Glitter & Goat Cheese in 2014


Well, folks, we survived 2014. I can’t say I’m sorry to see it go. There have certainly been some highlights and plenty of happy moments, but I think I’ve spent the majority of this year feeling a little uneasy. My resolution at the end of 2013 was to try and settle into my life – I’ve gone through a major change every single year since graduating college, and I figured it was about time to give it a rest – but I discovered an inability to do so. Brad and I can’t seem to settle into our life here in Atlanta because something just isn’t right, and that’s why I’m so happy that we’re planning to make this New York thing happen. I mean, who knows? Maybe that won’t be right either. But at least we’re trying.

Anyway, back to the highlights. I’d like to focus on the positive, and there was a lot of that. So, let’s look back at a few of my favorite blog posts from 2014.

The first big chunk of the year was completely consumed by the Home Depot Patio Style Challenge. Seriously, what an amazing experience. It was so much work, and at times we asked ourselves what the hell we’d gotten ourselves into, but every step of the process was incredibly rewarding. The finished product wasn’t too shabby, either.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Newly updated and colorful deck and pergola for The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge
See the full source list here and all the process posts here.

Once that was done, we mostly sat around under the completed pergola and avoided our power tools. We were exhausted. But I did dive into my blog reader and Pinterest boards with a renewed sense of purpose, in hopes of finding inspiration for making the rest of our home as pretty as our deck. To keep our decor strategy cohesive, I wrote up a list of design preferences that felt like us.

Recently blog - entryway with fuchsia accents
(Photo via Recently) See the full post here.

Over the summer, I put the theory into practice by making some much-needed updates to our downstairs. True to my word, I incorporated warm woods, pops of color, brass accents, patterned rugs and rustic elements.

Colorful living room with Lulu and Georgia Lalita rug - via Glitter and Goat Cheese
See more angles of our living room and dining room in the full post.

Even after buying a few new pieces, I couldn’t stop daydreaming about things like cognac leather sofas and Saarinen side tables, so when Chairish asked me to e-design a room around one of their accent chairs, I jumped at the chance.

Mid-century eccentric living room inspired by Danish teak armchair from Chairish
Find all the sources here.

Shortly after writing that post, we started thinking about moving, so I put all home updates on hold. Pausing all my projects was tough, but it gave me time to focus on other areas and actually do some reading. I was intrigued (and kind of troubled) by all the press around a woman’s right to alter her appearance, and I wrote about my own struggles with self image.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Hiding ptosis in selfies
Read the full post here.

My self-imposed DIY ban also gave me a lot of time to cook, so I shared a couple recipes, including one for my favorite kale salad.

Kale, chicken, bacon and Israeli couscous salad with lemon mustard vinaigrette (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)
Here’s the recipe! Oh, man, now I want to eat some.

Toward the end of the year, I got into creating curated lists, and my very favorite is a round-up of beautiful kitchens with mixed metals.

10 Kitchens that Prove Mixing Metals Is Totally OK (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)
Here’s the full post. Warning: envy-inducing pretty pictures ahead.

So, now it’s New Year’s Eve, and I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to a little trepidation at the year ahead. I’m hoping it’ll include a move up north, an influx of stable work for Brad, a new career for me and a renewed excitement for the path we’re on, but there’s a lot of potential for disappointment in those dreams. All we can do now is move forward with optimism and calculated care.

Tonight, we’ll celebrate the New Year with our best friends – for what could be the last time – and hope for the best.

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? What about your hopes for 2015?

21 Creative DIY Projects To Prepare Your Guest Room (& Bathroom) For Holiday Visitors

We don’t have anyone coming to stay with us for Thanksgiving this year, but if we did, I’d definitely be trying a few of the projects on this list (which I created for BuzzFeed Community) to make our guest area cozy, cute and welcoming.

21 Creative DIY Projects To Prepare Your Guest Room For Holiday Visitors

I can’t be the only person to save guest room (and guest bathroom) decorating for last, right?!

DIY Throwback: Glitter Skulls

Hey, all. It’s two days before Halloween, and because we’re still potentially preparing to maybe sell our house and have put a ban on all New Stuff, I’ve not done a single DIY project. The weight of the emptiness is crushing me. I’ve attempted to channel my extra creative energy into cooking, but I still really miss my spray paint.

