern garden is still alive (though I did forget to water it one day, so that may not be the case next week. Fingers crossed!)

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

For additional seating, I bought one of these Roar + Rabbit Swivel Chairs (in Wasabi). I enjoy having a swivel chair here because I (or my guests) can face the couch or check out what’s going on outside. It’s a win-win!

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

Just behind the chair, I whipped up a quick DIY project. At a local shop, Von Walter and Funk, I spotted a lamp made from an old wood tripod and socket kit (which they sell). Remembering I had a wood tripod at home, I decided to make one for myself. I’ll be sharing more details on that soon.

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

Some other goodies in this space include a pair of cacti I found at Walmart several years ago. They hadn’t grown much over the years, but now they are flourishing thanks to the abundance of sunlight.

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

I also found this vintage stool at HomeGoods. It may not stay here forever, but it creates a nice little moment next to the sofa. It was such a great find; I couldn’t pass it up. Plus, it ties in with the weathered look of my beverage cabinet, which is now well stocked with liquor and wine.

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

Above the cabinet, I switched out the art because I fell in love with this piece (that I used in my recent bedroom makeover) from Minted. It’s currently leaning against the wall (as is 90% of the artwork in my place) because I’m not sure about the final placement.

The lamp is from Grandin Road. It’s another piece that was meant for somewhere else but found its way here. The side table (which you can’t see) is one of the round tables from my colorful porch refresh. It most likely won’t stay, but it’s serving a purpose right now.

Tips and styling ideas for decorating an eclectic and cozy living room.

Finally, I also swapped out the overhead light in this space. Previously there was a semi-flush drum shade. This Luna Pendant (in brass) from Schoolhouse Electric was the perfect upgrade and coordinates beautifully with the fixture in my kitchen.

And that’s it! You have been officially updated. What do you think?

I will circle back next week to show you the opposite side of this room where my television is, I’m still waiting for the stand to arrive

More apartment updates are on the way! Stay tuned.

It’s hard to believe I’ve been living in my apartment for close to two months now. (I actually moved in about three months ago but didn’t get to spend much time here during that first month.) As you can imagine, I’ve been busy making this new space feel like home. In previous posts. I shared […]




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Really Good Blueberry Muffins recipe for breakfast, brunch, or anything in-between!

Last week my brother was in town for a concert so he spent the night at my new place. (He’s my first official guest!) Before the show, I drove him around to a few of the microbreweries in my neighborhood. We grabbed some dinner, and then I dropped him off at the concert venue.

Really Good Blueberry Muffins recipe for breakfast, brunch, or anything in-between!

That’s when I scooted back to my apartment to whip up these Really Good Blueberry Muffins. I decided to make muffins because I thought that with a cup of coffee, they’d be the perfect way to start the next day.

Blueberry muffins will forever be one of my favorite sweet breakfast foods. Donuts and cupcakes are at the head of the line (obviously), but I’ll never turn down a homemade blueberry muffin. This is the time of year when my mom always made them. Just a quarter mile down the road from where she lives (and where I grew up), there was a large blueberry patch so fresh blueberries were plentiful every summer.

Really Good Blueberry Muffins recipe for breakfast, brunch, or anything in-between!

Really Good Blueberry Muffins recipe for breakfast, brunch, or anything in-between!

If I remember correctly, blueberry muffins were also one of the treats (along with sour cream bread) that Mom would make for me to take back to college.

Really Good Blueberry Muffins recipe for breakfast, brunch, or anything in-between!

I love that food can hold such fond memories and allow us to time travel to different points in our lives through familiar and meaningful flavors.

Really Good Blueberry Muffins recipe for breakfast, brunch, or anything in-between!

Really Good Blueberry Muffins recipe for breakfast, brunch, or anything in-between!

I didn’t use my mom’s recipe for these muffins because 1) I don’t have it (We’ll save it for another time.), and 2) I wanted something with a crumb topping. This recipe is a combination of a few I found online. The result was some really good blueberry muffins (hence, the name).

What’s especially great about this recipe is that the prep is minimal, and you don’t need a mixer. Just grab a couple bowls and you’re good to go.

Really Good Blueberry Muffins recipe for breakfast, brunch, or anything in-between!

Really Good Blueberry Muffins recipe for breakfast, brunch, or anything in-between!

Also, I’m guessing that you’ll have most of the ingredients in your pantry or fridge. (Not having to run to the store makes any recipe exponentially better!) Just remember to pick up some fresh blueberries when you’re at the farmers market or your favorite grocery.

Let’s bake!

This Really Good Blueberry Muffins recipe is the best treat for breakfast, brunch, or afternoon snack.

Really Good Blueberry Muffins

Makes about 18 muffins

Here's what you will need:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream (or yogurt)
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups blueberries, divided
1 tablespoon flour

Streusel Topping:
1 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a couple muffin pans with paper liners and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until combined. Then whisk in the sour cream, oil, and vanilla extract.

Fold the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until almost combined.

In a small bowl, sprinkle 1 1/2 cups of blueberries with 1 tablespoon of flour and toss them until coated. (This will prevent the blueberries from sinking to the bottom of the muffins.) Then, gently fold them into your batter.

To make the streusel topping, mix together the flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Pour in the melted butter and stir with a fork until crumbly.

Scoop the batter into the prepared muffins tins, filling them about 2/3 full. Divide the remaining 1 cup of blueberries onto the top of each muffin. Then sprinkle each with the prepared streusel.

Place the muffin pan in the oven and reduce the heat to 375 degrees F. Bake for 20-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Cool for 5-8 minutes in the pan. Then remove the muffins and allow them to finish cooling on a wire rack.

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Breakfast is served!

Really Good Blueberry Muffins recipe for breakfast, brunch, or anything in-between!

Really Good Blueberry Muffins recipe for breakfast, brunch, or anything in-between!

While these muffins are fabulous on their own, they would also make a great addition to a brunch or afternoon picnic.

Really Good Blueberry Muffins recipe for breakfast, brunch, or anything in-between!

Enjoy!

Last week my brother was in town for a concert so he spent the night at my new place. (He’s my first official guest!) Before the show, I drove him around to a few of the microbreweries in my neighborhood. We grabbed some dinner, and then I dropped him off at the concert venue. That’s […]




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Birthday Cake Martini cocktail recipe for the perfect celebratory libation. | Inspired by Charm

Have you noticed there always seems to be a birthday around the corner? That’s why I thought I’d share this Birthday Cake Martini with you. It’s the perfect way to celebrate someone’s special day.

Birthday Cake Martini cocktail recipe for the perfect celebratory libation. | Inspired by Charm

I love this cocktail because the combination of ingredients makes it a cake in drink form. While the flavors of this martini alone are sweet and delicious, the sprinkles on the rim add color, fun, and memorable detail. To make sure your sprinkles hold on tight to the glass, rim it in honey. The honey also provides another layer of sweetness. Now, this cake-inspired martini only needs a candle. And don’t think I didn’t consider it, I just couldn’t figure out the logistics.

Birthday Cake Martini cocktail recipe for the perfect celebratory libation. | Inspired by Charm

Birthday Cake Martini cocktail recipe for the perfect celebratory libation. | Inspired by Charm

After just one sip, there’s no doubt a celebration is happening.

Birthday or not, let’s shake one up!

Birthday Cake Martini cocktail recipe for the perfect celebratory libation. | Inspired by Charm

Birthday Cake Martini

Makes 1 martini

Here’s what you’ll need:
2 ounces whipped vodka
1.5 ounces amaretto
1 ounce white chocolate liqueur
2 ounces half and half
Honey and sprinkles for garnish

Begin with two shallow dishes or plates. To one, add a teaspoon of honey. To the other, add the sprinkles. First, rim the edge of the martini glass in the honey, and then dip it in the sprinkles. Set aside.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, amaretto, white chocolate liqueur, and half and half. Shake vigorously. Strain into your prepared martini glass.

