Well, hello there. I've spent the past couple days battling the flu and I haven't been up for much more than napping and ugly crying at Call the Midwife. So let's see what everyone else has been up to. Starting with this Parisian apartment designed by Laura Gonzalez. It's an absolute stunner.
Alright, fellow Virginians, this one's for you. Tomorrow evening NPR One's Full Disclosure is hosting Sherry and John Petersik of Young House Love for a chat at the Hippodrome Theater. Sherry and John will be speaking about their wildly successful home improvement blog, that tricky work/life balance, and other lessons from their years of experience (which includes writing a New York Times bestseller, I might add). Best part? A portion of the evening's ticket sales will benefit CARITAS, which is an excellent organization that works to break the cycle of homelessness and addiction in the Richmond area.
In other words, I am so there.
I have a serious love/hate relationship with Pinterest. I want to see what a certain paint color looks like in a room? Pinterest search. A client wants to communicate her style but has trouble articulating it? Pin board. I have some vague memory of an obscure look that I may have seen two years ago? Pinterest to the rescue!
I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I know I did. I went to New York for a friend's baby shower, and both the shower and the rest of the weekend were delightful. I travel to NYC a fair amount for work, but those visits are always scheduled at the last minute and then packed with meetings, so I rarely have time to see friends or explore the city. This time I managed both, and enjoyed every second of wandering the flower markets, trying new restaurants, and catching up with friends.
That is, until the one-two punch of a wayyyy past my bedtime Saturday night and Daylight Saving Time left me a total zombie on Sunday. Still worth it.
All of which is to say that I did not spend my long trip on Amtrak battling the reliably awful wifi to bring you a house update or favorite design trend. I finished a good book, realized I don't have another book lined up to read, and thought you may also need a book recommendation to get you through your next long train ride or rainy Monday evening. So here's a list of the books I've read in the past few weeks. It's been a decent run, and I've enjoyed if not loved all of them.
I am uncharacteristically excited for Halloween this year. It's not like I've ever been anti-Halloween, but I'm usually content to watch a few scary movies that week and stress about coming up with a last-minute costume. This year, however, we have a house, and I plan to decorate it.
That said, I clearly did not stray from my tradition of waiting until the last minute. Three cheers then for these awesome women who shared some Halloween projects we can whip up on the fly. Let's get spooky.
I'll always love the classic Jack-o-lantern. I'm a sucker for a mildly dangerous craft that provides snacks at the end. And if you're throwing out your pumpkin seeds after you finish carving, you're crazy. I usually roast mine with a mix of salt, cayenne, and paprika, but I'm excited to try this sweeter version from Liz at I Heart Vegetables.
A slightly more grown-up, but still totally festive pumpkin decorating alternative at Apartment 34.
This DIY googly eye manicure from Design Sponge is hilarious. Googly eyes make everything better.
Gwen from The Makerista always crushes it with the moody decor, so naturally her Halloween table runner is on point.
I think I'll be stealing Chris Loves Julia's dollar store flying bats idea for our front porch. They also have an amazing craft for all the Harry Potter lovers out there, but I'm not sure it counts as a last minute project. Either way, you need to see it.
And not a craft, per se, but Mandi at Vintage Revivals has a lovely post about letting kids create their own costumes, and I about died when I saw the first picture of her daughter dressed as unicorn royalty. That's because...
It brought back major flashbacks of my own days as a unicorn princess. (Oh hi 80's! Love the puffy sleeves!)
What's everyone going to be for Halloween? (Bonus points for going as the sovereign of a mythical species.) Any favorite Halloween crafts we can try on the fly?
It's a traveling week again here and I'm only still standing thanks to coffee and carbs. That means it's time to check in with people who have more to say than "Can we get more bread, please?"
Speaking of coffee and carbs, the awesome people over at Design Sponge did a city guide of Richmond (!) this week, and started their day off with my own little neighborhood (!!!) bakery. And who can blame them?
It's One Room Challenge season over at Calling It Home. Have you been following along? If you're not familiar, the One Room Challenge challenges designers and bloggers to makeover a room in 6 weeks and share their progress each week. My personal favorites are the crazy people who decide to like, build a new kitchen in this time. Just when you think they'll never pull it off, it comes together like magic.
And if you're still thinking, Tell me more about those carbs? then you should check out Bon Appétit's recipe for chicken and dumplings. Edward and I made it on Monday and whoo boy. It will cure what ails.
What's inspiring you to decorate and cook and travel this week?
Welcome! I'm Arielle, and this is Scotch & Nonsense. Whether you've come for the home projects, the recipes, or the cocktails, I'm thrilled you're here and I hope you'll stay a bit.