I have to tell you, one of the things I’ve come to love so much about IBC is that I don’t really have a specific focus. Over the years I’ve struggled with trying to put this blog in a particular category. Is it a decorating blog? Is it a baking blog? Cooking? DIY? However, as time has gone by, I’ve come to embrace that IBC is a little bit of everything. Clearly, it wasn’t designed to fit in any box. I’m totally cool with that, and I hope you all are, too.
I make that point because I’ve been posting a lot of recipes lately. Sometimes when my brain is cluttered or overwhelmed, I turn to sharing recipes because it’s a task / post that has a clear beginning and end. Plus, there’s usually some sort of base recipe involved somewhere, making it a bit easier to follow along. Anyway, I’m not sure why I’m telling you all of this, but there you have it.
Today, I just wanted to share a quick post to talk about some minor changes happening around my house. As with much of the country, we’ve been hammered with snow here in central PA, so I’m doing my best to infuse some cheer in my interior surrounds. My method is a few quick touches that add a pop of color and a bit of fun.
A couple weeks ago someone asked what I put on my dining room table this time of year. I had planned to show various options, but have yet to do that. So I figured I’d just show you what was there now. It’s pretty simple and a little random, but it works for me.
Inexpensive flowers are a must for me during the winter. I’m not sure what this particular variety is, but I can get a bouquet of them at the store for $5, and they seem to last forever. I also like using trays on my dining room table because they keep things organized and grounded. Plus, when I need the table, removing the tray of decorations is super simple. In case you were wondering, the runner is from HomeGoods, the copper accessories are from H&M’s home line, and the plates are from Target.
I finally got some of my vacation / cruise pictures printed out, and I used a few of them in my entryway for a fun burst of color. I should note that these pictures where taken with my iPhone, which I think is just amazing. I get my pictures printed via the online 1-hour service from Walmart, and the quality is typically pretty fantastic and true to what I’m seeing on my computer. Even getting these iPhone images printed on an 8×10, the quality is still pretty great.
I’ve also been buying orchids (here and here, too). I can’t get them to re-bloom to save my life, but investing $10-12 for a plant / flower that typically lasts two months seems like a pretty good deal to me. Nothing beats a live orchid.
I gave my living room gallery wall a quick update with two new pictures. You may remember that when I first hung these frames, I incorporated two prints that weren’t mine. I call this my wanderlust gallery wall, and the goal is to only use photographs from my travels.
I was fortunate enough to visit two tropical destinations toward the end of last year, so I used those photos to make this collection 100% my work. This was definitely one of my favor projects. I love traveling, and the gallery wall allows me to relive those memories. Plus, I can easily update the pictures when new or better ones come along.
I hope you enjoyed these little updates and found some inspiration along the way. I’ll meet you back here tomorrow.