Apple Pie Thanksgiving Cocktail

Happy Thanksgiving, my darlings! We’re not doing much for Thanksgiving around here this year, but what we are doing is mixing up some delicious cocktails for the occasion.

This “Apple Pie Cocktail” is our current favorite. It’s an adaptation from one of my favorite vintage Patrick Duffy books and it’s a delight. It’s a refreshing cocktail with seasonal notes of fruit and apples. Be careful with this one! It goes down really smooth so pace yourself. Now go rummage through grandma’s liquor cabinet for that apple brandy and start mixing!Apple Pie Cocktail Recipe - Rum, Apple Brandy, Vermouth, Grenadine, and Lemon Juice

Here’s what you need:

1 ounce Bacardi Rum
1 ounce Italian Vermouth
4 dashes (about a teaspoon) Apple Brandy
4 dashes (about a teaspoon) Lemon Juice
2 dashes (about 1/2 teaspoon) Grenadine

Shake well with ice and strain into a glass. I garnished mine with a pie crust spiral.

To make the pie crust spiral, just take a strip of pie dough and wrap it around the handle to a metal spoon or something similar and bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove the spiral from the mold before it completely cools and is still somewhat pliable and then let cool completely.

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!

Our Pink, Gold, and Green Atomic Meets Glam Inspired Bedroom Reveal

I finaallllyyyy get to show you guys our bedroom before and after reveal! Yay!

I didn’t think it would turn out to be my favorite room in our apartment, but I think it totally is. I was inspired by mid-century atomic and glam styles, and used green, pinks, and lots of gold elements as my palette.

Here’s what it looked like before:

1960s bedroom before1960s bedroom vanity (before)

Here’s after!

Mid-century Bedroom with bed from Joybird.jpgPutting a bed in front of a window like this can look a little awkward, so the first thing I did was hung wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling shimmery coral-pink curtains and sheers from Target to frame the bed and disguise the window, while still letting tons of light in.

Vintage vanity with sputnik light from Lucent Light ShopI used a fabric in a similar color to do a wall treatment in the vanity nook. I changed the built-in’s hardware to a vintage 1950/60s set that I found on Etsy and also changed the light to a beautiful brass Sputnik from Lucent Lightshop. The vanity chair is from Nate Berkus for Target. Vintage Pink and gold Bedroom

Gold geometric wallpaper from Tempaper.jpgI installed a beautiful metallic gold and white wallpaper from Tempaper (the same brand I used in my bathroom)! It’s so easy to work with and adds a lot of shine and pattern to the room, but isn’t overwhelming.Mid-century lampLamps are a vintage find from Etsy! Shades are from the Project 62 line at Target. Mid-century style bedOur bed frame is from Joybird. You know I love me some Joybird. DIY Renter Friendly Closet Idea.jpgWe had our tv mounted in front of the bed for our viewing pleasure. To jazz up the boring closet doors I used metallic gold tape and changed the knobs out to starburst ones from Etsy. The oval starburst mirror is also from Joybird.

And there it is! Can’t wait to show you more rooms soon.

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Melodramaville Halloween Home Decor 2017

Happy Halloween! I finally got motivated enough to doing a little last minute Halloween decorating with a little bit of spiderwebbing, a few DIY bats, and a ton of pumpkins. We’re staying in tonight and snuggling up at home tonight watching movies, carving pumpkins, and eating treats.

Here’s a few pics of a Melodrama Halloween!

Halloween Front DoorWe have an orange front door and I couldn’t let that go to waste! I used black construction paper cutouts and taped them to the door to create a Jack o’ lantern face. Jack o Lantern Front DoorI added a few pumpkins and a few tombstones from the dollar store.

Halloween themed BarInside I used spiders, pumpkins, paper bat cutouts, and a few gilded skulls to spook up the place. There are always plenty of spirits around the bar…get it? Spirits HAAA.Mid-century Halloween DecorI put pumpkins in the fireplace with string lights, those will be sticking around all season long. Pumpkins in Fireplace

And of course the DIY Pumpkin Planter that I made here.

Fall Pumpkin Succulent and Cacti Centerpiece Idea

That’s it for this year! I’m off to carve some pumpkins and bust open the bags of candy. Happy Halloween!

Halloween Decor Idea: Pumpkin Succulent and Cacti Planter

If you’re a plant lover, here’s a quick and easy way to incorporate succulents and cacti into your fall decor. Use a (faux is best) pumpkin as a planter! I used a cinderella pumpkin because I love the shapes and colors of them, and they’re usually wide enough to make a great shallow planter. 

Update: I got a real one for really cheap at Trader Joe’s so I originally used that, but quickly transitioned to a faux pumpkin once the inevitable mush set in after about a week. Bummer. 
 Just cut off the top (and hallow it out if you want to try a real one) like you would when making a jack-o-lantern. Poke some small holes in the bottom for drainage. Then fill it with a variety of succulents and some extra soil or sand. 

I layered cacti and different types of succulents in mine. Since the fuzzy cacti looks like a spider nest I added some plastic Halloween spiders. I can easily remove those to transition it into November. If the little guys lasts that long. Fingers crossed. 

Use a pumpkin as a planter for succulents and cacti.jpgI love it as our dining table centerpiece.

Cinderella Succulent and Cacti Planter for fallFall Pumpkin Succulent and Cacti Centerpiece Idea

So easy and cute! I hope it lasts at least another month. Pumpkin used as succulent planter for centerpiece

In Memory Of My Baby Boy Mango

It’s with a very heavy heart that I tell you our fur baby, Mango, passed away on October 11th, just 4 days short of his 17th birthday. My heart is beyond broken and I’m not exactly sure how to pick up the pieces.

