Baked Chickpeas

Baked Chickpeas

I love baked chickpeas, but it drives me crazy that I go thru the little bags in 0.2 seconds. I’ve been playing around with making them at home and wanted to share some tricks to make them tasty.

Ingredients:
– 2 cans of Chickpeas
– Olive Oil (~2 tablespoons)
– Sea Salt (~1 teaspoon)

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Oyster Balls

Oyster Balls

I got the inspiration for the Oyster Ball center pieces when we were visiting my in-laws in Florida years before we were engaged. My mother-in-law decorated their home in an elegant coastal theme and I’ve been in love with the idea of decorating with Oysters ever since.

I wracked my brain trying to come up with the execution to accomplish the look I was going for.

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Scope Creep and Failure

We have a linen closet that I’ve wanted to update the hardware on since the day we moved in. Thought it would be a quick change out, once I picked out the hardware. That moment is where I went wrong.

I found that DIY’ers (can I even call myself that !?!) only ever show you the super positive side of doing things themselves – and I’m here to tell you the 9180298 trips to Home Depot or 10 weeks it took us to finish something. So sit on back and listen to this funny story of insane scope creep.

  1. Realizing the previous homeowner’s holes were not 3″ apart.
  2. Once I took the cabinets off the hinges, I could see horribly they were painted.
  3. Didn’t realize how hard it was to accurately drill hardware holes.
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Updating Outdated Lighting

Updating Outdated Lighting

The light figures in our house are either vintage (and beautiful) or straight from the 90’s (and far less beautiful). While we search for the lights we want to buy to replace what we currently have, I needed to do something to make the fixtures a little better. Is it just me or once you see something you don’t like, you cant unsee it?!??

I took the silver pieces of the light fixtures off to spray paint. I didn’t really think through the final look I wanted and picked up a can of White Rustoleum Spray Paint. Once I sprayed on a few coats, the paint started to crackle (not the texture I was going for). So I sanded it down, went back to Home Depot and picked up the Behr Chalk Spray Paint.

The Chalk Spray Paint gives a nice matte look. A great, cheap (under $10) fix to update a light fixture.

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Bedroom Curtains

Bedroom Curtains

It’s been a process, but I think our Bedroom may be the first room that feels “done” in our house. I’ve found that if I allow myself to live in a room and let the decor/ design grow with us, I tend to love it for a longer period of time.

The goal was functional, beautiful curtains Before making investments (or shopping and returning a bunch of products), I like to draw out what I’m envisioning on my iPhoto Editor (take a photo and “Edit” it by drawing your vision on the screen), here’s my photo below:

Materials.
Curtain Rods. Umbra Cappa Curtain Rod – (2) 36 to 66 inches and (1) 66 to 120 inches
Drapery Hooks. Heavy Duty Offset Pin-On Hooks
Curtain Rings. Umbra Cappa Clip Rings
Curtains. Pottery Barn Cameron Pole – Pocket Curtains 50″ x 84″

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