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Those sprinkles are something else, aren’t they? I’m thinking that all martinis need a sprinkle rim.

Birthday Cake Martini cocktail recipe for the perfect celebratory libation. | Inspired by Charm

I hope you enjoyed this recipe. And if it happens to be YOUR birthday, consider this martini yours. Cheers!

Have you noticed there always seems to be a birthday around the corner? That’s why I thought I’d share this Birthday Cake Martini with you. It’s the perfect way to celebrate someone’s special day. I love this cocktail because the combination of ingredients makes it a cake in drink form. While the flavors of this […]




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Tips and Decorating Ideas for Creating a Home Office - modern industrial style | Inspired by Charm

This post is sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios.

One of the things on my list of “musts” for my new apartment was a functioning office. Surprisingly, despite my typically indecisive brain, I was able to make this happen pretty quickly.

Today I’m excited to show you my space thus far. (But don’t get too excited. It’s just a desk, chair, and some plants.) I’m also going to share two smart snacking tips in collaboration with my friends at Wonderful Pistachios (because snacks are life and pistachios are one of the highest protein and fiber snack nuts).

And if that wasn’t enough, I’ll be telling you how you can win a healthy snack makeover (by yours truly) for your office.

Tips and Decorating Ideas for Creating a Home Office - modern industrial style | Inspired by Charm

Since I blog from home, a comfortable desk and chair are work essentials. So even though I’m taking my time designing my new apartment, I knew I couldn’t take too much time with in finding these furnishings.

Fortunately, when I was in New York City back in May, I stumbled across this desk and fell in love with it. I knew instantly that its clean lines, touch of brass, and warm wood tone would be perfect in my office. What’s funny, however, is that I probably wouldn’t have given the desk a second glance had I just seen it online.

I’m hoping to add a splash of color down the road with additional accessories, a rug, and other furnishings. In fact, I may take inspiration from the green and red-purple hues (which come from antioxidants) of the pistachio!

Tips and Decorating Ideas for Creating a Home Office - modern industrial style | Inspired by Charm

Tips and Decorating Ideas for Creating a Home Office - modern industrial style | Inspired by Charm

For me, shopping online is the bomb dot com, but being able to visit stores and see and touch products in person has been design-life-changing. Colors always seem to be different, and even though I usually measure things, my brain apparently has a hard time visualizing scale.

So the desk arrived, and it worked beautifully in my space.

Tips and Decorating Ideas for Creating a Home Office - modern industrial style | Inspired by Charm

My only complaint is that it’s a bit challenging to keep the surface smudge free. While I love the glass top because it blocks zero of the natural light, my skin tends to be oily, so it’s apparent wherever I’ve touched the desk. However, the many pros outweigh that one itsy bitsy con. and thankfully, cleaning the desktop is easy.

Down the road, I may look into a large desk pad or placemat of sorts to help with the situation. As you’ll see in a minute, I already have a little wood board for things like snacks (i.e., pistachios) and glassware.

Tips and Decorating Ideas for Creating a Home Office - modern industrial style | Inspired by CharmTips and Decorating Ideas for Creating a Home Office - modern industrial style | Inspired by Charm

My office chair ended up being a quick and easy online purchase. I knew that I wanted black leather with a touch of brass/gold, and that’s exactly what I found. The gold is a bit more orange than I would like, but overall I love it. So does Jax! Anytime I’m working on the computer, he jumps up and sits right behind me.

Tips and Decorating Ideas for Creating a Home Office - modern industrial style | Inspired by Charm

You can find links to these things (and some of my other apartment goodies) on SHOP IBC.

Besides those key pieces, I added some plants, including an orchid and this rubber plant. I blame it on all the windows, but I’ve gone sort of plant crazy. I just can’t seem to get enough.

Tips and Decorating Ideas for Creating a Home Office - modern industrial style | Inspired by Charm

Tips and Decorating Ideas for Creating a Home Office - modern industrial style | Inspired by Charm

As you might have seen in the before photos, there’s still a lot of space to fill in this room. Behind the desk, I’d like a big credenza for storage. (And by storage, I mean a healthy snack drawer full of Wonderful Pistachios and other healthy treats to hold me over while I’m working. Pistachios are a great alternative to snacks high in added sugars and saturated fats.) I may also buy a sleeper sofa for guests. However, because I have the necessities, I can take my time with the rest of this space.

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Okay, with furnishings out of the way, let’s talk snacks.

I’ve teamed up with Wonderful Pistachios for two reasons. First, I love snacking on pistachios. Did you know that these Colorful nuts are one of the lowest-fat, lowest-calorie nuts around? This delicious, heart-healthy snack is one lean, green protein machine!

I personally like having them close by because, not only are they a healthy snack, but they are also fabulous for portion control because you have to crack open each shell to get to the good stuff. They are known as the Mindful Nut, because according to The Pistachio Principle they may help slow you down while snacking allowing you to eat more mindfully. Goodness knows, I need all the help I can get when it comes to slowing my snacking down! Don’t we all?

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Sidenote: Have you tried the new Sweet Chili flavor? My brother had them at his house when I visited several weeks ago. They are insanely good.

When I’m working, I like to pair pistachios with flavored water. I’m trying to keep lots of fresh citrus on hand so I just pop a few slices into a glass of water with mint (which is growing on my patio.) It’s such a delightful combination.

Tips and Decorating Ideas for Creating a Home Office - modern industrial style | Inspired by Charm

Tips and Decorating Ideas for Creating a Home Office - modern industrial style | Inspired by Charm

The second reason I’m excited about teaming up with Wonderful Pistachios is that they are offering a fabulous giveaway directly from me to you. Healthy snacking at work can often be challenging, so I want to help provide you (and your office) with healthy snacks options like Wonderful Pistachios. That’s right, I will be personally delivering snacks to the winner’s workplace.

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Here’s how this will work. I’m inviting you to post a photo of your healthy workspace on Instagram. Have fun and get creative. Show us your office snack bar, your personal healthy snack drawer, a snack plate of nutritious items artfully arranged. (Bonus points for including Wonderful Pistachios!) Use the hashtags #WorkSmartSnackSmart and #WPGiveaway and tag @GetCrackin

Wonderful Pistachios will become the new go-to healthy, filling, and easy to portion snack in your office. Now Get Crackin’!

One grand prize winner will receive an Office Refresh for their company, including Wonderful Pistachios products for a year, plus a new refrigerator. ($9,500 approximate retail value)

10 runner-up prize winners will receive a Wonderful Pistachio prize pack. ($160 approximate retail value)

I will help Wonderful Pistachios pick a winner based on the entry that best defines a “healthy workspace.” Click here for the full contest terms and conditions.

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Tips and Decorating Ideas for Creating a Home Office - modern industrial style | Inspired by Charm

How’s that for exciting? Now go and enter. And good luck to each of you!

I’ll be back here in the coming weeks and months with more office (and apartment) updates.

This post is sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios. One of the things on my list of “musts” for my new apartment was a functioning office. Surprisingly, despite my typically indecisive brain, I was able to make this happen pretty quickly. Today I’m excited to show you my space thus far. (But don’t get too excited. It’s […]




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Homemade Peanut Butter Waffle and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches summer dessert recipe | Inspired by Charm
This post is created with America’s Dairy Farm Families and Importers, in partnership with the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. However, the views and opinions are my own.

Did you know that National Ice Cream Day is July 16? I think we should celebrate with these homemade Peanut Butter Waffle and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches!

Homemade Peanut Butter Waffle and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches summer dessert recipe | Inspired by Charm

Yep, that’s right, today I’m mixing three classics for one epic dessert. So if you’re a fan of ice cream, waffles, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, this recipe is for you!

When I think about summer, I often think of ice cream. And when I think about ice cream, I am filled with fond memories of stopping at the local ice cream shop with family or friends. Growing up in a small town, sometimes there wasn’t much to do, so going out for ice cream was a big deal.