In the absence of something new to share, I thought it’d be fun to look back at the very first DIY project I ever posted on Glitter & Goat Cheese. Can you believe these glitter skulls are from more than three years ago?

DIY glitter skulls (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

DIY gold glitter skull (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)
Get the instructions here.

In the original post, I vowed to keep my glitter skulls out past Halloween, and I’ve been true to my word. Those little guys are still on display in my living room, along with my very precious ceramic gold skull (which Z Gallerie still sells, by the way!).

Gold Morton Skull from Z Gallerie (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

Have any of you done any fabulous Halloween DIYs? Please, share them and let me live vicariously through you.

My Favorite Modern DIY Light Fixtures

Since we started thinking about moving to Brooklyn, I’ve been reading a lot about how to personalize a rental apartment. We’ve rented in the past, but after a few years of beefing up our home improvement experience, I feel like we’re much better equipped to make changes now.

One update that can be quick and easy (assuming that the wiring isn’t a total mess) is swapping out a light fixture. It made a huge difference in our kitchen, and we’d definitely consider doing it again. So, I’ve been gathering a few of my favorite DIY light fixtures. I’m especially digging the recent influx of modern geometric pieces. Check out my faaaves.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - DIY modern light fixtures

1. Black Chandelier with Gold-Dipped Bulbs by Sarah M. Dorsey Designs
Sarah M Dorsey Designs - DIY modern chandelier with gold-dipped bulbs
This light fixture was inspired by a $3300 chandelier and only cost $100 to make. Plus, those bulbs! Get more information.

2. Wall Sconce Task Light by Vintage Revivals
Vintage Revivals - DIY Wall Sconce Task Light
Mandi made this out of a Target lamp, wooden dowels and a few copper elbows. Get the tutorial.

3. Lindsey Adelman “You Make It” Chandelier
Lindsey Adelman You Make It Chandelier
Lindsey Adelman‘s chandeliers are amazing. They’re also very expensive. Luckily, she created a DIY-able version. Tons of brave bloggers have created their own, and you could be next! See photos of completed kits here, get the instructions here, and buy a kit with all the parts here.

4. Lindsey Adelman You Make It Mobile
Lindsey Adelman - You Make It Mobile
Our angel Lindsey Adelman didn’t stop at chandeliers – she also provided instructions for this mobile. See photos here, and click “PRICING” for links to buy parts. Get the instructions here.

5. DIY Woven Wood Veneer Pendant by Poppytalk
Poppy Talk Blog - DIY Wood Globe Light Fixture
Make this pendant with wood veneer strips and an Ikea Hemma cord set.

6. Geometric Brass Pendant by Weekdaycarnival
Weekdaycarnival - DIY brass geometric pendant
This one is easier than it looks – just buy some brass tubes, tie them together with twine and bend them into your desired shape(s). The link to the concrete lamp kit doesn’t go anywhere right now, but I think it’d look just as good using a plain base. Get more information here.

7. Pipe Light Fixture by The Gathered Home
The Gathered Home - DIY Pipe Light Fixture
For something just a little more traditional, I like this simple pipe chandelier. See the tutorial.

8. Multi-faceted Geometric Light Fixture from Style Me Pretty
Style Me Pretty - Geometric Gold Light Fixture DIY
Think this one’s made with more brass tubes? NOPE. IT’S STRAWS. And the whole project only cost $10. Get the instructions here.

9. Statement Pendant by Sarah M. Dorsey Designs
Sarah M Dorsey Designs - Fluorescent Diffuser Statement Light Fixture DIY
I’m not gonna lie: this one intimidates me. The cool shapes that surround the bulbs are made from a fluorescent light diffuser and plaster of paris. Looks pretty amazing though, right? Here’s the tutorial.

10. Hanging Bulb Chandelier by Love & Renovations
Love and Renovations - DIY chandelier with glass globe bulbs
My old wedding blogging buddy Amanda and her husband made this mind-blowing chandelier a couple years ago, and I still marvel at it. Get the instructions.

