Wednesday, September 8, 2021

The Fall Edit

 90+ Fall Decor Pieces to Add Warmth and Texture to Your Home




 


 

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Mickey's Farmer's Market Birthday Party


Another fun kids birthday party is in the books! I absolutely love coming up with creative themes and ideas for my kids parties and this Mickey's Farmers Market themed party was especially fun! In fact, I've had the idea for a farmers market party rolling around in my head for several years, so when Evan asked for a Mickey party I knew we could combine the two into a really fun theme.

 
This probably counts as the most colorful party I've ever done! I used lots of fresh fruits and vegetables to make the dessert table feel like a real farmers market. 

 

I collected all sorts of wood crates, bushel baskets and chipwood baskets to hold the bounty of fruits and veggies.

To incorporate the Mickey theme I ordered a large vinyl Mickey silhouette to go on the feature wall. Evan loved it! 

 

To create the market awning I used two of these inexpensive paper scalloped awnings, and painted them to match the party colors. An easy and inexpensive project!

For favors we filled these berry baskets with market-themed goodies for the kids. We lined them with striped napkins and included a seed pack, squishy fruit toy, strawberry candy, and the most darling mini jams and honeys.

These French mini jams made the perfect display on the table and were so sweet to tuck into each favor basket. I included a mini honey dipper for the honey also.


Of course every party is absolutely made by my mother-in-law's gorgeous and delicious baked goods. She does have a desserts business making all sorts of sweets, so if you're local, shoot me a message and I can get you connected to her.


She made her signature sugar cookies in all sorts of darling fruit and veggie shapes. They were as delicious as they were pretty!


 
 I found these mini pies at our local grocery store and knew they'd be the perfect thing to add some charm and color to the dessert table, along with some fruit sparkling water.

 

I used these vintage scales to elevate some of the food. One I still had from my antiquing days, and the other I unearthed in the basement of my grandparents' house a few weeks before the party - a lucky find!
 


I topped the simple white cake with these wood Mickey ears, and garnished it with some fresh berries.
 
 
The cupcakes stole the show! My mother-in-law made chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and topped them with crushed oreos to look like dirt. 

 

 Then I found these precious fondant garden veggies on Etsy that were the perfect little toppers. Such a fun nod to the garden market theme!

These Farmers Market invites were the perfect thing - I just had the designer modify the design slightly to include a Mickey silhouette and change the wording a little. They are darling!

 
This garden market tent was such a hit! The kids loved playing market and taking turns selling play food throughout the party. 


 
The kids table was simple with some fun fruit plates layered on Target dollar spot gingham chargers and light blue cups from the Dollar Tree. Everyone got a straw farmer's hat to wear too!


This was such a fun, bright, cheerful party and the birthday boy had a blast! I can't believe our boy is 3! It was so much fun to celebrate him. I hope our little soiree can inspire you to throw a Mickey's Farmers Market party of your own! 

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Sunday, September 5, 2021

The Best Labor Day Sales for Home Decor

 While I'm team summer all day long, that doesn't mean I'm not taking advantage of allll the Labor Day sales happening! There are some really good ones and I've been itching for a few new goodies to refresh our home decor for the fall season. Now is definitely the time! Here I've rounded up all my favorite Labor Day Sale picks. How about you? Does Labor Day mark the end of summer for you or are you holding onto sweet summertime a little longer?

20% off everything at H & M



15% off everything at McGee and Co. with code BYESUMMER
 

15% off everything at Amber Interiors with code RELAX15

Warehouse Sale happening at Pottery Barn with tons of deals!




 

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Thursday, September 2, 2021

12th and White Is Now Courtney M. Browning



 Hey friends, exciting changes around here! Over the next few weeks and months you'll see some changes as I transition my blog and brand away from 12th And White and to Courtney M. Browning. The most immediate change is that 12thandwhite.com will now be courtneymbrowning.com. So, use that new URL to get to the blog, and know that's what will appear in the address bar now. Soon new branding and a new site will follow. Stay tuned - lots of fun things to come!

- Courtney

Monday, August 30, 2021

How to Fill a Blank Stair Wall

 

One big reason we purchased our home was that it was a blank slate with great bones. Since it was a new build, everything was fresh, but we could also put our stamp on it because it had simple neutral walls as a backdrop. 

 
One space that has been begging for some interest is our two-story foyer. The staircase wall is huge and was completely blank. Ideally I'd love to add molding to it, but since we weren't ready to take on a project quite that big, I wanted to still add interest and life and fill the otherwise blank stair wall. Here's how we did it.


Step 1: Hang Sconces Up the Stairs (Bonus - Use the Magic Light Trick!)

We hung these very affordable brass double sconces at three points along the stairs. They add so much interest and are a traditional way to light a staircase. Now, you can have your electrician come and hardwire them in, but if you're an impatient decorator like me, you can use the "magic light trick" so you don't need to hardwire them. This trick is simply to hang the sconces on the wall without wiring them, and then insert a battery powered puck light where the light bulb would go. These are the puck lights we use, and they are on remote control so we can easily turn them on and off. 

 

Step 2: Add Art

Unique artwork also helps dress up a blank stair wall. In this case, since we have a small window above our landing, it helps visually balance out the space. I chose to only hang an art piece above the landing, but you could add one piece under each sconce, or between each sconce if you want to add even more visual interest. This would be a great place to display family photos, without having to do a whole gallery wall. For this method, I would recommend matching frames. This particular art is so special because it was painted by my grandpa who passed away earlier this summer. He was a professional fine art painter so I've been looking for ways to incorporate a few of his many pieces into our home.


Step 3: Create a "Moment" on the Stair Landing

If you have a small landing (or depending on your layout, even right at the base of your stairs) be sure to create a "moment" with decor to visually tie everything together. Our small stair landing was transformed from a boring pass through space to a space you want to pause in, and invites you to continue up the stairs. If you have a larger space then we do, this would be the perfect spot for a bench and some pillows, or even a chair and small stool to create a little nook. In our case, the round rattan table helps the eye travel from the floor up to the window and sconce/art.


 

Step 4: Tie Your Lighting Together

We replaced our old builder grade chandelier with this gorgeous large scale brass fixture a few months ago. I actually found it for $100 on Facebook Marketplace, though it is available to buy from retailers. I went with brass for all the fixtures in this space, though they don't necessarily have to match as long as they coordinate well together. You could do a mix of metals and finishes on your lighting.

I hope this helps inspire you to tackle that blank wall that's been staring at you, or that you weren't quite sure what to do with. They can be tricky to start but once they're done they make such a difference in the overall feel and flow of your home!

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