Homemade Peanut Butter Waffle and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches summer dessert recipe | Inspired by Charm

That’s why I’m thrilled to be making these ice cream sandwiches. It’s keeping the summer ice cream tradition alive. (Not that I really need an excuse to eat ice cream.)

With these ice cream sandwiches, you can go as homemade as you like. In the recipe below, I’m made the strawberry jam and peanut butter waffles from scratch and purchased my favorite ice cream.

Homemade Peanut Butter Waffle and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches summer dessert recipe | Inspired by Charm

You can certainly make your own ice cream at home if you have a recipe you love. In fact, making ice cream can be another enjoyable summer activity to do with friends and family. Milk, and foods made from milk (like ice cream), are a delightful way of connecting with what real food is about. Plus, you can’t beat the taste of homemade. Feel free to go traditional and use an ice cream maker or find a fun variation to get your kids involved.

I definitely recommend making the waffles at home because they are super simple. Plus, they provide the peanut butter element in this magical dessert trio, so you need to be able to incorporate that. Speaking of peanut butter, this waffle recipe uses real peanut butter AND peanut butter chips to give you plenty of that great flavor.

Homemade Peanut Butter Waffle and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches summer dessert recipe | Inspired by Charm

Homemade Peanut Butter Waffle and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches summer dessert recipe | Inspired by Charm

I made my waffles in this adorable little waffle maker that I picked up at my favorite home store for under $10. I couldn’t believe how well it worked and how evenly the waffles cooked. Mini waffle maker for the win.

Homemade Peanut Butter Waffle and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches summer dessert recipe | Inspired by Charm

Using a few pints of fresh strawberries I bought at the farmers market, I also whipped up a quick batch of jam. It’s an easy recipe for those who’ve never made homemade jam. Plus, it only requires three ingredients!

Homemade Peanut Butter Waffle and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches summer dessert recipe | Inspired by Charm

Homemade Peanut Butter Waffle and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches summer dessert recipe | Inspired by Charm

Now that everything is ready, it’s time to assemble our ice cream sandwiches. Let’s do it!

Homemade Peanut Butter Waffle and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches summer dessert recipe | Inspired by Charm

 

Peanut Butter Waffle and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches

Makes 8-9

Here's what you will need:

Strawberry Jam:
2 cups sugar
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 1/2 pints fresh strawberries, hulled and halved

1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream

Peanut Butter Waffles:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 cups milk
1 cup peanut butter chips
Cooking spray

Begin by making your strawberry jam. (Please note, you will only use one cup of jam for the ice cream sandwiches. My recipe makes 3-4 cups. Feel free to halve the jam recipe or use your favorite store-bought strawberry jam.)

In a saucepan, combine the sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice and cook over low heat for 10 minutes until the sugar dissolves. Add the strawberries and continue to cook over low heat for 20 minutes. Heat to a boil. Continue cooking until a small amount of the juice gels on a very cold plate. Pour the jam into a jar. Cover and refrigerate until cool.

Once the jam is cold, you'll want to incorporate a cup of it into your vanilla ice cream. Begin by lining a 13x9 cake pan with plastic wrap. Set aside.

Remove your ice cream from the freezer and allow it to soften slightly. (Let it melt only enough so that you can stir it a bit. Do not let it melt completely). Stir one cup of the cooled strawberry jam into the ice cream so that the two are roughly combined. (You do not need to fully mix the jam into the ice cream. Simply stir the ice cream enough so that the jam is evenly distributed and looks swirled).

Use a spatula to put the ice cream into the prepared cake pan. Smooth the top and re-freeze until firm.

In the meantime, prepare your waffles. I used a mini waffle iron, but use whatever kind you have. (You can quarter a large waffle if needed). Begin by preheating your waffle iron.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together the peanut butter, sugar, eggs, melted butter, and milk. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients until just combined. Finally, fold in the peanut butter chips.

Prepare your waffle iron with cooking spray. Add batter so that the iron is about 2/3 full. Cook until the waffle is golden brown. Repeat with the remaining batter. Allow all of the waffles to thoroughly cool.

Remove the jam swirled ice cream from the freezer. Cut the ice cream with a knife or cookie cutter to fit your prepared waffles. Layer between two waffles. Enjoy immediately or return to the freezer in an airtight container until you're ready to serve.

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Homemade Peanut Butter Waffle and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches summer dessert recipe | Inspired by Charm

Voila! Sweet, summer-inspired success.

Homemade Peanut Butter Waffle and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches summer dessert recipe | Inspired by Charm

The combination of flavors here is classically killer. I know I’m a fan. The ice cream makes these sandwiches the perfect way to cool down on a hot afternoon or finish off a tasty summer barbecue. Don’t you agree?

Homemade Peanut Butter Waffle and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches summer dessert recipe | Inspired by Charm

Homemade Peanut Butter Waffle and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches summer dessert recipe | Inspired by Charm

Oh, and be sure to stay tuned to IBC each month for more Undeniably Dairy inspired recipes! Whether it’s savory pizzas topped with cheese, creamy yogurt parfaits, fabulous artisan cheese plates, or inventive ice cream sandwiches – they are all dairy, my friends.

Homemade Peanut Butter Waffle and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches summer dessert recipe | Inspired by Charm

Be sure to give this recipe a try on National Ice Cream Day! I promise you’ll enjoy it.

This post is created with America’s Dairy Farm Families and Importers, in partnership with the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. However, the views and opinions are my own. Did you know that National Ice Cream Day is July 16? I think we should celebrate with these homemade Peanut Butter Waffle and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches! Yep, […]




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Homemade Granola Recipe delicious for breakfast with yogurt or on it's as a snack. | Inspired by Charm

One of my favorite breakfasts consists of four ingredients: yogurt, fresh berries, honey, and homemade granola. I’m definitely one of those people who likes something sweet in the morning, so although this might not be the healthiest option, it’s better than a donut or big bowl of Lucky Charms.

Homemade Granola Recipe delicious for breakfast with yogurt or on it's as a snack. | Inspired by Charm

For many years I’ve purchased pre-made granola from the store, and it suited me just fine. However, recently I thought I’d try making my own, using all of the granola-esque goodies that I love.

Homemade Granola Recipe delicious for breakfast with yogurt or on it's as a snack. | Inspired by Charm

In case you’ve never made granola, it’s actually quite simple. Things like rolled oats, nuts, flaked coconut, and seeds get tossed together in a big bowl.

Homemade Granola Recipe delicious for breakfast with yogurt or on it's as a snack. | Inspired by Charm

Homemade Granola Recipe delicious for breakfast with yogurt or on it's as a snack. | Inspired by Charm

Then oil, honey, and seasonings are mixed together to form the “glue” and flavoring for that bowl of dried goodness.

Homemade Granola Recipe delicious for breakfast with yogurt or on it's as a snack. | Inspired by Charm

Homemade Granola Recipe delicious for breakfast with yogurt or on it's as a snack. | Inspired by Charm

Once those two pieces are in place, everything gets combined and baked at a low temperature for a couple hours. (At which point your entire house smells nothing short of amazing.)

Homemade Granola Recipe delicious for breakfast with yogurt or on it's as a snack. | Inspired by Charm

One of the best things about granola is that you can change the ingredients to suit. Don’t like almonds? Try cashews. Not a fan of seeds? Add more nuts. As long as you keep the volume about the same, substitute with what you prefer to make it your own.

Homemade Granola Recipe delicious for breakfast with yogurt or on it's as a snack. | Inspired by Charm

Once the granola is cool, store it in an airtight container for about a month. My guess is you’ll have eaten it before then. However, it’s always helpful to know the shelf life.

Homemade Granola Recipe delicious for breakfast with yogurt or on it's as a snack. | Inspired by Charm

I love to eat my granola on yogurt with fresh berries and a drizzle of honey. However, feel free to get creative. Swap the yogurt for milk and enjoy it as a cereal or use it when making crisps and cobblers. It also tastes great on its own as a snack.

Let’s whip up a batch!