11. Hammered Metal Pendant by Precious Me
Preciously Me - Black and Gold Hammered Pendant DIY
This is another oldie-but-a-goodie, and it’s super simple. It’s made with that hammered Ikea bowl you always pass in the garden section and think “I love that, but do I need another bowl?” You do, because this one is meant to be a pendant light. Here’s the tutorial.

12. Arrow Light Fixture from Design*Sponge
Design Sponge - Arrow light fixture DIY
The decorative arrows set this one apart from the brass light fixture pack. Get the instructions.

13. Dodecahedron Pendant Light by View Along the Way
View Along the Way - DIY dodecahedron pendant light
The tutorial for this one hurts my brain – it requires a digital protractor, and I barely know what a protractor is – but if you’re feeling courageous, get it, girl. Here are the instructions.

14. Embroidery Hoop Pendant by Dear Emmeline
Dear Emmeline - Embroidery hoop DIY light fixture
I’ve seen a lot of DIY orb lights made out of metal, but I like the warmer tone of this wood version made with embroidery hoops. Get the tutorial.

15. Gold Sunburst Flushmount Fixture by Simple Details
Simple Details - DIY gold sunburst flushmount light fixture
Uh, genius. This is just a cheap flushmount fixture mounted inside of a sunburst mirror frame. Get the instructions.

16. Wood and Brass Hanging Hoop Pendant by Vintage Revivals
Vintage Revivals - DIY wood and brass hanging hoop pendant
Wood and brass. Yesssssssss. Make a bunch and cluster them together! Here’s the tutorial.

17. Hanging Pendant Sconce from One Kings Lane
One Kings Lane - DIY hanging light bulb sconce
This one’s super simple, but what’s great about it is that it doesn’t require hard-wiring – it just mounts on the wall with a couple screws and then plugs into an outlet. Perfect for renters. Get the tutorial.

18. Copper Pipe Icosahedron Light Fixture by The Gathered Home
The Gathered Home - DIY copper pipe icosahedron light fixture
Geometry is involved in this. But it looks like it’s worth the effort. Here are the instructions.

19. Gold Branch Light by Little Green Notebook
Little Green Notebook - DIY gold branch light
This one has shorter arms (legs?) than some of the others, which makes it a little subtler and lower-profile. I’m into it. Get the tutorial.

20. Copper and Wood Hanging Chandelier by Vintage Revivals
Vintage Revivals - Copper and wood chandelier DIY
This guy’s made from a wood utensil caddy and bowl from Target, plus some copper pipes and stuff, and it’s SO. GOOD. Get the instructions.

21. Brass Chandelier from One Kings Lane
One Kings Lane - Brass chandelier DIY
This brass chandelier kind of reminds me of a baby mobile, except way more glam and awesome. Does anyone else see it? Here’s the tutorial.

So, you gonna give one a try? I think I might!

Our Updated Deck: The Source List

If you follow me on any social media platform, you definitely now know that our updated deck was finally revealed on The Home Depot Apron blog yesterday. Woohoo!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Newly updated and colorful deck and pergola for The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge

I’m so sorry for the onslaught of self-promotion! I had three posts launch yesterday, and oodles of work and love went into each one. Just had to get them out there!

To everyone who has been supportive and excited and so, so sweet over the past couple months: thank you! I know all the sneak peeks and vague mentions have probably been a little irritating. I hope the reveal was worth it!

So, the majority of the items on our fancy new deck are from The Home Depot, but we also incorporated some things we already had, plus a few new pieces. I figured I’d share the sources in case anyone’s interested.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Sources for blue turquoise and fuchsia deck

The furniture set is the Hampton Bay Raynham 4-Piece Patio Seating Set from The Home Depot. We also bought a set of two matching ottomans.

The black and white striped outdoor rug is from Overstock. It was a gift from my mom and stepdad – thanks, guys!

The hanging baskets are from The Home Depot. Inspired by this beautiful window box, we stuffed them with alyssum, petunias and creeping jenny. They smell like heaven.

The teal chandelier is from Goodwill, and was painted with Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch spray paint in Lagoon.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Various potted plants on stands

The bronze watering can is from Target. I can’t find it on the site, but last time I checked (yesterday), they still had it in the store.

The aqua stool is from Ikea, and the three plants in it are croton petra, sedum and peperomia. All three pots were thrifted, and were spray-painted with Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Flat White, French Lilac and Aqua.

