Category Archives: VRAI Magazine

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Valentine’s Washi Tape Banner

Make this sweet washi tape banner for Valentine's Day! Tutorial included.

This article was originally published in the February 2016 issue of VRAI Magazine.

How do I love thee, washi tape?

Let me count the ways…

There are many things I love—my husband and family, sleeping in, ice cream and coffee—but when it comes to creating and making, I have a deep and abiding love for washi tape.

If you’re not familiar with these tiny rolls of wonder, please allow me to introduce you…

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8 Ways to Play with Color Trends in 2016


This article was originally published in the January 2016 issue of VRAI Magazine. 

Each year, the Pantone Color Institute introduces a color of the year. Described as “a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude”, these color trends can be found in everything from fashion to home decor. For 2016, Pantone has introduced two colors: Rose Quartz, a soft, sweet pink and Serenity, a tranquil pale blue. Combined, these colors balance warm with cool to create a sense of peacefulness. Read more about why they were chosen here.

I personally don’t believe in overhauling your home to suit the new trends that emerge each year, but I do love to look for ways to include these color trends into my existing home decor. If you’re looking for ways to incorporate some new and different touches into your home in 2016, the Pantone Colors of the Year can be a fun way to freshen up your decor or add a new splash of color.

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Must See Christmas Movies

Must See Christmas Movies

Must See Christmas Movies

This article was originally published in the December 2015 issue of VRAI Magazine. 

Some holiday traditions involve activities like attending a concert or ballet. Some traditions involve baking or cooking. But one of my favorite traditions involves cozying up on the couch and popping in one of my must-see Christmas movies.

There are 4 movies that I simply cannot go without watching during the holiday season. Each holds a special significance and reminds me of Christmases past. I don’t have to watch them in a certain order, but I cannot let the season go by without watching each of them at least once (or two or three times…). Some are funny, some are sweet and nostalgic. But all are classics in my mind, and for good reason!

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A personalized book page covered pumpkin creates a special gratitude-filled centerpiece for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Gratitude Pumpkin

A personalized book page covered pumpkin creates a special gratitude-filled centerpiece for Thanksgiving

This article was originally published in the November 2015 issue of VRAI Magazine.

In my opinion, a book page covered pumpkin has become a classic element of Fall decorating. I love their charm and versatility. And really, I love any project that involves book pages, as you can see here, here and here.

But as I was thinking about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I thought the classic book page covered pumpkin could use a special, personalized twist. Instead of ripping through a dollar-store or thrifted book, I decided to make my own pages, filled with personal notes of thankfulness.

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Fabric Pumpkins and Wood Block Fall Decor


This article was originally published in the September 2015 Issue of VRAI Magazine. 

Ready or not, signs of Fall are starting to creep into the landscape. Just in the last few weeks, I’ve noticed that the air is cooler in the mornings, the sun is setting earlier and the scent of smoke from backyard fire pits wafts through our neighborhood on weekend evenings.

Though I have mixed feelings about the onset of Fall this year, I feel the itch the adapt our decor for the coming season. I completely neglected our spaces this Spring and Summer, and so I’m looking forward to making some changes and freshening things up around our home. But this year, I’m going to do Fall with a twist—a twist of purple, that is!

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