Sunday, November 22, 2015

Kitchen Island Reveal!

I remember looking through our house during a showing and telling our realtor that this kitchen was screaming for a kitchen island. It is a large kitchen for our neighborhood - which was definitely a selling point - and there was a big open space in the middle. The way the cabinets lined the walls and doorway placements, it seemed awkward to have a kitchen table. Plus, storage and counter space were definitely still a need. For entertaining, we hated that our guests had no where to sit while we prepped food (or as my friends are probably thinking, Mary rarely cooks, she needs a place to sit while others make the food!). Here is a look of the before, right when we bought the house:

Definitely dark and needing some life. Our first makeover, seen here, focused on getting the cabinets and walls painted to lighten up the space. Then after a couple years of back and forth on how we wanted to do the island, we finally decided to tackle the project ourselves! We wanted it to be a permanent structure, not a cart, and for it to have a lot of storage. Budget was also important and why we decided to do most of it ourselves (with the help of Dustin's dad - the best!). Find the details of cabinet purchases and mounting here and here. Since we saved money going with unfinished cabinets, we were able to splurge on the Cambria Torquay Quartz countertop I'd been dreaming of. The countertop details can be found here. We wanted an island that looked finished, pretty and had the touch of character we love so much. To finish up the island after our last updates, Dustin and his dad added the corner pieces and put trims along the floor. We purchased them at hardware stores and had to make sure they were the correct size for our look. Definitely wasn't the easiest project we have done and it took some time, but in the end, we couldn't be happier with the results!

It completes our kitchen. I honestly can't remember what it was like not having the island in the middle of the room. The many months of having unfinished cabinets in our way, painting the cabinets, waiting on the countertop, etc. were totally worth it. We are in love and have enjoyed prepping meals with our new space and eating together in the kitchen. I am happy with the choices we made and how they mesh with the rest of the kitchen. One day down the road we will probably update the other countertops and add a back splash, but for now we are very content and happy with our space. Now we just need to have some people over, so we can entertain! Maybe I can convince one my friends to teach us how to cook something delicious or have my grandma teach my friends how to make pies! I feel a Love of Character workshop in the making...

Couple extras, I wanted to share what I like to use to quickly clean up our kitchen space. For the safety of your countertops, you want to find an all purpose cleaner that is safe for your specific material and that smells clean. Since our other countertops are granite, I use granite safe cleaners. The smell of the JR Watkins All Purpose Lemon Cleaner is perfect. Extra touch, light up a favorite candle. Mine currently for the kitchen is the Voluspa Prosecco Bellini candle - who doesn't love the smell of brunch bubbly? I also wanted to share that Teddy got a dish upgrade to go with our new kitchen space - didn't want him to feel left out.

Special shout out to Dustin and my father-in-law for all of their hard work on this project. They made it happen and did a beautiful job with the finishing touches. It looks like a custom island built perfectly to fit our kitchen - and fitting a kitchen with uneven floors is no easy task!

Shop this post:
JR Watkins All Purpose Cleaner | H&M Faux Marble Bowls | Serena & Lily Chevron Stools | Urban Outfitters Rug | Voluspa Prosecco Bellini Candle

Lots of Love,

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Desert Bachelorette Party Invites

Over the past couple months I have been working with a fabulously fun Maid of Honor who wants to make her sister's bachelorette party the best last fling before the ring. To kick off the event, she wanted to invite the small group of girls in a special way. That's where Love of Character got pulled in! Why not get everyone excited for a weekend in the desert by sending pink boxes full of goodies?

We messaged each other back and forth brainstorming ideas and I had so much fun interpreting the ideas! It boiled down to finding the perfect blend of Scottsdale, desert and bachelorette components. First item on the agenda that the MOH and I both immediately thought of: mini cactus! These actually ended up being tricky to track down, but when I stumbled upon them I hit the jackpot:

To match our gorgeous cacti, I remember seeing some perfect cactus elastic to make hair ties that meshed perfectly with our look.

