Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bon Vivant Design House

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An exciting announcement!

I've started a little business by the name of Bon Vivant Design House! I hand-stamp stainless steel silverware with cute and meaningful words and phrases. I'm completely taken with the process of metal stamping and am having such a blast filling my Etsy shop with new stamped spoons and stamped forks.

I wanted to wait until I felt completely confident in my stamping ability and final product before announcing anything here on Haute Whimsy, and today is that day :)

Please feel free to peruse the collection on Etsy and join me on social media!

♥ BVDH on Facebook

♥ BVDH on Pinterest

♥ BVDH on Twitter

♥ BVDH on Instagram

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Painting Small Spaces

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{via Painttern}

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{via Phat Dog}

I've blogged about my home several times over the years. You may have picked up on the fact that I'm not overly enamored by my place. It's too small, too dark, too outdated, etc. Yet, this is my dwelling for the time being so I've been making some happy-making changes.

First, I took the plunge and got a storage unit. That meant that I was able to reclaim my walk-in closet and turn it into a proper place for clothing, not boxes. Who knew that cleaning a closet could be so enjoyable?!

I also packed away some of my glassware that I just don't use often enough to warrant the space it's taking up, and I decided that I don't necessarily need all of my scrapbooking supplies here at home.

All of this extra room is inspiring me to continue on, so now it's time to paint the walls and maybe even replace the carpet with something light to give the appearance of more space.

My main living area is long and dark which can make choosing a paint color very issue-full. White paint accentuates dark shadows, but dark paint can close a room in. Then I found these incredible paint rollers on Etsy and I think this may solve the problem!

I'm thinking of doing an eggshell white as the base and then a brighter white overlay with these rollers. The only issue is choosing a design!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

TV Madness: Person of Interest

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I have to take a moment to collect my thoughts on TV shows and my almost shameful obsession with collecting them. I feel like I love TV more than most, and definitely more than I should. Alas, I thoroughly enjoy losing myself in the stories so it's a love affair that will undoubtedly continue.

I'm currently OBSESSED with Person of Interest. I decided to give it go because I adore Michael Emerson. I've been plowing through the seasons on a nightly basis and am so impressed by the concept, the plethora of bad guys that are in constant play, the evolution of the characters, the accuracy of their technical jargon, the way that the formulaic nature of the show doesn't derail the storyline's progress and, again, Michael Emerson ;)

Plus, we also have Amy Acker who I've loved since Angel and the short-lived Happy Town, Ken Leung from LOST and Enrico Colantoni from Veronica Mars. All of these things make me very happy!

Other shows on my radar right now are The Tick, Orange is the New Black and Gotham. What are you watching these days?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Dessert Roundup - Baking with Pumpkin

Pumpkin Caramel, gourmet Caramels, pumpkin dessert recipes

One of my very best friends shares a great love of pumpkin with me. I don't remember when or how it started, but I do know that it was our thing before the great Starbucks Pumpkin Latte craze was ever a thing. Here's a little collection of pumpkin goodies to try!

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Pumpkin Tiramisu recipe, Italian desserts, holiday dessert recipes, Thanksgiving dessert recipes

Pumpkin Cheesecake, pumpkin Cookies, Maple Cream frosting

Pumpkin Ice Cream, French Macaron recipe, gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches, Macaron ice cream sandwhich

Chocolate Ganache recipe, Chocolate Pumpkin Cake recipe, Pumpkin Whipped Cream

Pumpkin Coffee Cake recipe, best Pumpkin Cake recipe, fall desserts, breakfast desserts, breakfast cakes

magic cookie bars, bar desserts, Pumpkin dessert recipes, party desserts, bake sale desserts

Friday, August 29, 2014

Dessert Roundup - Baking with Fruit

Strawberries and Cream, strawberry Cookie recipe, fruit cookies

Many people associate fruit with summer, but I'm happy to bake with fruit all year long! I stock up at local farmer's markets as each fruit comes into season and then freeze everything for baking (and smoothies) throughout the year. Check out these fabulous fruit-based desserts!

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Citrus Cake recipe, orange cake, Cranberry Cake, fruit cakes, Cranberry dessert recipes, beautiful food photography

Berry Cake recipe, pudding cakes, fruity cake

Banana Brownies, Skillet desserts, chocolate banana

Passionfruit desserts, fruity Cookies, baking with fruit, tropical fruit recipes, passion fruit recipes

Friday, August 22, 2014

Dessert Roundup - Baking with Citrus

best lemon cookie recipe, rustic cookies, rustic wedding, yellow cookies, lemon desserts

I remember the first time I had lemon curd like it was yesterday! I was in a gourmet kitchen shop in Big Bear, CA, and they sold little jars of sweet citrus-y curd right next to packages of tiny graham pie shells for a DIY insta-dessert. Just fab! Citrus and sugar is meant to be!

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{Kiwi Lime Pie}

Chocolate Tart, Citrus Tart, blood orange dessert, summer desserts, winter desserts

best lemon bars, lemon bar recipe, yellow desserts, citrus desserts

Raw desserts, vegetarian dessert recipes, healthy cheesecake, citrus cheesecake, Meyer Lemon recipes, Vanilla Bean Cheesecake recipe

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pay it Forward

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{The Very First Starbucks Store via Indy Photo Girl}

Have you heard the story about the woman who pulled a "pay-it-forward" on the customer behind her at the drive-thru at Starbucks? She bought her own coffee and then paid for the person behind her, and that person did the same for the person behind them, so and so forth 378 people in a row! Wow!

This happened to my dad a few months ago and it blew his mind in the best way. He couldn't believe someone paid for him and is still talking about it to this day. A simple act of kindness made such an impact on him, so I was thrilled to read this heartwarming story.

It's the little things, people! We should all try to show each other a little more kindness :)