Homemade Granola Recipe delicious for breakfast with yogurt or on it's as a snack. | Inspired by Charm

Homemade Granola

Makes about 2 1/2 quarts

Here's what you will need:
4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup raw almonds, roughly chopped
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup coconut oil (or sunflower oil)
1 cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Begin by preheating your oven to 275 degrees F.

In a large bowl, toss together the oats, almonds, flaked coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds. Set aside.

In a saucepan, combine the oil, honey, brown sugar, water, cinnamon, and salt. Heat on medium-high, just until the mixture is about to boil. Remove from heat, add the vanilla extract, and stir to combine.

Pour the liquid mixture over the oat mixture. Toss to evenly coat the dry ingredients.

Divide the granola in half and spread it in an even layer on two large baking sheets.

Bake for 1 hour at 275 degrees F. Stir the granola once while baking. Remove from the oven; then stir the granola and place it back in the oven for an additional 1 hour, lowering the temperature to 250 degrees F. Stir again halfway through baking.

Remove from the oven and allow the granola to cool completely. Break up any large chunks. Store the granola in airtight container(s) for up to one month.

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Pretty easy, right?

While store-bought granola can do the trick, there’s something about homemade that is so good. I think it comes from knowing exactly what’s in it and how it was made. It feels personal and rustic. I just can’t get enough.

Homemade Granola Recipe delicious for breakfast with yogurt or on it's as a snack. | Inspired by Charm

Homemade Granola Recipe delicious for breakfast with yogurt or on it's as a snack. | Inspired by Charm

I hope this granola brightens your morning as much as it does mine. Enjoy!

One of my favorite breakfasts consists of four ingredients: yogurt, fresh berries, honey, and homemade granola. I’m definitely one of those people who likes something sweet in the morning, so although this might not be the healthiest option, it’s better than a donut or big bowl of Lucky Charms. For many years I’ve purchased pre-made […]




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Simple Tips to Style Your Bathroom - bathroom decorating ideas / decor hacks | Inspired by Charm

The giveaway has ended. Thanks to everyone that entered. Congrats to the winner, Kerry T.! Have fun shopping at HomeGoods!

 

When I first posted photos of my new home in Pittsburgh, one of you asked to see my bathroom. Well, today is your lucky day. Not only am I sharing a look at my bathroom, but I’m also directing you to some decor hacks to add style to any bathroom. PLUS, I’m giving away a $100 HomeGoods gift card! (Be sure to enter toward the bottom of this post before you click away.)

I’ve never been much for sharing bathroom spaces on Inspired by Charm because I didn’t have a bathroom worth sharing. Most of the bathrooms in my St. Marys home need a major makeover. Not only that, but they don’t have windows, making them a challenge to photograph. Now that I have two presentable bathrooms, I’m more apt to share.

Simple Tips to Style Your Bathroom - bathroom decorating ideas / decor hacks | Inspired by Charm

As you might expect, because I’m renting, I’m stuck with builder basic. Part of my brain is already thinking, “Get a new light fixture, swap out the mirror, change the hardware, etc.” However, I’m trying to be smart about the changes I make here since I know that, one day, I’m going to have to switch it all back. (That’s one of the things I don’t love about renting.)

Whether I decide to change the mirror and light fixtures is still TBD, but that’s not going to stop me from creating a stylish and welcoming bathroom in the meantime.

As you may know, I write a monthly post for the HomeGoods Design Happy Blog. My latest post talks all about my bathroom and specific hacks for adding style to any builder grade bathroom. You can check out that post here.

Simple Tips to Style Your Bathroom - bathroom decorating ideas / decor hacks | Inspired by Charm

Simple Tips to Style Your Bathroom - bathroom decorating ideas / decor hacks | Inspired by Charm

In a nutshell, it’s about bringing in personal style with unique, decorative, and functional touches.

For example, I had enough space for a basket with a lid. Not only does this add great texture to the room, but it provides additional storage for towels as well as a surface for things like bubble bath and a small vase of flowers.

Simple Tips to Style Your Bathroom - bathroom decorating ideas / decor hacks | Inspired by Charm

Simple Tips to Style Your Bathroom - bathroom decorating ideas / decor hacks | Inspired by Charm

It’s little details like these that personalize a space. No matter what type of bathroom you have. you can easily add such items.

I think it’s also important to get creative when styling a space that’s typically rather bland. Remember that creamer and sugar set from my beverage station? I decided to try it in the bathroom to corral cotton swabs and balls. It serves a purpose and looks cute. Winning!

Simple Tips to Style Your Bathroom - bathroom decorating ideas / decor hacks | Inspired by Charm

Simple Tips to Style Your Bathroom - bathroom decorating ideas / decor hacks | Inspired by Charm

I also picked up a brass and glass lantern and filled it with bath bombs. It’s a triple threat with bling, color, and scent. (I’m crazy excited that I now have a tub large enough to allow me to enjoy a bath bomb.)

Simple Tips to Style Your Bathroom - bathroom decorating ideas / decor hacks | Inspired by Charm

Simple Tips to Style Your Bathroom - bathroom decorating ideas / decor hacks | Inspired by Charm

Sidenote: Did you know you can make your own bath bombs? I have a DIY tutorial that will show you how. You can find it here.

In addition, I used a large-scale piece of art in the space for a pop of color and interest. I also opted to mix up my bath towels for a more collected look.

Simple Tips to Style Your Bathroom - bathroom decorating ideas / decor hacks | Inspired by Charm

Simple Tips to Style Your Bathroom - bathroom decorating ideas / decor hacks | Inspired by Charm

While this room certainly has a long way to go, I’m thrilled it’s a bit cozier and that it has a touch of my personal style.

Simple Tips to Style Your Bathroom - bathroom decorating ideas / decor hacks | Inspired by Charm

If you’re wanting to update the decor of your bathroom (or any room in your home), I thought a $100 gift card to HomeGoods might help. Who’s down for a giveaway?

I’m giving away one $100 HomeGoods Gift Card to one lucky IBC reader.

To enter to win, use the entry form below. (Those viewing this on a blog reader may need to visit the actual post by clicking here.)


This giveaway is open to readers in the United States. You must be 18 or older to win. Void where prohibited. This giveaway will end at 11:59 pm EDT on Friday, July 7. The winner will be randomly selected, contacted by email, and announced at the top of this post.

Good luck!

I hope you enjoyed this peek at my bathroom and picked up a few tips along the way. I have lots more apartment updates to share with you. Have a happy weekend!

The giveaway has ended. Thanks to everyone that entered. Congrats to the winner, Kerry T.! Have fun shopping at HomeGoods!   When I first posted photos of my new home in Pittsburgh, one of you asked to see my bathroom. Well, today is your lucky day. Not only am I sharing a look at my […]




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Sangria Rose Popsicles are the perfect boozy summer dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

With summer in full swing and temperatures on the rise, let’s cool down and celebrate with Sangria Rosé Popsicles!

Sangria Rose Popsicles are the perfect boozy summer dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

In case you didn’t know, this is Popsicle Week! For five years, Billy, the blogger behind Wit and Vinegar has been hosting a fun series in which 100+ bloggers share their tasty frozen treats throughout the week. In the past, I’ve watched (and drooled) all week long, so this year I’m particularly excited to be participating. (After you’ve read this post, be sure to head over to Wit and Vinegar to check out all of the recipes here.)

When I was thinking about possible recipe ideas, the first thing that came to mind was a sangria-based popsicle. Sangria is one of my favorite summertime treats, so it could only get exponentially better when frozen on a stick, right?

Sangria Rose Popsicles are the perfect boozy summer dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

Taking inspiration from the Sangria Rosé recipe I shared with you last year, I made a popsicle to match. This is what winning at life looks like.

Sidenote: If you need a sangria recipe, I have bunches of them here.

Sangria Rose Popsicles are the perfect boozy summer dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

One of the things I love about popsicles is that you can use almost any liquid you love, add a stick, and freeze it, and you’ve got a popsicle. Making popsicles at home might seem complicated or out of reach, but it’s truly that simple.

