10/22/14

Florals For: Cake Styling



Happy Wednesday! What better way to celebrate hump day than with a little cake? I'm not much of a baker, but I do love to decorate. I had big plans to bake this guy from scratch, but those plans were forgotten as soon as I hit the grocery store. If you have a favourite recipe for cake, use it here! Or check out one of these recipes, they all look tasty :)

For this cake, I used a small round pan. I made two cakes, cut the tops off to make them flat, iced the top of one (to stick them together and act as filling), and stacked them on top of each other. I followed Martha's instructions, including a crumb coat and letting it harden before applying the final layer of icing.


I wanted the cake to feel undone and natural, so I left the icing uneven and with visible ridges and lines. I also love this frosting look if you want to get a little fancier. 


After placing the cake on a small cake stand, I ran baby's breath along the edges (just tear off bits from the larger blooms to get them to fit in nicely). On top of the cake, I included 3 pink dahlias but pick your favourite/whatever you can get your hands on!


Grab your favourite dishes and your favourite people, and go eat some cake!


Do you love to bake or are you more of a decorator? I'd love to hear in the comments below :)

10/21/14

Inspiring Interiors


Well, I've stumbled upon the interiors mothership. Stadshem is a Swedish real estate agency / design mecca. The spaces they list are phenomenal, and the designs are all breathtaking. I couldn't possibly have included every photo that caught my eye or we'd have been here all day. 

These homes aren't all still listed, but check out the current inspiration here


Check out all of the current listings here and go get inspired!

10/10/14

The easiest fall table


Happy Friday, lovelies! I have a fun post for you to end off the week. It's Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend and I'm spending it at my parents' house, away from the hustle and bustle of normal life. 

Between the changing seasons (we had the most picturesque fall week here) and Thanksgiving this weekend, I thought it would be timely to play around with a really easy fall dinner party idea. Those of us with teensy apartments know that it can be tough to entertain and not feel cramped. Or maybe you don't have a dining table and so you avoid having people over for dinner. But have no fear! The coffee table dinner party is here :). 

Will and I often (ahem, always) eat at the coffee table. We have a dining table, but it always turns into my makeshift workstation and ends most days covered in paints, papers, and to-do lists. Our affinity for coffee table dining gave me the idea to try out a little fancier version. Pull up a couple chairs from around your apartment, set out your favourite dishes, and enjoy the company of people you love. 


I like having special vessels and serving trays handy. The glass container holds sugar cubes for tea and the other guy carries rock salt.


When you feel like putting a bit more effort into the spread, try and pick a colour palette to work within. For my table, I wanted to do a modern take on fall colours. Lots of corals, peaches, and reds, pops of blue, and natural textures like wood, marble, and stone.


I picked up this handy marble serving platter at Crate and Barrel and have loved it ever since. And it's on sale now!


Just for funzies, I created little ties around the cutlery with yarn and copper wire. Try making your own little fastener for an extra touch.


Do you like having people over to eat? Is your apartment nice and spacious or do you need dinner party hacks like this one? I'd love to hear!
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