File Oct 18, 7 11 37 PM.jpegMango was my first love. I remember the exact moment I laid eyes on him. He was a tiny little nugget with the biggest eyes and two tiny teeth sticking out like a little bat. We were soulmates and it was love at first sight. He climbed right up into my lap and licked my face.  He picked me. I was his and he was mine. We brought him and his sister home with us and life was forever better.

File Oct 18, 7 11 12 PM.jpegMango (and Pandie) came into my life when I needed them most. I was a lonely, homeschooled teenager that was bouncing between parents and cities. They were my friends, my babies, my everything. My husband came into my life two years later and my life was officially complete.

File Oct 18, 7 36 41 PMIt’s going to take a long time to get used to him being gone. He went everywhere with us. During his last few years we never spent more than an hour or two away from him. An incident happened to a Pandie a couple of years ago that made it impossible to leave them alone, and after Mango was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension he would get too excited if we left and would have fainting spells. We didn’t mind having him constantly with us one bit because we wanted to soak up every second we could with them. He loved it too. He would cruise around in his stroller feeling like the king of the world in it.

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Four days before his 17th birthday he began to rapidly decline. I had hope that we’d be able to adjust his medicine and he would be able to come home. Despite our best efforts and the efforts of our vets and canine cardiologist, Mango could no longer breathe on his own and passed away peacefully with us by his side. It still feels so surreal that he’s gone. Everything reminds me of him. I keep thinking I’ll see him around every corner, and sometimes I still see him out of the corner of my eye. I wake up and immediately think of him and then remember he’s gone and I die inside again.  I have a constant painful, sinking feeling in my chest because I miss him so terribly. We all do. Even Pandie, she howls and cries for him, and up until a few days ago refused to eat and waits at her bowl for him to eat first.

IMG_2944-2.jpgCelebrating their birthday without him was one of the hardest things we’ve had to do, but we’re so grateful to still have Pan with us. Everything feels weird and it has been hard to get into the groove of the every day life without him. It’s going to take awhile to get used to. I don’t even remember what life was like before him. Caring for him and Pan is how we’ve spent literally half of our lives and now what?  We’re wrecked but taking it minute by minute and giving ourselves as much time and self care as needed. Plus dealing with the loss of JV’s beloved grandmother two days after Mango just added to the grief. I won’t lie, it has been awful.

File Oct 18, 7 11 50 PMI can go on and on about what a special dog Mango was. I could talk about him for hours, and I often do. Anyone who has ever met Mango has a funny story about him. He was fiercely loyal, funny, adorable, the best road trip buddy, and kind of a jerk…but I loved that about him. I loved everything about him. I’ll miss his face, his smell, his noises, his bark. I’ll miss watching him sleep, and his forehead kisses, and the way it felt to pet the bridge of his nose with my thumb. Everything. I MISS EVERYTHING. He wasn’t just a dog or a pet to us. He was our baby and our son. He was one of a kind and no one will ever compare.

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We’ll always be a family. We love you, my sweet boy. Forever.

RIP Mango
10/15/2000 – 10/11/2017

10 Swoon Worthy Items from Target’s New Project 62

Oh my god. I’m seriously drooling over these items from Target’s new affordable mid-century modern home decor line — Project 62. Here are the 10 things I need in my life.

Ceramic Geometric Wall Container White/Gold – Project 62™
Picking up a few of these wall planters immediately.

Soriano Square Arm Channel Tufted Chair – Project 62™
This channel tufted stunner comes in four colors, but the blush pink is my favorite. Major heart eyes.

Speaking of blush pink, how good are these dining chairs?

Geller Modern Dining Chair – Project 62™

Paired with this dining table!

40″ Antwerp Modern Round Dining Table – Project 62™

I really like this two-toned coffee table.

Emmond Two-Tone Mid Century Modern Coffee Table – Project 62™

And these.
Marble Top Round Table – Project 62™

Three Tiered Marble Accent Table – White/Wood – Project 62™

And this!

44″ Antwerp Entertainment Stand – Project 62™

This laaaaaamp!!

Geneva Glass Floor Lamp Triple Globe (Includes CFL Bulb) – Brass – Project 62™

And this carved rug to top it all off.

Wool Carved Area Rug – Project 62™

Ok going to Target now. Byeeeeee!

 

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Bathroom Update – DIY Dyed Curtain Valance, Art, and Pink Toilet Paper

Ok, you guys, I finally added some finishing touches to my bathroom. When I last posted about my peel and stick wallpaper I still needed a window treatment and some art.

How to install peel and stick Tempaper wall paper in a bathroom (7)

I ended up dyeing an inexpensive white valance that I found at Target. I used a half and half mixture of Rit’s Petal Pink and Rose Quartz, with a tiny bit of golden yellow to get the right shade of coral-y pink. I love the warm glow it adds to the bathroom.Vintage Pink and Palm Bathroom The flamingo shower curtain is from Target, the cute little piña colada girl print is from Ann Shen, ANNND the final detail is pink Renova toilet paper! Vintage style Pink and Palm Bathroom

When I posted these pictures on Instagram the pink toilet paper got a lot of questions. I love this toilet paper. Besides the color (they have several options and word is Beyonce uses the red) it’s amazing. It’s 3-ply and super strong so a little goes a long way, and it’s lightly perfumed. I did my research before I bought my first pack because I remembered some issue with colored toilet paper in the 80s, but Renova has been a trusted brand in Europe for years and is safe for water systems and dermatologist/gynecologist tested.

Anyway, enough toilet talk! Stay tuned for more #Melodramaville updates. Xx

 

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