Sangria Rose Popsicles are the perfect boozy summer dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

To make these Sangria Rosé Popsicles, just combine wine, limoncello, and juice.

I used Notorious Pink, a rosé from France because I’m in love with it. It’s so delicious on its own, so why not turn it into sangria. For my juice, I opted for a Strawberry Lime juice that I picked up at Trader Joe’s. You can use whatever you’d like. Even something as basic as orange juice would be great. Just pick a juice that complements the fruit you’ve chosen.

Sangria Rose Popsicles are the perfect boozy summer dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

Sangria Rose Popsicles are the perfect boozy summer dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

Add your fruit to the popsicle mold (I use and recommend this one.), pour in the sangria mixture, and add a stick. Freeze until solid. That’s it.

Sangria Rose Popsicles are the perfect boozy summer dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

For the fruit, I suggest berries, peaches, and kiwi.

Sangria Rose Popsicles are the perfect boozy summer dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

Sangria Rose Popsicles are the perfect boozy summer dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

Because these popsicles contain alcohol, they don’t freeze super hard and will melt more quickly than a typical popsicle. So, eat them right after you get them out of the freezer or serve them in a wine glass. Don’t they make for a beautiful presentation? I also think it could be kind of fun to serve them in a glass of wine.

Sangria Rose Popsicles are the perfect boozy summer dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

Sangria Rose Popsicles are the perfect boozy summer dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

And that’s it, friends. Cheers to Popsicle Week, and double cheers to summer!

Sangria Rose Popsicles are the perfect boozy summer dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

Sangria Rosé Popsicles

Sangria Rosé Popsicles
Makes about 12 (depending on your popsicle mold)

Here's what you will need:
1 bottle (750 ML) rosé wine
1 cup limoncello
1 cup fruit juice (I used Strawberry Lime from Trader Joe's.)
1-2 cups fresh fruit

In a pitcher or pan, combine the rosé, limoncello, and fruit juice to create the sangria.

Next, add 6 or 7 pieces of fruit to each compartment of your popsicle mold. Then fill each compartment with the sangria mixture. Add the popsicle sticks and freeze until firm. (If your mold has 10 compartments, you will have a bit of sangria left. Enjoy it in a glass or use a second popsicle mold.)

Once the popsicles are frozen, run some warm water over the molds to loosen the popsicles. Remove the popsicles and enjoy them immediately.

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Sangria Rose Popsicles are the perfect boozy summer dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

I hope you’ll join in on the fun of Popsicle Week. If you need a recipe, head on over to Wit and Vinegar for 100+ options. Billy will be adding recipes throughout the week so check back often.

Sangria Rose Popsicles are the perfect boozy summer dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

Sangria Rose Popsicles are the perfect boozy summer dessert treat. | Inspired by Charm

With summer in full swing and temperatures on the rise, let’s cool down and celebrate with Sangria Rosé Popsicles! In case you didn’t know, this is Popsicle Week! For five years, Billy, the blogger behind Wit and Vinegar has been hosting a fun series in which 100+ bloggers share their tasty frozen treats throughout the […]




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4 Steps to Creating and Styling an Outdoor Raised Vegetable Garden | Inspired by Charm



This post is sponsored by Tomcat.

As you probably know, I don’t have much of a yard. (This goes for my house in St. Marys as well as my apartment in Pittsburgh.) However, I’m fortunate to have an outdoor area at each place. Because my grandparents had a vegetable garden, it’s always been something I’ve wanted for my own space. I have wonderful memories of their garden and hope to continue the family gardening tradition. (Plus, there’s nothing better than produce fresh from the garden or field.)

4 Steps to Creating and Styling an Outdoor Raised Vegetable Garden | Inspired by Charm

I’ve tried growing container vegetables in the past, but I’ve never had much success. This year I’m giving gardening a shot again with help from my friends over at Tomcat. They make a line of animal repellents that are ideal for those of us who want to protect our gardens from critters using essential oils that deter with a smell and taste our animal friends hate.

4 Steps to Creating and Styling an Outdoor Raised Vegetable Garden | Inspired by Charm

Today I’m going to share 4 steps to a raised vegetable garden, including how to keep it protected. Let’s dig in.

1. Build a Bed

Of course, you’ll need something to plant in. You can build your own raised garden by creating a box in your yard with lumber. However, since I don’t have the outdoor space for this type of bed, I opted for this pre-built furniture-style piece.

4 Steps to Creating and Styling an Outdoor Raised Vegetable Garden | Inspired by Charm

What I love is that there is plenty of room for plants, plus storage below for garden tools, pots, and a few cute accessories.

Choose the option that works best for you. Also, keep in mind what you’d like to grow. For example, vegetables such as zucchini and pumpkins will need a larger space to spread out and might not be ideal for an elevated bed like this one.

2. Add Soil and Plants
With your bed ready, fill it with soil. Since my garden is in a container, I used a soil intended for this purpose. This is important because this particular soil is designed to retain moisture in a confined space. If you’re gardening in an above-ground bed in your yard, a typical garden soil would work just fine.

4 Steps to Creating and Styling an Outdoor Raised Vegetable Garden | Inspired by Charm

For my plants, I went with a salad theme. I planted lettuce, kale, cherry tomatoes, and peppers. I realize it’s probably a no-brainer, but when you’re tight on space, plant things you know you’ll enjoy eating.

4 Steps to Creating and Styling an Outdoor Raised Vegetable Garden | Inspired by Charm

With luck and proper care, your harvest will be plentiful, so you should like what you’re growing. If you like to experiment with new goodies, shop for them at your local farmer’s market first. You can grow these new favorites next year.

3. Keep it Protected
After all your hard work, the last thing you want is to find that your beautiful garden has become a new salad bar for mother nature’s furry (and not-so-furry) friends.

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As my first line of defense, I planted a few marigolds. Their scent keeps away things like beetles, squash bugs, and tomato hornworms. A bonus benefit is the punch of color they give the raised bed. (If you do your research, you’ll find there are a few varieties of marigolds that are edible. What a fun addition they would be to your summer entertaining.)

4 Steps to Creating and Styling an Outdoor Raised Vegetable Garden | Inspired by Charm

To further protect my new garden, I used Tomcat Repellents Animal Repellent Granules. What I love about this repellent is that it uses essential oils that deliver a smell and taste that animals naturally hate. It’s also safe for use on edible fruits and vegetables when it’s used as directed. In one easy step, you can protect your garden.

4 Steps to Creating and Styling an Outdoor Raised Vegetable Garden | Inspired by Charm

Tomcat Repellents also has spray varieties that serve the same purpose. Check out the full line here.

4. Make it Cute
So now that our garden is planted and protected, let’s make it cute! It wouldn’t be an Inspired by Charm garden without some beautiful and eclectic touches, right?

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Before I filled my raised bed with soil, I decided to add a few gold knobs and handles to the exterior of the planter. They are handy for hanging garden tools and gloves. And they give a little character to the piece. You can find knobs and handles like these almost anywhere. Choose ones that fit your home and style.

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I also tucked in a few birdhouse picks I painted black. The birdhouses add character while the coat of black paint keeps them looking chic.

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4 Steps to Creating and Styling an Outdoor Raised Vegetable Garden | Inspired by Charm

One of the things I especially like about this particular planter is the bottom shelf. It’s a great place to keep a watering can and extra pots, plus, I can display a few fun accessories such as my garden gnome with a gold hat. IIsn’t he the perfect blend of functional and quirky?

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That’s it, my friends: 4 steps to create a raised vegetable garden. It’s pretty easy, isn’t it?

Also, don’t forget to keep your garden happy with Tomcat Repellents. To learn more about their many products, click here. Happy gardening!

