Cocktail Hour with Shaker & Spoon Cocktail Subscription Club

In honor of today being World Cocktail Day I figured it would be the perfect time to tell you about Shaker & Spoon, a cocktail subscription club that I tried out this month! Shaker & Spoon sends you everything you need to make 3 different cocktail recipes (4 of each, 12 cocktails total). We’re talking syrups, bitters, garnishes, mixers, citrus—everything is included besides the alcohol. Each month is based on a different spirit, so you have the opportunity to try something new with each box. It also makes a great gift for the cocktail lovers in your life.

This month was the agave blanco box. Tequila! My favorite.Shaker & Spoon Cocktail Subscription ClubIt was stocked with produce, syrups, bitters, chiles, and even a little bottle of tajin to rim glasses.Shaker & Spoon Cocktail Subscription Club (2)The easy to follow recipe cards give you all the info you need from instructions to what type of glass to use. Shaker & Spoon Cocktail Subscription Club (3)The first recipe I tried was a refreshing cocktail made with cucumber, chili pepper, and limes.Shaker & Spoon Cocktail Subscription Club (4)Shaker & Spoon Cocktail Subscription Club (6)

The next one is a Mexican version of a moscow mule. It was made with a delicious Mexican spice syrup and ginger beer.

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Last but not least, a spicy recipe featuring mole bitters, habanero shrub, and agave!

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Thirsty yet? You can sign up now and receive $20 off any subscription with the discount code ‘melodrama’!

The next box is Sake (the Japanese fermented rice liquor) and Shaker & Spoon will be donating a portion of proceeds to the Helen David Relief Fund, which assists women in the bar industry who are fighting breast cancer. If you’d like to further support this great cause and will be in Las Vegas on May 19th, you can attend the annual For the Love Of Cocktails event! They will be raising money for the HDRF and showcasing 35 cocktails by bartenders from around the country.

Cheers, babies!

 

This post was sponsored by Shaker & Spoon but as always, all thoughts and content are my own.

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Yay I Installed Peel and Stick Temporary Wallpaper In My Bathroom!

I finally did something I’ve been wanting to do for years, but didn’t feel like it was worth it in my last apartment. I installed bathroom wallpaper!

As you probably know I’m a renter, so many of my projects have to be temporary. That’s why I decided to look into peel and stick wallpaper options. There’s such a great selection out there, but when I found this botanical print from Tempaper I was smitten!

Turns out installing this type of wallpaper isn’t as daunting as it seems. The paper is super durable and forgiving, allowing you to adjust and re-position as needed to get everything lined up and perfect. This is great news because bathrooms can be especially tricky. Working your way around a toilet can be a big pain in the ass. No pun intended (zing!).

The first thing you need to do is measure your wall. By the way, Tempaper has a cool calculator that helps you determine how much paper you need. I only needed one roll for this wall and had some to spare. Please note that this kind of paper won’t adhere well to textured or matte walls. Eggshell, Semi-gloss, or gloss paint works best. Bathrooms usually have semi gloss paint, so you should be good. 

How to install peel and stick Tempaper wall paper in a bathroom.jpgNext, pre-cut the lengths you need. This makes your life so much easier. Be sure to line up the pattern with each new piece you cut.How to install peel and stick Tempaper wall paper in a bathroom (2)

Remove any toilet paper holders or towel racks that might get in the way. Outlets are fine, you can just use a razor to cut around them later.

I did this entire job alone because there’s just not enough room in my tiny bathroom for this to be a two person job. If you have room for help, it’ll make the job easier, but if its just you don’t worry, you can do it. As you can see I could barely fit the step ladder.How to install peel and stick Tempaper wall paper in a bathroom (3)

Now the real fun starts. The first piece is the trickiest because you need to get it on there straight, that way all the following pieces line up. Use the wall corner and ceiling (and a level if you have one) as your guide and you’ll be fine. How to install peel and stick Tempaper wall paper in a bathroom (4)

As you can see I didn’t measure or pre-cut the window section. Just simply go around when you’re done and trim around any windows, outlets, and edges with a razor blade. Just keep lining up each piece at the side seams and use a Tempaper squeegee to push out any air bubbles and smooth it out.

How to install peel and stick Tempaper wall paper in a bathroom (5)And that’s it! If you’re wondering how well this paper might hold up in a bathroom, I’ll just say I took a steamy shower about an hour after I was done and no seams or edges came away from the wall. The paper is also non-porous, so it seems it’ll hold up to moisture well.

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I really love how much life it brings into this small room. I originally wanted to try to do the whole room, but I think the accent wall approach is actually perfect for in here.How to install peel and stick Tempaper wall paper in a bathroom (7)

I love pink and green together so I added pink and coral colored towels and rugs and a flamingo shower curtain.