From there, the other items started coming into place. Party in the desert? Calls for margaritas! Need some humor? Add some fun nail polishes with a hilarious saying. Girls need a good munchie, popcorn it is! The invitations were coming together. The most important piece was next, the invitation itself! I loved the idea of lining the top of the box with a gorgeous paper I found. The minute I saw it, I got the party in the desert vibe. Since the box had a lot of character included, I decided to keep the invitation simple. The MOH wanted to give a glimpse of the details and I added a touch of gold to make it pop. For the lingerie sizes, I decided it would be fun to add a little pair of paper undies to the box and included the details on the back:

End result, a fiesta filled bachelorette invite with pops of pink!

Such a fun project and was so excited for the group of girls to receive their little pink boxes! The party is coming up next month and I will make sure to follow up with our festive details. The MOH has planned some amazing activities and we have some more up our sleeve for decoration details.

Photos via me

Needing some fun boxes for party favors or invitations to an upcoming event? Reach out! I would love to work with you to put together something fabulous that works with your budget and theme.

Lots of Love,

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Party Crashing: Viva Las Bachelorette Party!

When one thinks of a bachelorette party, Las Vegas tends to come to mind! Well these fun girls lived it up right. A couple months ago I got an order from a fun and fabulous girl who wanted some boxes to give as favors at a Viva Las Vegas Bachelorette Party. She said bright, loud and neon, so I took that and rolled with it. 

I love putting together boxes for a bachelorette party because the boxes come with fun items like confetti and hair ties, as well as essentials such as water and Advil. I always try to match up with the theme if it is shared and Viva was a great one to live up to.

These boxes were shipped off and ready for a party! This bride-to-be and her posse definitely lived up to that expectation. They setup a great hotel room and looks like the girls were excited for their goodies. Plus the bachelorette herself had this fabulous floral light up crown to rock all night - so jealous! 

One of my favorite things about the Little Box of Bachelorette Character is that it can double as a party decoration. You get a lot of little pink boxes and viola! pop of color to your decor!

Turns a plain hotel room into a bachelorette paradise! Another fun item in the box is the confetti pop and these girls weren't messing around when they went to pop them! Why not watch the Bellagio fountains and coordinate your moves by showering confetti? Definitely adds an element of sparkle to your evening...

Having a bachelorette party out of town in somewhere like a hotel can seem daunting, but if you get a few fun decorations with good pops of color, you can make it work! If you are wanting some pink boxes to brighten up your party, you know where to find me. Cheers Y'all! 

Lots of Love,

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Trick or Treat!

It was a fun year for us at the Billings' haunted house. We made the paper! Our hard work putting in the ginormous web and spider were so worth it when we saw this. Check out the online article to see other spooky houses around the neighborhood. Definitely put some pressure on though for our party and the trick-or-treaters! Luckily our cousin, Emily, and friends, Sam and Patrick, were in town to help us pull it off. Having a Saturday to setup was also quite fortunate. We had fun and worked in some new decorations with the old this year.

We call him Mr. Jeeves...

At the party, we like to serve our guests boos, treats and eats! These include Dustin's chili, pigs-in-a-blanket, pizza (thanks Patrick!), pumpkin cupcakes (thanks Grandma!) and more. Plus, Dustin makes his potent "Mangria" and we have warm boozy cider.

Loved this saying! Cups from Michael's & napkins from World Market.

Now onto the costumes, and we had some guests with fabulous costumes! My husband's on the other hand, scary.

Sam, Emily, myself and Hailey - aka Gumball Machine, Breakfast at Tiffany's ladies and 80's Prom Date!
Yea...I couldn't bare to look!
Hailey and Jake - Best part, that was her aunt's prom dress in the 80's!
Jacque and her adorable little dragon!
And my favorite costume of the night goes to this cute little shark! This adorable little guy is my cousin Emily's son and the shark costume was perfect for this beach baby:

It was such a fun night and we got more trick-or-treaters than I think we've ever had - over 1000+ for sure. We had to have last minute Halloween candy purchases.

We had lines of cute kids in costumes ready for some candy! Fun sitting out on the stairs and passing out candy.
Thank you to everyone that came out for the evening! We had a great time and we hope you did as well. Halloween is one of our favorite holidays and we love sharing it with everyone!

Photos via me
Lots of Love,