This post is sponsored by Tomcat. As you probably know, I don’t have much of a yard. (This goes for my house in St. Marys as well as my apartment in Pittsburgh.) However, I’m fortunate to have an outdoor area at each place. Because my grandparents had a vegetable garden, it’s always been something I’ve […]




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A New Master Bedroom design. Ideas for styling a modern, masculine, and cozy bedroom. | Inspired by Charm
This post is sponsored by Stearns & Foster.

Well, friends, my new space in Pittsburgh is finally starting to look like home. Last week I told you about the design plan for my new master bedroom. Today, I am thrilled to show you how it’s starting to come together.

Let’s take a peek, shall we?

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A New Master Bedroom design. Ideas for styling a modern, masculine, and cozy bedroom. | Inspired by Charm

Progress, right? Let me tell you, it sure beats sleeping on an air mattress (which I was doing until quite recently). A few small touches (and some not-so-small touches) have transformed this space into a welcoming retreat. And by not-so-small touches I mean my new Stearns & Foster mattress. It’s heaven.

In case you need a reference, here’s the room when I first moved in. (You can also check out my design plan here.)

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And here we are today.

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I’m breathing a little easier at this point. While I still have work to do, changes to make, and color to add, I couldn’t be happier with where this room stands today.

As I mentioned last week, the plan for this room started with my a new king-sized Stearns & Foster mattress. Although it’s currently hidden under layers of bed linens, it’s really the crowning jewel of the space. I’m not a great sleeper, so anything I can do to create a comfortable environment where I can rest my head at the end of the day is super important. That starts with the mattress.

There are certain pieces in the home I don’t skimp on. I spend 7-8 hours a day (ideally) on my mattress, so comfort and quality are key. I also will be keeping this mattress for a while. Because a Stearns & Foster mattress is hand-crafted with the highest quality materials, I plan to bring it along no matter where life takes me.

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So once the bones of the room were in place, I was ready to start decorating.

The design for this space was inspired by the wilderness. As you can see, there’s a nod to camping/glamping amidst the comfort and style.

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Because the bed frame in my St. Marys home is tufted in blue velvet, I wanted to go in a completely different direction in this space. That’s why I opted for this low profile wood frame with a saddle-toned leather headboard. Because of all the gray tones in my floors and doors, the wood adds much-needed warmth to the room.

A New Master Bedroom design. Ideas for styling a modern, masculine, and cozy bedroom. | Inspired by Charm

A New Master Bedroom design. Ideas for styling a modern, masculine, and cozy bedroom. | Inspired by Charm

I chose neutral bedding because I wanted the flexibility it offers for using different pillows and throws as the seasons change. Currently, I’m keeping things light and bright.

While I do plan to add more color with a rug, dresser, curtains, and accessories, I so love the color I was able to bring in with this fun woven stool and my “Keep it Wild” banner.

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During my first week in my new apartment, I spotted this banner at a shop that’s just down the street from me. I was immediately attracted to the color, font, and overall design. It also fits this new life adventure. Every time I see it, it reminds me to have fun, relax, and take time to enjoy life a bit more.

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Another piece I’m terribly excited about is this beautiful white and black buffalo checked chair. I’ve had my eye on it for quite some time, so I was thrilled to finally be able to incorporate it in my home. I think it fits quite nicely with the aesthetic I’m after.

A New Master Bedroom design. Ideas for styling a modern, masculine, and cozy bedroom. | Inspired by Charm

A New Master Bedroom design. Ideas for styling a modern, masculine, and cozy bedroom. | Inspired by Charm

As you can see, the cats are enjoying it, too. (If a chair passes the “Cat Nap Test,” you know it’s a good one.)

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I also love this big, beefy, wood framed mirror. Since this room has only one window, a mirror helps bounce some of the light around. Plus, a full-length mirror is great in the bedroom for that daily “outfit check.”

A New Master Bedroom design. Ideas for styling a modern, masculine, and cozy bedroom. | Inspired by Charm

A New Master Bedroom design. Ideas for styling a modern, masculine, and cozy bedroom. | Inspired by Charm

Of course, I still need things like a dresser (which has been ordered), rug, and lamps. But they’re coming. All in good time.

A lot of the accessories are things I already owned. You know I’ve decided to take my time in creating and designing this new home so I don’t want to rush anything just to “get it done.” I’ve also been having so much fun shopping at my local stores, and I certainly don’t want that to end anytime soon!

A New Master Bedroom design. Ideas for styling a modern, masculine, and cozy bedroom. | Inspired by Charm

A New Master Bedroom design. Ideas for styling a modern, masculine, and cozy bedroom. | Inspired by Charm

For more details on sources for these pieces, be sure to visit SHOP IBC. I’ve linked up things and shared whatever was still available online.

So what are your thoughts about how my master bedroom is coming together? Is it what you expected?

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And don’t forget to enter the HGTV Stearns & Foster sweepstakes for a chance to win your own Stearns & Foster mattress and $1,000 for your own bedroom makeover. Just click here to enter.

To get more information on Stearns & Foster, visit them online or click here to find a retailer near you.

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Eclectic Mid-Century Inspired Color Lovers Bedroom Makeover | Inspired by Charm

It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since I shared the plans for my guest bedroom makeover. Today, I’m excited to bring you the reveal of my Color Lovers Bedroom Makeover.

In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, last month I announced that I had teamed with nine other bloggers for a Color Lovers series. Inspired by color, each of us has transformed a room in our homes. Last month we shared our plans; today we’re back with the reveals. Once you’re finished peeking around my room, be sure to visit all of the other bloggers linked up at the end of this post.

Since the conversation about this makeover started back in February, I opted to focus on a bedroom in my St. Marys house…. I know I’ve been talking a lot about my Pittsburgh place lately, but today I’m taking you back to where all the IBC fun started.

If you’ll remember (check out the post here if you don’t), this room had been clad in pinks and corals. While the design and colors totally worked, it just wasn’t what I wanted any longer. As I shared in my planning post, the impetus for changing the room was my visit to the Ace Hotel in Pittsburgh.

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When I started my planning, I found this gorgeous rug that fit wonderfully in my design. However, when I went to order it, I discovered it was on back order. Whomp. Whomp. Thus, my final design has changed from what I previously showed you. (Thankfully, it’s the same design, just in a different color.) So, instead of greens, golds, and oranges, I now have blues and greens (and a tiny hint of orange.) Go with the flow, my friends.

But honestly, it doesn’t matter to me because the room came together beautifully. What do you think?

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Overall, I achieved the look I was after while still keeping it very Inspired by Charm.

Originally, I toyed with the idea of painting the window frames and fireplace charcoal black to mimic my inspiration photos. However, because my future with this home is TBD, I thought that having one room with black trim might not be such a good idea.

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Color Lovers, Guest Bedroom, Makeover, Color Makeover, Bedroom, Design, Bedroom, Mid-Century Modern, Modern, Eclectic

Instead, I decided to use my designer muscles and change the color palette through accessories.

Mission accomplished. (Btw, Sources for products linked towards the end of the post.)

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Color Lovers, Guest Bedroom, Makeover, Color Makeover, Bedroom, Design, Bedroom, Mid-Century Modern, Modern, Eclectic

This goes to show how a few changes (and a new color scheme) can totally alter the look and feel of a room.

And can we talk about that light fixture? You know I’m light fixture crazy. I love how it plays so nicely with the shape of the mirror.

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Color Lovers, Guest Bedroom, Makeover, Color Makeover, Bedroom, Design, Bedroom, Mid-Century Modern, Modern, Eclectic

I was also super excited to get a side chair in this space. It was desperately needed. It also gave me an excuse to keep my gold pouf. It’s still one of my favorite things.

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I also used artwork that wasn’t in my original plan. However, these new pieces are even better than what I’d previously found. NYC will always have a special place in my heart, and the abstract piece pulls in all the colors so beautifully.

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Color Lovers, Guest Bedroom, Makeover, Color Makeover, Bedroom, Design, Bedroom, Mid-Century Modern, Modern, Eclectic

And that’s it, my friends, my color-inspired makeover is complete!