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Major mid-century Palm Springs vibes, right? Now I just need to find some art work and make a valance for that window (stay tuned for that) and it’ll be complete!

 

Special thanks to Tempaper for being kind enough to provide product for this project. As always, all opinions are genuine and my own.

My Top 5 Round Dining Room Rugs From RugsUSA

When I first found out I’d be moving into a new place I immediately started shopping for new rugs. Rugs to me are the foundation of every room and are the best trick for defining spaces in an open floorplan, which my current space has.

 

I had my mind set on a few criteria when shopping for a dining room rug. First, it needed to be round, because my dining table is round and my dining room is very square. Second, I wanted something colorful. And lastly, I wanted it to fit in with my mid-century inspired decor.

I ended up picking 5 contenders from RugsUSA. I like RugsUSA because their site is easy to search, they have a great selection, and they always have awesome sales.

Here are my top 5!

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Berber Moroccan Diamond

I love the colors and pattern of this hand-tufted berber rug. And it comes in 4 different colorways!

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Albina Prismatic Warp Space

This one was a serious contender because I could end pull in accents featuring any of its very many colors.

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Lightfoot Cotton Soft Solid Border Rug

Then I thought about going with a solid color in a bright hue like this one in beautiful baby blue. It also comes in pink!

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Webberly Dreamcatcher Outdoor Rug

OK so this is technically an outdoor rug, but who makes the rules anyway. I love the lose woven look and the muted green. Feels very 60s to me in the best way.

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Keno Crystal Rug

I fell in love with this at first sight. It has both a great pattern and color and I love the the detail on the edge. I also like that the light parts aren’t white, and will be easier to maintain and keep looking clean and pristine. I thought this would be perfect to anchor my white tulip table.

ANDDDD that’s the one I chose!Mid-Century Inspired Dining Room (2)

It’s exactly what I was hoping for. Mid-Century Inspired Dining Room (3)I even lucked out and found some vintage bucket chairs with matching orange seats!Mid-Century Inspired Dining RoomSee how the pedestal fits perfectly in the middle of the rug? Yessss!

I still have some work to do on this room so stay tuned for that!

 

Complimentary product was provided by RugsUSA.

 

 

How to Restore Vintage Brass Fixtures

Have you ever found a vintage piece and hesitated to buy it because the brass or metal looks scratched, discolored, or tarnished? We all have! But don’t hesitate. Cleaning vintage metals is actually fairly easy, and totally worth it. In fact, you can save a lot of money by buying the more junky pieces and restoring them yourself at home.

I’ve seen some people just take a can of spray paint to pieces, and that’s fine if your metal is beyond repair but you still cant live without it, but most of the time that isn’t the case. Besides, you’ll never get a true shine like you would with real metal. Instead of reaching for the spray paint, reach for a rag and some polish and see what you reveal.

I got this set of 50s drawer pulls on Etsy for a really great price. At first glance they’re junk, but if you’ve ever restored metals you’d see the treasure underneath that tarnish and “scratches” immediately.

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What you need is a metal polish product, like Brasso, and an old rag or two. Oh and some gloves.

How to Restore Vintage Brass Drawer PullsCover the brass in metal polish and rub into the metal.

How to Restore Vintage Brass Drawer PullsThen use a soft cloth to buff and massage the metal, you’ll notice black and green residue coming off on your cloth. That’s the tarnish! Keep going.How to Restore Vintage Brass Drawer PullsKeep polishing until there is no more residue coming off on to your cloth and the metal is sparkling new. Reapply more product if needed. This can take awhile depending on how tarnished your pieces are, but be patient.

How to Restore Vintage Brass Drawer PullsOnce all the tarnish is removed, give it a nice little polish with a clean cloth to remove any remaining residue or product.

How to Restore Vintage Brass Drawer PullsTada!! Good as new. Now put down the paint and pick up the polish!

Cadbury Creme Fizz Easter Cocktail

Easter time is upon us and that means it’s Cadbury Egg season!

You know the ones! Those chocolate eggs filled with a sweet candy creme. They’re everywhere! My husband brought some home and instead of just sitting around eating them we decided to get creative at cocktail time.

I present you the Cadbury Creme Fizz!Cadbury Creme Fizz Cocktail (4)

 

This recipe makes two drinks:

4oz Vodka

2 tsp Heavy Cream

1 tsp Maraschino Cherry Syrup

Creme from two Cadbury Creme Eggs

Club soda 

 

In a mason jar or cocktail shaker pour the vodka, heavy cream, cherry syrup, and Cadbury Egg Creme. Whisk vigorously to make sure the egg creme is well incorporated. Add ice, cover, and shake well until the outside is frosty. Strain into two coupes, top with club soda, and serve with a Cadbury Creme Egg.

