gift guide

holiday gift guide : for the cook

11.30.15

holiday gift guide for the cook | almost makes perfect

i have many cooking enthusiasts and foodies in my life, so i’m always buying cooking tools and gadgets for holiday gifts. here are some pretty reasonably priced gift ideas that they probably don’t have!

01. a 12 pack of dish towels that can double up as stylish napkins or kitchen rags.
02. a cute little dansk butter warmer that they’ll want to keep displayed on their stove.
03. for the griller, a beautiful soapstone grill press for burgers.
04. i’m swooning over this gorgeous set of six spoons for tasting.
05. my go-to is always an inspiring cookbook like sunday suppers.
06. who wouldn’t want to press garlic with a copper press? i want to.
07. you don’t have to worry about them not using fancy olive oil.
08. a straight maple or walnut rolling pin for the baker.
09. a stylish potholder, because again — they’ll use it.
10. i really want this sleek black chefs knife for myself, so they might too.
11. as a sucker for pretty packaging, these pastas make the perfect pantry addition.

thanksgiving

10 last minute thanksgiving ideas

11.24.15

thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday, because i love stuffing, a pretty table and people i love in one place. i’m gonna take the rest of the week off to enjoy the week with my dad but i wanted to leave you with some projects and DIYs you can create for a simple, modern thanksgiving.

diy block printed napkins | almost makes perfect

quickly create your own custom napkins for your table, using my quick stamp diy method.

10 last minute thanksgiving projects

send your guests home with a piece of pie in these very cute little printables.

diy plexiglass calligraphy placecards | almost makes perfect

create plexiglass calligraphy place cards that your guests can keep or you can reuse next year.

10 last minute thanksgiving ideas

bake some rustic garlic bread even if you’re just a guest at dinner.

10 last minute thanksgiving ideas

my favorite holiday floral arrangements are loose and organic in a neutral autumn color palette. i’ve used this arrangement for inspiration regularly.

thanksgiving bingo | almost makes perfect

add some laughs and fun to your party with thanksgiving bingo.

10 last minute thanksgiving projects

even if you’re serving wine only, get some edible flowers to fancy up your thanksgiving drinks.

salted caramel pie

the easiest and most delicious pie means you’ll have plenty of time to stress about the rest of the menu.

thanksgiving menu printables | almost makes perfect

i shared these printable modern thanksgiving menus last year, and i wanted to remind you.

10 last minute thanksgiving projects

for your black friday lunch break, make your thanksgiving sandwich extra dope with the monica gellar moist maker.

happy thanksgiving!

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happy weekend

11.20.15

charcuterie board | almost makes perfect

friday! i’ve still been getting the house setup, we installed a new light, took down a ceiling fan, all those little things that seem so big! my dad just came into town early for thanksgiving, so i’m very excited to have someone help me carry big things. and to have a proper guest room! hope your week was awesome, and also hope your weekend is awesome.

⋅ this is true love
⋅ i don’t want anyone to do this, but i will watch it
⋅ if you live in NYC, i’m very jealous
read about my holiday traditions
⋅ ew they’re hideous! 
⋅ loooove this studio tour
⋅ super cute DIY storage
⋅ i want these in my mouth
⋅ beautiful holiday inspiration
⋅ my girl rachel has an e-course on photo styling, use code AWESOMEPHOTOS for 10% off!

diy / holiday / thanksgiving

DIY calligraphy place cards

11.18.15

diy plexiglass calligraphy placecards | almost makes perfect diy plexiglass place cards | almost makes perfect diy plexiglass place cards | almost makes perfect

are you ready for one of the easiest and most satisfying place card DIYs ever?! i came up with this idea and had finished them a few hours later. if you DIY, you might know that doesn’t happen often (usually there’s a long and tedious process of brainstorming, executing, rejiggering, re-executing).

we have more or less the same motley crew every year for thanksgiving, so i wanted to create a more permanent and durable place card that we could reuse annually. not only are these going to last, but they took me about 3 minutes max per place card – so making more is no sweat. Read More

gift guide

holiday gift guide : for the homebody

11.17.15

holiday gift guide - for the homebody | almost makes perfect

i think we all have someone special in our life that’s a total homebody, i like to think of myself as wearing many hats — and g and i most definitely wear homebodies hats. so i wanted to round up some cozy and practical gifts for staying in.

01. most homebodies also want to keep their home tidy, so this book is the perfect inspiration to do so. and if that’s not their thing, heres another good book to gift for the TV binge watcher.
02. a chunky beautiful throw blanket is something i definitely want for christmas.
03. a beautiful porcelain teapot paired with some teas is the perfect gift for the tea drinker.
04. the most gorgeous aroma diffuser ever. a gift they may have not even known they wanted.
05. for the music lover, a very cool + affordable record player, paired with vinyl they’ll love.
06. homebodies take baths, that’s just a fact, probably.
07. gift them a cast iron waffle iron along with waffle mix + syrups – here’s my favorite syrup ever.
08. we all want a pair of cozy slippers for the winter, and don’t you dare deny that.
09. in case they don’t already own cards against humanity
10. a quirky pillowcase or two for their bed or sofa. i want these for our guest room.
11. the most beautiful water filter of all time makes the perfect gift because we all drink water.

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happy weekend

11.13.15

this week flew by! i feel like all the weeks leading up to the holidays do – and somehow my dad is already coming into town NEXT week for thanksgiving?! he’s coming early, but still. i spent the majority of this week still unpacking and assembling furniture and all that super fun stuff. this weekend we’re gonna do a whole bunch of adult house errands that sound boring and can hopefully chill a bit. hope you guys have a good one!

did you watch friends? did you ever notice this?!
i wish i wish i wish i had done this when i was 18
ugh, melty heart. and that’s what my kitty looked like when he was a kitty
vintage design was way better than current design
love our new mailbox i just bought
now i also wanna buy this, do you like it?
this would be super cute for thanksgiving decor
if this is true this changes my alcohol diet stat
⋅ randomly came across these last night… and i have no words
some lovely thanksgiving table inspiration

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diy / interiors / tips

how to create a 5 min gallery wall

11.12.15

tips for creating the easiest gallery wall ever | almost makes perfect how to create a five minute gallery wall | almost makes perfect

with the holidays coming up real quick, i assume we all want to spruce up our space for holiday entertaining. so today i’m sharing how to upgrade an empty wall with a unique no-fuss gallery wall.

i personally find most gallery walls to be a little… stiff. so i wanted to create one that was a little more organic and unexpected – and EASY.

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our house

my studio : the plan

11.11.15

my studio | the plans

before i reveal the entire house (i haven’t taken all the photos yet ok?!), i wanted to show you the studio in it’s “before” state. i think it was originally a tuff shed of some sort, but it was expanded onto. it’s about 300 square feet in the backyard and wired with electricity.

there’s a lot to do before i can really work in here — so i’m hoping to try to get this stuff done before the new year, but we’ll see how that goes.

my studio | before Read More