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Color Lovers, Guest Bedroom, Makeover, Color Makeover, Bedroom, Design, Bedroom, Mid-Century Modern, Modern, Eclectic

ROOM SOURCES:

Let’s talk sources since I’m sure you’re curious.

The overhead light, gray and gold planters, and white chair are from The Mine. The green bench and round mirror are from Birch Lane.

The artwork is from Minted. You can find the abstract freckle piece here, the Brooklyn Bridge photo here, and the Soho photo here.

Other sources: The pillows and bedding are a mix of new things from Target and items that I had (mostly from HomeGoods). The daybed is from West Elm. The rug is from Rejuvenation. The wall sconces and window treatments came from Urban Outfitters several years ago.

A big shout out to The Mine, Birch Lane, and Minted for sponsoring the Color Lovers series. They here kind enough to provide each of us with a few pieces to help in styling our makeovers.


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Now, before you head off to enjoy your day, be sure to visit the rest of the bloggers in this series. They are super talented ladies who’ve worked hard to create and share their spaces with you. I’m certain you’ll love them all as much as I do.

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Jennifer Rizzo
Four Generations One Roof
In My Own Style
Fox Hollow Cottage
Tatertots & Jello
Southern Hospitality
Duke Manor Farm
Kelly Elko
DIY Showoff

It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since I shared the plans for my guest bedroom makeover. Today, I’m excited to bring you the reveal of my Color Lovers Bedroom Makeover. In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, last month I announced that I had teamed with nine other bloggers for […]




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Tips to Create a Simple and Stylish Beverage Station | Inspired by Charm

This post is sponsored by NESTEA.

If you’ve yet to create a functional and stylish beverage entertaining area in your home (or just want to refresh the one you have), then this post is for you. Today I’m excited to share a few tips to put together your own simple and stylish beverage station.

Tips to Create a Simple and Stylish Beverage Station | Inspired by Charm

As you may know, I’ve been working with NESTEA as they launch their delicious new and reformulated iced teas that have fewer ingredients and a simpler recipe. If you haven’t yet sampled their new real brewed iced tea, you really should. It’s great stuff. My personal favorite is the Slightly Sweet Black Tea. Anywho, through this fun series, I’ve shown you the NESTEA Tiny House (which I helped design), shared a simple summer table setting, and given you three beautiful ways to style your coffee table. Today, I’m back with a new (old) piece I purchased for my Pittsburgh digs and how I styled it.

Tips to Create a Simple and Stylish Beverage Station | Inspired by Charm

Let’s get to it!

1. Be Different
In the early phases of planning for this space, my thought was to have some sort of rolling cart. Carts seem to be a popular option these days, and I do like the look of them. But given that my kitchen island is on wheels, I realized that would be too many rolling carts. So, when I came across this vintage piece, I knew it would be the perfect solution for my space.

Tips to Create a Simple and Stylish Beverage Station | Inspired by Charm

Tips to Create a Simple and Stylish Beverage Station | Inspired by Charm

In its former life, this cabinet was a pie safe. The door panels, which are now glass, were originally tin. I prefer the glass because it’s lighter visually and showcases what’s inside.

2. Shop Vintage
Whenever you’re accessorizing a space, one of the things I recommend is hitting up your local thrift store and vintage shops. While new pieces are nice, there’s something special about giving old items a second life. They have a backstory that the modern ones don’t.

Tips to Create a Simple and Stylish Beverage Station | Inspired by Charm

Tips to Create a Simple and Stylish Beverage Station | Inspired by Charm

Plus, you’re also more likely not to have something that everyone else has. Shopping vintage is a one way to make your home unique.

3. Think Multipurpose
I also like to use pieces in unconventional ways. For example, if you need bowls to hold garnishes for your drinks, what other containers do you have that are more interesting?

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Here, I’m using a cream and sugar set for garnishes that go great with iced tea. I put lemons on the tray and raspberries in the sugar container. When I filled the creamer with water, it became the perfect place to tuck fresh mint. I also found this mini letter opener which can be used as a little pick to grab the lemons.

Tips to Create a Simple and Stylish Beverage Station | Inspired by Charm

Tips to Create a Simple and Stylish Beverage Station | Inspired by Charm

Having things that do double duty lessens clutter and is a smart move if your home is tight on space. My creamer set can return to its original function once it’s done here.

4. Mix Your Glassware
When it comes to glassware, I find it best to mix things up. To make this work, start with classic, clear glass. Every drink will look great in it. Plus, it matches everything and will work for any occasion.

Tips to Create a Simple and Stylish Beverage Station | Inspired by Charm

Tips to Create a Simple and Stylish Beverage Station | Inspired by Charm
Also, it’s okay to break the rules in certain situations. If you’re hosting a party and serving NESTEA, try offering it in a stemmed glass to make it feel even fancier or serve your beverages in small glasses so your guests can sample all of the offerings.

Tips to Create a Simple and Stylish Beverage Station | Inspired by Charm

Tips to Create a Simple and Stylish Beverage Station | Inspired by Charm

To add interest to your traditional glassware, mix in a few unique finds. Vintage and thrift stores are loaded with glassware treasures, so start there. These work for special occasions or look great when put on display.

5. Embrace Change
If you know me well, then you won’t be surprised that I’ve changed the look of this cabinet about a half a dozen times since I brought it home. And that’s okay. No matter what you’re decorating, have fun with it and keep trying new things until you love the results.

Tips to Create a Simple and Stylish Beverage Station | Inspired by Charm

Tips to Create a Simple and Stylish Beverage Station | Inspired by Charm

So what do you think of my new beverage station? Rolling carts are so 2016, right? Haha. I kid. The point is to find what works best for you and your space. I hope these tips were helpful.

Now, I’m off to enjoy a cold NESTEA with a sprig of mint and slice of lemon. Be sure to swing by NESTEA.com where you can get a free bottle of their new real brewed iced tea to sample yourself.

This post is sponsored by NESTEA. If you’ve yet to create a functional and stylish beverage entertaining area in your home (or just want to refresh the one you have), then this post is for you. Today I’m excited to share a few tips to put together your own simple and stylish beverage station. As […]




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Creating a New Master Bedroom | Inspired by Charm
This post is sponsored by Stearns & Foster.

I am thrilled that so many of you are enjoying seeing how my new home is starting to come together. It is truly a joy to take you on this journey with me. One space I haven’t shown you yet is my master bedroom. Today, I thought it’d be fun to share my plan for the space, and then next week, I’ll give you a look at what I’ve done so far.

The Mattress: When I decided to make this move to Pittsburgh, one thing I knew I need right away was a mattress. (I spent the first couple weeks here on an air mattress which is not that much fun.) For the mattress, I turned to Stearns & Foster. Well, actually, they turned to me. It just so happened that they teamed up with Jonathan Scott and a few HGTV influencers (I’m honored to be one of them!) to help transform ordinary bedrooms (or in my case no bedroom at all) into beautifully-crafted retreats. Talk about perfect timing, right? (Details on how you can win a Stearns & Foster mattress are at the end of this post.)

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Since we spend seven or eight hours (ideally) on our mattresses each day, choosing the right one was very important to me. I’m generally not the best sleeper, so creating the ideal environment for sleep is a must for me, and a handcrafted mattress with exceptional details was the best place to start.

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After a bit of research, I was beyond excited to welcome one into my home. Stearns & Foster mattresses are beautifully designed for comfort with the highest quality materials and handcrafted with exceptional details to complement a well-designed bedroom. No matter how long my journey keeps me in Pittsburgh, this is a mattress that will provide indulgent comfort for years to come.

The Plan: With my mattress chosen, it was time to consider how I wanted this room to look. As I thought about a design direction for this space, I took inspiration from the wilderness. And by wilderness, I mean pine trees, plaid, national parks, camping, wood, and leather. My idea was to create a masculine camping/glamping aesthetic filled with comfort and style.

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Make sense? Can you envision it?

Moving to Pittsburgh has been an incredible life adventure for me so I wanted to recreate that wild adventure vibe in my space while still being true to my style.