 

Cadbury Creme Fizz CocktailThat’s right! Garnish with your left over Cadbury Egg chocolate shells. It tastes so good when you eat the chocolate along with sipping the cocktail. Yum yum. 

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Enjoy!

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Mid-Century Inspired Refrigerator Makeover with Peel & Stick Wallpaper

The only thing that really bothered me about my new kitchen was the way the refrigerator looked in the space.

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Now don’t get me wrong it’s a nice brand new refrigerator, but the way the side of it created a big black rectangle in in the middle of everything bothered me.

I bought a peel and stick wallpaper a couple of years ago with the intention of covering my old refrigerator, but never got around to it. Luckily I found the paper when I was unpacking and since I’m still renting I decided to put it to use!Use peel and stick wallpaper to cover a refrigerator

I like the shape of the refrigerator door and I don’t mind the stainless, so I decided to only apply the wall paper to the sides and top to cover all the black. I was also inspired by the two-toned refrigerators that were popular back in the day.

The paper I used is a light minty blue with a metallic silver cross-hatch pattern. It looks very vintage to me and reminds me of mid-century upholstery fabric. I knew it would work perfectly for what I wanted to attempt.

All I had to do was pull out the refrigerator and apply the peel and stick the paper, carefully matching the seams and making sure to smooth out any air bubbles. This type of paper is very easy to work with and made the job extremely simple.Use peel and stick wallpaper to cover a refrigerator (before) (3)Use peel and stick wallpaper to cover a refrigerator (1)

To finish off the edges I used a thin washi tape in the same color and similar pattern. This gave it a more finished look and helped make sure all of my edges were properly secured.Use peel and stick wallpaper to cover a refrigerator 1.jpg

Use peel and stick wallpaper to cover a refrigerator 3.jpgWhat an improvement! The refrigerator no longer stands out like a sore thumb and adds a nice subtle color and more retro flair to the space. It also gives it a nice smooth texture which makes it way easier to clean than the bumpy texture that it had before. I love it!Use peel and stick wallpaper to cover a refrigerator 2.jpg

Now I’m going to use a different peel and stick wallpaper to cover that back wall as well. Stay tuned!

 

Checking In: Lone Star Court – Austin, Texas

When we were planning our road trip a couple of months ago and decided to stop in Austin I knew I wanted to stay at the Lone Star Court. It has a mid-century, rustic, Texan theme that I just had to see for myself.

Lone Star Court did not disappoint. As soon as we pulled we were greeted by a neon sign and a 1950s Roadmaster.

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Lone Star Court 3.jpgThe lobby was warm and inviting, decked in leather and hides, with western memorabilia displayed on the mantle and shelves. A turntable played old school country records which felt very “Welcome to Texas”. Lone Star Court 4Lone Star Court 5Lone Star Court 6This room seemed like a great place to hang out on such a dreary overcast day but I couldn’t wait to make it to my room.

Lone Star Court 8The pathways are lined with orange rockers and aqua doors, one of my favorite retro color combinations everrrr. This sight made me so happy!Lone Star Court 9

The suite we stayed in was the most perfect place to kick my feet up after a loonnnng day. The living room area had a comfy mid-century style couch and a television, which is all I really want in life. A sliding wood door separates the two rooms.Lone Star Court 10There was also a little dining table surrounded by Eames style molded plastic chairs that was covered in fairly priced mini bar snacks. The good stuff even!Lone Star Court 11

It also had a SMEG refrigerator with more snacks and drinks – from water to wine and spirits. There was an excellent selection in there, which I promptly took part in before our dinner at The Water Trough (the hotel’s on-site restaurant.)Lone Star Court 16My favorite part about this room was probably the bathroom though. You’ll see why.Lone Star Court 14This shower and claw foot tub saved my lifeeee! It was just the thing I needed after a 9 hour drive.Lone Star Court 12Plus how pretty is it?! I love the penny tile floor and black and white color scheme.Lone Star Court 13Lone Star Court 17.jpgClean, crisp, white sheets and a fluffy mattress! This bed felt like heaven! Lone Star Court 7The grounds of the hotel have a few places to eat- The Water Trough, a bar and sit down spot, and The Feed Store, a food truck with quick bites. Lone Star Court 18The grounds also have a ton of places to hang out around firepits and a pool.Lone Star Court 19Lone Star Court is conveniently located next to a mall and lots of shops and restaurants, but when you’re in the court you kind of feel like you’re in their little world. One where you can relax in rocking chairs and drink a cocktail out of a mason jar while listening to the sounds of country western.Lone Star Court 20If you want retro vibes with tons of modern conveniences, check out Lone Star Court during your next visit to Austin.Lone Star Court 21

 

Thank you to Lone Star Court for a wonderful Stay!