The black stepstool is from Ikea. It’s meant for indoor use, so I sanded it and coated it with spar varnish before putting it outside. The round cement planter, which holds a haworthia, is from Target (I can’t find it on the site, but it’s from this collection and should still be in most stores). The two white polka dot pots came from the planter cemetery in my garage, got spray-painted with Flat White, and hold another peperomia and a snapdragon (which refuses to bloom! Any tips?!). We found the brass urn in the garage, drilled a hole in the bottom, and added a ZZ plant. The oval gold planter was another garage find – we just spray-painted it with Rust-Oleum Specialty Metallic in Gold and added three cacti.

The metal plant stand is from Target and also got spray-painted gold. The white glossy pot came from our garage and holds a sweet broom – which again, will not bloom anymore! What gives?!

The aqua and white pot, which I LOVE, is from HomeGoods, and holds a Persian Shield plant, which I also love. Look at those gorgeous purple leaves! I’m obsessed with it, and may or may not stroke it and whisper to it lovingly on a daily basis.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Hampton Bay Raynham chairs with blue and fuchsia throw pillows

The bronze “side table” between the chairs is actually made from a tall planter from Target (similar) and a 12″ pizza pan. It works pretty well, though the pizza pan fills with water when it rains. We’re debating drilling tiny holes in it (the planter has a drainage hole at the bottom), but we’re a little nervous about the cancer-causing particles that would fly out of the anti-stick coating.

I sewed all the throw pillow covers myself – quite the undertaking, but very rewarding! The geometric blue and white fabric (called “Baja Sapphire”) is from Forsyth Fabrics, as is the solid fuchsia (this might be it). PS: The solid fuchsia is the only one of the fabrics that isn’t meant for outdoor use, so I make sure to put it away when it’s not being used. The blue ikat fabric is called “Journey Sea Glass” by P Kaufmann and is from

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Black and white ikat and fuchsia suzani outdoor throw pillows

The black and white ikat fabric is called “Aztec Black” from Terrasol. It’s sold out on right now, which is where I bought it, but has it, too. The multicolored suzani fabric is called “Kaleidoscope Quartz” by Braemore, and I bought it on Ebay. A note about my pillows: I honestly just couldn’t afford to buy outdoor pillow inserts, so I used regular cheap inserts instead. I try not to leave our pillows out in the rain, anyway, but I may have to replace them if they ever end up getting mildewy.

The lantern you can see in the background is from this post.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Hanging gold frame planter and teal chandelier

You can find out how we made the hanging gold frame planter in this post.

The three plants on the coffee table are another snake plant, a burro’s tail, and a crassula mesembryanthemoides. The little paint drip pot was made by me with leftover orchid paint from the tray. I’d post a tutorial, but it was so easy – you just spray-paint a pot white, turn it upside-down, and pour paint on it. One tip: Pour the paint and let it dry over aluminum foil so it doesn’t get stuck!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Radiant Orchid and gold tray and spray-painted coasters

There are tutorials for the Radiant Orchid and gold leaf tray and spray-painted coasters in this post.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Bronze geometric garden stool and blue planters

The metallic garden stool is from Ross Dress for Less. (I know, right?!)

The mass cane with a pothos at the base is from The Home Depot and is so cute, but got totally bleached from direct sunlight and had to come inside. Boo! Guess I should have done more research! The portulacaria afra and snake plant are both in planters from The Home Depot (here and here), and the sedum/sempervivum assortment is in a tall ceramic planter from HomeGoods.

I had so much fun picking out all the accessories. I love color, but I have a tendency to go overboard – and am not very good at editing, as you can probably tell – so I forced myself to stick to colors from the pillow fabrics.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Black white fuchsia and blue updated deck and pergola

I’m actually fairly impressed with my own discipline: The only time I went outside the pillow palette was when I used the French Lilac spray paint on one planter and a coaster.

Oh, and I can’t forget the globe lights!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Pergola with globe lights

We used these from Target. The Home Depot has a bunch to choose from, too, but we already had the Target ones strung on our railings, so we figured they might as well match.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Deck and pergola strung with globe lights

And I think that just about covers it. If I forgot anything, leave a comment and I’d be happy to let you know more about it!