I don’t want to reveal too much of the space just yet, but I thought you’d love to see a few details. The bed frame is wood and leather. I wanted to incorporate leather into this space for a couple reasons. First, I have leather details in the rest of my apartment, so tying everything together just made sense. Second, the wood and leather are a nod to the beautiful detailing on the Stearns & Foster mattress.

Creating a New Master Bedroom | Inspired by Charm

Creating a New Master Bedroom | Inspired by Charm

For my bedlinen, I found this beautiful cotton and linen blend duvet cover with a broken chevron pattern which I’ll be pairing with a bold black and white buffalo checked covered chair. Crazy, right? The idea here is to have fun with patterns and texture. When you think about camping, it’s about utility rather than being all matchy-matchy.

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I also found this super fun “keep it wild” pendant at a shop down the street from me. It’s the perfect sentiment for this space and life in general. I think it will be just the addition I need to tell the story of this new space.

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I’ve also purchased some other beautiful accessories for the space to add to the rustic charm. I think you’re going to love it.

Creating a New Master Bedroom | Inspired by Charm

As with most of the rooms in my new digs, it’s going to take time to develop. I won’t have a dresser for a few months because it’s on backorder. The story of my life!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this preview. Be sure to join me back here next week when I’ll be revealing my New Master Bedroom.

For more information about Stearns & Foster, head on over to their website (or find a retailer here) to learn how their beds are made or choose the perfect mattress for your space.

You can also take part in the Stearns & Foster Bedroom Suite Sweepstakes for a chance to win one of their matresses and $1,000 towards your own bedroom makeover! Click here to learn more about the sweepstakes and to enter. Good luck!

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Tuesday Tunes 24 - This is June Summer Music Playlist | Inspired by Charm

It seems like forever since I’ve shared a Tuesday Tunes playlist here on IBC. The goal was to share one or two each month, but it’s been about three months since my last one. OOPS! I think that’s a clear indication of how bananas the past several months have been. How can June be almost over already? What the heck happened?

Typically, I have a theme for my playlists, but today’s tunes are just a random mix of what I’ve been listening to. They are a good representation of the variety of music I’m drawn to. There’s some Miley Cyrus (who’s new music I can’t get enough of), The Lumineers, Lady Gaga, and even a track from Phish. In general, I don’t like the latter’s music, but I truly do enjoy this one song.

With lots of trips back and forth to Pittsburgh over the past couple of months and a brain that won’t stop analyzing and worrying, this playlist has saved my sanity many a time.

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Even though these songs don’t necessarily “go together,” if you’re heading out on a road trip or just need a distraction at home or on your next walk, I hope they’ll help you destress and quiet your thoughts.

 

 
 

As always, you can listen to this Tuesday Tunes playlist using the player above or directly on Spotify here.

Feel free to follow me on Spotify for all of my playlists and sneak listens to upcoming Tuesday Tunes. Hope your week is off to a great start!

It seems like forever since I’ve shared a Tuesday Tunes playlist here on IBC. The goal was to share one or two each month, but it’s been about three months since my last one. OOPS! I think that’s a clear indication of how bananas the past several months have been. How can June be almost […]




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I’m finally getting settled in Pittsburgh. After a crazy May, June is giving me a chance to get some furniture, put things in order, and generally make this new space my home. On my last trip from St. Marys, I brought over a coffee table I’m no longer using in my spare bedroom over there. The table got me thinking…

As you know, for the past month or so, I’ve been working with NESTEA. They recently redesigned their look and their teas. Their new recipes are simpler with fewer ingredients. It’s a totally #newNESTEA. My favorite is the slightly sweetened black tea, but they have a variety of real brewed and fruit flavored iced teas as well. Pop on over to NESTEA.com to grab a free bottle and choose your favorite.

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Inspired by the idea of simplifying, I thought I’d share three simple coffee table styling ideas. Pulling these together was somewhat of a challenge for me since I don’t have my usual array of accessories to work from here in Pittsburgh. However, I actually like this situation, because it proves you don’t need a stock room of props to create a beautiful and joy-filled space. Less is more, my friends.

Let me walk you through my three designs and share a few tips along the way.

Perfectly Pretty
First, let’s start with something pretty. And when I think of pretty, I think of flowers, so that’s exactly where I started. With this small coffee table, I found that using three different elements seemed to work best. (As is often advised when designing, “Work in odd numbers.”)

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For height and texture in this design, I placed the flowers in a tall smoke glass vase. I opted for hydrangeas and peonies and packed them in tight to create a little ball of beauty. Flower arranging doesn’t get much easier than this.

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And, yes, that’s Sebastian “supervising in the background.

Simple Coffee Table Styling Ideas to add style to your living room decor | Inspired by Charm

Since magazines and books are naturals on a coffee table, I stacked up three of them and topped them with a candle. The candle adds sparkle and gives off a lovely glow when lit.

Simple Coffee Table Styling Ideas to add style to your living room decor | Inspired by Charm

I finished things off with an oversized wood chain link. I love bringing in something like this because it’s unusual and likely to stir up conversation when guests are visiting.

Simple Coffee Table Styling Ideas to add style to your living room decor | Inspired by Charm

Young and Quirky
Speaking of out-of-the-ordinary and interesting, that was the theme for my next table. For this styling, I took inspiration from NESTEA and the Tiny House I helped decorate. (More on that here.) The folks at NESTEA were kind enough to send me the brass wiener dog I used in the house. I just can’t get enough of him and look for any excuse to use him in my decor.

Simple Coffee Table Styling Ideas to add style to your living room decor | Inspired by Charm

Simple Coffee Table Styling Ideas to add style to your living room decor | Inspired by Charm

Again, for this table design, I used a grouping of three. I placed a plant on top a stack of books. To me, a plant, flowers, or some botanical element is a must for styling. The third element was my little wiener dog. He gives the look a playful touch and a bit of bling for good measure.

Simple Coffee Table Styling Ideas to add style to your living room decor | Inspired by Charm

To finish off the table, I used a small tray. Right now the tray is holding my favorite NESTEA and glasses for company, but you can fill it with anything you’d like. Coaster, remotes, a deck of cards … whatever needs a home. Having a tray or box on a coffee table is a great idea for corralling those little items you’re never sure what to do with.

Simple Coffee Table Styling Ideas to add style to your living room decor | Inspired by Charm

Simple Coffee Table Styling Ideas to add style to your living room decor | Inspired by Charm

Think Functional
FUNCTION is the inspiration for my final simple coffee table styling idea, which includes this amazing fern arrangement that I picked up at a local flower shop. (I probably won’t be able to keep the ferns alive, but they’re stunning for now.)

Simple Coffee Table Styling Ideas to add style to your living room decor | Inspired by Charm

Simple Coffee Table Styling Ideas to add style to your living room decor | Inspired by Charm

Going for a group of three again, I paired the fern garden with a beautiful brass watering can. Now, I know a watering can on a coffee table is strange, but when the can is this gorgeous, I don’t mind at all. It adds interest and sparkle which are important elements when dressing a coffee table. Plus, the folks at the shop told me this fern likes to stay wet, so the watering can is a visual reminder.

Simple Coffee Table Styling Ideas to add style to your living room decor | Inspired by Charm

The final item is the wood tray you saw earlier. I wanted to show you how a tray can work for holding remotes and such. Rather than being scattered around the table, a tray or box keeps them handy and organized.

Simple Coffee Table Styling Ideas to add style to your living room decor | Inspired by Charm

And that’s a wrap. What do you think? Do you have a favorite?

Simple Coffee Table Styling Ideas to add style to your living room decor | Inspired by Charm

I hope you found these simple coffee table styling ideas helpful for decorating your own space.

This post is sponsored by NESTEA. I’m finally getting settled in Pittsburgh. After a crazy May, June is giving me a chance to get some furniture, put things in order, and generally make this new space my home. On my last trip from St. Marys, I brought over a coffee table I’m no longer using […]




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